Scout Notes

Salah delivers on underlying stats as Liverpool defensive problems continue

Liverpool 4-3 Leeds United

  • Goals: Mohamed Salah x3 (£12.0m), Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) | Jack Harrison (£5.5m), Patrick Bamford (£5.5m), Mateusz Klich (£5.5m)
  • Assists: Andrew Robertson (£7.0m), Fabinho (£5.5m), | Kalvin Phillips (£5.0m), Stuart Dallas (£4.5m), Hélder Costa (£5.5m)
  • Bonus Points: Salah x3, Klich x2, Bamford x1

Mohamed Salah (£12.0m) finally delivered on the promise he showed at the end of last season by exploding with a 20-point haul against Leeds United.

That was his biggest score since Gameweek 16 of 2018/19 when he racked up 21 points in a 4-0 win at Bournemouth.

The Egyptian spent the final Gameweeks of 2019/20 shooting often, hitting the target regularly and still went goalless between Gameweeks 35+ and 38+ without finding the back of the net.

Despite a rather flat outing in the Community Shield, Salah picked up where he left off at Anfield on Saturday, carrying that shot-laden form into the new campaign – and it finally paid off.

Admittedly, two-thirds of his hat-trick came from the penalty spot but it is difficult to count that against a man who registered no more than nine attempts on goal in Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Leeds.

As predicted by Jan Sienkiewicz in the Gameweek 1 Captain Sensible article, the way Marcelo Bielsa’s men set themselves up, pressing high up the pitch and asking questions of their own, suited Salah perfectly.

It opened up acres of space for him to exploit, allowing him enough time to win a first-half penalty by way of his fierce shot striking Robin Koch‘s (£4.5m) outstretched arm, before smashing a loose-ball high into the net for his second.

In Gameweek 1 Salah’s circa 30% ownership almost made him something of a differential, especially for the 890,000+ managers who captained him. With his former club Chelsea up next, a side that conceded 1.7 goals per game during Project Restart interest in the Egyptian is sure to climb in the coming days. 

As already mentioned, the space behind Leeds’ defence was key to Liverpool’s attacking threat on Saturday, although Sadio Mané (£12.0m) could not quite take advantage of it.

For most of the night, he had the beating of right-back Luke Ayling (£4.5m) but he left his first Anfield outing of the season without a single shot on target.

We should also point out the extenuating circumstances that probably helped Liverpool and Salah a little more than expected. Yes, Leeds were always going to play adventurous football at Anfield, such is Bielsa’s style, but they faced the defending Premier League champions without first-choice centre-back and club captain Liam Cooper (£4.5m).

The Scottish international’s knock is not thought to be serious, and he is likely to be in with a chance of facing Fulham in Gameweek 2, but his absence did leave Leeds short on Saturday afternoon.

It was Cooper’s partnership with Ben White (£4.5m) that helped Leeds record the best defensive record in the Championship last season, but neither was present in Gameweek 1. Bielsa was forced to pair Pascal Struijk (£4.0m) with new signing Koch – and what a torrid debut it was for the latter.

It was his outstretched arm that gave away the penalty in the opening exchanges and he completely lost his man when Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) nodded home a first-half corner unchallenged.

With Cooper likely back in the Leeds team next time out, they may fare better at home to Fulham, while Salah might find it slightly more difficult facing Thiago Silva (£5.5m) at Stamford Bridge… although Kepa Arrizabalaga (£5.0m) was the main reason for Chelsea’s defensive problems last season.

Outside of Salah’s huge haul, the biggest talking point from Liverpool’s win over Leeds was one of their worst defensive showings in recent memory.

Despite coming into this game with every member of their first-choice back-four in the starting line-up, the visitors breached the Reds three times and could easily have scored even more.

That said, perhaps Fantasy managers should not be so surprised to see Liverpool struggling at the back, as their defensive problems have now been winding on for some time.

For all the enthusiasm with which Reds defenders are viewed in the Fantasy community, they still only managed to keep seven clean sheets at Anfield from a possible 19 last season (36.8%).

Furthermore, during Project Restart, they conceded a total of 20 big chances, the seventh-most in the league across that period. The last time Jurgen Klopp’s men recorded a shut-out in a competitive fixture was in a 2-0 win over Aston Villa on July 5.

Since then, they have conceded to Brighton (1), Burnley (1), Arsenal (2), Chelsea (3), Newcastle (1), Arsenal (1) and Leeds (3) at an average of 1.7 per game.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m), whose summer injury kept him from any involvement in Liverpool’s pre-season campaign, was the main culprit for Leeds’ first goal. He was caught out of position, allowing Stuart Dallas (£4.5m) the time to find Jack Harrison (£5.5m).

Joe Gomez (£5.5m) was also at fault, offering too little in the way of pressure on Harrison, and neither did Alexander-Arnold, before he stuck the ball into the net.

Incredibly, even van Dijk’s performance was sub-par, his woeful attempted flair-clearance playing the ball straight to Patrick Bamford (£5.5m) inside the box; the Leeds strike needing only to hook it past Alisson (£6.0m).

More disorganisation at the back was on display as Hélder Costa (£5.5m) put the ball in the net in the eighth minute, Liverpool saved only by the offside flag on that occasion. Bamford was also allowed a clear run at Alisson in the aftermath of Liverpool scoring going 2-1 up.

And in the second half, nobody was marking Mateusz Klich (£5.5m) as he ghosted into the box and rifled Costa’s through-ball into the bottom corner.

After that, Harrison got behind the back of Liverpool’s defence once again, successfully lobbing the ball over Alisson, which Alexander-Arnold then headed into his own net. Liverpool were, again, saved by the offside flag on this occasion.

Even though van Dijk and Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) each finished Gameweek 1 with an attacking return to their name, Saturday’s seven-goal thriller hardly inspires too much confidence in a Liverpool defensive double-up – or triple-up in some cases. There will have to be some serious improvement before travelling to face Timo Werner (£9.5m), Kai Havertz (£8.5m) and company at Stamford Bridge next week.

However, there was still plenty to like about what these players offer going forward.

Yes, Alexander-Arnold was very rusty defensively, but his set-play delivery was still strong. During a promising second-half spell, he went close to registering two assists from corners. First, he found Salah at the near post, whose shot was blocked before van Dijk nodded the resulting corner just over the bar.

The centre-back could have also added to his tally, a second-half unmarked headed goal ruled out for a foul by Curtis Jones (£4.5m) in the build-up.

And Robertson could have added to his assist tally for the evening when Struijk deflected his cross towards his own goal, before it was desperately tipped over by Illan Meslier (£4.5m).

Naturally, owners of more than one Liverpool defensive asset are likely to give the set-up a bit more time to settle into a rhythm this season, but they will certainly be asking for improvements at this end of the field moving forward…

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold (Matip 89′); Keïta (Fabinho 58′), J Henderson (C Jones 66′), Wijnaldum; Mané, Firmino, Salah.

Leeds United XI (4-1-4-1): Meslier; Dallas, Struijk, Koch, Ayling; Phillips; Costa, Hernández (Roberts 62′), Klich (Shackleton 81′), Harrison; Bamford (Rodrigo 62′).

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1,879 Comments Post a Comment
  1. tjostolv
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Depending on todays outcome, rmwct:
    McCarthy (Nyland)
    AWB, Gabriel, Justin, KWP, Douglas
    Mo, auba, rash, Willian, Hendrick
    Werner, Bamford, Wilson

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      looks like a team a week too late 😉

    2. Syd.
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Astounding

    3. fr3d
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Pure kneejerking

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Points chasing extraordinaire 🙁

    5. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Lol

    6. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Good team mate. Go with your instincts, as it is your team.

      1. ZeBestee
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Would include City assets though.

    7. Yeyeyeyeye
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Are you trolling

    8. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      sub in the players who score points today and you'll be all set

    9. Rochdale_Cowboy
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      #kneejerkchicken

    10. Ron_Swanson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Obvious wind up

  2. The Pesci challenge
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Would you do Adams+mitrovic to martial+Brewster?

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Brewster ?

      1. The Pesci challenge
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Yeah will be on the move soon (palace, Sheffield United & villa interested)

        1. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Any recent update mate?

          I have got him at the moment and hoping for a move away from Anfield

          1. The Pesci challenge
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Sheffield United’s to lose by the sounds of things but anything’s possible. They seem the most active and they’ve kept their number 24 open for him so looks likes it’s them I’d say

            1. PogBruno
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Thnx mate

        2. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Swansea too, he loved it there and they are holding a slot for him at the moment 😉

          1. The Pesci challenge
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            I can imagine but Brewster’s adamant of a PL as much as he was very good for your lot

            1. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              I can’t say I have seen such comments ?

    2. Soto Ayam
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      No

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      He could be moving to a championship team

      1. The Pesci challenge
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Not going to happen

    4. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Or if Werner is not as good as everyone thinks, is it better to go Werner to martial?

  3. CrouchDown
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    How does this WC team look?

    Martinez Steer

    Shaw Davies Taylor Vinagre Mitchell

    Auba Sterling Rashford Foden Bissouma

    Werner Martial Mitro

    1. Soonmixdin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Your existing squad must be poor if you're considering burning your WC this early!

      1. CrouchDown
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I did well yesterday but planned to use WC in GW2 regardless to get Manchester assets

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Missing Salah and Bruno

      1. CrouchDown
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Yeah I know. Taking a risk with Salah definitely based on his fixtures. I think Bruno is overpriced personally

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Bruno is on all set pieces and involved in most attacks, don't think he is

          1. Dr. Rog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Bruno is an FPL wet dream.

    3. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Looks a bit mental

      1. CrouchDown
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        In what way?

  4. ScratchingTheMud
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Who’s on Leeds pens? Anyone know

    1. Logic
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      klich

      1. ScratchingTheMud
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Cheers

  5. Logic
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    TAA or Dallas next week. On Dallas now. Please convince me either way

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      TAA

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      TAA has scored 2 goals from free kicks against Chelsea.

      1. Logic
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        This seals it. Thanks

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      TAA

    4. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Taa

  6. Babelcopter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Woke up this morning feeling fine, I've got DCL's hatty on my mind.

    1. fr3d
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Has he scored a goal since February

      1. Babelcopter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Hater

        1. beric
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          This

    2. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      love you

    3. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      think sp&rs will get beaten today.
      1-2

  7. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    I know its a little early. Have I picked the right defenders for GW2?

    McCarthy
    TAA Mitchell Justin
    Salah(V) Auba(C) Bruno ASM
    Werner Wilson Mitro

    Nyland Bissouma KWP Vinagre

    1. TimoTime
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Yep don’t like KWP next week.

      Mine are TAA, Justin and Davies

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Vinagre instead of Mitchell (wait and see after Mon game)

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Will see, but Vinagre plays against City.

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Home with a good defence against City. Palace away to Utd

  8. TimoTime
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Most people sticking with Auba captain again next week?

    Tempted to stick with him.... or roll the dice on Martial?

    1. Babelcopter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Aub it is

    2. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Hard to ignore

    3. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Auba for sure

    4. Berbs
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Between Aub and Martial for me, need to think a bit.

    5. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Auba - higher ceiling from midfield compared to Martial

    6. Whiskerz
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Sticking with Auba

    7. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Yes

    8. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Sticking with Aubameyang myself!!

    9. Soto Ayam
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Yes auba c

  9. The Vindaloovian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    What the downside to owning Rashford? His stats are great, he's 1m less than Fernandez, now a midfielder too. Am I missing something?

    1. Babelcopter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Out of form

      1. The Vindaloovian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Really? ok

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Back from injury?

    2. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Out of position

      1. The Vindaloovian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        You mean he's been stuck out wide? The occasions I've seen him there I've thought he looked dangerous

    3. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      No downside imo

    4. Flaming Flamingo
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      His end product isn't great, so will have a hard time living up to his stats. Plus, losing penalties will hurt. Still a solid option though, in my opinion

    5. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I think the issue is that its usually bruno + one of rash, gw or martial to get the points.

      To me bruno will be the safest and score the most and its hard to pick between the other three, although if i had to id pick tony.

    6. The Vindaloovian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Cheers all

    7. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Doenst seem to score very often, his conversion rate is quite terrible from what i've seen

      Could still bang tho if he hits the season running, just seems out of form

    8. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Poor finishing and confidence and no pens

      He's a really streaky player if you look at his patterns of returns. Get him once he's hot and bin when not. Start with Bruno and there's an easy and profitable downgrade if he starts returning

    9. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      RMT has him as scoring the same points as Bruno.
      He is 1mln cheaper. He might rotate pens as well.

      A smart pick.

    10. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      You are not. He's a very good deal and very overlooked.

    11. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I may get him as a Son replacement in a few GW's.

  10. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Havertz and Ings ➡️ Bruno and DCL easy right?

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Yikes, havertz hasn’t even played yet

    2. Ramsays Raw Steak
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Why havertz out?

      1. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Liverpool

        1. Ramsays Raw Steak
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Ok

        2. Tempestic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          You say "Liverpool" with confidence as if we hadn't just conceded 3 goals to Leeds

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Why Havertz?

    4. Vazza
      1 month, 8 days ago

      It doesn’t suit a man of your calibre to ask such questions

    5. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Nope I see another goal fest in the LIV CHE game

    6. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      DCL!

      Fixtures turn good but surely worth waiting on. Doesn't matter how many chances he has is all the evidence from last season. If he looks gold then yes but huge call now

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        DCL is a poor finisher and needs it on a plate. I think it'll take some time for the midfield to settle

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 8 days ago

          That’s my take too

          Moderately confident of Kane today

    7. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Need to see Havertz first

    8. VISH
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      LOOOOOOOOOOOL

  11. Berbs
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    No players today's game, uh oh

    1. Ramsays Raw Steak
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      No reason to watch football then
      Anything good on netflix?

      1. Berbs
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Watching The Fall these days, it's decent

        1. Whiskerz
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Excellent show

        2. Ramsays Raw Steak
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Cheera

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Vardy C and Kane here

      Not sure I want to watch 😀

    3. Vazza
      1 month, 8 days ago

      If you would like an insight of Spurs football club, you could watch the All or Nothing series..

    4. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Just Davies for me mate. Will be hiding behind my fingers.

      Just need Chelsea boys to deliver tomorrow to justify my decision!

  12. Vazza
    1 month, 8 days ago

    My current rank is 3.5m. Can I still finish in the top 50k (in line with my earlier seasons) ?

    1. Ramsays Raw Steak
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Yes

    2. Berbs
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Absolutely no chance, might as well delete your team

      1. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        this

    3. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      You can finish top 100.

    4. FPLGeezer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      No unfortunately you have blown it. Good lucky next year now.

    5. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      no way, delete your team

    6. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Absolutely mate!!!

    7. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Of course it's possible. The gameweek isn't even over in any case, assuming you didn't have Salah then presumably you have other good players in his place who could claw back some of those missed points

  13. NEXUS-6
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Playing FPL bullsh!t bingo with this article is fun.

    “Underlying numbers”, “exploding”, “haul”.

    In plain English, Salah’s class, always has been and he looks sharper than a tack.

    1. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      wont play kamikaze leeds and get 2 pens every week

      1. NEXUS-6
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Same stuff was said about Vardy last year. “Not sustainable”. Yeah he won’t get three every week but I would bet he scores 20-25 this season.

    2. Ramsays Raw Steak
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Big hair cut

      1. Dr. Rog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        aparently he is trying to make his image more clean-cut, like CR7, in order to attract Madrid...

  14. raff97
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Man so many people are bringing Martial in. I bet his price will go up to 9.1 pricing me out of a straight swap

    1. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      you have time.

    2. NEXUS-6
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Always another option. Lacazette could be a nice one week job and then wildcard. Calvert-Lewin looks good in the medium term.

      Man Utd aren’t *that* good anyway. Not sure why everyone thinks they are 2008 Barça.

      1. raff97
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Theyre the 3rd best attacking team in the league and have a 9m striker. If they didnt blank GW1 I and probably half the people here would have already had him

        1. NEXUS-6
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Yeah but you can win FPL without owning a single one of their guys. My point is you don’t need to own them.

    3. LSK
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Just bring him in early

  15. ZeBestee
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Need to see how Everton assets do today. If they start well, looking out for Digne and any attacker who does well, or even Doucoure.

    1. Big_Bear
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I've got Digne benched this week but will play from next week onwards. 6m seems a lot of Everton defender especially with Doherty available. It's a high ceiling but potentially low mean punt.

      1. ZeBestee
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        If Ancelloti can improve their CS potential, then you have a huge asset in Digne. Although I suspect James will share set piece duties with him.

      2. Dr. Rog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        i was disappointed to see Digne at 6.0.
        he should be 5.5.

        1. Vertigo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Yeah, me too. Immediate call in.

  16. Ramsays Raw Steak
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Doherty hatrick

    1. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      cant get 3 yellows in a match

    2. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Will he even start?

      1. Ramsays Raw Steak
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Might as well delete my team

  17. Big_Bear
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Is this a case of those with Salah did well and those without didn't. Anyone have a night mare even though they owned Salah and anyone have a good score without Salah?
    GW1 (Non humble shameless brag incoming) went well for me with Salah, Willian and Wilson but a shame I played McCarthy over Leno - 81 points, 2 to play 🙂

    1. Ramsays Raw Steak
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Do a rmt

    2. Vazza
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I hope you get lucky with the remaining gameweeks too..

      1. Big_Bear
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Cheers.
        GW2: Auba (c), GW3: Kane (c) is the plan

        Team is nothing unique but exposed to Chelsea assets and Liverpool defends doing well against the "mode" team.
        Leno/McCarthy
        Digne/Shaw/Davies/Lascelles/KWP
        Salah/Auba/Willian/JWP/Bissuma
        Kane/Wilson/Mitrovic

    3. NEXUS-6
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Yeah I had Salah but the rest of my team ain’t great. Captained him by mistake as well.

      Hoping Kane, Barnes and Werner have goals in ‘em to paper over some of the cracks.

    4. BenDavies
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I was about to answer your first question seriously before the needless humblebrag

      1. Big_Bear
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Sorry at least I acknowledged it. You're lucky I'm not talking about running otherwise all you'd here is bragging.... 🙂

    5. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      60pts with 4 to play (40pts coming from Salah!)
      of course it's not all about GW1

  18. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Looks like everyone wants Martial. can't blame em. I do as well... But since I have no direct swap other than Werner > Martial. I'm probably holding FT this week.

    1. Big_Bear
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Hold. Always worth having 2FT for GW3.

      1. Vazza
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Not necessarily.

        1. Big_Bear
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          True. I meant in my opinion 🙂

    2. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Unless any fires appear today or tomorrow I’ll be doing Ings > Martial

      Hoping no price rise before then!

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      If no one has Salah, I see them going for Bruno or he was already on the bench. I'm in the same boat as you and I expect Werner to get a goal or two

    4. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      😉

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        He has points to make up for you!

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Only Antonio's 2pts, so I got off scott free

    5. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      yep turns out playing Ings and keeping 0.5m itb didn't really work - would've been better just to bench Martial (in hindsight)

    6. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Lookig forward to your wener to martial transfer on friday

  19. Whiskerz
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Fishing.

    Salah owners got pretty lucky. His form was absent if you consider preseason any indicator. 2 pens.

    He looked sharp, but was your plan to trade for bruno? What will you do now?

    1. Big_Bear
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Hold. I think 2FT for GW3 is so helpful. Obviously Fernandes, Martial, Rashford could get a high score but points maybe split so it won't hurt anyway.

    2. Ramsays Raw Steak
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      3 great seasons
      He is in a deferent level
      Form doesnt matter

    3. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      No luck considering he's always been on pens and they were blatant spot kicks lol.

      Was planning on selling if he didnt look good, but he did so I will want to captain v villa in gameweek 4.

      Could sell and then get back but seeks a bit too much considering i have auba as captain for gameweek 2 and then KDB or sterling for gameweek 3.

      1. Dr. Rog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        well Milner was off the field...

        1. Utopsis
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Milner will usually be off the field though

      2. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        See below

      3. Steinburg FC
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Salty non owner, first pen was a deflection off defenders knee which by a rule change this year is not a pen...

    4. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Salah is a player who one game does look on form, the next he isn't. Tbf, I captained him this gw, but if Chelsea are defensively compact tomorrow, then I may punt on him to Kdb/Bruno for the next 2 at least as I don't fully trust him.

    5. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      No denying the two pens point . Neither was forced by Liverpool play - one moment of idiocy and another of idiotic handball rules. Dead lucky to get both those scenarios in one game

      Playing Salah in basis of promoted side at home was ok only. Look at his pen count last season to understand this fully

      1. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Milner was on pens last season and played most of the time.. is he still going to be playing as much this year? Because if not, Salah could well have an extra 5 goals throughout the season from Pens.

    6. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      My plan was to pretty much to just keep him

    7. Mambino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      did it before the game so too late to go back now. Still think Bruno likely to outscore him in GW2

    8. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I thought he was a bad pick due to his form but still decided to go with him because of Leeds pressing style and Salah loves a counter. Initial plan was to sell him for Bruno for gw2, not happening now obviously. He seemed very sharp the whole game.

      To sum it up, had they played someone else he might have been out of my team....

    9. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      When I changed off my bench Bruno plan I also gave up on getting him in GW2. Holding Salah. Don't want to float the 1.5m.

      1. Dr. Rog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        im going to stick to the Bruno+Martial plan. i just love the short term fixture swing. its CPL bha vs che ARS

        another issue for me is that its now hard to get martial - in a way ive already spent the 1.5 float and tied it up in DCL (perfect for 2,3,4) & Auba (captain for 2) which can be released over wks2 (Auba-->City) and wk4 (DCL --> Mitro/Batman) to bring back Salah (or double City) depending.

    10. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      will rotate the big hitters this seasonal - upside chasing in the extreme 😉

    11. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I'm sticking with plan and selling him for Bruno and using the change to upgrade Ings to Martial.

  20. TimoTime
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Is Martial enough United cover for next week?

    1. Ramsays Raw Steak
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Shaw is enough

      1. Vazza
        1 month, 8 days ago

        For shaw

        1. Ramsays Raw Steak
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Yes Son

      2. Big_Bear
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        100% agree. All the cool kids had him in the team from the start 🙂

    2. Vazza
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Absolutely. Don’t tear your team apart to bring more United assets in

    3. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      More than enough

    4. Mambino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Not sure there will be loads of goals in that game. Have Bruno and Greenwood personally

    5. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Mark Sutherns made a good point about Chelsea being coverage for Utd.
      They compete for the same slots, and are cheaper in many cases (Werner the exception).

      For the time being id like both, but longer term I agree with Marks point - especially when you consider that united players have all been marked up in price this season.

  21. Vazza
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Any Mane owners here?Must have been a painful watch yesterday..

    1. Ramsays Raw Steak
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Couldve had a goal and an assist
      They both are clinical

    2. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Mane will have his days too.

    3. KICKandRUSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Mané is my boy. I'll never swap him against Salah.

    4. Utopsis
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I think if you keep over the course of entire season there won't be too much between them - but that's a big if

  22. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Will keenly be watching the Leicester game.
    It’ll be either Ings or Vardy to make way for Martial.

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      🙂

      I’m contemplating the Vardy to Bruno move next time if Leicester look naff.

  23. NEXUS-6
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    If you put FPL to one side I can’t understand how anyone can objectively say Salah didn’t play really well and look really sharp yesterday.

    And penalties are still goals.

    1. Mambino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      only people who didn't watch could say he wasn't top yesterday

    2. Ramsays Raw Steak
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Same goes for fernandez

    3. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      probably the same people that read into preseason form

    4. Teror
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      People constantly need to convince themselves of the logic behind their decisions. Yes, he had a huge dose of luck. But he's the best player in the league and much, much better than Aubamayang. Leeds play a style of football that invites drubbing. And the same people who planned to transfer out Salah for Bruno before the season even started are jumping on a player who relies on penalties. The arguments against Salah are pretty flimsy. He's playing the 9th worst defence next week and yet people think he's expendable... L-O-L

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Best player in the league - just lost credibility there I’m afraid

        He wasn’t even close to the best FPL option last time of that was what you meant. Outscored by a 9.5 who only got pens late season

        1. Teror
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          KdB's price last season was artificially low because he spent the entire season before that injured. His price this year is more reflective of his true value. Yes, Salah is expensive. But how many better options are there for cheaper? KdB, Sterling, maybe Bruno. But whatever. I lack credibility. Lets reconvene at the end of the season and compare notes.

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Will do

            Firmly expect Mo well up on points charts but way down in value charts once more

            He’s very avoidable. Not close to Sterling and KdB at end of season. Just one more premium you get when hot really

      2. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Also Leeds inviting drubbings may need revisiting. And much much better than Auba definitely. No evidence for that in life and last season worse value in FPL

        Won’t convince you of course

        He’s a good option but one of 4 in that price bracket.

      3. Utopsis
        1 month, 8 days ago

        No way is he the best player in the league mate - a certain Belgian would strongly disagree

    5. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      The A-Team never whined and bitched when a plan didn't come together.

      1. Mambino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        true - they just dusted themselves down and went agin, right?

        1. The Knights Template
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Exactly

    6. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      he is a good player and a very strong pick. at 12m i dont think he represents excellent value (I could be wrong) and i think he will finish the season at around 12-12.5m. in that sense he isnt someone im rushing to own because he is obviously mispriced by FPLTowers at the start of the game.

      if you look at his strengths - he is great at home, and a bit of flat track bully - that makes him an excellent captaincy choice, especially against the weaker teams. he will be in and out of my team all season i suspect "upside chasing" - but he is unlikely to be a perma hold because his peers: Mane, KdB, Sterling, Auba & Bruno are also excellent picks. one of which i think will end the season 1-1.5m higher than where they started

  24. Ramsays Raw Steak
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Did everyone without salah rage wc?
    Next week mane will bank a hatti

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Yeh, everyone. 60% of us have rage WC'd.

    2. Big_Bear
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Salah -> Mane with FT. That would take balls!

      1. Ramsays Raw Steak
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Good move but salah will at least increase by .1

        1. Mambino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          will loads of people still rush to bring him in for the Chelsea game do you think?

          1. Ramsays Raw Steak
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Rage wc doesnt matter

    3. KICKandRUSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I planned my WC prior to the GW but Salah hattie didn't really make it easier to choose a WC team.

    4. Vertigo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Deleted account.

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Which account?

        I imagine a fair few Mo Cs will come from dual accounts.

  25. Jimmy Boy
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Mitrovic - does he deserve another chance? Fuming at him somehow not starting yesterday.

    1. Ramsays Raw Steak
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      No one expected a goal from him
      Just 2 points
      Betting on bottom 10 teams

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

      He came back from his international with a knock. He should be nailed on next game and henceforth.

    3. Teror
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I mean he was always a crap choice really. In his fairly decent season two years ago he scored 120 points. Only 17 more than Saiss last year who played significantly less minutes. If you got Shitrovic you should stick with him and simply change your expectations: 6.0 strikers are almost always going to get you about as many points as a 5.0 defender who plays for a top half side. Get rid of him only if you're not prepared to accept ~120 points over the course of a season for 6.0 outlay

      1. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Why use the whole season to judge a player's prospects for the next few weeks?

        I don't think Mitrovic owners care about 5.0 defenders' tallies after GW 38 when they get 34 free transfers, two wildcards and a free hit to get rid of Mitrovic (who had scored 5 goals by GW 6 in 2018/19, whereas Saiss wasn't nailed on at the start of last season).

    4. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Keep

    5. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Leeds looked very suspect at the back. I'm waiting until I can raise money to upgrade him to the likes of Werner.

    6. Won't sleep till after…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Was injured playing for Serbia which is why he was benched. Sure he'll start from now on particularly as Kamara failed to impress.

  26. Bartowski
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Everyone bringing in Willian but Arteta might still give a start to Pepe against West Ham.

    1. Ramsays Raw Steak
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      He has a similuar mind set to pep
      Only auba is safe

    2. KICKandRUSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Don't think so. Willian is much more solid and has assisted 3 times of which 2 have counted. Madness if he's not nailed.

      1. Bartowski
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        This isn't football manager. He has to keep all his players motivated and what better game for Pepe against a team that already look like relegation fodder. Keep Willian fit the much tougher test at Liverpool the week after.

        1. Utopsis
          1 month, 8 days ago

          To your point about this not being football manager, Arteta is not going to underestimate anyone in the league, much less so after 1 game. He will play his strongest XI, fitness and motivation are not an issue after 1 match.

  27. Tcheco
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Would Ings drop in price before GW2?

  28. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Any price ups and down last night folks???

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      No probably won’t be until Tuesday

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Happy day!! Thanks mate

  29. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Whats peoples score predictions fir the games today?

    I'm guessing -

    West Brom 0 - 1 Leicester
    Spurs 2 - 1 Everton

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      2-1
      2-0

    2. Bartowski
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Looks about right, depends which of last season's Everton's turn up today.

    3. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Wba 0 - leicester 0
      Spurs 0 - everton 15

    4. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      1-0
      0-0

    5. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      1-1
      1-2

      tight games

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

      0-1
      0-0

    7. Society
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      In def, West Brom have the potential to be awful, Leicester have been awful & have reason to continue.
      1-2, or 2-3
      It'll be about who has luck in attack.

      Spurs have the personnel, but they also have Mourinho & Euro.
      Everton were awful in def post covid but have workhorses up front.
      Totally undecided.

    8. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      0-0
      0-0

    9. F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      3-2
      4-0

  30. CONNERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Hard to believe some people are WCing after one GW. Even more baffling that some are WCing out Salah.

    1. Bartowski
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Well, they're excited.

    2. KICKandRUSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Hit the WC at the same stage last season and managed to play my best season for 9 years because of it.

    3. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Fair play to you and good luck. Just not for me.

    4. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      It could be a good strategy, not doing it personally but it seems more understandable than previous seasons due to the Manchester

      1. Garlana
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        *assets

    5. Society
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Salah probably isn't getting traded out on WC. Salah is most likely a 0.5 saving to KDB before any madness in price changes.