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′).

Members Analysis

FPL Lessons Learned From Gameweek 37+

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  1. Vazza
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    I don’t think Gabriel Jesus is going to start today..

    1. Will J 256
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      That would be good for 38!!

      1. Vazza
        • 2 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        The lesson I’ve learnt is don’t trust City assets given their unreliability !

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Me too and I have him.

    3. jason_ni
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      If he doesn't, 100% into my fh team!

  2. KingZZ
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    What do you think will amount to more points in GW38?

    A) Greenwood + Jimenez + Doherty + 8 points

    B) Aubameyang + Antonio + Pieters

    1. Studs Up
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      B

      1. KingZZ
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        Thanks

  3. JelliedSpark968
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    De Bruyne or Jesus cap?

    1. Sanchit
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      David Silva!

    2. poulteren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      kdb but wait and see theur minutes this eve

    3. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Jesus

    4. kamdaraji
      • 13 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Take the cap off Jesus and wear it

    5. lilmessipran
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Jesus

    6. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Wait 35 min and you will know

  4. Glad He Ate Her
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    For those who played their BB this week, how many points did you get (so far)?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      That Grav lol

    2. Martial Matas
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      56 (-8). 8 players to go, including captain. Pretty happy so far!

    3. Scholes Out For Summer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      51 (-8) with 7 to go, including captain

      Had Stephens 8 pointer, doubled up on Sheffield defence and gutted at the 1-0. Could be better but could be worse.

    4. Rt505
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      56 with 7 to go (including Fernandes cap). No hits

  5. michaelington
    • 12 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Just started the member free trial (cheap skate alert). Wow, those stats are overwhelming, not sure where to start.

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Honestly if you can carve out time to watch games, you'll get so much more useful information than the statistics

      They are sometimes useful in a tie break situation where you have to decide between A or B & aren't sure though

      But trying not to sign attackers without watching them first will get you much further imo, similarly watching how well teams defend before signing (or targeting) their defenders is worth much more than the stats

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        I do not play the game based on stats. Never have, probably never will.

        1. jason_ni
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 23 days ago

          for me, I don't really use the stats.. I've generally always just watched the matches/motd, but see the membership as a way of supporting the site. Think it was £12.50 for the year, thats less than 3pints, never-mind the stats, the articles are decent value.

  6. TimoTime
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Kane or Auba next week and would you captain one of the two over City players?

    I have no Liverpool attacking captain options

    ML rival also has Kane

    1. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Captain Auba and pray until the game is over

    2. cheekumz
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      I think its a flip of a coin but I'm going with Auba personally

  7. yer old da
    • 12 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Should I:

    A. Waste my own time and that of others by posting millions of FH options like everyone else before every match this week has been played and we have certainty of what everyone is playing for on Sunday, or
    B. Wait until all games are played and then work out FH options?

    1. kamdaraji
      • 13 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      B by far

    2. lilmessipran
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      A

    3. yer old da
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      C. Ask people which City asset I should captain before we see how many minutes they each play this evening?

    4. michaelington
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      I think you ask Kane or Auba over and over. Enjoyed reading this a lot today, would recommend.

      1. yer old da
        • 12 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        Yeah, I think I should ask whether I should have Kane or Auba before Arsenal have even played. Sensible.

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 23 days ago

          Harry or Pierre?

    5. Corgz Dark side of the Loon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      A if you are chasing
      B if you lead.
      C. Source ???

    6. Jealous Viper
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      A without a doubt

    7. KunDogan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      B 😀

    8. Wild Card this!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Go with template - so, A 😉

  8. kamdaraji
    • 13 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Captain Dilva out of honour?

    1. Valdez
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      yes

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Triple Captain

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Why not

    4. Baps hunter
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      I did last week. There was no better option even with hindsight.

    5. cheekumz
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      def considering it

  9. lilmessipran
    • 10 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Thoughts on this FH draft

    Martinez
    Taa pieters bardsley
    Salah Raz Martial Dilva Antonio
    Kane Jesus

    Bench Fodder

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Looks good, might sway with Bruno over Martial

    2. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      No faith in Antonio for last GW

  10. poulteren
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Please help. I am set to win 450 quid but am only 6 points ahead.

    Pope

    TAA Doherty Pieters

    KdB / Salah / Fernandes / Foden

    Rashford / Vardy / Greenwood

    Have 1 FT.......who would you rather swap in?

    A. Kane

    B. David Silva

    C. Jesus

    1. TimoTime
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Kane, nailed and has found form

      1. poulteren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        thanks. Are d. silva and jesus not nailed? i guess not

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Kane

    3. Studs Up
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      A...Palace on the beach

  11. KingZZ
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Made a massive mistake with Sterling (C) this week. Very likely that he will get benched again.

    1. TimoTime
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Nobody knows. 40 mins and you have your answer

    2. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      He could get big haul even in 20 minutes

      1. Fit_to_drop
        • 2 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        He had a whole half against BOU and didnt...

        1. linkafu
          • 2 Years
          2 years, 23 days ago

          Right but wait and see. I think (hope) he ll get a brace today

  12. kamdaraji
    • 13 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    current FH team

    Neuer
    Kimmich TAA Bernat
    Gnabry Salah Sterling KDB
    Lewandowski Messi Ronaldo

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Too Bavarian

    2. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      I was thinking about Ronaldo and FPL when he got his landmark goal last night. Does anyone on here play Serie A fantasy? If so, does anyone not have Ronaldo in their team? Likewise Messi for La Liga?

  13. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Ings or wood ? Thank you

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Ings

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        Thanks

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Ings

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        Thanks Miguel. Sheffield have a better defence than Brighton though.

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 23 days ago

          Burnley have a worse attack than Southampton. They only beat 9 man Norwich 2-0

    3. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Wood for GW38

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        Lcheers

    4. Amey
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Ings

      SHU conceding lots of chances. Vardy & DCL should have had goals vs them IMO.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        Thanks Amey

  14. Tonyawesome69
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Looking for some early transfer suggestions and thoughts on below.Thanks

    a. KDB to Salah
    b. Foden to D Silva
    c. KDB to D Silva and Jimenez to Kane (-4)
    d. Other suggestion

    1ft 2.5itb
    Pope
    TAA Doherty Aurier
    Martial KDB Bruno Sterling
    Ings Jimenez Wood

    Martinez Foden Taylor Saiss

    1. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      a

    2. poulteren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      i have foden....do you not want to wait until the early team news on twitter an

    3. poulteren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      and keep kdb...the guy is the best player in the prem playing against the worst team. Simples.

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        Both Foden and KDB haven't looked great in recent games

  15. Greek Freak
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Indiana Vassilev.
    Marvelous Nakamba.

    That is all.

    1. Greek Freak
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      I mean, they're never going to be mentioned as FPL picks, but their names are too hard to ignore so I just wanted to say them.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        Kurt Zouma's middle name is Happy

  16. linkafu
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Praying for a KDB Masterclass tonight!

    1. kamdaraji
      • 13 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      most people have him

      1. Robson-Canoe
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        my rival doesn't

      2. linkafu
        • 2 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        Not Captain and not in my ML

    2. V̅654
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      TC, praying he starts!

      1. Corgz Dark side of the Loon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        Wow, good luck fella...........

  17. Fit_to_drop
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    I have only 2 playing defenders for GW38+

    Do I use my 1FT to:
    - sign another defender (Burnley or City most likely)
    - swap Bruno to Dilva (have Sterling, Foden)

    Too tight in my league to take a -4

    thanks.

    1. KunDogan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Easy A

  18. McSauce
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Sterling and KDB here, Need both to play and Sterling to go massive!!!!!!

    1. kamdaraji
      • 13 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Foden will outscore Sterling

    2. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Please Pep

  19. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Will Pep roulette ruin me for more last time this season

    1. kamdaraji
      • 13 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      You know pep!

    2. Baps hunter
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      It will ruin me certainly. Yet my own fault. I should have ditched Dilva.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        I regret not benching D.Silva but I didn't expect him to start the Cup semi

  20. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Salah biggest haul this season has been away to Brighton.

    Captain locked in vs Newcastle!

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      He’s been locked in for me..

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Did Mane start??

      1. Baps hunter
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        Was it so that Salah is great without Mane or vice versa?

      2. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        Second biggest hauls vs WAT which Mane played full 90 and Soton Mane did not play. 3rd biggest haul vs Arsenal Mane played 76 minutes.

        Then there was also Westham, Mane played Salah hauled. Not sure about away or home fixtures but Salah without a doubt cap locked in 38.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 12 Years
          2 years, 23 days ago

          Good luck, hope he smashes it for you!

    3. Studs Up
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      But in general, his away form is not that good imo

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 12 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        Its probably not just as simple as saying his away form isn't good

        His away form when Mane doesn't start is actually generally fantastic

        But when Mane starts... not so much

        So this could be the game where he gets a 20 pointer starting alongside Mane to redress the balance 🙂

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          2 years, 23 days ago

          He is first in my team next season and will stay till the end.

          Not going to try complicate things.

          KDB could play defensive midfielder next season and then it will be tickets for hauls from him.

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 12 Years
            2 years, 23 days ago

            It's good to have that type of clarity - makes the game much simpler for you

        2. Studs Up
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 years, 23 days ago

          Fair enough

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Usually needs Mane not to start!

    5. Niho992
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Salah away when Mane starts : 0 goals.

  21. kamdaraji
    • 13 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Pep!

  22. kamdaraji
    • 13 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    All Man City players who started in the cup are at risk. You would think Bilva and Foden are nailed on to start.

  23. PascalCygan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Strap yourselves in for the latest round of Pep Roulette...

    1. kamdaraji
      • 13 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      fun times

    2. lordkippe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      I even captained Mahrez for some extra kicks. You gotta love the roulette

      1. kamdaraji
        • 13 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        brave

      2. Baps hunter
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        Yea, should have done Dilva to Mahrez for -4.

  24. kamdaraji
    • 13 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Aguerooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Riyaaaaaaaad

  25. Gav's Gunners
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Aurier and Richarlison on my bench so any no shows and I am covered

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Greenwood 1st, Aurier second for me.

    2. Amey
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      They won't sit 90 minutes is the issue

  26. EL_FENOMENO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Man City squad leaks ?

    1. Corgz Dark side of the Loon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      does it......ewwww sounds nasty

  27. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 12 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Predicted front 6 for City??

    Gundogan, Fernandinho, KDB
    Bernardo, Sterling, Foden

    1. ElliotJHP
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Let's have some fun

      Doyle Rodri KdB
      Mahrez Bernado Foden

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      No Mahrez? 🙁

    3. Greek Freak
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      KDB - Holding mid - Bernardo
      Mahrez, Sterling, Foden

    4. Amey
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Mahrez RW
      Bilvs #9

    5. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Dilva and Jesus fail but will mean Sterling benched 38.

  28. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Pick two out of Kane, Auba and Jesus.

    1. Mattious8
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      I went with Kane and Auba, higher ceilings and will probably play more minutes than Jesus.

    2. Baps hunter
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      I am trying to pick 3 out of them and Rashford. Kane first pick now.

  29. Amey
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Please bench Raz Dilva & Jesus pep ... Need them to start in 38 😀

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      That would suit me as I've got Mahrez and KDB ⚽

      1. ElliotJHP
        • 10 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        Likewise! Pep is never so kind though

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 23 days ago

          You keeping em for GW38? I'm probably going Sterling and Dilva for the last GW.

          1. ElliotJHP
            • 10 Years
            2 years, 23 days ago

            Thinking I'll keep Mahrez along with the two you have listed.

            Things can change though!

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Nnnnnnooooooo

  30. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Any leaks ladies and gents?