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The Fantasy Flutter: Can Nelson Semedo be the new Matt Doherty at Wolves?


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We’re combining Fantasy football with a flutter once again as we put a small wager or two on the Gameweek 3 fixtures.

Player and team statistics are the bread and butter of this site, and we’ll be turning to the vast array of data available at our fingertips to inspire a few sensibly staked bets this weekend.

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BAGGIES TROUSERED

The record-breaking Gameweek 2 goalfest has whetted our appetite for more net-busting action this weekend and there are stand-out fixtures for a number of clubs in the top flight – none more so than Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.

Fresh from putting six past Barnsley, the Blues visit a West Bromwich Albion side who are bottom for goals, big chances and shots on target conceded in 2020/21.

Injuries and a far from straightforward opening two matches have perhaps kept this new-look Chelsea in check but Saturday’s clash with a West Brom outfit still getting to grips with a new formation and division offers them the perfect chance to kickstart their campaign.

Off the back of a hat-trick in midweek and hopefully again deployed in the number ten role that suits his skill set, Kai Havertz is an appealing 11/2 with bet365 to open the scoring at the Hawthorns.

Timo Werner is 4/5 to score anytime, which takes the pressure off having to break the deadlock.

Backing Werner along with a goal-crazed Son Heung-min, a potentially ‘out of position’ Raheem Sterling and opening-day hat-trick hero Mohamed Salah in a fourfold returns almost 14/1 – and again, that’s to score at any time in their Gameweek 3 fixtures, not just bagging the first goal.

ADMIRABLE NELSON

As if the sight of Adama Traore running at full tilt wasn’t enough to give West Ham’s defence the willies, Wolves have recruited an attack-minded right wing-back in the form of Nelson Semedo to replace the Spurs-bound Matt Doherty.

Semedo’s arrival could unleash Traore further up the flank, with FPL favourite Daniel Podence another potential option down that wing depending on the set-up.

Arthur Masuaku and Aaron Cresswell might be in for a torrid afternoon, then, with the left-sided pair 11/1 and 12/1 respectively to pick up the first booking at the London Stadium – a plausible outcome given that Traore is one of the most-fouled midfielders of this season and last.

It remains to be seen if Semedo offers the kind of goal threat that Doherty provided but the former Barcelona man’s strengths are going forward and he could be a perfect fit for a Wolves side who have funnelled a lot of their play down the right since their promotion to the English top tier.

Semedo is a rank outsider at 40/1 to score the first goal in Sunday’s fixture, which will prove to be generous odds if the Portugal international has a similar remit as his predecessor.

If that seems like an outlandish punt, then the man with the second-best ‘xG non-penalty’ tally in 2020/21, Michail Antonio, is 14/1 to score first in a West Ham win.

SHOOTS AND YVES

Today’s early kick-off sees Brighton play host to Manchester United.

The Seagulls have impressed so far this season but they will be without the influential Yves Bissouma through suspension this weekend, which will leave a defensive midfielder-shaped hole in the middle of the park – just at the time they have offloaded possible understudy Dale Stephens to Burnley.

United flattered to deceive in Gameweek 2 but they put Albion to the sword less than three months ago, producing a clinical display at the Amex and running out 3-0 winners.

The usual correct score and first goalscorer markets are available for this match but bet365 also offer the opportunity to bet on underlying stats, such as tackles, passes, assists – and shots.

Bruno Fernandes managed four attempts on goal at the Amex last time out and the middle of the park could be United’s for the taking with Bissouma sidelined.

Incidentally, Tariq Lamptey is 11/2 to grab an assist today – something we know the young right-back is very capable of from the past fortnight’s evidence.


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1,325 Comments Post a Comment
  1. BrutalLogiC
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    wildcarding Werner out after a crap start when he's playing the worst defense(?) in the league is just asking for trouble?

    Or is Jim an acceptable option given West Ham are a bit rubbish and covid. Don't want to redo all team just for Werner v WBA

    1. Uncle Gamst
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      I'm keeping as it's early days and we brought him in for good a reason

    2. Ady87
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      36% ownership still, worries me

    3. tisza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      shouldn't base a WC on a single GW player.
      Will Jimenez at least match Werner over the coming GWs with Wolves fixtures? Good chance. West Ham defence not that much better than West Brom's
      Doubt Werner is going to be captained by enough teams to do much damage if he scores.

    4. BrutalLogiC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      just to clarify, I like Werner a lot, rest of my team has been terrible (rank 5.5m) so I gotta WC and struggling to fit Werner in

  2. Uncle Gamst
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Repost as bottomed

    Auba > Salah, Sterling or KdB for -4

    I've already done Alli > Rodríguez

    I've had a nightmare start to the season by trying to be smart and need to catch up in my ML. Was all ready to bring in KdB but if Sterling is playing min striker then he could go mad.

    Thanks

  3. pundit of punts
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Really loving Mahrez in my WC team.

    Up against his former club this weekend. Then Leeds. Allows me Ings up top with Jimenez instead of settling for a budget striker.

    Easy swap to Havertz/Pulisic when needed and Chelsea gel.

    1. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      He probably won't start.

      1. BENOIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Surely he has to?

      2. pundit of punts
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Who’ll though.

        City don’t have enough fit players

    2. Blzbobuk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Wouldn’t have liked it but Jesus news makes him more interesting

  4. fish&chips
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    1) Best 4.5 midfielder on WC
    2) captain: (a) sterling (b) KDB

  5. In Like Flynn.
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Is it worth doubling up on Liverpool defence ?

    1. shiraz
        2 months, 5 days ago

        That will depend on how your overall team will look like. But i will not recommend this.

        1. In Like Flynn.
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Thanks, more thought then.

      • Blzbobuk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        It’s a fair strategy , one of the pundits tripled and is doing really well. I didn’t like Liverpool’s fixture run but when I wildcard I will Definitely look at it

      • Francescoli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        I’m going with no Liverpool defence on wildcard. Chelsea, Man City and Wolves provide much better value.

    2. Jinkys Oars
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Captain
      A. KDB
      B. Werner
      C. Sarah

      Start
      1. Justin
      2. Burke

      1. shiraz
          2 months, 5 days ago

          A1

          1. Jinkys Oars
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            That's what I have at the minute, expect Leicester to concede, it's just a matter of who.gets more points between Burke and Justin.

        • motty47
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 5 days ago

          C 2

          1. Jinkys Oars
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            You think Burke will outscore Justin?

            1. motty47
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Its a total punt to be honest, but he will be sheffs main attacking threat (but they don't have much) and Leeds dont defend well (so far). Burke isn't proven.. but I'd personally think there's a better chance of higher score from him, cheeky goal maybe. Justin will be v.lucky to get attacking points against city who dominate possession, and its v.likely he will concede, so not a huge chance of points for me.

              1. Jinkys Oars
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Yeah, a punt is what it is, fully expect Leicester to concede, especially with Ndidi out, Burke has a bit to prove, hasn't done much this last few years. All valid points though re Leeds and Sheffield attack (which hadn't looked great), cheers for the feedback

                1. motty47
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  No problem. Think burke is a good pick overall though, even if brewster moves to Sheffield, think that will improve his chances rather than take his place. Still tempted to get him in my wc team..

                  1. Jinkys Oars
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    If anything he's a great enabler on a wildcard, if he keeps his place, all the better. OOP too. Brewster could end up at Palace which would suit me fine as I have both 😉 I feel like I should have wilcarded last week but will just have to go with it now. Best of luck

      2. pundit of punts
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Plan on WC is to keep 1 striker slot open for whoever is playing West Brom.

        Team atm -

        Martinez - Button
        Coady - Taylor - Lamptey - KWP - Mitchell
        Salah - KDB - Son - Mahrez - Podence
        Werner - Jimenez - Davis

        GW 4 - Werner > Ings
        GW 5 - Ings > Wood
        GW 6 - Wood + KWP > TAA + Maupay
        GW 7 - Maupay > Mitrovic
        GW 8 - Mahrez > Zaha
        GW 9 - Son + Jimenez > Aubameyang + DCL

        I know it will all get scrapped but at least I have a plan. 😀

      3. Ady87
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        A) Werner/James
        B) Ings/VVD

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          B

      4. The Strokes
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Without Jesus is Foden a better option than J Rod and Podence ?

        1. Blzbobuk
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          He is a better option than he was - depends what you can do with the money. I would have him ahead of Podence but I don’t have 1m lying around

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Other way round isn’t it? Jesus be good for Foden

          1. Blzbobuk
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            It’s more about minutes - fodens biggest issue is rotation, if kdb isn’t concussed all you need is to be on the pitch.

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Oh ok, so is the theory Sterling plays up top which means more gametime for Foden?

              There is Torres and Mahrez too

      5. Gabbiadini
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        James or Saïss
        Definitely favouring the latter.

        1. The Strokes
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Saiss

        2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Thats what im thinking, but somehow James. But Saiss safer because hes more nailed

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Is Chelsea defence that solid, also James could face rotation.

            1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              James is awful in defending

      6. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        YES!!! Soucek didn’t drop 🙂

      7. Liberate HK - antichinazi
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        On WC, Vinagre or Justin?

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          neither both are a trade in about a week.
          Taylor best of the 4.5s

        2. Ady87
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          I’ve gone Justin because I had him anyway.

      8. Ady87
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Last one

        A) Lamptey/Jimi
        B) VVD/Wood

        1. Liberate HK - antichinazi
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Has to be A

        2. The Strokes
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          A

      9. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        1. Sterling, 4.0 defender and Brewster

        or

        2. Mahrez, Saiss and Wood

        ?

        1. The Strokes
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          2

        2. Gabbiadini
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          2 as long as Mahrez plays.

      10. The Strokes
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        A. VVD + Taylor + Foden
        B. Robertson +James + Podence
        Xas on B but with Jesus out Foden will play each week isn't ii?

      11. shiraz
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Which one is the best option

          Ryan(McCarthy)
          James, TAA, Saiss (lamp, mitchell)
          KDB, Son, JRod, Fodden (Angu)
          Werner, DCL, Jim
          With 0.3 itb

          Ryan (Nyland)
          James, Saiss, Robbo (lamp, dunne)
          KDB, Salah, Son, Podence (angu)
          DCL, Mitro, Jim
          With 0.4 itb

        • geoffrolph
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          WC team, any last min changes before deadline?

          Martinez, Forster
          Saïss, James, Lamprey, Mitchell, Dunne
          De Bruyne (C), Son, Salah, J Rodríguez, Podence
          Werner (Vc) , Jiménez, Bamford

          Thanks.

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Trent?
            Without him you at least need a 5.5 minimum IMO.

            1. geoffrolph
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              I have 0 in the bank, what moves do you recommend to get trent in?

        • RECKLESS
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Guys Do you think will start even after playing full match midweek? BSilva is out so who will threaten his place?

          1. RECKLESS
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Foden* Lol forgot most imp word

        • BlueEddy
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Southampton keepers, Villa keepers or Brighton keepers on a WC? (4.5/4.0)

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Martínez and Forster is what I am on.
            Never been a massive fan of the double up, more just picking who I believe is the best 4.0 option.

        • KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          I love how the fact it’s early on supports the fact Werner is a keep but at the same time is ok to ditch United assets.

          1. FPL Kaka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            difference is Werner has actually looked good in games

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              United have had one game though against a team that parked the bus.
              The irony is it’s too early for both things

              1. The Legend Squad
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Agreed, keeping Fernandes this week. Looking forward to him smashing a double digit haul and messing up those that brought Son in for him

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Fingers crossed

        • Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          So torres will rotate with mahrez or with sterling ?

        • THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          My template wildcard team... feel free to share your opinions

          Martinez
          James Saïss Robertson
          Salah KDB Son Foden
          Jimenez DCL Wood

          Forster Taylor Mitchel Anguissa

          Good luck all

          1. RECKLESS
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Good one! you reckon Foden will keep his place even after playing full midweek?

            1. THFC4LIFE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Hope so lol, can’t see a better 6.5m or below option going forward. Even if he is benched this week at least he should play the next one lol

        • icanseethroughyou
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Werner or KDB for captain? Either worth doing a triple on?

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            KDB. nope.

        • FPL Kaka
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          If TSilva becomes nailed for Chelsea I think I will genuinely punt on GK Mendy at 5m. Could make a mockery of the price

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            I don't even think that makes Chelsea's def that solid.

            1. Gabbiadini
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Rather than shutting out teams, I see their front 4 outscoring the opposition.

        • PukkiBlinder
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Have 5.4 for my 5th midfielder. Trying to avoid the Anguissa/Burkes. Any better options?

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Any fallen 5.5s?
            Otherwise might need to re-jig a few things

        • Gabbiadini
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Martínez
          TAA | Saïss | Taylor
          Salah | KDB | Son | Zaha | Podence
          Jiménez | Ings

          Forster | Mitchell | Dunne | Brewster

          Thoughts on this active WC? If Brewster transfers and Werner starts flying then Jimènez/Ings can go up and Podence (who may potentially get replaced by a new signing) can become a 4.5 mid. Depending on fixtures Brewster/4.5mid/Mitchell can rotate the last onfield position.

        • RECKLESS
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Is Foden likely to start even after place full match midweek in efl cup? Pep generally rotates right do was wondering

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Certainly possible Mahrez and Torres start on the wings

        • Peaky Blinders
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Which one to play
          A Dunne
          B Mitchell
          C Lamptey

        • marpy016
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          On WC, think I'm settled with this:

          Martinez (Forster)

          TAA - Saiss - James
          Salah - KDB - Son - Foden - Podence
          Jimenez - DCL

          (Forster, Lamptey, Mitchell, Brewster)

          0.6 ITB