Scout Notes

Jimenez blanks as Saiss earns bonus from wing-back berth and Vinagre departs

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 1-0 FULHAM

  • Goals: Pedro Neto (£5.5m)
  • Assists: Leander Dendoncker (£4.9m)
  • Bonus:  Max Kilman (£4.0m) x3, Romain Saiss (£5.1m), Willy Boly (£5.5m) x2

A dour 1-0 win for Wolves at home to Fulham did very little to repay the faith shown by the net 141,000 managers who brought in Raul Jimenez (£8.6m) for Gameweek 4.

Nuno Espirito Santo summed the game up with three lines in his post-match offering:

Not quite (the performance I wanted). Not so compact in defence and not quite creative in attack. I think we should improve.

Going into more detail, the Wolves boss added:

We started the game well, organised. We had some problems in attack. Fulham were organised.

Second half we were much better, we created and were on the front foot and got the goal. It was important to bounce back from last week but we know it is important to improve.

We made a lot of things better than last week but with our standards I believe we should do better. We should manage the game better after we score.

I want to see what’s missing – we need to be sharper, we need to pass the ball faster, we need to control the ball, combine, turn faster, win duels. There are a lot of things to improve.

JIM PICKINGS

Nuno was spot on in his assessment of Wolves’ attack in the first half, though seven chances created in the whole game is indicative of a poor attacking performance across the 90 minutes.

Of Jimenez’s three shots in the game, only the one after 54 minutes was a particularly decent scoring opportunity: a Max Kilman (£4.0m) clearance ended up putting the Mexico striker in a one-on-one situation with Alphonse Areola (£4.5m). Jimenez, fresh from signing a new four-year deal at Molineux, shot straight at the Fulham goalkeeper and Areola then held the ball from Leander Dendoncker‘s (£4.9m) follow-up attempt.

Two minutes later, a blocked Dendoncker effort ended up at the feet of Pedro Neto (£5.5m), who slotted a left-footed effort into the right-hand side of the net.

PRE-SAISS PLAY

With Marcal (£4.9m) injured and Ruben Vinagre (£4.4m) on his way out of the club, Romain Saiss (£5.1m) took over at left wing-back. However, it appears likely that the Moroccan will revert to his usual position with Wolves adding further cover at left wing-back.

Saiss was joint-top for clearances, blocks and interceptions (seven) with Kilman, who operated on the left-hand side of Wolves’ central defensive unit and ended up bagging maximum bonus points.

Saiss’ eight-point score was also a bonus for those who invested in Wolves for a sustained run of favourable fixtures from Gameweek 4.

CANDID KAMARA

As with Wolves, Fulham fashioned just one ‘big’ opportunity in the tie which fell to Aboubakar Kamara (pictured above with Saiss).

The £5.0m midfielder was unselfishly found in the area by Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.0m), who had been released after excellent play by substitute Ademola Lookman (£5.0m).

Kamara only managed to shoot straight at Rui Patricio (£5.5m), mirroring Jimenez’s failure to make a gilt-edged chance count.

Scott Parker, however, was upbeat about his team’s performance despite a fourth consecutive defeat in four gameweeks.

The Fulham chief said:

I am delighted and proud of the team in what they produced today. They showed every facet of what a team needs to show, it has been well documented defensively in terms of conceding goals.

For large parts we nullified their threat as a counter-attacking team and on the other side of it we defended as best we can. We have been absolutely gutted at some of the goals we have conceded – the players are hurting as much as anyone they are not winning games.

I think we got a performance today. We have had that in other games as well. If you could, you would wave a magic wand or click a finger and everything would be perfect but it is not that easy.

On Lookman, who was part of a more sustained offensive threat from Fulham in the last quarter of the game, Parker added:

You saw the boy’s quality in the time he had on the pitch. There is a directness about him, a willingness to cause problems and that is what we need. He will be a massive asset for us.

Parker set his troops up in a 4-2-3-1 formation at Molineux, with Joe Bryan (£4.9m) and Antonee Robinson (£4.4m) interchangeable on the left flank.

NELSON’S COLUMN

Nelson Semedo (£5.5m) came within inches of scoring in the opening half, with Areola just about managing to deflect the defender’s effort over the bar with a sprawling save.

That opportunity came about after the keeper had spilled a Neto shot into Semedo’s path.

The wing-back came off after 77 minutes with what looked like an injury, though it was downplayed by Nuno after the game.

Wolves XI (3-4-3): Patricio; Kilman, Coady, Boly; Saiss, Neves, Dendoncker, Semedo (Hoever 77′); Neto (Traoré 83′), Jimenez, Podence (Moutinho 70′).

Fulham XI (4-2-3-1): Areola; Robinson, Ream, Le Marchand, Aina; Anguissa, Cairney; Bryan (Kamara 67′), De Cordova-Reid (Kebano 81′), Cavaleiro (Lookman 67′); Mitrovic.

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1,238 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 26 days ago

    Crazy but Foden + Ings + Jimmy -> Kane(C) + Son + Brewster (FUL) -8?

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      Could massively backfire but do it if you feel like it. Live a little!

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      It may work but with those SOU WOL fixtures you may be dragged to reverse the transfer immediately after 1 GW (IB may do wonder for teams to consolidate) ...

  2. tissae
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 26 days ago

    Would you guys rather go:

    A) 343 with DCL Maupay Wilson up front, Son +Jrod
    B) 442 with Kane up front, Son + 6.0mid

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      A

    2. HARLEY
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      A

    3. Albert_Luque
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      A is more balanced I think.

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      A

  3. Albert_Luque
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 26 days ago

    Wildcarded, here’s the first draft. Feedback much appreciated!

    Martinez-Steer
    TAA-Lamptey-KWP-Dallas-Mitchell
    Salah-KDB-Son-Rodríguez-Grealish
    DCL-Maupay-Brewster

  4. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 26 days ago

    Martinez Steer
    TAA Chilwell Saiss Lamptey Mitchell
    Salah KDB Son Foden Podence
    Jimenez DCL Brewster
    1ft. 0.3 itb
    Got Chilwell yesterday but still have 1ft. Chill for a week now and maybe save if no injury?

    1. Albert_Luque
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      I would defo save, nothing immediate jumping out there

  5. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 26 days ago

    A) Maupay + Son
    B) Kane + Klich

    1. NoSalah'd
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 26 days ago

      A

    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      A

    3. Albert_Luque
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      A - Brighton look very good, dismantled Newcastle who have been the only ‘Other 14’ team they’ve played so far

    4. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      A

    5. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      Tough one, prefer Kane over Son but Maupay over Klich.
      Think I'll go with the penalty takers, B

    6. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      A

  6. HARLEY
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 26 days ago

    THOUGHT ON MY TEAM? PLEASE HELP!

    McCarthy
    Robbo Chilwell Justin
    Salah Son Hames Grealish
    DCL Kane Wilson
    (Steer KWP Woods Bissouma)

    1FT 0.5 ITB

    Thinking to get KDB or Sterling or gtg?

    1. NoSalah'd
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 26 days ago

      gtg

    2. Right In The Stanchion
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 26 days ago

      Chasing last weeks points.

      Did somebody shout template?

  7. tricpic
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 26 days ago

    Any improvements on this WC draft:
    Ryan
    Chilwell Saiss Castagne (Dunne Mitchell)
    KDB Mo Son Fernandes Jorginho
    Maupay DCL Brewster

    1. Sondre van Bank
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      Ditch Bruno.

  8. Garlana
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 26 days ago

    So this sterling injury.. it's just as BS as the son one right!?

    1. NoSalah'd
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 26 days ago

      From what I've heard it's only minor

    2. Chenku╰☆╮
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      Think pep wil bench him for first match just to prove its real

  9. Right In The Stanchion
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 26 days ago

    Arsenal fan who’s not seen too much of Partey.

    How good is he? Surely there to beef up Midfield/Defence?

  10. FC Hakkebøf
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 26 days ago

    Current WC draft:

    Martinez
    Robertson Regullion Chilwell
    Salah Son Pulisic Zaha*
    Kane DCL Maupay
    ____
    Steer Lamptey Bissouma Ferguson

    *Might go for Grealish instead and switch to Rodriguez if Everton keep performing.

    1. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      Think you will need some City in there

      1. Chenku╰☆╮
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 26 days ago

        No city for the time being. Atleast until after jesus is back

      2. FC Hakkebøf
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 26 days ago

        Feel like it is okay going without for a few weeks.. Then switch to city after the pool game in gw8

  11. mattyb09
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 26 days ago

    ***Active Wildcard***

    Any suggested changes?
    -Trying to catch some price increases, but I do not think my team will be much different-

    McCarthy

    Robbo Chilwell Mitchell
    Salah KDB Pulisic Son JRod
    DCL Wilson

    Bench: Forster; Brewster Lewis Dunne

    1. Chenku╰☆╮
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      It's almost time up for Mitchel. Might as well get a playing 4.5. rest is ok

      1. mattyb09
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 26 days ago

        Douglas from Leeds is supposed to drop to 3.9 tonight. Was planning on moving Dunne to to Douglas and then Lewis to 4.5.

    2. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      Dunne and Mitchell are not nailed.

  12. HurriKane
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 26 days ago

    Case for Ollie Watkins (5.9)

    - Great fixtures- (lei LEE SOU ars BHA whu NEW wol BUR wba CPL)

    - Good finisher as shown witha hattrick against liverpool and last season be was prolific in championship

    - Villa got good attacking players to provide chances for Watkins with Likes of Grealish Barkley and McGinn

    - In fact Grealish was 4th in entire Europe for chances created last season. Watkins is going to benefit from paying alongside Grealish by getting plenty of chances

    I think he's great budget enabler especially if you want to own Salah KDB Son and a decent front 3

    Agree? Thoughts are welcomed

    1. Chenku╰☆╮
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      Not agreed.

    2. manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      Agreed. He will score goals in my opinion and is the best option in that price range until Antonio fixtures turn in gw8

      1. FC Hakkebøf
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 26 days ago

        Maupay?

        1. manu4life99
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          11 months, 26 days ago

          Decent pick but for 5.9m Watkins is great value (I owned maupay last year and was massively frustrated by him)

    3. Albert_Luque
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      I think it’s a wait and see job but was a really impressive performance - he’d need to do it a bit more consistently if I was to consider him. Would prefer a Maupay or Wilson for the time being

    4. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      Wouldn't say the next four fixtures are that good. But after that it looks great.

    5. Urchin
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      Mitro to Watkins is the easiest transfer ever?

    6. Jordan.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      agree with all of this ,bought last night for mitrovic,will be amazed if this goes wrong...

    7. Urchin
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      Though crowd to convince, but i am sold if he is really 5.9

    8. HashAttack
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      One problem is that I have Martinez / Steer combo and have added Grealish to my team ... On a WC so will need to get a different 4.0m GK if I want Watkins

      1. FC Hakkebøf
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 26 days ago

        You make it sound like it is a big deal lol.. Just get another 4.0 if you want Watkins

    9. The Mighty I
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      Think Grealish may turn out to be the better option, likely to benefit the most from the presence of Barkley and Watkins.
      Looks a different animal this season.

  13. ClaireT
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 26 days ago

    Do I need to WC this?

    McCarthy, Button
    Justin, TAA, Saiss, Lascelles, Holding
    Foden, Pereria, Salah, Son, Reed
    DCL, Jimi, Vardy

    0 FT, 1.7 ITB.

    1. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      I would

      1. ClaireT
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 26 days ago

        Thank you - What changes would you say I should look to make on WC?

        1. FC Hakkebøf
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 26 days ago

          You can see my wildcard above

          1. ClaireT
            • 11 Years
            11 months, 26 days ago

            Thank you 🙂

  14. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 26 days ago

    Passed me by that Watkins’ hat-trick yesterday was a perfect hat-trick.

  15. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 26 days ago

    What do I do with this team? Completely stuck (FanTeam)

    Lloris Meslier
    TAA VvD Saiss Zouma Vinagre
    Salah Sterling Havertz Soucek Rodriguez
    Jimenez Wilson 4.0

    I have 2 FTs and 1.0m ITB.

    What are the priorities here? I want Spurs. But I have no natural moves at all.
    0.1m off Havertz + Wilson > Son + Watkins.

    I don't want to remove my Pool defense, but there is an option to do something like:

    TAA, Havertz, Wilson > Dias, Son, DCL (-4)

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      Havertz and Jiminez to Grealish and Kane.

      As someone who sold Son in fpl and benched grealish in fan team, i can tell you that spurs and villa look good this season.

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 26 days ago

        Ah nice yeah that works.

        Getting rid of Jimenez with his fixtures feels a bit icky but I guess Kane can seriously make up the points himself.

    2. skodaole2
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      Since you want to keep double Liverpool and want Spurs, you have to sacrifise Havertz or Sterling to get either Son or Kane. Vinagre is out so i d change him as well. I d do either Havertz + Vinagre out for Son + Konsa for the good AVL fixtures after Lei or Sterling our for sth cheap to get Kane for the empty striker spot. Or just Havertz -> Son now and take the two weeks to think about the rest, with IB, crazy results and virus news everywhere i doubt we ll all avoid hits.

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 26 days ago

        I can't afford Havertz > Son 🙁

        I need to fund it.

        1. skodaole2
          • 8 Years
          11 months, 26 days ago

          Then maybe downgrade Zouma to do it, its too crowded in CHE defence and their cs was surprising, I dont expect too many of them. I do not know the prices there and if there are price changes during the season like in FPL, but to get Son needs one defender and Havertz or just Sterling to be sacrifised. Or Sterling + Jimenez for Kane + Son? Dont know if you can do that and go full Spurs

  16. riot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 26 days ago

    what is a 'bus captain'?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      The captain you set for the following GW when the game reopens before you really make any changes in case you get hit by a bus.

      1. riot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 26 days ago

        Thanks!

      2. FC Hakkebøf
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 26 days ago

        That is hilarious lol

        1. Iceball
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 26 days ago

          If you get hit by a bus at least you had decided your bus-captain or bus-team

  17. Zrinkec
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 26 days ago

    I did WC this week? Will i have one FT or two FT after GW 5?

    1. riot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      1

  18. drughi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 26 days ago

    So on a -4 and this is what I got right now, defense needs beefing up and kane could quick become essential. Wildcard or just trust my team ?

    McCarthy
    Justin TAA Ayling
    KDB(C) Salah Son Rodriguez
    Jimenez Watkins DCL

    button Taylor bissouma KWP

  19. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 26 days ago

    A) Son + DCL
    B) Kane + Grealish

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      Wouldn’t want to pick tbh lol

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 26 days ago

        I have to 🙁

        It's for FanTeam. The prices are the same for that.

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 26 days ago

          Edging towards B but I’d want Son and DCL aswel lol

    2. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      Ideally all four.. Very hard to chose. Prolly A

    3. TKC07
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 26 days ago

      A is the safe pick. But, I would opt for B tho! 🙂

  20. VIVA_RONALDO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Werner + Podence to Cavani + Grealish? Lolz