Scout Notes

How Leeds restricted De Bruyne to unfortunate FPL blank in Gameweek 4

Leeds United 1-1 Manchester City

  • Goals: Rodrigo Moreno (£5.8m) | Raheem Sterling (£11.5m)
  • Assists: Ferran Torres (£6.9m)
  • Bonus points: Rodrigo M x3, Sterling x2, Liam Cooper x1 (£4.4m)

Owners of Kevin De Bruyne (£11.7m) can feel very unfortunate after he recorded a second blank of the season in Gameweek 4.

The Manchester City midfielder struck the post with a clever free-kick inside the opening exchanges, while some may feel that his penalty-taking should have been called into action late in the game.

Raheem Sterling (£11.5m) looked to have been brought down illegally in the box by Leif Davis (£4.0m) but neither Mike Dean nor VAR were convinced it was a foul.

On any other day, the typically brilliant De Bruyne might have come out of either situation with goals to his name but, on an evening where Leeds eventually stole the show, it was simply not his day.

DEFENSIVE DE BRUYNE

It was also clear that playing two games in three days had taken its toll on the Belgian who ended up tasked with more defensive duties at Elland Road than his 44.8% ownership would have liked.

Thanks to Leeds’ spirited and open play, they ended up with more possession than Manchester City’s men (52.8% to 47.2%), more big chances (five to zero) and more shots on target (seven to one).

As a result, De Bruyne was bogged down in a midfield battle for large spells of Saturday’s encounter, unable to operate in the exciting number 10 position that Guardiola had cast him in for City’s last away trip (at Wolves).

Reprising such a role was not possible for the Belgian at Elland Road. His freedom at Molineux had been unlocked by a defensive midfield double-up of Rodrigo (£5.5m) and Fernandinho (£5.5m), but the latter was named on the bench for Gameweek 4.

Contributing to defensive duties at Leeds was a job that De Bruyne performed, unsurprisingly, offering greater work rate than those around him and winning more tackles than any other colleague on Saturday.

But it probably goes without saying that finishing top of that metric for the evening is not something De Bruyne’s Fantasy owners were particularly enamoured by. It was only after Fernandinho came on for Mahrez in the 77th minute that the Belgian was freed up to make more significant contributions to attack, but it was a little too late.

“They make a good build-up with the goalkeeper and they put a lot of players behind our midfield line. After our attack, they are quick with their fast players outside. It is not easy to play against them. We were there and made a good defensive game but we had to do that more than usual because they are good in the transitions.” – Pep Guardiola

“If you watch when Guardiola makes a defensive change, when Fernandinho comes on, this is when they started to impose themselves on the game once more. It was a very intelligent substitution and it had a big influence on the game, which indicates a lot of the time that you have to defend better so you can attack well.” – Marcelo Bielsa

Meanwhile, as was the case against Leicester, De Bruyne was asked to split corner-taking duties with Riyad Mahrez (£8.4m), robbing him of a complete monopoly over set-play situations.

STRIKERLESS MAN CITY

This is now the first time since 2010 that Manchester City have failed to win more than one of their first three Premier League games of a season. The ongoing absence of a recognised striker for the Citizens was a key factor behind their draw at Leeds.

Guardiola handed Mahrez the central role on Saturday but he was largely ineffective during his time on the pitch.

The Algerian international struggled to cope with the physicality of centre-backs Liam Cooper (£4.4m) and Robin Koch (£4.5m), robbing Manchester City of something to aim at when pressing forward.

While Sterling finally found his first goal of the campaign, it was not from a centre-forward position. He received the ball from Ferran Torres (£6.9m) on the left-hand side, made a jinking run inside, past two defenders and guided the ball beyond Illan Meslier (£4.5m) 

It was a passage of play that highlighted how much better Sterling is as a winger than as a striker – another dilemma facing Guardiola in the absence of Gabriel Jesus (£9.4m) and Sergio Aguero (£10.4m). 

Even still, the Englishman’s evening was largely littered with some poor decisions and propensity to run down dead-ends in Leeds’ defence, although operating next to an ineffective centre-forward in Mahrez probably increased the pressure on him to fashion chances via take-ons.

Owners of Manchester City assets may take some comfort from the fact they host Arsenal in Gameweek 5, after the international break. Guardiola’s men beat the Gunners 3-0 in this fixture during Project Restart with goals from Sterling, De Bruyne and Phil Foden (£6.6m). However, they did so on that day with the help of Jesus leading the line, who currently has an estimated return date of Gameweek 6…

Wham Bam

While Patrick Bamford (£5.8m) registered his first blank of the season, it was not for lack of trying against Manchester City.

The Leeds forward finished this match with more shots (four) and more shots in the box (four) than any other player on the pitch, an impressive achievement considering the opponents.

However, Fantasy managers should probably keep an eye on Rodrigo Moreno (£5.8m) following his impressive cameo appearance.

He came on for central midfielder Tyler Roberts (£5.0m) in the 56th minute and contributed to a change of shape for Leeds. Instead of a 4-1-4-1, they were able to operate with two forward men on the field – and it had the desired impact.

Rodrigo pounced in the box to equalise when Ederson‘s (£6.0m) failed clearance clattered into Benjamin Mendy (£6.0m) and saw an effort turned onto the crossbar minutes later.

It will be worth keeping an eye on how often Rodrigo features for Leeds based on his contribution to Saturday’s draw, although Jack Harrison (£5.5m) will be back in the picture for Gameweek 5 – he missed this match as he was ineligible to face his parent club, Manchester City.

“Progressively he will begin to show the great quality that he has. Today, he had a very good start and perhaps the pace of the game hindered him towards the end of the half. When he is able to play at a good physical level for us I think he will make a difference.” – Marcelo Bielsa

Leeds United XI (4-1-4-1): Meslier; Dallas, Cooper, Koch, Ayling; K Phillips; Alioski (Poveda-Ocampo 46′), Roberts (Rodrigo M 56′), Klich (L Davis 77′), Costa; Bamford.

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; B Mendy (Aké 71′), Laporte, Dias, Walker; Foden, Rodrigo, De Bruyne; Mahrez (Fernandinho 77′), Sterling, Torres (B Silva 65′).

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3,043 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    My wc midfield looks to good for me not to get it, love it

    Salah Sterling Son Pulisic Hamez

    1. bitars
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I like it but would have change Pulisic until hes form av proved.

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Want to get ahead of the game with him.

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I'd take Grealish over Pulisic for nailedness and fixtures.

      But yeah that looks pretty nice.

      1. FPL_trail_runner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Camzy you really are influenced by the latest gameweek

        Pulisic data in the PL and over his career absolutely blows Pulisic out of the water

        And Chelsea will and have created way more chances than Villa.

        1. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Grealish * i should have written in the latter

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I want Pulisic for sure mate anyway

        2. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I don't think I am. I've persisted with triple Wolves and two in defense because of their great stats from last season even after they shipped a ton of goals vs West Ham.

          Grealish is a great pick. I have him in a few FanTeam drafts prior to this week. I really think with a better Villa team around him he will score a lot of points. Fixtures are turning for the better too.

          Pulisic does not blow Grealish out of the water. And especially with worse fixtures and in returning to injury.

    3. Lukakuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Sterling to Soucek and upgrade elsewhere 😉

    4. King Mo
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Amazing.

      What's the rest of your team?

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Martinez Steer
        Robbo Lamptey Saiss KWP Mitchell
        DCL Antonio Brewster

  2. iL PiStOlErO
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Ramsdale Steer
    TAA KWP Taylor Justin Mitchell
    Salah Sterling Jota Romeu Bissouma
    Vardy Werner DCL

    0.2itb, 1ft

    Would you do Jota + Werner to Son + Wilson for -4 tonight?

  3. antis0cial
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    2m itb and worried son will rise tonight. Just wait or best way to get son in?

    Martinez
    TAA Saiss Ayling
    Salah KDB Hamez Grealish
    Jime DCL Brewster

    Steer Digne Bissouma Mitchell

    Taa + Bissouma to Coady + son for -4 stupid?

    1. Danstoke82
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Literally don’t know what the advice is these days but I’ve got him back in and am sticking

      1. antis0cial
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Got son back or taa?

    2. Lukakuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Too many matches to be played before next deadline!

  4. Hot Toddy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    PVA gtg for gwk5??

  5. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Sterling + Ings --> Son + Kane for a -4?

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      No

    2. Etonmessi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 26 days ago

      yes

    3. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Yes

    4. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      hmmm... interesting.
      looks like son will rise as early as tonight so might just do it even before the IB.

  6. Lukakuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    50/50 decision tonight: Wildcard out this bunch?

    McCatrhy Button
    TAA Digne Taylor Vinagre* Ferguson*
    Salah KDB Barnes Podence Bissouma
    Werner DCL Mitrovic

  7. Traction Engine Foot
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    How long do Mitchell and Justin keep their places for?

  8. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Best defender 4.7m and below?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Lamptey

    2. MoeZe3bi
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Whats your defense

    3. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Robertson, Saiss, Chilwell, Mitchell

  9. reason17
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    A) klich +watkins
    B) Grealish + Bamford

    1. Lukakuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      B

  10. GOATMEAT
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Okay, Watkins got a hat trick but if you had the money would you prefer

      A) Watkins

      B) Wilson

      I think Wilson has better fixtures and Grealish would be a better pick from Villa than Watkins

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Still Watkins because he has better fixtures and better service.

      2. King Mo
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        B and Grealish.

      3. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Penalties swing it I think

      4. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        How about Maupay for next two at least

      5. Klaren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        A and my response wouldn't be different if he blanked today. Simply plays in a much better attacking team who creates chances.

        Also Villa has better fixtures than Newcastle. (although fixtures have been very unreliable so far this season).

    • JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Really don't know if I can trust DCL going forward...

      1. Traction Engine Foot
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Why? He looks dangerous all the time.

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Yeah, but feels like a classic FPL case of get him in now and he stops scoring.

          1. Plant Based Footballer
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            He hasn't turned a corner in my estimation. His teammates might have, though, which benefits him.

            1. JBG
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Guess you are right and it really helps him having a classy player like Hamez around him.

      2. ZeBestee
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Just get him in, dont worry about him stopping scoring, you will always take him out. But atm, he is costing u points so just bring him in.

    • Viper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Would you WC this?

      Mccarthy Steer

      TAA Robertson Justin KWP Ferguson

      KDB Salah Rodriguez Podence Reed

      Jimenez Adams DCL

    • ivantys
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Think I'm targeting Brighton's defence now instead of Fulham's and WBA's. As pleasing as they are, their brand of football is suicidal.

        1. King Mo
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Yep. I'm really optimistic for Zaha next GW.

          1. ivantys
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I'll take hit for Zaha amd cap him if any of my midfielders get injured, it's the perfect game for him.

            • Danstoke82
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I’ve just sold him for Son, given how my season is going Zaha is getting a double hat trick next GW

              1. FPL_trail_runner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 26 days ago

                You really need to stop points chasing

                Take a leaf of advice from last years winner

                You need to move low scoring players from your team than buy the weeks latest high scoring player

        2. reason17
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Hi, who takes villas free kicks?

          1. thepuntmaster
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Ross Barkley was all over them today

        3. Tabbara
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Guys, which option is better
          A : Mitro and Foden to Brewster and Son (-4)
          B: Mitro and Foden to Chillwell and Son (-4)
          Thanks

          1. MoeZe3bi
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            B

        4. Coaly
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Timo to DCL?

          1. baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Si

        5. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Salah-Son-KdB-James is midfield to go LT in my opinion.

          1. Honourvolley
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Until next GW!

            1. Niho992
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Nope. LT as i say

              1. Honourvolley
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                All I’m saying is the “template” is changing massively each week! Let’s see what GW5 brings...

          2. Danstoke82
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            It’s what I’m going for

          3. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            That’s my mid along with Trossard

        6. baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Which one out for Son
          A) Mahrez
          B) Zaha
          C) Foden

          A and B would give me option to upgrade Kane to Jimenez later.

          1. King Mo
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            C

          2. baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Jimenez to Kane 😉 naturally...

        7. thepuntmaster
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          1) Mitro owners, you keeping or changing?

          2) TAA owners (most of us), the same?

          1. Honourvolley
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            1) Ideally not in the long term, but for now I think so
            2) yes

          2. Plant Based Footballer
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I'm holding Mitro for next GW. Fulham look pathetic, so does Ramsdale over at Sheffield. Fixtures do look good enough to not go sideways for another low price forward. With 2 FTS and no fires to put out then I can't argue against getting rid. Leeds look good, that was a fantastic game to watch.

          3. Niho992
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Keeping because i have bigger problems and his fixtures are good. Maybe he will score few times in next 3-4 GWs.

        8. ZeBestee
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          It has come to a point where I am not surprised anymore with the way the games are going.

          My question;

          Do we need to align our strategy with the way the season is going ie players from teams like Westham, Villa, Leeds, Everton etc should be coming into our teams or we should keep faith with the proven? i.e City, Pool defence, Chelsea and United etc

          1. GE
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Not sure anymore 😛 probably a mix

        9. michaelington
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Is 55 points any good? Genuinely don’t know anymore

          1. Danstoke82
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Yes is decent

          2. hitenabler
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Yep green arrow incoming

          3. Niho992
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            57 here but red arrows.

        10. AYLD28
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Martinez
          TAA James* Saiss (Lamptey Dunne)
          Salah KDB Foden* Barnes (Burke)
          DCL Ings Jimenez

          0.1 ITB

          1. James Ings Jimenez > Chilwell Watkins Kane (-8)
          2. James Ings Foden > Chilwell Watkins Pulisic (-8)
          3. Watkins Foden > Watkins Son

        11. 16ShimiC16
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          A) Lewis KDB DCL
          Or
          B) KWP Sterling James

        12. GE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          KDB and Jimi -> Son and Kane on WC?

          1. MoeZe3bi
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Yes

          2. Whats the Huth
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Keep the faith with KDB

        13. reason17
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Is Bamford nailed on or will he drop minutes?

        14. MoeZe3bi
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Thoughts regarding wolves defense?

          1. Danstoke82
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Holding for now. Seemingly ok to stick with for the short term

          2. ZeBestee
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            They kept a cleanie, so thats good enough if u have, keep, if u dont, look elsewhere for now.

            1. MoeZe3bi
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Im on a wc

          3. baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Saiss is best option, decent.

        15. Rinseboy
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Thoughrs on Foden and Havertz to Son and Grealish -4?

          Martinez Steer
          James Saiss Semedo Lamptey Mitchell
          Salah KDB Barnes Foden Havertz
          DCL Jimi Brewster

        16. Hryszko
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Foden & Ings > Son & Wilson, about to hit the button, good moves?

        17. TJ
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Autosubs not made yet, does it usually take this long?

        18. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Just saw Ole interview post game. Looks a boy lost in a role not for him

          And said the international break gives him and his coaches time now to prepare the players better

          ...the same players who are gone for 2 weeks.