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Why Jiménez blanked at Aston Villa and what it means for Gameweek 33+

Aston Villa 0-1 Wolves

  • Goals: Leander Dendoncker (£4.4m)
  • Assists: Jonny (£5.4m)
  • Bonus Points: Jonny x3, Dendoncker x2, Conor Coady x1 (£5.1m)

Raúl Jiménez‘s (£8.3m) string of consistent post-lockdown returns came to an end against Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.

The Wolves forward was backed by over 30% of the top 10k for Gameweek 32+ after netting in both matches since the Premier League restart.

However, he never really looked like scoring at Villa Park, replaced in the 84th minute by Pedro Neto (£5.0m) for a first blank since Gameweek 29.

Even more so than he in his one-shot display against Bournemouth midweek, Jiménez drifted into wide positions on Saturday afternoon, moving away from much of the crucial penalty box action.

That was most evident when Wolves finally got a breakthrough at Villa Park. Jiménez played a pivotal role in the goal but was too distant from the eventual strike to reward his Fantasy owners and captainers. 

In the 62nd minute, his latest foray onto the flanks allowed him to play a sweeping cross into Jonny (£5.4m), who had run into Jiménez’s centre-forward position from left-back. The Spaniard teed up the ball for Leander Dendoncker (£4.4m) to slot home across Ørjan Nyland‘s goal (£4.3m), with Jiménez watching on from outside the penalty area.

As this was the second match in a row to feature him drifting to the flanks, there might be some concerned Jiménez owners at there ahead of a Gameweek 33+ meeting with Arsenal.

Why Jiménez blanked at Aston Villa and what it means for Gameweek 33+

However, the recent improvements to Aston Villa’s defence may well have played a part in his Gameweek 32+ positioning and blank.

Arguably, there should be little surprise that Dean Smith’s men kept Jiménez relatively quiet on Saturday, as they came into Gameweek 32+ with some of the better defensive statistics in the division.

Between Gameweeks 1 and 29, Villa were the Premier League’s worst for shots allowed in the box, big chances conceded and expected goals conceded (xGC). However, as reported in the recent Captain Sensible article, the last four matches saw Villa concede just five big chances, only four teams recording better totals in that department over the same period.

With Tyrone Mings (£4.4m) and Kortney Hause (£4.4m) forming an increasingly familiar partnership since Gameweek 30+ flanked by more conservative full-backs in Matt Targett (£4.4m) and Ezri Konsa (£4.3m), Smith’s side has been overrun much less often in recent matches.

For that reason, Wolves were forced to exploit a tenth-minute injury to Targett, Neil Taylor (£4.3m) introduced at left-back for the first time since the 6-1 defeat to Manchester City back in Gameweek 22.

“Yes (Targett’s injury is because of the busy schedule). We’re the only team to have played four games in 11 days, so thank you very much for that.” – Dean Smith

For most of the first half, and much of the second, Nuno Espirito Santo asked Jiménez and Matt Doherty (£6.4m) to double-up on the former Swansea man in an attempt to get behind Villa’s defence, pulling the Mexican out of the penalty box.

Jiménez was not helped in this regard by the formation laid out by Nuno at Villa Park. He switched back to the 3-5-2 used from the beginning against West Ham, pairing Jiménez and Diogo Jota (£6.3m) in a front-pair, with Adama Traoré (£5.8m) dropping to the bench. Without the increased support on the flanks afforded by a 3-4-3 shape, it was up to both Jiménez and Jota to support their respective full-backs for much of the game.

Is that likely to be the same story against Arsenal though? Unlikely. In fact, Jiménez backers should still feel confident ahead of Gameweek 33+, as their upcoming opponents have not defended as well as Villa in recent weeks. In the same period that the relegation-threatened side have conceded just five big chances, Mikel Arteta’s men have allowed seven, as well as 10 more penalty area shots.

There was, of course, still some bad luck for Jiménez against Aston Villa. He managed to connect a low header with a Joao Moutinho (£5.4m) in the opening exchanges, only to see it collected by Nyland, and he was also denied the chance for a tap-in when Doherty got behind the defence later in the half, opting to blast a shot into the side-netting rather than square it.

Any remaining owners of Jota are likely to be at their wits’ end with the Portuguese international. He may have got his third successive start in Gameweek 32+ but could not last even an hour on this occasion. It was Jota who was chosen to be replaced by Traoré in the 59th minute. As a result, Wolves’ number 18 has now been subbed off without an attacking return in six of his last eight Premier League appearances.

Jota had arguably the best chance of the game though, making life even more frustrating for his 7.2% backing.

Why Jiménez blanked at Aston Villa and what it means for Gameweek 33+ 1

Nyland’s attempt to swing a throw out to one of his defenders went awry late in the first half, the ball squirming out into the path of Jota. However, the Wolves man took no time with the shot, lashing it immediately over the bar. Perhaps a more in-form Jota, with more confidence, might have buried it.

Meanwhile, owners of Traoré are likely to have a few concerns after his second benching since the Premier League restart. Furthermore, he was unable to have his usual impact from the bench as Nuno brought him on for Jota, playing him through the middle of the 3-5-2, rather than the flanks of a 3-4-3. 

Using Traoré as an impact substitute is generally something the manager normally gives more thought to for away matches, so the chances of seeing him on the flanks of a 3-4-3 line-up, much more suited to his abilities, for the Gameweek 33+ home match with Arsenal seem relatively high. Nuno also mentioned before the game that rotating Traoré simply came with the territory considering the rushed and compressed Premier League schedule.

“(Asked why he benched the in-form Traoré) It’s all about managing the squad. Knowing that such tight schedule means different approaches. We have to be aware of the decisions we make so that we can take advantage of the squad at the right moment.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

Meanwhile, Wolves defensive assets endeared themselves to Fantasy managers once again, keeping their seventh clean sheet from a possible eight since Willy Boly (£4.8m) returned from injury in Gameweek 25.

Despite Aston Villa lining up with an unprecedented two-man front-line of Keinan Davis (£4.3m) and Mbwana Samatta (£5.6m), Wolves were their usual well-organised selves, not allowing the hosts any space to exploit. Villa’s ongoing struggles in front of goal are also good news for those invested in the Liverpool and Manchester United defences that face them in Gameweeks 33+ and 34+ respectively.

“Everything starts on the defensive process of the team and our goal is always a clean sheet. If you keep that in mind and work towards that, eventually the organisation will provide with the talent that we have in our players that can unbalance teams.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

A double-up on their back-line is perhaps a bit too extreme for the Gameweek 33+ meeting with Arsenal, but upcoming matches against Sheffield United (away), Everton (home), Burnley (away) and Crystal Palace (home) look exceptionally profitable at this end of the pitch.

Crucially, Romain Saïss (£4.6m) is now free from the threat of a two-match suspension for now. He went into Gameweek 32+ with nine yellow cards, one away from triggering the ban. However, with Wolves’ 32nd match of the campaign out the way, the Moroccan’s threshold for a suspension has risen to 15.

Aston Villa XI (4-3-1-2): Nyland; Targett (N Taylor 10′), Mings, Hause, Konsa; Nakamba (Trézéguet 82′), D Luiz, Hourihane (McGinn 60′); Grealish; Davis (El Ghazi 82′), Samatta.

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI (3-5-2): Patrício; Saïss, Coady, Boly; Jonny, Moutinho, Neves, Dendoncker, Doherty; D Jota (Traoré 60′), Jiménez (Neto 85′).

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2,242 Comments Post a Comment
  1. el polako
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Looking at scores in Bundesliga yesterday (last GW of the season) I'm tempted to keep my FH until GW38+, pick right teams and you're flying up the ranks.

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Amen

    2. Young Lingard
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Are you going to pick Harvey Elliot
      Joe willock moise kean Phil Foden
      ? I think the teams with the great fixtures might just through a few spammers into the works
      But good luck if you pull it off

      1. el polako
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Fixtures are not that important, anything can happlen that's why bit of luck when picking players will be needed.
        There was 5 games yesterday with 4 or more goals in them - FH 38+ looks like high riskhigh reward option.

        1. GREEN IS GOOD
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          FH38... You know what teams still have something to play for so chose their players.

    3. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Think I'm going to hold my bench boost until 38 for that reason and just take some hits if needed to get a decent squad.

      1. Lukakuna
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Dont you think there will be rotation in 38?

        1. SHOOTER MCGINN
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Sure, but I guess 30 minutes of a good player in a high scoring week is better than a full 90 of junk in games that are quite low scoring at the moment. Just can't see an opportunity to use it at the moment.

      2. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Hits will cancel the boost.
        Points will be like push up ....
        Makes you look big, but useless 😀

        1. SHOOTER MCGINN
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Haha. Unlike push ups at least a bench boost will be fun

    4. drughi
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Yeah FH in gw 38 could be epic

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Imagine Rockstar doing his trick.
        Bloody Hell !

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Imagine attempting to shuffle the entire team in seconds

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 17 days ago

            3/4 minutes bro
            No worries about FT
            Only worry is hitting FH button. Otherwise ass whooping 😀

          2. el polako
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Imagine all the people...

            1. Eat my goal!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Site will crash for sure

    5. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I guarantee every man and his dog will have triple City by then.

      The tricky part is picking the correct 3 players...

      1. el polako
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Palace - Spurs might end up high scoring too

    6. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Won't be easy to build a team in 10mins but I'll give it a shot anyway 😀

      1. drughi
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        imagine fpl crashing while you are setting up your fh team, yikes

      2. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Personally, a lazy boy like me cannot stand FPL players getting the edge with leaked news. I get on my high horse and call it cheating. In reality I can't be bothered queuing for the information. (smile)

    7. FALSE PROFIT
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Harvey Elliot and I think of Harry Potter. Not sure why.I think FH and BB missed the bus. It is inevitable one pointers will show up a lot more now.

      1. el polako
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        There are still teams with a lot to play for plus teams like City or LFC always want to score more & more goals.

        1. FALSE PROFIT
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          I think the Budesliga are averaging 2 goals per game more than Pl across the board. One similarity is clean sheets though. It is only an opinion; I might be wrong. Use BB with teams high chance of clean sheets maybe.

          1. Rasping Drive (BSC Small Bo…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            I did that last week. It went titis up.

            1. FALSE PROFIT
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              20 clean sheets in 23 games so far since returning. If those stats keep up, it would be wise to have 5 at the back.

  2. Lukakuna
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    How’s this for a BB team next week? I have 2 FT and 2.0 ITB so can do Dendo to Sarr.

    Pope Henderson
    TAA Mag Saiss Lasc Taylor
    Salah KDB Bruno Barnes Dendo
    Rash Jimi DCL

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Looks good for BB.

    2. Young Lingard
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Sarr plays Chelsea (Mount ; pulisic sane prices ) ?

  3. Jafalad
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Still got TC to play. Any recommendations?

    Was thinking Salah v AVL but rotation now a concern.

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      pick someone against weak opposition the gameweek after they have been rested

      1. Jafalad
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Yes...not often the stars are alligned thus.

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          when you work it out, let me know 😉

          I have my eye on KDB due to the run as easy fixtures that may give an insight in to which ones he will start

          also the Utd players

    2. Wild Card this...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      KDB in GW38 against NOR.

  4. Little Red Lacazette
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Have 1FT.

    Auba -> Rashford or Jesus or Kane?

    Pope
    TAA C.Taylor Boly
    Salah KDB Fernandes Sarr
    Auba DCL Jimi

    Martinez Saka Saiss Cathcart

    1. jia you jia you
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      thinking of doing Auba to Kane myself but in your shoes I'd go Rashford

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Will be watching games closely, IF only Jesus could step into Kuns boots!

    3. Ian & Zen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Rashford at the mo, but best to watch games to access.

      1. Ian & Zen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        *assess

  5. La Roja
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Arsenal games for next 4

    Today: FA cup away to SHU
    Wednesday 1st of July Norwich at home
    Saturday 4th of July Wolves away
    Tuesday 7th of July Lei at home

    4 games in 10 days period.

    Only benchable game for Auba is Norwich at home I reckon

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Be tears on here 🙂

    2. MAXIMIN EFFORT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      It does worry me tbh, but still captained him

      1. La Roja
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Good luck mate

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Chose him as cappo. We shall see.

    4. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Got Nketiah for a hit
      It'll be either Rough or a smooth 😀

      1. La Roja
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Nailed on for a 2 pointer 😛

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Nope
          1 or 8
          😛

    5. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Prob rested today

      1. La Roja
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Arsenal’s only change of winning a trophy

        I can’t see it

        1. La Roja
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Chance*

        2. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Utd made lots of changes too

          Time will tell I guess

          1. La Roja
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Perhaps start today and play 60 odd min and similar bet Norwich

    6. SouthCoastSaint
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      The joy if Jiménez outscores him this week ...

    7. DAZZ
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      If i owned Auba and he started against SHU today, i’d be worried

    8. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I think he’ll be rested in the cup.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Rested for what? They're not getting European football based on where they'll finish on the league.

        1. bench boost for every gamew…
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Still a chance in the league, but next three will be decisive. If beating Norwich they have 2 games vs Europe cup rivals, so winning them would mean they will be closer. I´m not saying i think they will manage that but i´m outlining the thoughts of Arteta going into this week.

    9. Ian & Zen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      with those fixtures, and their current form, I'd say avoid all Arsenal players

  6. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Wow Salah being heavily sold with Villa next up?
    Got to be candidate for TC chip?

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      probably rested after the City game to give a few other players some game time

    2. La Roja
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      There is good possibility of being rotated though, I’ve got him and will stick

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        That applies to all mids & fwds, hence getting my chips out the way asap?

        1. La Roja
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Well that’s one way to look at it. The only advantage with Liverpool players at the moment, no Fa cup games

    3. MAXIMIN EFFORT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Own but don’t captain IMO

    4. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Him & Mane surely want a crack at the golden boot?

      1. Salarrivederci
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Maybe, but I think the fans, the club and the manager would like to see the rotationplayers and youngstars in action.
        No way Mane, Salah and Firmino starts against both City and Villa.

    5. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Villa easiest game on paper - think klopp will change it up

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        When to risk TC then?

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Well I blew it on mane, pretty much ended my season

          It’s always a calculated risk

          1. La Roja
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Same here

            I’m still bitter tbh

            1. Eat my goal!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Yeah I hear you. had I had it on TAA I’d have been top 1k, everything spiralled from there really!

              1. Amey
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Same here 🙁

              2. POLSKA GOLA
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                I know how you feel, I was 2k prior to that Mané one pointer and no Salah. A dozen points or so off the top 100. Dropped to 25k in a space of two weeks. Been working my way up to top 10k gradually but it’s been a very slow climb

    6. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Salah is chasing the golden boot. Klopp will know that. Do not see Klopp benching him. Most likely off at 75 minutes or so for Minamino who played down the right vs Everton.

      1. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Mane is too?

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Yep.

  7. dshv
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Already failed again with my captain choice jimenez.. it was between him and rashford

    1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Neither were great options this week, Wolves have looked tired

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      We all fail with C choices. Some fail more than others. Just the way the cookie crumbles.

      Next season I am going permacap from the start to end.

      1. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        That old permacap story 🙂 After Sterling hattie gw1 some were permacapping him for this season. Most of them probably sold him pretty fast 😉 Maximus Bonimus Pointimus who said that I'm the only one who doesn't think permacapping is a good idea has disappeared.

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          I will just permacap Salah. What can go wrong seeing that he will most likely end up being highest point scorer in the game this season again 🙂

          I wouldn't permacap City player with Pep around.

    3. Ron_Swanson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Rashford might do worse

  8. jia you jia you
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Have 2 FTs for GW33, thoughts on Auba to Kane?
    (no other pressing issues)

    1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      If Spurs carve through Sheff maybe, but Jose’s attacking players are never very appealing. He’s killed Son’s stats underlying stats already.

      1. jia you jia you
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        yeah but he's probably as good an option as Auba at least considering fixtures

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Yep

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I mean i like it*

      2. jia you jia you
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Cheers, if no injuries that will be my likely move. I'd go Rashford only I'm maxed out on MUN!

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          I'm jealous bro 😀
          I can't triple up easily atm unless selling one player I don't want right now.
          Will save FT this GW & reassess after watching one round of Pool & City and trying to see how much they will rotate in future

        2. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          I took a -12 this GW bdw

          Vardy Jota Lundstram 4.2 >> Pulisc © Nketiah Kiko Rashford

          😛

          1. FALSE PROFIT
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Bdw? Help an old man please.

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 17 days ago

              By the way
              He loves taking hits too. So thought this might make him chuckle 😛

          2. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 17 days ago

            That’s bold move ... which could work actually!

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 17 days ago

              OR tripled from restart. Got tired with my team. Loved Pulisc as option this GW.
              So pulled the trigger.

              Currently it's more than quadrupled but i think with Wolves attacker's blank, of Pulisc gets 2 returns, I'm in business.

              Watching Watford today too 😀

              Go Kiko Go

          3. jia you jia you
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            haha, you're turning into me...GL 🙂

  9. drughi
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Any advice on what to do here ? 2 FT

    Pope
    Doherty Saiss Lascelles TAA
    Salah(C) KDB Fernandes Martial
    Rashford Jimenez

    Martin DCL Holgate Guendouzi

    1. FALSE PROFIT
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Not a clue. I think Bruno might start to fail though.

    2. Young Lingard
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Review on Friday
      So many games , could be injuries.
      Your team is pretty great I’d be envious . Many will look at Everton when their fixtures chance and they are the only players out of form
      If you have BB you could be boring and move Martin to Martínez

    3. Donnie D
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Start DCL over one of Saiss or Lascelles

    4. Ian & Zen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      upgrade Guendouzi & change Salah as captain
      Play DCL in place of Lascelles

  10. Jet5605
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Hey guys, any changes needed here? 1FT and 0.5 ITB.

    Patricio
    Azpi / Lascelles / Boly
    Salah / KDB / Bruno / Martial / Sarr
    Rashford / Jimi 

    Particio / Nketiah / Holgate / Masina    

    1. Ian & Zen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      No TAA is worrying
      I'd save so you can redistribute funds when Salah is rotated

  11. Hitmonlee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Rashford or Bruno?

    Already have Harry and Tony..

    I feel like Rash could be the better pick.. Bruno looks amazing but could fall into the assisting the assisted category

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Three attackers for me, they all look dangerous.

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I do not fancy Bruno anymore with Pogba back and why a switched to Martial.

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        This probably

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Rashford potential I agree but haven’t seen him full throttle. Bruno seems shooting a lot outside the box albeit off targets (not checking the stats as yet).

    4. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Rashford. It's harder to fill forward slots. Fernandes and Martial can be interchanged if one hits better form. Don't like tripling up on attack. They're not convincing enough yet. Beating SHU without Henderson or Egan isn't enough to make me confident enough to triple. If they blank that's half your attack blanking.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Kind of agree so why not playing different formation? 451? I know mid options are more open Mahrez Pulisic Sarr etc but not forward. Maybe Jesus change the landscape soon.

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          I don't mind it.

    5. ManUnitedComeBack
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      That was my thought process before yesterday as well. But Bruno was very involved and Rashford looked rather rusty still. I will reassess during the Brighton game as well but am now planning to stick with Bruno on WC and go Kane, Jesus, Jimmy on a 343 or any two of them + Origi on a 352

  12. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Losing faith with Vardy, he helped me earlier in the season, still highly owned!

    How’s this looks for next week?

    Pope,
    Trent, Aurier, Boly
    TC Salah, KDB, Fernandes, Martial
    Jimmy, Rashford, Vardy

    McCarthy, Sarr, Taylor, Holgate

    .2 itb

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Sell him
      He turned my season too but Leicester are one trick pony right now. Easy to defend against.

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        IF Jesus puts down that sodding phone & starts hitting back of the net he is easy switch?

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          You bet
          I'm looking closely at him too.
          Mane DCL >> Martial Jesus
          😉

    2. Ian & Zen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      agree, I'm tempted to sell.
      Wait, he is nailed and has two games - Chelsea & Everton, both attacking teams with wingbacks, so will leave space behind, so he should get opportunities
      Though next up is Palace who Leicester have a poor record against and will sit back, denying him space.
      The team is not working well together at the moment, with more running off the ball, high pressing needed, back to where they had lots of success.
      Watch the two games and assess options ay end of game week
      lots of options could hit form or be dropped or worse, injured

  13. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 17 days ago

    just heard on the radio that the Govt. are looking at imposing a lockdown on Leicester after cases rose... wonder if that will effect football?

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      There are several areas in the UK that are a worry.
      But just watching the scenes from the beaches, Liverpool past few days & weeks of huge protest rallies what did they expect during a pandemic?

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      doubt it - all are tested regularly

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Local lockdown could well impact heavily, won’t be able to use the stadium!

        1. FALSE PROFIT
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Neutral ground unfortunately. I am having doubts the league will finish.

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            This day 4 weeks it’s all over either way - they’ll surely grit the teeth & power through the next 28 days

            1. FALSE PROFIT
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              What we all want. I hope you are right. Look at the PGA Golf. It is so easy to make an about turn. A lot of dissension with Govt atm about opening up. If the hot spots get more common I worry. I am a believer of herd immunity that is not a popular one.

    3. FALSE PROFIT
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      They don't want anyone to see Leicester training now Bielsa is coming to the Premiership.

  14. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Son is on the chopping board - need to see something

    His output is comparable to prior years but he just doesn’t seem the same in the current formation

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Don't have the stats to back it up but usually seems more prolific when Kane isn't playing

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Hold those horses.
      Don't let yourself get affected by the negativity here.

      One GW & Bruno is a bad player too.

      I mean, Son was a toe away from a hual last GW. Look at his upcoming fixtures.
      Spurs needs wins. He'll play. Mou Don't give a .... about rotation.

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I hear you there, but normally we see him shooting a lot more. I’ll watch the game with interest.

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Yeah

        2. FALSE PROFIT
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          mm from 13 points last week and against WanB the previous one.

    3. SouthCoastSaint
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      The positional change has affected him but I imagine Sheff United game will be a bit more open than the “everyone behind the ball” West Ham went with. And he still got an assist and nearly a goal

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Points per game as high as when Poch was there believe it or not. Nevertheless he has always trolled me.

    4. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Spurs attack not looking great and the only other player I will shift Son for at the moment is Mahrez.

      Son is nailed, Mahrez ain't.

      I may as well stick with Son tbf.

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        This. But if you make the wrong choice, it can hurt big time in ML's

    5. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Had his goal not been just offside would we talk about ditching him? Since he scored that "chance" is taken away from his xG.

  15. Reckoner.
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Thoughts on this WC team:

    Pope
    TAA | Doherty | Lascelles
    Mane | KDB | Pulsic | Traore
    Rashford | Jesus | Jimenez

    Button | Holgate | Douglas Luiz | Simpson

    0.5m left to improve bench

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Drop jesus and Luiz imo

      Better options out there

      May even have enough cash to upgrade Simpson

      1. Reckoner.
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Douglas Luiz 4.4m midfielder.

        Bench fodder.

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Okay but mahrez is a better pick than Jesus

          And a million cheaper - bring in origi as a villa punt for Jesus and upgrade luiz to mahrez

          Then I’d try to get a Utd defender in prob for holgate - fixtures are mixed

    2. SouthCoastSaint
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Traore got to go imo

  16. RedWolf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    With the league done, I'm considering ditching Mane and KDB after the next game which will free up funds and allow me to redistribute.

    I haven't got any Chelsea in my team at the moment. I want to, but I can't decide who's worth getting!

    Alonso, Willian, Pulisic?

    1. Soto Ayam
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      All of them are worth getting, See the fa cup line up first

    2. Devo-McDuff
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I think you'll regret it.

  17. The Big Larsbowski
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Going for a WC without Liverpool-players, also planning a bench boost in gw34. Just crazy, or does it make sense?

    Patricio-Martinez
    Aurier-Keane-wanB- Azpi- Kiko F
    Mount-KdB-Mahrez-Son- Martial
    Kane-Rashford- DCL

  18. FALSE PROFIT
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Di anyone learn anything from the cup game yesterday?
    Will Williams get a run out next game?
    Do ManU supporters think he deserves a permanent spot?
    Will Bruno get rested now?
    Will Martial suffer with service as a result?

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Williams will get one full pl game. Nothing more than that.
      Shaw is steady at the moment.
      Bruno will play all games that matters IMO.
      Martial is too hot n cold. Can create a goal Outta nowhere for himself too

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        All valid points. I think Nketiah and Greenwood up top playing 4 5 1 could pat though. 20 of 23 games clean sheets.

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          I hear you
          If all my midfield strikes & DCl flops I'll sell him and get AWB then.
          Not sure about Greenwood. He'll block one United spot

          1. FALSE PROFIT
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            That is the problem but all those bucks for the remainder of the side.

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Origi ????

    2. DAZZ
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Doubt williams gets a start, Shaw’s actually playing well as is AWB, i think united stick with Shaw Lindelol Maguire AWB for the foreseeable future, they are playing well

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Ok. For someone who keeps himself notoriously unfit though, why did Shaw play yesterday?

  19. DAZZ
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    What are Salah and TAA owners doing? Im sure rotation will come into play, to allow fringe players minutes for a medal. Might sell Salah

    1. HollywoodXI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Keeping both. And KDB. Irrespective of rotation, they are the three best players in the league and will score well until the end of the season. I’ve learned to not overthink this game.

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I think Salah could use the competitive games. I think he'll play more than he won't and with less pressure could perform even better. I'll probably ditch Mane though.

      1. DAZZ
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Yeah its not like they need the rest for any other competition

    3. fr3d
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Keeping as I think they will barely rotate at all. Unlike the City players

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Yes
        One game sitting out isn't that harsh.
        But I can't bring myself to sell KDB too 😛

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Keeping and monitoring nothing worth actioning until more info available

    5. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I am planning to get Salah in after MCI. He looked greedy. I expect Klopp to keep on starting with strong XI and after having won the game youngsters get to play. In last game Salah was helping one kid in the end.

  20. myteamissheeeeeeeet
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Morning All, what’s your thoughts on Bruno starting on Tuesday against Brighton please?

    1. Lateriser 12
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      It doesn't matter either way. You've made your decision either way. Don't worry about things you don't need to worry about.

      1. myteamissheeeeeeeet
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Good advice, we can read far too much into it and worry about things that are way way out of our control. I thinks he’s got a good chance with Ole’s comments about players who have played 120 mins are fit enough to play the next game!

      2. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        By the way, thx for your last article. It at least made my decision to attack for hauls mentally easier 🙂

        1. FPLYuval
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          which article was this?

      3. el polako
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        That's some real taoism there.

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      He will start IMO I'd probably bet money on it.
      I'd be very surprised if he didn't.

      1. myteamissheeeeeeeet
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Yeah I’m with you. Tried to be a little different with my captain as chasing so fingers crossed 😉

    3. Young Lingard
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Starts imo
      Looks tired yes
      But I think ole got his wake up call
      I heard united fans go crazy last night but in theory it’s the perfect result. Ole should now know the core players cannot be dropped squad isn’t great outside of the starting eleven.

      1. myteamissheeeeeeeet
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Very true, the starting 11 is very strong and can compete but outside that we are very far away! Needs a clear out and 5/6 exceptional squad players brought in unlike Dalot, Pereira, Mata (sad to say but had his day). In a better place than a few months ago though.

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Lingard Mata were not good enough. That’s reminded me of why I was avoiding watching United since Mou crisis until recently.

    4. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Even if he doesn't start you're not going to sell him after a rest, up against Bournemouth next.

      As Lateriser said, don't worry.

      1. myteamissheeeeeeeet
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        When he’s your captain there’s always a worry 🙁

  21. Young Lingard
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    I like to imagine there’s someone pre break who left the captain armband on Doherty and will continue doing so rising the ranks without interest in the game.
    Whilst we are all overthinking all attacking assets specifically being burnt by Aubameyang.
    It’s a long week until I see peps disciple burn me

  22. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Any chance that I get Donkey's points?

    TAA Soyuncu Taylor
    Salah Mane KdB Fernandes
    DCL Ings Jimi

    (Holgate, Dendoncker)

    1. Lateriser 12
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Ings is your best chance imo.

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Outside of Bruno

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        1 pointer more likely

    2. Young Lingard
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Ings benched but Saints would have to be Comfortable for ings not to show.
      If Taylor is the Burnley one perhaps he’s swapped with pieters but unlikely (I have him in over Saïss )

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Do we know for sure that Ings is benched? I keep hearing it but can't find proof?

    3. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Unlikely if he's your second sub.

  23. Forza Papac
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    A) Barnes > Mahrez

    B) Ings > Jesus

    1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      A

    2. lilmessipran
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      A

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      A

  24. lilmessipran
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Patricio 3.9
    Taa Doherty lascelles kiko holgate
    Son Salah Martial Bruno hayden
    Rash Jimi DCL

    1FT, 0.5 itb ..how would you bring in a ManC attacker in this side

    A Bruno/Son to Mahrez -FT
    B Take a hit to bring in kdb
    C Take a hit to bring in Jesus
    D others?

    1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Wouldn't sell Bruno with Bournemouth coming up regardless of triple-up.

      1. lilmessipran
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I am skeptical of doing that myself..would you do Son to Mahrez with a ft?

        1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Yeah, if Son blanks against Sheff I would.

    2. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      D) DCL + Hayden to Foden + Nketiah

      But not for a hit imo

  25. ManUnitedComeBack
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Lateriser (during the previous scoutcast) talked about using Foden smartly based on minutes and preempting rotation for City. But that would effectively force you to go with a "base" formation of 343 or 442. For those who want to play with a "base" of 352 could Origi serve the same purpose? With 3 games in 6 days (AVL, bri, BUR) surely he gets at least 1 if not 2 starts next week?

    1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Yeah that could work well. I've got Foden myself, rotating with Sarr. I'm sure he'll start after the Pool game.

      1. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I expect him to start then also and that means serious benching headache since he is my 5th mid.

    2. Sead’s Colossal Snatc…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 17 days ago

      After GW33 I’m considering Pulisic & Jota to Mahrez & Origi. I agree that Origi is in a similar spot minutes wide to Foden.

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      352 already for a while with Nketiah and really considering move to 451 with Sarr is the only in and out mid slot. Foden could go there theoretically.

    4. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I’ll bite: why couldn’t Foden be used in a 352? 🙂

    5. Rasping Drive (BSC Small Bo…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Could work out very well.

      I’m considering using Foden in a 3-4-3 (Foden being my 5th mid) - but that would mean second-guessing Pep. Now he’s lost the league, perhaps he will be benevolent and let us know about the lineup before the game.

      No chance? Yeah, I thought so.

  26. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Score prediction WAT-SOU today? 0-0? If not who is going to score?

    1. lilmessipran
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      1-0 watford

    2. Young Lingard
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      2-1 Watford
      Deeney
      Long

    3. MAXIMIN EFFORT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      0-0 bore draw. Watford looking poor.

    4. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      1-0
      (Hopefully)
      0-0
      (Likely)

    5. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Saints are a proactive team, so there's always a good chance of goals in their games.

      Watford 1-2 Saints

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        They've been involved in no 0-0s this season, and only three 1-0s.

    6. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I reckon 2-1, Deeney & Sarr, late goal from Ings.

  27. what's my name
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    for gw 32+
    auba + jota + williams to jim + rash + kiko for -4 Y or N

    1. MAXIMIN EFFORT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Y

  28. Miguel Sanchez
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Which option:

    A) Fernandez (WHU) next GW and then Mahrez thereafter

    B) Pulisic

    1. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      A.

      I'm looking to start bringing in City players building towards a triple-up by GW37/38.

  29. CONNERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Which to play?

    a/ DCL (away to Spurs, form not great)
    b/ Lascelles (Home to West Ham)
    c/ Cantwell (Home to Brighton)

    Swaying towards Lascelles atm but that would mean playing 5-3-2 with TAA, VVD, Doherty & Alonso....

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      B - if I don’t bring in Pulisic I will play Fernandez and hope for a Toon CS

    2. luk46
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Pope
      TAA Doherty Maguire
      Mane KDB Fernandes Bergwijn
      Jimenez Rashford DCL
      Martin Guendouzi Simpson Ngakia

      team looks solid imo, trying to get into top 10k tho!

      would you do DCL + Ngakia > Nketiah + Aurier and play 442? Bergwijn > Mahrez the week after if no price changes

      1. luk46
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        oops... would probs play B, maybe A if chasing a bit

    3. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Thanks both.

  30. zeslinguer
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Just read that the number one player in the world hasn’t had TAA all season. Goes to show there is no such thing as ‘essential’.