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. Mac90
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Pep said he would "rest 4-6 players" against Bournemouth.

    Looking at his past starting line ups, his back 4 would regularly rotate each game (except the 3 matches against Chelsea, Newcastle in the FA Cup, Liverpool)

    So, assuming 4 of the rotated players are his back 4, who are the other 2?

    Mahrez seems likely to make way for Foden.
    Dilva for DeBryuyne?

    Those are already 6 players. So my q is:

    Does Pep always tells the truth? Anyone with exps can share?

    Because he should be able to rest 2 more players, with Dinho and Gundo waiting in line

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      where did he say he rests 4-6 players?

        1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          thanks, food for thought.

          1. jamiejoe
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            From the horses mouth so to speak!

    2. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      I would not be surprised if Pep played all the big hitters FPL wise or literally none of them we just don’t know it’s a complete guessing game

      1. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        I think logically he's resting attacking players as much as his best defenders.

        He is quite clear in picking hos strongest team against Arsenal.

        It seems obvious that includes KdB and Sterling.

        Mahrez too.

        And Jesus?

        1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          a complete guess

          mahrez, kdb, sterling, Rodrigo, Laporte, Garcia

          1. Dino
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Mendy was having muscle problems so he probably rests too

    3. sunnyh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      he said he plays different teams each game. Dont think he said anything about how many players he's going to rotate did he?

      1. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Yes

        4, 5 or 6 changes.

      2. Brehmeren
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        He did.

  2. Alli
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Jimé > Ings for free?

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

    1. Victor6359
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Yip.

    2. Alli
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Or Mahrez, Rashford > Pulisic, Jesús for a hit?

  3. Firmino
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Vardy, Jimenez -> Jesus, Ings for a hit?

    1. Victor6359
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      I would

    2. caldracula
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Probably just Vardy to Ings

    3. acidicleo
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      I wouldnt

    4. sunnyh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      im debating the same

      What's your midfield look like?

      1. Firmino
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Salah, KdB, Bruno, Martial, Foden

  4. Victor6359
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Which order would you rather have these for this GW?

    1. KDB
    2. Mahrez
    3. Dilva
    4. Sterling

    Cheers

    1. sunnyh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      3421

    2. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      4
      3
      1
      2

    3. caldracula
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      4/3
      1
      2

      1. Victor6359
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Cheers fellas

  5. sunnyh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Jimmy + Mooy --> Ings + Dilva (-4) is a no brainer right? Keeping Vardy

    Will be playing BB with a bench of KDB - Lascelles - Stephens - Henderson

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      yes, get rid of mooy

      1. sunnyh
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Although could do BB in GW37 as much better fixtures for the bench

        Vardy + Jimmy --> Jesus + Ings
        AWB + Mooy --> any defender + Martial (BB)

        1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          jesus and ings looks good too but wary of taking out 2 playing strikers

    2. JJeyy
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      yes

  6. JJeyy
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Best option on Free Hit?

    A) Jesus, Salah
    B) Rashford, Dsilva

    1. JJeyy
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Salah can be martial, but dont llike him away

    2. JJeyy
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      yes

    3. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      tough choice. A

  7. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Still worth it to do...

    Jimenez/Vardy ➡️ Ings -4.?

    1. fcsaltyballs
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      dont think so, wait a week

      who did you use your FT on

      1. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Rashy ➡️ Greenwood

        This was yesterday and I feel very stupid about it..!

        1. fcsaltyballs
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          at least you got his points today

          i did this before this gameweek ugh

    2. caldracula
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Not for a hit

  8. Rasialdo10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    On FH , Chasing in ML .. Thoughts on this?

    Patricio
    TAA Alonso Dawson
    Pulisic Antonio Sterling Dilva Bruno
    Jesus Giroud

    Bench : Greenwood, Cresswell Bednarek

    1. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Dawson? Otherwise good.

  9. Whats the Mata?
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    No love for Foden?

    He should start this gw and probably gw37 as well if he's benched in the FA cup which he most probably will.

    Again, just predicting here as we can't second guess Pep, but again, this is the most likely scenario, isn't it?

    1. Victor6359
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      My captain this GW 🙂

    2. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      I have him but not brave enough to C him

      1. Victor6359
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Either him or Sterling if I bring him in.

  10. sully29
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Seeing some United fans blaming De Gea for the second Southampton goal because he didn't claim the cross.

    Would you expect a goalkeeper to have claimed that ball? It was flicked on well in front of his front post with quite a few bodies in-between. Seems to me that trying to get to it there ahead of both the Southampton player and his own teammates would have been pretty bad goalkeeping.

    1. fcsaltyballs
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      no point blaming anyone, should still get CL with run of fixtures

  11. Gandalf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    McCarthy
    Jonny Saiss Taylor
    Salah Sterling Bruno Pulisic Martial
    Jesus Ings

    Pope Greenwood Egan Stevens

    Any improvements for WC team with BB next week? Taking calculated gamble with no KDB

  12. sirmorbach
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Lads, really need to settle it tonight, so i'd appreciate your insights:

    David Silva, Martial or Antonio? (Have Bruno and Greenwood, and KDB already)
    Also: Is Doherty, Mahrez, DCL out / Egan, Martial, Ings worth a - 4?

  13. davies
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Who to captain?

    Salah KDB Bruno Mahrez Pulisic
    Vardy Greenwood

    1. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Bruno or Pulisic

    2. caldracula
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Pulisic or Salah

    3. ryacoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Pulisic

  14. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Salah in away games this season when Mane starts :

    0 goals and 3 assists.

    1. fcsaltyballs
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      they're not really away now though are they, and its arsenal

      1. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Yeah i know just looking for reason to sell him for Sterling 😀

        1. fcsaltyballs
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          haha... well Salah has Arsenal... could do some damage...

          1. Niho992
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            I know mate but both rivals wont have Sterling this GW and C him could be massive differential

  15. CostaCoffee
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Mahrez to Pulisic? Yes or no

    1. Rondon9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Yes

    2. acidicleo
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Seems like a popular move..
      I would..

    3. caldracula
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      I would prefer Willian

      1. CostaCoffee
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Nah would definitely prefer Pulisic if I make the move, he's a lot more dangerous and direct

        1. fcsaltyballs
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          do you reckon, even with Willian having pens and fks ?

          1. BeaversWithAttitude
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            I chose Willian after he scored in the FA Cup, and his returns have been brilliant. I like that he has experience, is on pens and set pieces...

          2. CostaCoffee
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Yeah, the penalties are obviously a big bonus but Pulisic makes way more runs into the box to get onto the end of things. Willians obviously capable of outscoring him but I think Pulisic is more likely to be involved

          3. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Is Jorginho not on pens now since he's fit again?

  16. Rondon9
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Any thoughts on my WC much appreciated

    Pope
    Saiss TAA Boly
    Sterling Pulisic Martial Bruno Salah
    Ings Jesus

    Button - Greenwood Taylor Lamptey

    Only X2 City but will sell Pulisic for a 3rd one after Puli play Norwich

    Cheers

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

    All these attack options questions and I'm stuck with Aurier to

    A) C Taylor
    B) Egan
    C) Dunk

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Missed those Egan points I reckon. Go Dunk

  18. ryacoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Salah or Sterling on a FH?

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

      Both

      1. ryacoo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        But if you had to pick one

        1. ryacoo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Foden, Pulisic, Antonio, Bruno +1

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

      Instant migrain this, you need both

  19. grooveymatt65
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Hi guys!

    What do you think i should do about this team?

    Martinez Martin

    TAA Doherty Basham Bednarek Simpson

    Salah De Bruyne (c) Son Fernandes Dendonker

    Rashford Vardy Greenwood

    0.0 itb 1ft

    Do you think its worth taking hits?options are:

    1. Rashford for Giroud for free
    2. Son to D Silva for free
    3. Both of the above moves for -4
    4. Son to Willian/Pulisic for free
    5. Rashford to Ings/Jesus for free
    6. both of the above for -4
    7. Son to D Silva, Rashford to Jesus and Dendonker to Willain/Pulisic for a minus 8, play 352 and bench Greenwood
    8. Save
    9. other?

    thanks guys!!!! 🙂

    1. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      4 Pulisic

      1. Villa Velour
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Pulisic is out for next couple weeks

        1. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          What?????

        2. grooveymatt65
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          huh?

        3. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          You just made that up.

        4. Villa Velour
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Sorry all, read an old press conference.

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

    Giroud or Willian on fh?

    1. caldracula
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Willian

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

    84pts behind cash ML leader. Need to use WC today. What are the differential must haves for last 3?

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

      Sterling, Dilva, Aubameyang

    2. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Idk which players your rivals have

    3. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Depends on their team really and what chips they have left.

    4. Dino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Sterling, giroud (if he starts, check team news prior to deadline) move to auba next week, ings, jesus

  22. MattysFantasyFooty
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Is this too much of a reach? Can wait on team news tomorrow

    Mahrez, Saka, Vardy to Jesus, Pulisic, Willian -8pt hit

    1. caldracula
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Just Mahrez to one of the Chelsea boys for free

  23. jaguar shark
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Mane to Sterling...???!!! yeah? yeah?

    1. Kane Lane
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      I would say yes go ahead to help my rank but not like that so it's a no because Arsenal cannot defend Liverpool will want to bounce back from draw

  24. Kane Lane
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Should I take Rashford out for Giroud already got Pulisic Greenwood Bruno

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

    Pick on on fh

    A. Sterling Giroud
    B. Willian Jesus

  26. Origi-nal
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Playing BB this week. would you do any of these?

    a) Cantwell, Kane > Foden, Jesus (-4)
    b) Cantwell, Kane > Pullisic, Ings (-4)
    c) Cantwell, Kane, Martinez > Pullisic,Ings, Pope(-8)

    1. Scratch
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      B

      1. Scratch
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Wait I meant A 🙂

    2. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      B

    3. BeaversWithAttitude
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      B

  27. Darragh82
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 7 days ago

    On a FH, pep roulette is really toying with me so picking players I think should play this one....
    Good to go or what would you change. Is there any different city player I must have in there??
    Which of that mid/fw would you bench??
    Ederson
    Digne, AWB, Azpilicueta
    Fernandes, Dilva, foden, son, willian
    Kane, Greenwood, giroud

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Improve on AWB

      And Kane?

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Pulisic and Jesus instead of Kane and Son

  28. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Foden or Dilva for next 2 (then FH)?

    Leaning towards Dilva although he feels less nailed

  29. kamdaraji
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Have to do something different to try and jump ranks so what do you think of the following FH team? I know no MU is risky but have to get differentials this week so trying to steer clear of most template players. Thought and recommendations much appreciated

    Mccarthy
    W-B Digne Azpilecueta
    Pulisic(c) Willian Sterling Dilva Foden
    Ings Vardy

    1. sunnyh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      really good team, just need United attackers

      Thats probably something id go with

  30. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Having Ddg over a 3rd utd attacker has killed me:( Ideas here with 1FT and 1m itb.

    DDG
    Taa • Doherty • Holgate ----------- Kiko Lamptey
    Mahrez • KDB • Bruno • Pulisic --- Guendouzi
    Jimmy • Rashford • Vardy

    A: Ddg + Mahrez >> Pope + Martial (-4)
    B: Jimmy + Guendouzi >> Ings + Foden and bench Mahrez
    C: FH to bring in sterling, dilva, ings, 3 chelsea, antonio
    D: something else

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

      C