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. mrodgers91
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Bench two out of these?
    TAA robbo azpi lascelles boly

    1. Cheeto__Bandito
      2 months, 6 days ago

      robbo, lascelles

    2. Najoman86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Definitely Lascelles. One of Robbo or Boly

  2. Cheeto__Bandito
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Salah or Bruno on free hit?

    1. Victor6359
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Bruno

    2. Najoman86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Bruno

  3. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    35k green from 65k to 30k boom

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

    Before the price changes, first to 5!!

    Who scores more...

    1. Ings (BHA) Mahrez (wat)
    2. Pulisic (NOR) (liv)

    Thanks all

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      2

  5. Stand By Mee
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Play
    A) DDG cry
    or
    B) McCarthy BHA
    ?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      B

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

    Thoughts on FH?:

    DDG
    Alonso, Doherty, Digne
    Willian, (P)ulisic, Dilva, Sterling, Bruno
    Ings, Jesus

    Should I Keep Dilva or move back to KDB?

    Puli best captain?

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

      I’m captaining Dilva

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

    First red arrow since GW36 🙁

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      🙁 , have you been shooting up the ranking aswel?

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

        Very steadily climbing. They gave me a handicap to start

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

          And don't call me Aswel

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Ok , don't call me start.

  8. The Dance
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Apologies for repost, bottomed, but i actually could do with some opinions here, my ONLY aim is to crack under 1m...yes, it's been that bad, and can't wait fo it to end, however i digress...

    Henderson
    Doherty - Azpilicueta - TAA
    Martial - Mane - KDB - Willian - Bruno
    Vardy - Greenwood
    _______________________________
    Kril: Taylor: Aurier: Nketiah 1.2 ITB

    Was thinking:

    KBD ---------> Salah
    Mane --------> Dilva

    Then if Giroud is confirmed to start, Vardy -----> Giroud

    Just having fun and may as well go for it, Salah looks the better option over Mane, covers someone important in the arsenal game along with two differentials.

    Opinions welcome guys.

    1. Graham Zusi's Hair is …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      if its all for gits and shiggles get Salah and Dilva

      1. The Dance
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Yeah pretty much at this stage haha, just really don't want my first ever finish above a million, have worked it down to 1.2m since restart from 2.4m! Just a freak season. Only aim is for under 1m, so i may as well? 🙂

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

      Salah vs Mane is a crapshoot IMO
      If Mane gets one early look out
      (Salah owner)

      1. The Dance
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I'm inclined to agree, perhaps Sterling to go alongside Dilva then?

  9. Freshy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    So we should know if Giroud starts before the cut off?

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Should do hopefully

      1. Freshy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Tanks

  10. AshtonJ
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Bruno Pulisic Willian Sterling Dilva

    Vardy Jesus Rash

    Who to be bench and who to Captain? I’m thinking of punting on Dilva.

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Bench Vardy and (c) Sterling

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

        I did last time. Just not sure he’ll start this one.

  11. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Think I’m going to do it!
    !Jimenez and KDB
    To
    Sterling and Ings/=-8?

    Sets me up like this for GW 38..
    Allison
    Trent Pieters C.Taylor
    Salah Sterling Foden DSilva Bruno
    Auba Ings Greenwood

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      confident of Sterling starting bud? It's between him and salah for that position for me, can't believe it actually as i despsie sterling hehe

      1. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Imo he has to start right? Even 60 mins at best he was rested prior to Brighton!

        1. The Dance
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Aye true, either him or sterling, may just say balls to it and bring Sterl in

  12. Oooo Matron
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Team A or B?

    A) Current team:
    Pope
    Doherty TAA Wan-Bissaka
    Mane Mahrez KDB Fernandes Foden
    Jiminez Vardy

    Subs: Greenwood, Aurier, Lascelles

    B) Free Hit:
    Patricio
    Wan-Bissaka Jonny TAA
    Salah Sterling Pulisic Martial Foden
    Jesus Giroud

    Subs: Ings, Fredericks, Lascelles

  13. Bad Kompany
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    KDB to Sterling worth a hit?

    Would it be crazy to captain Foden?

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I think I’m going to do that move

      And if I did I would (c) Sterling

      1. Bad Kompany
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Cheers! Will fh in 38 so would it still be worth it? That would probably be a more sensible captain although Foden will likely get more minutes.

    2. HellasLEAF
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Is KDB due to sit then??

      Am on FH and have him in..

  14. Joyce1998
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    armband??

    A- sterling
    B- pulsiic
    C- antonio

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A B A B B A B A B A A A B B A B B A

    3. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      B

    4. Najoman86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A

  15. Najoman86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Net point loss on my first hit of the season in GW35 (Rashford/DCL > Vardy/Greenwood). However, a green arrow with the (c) on Sterling.
    I would appreciate some thoughts on the below.
    1FT £2.0m cash
    Pope
    TAA Maguire Aurier Saiss Lacelles
    KDB Sterling Martial Pulisic Saka
    Vardy Greenwood Jimenez

    A. Jimenez > Ings or Giroud(?)
    B. Vardy > Jesus
    C. Maguire > Alonso
    D. Other

  16. Mattious8
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Pope
    TAA Doh, Jonny, Lasc, Rob
    KDB, Ster, Fern, Mart, Will
    Var, Green, DCL

    I have FH, triple C left, up 20 points in my league.
    1 free transfer for the week

    A) Do free hit
    B) Triple C
    C) Make 1 transfer
    D) Nothing

    1. Najoman86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      C. DCL > Giroud, if funds allow?

      1. Mattious8
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Bench Greenwood?

  17. Stand By Mee
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    I am finding really difficult to BB. With Aurier tragic news, Mahrez rotation risk, Greenwood rotation risk.

    Is GW 38 a good week to BB?

    1. Najoman86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      As good as any at this stage

    2. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      why would greenwood be rotated? where's this talk come from?

  18. HUATSHOOTER
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Should i keep calvert and sell mane kdb for sterling dsilva for minus4?

    Or also do a minus 8 to sell calvert for ings?

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

    Do we reckon United go full strength vs palace? Lots of minutes for the same 11 and not a lot of rest time

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Yes

    2. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      We will imo

  20. Snapes on a Plane
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Is this the best GW to play free hit?

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

      For whom?

  21. davies
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Vardy > Jesus (c)

    Yes or no?

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Yea

  22. Sturridge Wars
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Bench boost good to go ?

    Ederson
    Doherty / VVD / Azpilicueta
    Son / Fernandes / Willian / KDB / Pulisic
    Ings / Jimenez

    Bench: Pope, Greenwood, Keane, Maguire

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

    Any changes needed in this fh team or g2g?

    Pope
    Azpi digne AWB
    Salah sterling Bruno dsilva Pulisic
    Jesus Giroud

    Martin greenwood Taylor ngakia

  24. Kemosabe1
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Salah to sterling(c)
    Mahrez to Willian
    Dcl to ings
    -8
    What do we think. Top 35k atm and can't take another sterling bashing

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Do it imo

  25. Tsparkes10
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Will wait for pressers but any ideas lads? Benching headache aswell... 2FT 2.5 itb

    Ederson
    Taa Doh Aurier
    Kdb Mahrez Bruno Willian Pulisic
    Jimenez Rashford
    (Martin, Gwood, Kiko, Lascelles)

    1. Najoman86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Jimi > Jesus could be a good move.
      If we had a degree of confidence in Alonso starting against Norwich, could be an option- in place of one of Aurier or Doherty

  26. Aubaaaaa
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Who scores more this week?
    A. KDB
    B. Ings -4

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      B

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Net 5 each

    3. Lav
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      B

  27. Lav
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    A. Mane + Foden —> Sterling + Pulisic (-4)
    B. Mane + Vardy —> Sterling + Ings (-4)
    C. Think of something else

  28. Moresi
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    So was all that Pulisic is injured news confirmed as crap. Also what percentage u think that kdb gets a cameo at least? GL guys

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Pulisic not injured but he won't play tomorrow. 100 %KDB gets minutes. GL 2 U 2

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

        Wow not playing? Thanks

        1. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 6 days ago

          The predicted line-ups section has a piece on Chelsea and it doesn't say anything that would suggest that there would be any change on the wings.

      2. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Source for Pulisic not playing?

  29. DV8R
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Any chance Ings gets rested against Brighton?

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

      Surely not. In the Golden Boot race.

    2. tim_mullaney3
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Doubt it

    3. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      It is possible

  30. tim_mullaney3
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Thoughts on kdb to sterling and mahrez to david silva?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Free?

      1. tim_mullaney3
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Minus 4