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. Riggs
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 12 days ago

    My front line is:
    Salah KDB Bruno Martial Foden
    Vardy Ings Greenwood
    The question is who to bench. I need to choose one of them to stay in the bench.

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Greenwood

    2. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      greenwood, have the same attack with mane over salah

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        It definitely isn't Mane over Salah , it is "I have Mane and not Salah because I choose the wrong one".

    3. Fast_Keith
        2 months, 12 days ago

        I'd go Vardy out of those, second choice Greenwood.

      • Wılly
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        KDB seems most likely to be benched but very hard to bench him in your FPL team

      • jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        KdB

    4. Fast_Keith
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Any reason Pulisic so preferred over Willian? Seems Willian is getting more points?

        1. The Knights Template
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Willian also on pens. Go Wil.

          1. Fast_Keith
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Didn't know that, cheers. Willian it is.

        2. KP - FPL
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Does Pep have a press conference tomorrow?

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            As if he’d tell us anything concrete anyway 😆

          2. The Knights Template
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            It does not matter in the slightest.

          3. jamiejoe
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            He's already said this and no one pays attention.

            Unless he switches out and rests his defense over attack?

            https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/man-city-team-news-bournemouth-18583023.amp

        3. Wılly
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          If you're on a FH this week, are you using a spot on Salah?

          1. Cheeto__Bandito
              2 months, 12 days ago

              No

            • Chucky
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Yes,he will feast on arse backline...

              1. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Wrong site...

                1. Chucky
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  😛

            • Dosh
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Seriously considering going Salah over Sterling.

          2. simong1
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Would you FH this or wait until GW38+?

            Martinez
            TAA - Doherty - Saiss
            Salah - KDB - Mahrez - Fernandes - Pulisic
            Ings - Greenwood - Jesus

            1. Ian Davis
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              100% wait

              1. simong1
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Thanks, any reasons why?

            2. jamiejoe
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Yes

              1. simong1
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Yes to FH now or yes to waiting til the last GW??

          3. Cheeto__Bandito
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Patricio
              Doherty TAA Egan
              KDB Pulisic Foden Martial Fernandes
              Rashford Vardy

              Free Hit this team for more City and Chelsea coverage or just get Sterling for a -4?

            • Bleh
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Who to punt on captain?

              A. Dilva
              B. Foden

              1. Cheeto__Bandito
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  b

                • yakirh
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  A

              2. Eastman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

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

              3. jimmy.floyd
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Any chance that Reece James starts against Norwich?

              4. gmando2011
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                anyone done KDB > Salah?

              5. FPL_DON
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Out of interest, are people waiting till tomorrow to make changes? Price changes less relevant now

              6. FOO FIGHTER
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 12 days ago

                44 all out.

                1. Bleh
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  41 for me, dismal.

                2. Dynamic Duos
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  88

                3. IRBOX ⚽
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  92

                  1. Fitzy.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    *84

                4. Don Kloppeone
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  42 🙁

              7. joelsprylar
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Bets defender to replace Aurier for this GW only.
                Not from Liverpool/City/United and already got Dohtery.

                Got 6,5 mil

                1) Digne against Aston Villa

                2) Azpi against Norwich

                3) Someone else?

                1. Bleh
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Azpi or Alonso

                2. Werner Bros
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  2. 1 is a good pic as well though. I have both on a FH

              8. Unbelievable Jeff!
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Bench one of these front 8?!?

                Pulisic Martial Bruno Sterling KDB
                Jesus Greenwood Ings

                1. _Ninja_
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  GW

                2. Werner Bros
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  I have Ings on my bench but Greenwood or KDB could be choices for you as well. It's a tough one

                3. cravencottage
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Ings for this week

              9. Werner Bros
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                How is my latest FH team looking?

                McCarthy
                Azpilli Digne AWB
                Fernandes Willian Sterling Pulisic(C) Foden
                Jesus Rashford

                Martin Ings Doherty Saiss

                1. The Knights Template
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Needs more Bournemouth and Watford and West Ham.

                  1. Werner Bros
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Hey I've got Martin!!

                2. Hulk Smash
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  I'd play Ings and Doherty instead of Willian and Digne. And I wouldn't captain Pulisic despite the fixture as I'm not sure he ceiling is as high as the likes of Sterling, Bruno or even Jesus this week.

              10. FDMS All Starz
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Who scores more points this week?

                A) Jesus

                B) Mahrez +4pts

                1. Tony Martial
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  A

                2. The Knights Template
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  B

                3. Hulk Smash
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  A

                4. liiusions
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Foden/Dilva

              11. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Will Arteta play a weakened team vs Liverpool (+Auba for the Golden Boot) and focus on the FAC?

                Arsenal have nothing to play for in the league & play City 3 days after Liverpool - we seen the impact that had on Brighton on Saturday.

              12. Tony Martial
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Start 1 defender 1 keeper

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

                1. jimmy.floyd
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  AC

                  1. Tony Martial
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Thanks

              13. cravencottage
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Need some help- tied in my league

                A) Mane> Sterling
                B) Mane, Rodriguez > Foden, Jesus (-4)
                C) neither

              14. Niho992
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                So lads what you think will Sterling start ? Too risky to buy him and C him ?

                1. The Knights Template
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Too risky

              15. FPL_WILDCARD
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                So, Martial or Fernandes as my 1 United mid for my FH GW36+ team?

                1. liiusions
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Bruno been better away from home so him

                2. Hulk Smash
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Go for Bruno - Tony doesn't do as well away from home.

              16. liiusions
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Fabi
                TAA Doc Boly
                Sterling KdB Mahrez Martial Bruno
                Jiminez Greenwood
                (Martinez DCL Ritchie Holgate)
                2FT 0.1ITB

                Mahrez DCL ->
                A) Pulisic Jesus
                B) Giroud Foden
                Or any other ideas?

                1. Ronnies
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  A

              17. EgyptianKing
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                We should get early news from Rockstar tomorrow no?

                Looking to buy Christensen or Zouma for the CS attempt lol

                1. Rainer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Yes.

                  1. EgyptianKing
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Cool, cheers,

                    Who are you capping?

                    1. Rainer
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      Salah, Bruno, Pulisic... Ings?

                      I'm lost atm.

              18. Hulk Smash
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Anyone suggest any moves please?
                - Only have KDB from City
                - Vardy to Ings? Vardy playing well but Leicester not and Sheff Utd look solid...
                - Would consider a hit for a sufficiently juicy looking move... 0.6m 1ft

                Pope
                TAA Doherty Saiss (Fernandez) (Robinson)
                KdB Bruno Salah Martial Pulisic
                Vardy Greenwood (Nketiah*)

                1. liiusions
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Think you’ve got to transfer another City player in tbh. Vardy->Jesus make sense if you think he’ll start

                  1. Hulk Smash
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    I see your point. I'm loath to get rid of Vardy in a way but thinking about it I don't want him for his last 2 fixtures anyway so I could do it this week. Thanks.

              19. T.Henry14
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                FH - first try
                Captain headache, aaaand really bad feeling about Mane&Salah, Martial & Richarlison 😀

                Pope
                Alonso, Azpili, Digne ((Diop, Stephens))
                Sterling, KDB, Bruno, Pulisic, Antonio
                Jesus, Ings ((Greenwood))

              20. WE GO FOR IT
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Thinking of doing Mahrez to Sterling.

                Who would you bench?
                A. KdB
                B. Greenwood

                1. liiusions
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  😆 B I guess

                2. WE GO FOR IT
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Cheers! 🙂

              21. The Blackadder
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                What percentage chance of Walker starting this week?

              22. Riedle Me This, Riedle Me T…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                I mean you don't really drop Sterling after a hatty...do you??

                1. EgyptianKing
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Not when he still keeps racing for the golden boot and has Bournemouth at home!

                2. Bleh
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  If you want him 100% for the only competition you can win 3 days later you might.

              23. Relaxing
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Who do you reckon scores more over the remaining games; Rashford or Jesus?

                1. Tony Martial
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Jesus

              24. Tony Martial
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Still worth it to do..

                Jimenez/Vardy ➡️ Ings -4)