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+

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  1. southcoastbeast
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    Who do i captain ?

    A) kdb
    B) salah
    C) bruno

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Salah out of those

    2. YEAH PITCH!
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      B

    3. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      B

    4. southcoastbeast
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Cheers salah it is then. Would love raz but u cant have them all, enless i get rid of salah for a hit.

      Jimmy to ings for me this week.

  2. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    22 days, 8 hours 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 (Willian), do 1. next week (risk no Mahrez v wat in 37+)
    3. Mahrez Vardy >> Pulisic (Willian) Jesus (-4)

    Thanks

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      2

  3. Bleh
    • 3 Years
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    Just pulled the trigger on KDB > Dilva. Time to log off

  4. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    Hey fam! Time for quick captaincy voting!

    A. Salah vs Arsenal (A)
    B. Bruno vs Palace (A)
    C. Pulisic vs Norwich (H)
    D. Jesus vs Bournemouth (H)
    E. Sterling vs Bournemouth (H)
    F. Antonio vs Watford (H)

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      E!

    2. Blue&White85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      I’m going C if we get confirmation before the game he starts.

    3. acesingh
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      E

    4. Bleh
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      C

    5. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      E

    6. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Torn between C and E

    7. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      C

    8. Brendan95
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      C

    9. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      So it's a 5-4 between C & E! Cheers everyone!

  5. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    Start 1 defender 1 keeper

    A- Allison
    B-McCarthy
    C-C.Taylor
    D-Lascelles
    E-Justin

  6. Alli
    • 3 Years
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    A. Jimé > Ings
    B. Save FT
    C. Other?

    Pope - Martin
    TAA - Doherty - Digne - Saiss - Lascelles
    Mané - KDB - Mahrez - Fernandes - Foden
    Rashford - Jiménez - Greenwood

  7. drughi
    • 10 Years
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    Do we think mane>sterling is worth a hit ?

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Naah. Mane playing Arsenal defence.

      1. drughi
        • 10 Years
        22 days, 8 hours ago

        yeah should be some goals for liverpool in that one

    2. Feed tha Sheep
      • 8 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Im doing for free if we knew he would start it may be worth a hit but unfortunately we don’t

      1. drughi
        • 10 Years
        22 days, 8 hours ago

        for free I would do it also but dont think its worth a -4

    3. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Don’t think so but then I’m taking a hit to get Sterling for another MCI player so what do I know 😆

      1. drughi
        • 10 Years
        22 days, 8 hours ago

        KDB>Sterling ? KDB is my captain right now

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          22 days, 8 hours ago

          I reckon he’s likely to have less mins than the rest. Super risky captain imo

  8. Cheeto__Bandito
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    Never cap a tuesday nighter

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      This

    2. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      lol even if they are playing the worst team in the league?

  9. YEAH PITCH!
    • 1 Year
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    Jimenez > Jesus

    Or

    Mane > Sterling

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      A

    2. HD7
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Really close call buddy.
      Depends who you think has better chance to start from Jesus Sterling

    3. Dele
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      B

    4. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Both if u can

      A

  10. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    3rd time lucky RP

    It’s go hard or go home time. I’ve fallen back down to 36k. If I want to try and finish inside top 20k I need to go for things. High risk, high reward...

    This is what my team is likely to be if I go ahead with planned moves:
    Mahrez, KDB > Sterling, Dilva (-4)

    Pope
    TAA, Doherty, Kiko
    Salah, Sterling, Dilva, Bruno, Pulisic
    Vardy, Ings
    (Martin) (Greenwood, Lascelles, Simpson)

    Looks good? Captain torn between Puli or Sterling. FH in 38+

    Cheers

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      I’d keep KdB and just do Mahrez to DSilva

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        22 days, 8 hours ago

        Really doubt KDB gets extensive mins this week and he plays deeper when Dilva plays also which = less FPL appeal.

        It saddens me but I think this is the week to punt on moving him out.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          22 days, 8 hours ago

          Don’t forget KdB on pens and so good with bonus

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            22 days, 8 hours ago

            I know but can see him getting 15-20 mins. That’s 70-75 mins of opportunity wasted potentially

    2. acesingh
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      I would just do salah to Sterling

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        22 days, 8 hours ago

        Nah not for me that move. Salah will do well this week imo. He’s hungry for goals.

  11. EWH2020
    • 6 Years
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    A) Vardy to Jesus -4
    B) Vardy to Ings -4
    C) Save

    1. acesingh
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      C

  12. DeadStar
    • 9 Years
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    As I'm pushed for time (and a bit lazy) can anyone share what looks like the template free hit team this week? Seems to me like Chelsea and City are the ones to target but KDB could be the one to risk leaving out?

    1. HeyHeyDembo
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Im free hitting with the following team;

      McCarthy
      Azpi-Digne-Maguire
      KDB-Sterling-William-Pulisic
      Vardy-Jesus-Ings

      Not happy with the Maguire spot though...

      1. DeadStar
        • 9 Years
        22 days, 8 hours ago

        Cheers. No Utd attacker at all feels a bit risky though.

  13. Dele
    • 3 Years
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    Salah > Sterling with a free transfer?

    1. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      thinking to do same, but Salah vs that Arsenal defence uhhh

  14. Coys96
    • 3 Years
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    A) Gayle & Salah
    B) KdB & Jimenez

    Still have BB

  15. OneDennisBergkamp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    Play Foden (BOU) or Vardy (SHU)?

    1. Andy Ftw
      • 7 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      foden

    2. Bleh
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Foden

    3. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Foden. Captainable

    4. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      you cant bench vardy

    5. drughi
      • 10 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      cant bench vardy

    6. acesingh
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Foden ... but surely your front 7 can have someone else to bench

  16. Ian Davis
    • 10 Years
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    Has Price Predictor been accurate of late? It has Ings and Jesus currently going ⬆️ so might have to make transfers now...

    1. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Pretty accurate as far as I've seen

  17. jason_ni
    • 4 Years
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    Is Vardy to Jesus worth it for -4 over next 2 game weeks?
    Will be free hitting in.38, such a tough call!

    Have sterling and Foden already.

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Very hard to say. I was going to get him in also but think I’ve decided to stick on Vardy this week to see if his hunt for the golden boot makes him hungry enough!

      1. jason_ni
        • 4 Years
        22 days, 8 hours ago

        This is it. Vardy could still haul this gw.. and he's still a differential in my ml!

  18. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    Hi lads. Would you do Salah to Sterling (C) ? I'm chasing 35 points. Both rivals have Salah and they wont have Sterling.

    1. jason_ni
      • 4 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      not a fan, but could work, I think salah could haul.at arsenal

      1. Niho992
        • 1 Year
        22 days, 8 hours ago

        I know but Salah isnt that good away when Mane plays.

  19. kysersosa
    • 5 Years
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    Just heard tonights scout cast......gutted. I thought D. Silva was going to be my secret weapon!

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Shhhh lots of ppl still don’t watch the scoutcast!

    2. gmando2011
      • 8 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      ??

  20. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • 5 Years
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    Would you bin Vardy or Jimi for Ings?

    Planned Jimi all along but Leicester look done.

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Jimbo

      Vardy has golden boot to aim for still

  21. HD7
    • 3 Years
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    FH36 hitters

    Do you think maybe Rash/Greenwood is better next to Jesus than Ings?

    Just saw most of the goals of Ings are away.

    1. acesingh
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Yes I would go rash over Ings

  22. cravencottage
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    Sterling or Jesus? Thanks ( have KDB)

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Raheem

    2. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Sterling

    3. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Sterling

    4. Effe
      • 9 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Jesus

    5. HeyHeyDembo
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Both

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        22 days, 8 hours ago

        This

  23. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 10 Years
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    Worth the 4 point hit?

    Kdb, Aurier, jimi > pulisic, Azpilicueta, Jesus

    Martinez,
    Taa, Azpilicueta, Doherty
    Mane, foden, pulisic, Sterling, Bruno
    Rashford, Jesus
    Subs, button, lascelles, ngakia, Greenwood

    Ings will have to wait until next week!

    1. Effe
      • 9 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Yes worth the hit

      1. George Agdgdgwngo
        • 10 Years
        22 days, 8 hours ago

        Thanks

  24. Beatle
    • 6 Years
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    93 points. Great week!!

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Congrats!!

    2. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      nice

      My score was about a third of yours.

  25. FDMS All Starz
    • 4 Years
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    With Man Utd vs Chelsea fa cup on Sunday, any chance of a test for the Utd boys as they play on Thursday?

    1. Rainer
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Top 4 > FAC.

      Subbings if game won more likely.

  26. Rinseboy
    • 8 Years
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    Thoughts on this -4? Who to bench though if I do it! Thanks
    KDB DCL Mahrez to DSilva Jesus Pullisic

    Pope Martinez
    TAA Doherty Diop Aurier Fernandez
    Salah Martial Bruno
    Vardy Greenwood

    1. Bleh
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Good moves and it’s between Vardy and Greenwood on the bench for me, same dilemma!

    2. drughi
      • 10 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      looks alright, greenwood

  27. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    Who would you rather have this week?

    Jimenez or Vardy

    1. Rainer
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      V

  28. Ronnies
    • 5 Years
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    Who should I go with?

    It's for a -4

    A) Jesus

    B) Ings

    Cheers.

  29. Effe
    • 9 Years
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    Feel free to give any thoughts, opinions, criticisms on my free hit squad below:

    Ederson
    Coleman Azpi Digne
    Martial Fernandes Antonio Pulisic Willian
    Jesus Ings

    Pope, Greenwood, Tarkowski, Taylor

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Chelsea shipped 49 goals good luck.

      1. Effe
        • 9 Years
        22 days, 8 hours ago

        Norwich at home though

    2. Eastman
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      EASTMAN 2 Yearsjust now
      I like the Willian and Puli choice but lose a Utd player for City mid imo

  30. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    22 days, 8 hours ago

    Pukki goal tomorrow, scenes 🙂