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. Neo-Viper
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Podence Vardy to Son Wilson for a hit.

    Yaay or Naay

    1. wulfranian
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      No

      1. Neo-Viper
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Cheers!

    2. ivantys
        1 month, 28 days ago

        I'm keeping Vardy, after seeing Villa's defence not that good today.

        1. Neo-Viper
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Had bought him this week. Surely he returns against Villa.

          1. ivantys
              1 month, 28 days ago

              He scored 4 against Villa last season in less than 1.5 games. Had him at the start but this was the game I most looking forward to for him.

        2. The Mandalorian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          No

      • Covid Martial
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Very average well so I've made my transfers already. Foden and Werner out for Watkins and Son. Very knee jerk but it does make you feel that little bit better, even if it's fleeting, right?

        1. Drizz ✅
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Probably the only goals watkins will score

          1. Covid Martial
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Lol, right, sure...

        2. Covid Martial
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          *Week not well

        3. Bobby_Styles
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Early season so catching some team value over an international isnt a horrible idea.

          1. Covid Martial
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Yeah agreed mate. Neither has internationals, either.

        4. All about the galacticos
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          and now the 2 weeks worrying about injuries/covid

          1. Covid Martial
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Damn for a short while there I'd forgotten about the spectre of covid

            1. All about the galacticos
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              with your username, i'm sure it's top of mind

        5. El Fenomeno R9
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Great transfers

      • Bobby_Styles
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Question:

        Where can I find the list of parameters for the stats in the members area on build your own table?
        xG Conceded for example, what is the time frame for that stat? Is WBA expected to ship 10.07 over the next week, two weeks, three??
        Any direction would be greatly appreciated.

        1. Drizz ✅
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Looks like stats dont matter this season

      • Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        McCarthy - Steer
        TAA - Davies - Justin - C. Taylor - Mitchell
        Salah - KDB - Hamez - Podence - Bissouma
        Werner - Jiminez - Adams

        to

        Martinez - Steer
        Chilwell - Saiss - KWP - Dallas - Mitchell
        Salah - Son - Hamez - Grealish - Klich
        Kane - Ings - DCL

        Have exact funds to do this. Worth the WC?
        The only thing stopping me at the moment is that GW 18 will be blank GW and 19 will be a double GW so that will definitely be the ideal moment to WC if I hold here.

      • RohanVaswani
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Watkins Zaha

        Or

        Grealish Ayew?

        1. Drizz ✅
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Watkins already? Wow.

          B

        2. ivantys
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Ayew's an option?

          • El Fenomeno R9
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Grealish Watkins all in

        3. IRBOX ⚽
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Can’t believe people are removing FPL gold assets like TAA and KDB. Recency bias is strong

          1. King Mo
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            It'll be the same people that took hits to get Vardy in. Look how that panned out 😆

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Only scores away nowadays

          2. Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Prefer Sterling and Robbo atm

          3. Chucky
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            good for us...

        4. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          4 point hit taken already (oops), looking good for next gameweek?

          Martinez
          TAA | Lamptey | Dallas
          Salah | Bruno | Son | Rodriguez | Soucek
          Kane | DCL

          Steer | Mitchell | Davis | Buur

          0.3ITB

          Thanks

          1. Albrightondknight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            What were the moves? That bench is looking dire - the rest is fine but the defence is a bit weak.

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Bought Son back after the Mourinho saga:

              Barnes to Son
              Digne to Lamptey

              They could backfire I know...

              Hoping with the 0.3ITB I can do Buur to someone and Davis hopefully be Brewster soonish

          2. The Mandalorian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            V strong team

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Thanks

          3. Firmino
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Wow, you must have good rank.

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Thanks don’t think rank means much right now but 309 overall points

              1. Albrightondknight
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Top 10k I think you can do fine without my “advice”

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Early days, could all change! All it takes is one City bashing and I’ll plummet

          4. super zlatan
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Yep. Looks great.

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Thanks

        5. Chucky
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Play Digne or Mitchell next GW? thanks

          1. Drizz ✅
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Digne > Chilwell

            1. Chucky
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              had james so got rid of him for Saiss...

          2. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Digne for sure

            1. Chucky
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              cheers..

          3. ivantys
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Digne if you're ambitious, Mitchell for clean sheet points.

          4. Lord Flashheart
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            sterling and mitro to :

            A - kane and grealish
            B son and watkins
            C son and maupay
            D just sterling to son no hit

            1. Albrightondknight
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              I wouldn’t be rushing to get rid of Sterling. Any other route to Son?

              1. Lord Flashheart
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                not really - i'm afraid that after kun/jesus are back the pep roullete wil be on

          5. Albrightondknight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            What about
            Werner and Podence
            To
            Brewster and Son
            For a hit.
            I was considering another week for Werner but not having Son is a killer.
            I would definitely captain Son if bringing him in.
            Any international duty for Son?
            All 4 players have decent fixtures so there is backfire potential but think I will do it before price changes.

          6. jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Could do Jim > DCL, but I must say I'm nervous about that. Past two seasons when I dumped Jim after a couple blanks, he broke out right after.

            1. King Mo
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              It's Jimenez. A break out by him is a 6 pointer. I own him but he's allergic to hauling. So frustrating.

              1. jdp219
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                That's fair. Just might have to do that and upgrade a mid, too, then.

              2. IRBOX ⚽
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                6 x 38 is 228 last I checked..

          7. iL PiStOlErO
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 28 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?

            1. super zlatan
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Yes.

          8. Zilla
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Barnes and Davis to Son and Watkins (-4) no brainer right?

            1. super zlatan
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              I’m keeping Barnes.

              1. Zilla
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                I think he will still do one but surely Son will do better no?

            2. Gudjohnsen
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Yes

          9. No Kane, No Gain!
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 28 days ago

            4 GW in and finally feel settled with my team:

            Martinez
            Justin, Saiss, Chilwell, KWP, Mitchell
            KDB, Bruno, J Rod, Zaha, Podence
            Jimenez, Kane, DCL

            Team value: £102m

          10. Twisted Melon
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Best 4.5 GK?

            1. Drizz ✅
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Ryan

            2. Dynamic Duos
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Meslier

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Leeds are about as open as a team can be. . . .

          11. FDMS All Starz
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            What transfers to make?
            Bruno? Davies? Adams? Justin? TAA?

            McCarthy
            TAA - Justin - Davies
            Salah - Kdb - Bruno - Podence
            DCL - Wilson - Adams

            (2.2itb,1FT)

          12. HippY
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            2 FT to use. 101 pts this week, repairing the damage from a terrible GW3

            McCarthy Ryan
            Holding Justin KWP Digne Mitchell
            Salah JRodriguez Son Soucek Podence
            Jimenez Kane Werner

            A - Werner + Soucek > Zaha + Wilson
            B - Werner + Soucek > Zaha + Maupay
            C - Werner + Podence > Zaha + DCL (or Wilson/Maupay and bank the money?)

          13. Well you know, Triffic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Given the Covid situation, it seems a big risk to be doing early transfers. Especially since players will be mixing with team mates from all over the world during the internationals.

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Wildcarded to beat the price rises . . . wait and see . . .

          14. Lindelol
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Martinez, Steer
            Semedo--Lamptey --James--Mitchell--Dunne
            Salah--KDB--Mahrez--Foden--Burke
            Ings--DCL--Jimi

            1.2 itb and 1 FT
            Can someone suggest some good transfer here. I am totally clueless

            1. Nanoelektronicar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Mahrez to Son, tonight. Thank me later.

          15. Tony Martial
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Beat defender for 5.4 that isn’t Saiss?

            1. Drizz ✅
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Lamps

              1. Tony Martial
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Have him too lol

            2. ivantys
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Has to be Bellerin

            3. El Fenomeno R9
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Cheaper at the back best option going forward?

              CS are very rare how things go

              1. Tony Martial
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                What I’m planning to do

              2. IRBOX ⚽
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Same scenario occurred last season and then the big boys tightened up and the clean sheet points came flooding in

                1. El Fenomeno R9
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Yes but with home crowd support,cant see it now

              3. Drizz ✅
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Left backs and right backs only

                1. El Fenomeno R9
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Yes,not into dull central defenders

            4. stxrty
                1 month, 28 days ago

                WC active and a midfield foursome of Son — Rodriguez — Salah — KDB

                OOOOFT.

                1. Drizz ✅
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  4 gws late but good for price rises

                  1. stxrty
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      Huh? I'm not just getting all four in now lol.

                      The WC enables me to now get Son in rather than a cheapie.

                  2. Stupendous
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Needs more Grealish

                  3. bOttOmEdpOstrEpliEr.
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Bring in Kane and do a threesome in midfield.

                    1. stxrty
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        And shift?

                  4. The White Pele
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    James & Foden to Chilwell & Jrod (-4)

                    Yay or Nay?

                    1. Drizz ✅
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      Very kneejerky would hold

                    2. No Kane, No Gain!
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      Chilwell & JRod cost £0.4m more, assume you have spare funds?

                      1. The White Pele
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        1.7m itb. exact funds

                    3. UnitedRthebest
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        Yes but wait until near the end of IB. If no problems do it.

                    4. Stupendous
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      Believe it or not after almost a decade of playing this game I still haven't figured out how to properly use my WC to make money.

                      If I activate now and bring in risers then don't sell anyone for 2 weeks, is that how I make the money?

                      Very tempted to play right now

                      Help! Please?

                      1. Bushwhacker
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        I played it yesterday to avoid the price rises around JRod and DCL . . .so overnight I gained 0.2

                    5. Jordan.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      first hit of the year done
                      vinagre to chilwell
                      mitroshit to watkins

                      will be priced out tomorrow

                      1. Drizz ✅
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        Mitro good games coming up.

                        1. Jordan.
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 28 days ago

                          gets zero service fulham are so crap

                      2. thepuntmaster
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        Good moves

                    6. Giggs Boson
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      The build up to that Barnes goal was exquisite team passing.

                      Almost a shame it was ruled out.

                      1. Drizz ✅
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        90+3 minutes to wait for that

                    7. thepuntmaster
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      I'm sitting on this for after the international break. 1FT and 0.4 itb :
                      McCarthy (che)
                      TAA (eve) - Mitchell (BHA) - Saiss (lee)
                      KDB (ARS) - Salah (eve) - Fernandes (new) - Pereria (BUR)
                      DCL (LIV) - Mitro (shu) - Jimi (lee)

                      Steer - Bissouma - Lascelles - Johnson

                      A) Roll the FT
                      B) Pereria + Jimi > Son + Bamford
                      C) Something else
                      C) Make 2/3 changes for -4/-8

                    8. chaser123
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      Has Mitchell played his last game?

                    9. Boberella
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      Sterling + Podence > Son + Grealish for a hit?

                      Every time I own Spurs players it goes wrong but Son is too damaging not to own.

                      1. Drizz ✅
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        Would hold no hits international break coming up

                    10. RohanVaswani
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      A) Jiminez Klitch 4.5 mid

                      Or

                      B) Watkins Podence Zaha?

                      1. Drizz ✅
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        A