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. reason17
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Hi, who is the Aston villa penalty taker?

    1. bOttOmEdpOstrEpliEr.
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Grealish

    2. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Probably Grealish but we don't know for sure.

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Big man Barkley might try to steal them

    4. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Hourihane.

  2. Trentino
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Wilson or Watkins?

      Or better wait until IB is over... I'm torned because of the price rises/drops happening soon.

      1. dshv
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        I got watkins that villa is more attractive than newcastle..

    • MoeZe3bi
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Should I get TAA on a wc

      1. bOttOmEdpOstrEpliEr.
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        If you didn't have him, why you wildcarding?

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        No, Robbo at a stretch if you want pool def

    • Dynamic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      McCarthy Steer
      TAA Robertson Davies Justin Ferguson
      KDB Salah Podence Soucek Bissouma
      Werner Jiménez Mitrovic

      Would you WC?

    • Mooster
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Who would you choose between Brewster, Bamford or Watkins?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Watkins today obviously. Want to see Brewster play.

    • El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Liverpool defense was shocking today and with Alisson out till end of NOV....

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Nobody has said end of November.

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Last page, keep up

    • Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      A) Wood to Watkins
      B) Sterling to Salah

      Selling a striker with WBA as next fixture for striker with Leicester next is counterintuitive but Burnley look truly dreadful at the moment. On the other hand, Salah price rises are becoming a slight concern as he is a season keeper.

      Any thoughts on which move to make?

    • Dacra
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Kdb and Ings to Son and Kane for - 4?

      Kneejerk madness.

      1. Bleh
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Unless you’re sure you won’t want them back, don’t do it.

        1. OneArseneWenger32
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 12 days ago

          yes fixtures to back it up

    • Bleh
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      TAA, Klich, Jimi > Chillwell, Son, Wilson (-8) too kneejerky?

      Have Robbo.

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 12 days ago

        -8 is always too kneejerky.

        1. Bleh
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Agree. Alas, may just do TAA > Chillwell and sit the other two out.

          1. OneArseneWenger32
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 12 days ago

            with alison out def no pool def double up

    • FreddyP3
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Why no Trent own goal? Barkleys shot was going miles wide?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        TAA owners.

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Why no Fabinho own goal ; same question.

        1. DeadStar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          And Van Dijk

          1. FreddyP3
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            I think the shot on van dijk would’ve hit target. The other two definitely not.

      3. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Mark owns Barkley and TAA

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Grealish and TAA sorry

    • Please Answer Me
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      WC this team yes or no?

      McCarthy 4.0
      TAA Saiss Davies Shaw 4.0
      Salah Barnes Mahrez JRod Soucek
      Jimenez DCL Werner

      1. Oooo Matron
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Yeah I would. Davies, Shaw, Mahrez, Werner and Jiminez could all plausibly be changed.

      2. OneArseneWenger32
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 12 days ago

        just shaw out...

    • The Senate
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      I need 0.1 for Son. Options are:
      (A) Ramsdale to Meslier/Martinez
      (B) TAA to Chilwell (could fund future upgrades to Mitro, Podence, Justin)
      (C) Mitro to Watkins/Bamford

    • cylus11 ( Manager) - Russia…
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Which one should I dump?
      Sterling or KDB for Son on FT.

      Thoughts pls

      1. The Senate
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        my gut says I'd rather have Sterling than KDB (I have KDB)

    • BeWater
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Martinez McCarthy
        C Taylor TAA KWP Doherty Mitchell
        Salah KDB Podence Barnes D Stephens
        Werner Mitro Adams

        I was going to say should I WC this but typing it and seeing it like that makes me think yes.

        1. The Senate
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          yes. Werner, Adams, Podence, Doherty, one of the GKs, even Mitro could go

      • Francescoli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        2FT and 0.3 in the bank. What to do?

        Ryan
        James TAA Taylor Saiss
        KDB Sterling Salah Podence
        Jimenez DCL

        Walton Brewster Burke Mitchell

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          James and KDB to Chilwell and Son

          1. Francescoli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            KDB or Sterling out?

      • fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        How’s this for a WC draft:

        Robertson Chilwell Saiss Lamptey Mitchell
        Salah KDB Son James Stephens
        DCL Ings Brewster

        0.0 itb

        Thanks all

        1. Francescoli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          No keeper?

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 12 days ago

            That's Adrian.

            1. _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              😀

            2. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Lol

          2. fcsaltyballs
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Haha classic

            Martinez Button

        2. liverpool01
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Looks good I would swap Stephens out for Bissouma.

        3. Francescoli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Nice team. Although not sure I’d go Ings over Jimenez. Wolves fixtures are too good.

          1. fcsaltyballs
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Ok thanks and noted

            Ings was unlucky this last game but you’re right I’m nervous with no Wolves attack... would just need to free up 0.1 to get him in?!

      • Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        A. Havertz to Son
        B. Podence and Jimenez to Son and Antonio (-4)

        1.4itb 1ft
        McCarthy
        TAA Robbo Taylor Justin
        KDB Salah Podence Havertz
        Jimenez DCL
        (Peacock Ayling Bissouma Vassilev)

        1. dshv
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          B

      • FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Wasting your Wildcard.

        https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/1039/event/4

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          No link for you still?

      • Niho992
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        any Villa fans here ? How r u feeling ?

      • wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Which one?
        a)Barnes+Salah+Son+Kane
        or
        b)Kdb+Salah+Son+Watkins

      • Tinydancer
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Is Mitrovic > Brewster for -4 completely insane?
        Would never normally take hits (usually 1 or 2 a season) but I think this will be a 0.3 swing

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Nah

        2. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Not worth it

        3. Oooo Matron
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Mitro has some excellent fixtures coming. I'd be tempted to hold

      • Bartowski
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        What's this weird celebration that Grealish and Barkley just did with the fingers over one hand?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          A for Aston Villa

        2. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          It's a gang sign. Disgraceful stuff..

          1. FPL_trail_runner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 12 days ago

            How is this guy not banned already for trolling?

            Whenever im on here he posts random trolling stuff

        3. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 12 days ago

          A for Awn Goal

      • Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        GTG?

        Martinez
        TAA, Chilwell, Mitchell
        Salah, Son, KDB, Havertz
        Brewster, Jimenez, DCL

        Subs: Steer, Saiss, Bissouma, Dunne

      • Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Keep KDB or Bruno?

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Both

        2. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Im keeping both. Maybe the IB gives them some clarity. Bruno keeps getting pens anyways and KDB will come good. The leeds style of play was the reason he was playing defensively. Won't happen every game imo

        3. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Depends what happened with Bruno at half time . . .

      • Tony Martial
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Ok comes down to this..

        Trossard,Watkins,VVD
        or
        Grealish,Maupay,5.4 defender.?

        1. Sco
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Grealish, Maupay, Saiss/Coady

        2. The Senate
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          The second

        3. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 12 days ago

          VVD and Maupay are the only potential decent longterm options there for FPL

          Grealish maybe but its a debate

      • Sco
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Spurs have serious trap potential. In FPL it's important to look at the bigger picture rather than the last game. As much as I feel Kane and/or Son is a great pick, would anyone be surprised if next GW turned out to be another Everton or Newcastle type game?

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Son looked great against Newcastle. They did bad when he left. I only have son from spurs and as long as he plays itll be okay i think.

        2. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          They were really good vs Newcastle.

          But yeah it's going to be tough vs WHU, and I'm going to bring him vs Burnley high defensive line in GW 6

        3. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Indeed

          Id much more like to have son/ Kane perhaps after the West Ham game where those next 3 teams will far more suit them

          Can easily get either of them in for free for then

          Also think Salah remains a better captain next week

        4. Klaren
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          They played very well vs Newcastle, score line wasn't reflecting the performance. Everton was the only game they didn't play well in PL so far this season.

        5. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          I suppose, the 2 games they ran riot was v 10 men, Son and Kane are both still great options though.

      • fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Correction...

        How’s this for a WC draft:

        Martinez Button
        Robertson Chilwell Saiss Lamptey Mitchell
        Salah KDB Son James Stephens
        DCL Ings Brewster

        0.0 itb

        Thanks guys

      • MoeZe3bi
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Zaha or Grealish?

      • Coaly
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Which is more pressing?

        a) Werner to DCL/Ings
        b) Tierney to someone - Coady or Castagne maybe

      • JBG
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Martial to who 9.3?

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Have Che Adams(sadly) and Jimenez.

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            DCL

        2. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Werner dropping soon.

          1. The Hunt
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Werner non essential.

        3. hitenabler
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          DCL