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
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 9 days 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
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

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

    2. seanie3
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      agreed, come on sterling reward us now

    3. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 days 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
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

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

        1. The King Wilson return
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Wonder if anyone has analysed this belief we share

      2. The King Wilson return
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Without dilva seems like kdb would be more involved

    4. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      I know. He could kill us tonight.

  2. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    With this line up news go:

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

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      B is for a -4

    2. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 9 days 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
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

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

  3. DandyDon
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 9 days 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
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Wouldn't be rushing Sterling out too quick.

      1. DandyDon
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 9 days 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. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      RIP

  4. PLerix
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 9 days 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
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    FU Pep !!
    FU Mahrez !!

    1. AdjPlusNoun
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      He will come on and score

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        FU Pep still !!
        😛

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Nailed for Norwich now I hope.

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 9 days 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
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

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

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Yes

  6. seewhyaxe
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    I guess that means Raz will be out for gw38?

    1. seanie3
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 9 days 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
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        4 day rest

        1. seanie3
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 9 days 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
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Fair enough 🙂

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

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

    3. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      LOL

    4. Iggypop
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

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

    5. Netley Lucas
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

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

    6. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 days 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
      4 months, 9 days 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
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Don't think so after tonight's benching

      2. AdjPlusNoun
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Pep is not that senti

      3. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

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

      4. pablospicks
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

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

      5. seanie3
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 9 days 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. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

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

      7. DandyDon
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

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

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

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

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

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

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          But if Villa beat Arsenal...

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Lol
            Arsenal would lose to Watford then

        2. The King Wilson return
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

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

          1. The King Wilson return
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            New manager bounce tonigh?

          2. Amey
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Lol
            This is amazing !

          3. Pipermaru
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Watford is at -23.

            1. FC Hakkebøf
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Not after today 😀

              1. Pipermaru
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                Ahh, ok you guys are from the future 😉

    • Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

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

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        He'll win then

      2. The King Wilson return
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Well prepared for 38

    • Will J 256
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 9 days 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
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 9 days 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
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 9 days 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
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Nobody knows. It's all guesswork.

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      This the ideal FH front 7 then?

      Salah Mane Mahrez Dilva Bruno/Martial
      Kane Auba

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        no

    • Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 9 days 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
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 9 days 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
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        LOL!

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

        1. DandyDon
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

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

        2. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Nah he's psychic

      3. Rinseboy
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

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

      4. Fred54
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 9 days 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.

    • Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

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

      1. Rinseboy
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

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

      2. Werkself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

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

    • Kane Lane
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

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

    • Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 9 days 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
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Mahrez for me.

      2. ElliotJHP
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

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

        1. Rinseboy
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

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

    • lordkippe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Mahrez (C) Bring on next season!

    • Blue&White85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      For the lady game would you do this?

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

      1. SomewhatPleasing
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        I draw the line at holding the door open

        1. Blue&White85
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Haha, typo!

    • Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

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

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Dilva hands down

    • screamer73
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

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

      Yay or Nay?

      1. Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        nay

    • Vazza
        4 months, 9 days ago

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

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          k

      • ZoumasBloomers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Anyone getting Mendy in on FH now?

        1. Vertigo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          I'm not risking that.

      • Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        On Free Hit:

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

        Thanks!

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          b

        2. Blue&White85
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          B over C just. Nothing in it though.

      • Mini Mahouse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Pope
        TAA Pieters Lamptey
        Martial Dilva Mahrez Salah
        Ings Kane Auba

        3,9 - Brantwhaite, Williams, Guendouzi

        Really thinking of executing this on FH

      • El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

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

        1. El Fenomeno R9
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          (if Villa lose*)

        2. Pipermaru
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

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

      • FC Hakkebøf
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 9 days 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. El Fenomeno R9
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 9 days 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
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 9 days 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. The King Wilson return
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

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

              1. The King Wilson return
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 9 days 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. The King Wilson return
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 9 days ago

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

        2. DandyDon
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 9 days 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.

      • Goat
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

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

        1. linkafu
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 9 days ago

          A

      • linkafu
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 9 days 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
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

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

        2. Steiger
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          No chance

        3. jamiejoe
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 9 days 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.

      • FC Hakkebøf
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 9 days 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

      • PLerix
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

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