Scout Notes

What Bournemouth’s shock win over Leicester means for Fantasy managers

Bournemouth 4-1 Leicester City

  • Goals: Junior Stanislas (£5.8m), Dominic Solanke (£5.1m) x2, Jonny Evans (£5.3m) own-goal | Jamie Vardy (£9.8m)
  • Assists: Callum Wilson (£7.4m), Diego Rico (£4.2m), Stanislas| None
  • Bonus: Solanke x3, Stanislas x2, Vardy x1

Where to start with – and how to make sense of – this one?

A bewildering evening on the south coast saw Leicester City implode spectacularly in a manner that conjured up memories of Brazil’s 7-1 thumping at the hands of Germany six years ago.

From Dominic Solanke (£5.1m) finding the net to the Foxes’ two centre-backs scoring a combined minus five Fantasy Premier League points, it was a scarcely believable watch.

The first 45 minutes went by pretty much as expected, with Jamie Vardy (£9.8m) opening the scoring in a typically opportunistic manner, Brendan Rodgers’ side utterly dominating proceedings, and Bournemouth looking fragile in both defence and confidence.

Leicester went into half-time having racked up 10 shots to the Cherries’ one, with Vardy responsible for five of them.

Only some last-ditch blocks kept the score down, with Nathan Ake (£4.8m) getting a vital touch onto a 36th-minute strike from the Foxes’ forward to deflect one effort up and over.

Based on the first-half evidence, and with Ake limping off injured, many of us would have expected a Vardy haul to materialise and no doubt began looking at options for a Manchester City triple-up in Gameweek 36+.

Eddie Howe switched things around at the interval, making two changes and moving to a wing-back system to match Leicester’s formation, but the first 20 minutes of the second half passed by without much incident.

The Cherries were better, with only poor touches from Solanke and Callum Wilson (£7.4m) ruining promising moves, but had still only registered two efforts on goal before the game turned on its head in the 65th minute.

A suicidal kick out from Kasper Schmeichel (£5.5m) led to Wilson being fouled in the Bournemouth box, with substitute Junior Stanislas (£5.8m) stepping up in the injured Josh King‘s (£6.1m) absence to level the scores from the spot.

Things unravelled from that point for the visitors, with Caglar Soyuncu (£5.0m) seeing red for a kick on Wilson immediately after Solanke had squeezed a shot under Schmeichel.

Jonny Evans (£5.3m) then deflected a Stanislas shot past his own goalkeeper before Solanke rounded off the scoring when pouncing on a dreadful Christian Fuchs (£4.2m) pass.

Substitute Sam Surridge (£4.3m) went on to waste two glorious opportunities in injury time as Leicester’s defence went AWOL.

How to process this result as Fantasy managers?

Firstly, Bournemouth’s admirable second-half fightback isn’t likely to put us off going big on Pep Guardiola’s side in Gameweek 36+, with the Cherries looking brittle at the back.

As plucky as the south coast side were, this was a freakish set of circumstances and Manchester City would unquestionably have swatted aside Howe’s troops had they provided the opposition in the opening 45 minutes.

Bournemouth look likely to be without their best centre-half on Wednesday, too, with Howe saying of Ake:

It doesn’t look too good. With such a short time left of the season, it looks like it’s going to be difficult for him to play.

But what of Leicester?

It’d be easy to chalk this game down as an anomaly from their point of view, too, and it’s unlikely that circumstances will again conspire against them in the way they did on Sunday.

However, the Foxes have taken only 14 points from their last 14 games and they are in serious danger of losing out on a Champions League qualification place that looked all but secured at the turn of 2020.

Soyuncu will now miss the remainder of the season, while the Foxes – who still have doubts over James Maddison (£7.3m) and Ben Chilwell (£5.5m) – ahead of Gameweek 36+ – also lost Marc Albrighton (£5.1m) to injury in the first half.

Luckily, Vardy keeps on scoring regardless.

This was his fourth goal in three games and he himself looks back to his best even if the Foxes continue to be hit and miss, with the support from Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.7m) and Ayoze Perez (£6.0m) in attack working well over the last week.

All three of those players could have added to the Foxes’ lead in the first half and it made Rodgers’ decision to withdraw the Nigerian at half-time, sending on Dennis Praet (£5.2m) in his stead, look particularly odd.

The Leicester boss said of that change:

[Iheanacho] wasn’t having one of his better games. The issue for us defensively was on the side of the pitch, because there was a lot of space for Wilf [Ndidi] and Youri [Tielemans] to cover.

So we pushed Ayo [Perez] on, he was playing well, and added an extra midfielder in to help cover.

But the defeat wasn’t tactical, it was about the spirit.

Turning his ire on his players and Soyuncu, Rodgers added:

I didn’t see it coming. We didn’t have personality in the second half. I would say an apology to the supporters, that was unacceptable for a Leicester City team, the reaction to the red card. We lacked the spirit and attitude.

It’s disappointing because we’re already without three of our key players. We don’t have a big enough squad.

It’s a stupid reaction [from Soyuncu]. His covering position could have been better. It was reckless.

Saying that, we have to defend better. We didn’t show the right spirit when we went down to 10 men.

While Vardy’s own form isn’t in question, that of his team is and the Foxes have three tricky-looking games remaining, starting with a match against a Sheffield United side who look back to their best defensively.

The Golden Boot may be enough to keep his existing owners interested but there’ll be fewer FPL managers looking at him anew, while the rest of the Foxes’ squad will likely be given short shrift altogether.


Bournemouth XI (4-4-2): Ramsdale; Stacey, Ake (S Cook 40′), Kelly, Rico; Brooks (L Cook 81′), Gosling (Billing 45′), Lerma, Danjuma (Stanislas 45′); Solanke, Wilson (Surridge 90′).

Leicester City XI (3-4-1-2): Schmeichel; Justin, Evans, Soyuncu; Albrighton (Bennett 16′), Ndidi, Tielemans, Fuchs; Perez (Barnes 70′) Vardy, Iheanacho (Praet 45′).

Members Analysis

FPL LESSONS LEARNED FROM GAMEWEEK 35+

4,127 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Noah’s Ark
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Unlucky United.

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Nah, awful second half.

    2. Hy liverpool
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Rashy chance says it all

    3. Jag-z
        2 months, 6 days ago

        A moment of silence for all the United fans who made fun of other teams even before playing their game

        1. Noah’s Ark
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Must have missed that

    4. Syd.
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Southampton are a decent side

      Play some decent football

      1. thomashl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Was just gonna say. They look like the best lower half-team by far.

      2. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        When they don't lose 0-9 at home I agree

      3. Netters2018
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Like to think were a mid table team!!

    5. Only a Hazard of time
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Should have just saved my hit this week!

      Jimi (8) --> Vardy (7)
      DCL (2) --> Greenwood (2)
      AWB (0) ---> Keane (0)

      1. DMP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Me to. Jimmy to Vardy.

    6. DMP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Greenwood(C) locked!

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        For Palace? Might join you, or Bruno

      2. BENOIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I’m benching him!

        1. DMP
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          lol

        2. DMP
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          For who?

          1. DMP
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Im benching Antonio.

    7. DAZZ
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      David Silva (c) punt for me this GW. Hovering at 100K

      1. DMP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Another great captaincy option!

    8. jonnybhoy
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      DCL to Ings for free?

      1. DMP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Even for an hit!

      2. Bagheri Arce
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        On the same move myself but worried about Ings getting a long overdue rest.

        I'm tempted by Giroud

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Hassenhuttl said Ings will start remaining games because of golden boot

        2. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          This mythical Ings rest is the reason I’ve not owned him all season

          He never rests and he always scores!!!

          1. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            He didn't score today

      3. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Just did it for a hit.

    9. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Lads, if you had to pick 3 key players going into GW36+ who would they be?

      1. DMP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Dilva, Bruno and Pulisic.

      2. tempest
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Being different from above...

        Martial, Sterling, Willian

      3. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Ings Martial Pulisic

      4. Bunk Moreland
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Sterling, Jesus, Martial

    10. fcsaltyballs
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Pope
      TAA AWB Saiss
      Salah KDB Fernandes Mahrez Foden
      Greenwood Vardy

      Henderson Lascelles Connolly Lundstram

      1FT, 3.2 itb

      1. Connolly >> Ings (bench Mahrez 36+)
      2. Mahrez >> Pulisic, do 1. next week (risk no Mahrez v wat in 37+)

      Thanks

      1. jonnybhoy
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        1

    11. Rondon19
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Who would you prefer next 3 GWs?

      A Martial
      B David Silva

      1. tempest
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Martial defo

    12. tempest
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Any changes you’d make to this FH team next week - happy to hear anything!! Is KDB too much of a risk?

      DDG
      Digne/ james/ Christiansen
      Sterling/ KDB/ Willian/ Martial/ Antonio
      Kane/ Jesus

      Greenwood/ Aurier

      1. yakirh
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Don't like the defense at all

        1. tempest
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Only for one week....

          2 x Chelsea v Norwich at home?

          1. yakirh
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Prefer Pulisic+Alonso+Willian/Giroud

        2. tempest
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Could change KDB to silva and afford anyone at the back?

    13. Naby K8a
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Rio Ferdinand tweets Ole at the wheel post Villa and Utd drop points next game. Like clockwork

    14. sirmorbach
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Lads,

      Patricio
      TAA / Doherty / Aurier/ Holgate / Lascelles
      Salah / KDB / Bruno / Mahrez / Pulisic
      Jiménez / DCL / Greenwood

      A. Is Doherty, Mahrez, DCL out / Egan, Martial, Ings worth a - 4?
      B. Do it, but bring in Foden/DSilva instead of Martial?
      C. Something else?

    15. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Double transfer tactical genius....

      Son (13) & rashford (7) -> martial (13) & vardy (7)

      Worth the effort.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Ha ha

    16. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Martial 40
      Bednarek 32
      Rash & Armstrong 28

    17. Wiltonj
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Midfield dilemma this week.

      Have got sterling foden bruno martial salah.

      However i am chasing so im thinking of picking puli willian or dilva. Or probaly two of the 3.

      But who to ditch?

    18. jonnybhoy
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      C the right option?

      A) DCL, Sarr + TAA to Greenwood, Salah and Taylor -8pts
      B) Sarr + TAA to Sterling + 4.3m defender -4pts
      C) DCL to Ings - Free

    19. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      -1 for United defence with no Ings involvement is lovely.

      Took a BAP from Rashford too.

    20. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Rashford vs Greenwood

      Rahsford will score more points right but is Greenwood still the pick given the price difference?

      1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Yes, since you can fill your midfield with Martial and Fernandes.

      2. thomashl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        If you’re getting him now, I’ll say yes. Not worth a sideways move. Or maybe, depending on the upgrade

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        go away

      2. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Lol - greatest bait ever as a title

      3. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Dude, please....

      4. Thescaff
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        2 days old buddy, keep up

      5. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Nonsense

      6. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        LOL.

      7. ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Poor effort

    21. DavidKent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Jiminez to Jesus for next 2 GW?

      1. tempest
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Yup

    22. pranavs9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Pls suggest TC in the coming 2 gw’s. Options are:
      1. Sterling- City vs Bou
      2. KDB- City vs Bou
      3. Ings- Sou vs BHA
      4. Bruno- Cry vs Utd
      5. Martial- Cry vs Utd

      1. FDMS All Starz
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Wouldn’t use it on Ings as he plays behind Adams

    23. BENOIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Foden or Dilva for next 2 only?

    24. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      "I don't want top 4. You take it"

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Let’s be clear, given the current teams United deserve top 4 - they’ll have a right good go at champions league next season

        Imagine that Chelsea defence playing against Barcelona....

        1. Noah’s Ark
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          That Chelsea attack looks decent next year though! One or two proper good signings and they will be very good next year I reckon.

          1. TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            They need 2 central defenders and a keeper to have any chance

            A striker who can score 20+ a season would also help because Tammy isn’t it

            1. Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Werner is decent I guess

        2. thomashl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          I think they’ll prove to be better than Chelsea in the fa cup matches.

          Wouldn’t want to see us playing barca with Lindelof at his current level though - has some good involvement, but makes dangerous mistakes too often

      2. Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        4 teams battling relegation. 4 wins.
        3 teams fighting for Europe. 2 losses and a draw.

    25. vincentwsho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      How would you order this bench?

      1) Ritchie (TOT)
      2) Taylor (WOL)
      3) Connolly (sou)

      Already playing Pope. Thanks

    26. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Well played Southampton ...
      Chelsea Liverpool
      United Leicester

      These games are huge now 😀

    27. Yippeekiyay Mertersacker
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Called it!

    28. SouthCoastSaint
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      EVERYONE wrote us off. Get in.

      Well done martial owners/ cappers

    29. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Team gtg for next GW?
      Pope
      Doherty - Justin - TAA
      Salah - Foden - KDB - Bruno - Martial
      Jesus - (R)ash

      1. yakirh
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        No Chelsea might hurt you, otherwise G2G

    30. Isco Disco
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Where's that United glory hunter Amey who was walking a lot before this game?
      I guess back to his cave. Funny how these glory hunters start thinking they're the best in EPL after beating injury-hit Sheffield, Villa and BOU and then can't beat SOU or Spurs lol

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Shots fired

    31. CrouchDown
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      How does this FH look guys? I’m chasing

      Lloris

      Azpi Doherty Mendy

      Martial Pulisic Foden Fernandes

      Jesus Ings Rashford

      Subs: Button, Willian Saïss Cathcart

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        It’s got all the ‘punts’ in there but it has huge potential

        I love it as an all or nothing chasing team

      2. Only a Hazard of time
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Mendy is a bit risky, I'd get Ederson in and downgrade Mendy to a Burnley defender

      3. Free Hat
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Not so sure Mendy will play buddy. More likely Zinchenko imo