Scout Notes

Son scores from the spot as £4.0m FPL defender Johnson struggles in Hammers loss

We round off our coverage of Saturday’s pre-season friendlies with a look at how Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Leeds United and Leicester City got on in their final warm-up matches before Gameweek 1.

Watford 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Goal: Son Heung-min (£9.0m)
  • Assist: Erik Lamela (£6.0m)

Son Heung-min (£9.0m) led the line and scored from the spot as Tottenham Hotspur rounded off their pre-season campaign with a defeat at recently relegated Watford.

With Harry Kane (£10.5m) away on international duty, the Korean was again given the nod to spearhead the Lilywhites’ attack in front of an attacking midfield trident of Erik Lamela (£6.0m), Dele Alli (£8.0m) and Lucas Moura (£7.0m) at Vicarage Road.

On paper, it seems that Lamela would be the placeholder for Kane, with Son moving back to the left flank, but the South Korea international has shone in pre-season in a central role and his energetic displays were in sharp contrast to the sluggish performance that Kane turned in for his country at the weekend.

The England striker has mitigating circumstances for his rustiness, of course, having been quarantined following a trip to the Bahamas, and even if half-fit, it’s difficult to see Jose Mourinho omitting him for the visit of Everton this weekend.

Son’s goal from 12 yards came after Lamela had been fouled and with Alli on the pitch, which, even if it is only a meaningless pre-season kickabout, may be an indication that the Korean is next in line in the penalty-taking pecking order whenever Kane is absent.

Alli had caught the eye in his first two pre-season starts, bagging a goal and two assists, but he was unable to replicate that form here, being moved into a deeper central midfield role in the second half as Tanguy Ndombele (£6.0m) was sacrificed for young winger Jack Clarke; Alli’s ball-playing skills perhaps required from deep as the two long-passing centre-backs – Eric Dier (£5.0m) and Toby Alderweireld (£5.5m) – were not on the pitch.

That’s not a position Fantasy managers want to see him in and it likely isn’t the plan long term but with Giovani Lo Celso (£7.0m) not featuring at all in pre-season, Harry Winks (£5.5m) withdrawing from the England squad because of injury and Ndombele locked in a never-ending battle to regain match-fitness, there is a lingering question over who gets the nod alongside midfield anchor Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£5.0m) in Gameweek 1.

Youngster Dennis Cirkin and Juan Foyth (£4.5m) both got 45 minutes at left-back in the absence of Ben Davies (£5.0m), who was away with Wales, while Serge Aurier (£5.5m) stepped into the void at right-back with Matt Doherty (£6.0m) and Gedson Fernandes (£5.0m) away on international duty.

None of the deputy full-backs turned in particularly convincing displays, with Cirkin giving away a converted penalty and Aurier’s distribution typically erratic, so there was little to worry prospective owners of Doherty and Davies.

Mourinho said after the game:

I would say that those are the positives, players who needed minutes had them, some players played 90 minutes. Also positive was that Watford took it very seriously. I liked that. They competed, they were aggressive, they made the game very hard, those are all positives.In the same way I wasn’t super-enthusiastic after winning three friendlies, wins that don’t give us any points, I’m not sad that we lost this one.

I said to the players at half-time, maybe in the Premier League if we are losing 2-0 at half-time, we have the second half to fight for the result. It was a game to give us minutes and a competitive mentality and I really liked the fact that in the last minute, we are fighting to try to score, and then Sonny makes a 100-metre sprint to stop the 3-1 on the counter-attack. So, overall, it was okay.

*With thanks to TopMarx for his observations

Tottenham Hotspur XI (4-2-3-1): Hart (Gazzaniga 46′); Aurier, Sanchez, Carter-Vickers, Cirkin (Foyth 46′); Ndombele (Clarke 46′), White (Bowden 81′); Lamela, Dele, Lucas; Son.

West Ham United 3-5 Bournemouth

  • Goals: Jarrod Bowen (£6.5m) x2, Felipe Anderson (£6.5m)
  • Assists: Josh Cullen x2, Robert Snodgrass (£6.0m)

A West Ham United side who have kept only two Premier League clean sheets since David Moyes took charge in January were again exposed on Saturday, this time by a team who have just dropped down to the Championship.

The alarm bells were ringing upon the release of the teamsheets as Moyes, without the unavailable and influential Tomas Soucek (£5.0m) and Declan Rice (£5.0m) due to their international commitments, opted to name the attack-minded Manuel Lanzini (£6.5m) and the ageing Mark Noble (£5.0m) in a two-man central midfield.

Noble was overrun and Lanzini lasted all of 32 minutes before limping off but they weren’t the only ones culpable, with the back four unconvincing as ever and back-up goalkeeper David Martin (£4.0m) not doing his future prospects any good.

In a possible blow to managers who were looking for playing defensive bench fodder, Ben Johnson (£4.0m) turned in such a poor performance that he was hooked for Ryan Fredericks (£4.5m) with less than half an hour gone, a withdrawal that can’t have done the youngster’s confidence any good.

The return of Rice especially (providing he isn’t sold) will add much-needed protection to the back four but the Hammers haven’t recorded a single shut-out in pre-season and, given the fixtures that are to come, few Fantasy managers will be interested anyway.

Goals at the other end have been flowing at least, with Jarrod Bowen (£6.5m) continuing his fine form with a brace on Saturday – both strikes being set up by Josh Cullen.

Encouragingly, Bowen was loitering around the six-yard box for each one and he took his tally to four goals in three warm-up matches with that double at the weekend.

Felipe Anderson (£6.5m) added a late consolation with a header from fellow substitute Robert Snodgrass‘s (£6.0m) corner.

Michail Antonio (£6.5m) didn’t get on the scoresheet, however, and one of the form FPL players of the post-restart era rounded off pre-season without a goal to his name.

Antonio was paired up front with Sebastien Haller (£6.5m) as Moyes plumped for a 4-4-2 but the recently reclassified forward saw little joy against the Cherries, eventually being replaced just after the hour mark.

West Ham United XI (4-4-2): Martin; Johnson (Fredericks 26), Diop, Ogbonna (Balbuena 63), Cresswell; Bowen (Masuaku 63), Noble (Wilshere 63), Lanzini (Cullen 32), Fornals (Snodgrass 82); Antonio (Felipe Anderson 63), Haller (Xande Silva 82).


Leeds United 3-1 Pacos de Ferreira

  • Goals: Pascal Struijk (£4.0m), Pablo Hernandez (£6.0m), Helder Costa (£5.5m) 
  • Assists: Barry Douglas (£4.0m), Patrick Bamford (£5.5m) x2

With at least half a dozen possible/probable starters away on international duty, including new signings Robin Koch (£4.5m) and Rodrigo (£6.0m), a patched-up Leeds United side saw off Portuguese outfit Pacos de Ferreira in their final warm-up match before Gameweek 1.

Two budget FPL defenders combined for the Whites’ opening strike, with Barry Douglas‘ (£4.0m) free-kick being nodded in by the ‘out of position’ (at least, in Fantasy terms) Pascal Struijk (£4.0m) two minutes after the visitors had gone in front.

Patrick Bamford (£5.5m) went on to claim a brace of assists after the break, first teeing up Pablo Hernandez (£6.0m) for a net-busting strike from distance and then providing a lofted through-ball for substitute Helder Costa (£5.5m) to convert.

The fluid 4-1-4-1/3-3-1-3 Bielsa set-up was again in evidence, with the hosts putting in an improved display after the interval and Hernandez looking more effective when moving into a central role from his original position on the right.

Douglas may well get the nod in Gameweek 1 if Bielsa opts to use Luke Ayling (£4.5m) at centre-half over new recruit Koch, although the longer-term prospects don’t look quite so positive for the bargain-bin defender.

Few will be wanting him to be anything other than emergency bench fodder this weekend anyway, given that reigning champions Liverpool are providing the opposition.

Leeds United XI (4-1-4-1/3-3-1-3): Casilla; Douglas, Ayling, Casey, Davis; Struijk; Hernandez (Gotts 73′), Shackleton, Roberts (Costa 45′), Harrison (Poveda 70′); Bamford (Cresswell 88′).

Leicester City 1-1 Blackburn Rovers

  • Goal: Daniel Amartey (£4.0m)
  • Assist: None

An under-strength Leicester City side drew their final warm-up match against Blackburn Rovers at the weekend, with only a handful of first-teamers featuring.

Harvey Barnes (£7.0m) and Demarai Gray (£5.5m) flanked Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) in a strong-ish looking three-man attack but there was little to report from the long-serving striker, who forced an early save from distance and then took one of his trademark tumbles in the opposition box without reward.

Ayoze Perez (£6.5m) chalked up his first pre-season minutes as a substitute but there was again no James Maddison (£7.0m), who looks to be a major doubt for Gameweek 1 given that he was only training in the ‘rehab gang’ with fellow absentee Ricardo Pereira (£6.0m) last week.

Daniel Amartey (£4.0m) made his return after a lengthy period on the sidelines, nodding home the Foxes’ only goal from a corner following a goalkeeping howler.

Wilfred Ndidi (£5.0m) was deployed as a centre-half for this one and it’ll be interesting to see if he is again given the nod alongside Caglar Soyuncu (£5.5m) in Gameweek 1, with Jonny Evans (£5.5m) suspended and Wes Morgan (£4.5m) nursing an injury – although Filip Benkovic (£4.5m) is a more natural fit and James Justin (£4.5m) could potentially deputise.

Brendan Rodgers has favoured a back four in pre-season over the wing-back system he ended 2019/20 with, although the knowledge that Evans will be suspended for Gameweeks 1-3 has perhaps forced the Leicester manager’s hand, given the lack of options at centre-half.

Leicester City XI (4-3-3): Stolarczyk; Daley-Campbell (Leshabela 84′), Ndidi (Amartey 62′), Knight (Johnson 62′), Thomas; Mendy, Choudhury, Dewsbury-Hall; Gray (Perez 71′), Vardy (Iheanacho 75′), Barnes (Albrighton 71′).

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2,395 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Roy Rovers
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Keeping an eye on Soucek….anything else I should be bothered about?

    0.5 ITB for Ings > Martial

    McCarthy Button
    TAA VVD Taylor Targett Mitchell
    Salah Aubameyang ASM Soucek Bissouma
    Kane Ings Mitrovic.

    1. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Great team.

      Soucek can just become Ceballos if needed.

      Have you considered the Brom double up on keepers.
      It means you could get KWP instead of Targett.

      1. Roy Rovers
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Great shouts …..will have a look, cheers.

      2. ivantys
          2 months, 22 days ago

          You sure on west brom's defence? I think I rather double saints defence.

          1. Galza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Liverpool the only defence I’d want to double up on.

            Johnstone/Button for 8.5 is great.

            Broms fixtures aren’t too bad early doors and Johnstone’s got to be good for some save points.

      3. Jacky boy
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Taylor targett? Gw1?

        1. Roy Rovers
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Fingers crossed on Mitchell!!

    2. baggs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Best Everton def cheaper than Digne?

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Coleman

        1. baggs
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          thinking about pickford now.

      2. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Keane Holgate Mina will rotate for two spots i guess. Digne only "nailed" player, but he didn't take that many set pieces end of last season.

      3. Third Eye Vision
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Coleman is a decent shout at 5.0.

        I would say the most ‘nailed’ is Keane.

    3. Ellswell
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Out of touch how covid handled in UK. Foden and Greenwood, do they have to self quarantine 14 days ie GW2 or can they intermingle with club players, presumably getting regular test? In NZ and differ countries seem to have differ rules.

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        I'm not sure in there case. They arent in a country where you have to quarentine on return.

        The exemptions for footballers only apply to sport based activities with the high level of testing, so not this case.

      2. Aukolofa
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Kia Ora Botha. Howz your team getting along?

        1. Ellswell
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 22 days ago

          on about draft team number 98.
          It's going to be a topsy/turvy first month or two with crammed program on top of rushed start and wouldn't be surprised if covid raised it's head.
          Thinking will not start TAA and with only one prem midfield, with bench incl the two of naughty lads - until things settle down and who find who's new and who's gone and where they all fit in. Don't think I'll lose too much ground without some of top ones in early period. Famous last words.
          How you shaping up?

    4. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Decided to go with No Salah and Will wait to get any Chelsea assets until GW3...

      What do you guyz think about this??

      Ryan
      TAA Dier KWP
      Auba (c) Son Barnes WardProwse
      Vardy Ings Jimenez
      - Taylor Bissouma Mitchell

      1. ivantys
          2 months, 22 days ago

          I would try to make jiminez into kane, I don't fancy wolves this season anyway. I initially had plans on him on week 6-7 but now I think I'll save the transfer on him.

      2. Jacky boy
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Any suggestion to improve this defence?

        Mccarthy
        Taa davies kwp vinagre mitchell

        Replace vinagre??

        1. Vamos Los Celeste
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Get Saliba if you're going with 3 defenders

          1. Jacky boy
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            No. 4 defenders

            1. Vamos Los Celeste
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              then Lamptey or Taylor (if Mitchell starts gw1)

      3. The Hunt
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Upside chasing?

        Robertson: Price Rank 2, Ownership Rank 9: Percentage 13.
        Mane: Price Rank 2: Ownership Rank 10: Percentage 13
        Kane: Price Rank 1: Ownership Rank 7: Percentage 16

        1. Sanchit
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          What are you trying to imply/ask?

        2. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          not sure that has anything to do with upside chasing

          1. Houldsworth Hatter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            It doesn't.

        3. The Legend Squad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          I have Mane and Robertson. Good opportunity to get ahead as they’re essentially differentials

      4. Vamos Los Celeste
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Thoughts on this lot?

        McCarthy

        Robbo Coleman Davies (Saliba,Mitchell)
        Mané Auba Son Barnes Havertz
        DCL Mitro (Brewster)

        1. ivantys
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Your mid needs to cover for your misfiring strikers every week.

            1. Huddersfield
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              my mids are strikers so that is their main job.

        2. Francescoli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Thoughts on this lot? Not keen on the first three fixtures for Liverpool so going to wait til my GW3/4 wildcard to get some of them in.

          McCathy
          Justin KWP Bellerin
          Auba Son Saka Havertz
          Vardy Werner Ings

          Nyland; Mitchell Gordon Taylor

          1.5 itb to go Son to Bruno for GW2. Looking at using my wildcard in GW3 or GW4.

          1. Vamos Los Celeste
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Bellerin is likely to be sold, don't think Saka is 100% nailed.

            1. Francescoli
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Yes that's if he doesn't go. Otherwise will replace with Cedric or Saliba. Those two Arsenal fixtures are juicy.

              I think Saka will get a lot of minutes. Arteta loves him.

          2. Huddersfield
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            gtg bcz u're wcing soon

          3. fish&chips
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            If arsenal, Chelsea and Southampton and Leicester don't perform as well as you're expecting you could be dead and buried by GW4

        3. davies
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Anyone still going with Brewster as their 4.5 fwd?

          Personally feel he’ll get a loan move still but after GW1 deadline...

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 22 days ago

            He’s the best of the bunch, always a chance he gets a loan move so why not

          2. Francescoli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Agree - best of the 4.5 forwards

          3. Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            will be heading to Swansea again 😉

          4. FALSE PROFIT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Fine if loaned out but otherwise, he takes up a Pool spot

            1. Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              If loaned to PL team

            2. baps hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              And that means one extra transfer. On the other hand, if he gets a loan move to another PL club not having him from the start will also mean -4.

          5. Aukolofa
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            imagine Brewster drops to 4.4!!! You are screwed.
            If that doesn't convince you nothing else would.

          6. Vertigo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            No less than five premier league teams are after him - selling price £20m. That Villa are in for him suggests Davis' minutes are limited, unfortunately.

        4. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 22 days ago

          What’s going with Dallas? No pre season minutes...

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            He played for his country, didn't he?

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Ah yes you’re right cheers

        5. Jacky boy
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Best 4.5 def for first 3 gws?

          1. Jacky boy
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Not kwp

          2. PogBruno
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Justin ?

            1. Jacky boy
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Will he play?

          3. Huddersfield
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Lascelles

            1. Gabbiadini
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Jamal Lewis?

          4. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Template options looking like they won't start. Lascelles, Balbuena, KwP maybe.

          5. jomikijiq
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Justin

            1. the dom 1
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Stuck on either Lascelles or Justin atm as a replacement for Vinagre?

              1. Gabbiadini
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Justin and Newcastle looks the go.

        6. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Plenty of questions

          - what's the current situation on Vinagre starting following the new siginigs?
          - is Davies nailed?
          - will Greenwood be available for gw2?

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Vinagre been linked with a move away
            Yes probably most nailed in Spurs defence
            No one knows

            1. PogBruno
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              thankyou

        7. baggs
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          My first RMT - rip it apart...

          Pickford
          Alexander-Arnold - Vinagre - Mitchell - Davies
          Aubameyang - Salah - Son
          Antonio - Mitrović - Werner

          Nyland, Saint-Maximin, Justin, Oriol Romeu

          1. NZREDS
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Starting Mitchell over ASM?

          2. Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Doubt you will get 11 starters 😉

            Pickford - not a bad shout
            Alexander-Arnold
            Vinagre - not nailed, may not start
            Mitchell - not nailed, may not start
            Davies - no attacking potential, don’t think he offers much better than a 4.5
            Aubameyang
            Salah
            Son
            Antonio - awful fixtures
            Mitrović
            Werner - needs to bed in, will he even start ?

            Nyland - not nailed, may not start
            Saint-Maximin - may be worth making him part of your 11
            Justin - not nailed, may not start
            Oriol Romeu - not nailed, may not start

            1. Amey
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              This too

            2. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 22 days ago

              You’ve just ripped the team to shreds, great effort there

              1. Hotdogs for Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                lol well that was requested - we are all looking for value options but I am not sure it works this year with the transfer open until GW5 and teams likely to plug the holes they have. It means the 4.0 defenders & 4.5 mids/forwards are so risky

                I have downgraded my third mid / big hitting striker by a few million and upgraded my entire 15

                1. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  I’ve done the same, made sure I have 3 playing bench players because this season is going to be something special

                2. baggs
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  Its the 4.5 picks i need to look at.
                  Justin, OR and Vinagre. need bankers for them, the others i can deal with .
                  Werner will start, who is he in competition with?

                  1. Hotdogs for Tea
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    He will probably start but Tammy, Giroud & Bats are all fit and ready so it’s not as if Chelsea don’t have options if Werner has a few issues bedding in

                    New country, new league, new club, doesn’t know the systems, language, plus other new faces too ... some of the new boys may be eased in for the first few games off the bench.

                    A start is far from guaranteed and may well be off the pace anyway

                    1. baggs
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      I don’t see it. The worst thing he could do is not give Him a Good run - he’ll never bed in like that. Lamps doesn’t like the other strikers And they’ve just paid out for one of the best strikers in Germany. He’ll start the first 6 no doubt unless something catastrophic happens.

              2. baggs
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                shredded!

            3. baggs
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              appreciate the time you took for this!

              1. Hotdogs for Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                I do it to my own team every few days 😉

          3. Amey
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Stopped reading at Pickford ....

        8. john25
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Hey guys, which 4.0 gk have the highest chance to be starter? Button for WBA?

          Cheers

          1. NZREDS
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Yes, probably

          2. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Short term Steer, long term Button

          3. Amey
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Nyland or Steer

          4. DAVESAVES
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Button/Johnstone Is a decent combo

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              That would like a Norwich combo from last year. Cheap but.....

              1. Ginkapo FPL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Ruddy brilliant?

        9. DAVESAVES
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          One 4.5 mid (bench/rotate) + one 6.0 fwd (start)
          Vs
          One 6.0 mid (start/rotate) + 4.5 fwd (bench)

          Best value options in mid or attack for 6.0?

          1. Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            One 4.5 mid (bench/rotate) + one 6.0 fwd (start)

            Mitro, Ayew cheaper

          2. jomikijiq
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Adams

          3. ivantys
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Second one, I would never throw away a striker for a mid.

          4. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Johnstone 4.5 Button 4.0 a good option now? Should have a wba goalkeeper but postponed games a risk obviously.

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              see above

            2. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              WBA will leak goals like a sieve ... a no go for keepers when you can get 4,5/4.0 out of Brighton

            3. DAVESAVES
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              It’s cheap and you dont have to worry about start/bench. But I dont really know much about WBAs defence at all. Looking at double up on Brighton’s GK

              1. ivantys
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  I think west brom's defence would be better than brighton's

                  1. Andy_Social
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    Why do I always read your posts and think, 'the diametric opposite is probably true?'

                    1. baps hunter
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      At least in this case that is correct. (White might make the difference.)

                    2. ivantys
                        2 months, 22 days ago

                        You look at brighton's opening fixtures and tell me where are they gonna get clean sheets from? I'd only say 6&8 if they're lucky. 60 goals conceded last season was the 7th highest.

                        1. ivantys
                            2 months, 22 days ago

                            Oops typo was 54 goals conceded but their fixtures really don't look convincing

                          • Andy_Social
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            2 months, 22 days ago

                            The FFS ticker on this page has Brighton higher than WBA for defensive fixtures.

                • Nigawan
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  Is it too risky to start my team like this with shitty bench.

                  Question: should i stick with my 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 (getting rid of mitro and upgrade one of my 4.5mid)

                  GW1( 1mil ITB)
                  McCarthy
                  Vinagre- TAA- Justin- Mitchell
                  Son-Auba-Salah(c)
                  Ings-Werner-Mitro

                  Bench: Steer- Romeu -Bissouma- Struijk

                  GW2
                  McCarthy
                  Vinagre- TAA- Justin- Mitchell
                  KDB-Auba-Fernades
                  Ings-Werner-Mitro

                  Bench: Steer- Romeu -Bissouma- Struijk

                • Aurora Borealis?
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  Which would you rather pick?

                  A) Kane/Werner/Traore/Armstrong

                  B) Son/Havertz/Jiménez/Adams

                  1. ivantys
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      first one but with 7.0+5.0 mid or change armstrong to ASM and change traore to other mid

                    • Hotdogs for Tea
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      haven’t had Werner/ Traore/ Armstrong / Havertz/ Adams in any of my drafts for tricky

                      B

                    • Aurora Borealis?
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      Thanks, I’ve looked at it again and stuck with A

                  2. Jacky boy
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    Why didn't justin play last friendly?

                    1. Hotdogs for Tea
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      not nailed

                    2. TheMooyBoys
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      I believe he trained with the England squad.

                      1. Ginkapo FPL
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 22 days ago

                        Did he, isnt he a left back though? We dont have those in England

                      2. TheMooyBoys
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 22 days ago

                        *trained with senior squad but is part of the U21 team.

                    3. Holmes
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      International duty

                  3. Ginkapo FPL
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    Is Munday camping out at Palace for the latest Ferguson news? If not, why not?

                  4. aapoman
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    Quite fancy this. Thoughts? I know Reece James is a risk but will have to see if there is a possibility he starts. Each bench player should be good for the 2 points if needed.

                    Ryan
                    TAA Egan James KWP
                    Salah Auba JWP
                    Kane Werner Mitro

                    Walton; Ayling, Bissouma, Reed

                    1. ivantys
                        2 months, 22 days ago

                        The chelsea backline is subjected to peproulette as well so no idea who's gonna start there, let alone it's not even reliable.

                    2. Jacky boy
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      I tried to find another 4 5 def to replace vinagre but did not find any. (have kwp)
                      Now I may get ceballos 5.0 in midfielder. Can be a better pick than 4.5 defs
                      But it's a bit risky having 2x 4.0 defenders

                      1. Jacky boy
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 22 days ago

                        Changing 442 to 352

                      2. aapoman
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 22 days ago

                        Lamptey? Ayling? Justin? I think there are some options but yeah none of them look too appealing

                        1. Jacky boy
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 22 days ago

                          Justin is a big doubt and worry. And he faces man city gw3
                          Don't like leeds and brighton.

                      3. Hotdogs for Tea
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 22 days ago

                        Newcastle

                      4. ivantys
                          2 months, 22 days ago

                          I went with 2 4.0 def as well, if you're sure to play 3 def every week then go ahead. I know I definitely will be playing 7 attackers every week so I decided 3 playing defenders are enough for me.

                          1. baps hunter
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 22 days ago

                            Andy S abive: "Why do I always read your posts and think, 'the diametric opposite is probably true?'"

                            1. ivantys
                                2 months, 22 days ago

                                Yeah like a 4.5 def gonna score more than a 5.5 mid

                        • Kloppen Schloppen
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 22 days ago

                          Thoughts on this latest RMT using a set and forget style defence

                          Ryan
                          TAA / Robbo / Dier / KWP
                          Mane / Auba / Son / Armstrong
                          Werner / Adams

                          4.0 / Mitchell / Bissouma / Davies

                          Comments are:
                          Dier could be a Wolves player later, just playing the early nice fixtures
                          0.5ITB for an upgrade down the line
                          Mane -> Bruno week 2

                          1. aapoman
                            • 7 Years
                            2 months, 22 days ago

                            Don't like the triple SOU at all. Armstrong to ASM is what I'd do.

                            1. Kloppen Schloppen
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              2 months, 22 days ago

                              I guess with Wilson now ASM looks like he's got a bit more upside?

                          2. Amey
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 22 days ago

                            We've quite same teams ....
                            Like it

                          3. The Legend Squad
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 22 days ago

                            This is essentially my team... like it a lot.

                            I have Mitro over Adams though

                        • Holmes
                          • 7 Years
                          2 months, 22 days ago

                          Evans is also fit now. Good. LEI defense can be considered again.

                          1. TheMooyBoys
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            2 months, 22 days ago

                            still suspended for first 3

                            1. Holmes
                              • 7 Years
                              2 months, 22 days ago

                              Oh ok

                          2. jomikijiq
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 22 days ago

                            Suspended though

                            1. Holmes
                              • 7 Years
                              2 months, 22 days ago

                              Yeah, thought he is out due to injury

                          3. Amey
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 22 days ago

                            Remember that two footed challenge ? 😉

                            United through and through

                        • Vamos Los Celeste
                          • 7 Years
                          2 months, 22 days ago

                          Ryan
                          Robbo | Doherty | KWP
                          Salah | Auba | Son | Havertz | Barnes
                          DCL | Mitro

                          rip it apart

                          1. Kloppen Schloppen
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 22 days ago

                            Nice midfield. price points up top are the issue. 8/10

                            1. Andy_Social
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              2 months, 22 days ago

                              This. One or two of your mids need to be downsized. Is there any life in your 3 subs?

                            2. Vamos Los Celeste
                              • 7 Years
                              2 months, 22 days ago

                              thx for the reply.
                              i think that i won't be intrested in any 9.5m + fwd soon.

                              1. fish&chips
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 10 Years
                                2 months, 22 days ago

                                Even if one of Werner or kane score a hatrick in GW1?

                                1. Vamos Los Celeste
                                  • 7 Years
                                  2 months, 22 days ago

                                  Son and Havertz will be pretty involved then.

                        • Hazardous1983
                          • 10 Years
                          2 months, 22 days ago

                          Who is the etter pick. mitro or che adams

                          1. Vamos Los Celeste
                            • 7 Years
                            2 months, 22 days ago

                            Mitro

                        • LewanGOALski
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 22 days ago

                          Core is:

                          McCarthy - 4.0
                          TAA - B.Davies - Ayiling - C.Taylor - Mitchell
                          Salah - Auba - ___ - JWP - Bissouma
                          Werner - ___ - Mitrovic

                          Which duo for the missing spots:

                          A) Son + DCL
                          or
                          B) ASM + Kane
                          ..?

                          1. LC1
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 22 days ago

                            B.

                        • Hazardous1983
                          • 10 Years
                          2 months, 22 days ago

                          Hows this team

                          Mcarthy
                          Taa doherty vinagre (taylor mitchel)
                          Son salah auba soucek asm
                          Adams werner (davis)

                          1.5m in bank.... planning son to greenwood and adams to martial.

                        • Hotdogs for Tea
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 22 days ago

                          Ziyech, Havertz & Werner all new to Chelsea so no way all 3 will start GW1 ... who will start on the bench out of those 3 ?

                          1. Silecro
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 22 days ago

                            Well obviously Ziyech who is currently nursing an injury and is not expected to start vs Brighton

                          2. Andy_Social
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            2 months, 22 days ago

                            Werner and a trio of English boys will start, Z&H on the bench if fit.

                        • Puntillimon
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 22 days ago

                          Matt Ryan or McCarthy? Leaning to McCarthy, but slightly worried he’s not first choice. Back up is button