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. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 10 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Good or bad moves?

    Kdb, Aurier, jimi > pulisic, Azpilicueta, Jesus

    Martinez,
    Taa, Azpilicueta, Doherty
    Mane, foden, pulisic, Sterling, Bruno
    Rashford, Jesus
    Subs, button, lascelles, ngakia, Greenwood

    Ings will have to wait until next week!

  2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Anyone tempted to Vardy > Giroud if we get early news? Wouldn't be bothered with Tammy.

    1. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Yes i am

    2. SouthCoastSaint
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Yep he’s in on my free hit if starting

  3. OptimusBlack
    • 7 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Guys u getting Jesus and keep him for next 3 GWS ?

    1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Possiblé

    2. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      if i get him yes I will keep

  4. ViperStripes
    • 10 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Fancy a mini Wildcard 8pt hit for the fixture swing this GW:
    Salah>Sterling
    Martial>Willian
    Saka>Antonio OR Pulisic

    Thoughts?

    1. Forgetmeknot
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      High risk- probability I think would see you struggle to break even

    2. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      This can be a nice fh of you still have it

    3. mr messi
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Keep Martial

    4. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Madness. Look at Salah missed chances recent weeks.

    5. FourLokoLeipzig
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Don’t think it’s worth a -8.

      Salah to Sterling looks good, but Martial to Willian is sideways at best. Is that to fund the Saka upgrade? Who would you play if you kept Saka?

  5. Bleh
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Play one:

    A. Vardy - SHU (H)
    B. Greenwood - CRY (A)

    Both Leicester and United will want strong comebacks, all to play for.

    1. JURGENAUT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      I’m also in the same scenario

  6. jdp219
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Thoughts on this FH squad?
    Pope
    Azpi, Trent, Digne
    Willian, Pulisic, KDB, Dilva, Bruno
    Jesus, Ings
    (Martin; Greenwood, Bednarek, Lamptey)

    KDB > Salah? Get Sterling even with a likely benching?

    1. Eastman
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Get Antonio

  7. barracuda
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    William or Puli?

  8. Right In The Stanchion
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Big shout out to my boy Obafemi and Southampton FC.

      Big up your chest.

      1. SouthCoastSaint
        • 8 Years
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        Yes loved that! What a well deserved point eh!

    • Better luck next year
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      What’s the best to do for a GW36+ FH team? Bet on midfielders that are nailed on for 90 minutes more or less, like Salah, Bruno, Martial, Antonio or Puli or players that could potentially haul big time but may be rested like the City guys?

      1. Forgetmeknot
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        I’m going with Foden, dilva, puli, plus 2 Man Utd mids

      2. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        Depending on team news I’d double up Chelsea midfield as differentials, why not have both willian and pulisic plus
        Antonio + 4 city/united attackers just have to pick the right ones

      3. jamiejoe
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        Martial can struggle to score big away.

        I think you look into Man City squad.

    • Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      RP:

      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?

      1. QUEN
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        Foden, dsilva last game week

      2. SouthCoastSaint
        • 8 Years
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        Both

    • EL tridente
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

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

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        Pulisic.

        But seriously, A.

        1. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          28 days, 8 hours ago

          this Pusilic

      2. SouthCoastSaint
        • 8 Years
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        Salah. Ings will be knackered and golden boot probably gone

        1. Bartowski
          • 9 Years
          28 days, 8 hours ago

          You reckon he might get rested?

    • I Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Going to go ahead and pull the trigger on Jimmy to Ings.

      Will consider Mahrez to Dilva for a hit tomorrow.

    • Chucky
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Bruno or Salah on FH?

      1. Ragabolly
        • 10 Years
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        Salah

        1. Chucky
          • 6 Years
          28 days, 8 hours ago

          cheers bolly...

        2. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 8 hours ago

          Bolly's at home 😉

    • Soldham8
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Current team (used 2 FT already - Mane > Pulisic, Jimenez > Ings)

      Ederson
      Trent Holgate Doherty
      KDB Pulisic Martial Bruno Mahrez
      Ings Greenwood

      (Button, Saiss, Lascelles, Nketiah)

      Do I take a -4 Mahrez > Sterling too???

      1. Bleh
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        Could be golden. Dilva the more safer choice though.

        1. Soldham8
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 8 hours ago

          Was thinking Dilva also. Mini league rival already has Sterling, so thought it could be a good blocker?

    • Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      McCarthy
      TAA Doherty Aurier
      Sterling KDB Mahrez Bruno Martial
      Rashford Jimenez

      (3.9 Holgate Cathcart Nketiah)
      1Ft & 0.8m

      A) Jimenez ➡ Ings
      B) Jimenez & Mahrez ➡ Jesus & Pulisic -4

      Think if I get Pulisic in I will captain him but not sure if it's the best idea.
      Sterling/Bruno/Rash also under consideration for the armband.

      Appreciate your thoughts!

    • Tomas_brolin
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Which of these starts in GW36?

      Ings - looked tired, injury record
      Aurier - compassionate leave
      KdB and Mahrez - Pep

    • OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Predicted minutes for Mahrez for BOU match ?

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        We’re all really guessing but if you hear anything let me know. I’d love to captain him!

        1. OptimusBlack
          • 7 Years
          28 days, 8 hours ago

          :O

          1. Soldham8
            • 3 Years
            28 days, 8 hours ago

            I have him, but unsure whether to take -4 for Sterling. Tough call!

    • Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Have a decision to make.

      Dilva (BOU) or Pulisic (NOR)

      Just for this GW?

      1. mr messi
        • 10 Years
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        Pulisic

      2. The Dance
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        Dilva

      3. OptimusBlack
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        P

    • gmando2011
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      money no object, which midfielder is gonna top score this week?

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Third City player:

      Dilva or Jesus

      1. QUEN
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        Both

    • Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Guys plz help me here

      Which of the following move(s) would u make. 1 is free other will be for -4

      A) Son ----> Pulisic/dilva/antonio

      B) KDB -----> pulisic/dilva antonio

      C) aurier -----> digne/tarkowiski (have lacelles 1st sub)

    • cigan
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Would you do any changes here?
      +
      Martial & Jimenez
      or
      Pulisic/Willian & Rashford?

      Patricio
      Trent Doherty Holgate
      Salah Bruno Martial* DSilva Foden
      Jesus Jimenez* (Greenwood)

    • Green Eggs & Abraham
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Wish I could transform this chip into a 'free hit & formation,' and roll out with a 1-7-2.

    • SouthCoastSaint
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Just on the sterling debate, as it seems to be filling these pages. He came on and hauled as a sub recently. Just get your bench in order. I’d be more than happy as owner with 30 mins against a tired Ake-less Bournemouth defence. Maybe don’t captain

    • Eastman
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Those with free hit - this week or gw38?

      1. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        this

        City Chelsea Ings pope

      2. SouthCoastSaint
        • 8 Years
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        I think this is the one. GW38 is always chaos

    • Right In The Stanchion
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        Anyone else selling Kane?

        1. QUEN
          • 1 Year
          28 days, 8 hours ago

          Lol I’m the only person considering him on a free hit. Don’t fancy sterling’s minutes and I have a lot of money to burn

      • Sun Jihai
        • 8 Years
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        Anyone remember at the end of last season Man Utd drawing 1-1 and losing 2-0 with a relegated Huddersfield and Cardiff? Hopefully no repeat for Chelsea vs. Norwich!

      • 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        Is Mané to Salah with a transfer?? First to 3 wins!! Haha

        1. Sun Jihai
          • 8 Years
          28 days, 8 hours ago

          no

        2. Bartowski
          • 9 Years
          28 days, 8 hours ago

          No

        3. Tony Martial
          • 1 Year
          28 days, 8 hours ago

          Noooo not this week

          1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            28 days, 8 hours ago

            Cheers gents!! I like decisiveness!! Haha

            1. Vazza
                28 days, 8 hours ago

                That’s the move I’m potentially going for next week.

                I need your assistance (again) please buddy.

                Who to (i) bench and (ii) captain this week (with FA Cup rotation in mind) -

                1. Mane
                2. KDB
                3. Sterling
                4. Foden
                5. Fernandes
                6. Rashford
                7. Greenwood
                8. Ings

                Thanks 🙂

        4. Bartowski
          • 9 Years
          28 days, 8 hours ago

          Surely Dilva is a better option than a Chelsea mid even if you are doubling up with Jesus?

          1. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            28 days, 8 hours ago

            Til end of season yes, this week Chelsea

          2. SouthCoastSaint
            • 8 Years
            28 days, 8 hours ago

            Bournemouth have more to play for

            1. Bartowski
              • 9 Years
              28 days, 8 hours ago

              Sure but City are a lot better than Chelsea

        5. gauzah
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 8 hours ago

          Why is everyone going Puli over Willian?

          1. SouthCoastSaint
            • 8 Years
            28 days, 8 hours ago

            A lot of penalty points. Pulisic looks more likely to score a hat trick in open play against the worst defence in the league