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

    A) Vardy -> Jesus
    B) Vardy, KDB -> Ings, Sterling (-4)
    C) Vardy -> Ings

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      B

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

        Cheers

    2. Bunk Moreland
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Vardy is in form and chasing the golden boot. Surely you have better moves than selling him?

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

        Thanks, might reconsider. Unsure on leicester as a team and bad fixtures coming up..

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Vardy is fixture proof

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

        That's my opinion too

  2. balint84
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Pulisic Tc?

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

      Nah

    2. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Yes, not many other stand out options. Maybe Dilva final GW?

      1. balint84
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I will do a Fh in final gw with AubaKaneJesus

    3. Cheeto__Bandito
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Dsilva TC. They want him to do well

      1. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        When? jooi

        1. Cheeto__Bandito
          2 months, 10 days ago

          ?

  3. Stram Dunk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Captain?
    1) Jesus
    2) Dilva

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Jesus

    2. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      B

  4. Kaiser123
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Dafty question, but do you make transfers then press Free Hit.

    1. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      yes.

    2. Ian & Zen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Yes, but you cannot undo/cancel the free hit.

      1. Kaiser123
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        you make unlimited transfers in the free hit is that correct

  5. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Pulisic owners! Keeping for Pool?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Yes

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      In and straight back out.

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

      Will decide after next gameweek. Might sell for city mid.

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Maybe although I am thinking Trossard GW37

  6. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 10 days ago

    So if TAA gets a 20 plus haul he’ll be close to Egan value 🙂

    Just close mind

  7. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Harry Maguire man marking AWB and getting caught under the ball for the equaliser.

    A beautiful sight.

    1. UnitedFan
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      He's improved our defence overall but has shite moments at the worst times.

      1. Feed tha Sheep
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Agreed

  8. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Greenwood solved my benching issue at least...

    1. Feed tha Sheep
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Why because one poor performance?after 3 returns in a row for a 4 something striker?

      1. Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Think there will be 2-3 changes and he might be one of them. It's between him, Foden or Vardy. The latter two should be fairly nailed on for this week at least

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Tough opponent PVA + Zaha that side of the pitch ... AWB Greenwood were exploited by Redmond Ings today

      1. Feed tha Sheep
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Southampton are a decent team though and Palace are on a poor run conceding a lot in the process

  9. Cheeto__Bandito
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Patricio
    Doherty, AWB, Alonso/Azpi
    Sterling, Dsilva, Foden, Pulisic, Antonio
    Rashford, Giroud

    Thoughts on Free hit draft?

    1. mr messi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Do you think Sterling starts?

    2. abaalan
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      That confident of Wolves cleansheet?

  10. Feed tha Sheep
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Mane & Jimi > Sterling & Ings for free?

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      No brainer

      1. shearer9
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Why? What makes you confident Sterling will start?

    2. shearer9
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Arsenal terrible. Jimi on fire. Sterling could easily get benched after dong 90.

      1. Feed tha Sheep
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        On fire?

  11. HD7
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Can someone please elaborate why Man United didnt make a fifth change?

    You can make subs only in certain periods?
    Thanks

    1. Chenku╰☆╮
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      you can make 3 subs only excluding half time.

      1. Chenku╰☆╮
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        i mean 3 sub breaks.. so the other 2 come in one of them

      2. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        *3 stoppages for subs

    2. Feed tha Sheep
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Yeah only three periods you can make subs

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

      You can make 5 subs, but only across 3 'windows'. Substitutions at half time don't count towards those 3 windows, though. They did this to reduce time wasting presumably.

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

        You guys are quick!

    4. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      You can make 5 subs but only 3 stoppages excluding half time, we made 4 subs at 3 stoppages.

    5. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      5 subs at 3 points

      1. HD7
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Cheers Mates!

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

    There's little talk of Free Hits being a good option for GW36+ ... it looks like a good option to me though? Teams still have things to play for as it stands, plus more teams have appealing fixtures to capitalise on this week. Am I being stupid?

    1. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      No, I agree. There have been quite a few FH teams up on here though. I’m struggling to decide wether to do it now or in 38.

    2. ChrisHXS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Agreed, I have taken the plunge this week. Tbh I just looked at my GW36+ team vs my GW38+ team and I have a very good team for 38+ where as this week looks awful - hence I used the FH.

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Fa Cup around the corner

      Also check 38 if you have Vardy and treble United Wolves Chelsea also a bit ho hum. That’s when I’d go if I had it

  13. thomashl
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Jesus to start against BOU?

    1. Feed tha Sheep
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Toss of a coin really

      1. thomashl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Yeah I figure.

        Would you do Rashford -> Jesus for free?

        1. Feed tha Sheep
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Such a hard one im wanting to do mane > sterling and same as your move could have major upside or could easily be rested

    2. Oggle22
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Thinking the same debating Vardy to Jesus or giroud?

      1. thomashl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Yeah same! Only with Rashford

    3. Chenku╰☆╮
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      my gut says he is benched.

  14. shearer9
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Salah -> Sterling?

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      If you’ve seen Mustafi defend you’d be captaining Salah

      1. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Mustafi plays on the other side

        1. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          The fact he plays in general is the issue

        2. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 10 days ago

          True, David 'Rock Solid' Luiz is that side.

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

      Agree, don’t bet on the Arsenal defense

      1. shearer9
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        You're saying keep Salah?

        1. thomashl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          I would. Could’ve had 15 points thihs week

  15. GE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Rashford and Guendouzi -> fodder and Martial (-4)

    (switch from 3-4-3 to 3-5-2)

    1. Rocky FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Too sideways at this stage of the season.

    2. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Can’t be worth the -4 can it

    3. GE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Martial looking dangerous though

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        So does rashford

        Yes it could pay off but from an expected points perspective it can’t make sense (unless you will captain martial)

      2. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        So do Rash

  16. Rocky FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Kdb to Sakah for -4?
    Already have Mahrez and Sterling. Expecting a KDB benching soon.

  17. Ronnies
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Best option:

    A) Son >> Pulisic

    B) Jimenez >> Ings

    Cheers.

  18. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    So we are going with Pulisic,Azpili and Giroud ?

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Pulisic or Willian
      Azpi or Alonso
      Tammy or giroud

      Take your variance

      1. Chucky
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Alonso instead of Azpili but will need leaked team news for that...

    2. shearer9
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Chelsea have Pool and Wolves after remember

  19. Noah’s Ark
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Vardy sellers everywhere ? Is it warranted?

    1. Iggypop
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      He's scored 4 in 3! Defas not selling this week!

    2. Oggle22
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Scared of missing another jesus haul or even giroud

  20. xtina
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Aurier ->

    A) Saiss
    B) Egan
    C) Another 5.9

    Other defenders are TAA, Digne, Taylor, Lamptey

  21. Whats the Mata?
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Get Dilva or Foden in this gw?

    Also, Danny Ings in for a hit this gw? Or start Egan(lei) and get Ings next gw for free?

  22. jamie1972
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Has the Chelsea line-up been leaked a few times before?

    Torn between Tammy & Giroud on FH and neck and neck at top of ML, can't afford to get this wrong, every little helps....

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

      It will be leaked

      1. jamie1972
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        How close to deadline (roughly) has it come in the past?

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

          5-10 minutes, @fplrockstar in twitter

          1. jamie1972
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Cheers fella

  23. AF90
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Pope,
    Azpi, Boly, TAA
    KDB, Foden, Martial, Fernandes, Pulisic
    Rashford, Vardy

    (Martin, Holgate, Aurier, Nketiah)

    A) Save FT
    B) Rashford -> Jesus
    C) Rashford -> Ings
    D) Something else??

    1. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Looks gtg. You’ll need 2FT next week to sell your Chelsea players

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

      save i think. very good team btw

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

    Which combo on FH:

    A) Dilva Foden Jesus
    B) Dilva Foden Sterling
    C) Foden Jesus Sterling
    D) Dilva Jesus Sterling

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

      A

    2. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Definitely one of those combos

      Tough tough choice!

    3. Stram Dunk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 10 days ago

      D

    4. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      D

      1. Eastman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I’ve gone D on a free hit

    5. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      D

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

      Txs guyd.
      Leaning toward C myself,as I feel Foden owes me after two consecutive fails

  25. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Just holding this week. Can’t see changes worth it with Pep roulette. GL all

    Ederson
    Boly Egan Digne
    Martial Bruno KdB Mahrez Mo
    Tammy Greenwood

    Hendo Jim Lascelles Lund

    1. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Tammy -> Giroud comes to mind. Might be leaked

    2. DAZZ
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Mahrez very likely to be benched. 3 starts in a row and fa cup semi final incoming

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Quite possible

        But Jim first bench. Don’t see where I’d go really. Dilva?

        1. Eastman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Mahrez > Willian or Antonio?

  26. thepirates
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Martinez
    Taa Doherty AWB
    Bruno KDB Mahrez Salah
    Vardy Ings Greenwood

    Would you FH this lot 36 or wait for 38?

  27. EL tridente
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Who to captain?
    A) Ings
    B) KDB
    C) Salah

    1. Stram Dunk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 10 days ago

      B

  28. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Repost my friends, want to put this bed before I go to bed:

    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 all

    1. QUEN
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      3 over two weeks

  29. QUEN
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Post me your FH teams, looking for some inspiration 🙂 changing my mine every five minutes

    ... have TC left which is what I will use in getting 38

    1. QUEN
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Cor typos everywhere

    2. ChrisHXS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Ederson
      AWB TAA Azpili
      Salah Pulisic Fernandes Martial DSilva
      Giroud Jesus
      Bench

      Struggling to find the right balance...!

  30. BENOIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Why would Pep start Sterling up front having played 90, when Jesus only played 60?

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Because he has a giant spinning roulette wheel for a brain