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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FPL Lessons Learned From Gameweek 37+

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  1. melvinmbabazi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Sterling......

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Starts?

  2. Dynamic Duos
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Sterling(c) I'm crying in 6

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

      We re in same boat bro

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

      Same. Here we go...

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

    Kdb is benched what? Oh nooo

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

    Kun starts!

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

    Jesus

    1. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Why you taking the Lord’s name in vain Amey?

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

        I'm depressed ....

  6. Debauchy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Pep benched I hear

    1. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      as plausible as all the posts so far

  7. 272MK
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Bellamy Adebayor Tevez upfront!

  8. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    Aguero a huge doubt

    1. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Can you imagine the sheer goals he had scored if not injured over the last month

  9. Brosstan
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 23 days ago

    5 minutes until Foden ruins my season again

  10. Party time
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Why are people calling me out 🙁

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

      Pep is ball boy today.

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      No Balotelli today

    • DIMITRIS
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      City's fornt three today:
      Mulgrew Berbatov Malbranque

    • 272MK
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Debryune benched

      Is what I wanna hear

      1. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        Prat

      2. cravencottage
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        stop it

    • Fred54
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Lukaku assist.

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

        Sanchez?

    • Niho992
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      If Sterling starts thats already haul for me at this stage.

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

        Lol

    • Zimo
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Are kolo toure and joleon lescott starting?

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Sterling starts!

      1. Annie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        enjoy your ban

    • FFSbet.com
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Why all that panic,cant change teams now.

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

        Logical thinking ??
        Ban !!

      2. Hy liverpool
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        Really?

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

      No surprises from Pep.

    • Zilla
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      XI | Ederson, Walker, Garcia, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne (C), Foden, Bernardo, G Jesus, Sterling.

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

        FU Mahrez

      2. POLSKA GOLA
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        Kdb check, Jesus check, Foden check 🙂

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

        No Dilva.

        Hopefully Jesus and Sterling go wild!

      4. have you seen cyan
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        Hmm Jesus and sterling both start, wasn’t expecting that

    • DAZZ
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Yessss Raz (c)

    • ElliotJHP
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      I suppose this is what ya get with Riyad, will have to stick with on the FH too

    • Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      OMG - 3 starters for me

      XI | Ederson, Walker, Garcia, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne (C), Foden, Bernardo, G Jesus, Sterling.

      SUBS | Carson, Stones, Gundogan, Zinchenko, Silva, Mendy, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Otamendi.

    • Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Let's go Kev!

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

      MAN CITY TEAM NEWS
      Team to play Watford: Ederson, Walker, Garcia, Laporte, Cancelo, De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Foden, Sterling, Jesus.
      Subs: Carson, Stones, Gundogan, Zinchenko, David Silva, Mendy, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Otamendi.

      WATFORD TEAM NEWS
      Team to play Man City: Foster, Femenia, Kabasele, Dawson, Mariappa, Hughes, Doucoure, Sarr, Cleverley, Pereyra, Deeney.
      Subs: Gomes, Welbeck, Masina, Chalobah, Cathcart, Pedro, Gray, Quina, Pussetto.

      1. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 years, 23 days ago

        Jaysus

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

        Damn .....Quina on the bench.....season over

    • La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      No Mahrez

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

        will start against Norwich I presume

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

      Mahrez (C) auch...

    • ZimZalabim
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 23 days ago

      Ederson, Walker, Garcia, Laporte, Cancelo, De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Foden, Sterling, Jesus.

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

      Let's go Kev & Raz

      Dilva - See you on Sunday for Triple Captaincy lad

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

        Lol