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. bOttOmEdpOstrEpliEr.
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    LMS safety score???

      1. bOttOmEdpOstrEpliEr.
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Thanks, i am safe now.

  2. xtina
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Best way to get Son in? 0.1 ITB

    Martinez
    James - Robbo - Saiss
    Salah - KDB - Podence - Foden
    DCL - Werner - Jiminez

    Steer: Lamptey - Ward - Anguissa

    1. Pukkipartyy
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Werner + Podence

    2. xtina
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      & forgot to add, 2 FTs

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Werner Podence to Son Antonio

      1. xtina
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        That would be good if Antonio were a striker to replace Werner!

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Well he is a striker at 6.3. Not enough in the bank to make the suggested transfers?

          1. xtina
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Sorry - my bad - thought he was listed as a striker for some reason! Only have 6.0 for the Werner replacement if Pod -> Son. But Watkins could be an option

    4. Seanigula
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      dump KDB, he’s been garbage for the last 2 games...other then the free kick, he didn’t look close to scoring points vs Leeds, didn’t even take that many corners

      1. Seanigula
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        ...you could then upgrade Werner to Kane

        1. xtina
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Very true! Could get Kane & Son in for KDB & Werner + 1.6 left over..

  3. wulfranian
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    I have watched all three Villa's games and their defence has an amazing improvement.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Liverpool could've scored 5 today. With Mane more. Not that much improvement.

      1. wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        What ever you say.

      2. bOttOmEdpOstrEpliEr.
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        For me only a post or a crossbar is a could-have-scpred, otherwise it is all defence's effort to not let the ball in.

    2. ivantys
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Their defence is still bad, just that first 2 games they were against 2 of the league's worst attacks, possibly even the worst 2.

        1. bOttOmEdpOstrEpliEr.
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Which defence for you is good this year?

          1. ivantys
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Has to be West Ham's right now, any team who parks bus would be decent actually.

      • Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Werner + Burke to Brewster + Son for free tonight?

      • Will J 256
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 19 days ago

        What changes are needed here?

        Martinez
        Robertson, Saiss, Dallas
        Salah, KDB, Son, Zaha, Podence
        Calvert-Lewin, Jimenez

        Forster, Lamptey, Mitchell, Brewster

        1. Puntillimon
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Zaha

        2. sozopol
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Agreed, Zaha. I've had him since week 1, but now that transfer window is closing...

          1. Emp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            im looking to bring zaha in

            1. sozopol
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              He did well for me

      • sozopol
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Jorginho not a great pick is he? Looking at 6.5 or less... Thinking

        A him for pens
        B Harrison
        C klich
        D mcginn.

        1. The Mandalorian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Mcginn

        2. hitenabler
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          A, my strategy is play him as 5th mid bench Wilson/Bamford depending on fixture. I would definitely recommend him as a fifth mid if you have a decent first sub week in week out, on pens and assist potential when plays

          1. sozopol
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            5th mid is bissoyma currently. It could work! I like mcginn too though (above)

      • Lord Flashheart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        maupay or wilson ?

        1. super zlatan
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I like wilson.

        2. FPL_DON
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Maupay for me

        3. wulfranian
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Maupay for two reasons.1)fixtures,2)i trust more Brighton's midfielders+Lamptey's game.

      • super zlatan
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Wilson didn’t make the England squad , right ?

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Don't believe so.

      • El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Which one to downgrade for 0.5

        A) TAA > Robbo

        B) Digne > Chilwell

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          B

      • jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Brought in Jim for FUL, but maybe it's time to ship already? Thinking of this:

        Jimenez, Davis > DCL, Watkins (-4)

        fwiw - No Everton cover right now, and have Podence and Saiss.

      • Muscout
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Which players may rise 0.2 or more this int break?

        1. FF Dirtbag
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Kane, son, chilwell

        2. Iceball
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Son at least, maybe Chilwell but not so sure.

        3. Werner Brothers
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Hamez
          Jorginho

        4. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          All the ones you'll.most likely want to keep.

          Hot Rod, Son, Kane maybe, Grealish

        5. Rojo's Modern Life
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Never as many as you think. Son and Kane only I guess.

      • Alli
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Mitro to Wilson or Maupay?

        McCarthy - Nyland
        TAA - Holding - Justin - KWP - Mitchell
        KDB - Salah - Son - Zaha - Stephens
        Mitro - DCL - Jimé

        1. FPL_DON
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          maupay

      • Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Worth the risk doing James to Chilwell tonight? 2x pricerise this week?

      • FF Dirtbag
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Really considering this even though it has no City in there... 0.2mill in the bank.

        Martinez steer
        Castagne Chilwell KWP Dallas Mitchell
        Salah Fernandes Son Rodriguez Grealish
        DCL Jimenez Brewster

        1. FF Dirtbag
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          For my WC

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I've no City ; gone Kane up top though.

          1. FF Dirtbag
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Think that would make midfield/defence too weak for my team

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Your midfield is probably over index your defense is already too week arguably.

        3. ivantys
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Won't have Jimmy in a WC. Prefer Ings or Kane and downgrade Penandes to a 8.5

            1. FF Dirtbag
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Does Jimmy just not look good? I was thinking Ings... Southampton looked good.

              1. ivantys
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  He doesn't seem fit, and Wolves don't look like scoring goals at all this season.

          • JIMMY764
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Any suggestions with this lot? 1ft 1.1itb

            Martinez Steer
            TAA Saiss KWP Taylor Lamptey
            Salah KDB Grealish Podence Biss
            Jimenez Ings DCL

          • J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Anyone know whether Pulisic is staying in London during IB?

          • Viper
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Mccarthy Steer

            Robertson TAA Justin KWP Ferguson

            KDB Salah Rodriguez Podence Reed

            Jimenez Adams DCL

            A. Adams -> Watkins.

            B. KDB & Jimenez -> Son & Kane (c) (-4)

            C. A & B (-8)

            D. Wildcard

            E. Log out and think about it next week

            1. Ibralicious
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              I have a similar set-up and looks like I will succumb to D myself.

          • Nightf0x
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Bruno to son ?

            1. FF Dirtbag
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Keep bruno. Pens.

            2. The Mandalorian
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              No

          • Klaren
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Does it make sense to do Wood to Watkins this GW despite the fixtures? It will probably be a 0.2 or 0.3 price swing if I do it next GW as I initially planned.

            1. Klaren
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Fixtures are lei for Watkins, wba for Wood.

          • FantasyTony
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Rashford + Mitro > Son + DCL -4 tonight?

            Will wildcard if it all goes to pot over the break.

          • gellinmagellan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            McCarthy
            TAA Saiss James Justin Mitchell
            Salah KDB Rashford Soucek Anguissa
            Werner Ings Adams

            2 FTs

            A-Rashford, Werner > Son, Kane
            Or
            B-Rashford, Werner > James, Kane

            1. FantasyTony
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              I'd go A

              1. gellinmagellan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Double up?

                1. FantasyTony
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  West ham will return to their muggy nature once Moyes is back on the touchline

            2. gellinmagellan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Sorry DCL in my team instead of Ings

          • SalahFingers
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            So has Reece James lost his place to Chilwell now?

            Is Chilwell worth buying?

            1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Azpi took James spot.
              Chilwell to Alonso's.

              1. SalahFingers
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                So that means I gotta replace James. Thanks

                1. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Not necessarily. I'm gonna hold and hope he plays against Southampton. Azpi might be saved for the Sevilla game midweek.

            2. Iceball
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Lost to Azpi, Chilwell surely nailed isnt he? Alonso was rather bad the game before. Im thinking of James to Chilwell also. Can also do Foden to Grealish. What do you think?

              1. SalahFingers
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Not sure to be honest. I'm thinking of replacing him with a cheapo from Villa or Chilwell. Chilwell really depends on everyones rating of him here.

            3. bOttOmEdpOstrEpliEr.
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              For me Reece James was always one bad performance away to be benched.

          • FF Dirtbag
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            2 questions:

            A) best defender for 4.7 Mill? That isn't KWP

            B) Ings or Jimenez?

            1. FantasyTony
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              A) Lampety or Taking

              B) Ings for explosiveness Jimi for consistency. Think they both end the season on about the same amount of points.

          • Big_Andy_GAWA
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Do we think Maupay will rise twice this GW? Is close at mo...

            1. Liber
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              No

          • raff97
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Burke+Vardy out for Son+Brewster for a hit? I wanted Vardy in for his Villa match but after today... Also Vardy hasnt impressed me at all, now that the referees have tightened up the pens I dont think hes 10m worthy

            1. raff97
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Also takes me from 343 to 352 which I think I wanna be playing this season. So much more value in midfield than attack IMO

          • Il Capitano
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Werner + Martial to Kane + DCL (-4)?

              1. raff97
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                I would for sure

              2. Emp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                just martial to dcl this week

              3. panda07
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Yes

            • Mac90
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              http://www.fplstatistics.co.uk/

              Son Kane have reached 100%
              Adams has reached -100%
              DeBryune has reached -50%

              Price changes or will they lower because of some Wildcards?

            • jam sandwich
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              RMWCT

              Meslier - Steer
              TAA - Chilwell - Saiss - Lamptey - Mitchell
              Salah - Sterling - Son - Rodriguez - Soucek
              DCL - Maupay - Antonio

              1. Rinseboy
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                no Villa back to the drawing board

              2. raff97
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                I like it. Maybe Forster over Steer. Lots of headaches having Soucek and Lamptey on the bench though

              3. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Nasty bench problems. But the team is pretty well built.

                I'd take Grealish over Hot Rod but that's just personal preference and I don't think there's a lot in it.

            • panda07
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Thinking about using my WC, what do you think of this draft?

              0ITB

              McCarthy
              TAA Robbo Chillwell Konsa Ferguson
              Salah Son Hamez Grealish Soucek
              Kane DCL Brewster

            • gellinmagellan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Son and Kane...when are they expected to rise? Should I do the transfer in’s now or wait a little because of int. break?

              1. Hits from the Bong
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Tonight

              2. bOttOmEdpOstrEpliEr.
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Hold, otherwise you would regret it.