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. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    18 minutes to meltdown!

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      This!

    2. baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Yes. Now I am 18 pts behind top 10k, but there are 8000 other teams in between. Interesting to soo how much I am behind after today ad will Rashford and Martial save me later.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Need big games from Rash & Martial also (Rash Captain)

  2. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    15 minutes to total meltdown ☢️

  3. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    KDB and Jesus apparently not spotted at the Etihad...

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Fook

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      It begins...

      1. kamdaraji
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        source?

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          This is traditional pre-teamsheet merkery - City aren't playing at the Etihad

    3. POLSKA GOLA
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      As long as thet are in Watford 🙂

    4. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      stop it

    5. fc_skrald
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Hehe 🙂

  4. cheekumz
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Hmm.. finally I've found myself with a non City conundrum, what looks better:

    A. Son, Tarkowski, Alderwiereld (No Man Utd)

    B. Martial, TAA, Long (No Spurs)

    Cheers.

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      B

  5. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Chasing. ML looks effectively over. Minus 8 for the shits?

    Vardy > Kane\Aubameyang
    Forden > D Silva
    Doherty > Pieters

  6. fc_skrald
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    What Twitter profile with early lineups can be trusted?

  7. Amey
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Ederson
    .
    .
    .
    .
    .
    Foden
    .
    Not David Silva
    .

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Rodri and Foden should start too

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        B.Silva not Foden

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Both actually

    2. Walcoff life
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      haha this

    3. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      KdB will start surely.

  8. Hy liverpool
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Please riyad start

    1. Mac90
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Most likely

    2. Walcoff life
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      pleeease

    3. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Riyaaaaaad! Let's gooo!

  9. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Only kdb today..sofa time

  10. fc_skrald
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Please, Aguero hattrick!

  11. TwiggsJameson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Anyone else hoping for a couple of absentees. I have Pieters second on my bench. Regretting/wondering why I put him behind Nketiah.

  12. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Please start Raheem (C) !!!

    1. TwiggsJameson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Very brave of you. I didn't risk it.

    2. amitmishr
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      I too risked it
      And good that he is starting. A good differential probbly

  13. Fred54
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Braaf.

    Probably not even a sub, but just wanted to say his name because everyone on Bluemoon does.

    1. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      I checked that forum to see the expected lineups a few times and he appears to be starting every match. That's how I realized they are even more clueless that most of us here.

      1. Fred54
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Exactly.

  14. dshv
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Last question

    1. Kane and auba and bruno

    2. Kane jesus auba no united ?

  15. Mac90
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    One of my ML rivals did

    Sterling --> Martial
    Jesus --> Jimenez

    Another one sold Salah for Martial

    Dayyum

  16. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Sterling playing up top today apparently.

    1. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Source or ban.

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Sauce?

    3. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Ban this lad

    4. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      please cite source

    5. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      You keep saying jesus isn't starting. Hope you're right.

  17. Mac90
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Ederson, Ota, Stones, Cancelo, Zinchenko, Dinho, Debryune, Gundo, Foden, Sterling, Mahrez

    What I'm expecting

    1. kamdaraji
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      lol

  18. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Pls Dilva start

    1. baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Would be happy even for 25 mins and assist.

  19. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Gudjohson to be banned today apparently....

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Along with Cockysmurf

      1. COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        What I posted is 100% true

  20. supperspout
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Martial assist

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Pulisic touched it on the line

      1. baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        VAR ruled it out

        1. baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Yes, twice please. Or even "thrice" 😉

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Kane got a touch

      1. POLSKA GOLA
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Lukaku’s armpit hair was the assister

  21. baps hunter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    With Dilva probably not playing I need Pulisic to haul and TAA and VvD to keep CS. Is that okay to ask for?!?

    1. Gunner Boy
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      How about Pulisic scoring, VVD scoring a header from a TAA set piece?

    2. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Sure 3 point haul good enough?

  22. El Fenomeno R9
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Will guess again,last time i was correct

    KDB + Mahrez bench

    Foden + Bilva start

    1. baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Foden, Mahrez, KdB and Bilva to start with strange formation 😉

    2. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Damn 3/4

  23. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    SHUT...UP...PEOPLE

    Goodness me. None of you know anything about the City team. Bans.

  24. DIMITRIS
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    KDB benched!

    1. POLSKA GOLA
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Source?

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Ban

    3. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Do one

    4. Hy liverpool
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Ban

    5. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Wow, source?

      1. DIMITRIS
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        FPL Lord Bendtner twitter account

    6. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Lol

    7. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      not cute

  25. Mackans
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Thoughts on my FH draft? (0.0ib)

    Martinez
    Aurier Pieters Long
    Salah KDB Dilva Antonio
    Kane Auba Jesus

  26. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    BAN EVERYONE

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Ha ha

    2. Zilla
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      source or ban

  27. ElliotJHP
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Hearing rumours Émile Mpenza not in squad

    1. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Shaun Goater should start then

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Steve Mcmanaman starts!

  28. DIMITRIS
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Sources saying City will line up with Jovetic and Dzeko up front today.

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      I thought Goater was the main man??

    2. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Naa u wrong. its gonna be Robinho

    3. Hy liverpool
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      My source says "go f*** yourself Dimitris"

      1. DIMITRIS
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        hahahahahah
        Cheers I have DSilva, Foden and Jesus waitng for

  29. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Bony benched

  30. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Ederson starts!