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. Stand By Mee
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    As a Kdb non owner I am starting to panic 🙁

    I'll be fine as long as Sterling outscores him. I guess.

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

      Gunning for the assist record so will be lining them up for Sterling and Jesus

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

      agreed, come on sterling reward us now

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

      Would much rather have sterling. KDB seems to have gone back to a deep role last few appearances. Hoping he pushes up tonight

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

        Today D.Silva isn't playing so KdB will push

        1. End of King Wilson
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          Wonder if anyone has analysed this belief we share

      2. End of King Wilson
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Without dilva seems like kdb would be more involved

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

      I know. He could kill us tonight.

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

    With this line up news go:

    A) Pulisic (WOL)
    B) Mahrez (NOR)

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

      B is for a -4

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

      I'm thinking of sticking with Mahrez in FH Miguel but now I am wondering if he is slightly out of favour rather than rotated.

      I would be tempted to stick A, unless late team news can push a B

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

        Also have Jimenez and Maguire on the bench so should probably avoid the hit.

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

    Did have KDB and sterling in my FH team - now have DSilva and mahrez to allow me to get in some more bigger hitters like salah and kane

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

      Wouldn't be rushing Sterling out too quick.

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

        See how many minutes he plays if it’s 90 I won’t risk it after what pep said about rotating last two games

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

      RIP

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

    A) Lascelles, Saiss -> Tarkowski and Pieters. Bench Nketiah
    B) Lascelles, TAA, Guendozi -> Pieters, Long, D, Silva (-4). Bench Nketiah+Saiss

    Martinez, 3.9
    TAA, Doherty, Saiss, (Kiko, Lascelles*)
    Sterling, KdB, Bruno, Martial (Guendozi*)
    Kane, Rashford, Nketiah

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

    FU Pep !!
    FU Mahrez !!

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

      He will come on and score

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

        FU Pep still !!
        😛

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Nailed for Norwich now I hope.

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

        I don't trust that baldy bro. Imagine him benched again for Foden.
        Easily possible.

        This is quite boring tbh

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          Yeah can't ever be sure with Pep. Hope we get the line up this week.

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

            Yes

  6. seewhyaxe
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    I guess that means Raz will be out for gw38?

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

      why? Fit as a fiddle and young? plays 70 or so tonight and then has 5 day rest until Sunday..

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

        4 day rest

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

          actually your right its not 5 days but 4 and 1/2 days if you want to split hairs 🙂

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

            Fair enough 🙂

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

      Tbh, that means nothing ...
      We're sh.t
      We can't predict that baldy

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

      LOL

    4. Iggypop
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      It's nearly a week away, u think he will be tired?

    5. Netley Lucas
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Should go full tilt in 38, last prep for CL.

    6. DandyDon
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Pep did say he’d heavily rotate for last two games so expecting to see an odd team 38. Can guarantee d.silva will start at least

  7. joker14
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Any chance Pep will play D.Silva for 21 minutes in Gameweek 38?
    Same as Terry's guard of honour for his last game (Played 26 minutes).

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Don't think so after tonight's benching

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

      Pep is not that senti

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Possible, will want to get a standing ovation from the crowd

    4. pablospicks
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      He'll want to play properly imo, I can see Foden coming on for Silva last 10

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

      nope, D Silva will start and play as much of the game as possible, different situation with Terry as didn't play that much under Conte that season..

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

      lol just won't happen, what is this comparison of him and terry, jeex.

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

      Not got much to do with Terry. Silva still in prime condition it seems

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

    Watford have to go for the win, this could get bloodbathy messy

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

      They don't actually.
      Just have to keep GD in check

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

        But if Villa beat Arsenal...

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

          Lol
          Arsenal would lose to Watford then

      2. End of King Wilson
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Watford 34 pts -27 gd
        Villa 31 -27 gd
        B mouth 31 -27 gd

        1. End of King Wilson
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          New manager bounce tonigh?

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

          Lol
          This is amazing !

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

          Watford is at -23.

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

            Not after today 😀

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

              Ahh, ok you guys are from the future 😉

  9. Egg noodle
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Rival 20 points ahead of me has David Silva Mahrez Mendy. Subs Kiko Greenwood and a non starter. Love it!

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

      He'll win then

    2. End of King Wilson
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Well prepared for 38

  10. Will J 256
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 2 months ago

    I know it is so difficult to predict Pep, but based on tonight’s selection, do you think Jesus starts against Norwich in 38?

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

      See on the minutes tonight
      If Jesus plays 90 and Sterling comes off for Mahrez 60 mins in then it could be Sterling false 9 vs. Norwich

      1. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        That doesn't matter. Mahrez played 60 in fa cup and sterling played 90 but look who's starting and whos benched

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

      Nobody knows. It's all guesswork.

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

    This the ideal FH front 7 then?

    Salah Mane Mahrez Dilva Bruno/Martial
    Kane Auba

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

      no

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

    Lateriser dude got all 3 city correct again. Advising anyone free-hitting to copy his City assets next week.

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

      Not that hard this week though? The most owned City players all started:

      De Bruyne 89.45%
      Sterling 31.82%
      Jesus 29.89%
      Foden 17.50%

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      LOL!

      He literally tweeted 5 mins before team sheets that he isn't confident of all 3 starting.

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

        Yes just luck with pep. Happy 1 out of 2 starting after last time out!

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

        Nah he's psychic

    3. Rinseboy
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      he is a brilliant player tho. Gotta give his respect.

    4. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      He's been on those 3 players for ages, didn't do anything special as such.

      Going without KdB for a while is the real headline.

  13. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Sterling hat-trick here would be very welcome. Come on!

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

      I captained him and am nervous as hell! Really need him to turn up tonight

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

      Would prefer an early sending-off but your odds are better than mine. (I never hope for injuries.)

  14. Kane Lane
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Anyone else thinking why did I bench Foden looks like he is gonna punish us playing number 10

  15. Rinseboy
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Mahrez vs Dilva is gonna be tough for 38. Feels like a head over heart one that! Maybe Mahrez is the better pick now?

    1. Blue&White85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Mahrez for me.

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

      Think I'll go both with Raheem but monitoring this game ofc

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

        I have Jesus and Raz and want to replace Foden for 38. Starting to think Mahrez could be a genius!

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

    Mahrez (C) Bring on next season!

  17. Blue&White85
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    For the lady game would you do this?

    Ederson & Pulisic to Sub GK (have Pope) & Mahrez (c)

    1. SomewhatPleasing
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I draw the line at holding the door open

      1. Blue&White85
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Haha, typo!

  18. Pep Roulette
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Dilva or Mahrez for GW38? Already have Sterling & Jesus!

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

      Dilva hands down

  19. screamer73
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Vardy+KDB to Kane+Dilva for a hit? Have Mahrez.

    Yay or Nay?

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

      nay

  20. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 2 months ago

    All three of my City players are starting... so happy!!!!

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

      k

  21. ZoumasBloomers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Anyone getting Mendy in on FH now?

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

      I'm not risking that.

  22. Max City
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    On Free Hit:

    A) KDB + Martial
    B) Sterling + Dilva
    C) KDB + Mahrez

    Thanks!

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

      b

    2. Blue&White85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      B over C just. Nothing in it though.

  23. Mini Mahouse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Pope
    TAA Pieters Lamptey
    Martial Dilva Mahrez Salah
    Ings Kane Auba

    3,9 - Brantwhaite, Williams, Guendouzi

    Really thinking of executing this on FH

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

    Would love a Watford point here,relegation battle over(if West Ham lose) and last GW cricket scores with many on beach.

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

      (if Villa lose*)

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

      Villa has 2 games left, it won't be over.

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

    People are worrying too much about City players... Unlike previous gameweeks, there are 5 days of rest between gw37 and 38. In addition, there is no FAC games to worry about. City will go out with a bang to honour Dilva. Sterling, Jesus and KDB will most likely all play. As for Mahrez/Foden/Bilva I am not quite as confident.

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

      Pep said he will play them all in these two games,so i guess those playing 90min will not start last game

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

        He has practically started his best 11 today. Don't think he will want to risk losing last home match, even without fans. Same team starts next week imo, with only Dilva as only change for his farewell!

        1. End of King Wilson
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          I see you thought of it too. I'm surprised cancelo is ahead of Mendy and mahrez below bilva

          1. End of King Wilson
            • 4 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            I can't foresee who's providing the width down the left without Mendy. Makes tonight's match quite intriguing for champs league

            1. End of King Wilson
              • 4 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              I Guess the answer is sterling way out on the left...

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

      You are probably right. Pep did say there would be a lot of changes in both games I think which is where the doubt creeps in. Could see him resting KDB just to make sure he isn’t injured before Real.

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

    Which is a better upgrade for GW38+?
    A) Foden -> Mahrez
    B) Jimenez -> Auba

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

      A

  27. linkafu
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Do someone else have a feeling for Bruno bench tomorrow?

    Bruno played all games since restart.

    West Ham at Old Trafford is not the biggest challenge

    They will need him 100% for the last away game against Leicester

    1. Netley Lucas
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Beating WHM only gets to 65, must go full tilt both games.

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

      No chance

    3. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Possible but Ole got stung by resting players against Chelsea.

      Mind you, Man City got stung by playing the star, premium players and David Silva against Arsenal.

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

    People are worrying too much about City players. 5 days of rest between gw37 and 38 unlike previous gameweeks. In addition, there is no FAC games to worry about. City will go out with a bang to honour Dilva. Sterling, Jesus and KDB will most likely all play. As for Mahrez/Foden/Bilva I am not quite as confident. If Pep decides to rotate it will be to avoid injuries. In that case all players but Dilva is a rotation risk

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

    For next week:
    A) Pieters, TAA, Tarkowski
    B) Pieters, Long, D. Silva (-4)