Scout Notes

Little to concern defences of Liverpool and Burnley after bore draw at Brighton

Brighton and Hove Albion 0-0 Newcastle United

  • Goals: None
  • Assists: None
  • Bonus: Dan Burn (£4.5m) x3, Lewis Dunk (£4.8m) x2, Mathew Ryan (£4.7m) x1

The two-word album review for Spinal Tap’s Shark Sandwich sprung to mind as Brighton and Hove Albion secured their Premier League safety with a goalless draw against Newcastle United.

Chances of quality were scarce in a desperately poor game that had a whiff of ‘pre-season friendly’ about it, although that was perhaps unsurprising given the frequency of fixtures over the last fortnight, the low stakes (Albion were pretty much already safe anyway) and the absence of a crowd.

Interest in these two teams is limited from a Fantasy perspective, with not one player on show having an ‘effective ownership’ of more than 4% in the top 10,000.

Brighton and Newcastle’s opponents in Gameweek 38+, Burnley and Liverpool, are much more in-demand, however, so this would have been a scouting mission of sorts for owners of Nick Pope (£5.1m), Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.7m), Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) et al.

On the basis of what we saw last night, there was little to worry FPL managers going big on the Clarets or the Reds – especially at the back.

The Magpies only forced one save out of Mathew Ryan (£4.7m), with the Australia international having to be alert to palm a Miguel Almiron (£5.8m) flick away from goal.

Most of the visitors’ threat came from set plays, with Dwight Gayle (£5.0m) glancing a header over just before half-time and substitute Andy Carroll (£5.4m) nodding an excellent opportunity wide late on.

So long as Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.3m) is fit, then Newcastle pose a danger to any side’s clean sheet and he’ll be the main concern for owners of Liverpool assets this weekend.

The Frenchman recovered from a calf problem to start at the Amex and showed glimpses of his talent but couldn’t do much with what little possession he was afforded, not registering a single shot or key pass.

At the other end of the pitch, Martin Dubravka (£5.1m) saved smartly from Leandro Trossard (£5.8m) and Adam Webster (£4.4m), with the Belgian also hooking a decent chance over in the final quarter of an hour.

A 0-0 was about right, though, and anyone targeting Trossard and Neal Maupay (£5.7m) for this meeting against a patched-up Newcastle defence who were without five recognised centre-halves were left short-changed.

That makeshift backline will be of interest to owners of Salah and Sadio Mane (£12.2m), who will no doubt give it a sterner examination on Sunday.

Danny Rose (£5.3m) and Emil Krafth (£4.3m) played either side of Federico Fernandez (£4.6m) in a back three, with Matt Ritchie (£5.3m) and Javier Manquillo (£4.3m) tasked with wing-back roles.

Steve Bruce said of his side’s display after the match:

Considering the problems we’ve had, I was delighted. The one thing you can’t deny about this group of players is their ability to roll their sleeves up and have a go.

We played two full-backs as centre-backs today and they were terrific. I was delighted with their attitude.

Emil’s got a really sore ankle and did well to carry on, but I think he epitomised the spirit of all them.

Three of Brighton’s backline hoovered up the bonus points, while Tariq Lamptey (£4.1m) has now started six of Albion’s last seven league games and is a budget defensive option going into Gameweek 38+, with Burnley themselves not renowned for scoring an abundance of goals.

The Seagulls may have been put to the sword by the two Manchester clubs and Liverpool recently but against the rest of the top flight, their defensive record is a bit better: Ryan has conceded 26 goals in 25 matches against non-big-six sides, keeping eight clean sheets along the way.


Brighton and Hove Albion XI (4-3-3): Ryan; Lamptey (Duffy 86′), Dunk, Webster, Burn; Bissouma (Propper 73′), Stephens, Mooy (March 58); Gross (Mac Allister 58′), Maupay (Murray 73′), Trossard.

Newcastle United XI (3-5-2): Dubravka; Krafth, Fernandez, Rose; Manquillo, Bentaleb, Shelvey, Almiron (Lazaro 86′), Ritchie; Saint-Maximin (Joelinton 74′), Gayle (Carroll 74′).

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1,266 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Lindelol
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Come on Sterling and Foden - Please reward me for once!!

    1. Queens of the South Age
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Would be lovely. Got them both and guy just behind me has Jesus and KDB. A proper head to head.

      1. Lindelol
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        could be a deciding match then - GL

  2. Fit_to_drop
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    I need one nailed on City defender for GW38 to replace an injured player.

    Who starts against NOR?

    1. redsallstars
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Otamendi

  3. BEEZUS
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Foden first sub. Is Pulisic fit for tomorrow?

    1. seanie3
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I have Foden first sub also with Greenwood starting ahead of him, watch foden haul and GW blank

  4. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Sterling and Kiko let’s go 😆 😆

    Also Dilva but I guess he’s quite likely to stay on bench :s

    KDB likely to punish me hard for ever selling him

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Not if he plays deep.

      Watford could have a go.

    2. Amey
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Mahrez ...
      🙁

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Good for next week tho. Although he’s been in none of my drafts!

        1. Amey
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          Feck next week bro 🙁

          Now even more confused about FH 😀

          Raz Jesus starts sucks

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            Tell me about it... they were perma-fixtures in my FH drafts!!

            Let’s see what mins they get.

            1. Amey
              • 3 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              Yeah

    3. Dosh
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      KdB will haul today, he'll be the playmaker with David Silva not playing.

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        I pray you’re wrong but fear you’re right!

  5. Niho992
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Sold Foden for Trossard this GW. Just lol.

  6. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Do we expect Dilva to come on? Rival is getting Wood off the bench if he doesn’t

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      he should do

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Last game at Vicarage Road - he'll come on.

      1. Amey
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        LOL

      2. SackWenger
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        This is good

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I hope he stays on the bench.

    4. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Hope so, otherwise I'll be down to 10 men 😀

  7. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Mahrez fail.

    Since when Foden is better option than Riyad ?

    Go and do one Pep.

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      FAC game didn't help Mahrez.

    2. ElliotJHP
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I should have known better.

      Will probably stick with Riyad on FH too as it stands

  8. FPL Pillars
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Jesus KDB and Foden here... and Kiko 😆

  9. ElliotJHP
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Friendship ended with Pep Guardiola, now Hayden Mullins is my best friend

  10. Herman Toothrot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Raz (c) Jebus and Foden.

    1-0 Watford

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I will take that as Raz , Jesus and Dawson owner.

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Also playing Dawson here

    2. FPL Pillars
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Ah a Kiko goal I hope

  11. fc_skrald
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Watford to win this one, 3-1.

    1. fc_skrald
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      KDB goal, no assist...

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      That would be so funny!

  12. shirtless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Holding off on Pulisic>Silva now justified. Might do it for Sunday now though.

    1. PascalCygan
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      It's all there for Dilva to start on Sunday. Just hope he doesn't get taken off at a symbolic minute like Terry or anything like that...

    2. FFSbet.com
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Its a must now with Mahrez too,think i will sell Jesus not so sure about him

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        I think Pep has possibly dropped Mahrez. His finishing was awful last time he played.

        1. FFSbet.com
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          Thats option too but its Norwich,maybe we will get early news

          1. shirtless
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            Good point on Jesus. Will monitor it. Have 2 FTs so could have a switch around though three City attackers with K Long first sub and Taylor/Pieters second looks decent as a back-up.

  13. Garlana
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Mahrez to score off the bench...I hope

  14. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Sterling and Foden to Mahrez and Dilva for GW38?

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Yeah do it right now

    2. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      nobody knows

    3. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Just do it

    4. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Sterling starts I think, Bernardo gives way.
      I may be wrong but I don’t recall him starting both Silvas often

    5. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Nope, no and no

  15. gers23
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Do something Foden. Been a terrible pick by me so far!

    1. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      At least you don't own Mahrez 🙁

    2. PascalCygan
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Same! About 4 GWs now. Most, if not all, will be forgiven if he hauls big.

  16. FOMFF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Captain Dilva in GW38

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      TC for me

    2. Zladan
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      If it wasn’t for an empty stadium, you’d imagine Dilva comes off on 60 mins to a standing ovation.

      Not sure there’s much point in that when the stadium is empty.

      1. FOMFF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        He'll probably be wearing the armband

        1. Zladan
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          Passing it on to KDB when he leaves?

      2. Vertigo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        That's my concern. It's all a bit sketchy for me, and the points will be spread out anyway.

  17. Manani
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    does that mean Mahrez is now more likely to start for the last game? Or is it just still potluck

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      nobody knows at all

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Not imho.

    3. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Nope. 5 days rest.

    4. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Yes.

    5. redsallstars
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Yes prob in place of foden

  18. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Congrats Foden owners on the haul tonight - I sold for DSilva 🙂

  19. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    This could get messy with no city.

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      KDB Sterling foden here but Watford will scrap a 1-0 still

  20. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    So next week it’s DSilva in for BSilva and Mahrez for Foden.

    Will want to go out with a bang in last home game of the season I think.

    1. AF90
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Agree....bit early but what do you think on Foden & KDB -> Mahrez & D.Silva -4 & captain one

  21. fplking14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Does Sterling start on the weekend?

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      KDB Silva
      Mahrez Jesus Sterling.

    2. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      nobody knows really

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Keep an eye on when players are subbed, I think so

    4. Dele
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      100%

    5. redsallstars
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Yes unlikely BSilva starting back to back games. Mahrez prob come in for foden

    6. SackWenger
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Starting to think no now - perhaps Jesus up front and Sterling saved to start upfront v Madrid

      1. fplking14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        There is a 2 week break. There is no need for a rest.

  22. FFSbet.com
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Cmon Foster 0 is all i want,dont go minus points

  23. Rolls-Royce
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Mahrez locked in for the Norwich game then.

    1. Amey
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Really ??
      I don't think so ... Not sure ....

    2. redsallstars
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Yep think he’s nailed on for Norwich

  24. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Sterling hat trick please, so then he starts at the weekend in chase for the golden boot 🙂

    1. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Good point......

  25. waltzingmatildas
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    I'm looking at that team sheet trying to figure out what it means for gw38.....still don't really have a clue!
    Have kdb and foden for tonight though so fingers crossed

    1. redsallstars
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Gund/dinho Dsilva KDB midfield 3 is my guess, don’t need 2 holding mids Norwich. Front 3 Sterling jesus mahrez

  26. Zladan
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Do you think Dilva starts GW38 then?

    Will he come off after 60 minutes to an empty stadium standing ovation?

    It would be so 2020 for him to come off to a half empty zoom call of cheering City fans in the stand on that screen.

  27. drughi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    One of Sterling or Jesus surely benched now against norwich

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      See who plays 90 tonight

    2. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      5 days rest, think they'll be fine, probably both hooked on 70 today

    3. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      5 days rest.. If he Pep decides to bench players, it will be to avoid any potential injuroes, not because of fatigue

      1. SackWenger
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        I think people are looking at the wrong 5 days. It’s not 5 days until the Norwich game you need to worry about; it’s the 5 days from Norwich to the Real Madrid game

  28. Rains of Castamere
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Where can I see top 10k ownership for all City players?

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Player EO
      De Bruyne 89.45%
      Sterling 31.82%
      Jesus 29.89%
      Foden 17.50%
      Mahrez 15.28%
      D Silva 10.89%
      Ederson 8.28%
      Laporte 3.41%
      Garcia 1.87%
      Mendy 1.55%
      Walker 1.36%
      Otamendi 0.37%

      1. Rains of Castamere
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Cheers mate

  29. Dele
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    City winning 10-0 tonight, they will take no prisoners.

    1. PascalCygan
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I'd be very happy if Foden, Sterling and KdB were to share those goals. Maybe 8 for Foden. Realistically.

  30. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    I benched Fosen, played Pulisic.

    1. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Foden

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Puli might be injured anyway?