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. Dynamic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Which is better for one-week only?

    A) Pulisic (NOR)
    B) 4 + Greenwood (cry)

    1. woodles
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      A

    2. sunnyh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      A

  2. HD7
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Willian or Dilva for GW36?

    1. Victor6359
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Dilva

    2. woodles
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Dilva. Willian might be off pens if Jorginho is back in the team

  3. woodles
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    A) KDB and Ayew to Pula and Jesus -4 (Means benching mahrez this week)
    B) KDB and Mahrez to Pula and Sterling -4

  4. Victor6359
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Had planned on bringing in Sterling & TC him for weeks now as he loves playing Bournemouth but guy I’m chasing now has him. Should I bring in Dilva instead or still go Sterling?

    Cheers

  5. Klopp For The Kopps 😆
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Giroud or Ings for the next 2?

    1. Victor6359
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Ings

    2. Puncheon Guly
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Ings.

  6. Tmel
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    a) Jimi > Ings (bench Rash/Green)
    b) Mahrez > Dilva
    c) Mahrez & Rashford > Pulisic & Jesus

    1. caldracula
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      B

    2. Victor6359
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      B for me

  7. sully29
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    ML rival has both Ings and Pulisic where I don't. I want to block one of them off for the next two weeks.

    So should I do:

    A) Jimenez > Ings
    B) Mahrez > Pulisic
    C) Both for -4

    1. Victor6359
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      If you’re leading I’d do both

      1. sully29
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        15 points ahead currently.

    2. The Littlest Robbo
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I would do C just to be on the safe side

  8. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Is Pulisic really injured?

    1. caldracula
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      No evidence of it being true

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      What?

      Just got him in 15 minutes ago!

    3. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Where are you hearing this?

      1. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Previous page if not trolling

        1. CostaCoffee
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          It's not true

        2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Was from a 5 year member rather than a gravless twerp (no offence) to be fair.

      2. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Some random and unsubstantiated comment made on last page

    4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      i don't need this

    5. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Or Puli-sick

    6. YEAH PITCH!
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Source?

  9. Pachi
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Pope
    Tta / saiss / egan
    Bruno / sterling / kdb / martial / pulisic
    Auba / greenwood
    (Henderson - lascelles / targett / nketiah)
    0.2 ITB 1 FT

    What to do here guys? Free hit available
    Save the transfer so i will have 2 next gw and free hit last gw or free hit now?

    1. sunnyh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Id FH i think

  10. Scratch
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    What to do... 1FT £1.4m itb. FH38

    Pope
    TAA, Doherty, Saiss
    KDB, Foden, Sterling, Bruno, Willian
    Rashford, Greenwood
    Bench: Jimenez, Femenia, Lascelles

    A. Doherty -> Azpi / Alonso
    B. Jimenez -> Ings (tough bench decision)
    C. Roll transfer

    1. jimmy.floyd
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      A

    2. Cheeto__Bandito
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Dont get rid of doherty. C

        1. Scratch
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Could afford Saiss to Azpi. But if I see a lineup with Alonso before deadline I'd much prefer him.

      • caldracula
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Azpi

    3. Prison Mike
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Best transfer?

      A) Vardy -> Jesus

      B) Vardy -> Ings

      C) Salah -> Sterling

      1. Joyce1998
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        probably A out of those

    4. Cheeto__Bandito
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Sterling, Foden, Dsilva, Pulisic, Antonio
        Rashford, Giroud

        Any better front 7 on free hit?

      • KICKandRUSH
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        FPL down?

        1. YEAH PITCH!
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          No

      • OneDennisBergkamp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Not sure on Azpi as he has Liv next, so I want a Man City defender, but who???

        1. FPL_adict
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          If for 1 week only, then zinchenko?

        2. Big_Andy_GAWA
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Very low percentage that any one of them starts and plays 60 or more of the next 3 fixtures... =o/

      • FPL_adict
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Help please!!!

        Best defender 4.1 or below, just for GW36+. Any nailed starters with a decent fixture out there? Thanks!

        1. The Littlest Robbo
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Lamptey is your only option

        2. sunnyh
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Lamptey only playing 4.0 def

      • Joyce1998
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        right guys need help on final decisions on FH chip

        Team A
        ederson
        azp, digne, awb
        bruno, sterling, pulsic, willian, martial
        ings, jesus
        subs- button, lund, kiko, connoly

        or

        Team B
        ederson
        azp, digne, awb
        bruno, sterling, pulisic, willian, antonio
        ings, jesus
        subs- ryan, greenwood, diop, lund

        1. sunnyh
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Need dilva and/or foden in your teams

      • Whats the Mata?
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Would you take a hit to get in Ings for DCL or just start one of Egan (lei)/DCL(ACL)?

        1. Big_Andy_GAWA
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          DCL has a nice fixture.

      • sunnyh
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Which do you guys like better with a current bench of:

        Lascelles (TOT, bri) - Mooy - Stephens (BRI, bou) - Henderson (lei, EVE)

        A) GW36: Jimmy + Vardy --> Jesus + Ings (-4)
        GW37: AWB + Mooy --> Any defender + Martial (-4, BB)

        B) GW36: Jimmy + Mooy --> Ings + Dilva (-4, BB)
        GW37: AWB + Pulisic --> Any defender + Martial (-4)

      • Garth Marenghi
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Foden in to replace:

        A) Mount—Norwich at home
        B) Saint Maximin—Spurs at home

        1. Victor6359
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          B

        2. caldracula
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          On form it would have to be A

        3. Garth Marenghi
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Thx

      • HUATSHOOTER
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Mane kdb to dsilva and sterling?
        Capt pulisic or sterling/dsilva?

      • Niho992
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Ban VILLA VELOUR !!!

      • HD7
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Best United City Chelsea x3 to free hit in 36 for you?

        My choice:

        United: AWB, Bruno, Martial
        Chelsea: Alonso/Azpi, Pulisic, Willian
        City: Ederson, Sterling, Jesus

        + Digne, Ings

      • kamdaraji
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        FH team g2g?

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

      • ryacoo
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Current FH draft:

        DDG
        AWB, Doh, Azpi
        Salah, Sterl, Foden, Puli (C), Bruno
        Ings, Jesus

        What do you reckon? Tempted to fit Antonio in there or maybe Giroud over Ings

      • cutch
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Pick only one:

        A. Salah
        B. Sterling
        C. Willian
        D. Pulisic

        1. CostaCoffee
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          B

        2. sunnyh
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          pick them for what? one game? 3 games? captain?

          1. cutch
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            For this GW

        3. ryacoo
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          D

      • CostaCoffee
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Hope Hudson-Odoi and RLC start tomorrow, but expecting Willian and Barkley (not that they've been all that bad)

        1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          if hudson starts then one of the wingers would miss out. Can't see lamps doing that

          RLC should be given a start though

        2. Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Pulisic starting tomorrow?

      • Dino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        how likely are we to see lineups before deadline tomorrow and has anyone any particular source they find reliable for chelsea info?

        1. CostaCoffee
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Pretty likely I would say from fpl rockstar, @carefreeyouth is sometimes 2/3 minutes early

          1. Dino
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Thats excellent, very much appreciate the reply.

      • Releasebreaks
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        GTG ? 1 FT 0itb

        Alisson
        Digne Azpi Doherty
        Foden(c) Bruno Martial KDB
        Kane DCL
        (Martinez Mahrez TAA Aurier)

        Considering to do Mahez to Pulisic, then play Pulisic over KDB as city big guns might get rest.

        1. thepuntmaster
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I too am tempted to do Mahrez > Puli

          Would rather play KDB than DCL tho

      • Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        How to manipulate the pages by talking rubbish and everyone going crazy, love this comedy gold lol 🙂

        1. sunnyh
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Martial assist

      • thepuntmaster
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Evening all! Got 1FT and 0.5 itb, debating whether to use this week or hold. A little worried about Mahrez/Greenwood playing time, but doesn't seem worth selling them.

        DDG (cry)
        TAA (ars) - Doherty (bur) - Saiss (bur)
        KDB (BOU) - Mahrez (BOU) - Salah (ars) - Fernandes (cry)
        Greenwood (cry) - Deeney (whu) - Vardy (SHU)

        Nyland - Egan - Lascelles.- Cantwell

        Thoughts on these moves?
        A) Vardy > Jesus
        B) Mahrez > Willian/Pulisic/Antonio
        C) Hold FT

        And while we're at it, which defender to start alongside TAA and Doherty?
        A) Saiss (bur)
        B) Egan (lei)

        Cheers!

        1. Lostrich
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          B looks good this week. But I'd want to hold Mahrez for the last couple if poss. Honestly tempted to lose Salah there..

        2. pingissimus
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Similar set up with Martial not Vardy

          B but to Dilva if you don’t want to hold. Don’t suppose you’ll want Cheese in 37/8. Dilva could be solid gold

          Egan should be first on your list

        3. Releasebreaks
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          B with Pulisic seems the best choice
          Then play Saiss

        4. thepuntmaster
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Thanks all!