Scout Notes

State of Fulham defence bodes well for Wolves options in Gameweek 4

Fulham 0-3 Aston Villa

  • Goals: Jack Grealish (£7.0m), Conor Hourihane (£6.0m), Tyrone Mings (£5.0m)
  • Assists: John McGinn (£5.5m) x2, Hourihane
  • Bonus Points: Hourihane x3, McGinn x2, Mings x1

A clinical Aston Villa maintained their perfect start to the season at the expense of a Fulham side seemingly hell-bent on getting their relegation form in nice and early.

Four wins on the bounce – two in the league, two in the Carabao Cup – have marked the Villans as an early-season form team, which is just as well when they’ve got Liverpool and Leicester to come next.

But there is a confidence and continuity about this club now – Villa have strengthened the squad this summer without upsetting the balance of the team – that suggests last season’s desperate struggle to stay up will not need repeating this time around.

Fulham coach Scott Parker switched to a three-man defence for the encounter, but his preference for playing high and wide remained intact. That was a tactic the visitors exploited ruthlessly from the get-go and offers some crumbs of comfort to anyone still in possession of Wolves attackers for Gameweek 4.

It took less than five minutes for Villa to find a way through that new-look backline, with Jack Grealish (£7.0m) running onto John McGinn‘s (£5.5m) ball over the top and steering it past Alphonse Areola (£4.5m) in the Fulham goal.

The strike was, according to boss Dean Smith, straight off the training pitch.

“We’ve been working on breakthrough runs with Jack especially. Great run, great finish, great pass.” – Dean Smith

The pair then combined for Conor Hourihane (£6.0m) to double the advantage after 15 minutes, with the midfielder sweeping the ball home from an intelligent McGinn lay-off. The former Plymouth Argyle and Barnsley midfielder has now registered more attacking returns than any other Villa asset since the beginning of Project Restart (five).

That made it two shots, two goals for Villa – a question of quality over quantity that neatly summed up the entire game. Fulham outshot the visitors 16-12, but managed just two attempts on target to Villa’s five and created no big chances while their rivals carved out four.

If the game wasn’t up after 15 minutes, it certainly was just after half-time when Tyrone Mings (£5.0m) sprang the Cottagers’ high line/offside trap attempt and was left all alone to score from Hourihane’s set-piece ball into the area.

It was the final proof, if it were even needed, of Fulham’s current defensive shortcomings. Indeed, conceding ten goals across the first three Premier League matches of a season would have equalled a nasty little record – if West Brom hadn’t had a ‘hold my beer’ moment and already let in 11 thanks to Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Chelsea.

What’s making matters considerably worse for Parker’s men is their inability to look the part at the other end of the pitch either.

This was their second blank in three league matches and the three goals they scored against Leeds were as much to do with the Yorkshire outfit’s own defensive issues as Fulham’s attacking prowess.

The 20%-owned Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.0m) was easily the most popular Fantasy Premier League starting asset on show at Craven Cottage, and he led the way for attempts (six), all of which came inside the area.

All of them were also headers, but only one found the target and none truly troubled visiting keeper Emiliano Martinez (£4.5m), whose most eye-catching save involved tipping a late Joe Bryan (£5.0m) effort onto the bar.

His opposite number, Areola, had the misfortune of picking the first three of Villa’s attempts on target out of the back of his net, but he was worked by Mings and McGinn when the game stretched out late on, while striker Ollie Watkins (£6.0m) twice went close with earlier efforts.

Fulham did manage to score at one point when Bobby Decordova-Reid (£5.5m) pounced after Martinez spilled Aboubakar Kamara‘s (£5.0m) shot, only for VAR to entice referee Stuart Attwell to a TV screen to decide that Mitrovic had fouled Ezri Konsa (£4.5m) as the first shot came in.

The late introduction of new signing Bertrand Traoré (£6.0m) demonstrated the extra firepower Smith now has at his disposal, but he was quick to talk up a second straight clean sheet post-match.

“We scored some great goals, but maybe more pleasing for me is the will to keep the ball out of the back of the net. It’s about keeping that balance. If we can, it gives us a great chance to win football games.” – Dean Smith

The views of Parker were, in essence, a mirror image of his Villa counterpart.

“In terms of defending, yeah we weren’t good enough tonight. We’ve not been good enough for the first three games this season, and we need to address that. It’s an area that I think everyone at the football club can see.” – Scott Parker

Both Konsa and Mings have now scored this season, with the latter also providing a Gameweek 2 assist. The pair sit second and third in an FPL defenders table topped by Leicester’s Timothy Castagne (£5.7m), who’s played a game more. They are also backed by four clean sheets in their last six Premier League matches, three of those coming at Villa Park, where they play three of their next four fixtures.

But investing in Villa’s backline, or indeed any of their players, is just not happening from what we can see of the FPL transfer market. 

Despite their stellar start to the season, none of their assets can be found in Gameweek 4’s top 30 transfers-in, presumably thanks to those two tough fixtures mentioned earlier in this piece.

The Villans’ schedule eases considerably from Gameweek 6 onwards, however, with a trip to Arsenal probably the trickiest encounter of a 10-match run.

Fulham’s match-ups are more mixed, but the FPL reception to their current form is not – Mitrovic is currently the fourth most-sold player heading into Gameweek 4 as managers still invested in Parker’s men look to cut and run.

Fulham XI (3-4-2-1): Areola; Ream, Odoi, Hector (Le Marchand 58); Bryan, Tete (Kamara 39), Zambo Anguissa, Cairney; Cavaleiro, Decordova-Reid (Kebano 78); Mitrovic.

Aston Villa XI (4-3-2-1): Martínez; Targett, Konsa, Mings, Cash; Hourihane (Ramsey 76), Luiz (Nakamba 87), Trézéguet (Traore 84); McGinn, Grealish; Watkins.

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701 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FPL ElasticO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Who to score most point for this GW??

    A. Ings vs WBA
    B. Jimenez vs FUL

    1. King Mo
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Honestly tough. I think they'll probably match each other.

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      The one I choose for vice-captain.

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Ings then .... 😉

    3. Bank$y
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Form says B

    4. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      B 17

    5. All about the galacticos
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      A - wba have twice the chances conceded than fulham

  2. King Mo
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    A) Mane & Greenwood
    B) Bruno & Mahrez

    1. All about the galacticos
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      B

    2. Aston VII lalalala
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      A easily

  3. Maddamotha
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Reckon any Chelsea players might get rested this weekend? Werner has played a lot...

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 25 days ago

      0 chance.

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Nope

    3. King Mo
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Mount perhaps.

    4. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      James will play if your asking

    5. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Werner rest would be cruel on his owners (but i don't give a .... 😎 )

    6. All about the galacticos
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      playing for their places tonight

  4. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Will see how tonight goes but which of these look best?

    A. Werner >> Jimenez
    B. Davies >> James
    C. Save FT

    McCarthy
    TAA, Saiss, Justin, Davies
    Salah, KDB, Rodríguez, Zaha
    Werner, Ings
    (Nyland, Bissouma, Mitchell, Davis)

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      C

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Cheers mate

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 25 days ago

      A

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Thanks

    3. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      A is what I did and it makes alot of sense for me to go through with that transfer. I banked a mil for future transfers and jimenez next 4 fixtures looks amazing.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Could come back to bite though. Seems a bit of a luxury move. Tricky one. Fulham is the big draw for me

        1. drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          For me it was the fixtures and the extra money itb to either beef up defence or possible rodriguez>pulisic after itb

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Yeah. I’ve already lost 0.2 on it. Don’t like an early transfer

    4. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      A that's my transfer this week

    5. Jässi
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      C

  5. fc_skrald
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Think my head is clear today - the best replacement for Son got to be Mahrez, right?

    Martínez
    TAA, Saïss, Lamptey
    Son, Salah, KDB, Pereira
    Ings, Mitrovic, Jimenez

    Button, Burke, Mitchell, Dunne
    1 free transfer 0.4 million in the bank

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Son > Rashford

      1. fc_skrald
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        I dont have enough money for him - 0.1 million short

    2. F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      My worry with Mahrez is the IB is up next and maybe Aguero or Jesus come back and then he's a rotation risk along with Foden - if you're happy with the rotation risk then fine but I'll probably be looking to get rid asap.

      1. fc_skrald
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Thanks yes. After the IB I could go for Pulisic if he is fit again. Would have liked Pulisic from gw1 anyway...

    3. caldracula
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      I did Son and Mitro > Pereira and Vardy for a hit.

  6. JURGENAUT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 25 days ago

    RMT:

    McCarthy
    Lamptey - Justin - Taylor
    Salah - KDB - Bruno - Zaha
    Jimenez - Ings - Maupay

    Bench: Forster - Klich - Mitchell - Dunne

    Cheers

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      7/10 gtg

    2. JURGENAUT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Thanks, anyone else? Squad good enough?

  7. Rondon9
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Good to go?

    Martinez
    TAA Semedo James
    Salah KDB Podence Foden
    Jimenez Wood Werner

    4m - Lamptey Mitchell Reed

    1FT 0.5m ITB

  8. DannyDrinkVodka
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Lamptey’s not actually going to Bayern, is he?! Brighton should hold and get 50 million for him next summer

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      They should. Fingers crossed.

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      German clubs rarely do late transfers (as per here we go)

    3. fc_skrald
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      no, I want him to stay in my team!

    4. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Simply tapping him up for next summer - they’ll let it brew a while

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        I see it as a salary increasing try from agent.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Thing is, he moved to get guaranteed first team play. He gets it at Brighton. Would be a squad member like he was at Chelsea if he went to Bayern now.

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Or he was moved on by Chelsea because they saw james as a better prospect ?

  9. wattalowz
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Priorities to sort out here?

    McCarthy
    TAA Coady Justin
    Salah (C) JRod JWP* ASM*
    Werner* Jimi Mitro*

    Bench CTaylor Davies* Son*

    1FT
    1.0m ITB

    Tempted to roll the FT given the starting XI isn’t exactly terrible and do a mini WC next week.

    1. Jässi
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Roll the FT, you have a nice team IMO

      1. wattalowz
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Cheers 🙂

  10. Jässi
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    FPL Statistics website seems to be down at the moment? Last time I saw it Davies was on something like -97 so do you think he will drop tonight? If yes, would you do:

    A) Davies to VVD (exact money)
    B) Davies to Digne
    C) Davies to Saiss
    D) Davies to Castagne

    Will most likely wildcard during the international break, so the transfer is mainly for just next gameweek...

    1. NateDogsCats
        1 month, 25 days ago

        -100.2 now so should certainly go down tonight. If just for next week I'd go with Saiss.

      • caldracula
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        D

    2. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Foden and Saiss to Klich and Castagne after the cityleeds match?

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Why?

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          I don't know. I have a bad feeling about Saiss. I'd like to keep foden but i don't like any cheap defenders besides Lamptey. Justin would be too short term.

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Have a feeling your opinion will change after the games. Hold off on a decision for now. Transfers feel pretty uninspiring to me at first glance.

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Yeah I'm hoping Wolves look good against Fulham so i don't have to do this. I'm just overthinking right now. Thanks!

              1. caldracula
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                Deffo wait until the games played. Anything can happen after a round of fixtures so have potential moves planned but better not to set them in stone.

              2. caldracula
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                Good example I planned to do Son > Fernandes but held off for another transfer. Second week was planning Bowen to Periera but another move took priority and ended up saving my start.

      2. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        no

    3. Flynny
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Evening....any views on what to do here please? 0.2mitb. 1ft. 4.5m rank

      Martinez (forster)
      Taa saiss james (lamptey Mitchell)
      Salah kdb foden podence (burke)
      Werner jiminez dcl

      Current thinking is save ft if podence fit.

      If podence not fit perhaps werner and podence to ings and trossard - 4

      There is no replacement for podence that I can see for 5.7m...thanks

      1. Jässi
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Save FT if fit but if not maybe do only Podence to Soucek.

      2. Abra Dubravka
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Save either way. Lamptey first sub

      3. FPL Bielsa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        You have exactly the same team as me except I have Anguista instead of Burke.

        I’m either rolling transfer or doing Werner to Ings thought Werner was centre forward but looks like Fat Frank views him as an expensive winger !

        1. Flynny
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          And what if podence is out bielsa??

          1. FPL Bielsa
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Move would be dependent on positive news from Nuno. If Podence is out I’ll probably switch to Soucek he looked very good against Wolves although they have terrible fixtures. Hopefully Podence is ok, didn’t sound too serious.

    4. Azathoth
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      The Fulham guy @ the right of the top pic looks more like a surfer than a footballer.....

      1. King Mo
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Plays more like a surfer than a footballer too.

        1. Rondon9
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          😛

      2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Subway Surfer!

      3. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        looks like a bum

      4. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Certainly suffered a wipeout

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Worthless news, more importantly Dembele is close to joining United according to reliable sources. World class if fit, but it's a massive fit. Makes the entire front three prone to rotation.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          BUT - BREAKING RUMOUR

          Ousmane Dembele | ‘In the end they succeeded’ – Man United said to have clinched big signing, Woodward responsible.

          This is being treated very seriously.
          http://sportwitness.co.uk/end-succeeded-man-united-said-clinched-big-signing-woodward-responsible/

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Woodward masterclass yet again! Should stay at United forever.

      2. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        United spent 6 months on this deal and they bid at least 20-30m under the asking price, Ed Woodward is a joke.

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          I'm a fan and i agree. Hope he gets fired but he won't

      3. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Dembele can join Phil Jones on the treatment table. Both made of glass.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          For precisely 50% of the asking price for Sancho, maybe half a season will do!

          1. The Mandalorian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Man United are preparing a second bid for Sancho.

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Hard to believe. The Telles deal is almost done, and I'd expect a deadline deal for an overpriced centre back.

              1. The Mandalorian
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                No agreement on the sale price, only agreed personal terms.

      4. BoleynWin
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        This is the way.

    5. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      James rested for the weekend?

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Hope so.

      2. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        To me, more likely Frank is trying out his desired full-back first choice pairing

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 25 days ago

          How do I downvote a comment?

        2. Baines on Toast...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          lol

      3. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Probably will play at the weekend but tick tock James owners...

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          James ain't getting dropped mate

      4. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        After the international James will be a sub

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          No chance

          1. The Mandalorian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Where does Chilwell plsy

            1. The Mandalorian
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Play

              1. Dynamic Duos
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                LB

    6. Abra Dubravka
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Correct bench? G2g?

      Martinez
      Robbo, Saiss, Justin (Taylor, Mitchell)
      Salah, KDB, Mount, Foden (Podence)
      Ings, DCL, Jimenez?

    7. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      A) Werner, Saiss
      B) Ings, Robertson

      Which pair would you have for this GW?

      1. Gazza2000
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        B

      2. Drizz ✅
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        A

      3. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        B by a very large margin

      4. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 25 days ago

        B

      5. All about the galacticos
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        B

    8. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      How much will Sancho be in FPL?

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        69

      2. GloryManUnited
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        ???

      3. Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Too early to decide season 2021-22 prices.

    9. teneighty
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Spurs with a back three and wing backs!

      1. Drizz ✅
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Looking forward to seeing Reg

    10. Werner Bros
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Son > Zaha (-4) a good move here?

      McCarthy Nyland
      TAA Davies Justin Taylor Mitchell
      Salah KDB Son* Podence* Bissouma
      Jimi Werner Davis

      0FT 0.8ITB

      1. Drizz ✅
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Son > Rashford

      2. caldracula
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Yep

    11. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Spurs playing 3-5-2

      Does this mean we think Davies retains his place at the weekend?

      1. Drizz ✅
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Tough call really is, could be on bench

      2. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        They have another midweek match for europa league after this. So probably not

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Poor guys have to play 4 matches in a week

          1. TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            True - I guess anyone could play at the weekend

          2. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Thursday will be Alli and the Under-18s

            1. Would Ed Woodward
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Nah, they wanna progress, Europa takes precedence over Carabao according to Jose.

              1. TheDragon
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                Hi mate - how’s the start of season gone.

                Been pretty painful for me (1.5m OR), but not as bad as some I guess

                1. Would Ed Woodward
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 25 days ago

                  Hello mate, hope you're well, it's been going awful lol, 4.5m and missed every hat-trick so far, 1.5m is pretty good going this season to be fair. Not really bothered yet, variance has been insane, hard to predict anything so just hoping for a bit of luck soon. Mane, Ings > Bruno, Martial after GW1 wasn't great though.

      3. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Wow, that is a 3-5-2. Very intriguing. More interested in Reguilon and Doherty now, very curious to see if Jose can make it work.

    12. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Werner behind Giroud will be interesting to see...

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Havertz been dropped?

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          benched tonight

        2. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Don't think 'dropped' is the word

      2. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Formation?

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Mendy
          Azpi - Zouma - Tomori - Chillwell
          Jorginho - Kovacic
          CHO - Mount - Werner
          Giroud

      3. All about the galacticos
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        there's now a lot of competition for that spot

      4. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Giroud gets the best out of the players around him, let's see what Werner does.

    13. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Mourinho confirms Son is injured

      1. Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Did he also mention the sky was blue?

    14. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 25 days ago

      If we see Jose continuing the 3-5-2:

      Lloris
      Dier - Alderweireld - Davies/Tanganga
      Doherty - Hojbjerg - Lo Celso - Winks - Reguilon
      Kane - Moura

      That's appealing!

    15. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11669/12085394/liverpools-thiago-alcantara-tests-positive-for-coronavirus
      This is why holding FT's and WC's are important this season...

    16. Rushford
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Best replacement for Davies up to 5.9:

      A) Castagne - extremely attacking and top scoring defender. Not the best defense. Will probably not get too many CS
      B) Saiss - normally steady defense (except whu hammering). Best upcoming program
      C) James - looks on fire for a top side. Should get more attacking returns in the upcoming GWs. Defense looks weak, and I can’t see Azpilicueta getting benched week in week out when chilwell also will start demanding game time.
      D) Lamptey. Cheapest of the lot, looks very in form and so does Brighton. However, weakest side overall.

      Who do you reckon?

      1. All about the galacticos
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        A > D > C > B

      2. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        When Azpi will play cup games and sometimes in a back 3 in the league imo

      3. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Castagne only has 3 chances created.. seems overperforming to me but next 2 are great.
        Saiss is the worst pick
        James is a rotation risk very soon
        Lamptey is the best pick.

    17. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      I know that we are only 3 weeks in but I'm finding it hard to maintain any enthusiasm or interest as even at this early stage it's looking ominously like this is going to be another season where I've been unable to solve the puzzle.

      My strategy this season was to really target the first few weeks to try and get a good start but it's ended up being the worst start I've had in 15yrs.

      The variance over the first 3 weeks has been ridiculous and an unusual amount of goals have been scored - mostly not by my players! To add to that I feel I have made some bad decisions and have made a mess of my wildcard. After this week, I'm looking at a 12pt hit mainly to bring in Liverpool players whom I have wrongly gone without so far. How can I not have any of Robbo, TAA, Salah or Mane? These guys are the main scorers from the best team in the league and I've omitted them from my team opting instead to spread the budget.

      I have noticed over the years that in the first 5 weeks you can make big jumps up the rankings if you have a good week but the more the gameweeks pass the harder it gets to make ground and it can get to a point where you can have a great week but your rank barely improves.

      I'm in desperate need of a good week before it gets to late. My rank is currently outside the top 2m If I haven't made any significant ground after GW5 then it really is season over in terms of finishing in the top 10k which is always my aim. Even top 100k would be a struggle.

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Plenty of great managers doing far worse than you. This is a bit overly dramatic...

        12p hit is silly unless your team is riddled with injuries

    18. Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Son isn't injured IMO.

      #TottenhamHotspur have updated UEFA list since Macedonia game and Reguilon been added. Interestingly Son is still there as is Dele no Bale.

      1. Drizz ✅
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Son hammy confirmed

        1. Drip Doctor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Confirmed where?

      2. Dthinger
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        You think Mourinho took his most dangerous player off at half-time in a game they really needed to win without an injury?

        1. Drip Doctor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Yes. I think he was resting him, he didn't look injured to me at any point in that half. Jose trying to save face by calling it an injury.

          1. Bennerman
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            If we all agree to post on here that you're a total genius if this turns out to be true, do you agree to post that you're a total div if it's not?

      3. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        They hope to be in Europa well past Son being fit again.

      4. Greenbackbøøg…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        What UEFA list? What does that mean, is it a squad list? Why would son not be on it even if hes injured?

        1. Goonsquad245
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          It’s a squad list for the next game only. We don’t know when it was updated though.

          I’ve already sold Son, but more I think about it the more it makes sense. Jose withdraws him at half time at 1-0, says he has a hamstring injury to justify playing nobody up front tonight. Son is then declared fit for the game on Thursday and people are none the wiser.

          Only thing is why not take him off at 60 if that’s the case....

          1. Drip Doctor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Honestly wouldn't surprise me if he plays vs Utd. I'm keeping for now.

            He was asked about Alli just now and his response was "No Son, No Lo Celso, why don't you ask me about them?" Odd thing to say if Son is injured.

            1. Goonsquad245
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              He did also say Son was injured when asked who was playing up front.

              I’ve sold for KDB, which is OK timing in terms of fixture etc, but frustrating if he is actually fit as I’d have done something different I think

    19. BOATIES FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Already used WC and near the bottom of my cash league... really stuck what moves to make. 1ft 0.1 ITB None of the Son replacements appeal to me. any ideas would be great. I dont mind taking a hit either

      Martinez Steer
      Robbo James Saiss Mitchel Dunne
      Salah KDB Son* Rodriguez Reed
      DCL Jimmy Mitro

      1. Rushford
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        I would get Barnes. He looks great, and would release cash to upgrade mitro or defense

    20. JURGENAUT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 25 days ago

      How is my squad? Any changes?

      McCarthy - Forster
      Lamptey - Justin - Taylor - Mitchell - Dunne
      Salah - KDB - Bruno - Zaha - Klich
      Jimenez - Ings - Maupay

      Thanks