Scout Notes

Injury updates on Aguero and Antonio as De Bruyne returns to FPL action

WEST HAM 1-1 MAN CITY

  • Goals: Michail Antonio (£6.3m)| Phil Foden (£6.6m)
  • Assists: Vladimir Coufal (£4.5m) | Joao Cancelo (£5.4m)
  • Bonus: Coufal x3, Antonio x3, Lukasz Fabianski (£5.0m) x3

Kevin de Bruyne (£11.5m) made his injury return from the bench in Gameweek 6, playing 25 minutes as Manchester City failed to fully break down a deep West Ham defence in a 1-1 draw.

With much of the pre-match attention on Pep Guardiola’s men, surprisingly, it was the Hammers’ assets who came out of this one with more promise for future Gameweeks.

The moment of the first half came from Michail Antonio (£6.3m), who held off Ruben Dias (£5.5m) in the Manchester City box to fire a bicycle kick past a frozen Ederson (£6.0m).

That was Antonio’s third goal in the last five matches, particularly impressive considering the tough run of games West Ham have faced. With their fixtures turning for the better in Gameweek 8, the £6.3m forward has only cemented his place on transfer watchlists around the world.

Joining him there is surely Vladimir Coufal (£4.5m), whose cross Antonio converted after good work from Tomas Soucek (£4.9m). The right-back has now assisted in each of his last two games and, given the way West Ham held Manchester City at bay, could be the sort of option to offer double-digit potential when the fixtures turn.

However, Fantasy managers will have to pay close attention to upcoming press conferences for West Ham, as well as Manchester City’s next media commitment.

At the London Stadium, Antonio was forced off after 52 minutes, while Manchester City front-man Sergio Aguero (£10.4m) only lasted until half time.

On the Argentine, who was starting his third game in eight days following a lengthy injury lay-off, Guardiola said:

“He’s injured. A hamstring I think.” – Pep Guardiola

Hammer blow

On the injury that forced goalscorer Antonio off early in second half, David Moyes was coy:

“We don’t know, we will have a check. He came off against Spurs with something similar. He didn’t miss training so we hope it’s not much. He is so important to us. He couldn’t decide if he was cramping up or not. We will get him scanned and see how he is.” – David Moyes

On the striker’s goal, the Irons boss added:

“It’s the sort of thing as a kid you always wanted to do, to score an overhead kick. It was a terrific goal. He has been great for us, he can run, we can play into him – all good teams need a good centre-forward and we have a good centre forward at the moment.”

Phil your boots

The introduction of Phil Foden (£6.6m) at half-time changed the game for Man City, providing a much sterner test of West Ham’s low-block defence.

Guardiola was all too aware of how the Hammers would set up, though it took Aguero’s injury to make a game-changing substitution.

“We started really well. We suffered in the last 10 or 15 minutes of the first half. In the second half we were better and scored early. We had the chances we needed to win the game, but unfortunately we couldn’t score. We created enough. Their defenders were defending so deep so it’s difficult to find spaces but we had the chances. I’m not a guy who can predict the future. We’ve already dropped seven points, which is a lot. But we’ve struggled a lot for many reasons. We have to take things game by game and see what happens.” – Pep Guardiola

Foden netted after just six minutes on the pitch, firing past Lukasz Fabianski (£5.0m) from a low Joao Cancelo (£5.4m) cross.

While it was frustrating for his 7.9% ownership to see the midfielder on the bench initially, especially as he was City’s top-performing asset for shots in the box and big chances pre-Gameweek 6, they can certainly take solace in his chances of a start moving forward.

Foden has now been rested from the beginning in each of Manchester City’s last two matches in all competitions and, following Gameweek 6, Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) is the only midfield or attacker with more FPL points than him (two goals one assist).

On the England midfielder, Guardiola added:

“As always he gave us something extra.”

Guarded performance

Despite controlling possession, City once again lacked a cutting edge in Gameweek 6, clearly suffering without having De Bruyne available for the full 90 minutes.

Guardiola may claim to have been happy with his team’s overall showing but it took until the 89th minute for the Manchester outfit to create a meaningful opportunity, with the exception of Foden’s strike.

Having eventually found an opening to counter-attack West Ham, De Bruyne’s through ball set Sterling through on goal.

However, a heavy touch allowed Fabianski to position himself well to block the midfielder’s effort.

The West Ham goalkeeper explained:

“I think he took a bit of a heavy touch, so I tried to make myself big. I don’t think he had a chance to go around me. I managed to keep it out. In those situations you always have to make smart decisions. I think that’s what I’ve done today. We are pleased with the point and with the performance, especially defensively. We played very strongly against a very good side. We knew what to expect from City and knew what we had to do defensively.” – Lukasz Fabianski

A ludicrous backpass attempt by substitute Andriy Yarmolenko (£5.7m) allowed Sterling in behind again on 92 minutes but a combination of too many touches and too many West Ham defenders snuffed out the England forward.

On the substitution of Kyle Walker (£6.0m), Guardiola revealed:

“He was exhausted.”

Moyes, meanwhile, also had praise for his central midfield duo.

“We’re trying to build a young, energetic team. Tomas [Soucek] and Declan [Rice] have been excellent. We have been really pleased with them. I hope it continues but I’m not getting carried away. There have been good signs.” – David Moyes


West Ham United XI (5-4-1): Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Balbuena; Masuaku, Rice, Soucek, Coufal; Fornals, Antonio (Yarmolenko 51′), Bowen (Haller 68′).

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Cancelo, Garcia, Dias, Walker (Zinchenko 77′); Gundogan, Rodri, Bernardo (De Bruyne 67′); Sterling, Aguero (Foden 46′), Mahrez.

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1,153 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bobby
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    How many managers own both son and kane? Trying to see if owning both offsets not captaining kane

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Loads

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      I don't think it does.

      Most have both by now I think.

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      The above combination is owned by 7015 managers (70.15%) in the Top10k.

  2. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Southampton cleanie tomorrow is NEEDED.

  3. Noah’s Ark
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Son, Pereira, Trossard, Rodriguez, Kane Dcl to go but only on 7 points...

  4. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    24 -4 from 6.
    Salah (c)

    Top that

    1. Chucky
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      3 from 3. captain busted.. 😎

    2. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      That’s very good (genuinely)

      I’m on 10 from 5

      1. SNEAKY SNEAKY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 10 days ago

        No way

    3. wulfranian
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      7(-4) from 5.

    4. Dele
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      13 from 5... Salah captain

    5. Joey Tribbiani
        4 months, 10 days ago

        I think im on 18 from 5 and c

      • Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        That's a good score imo.

      • DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        9 from 4 with (c)

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Same, 20 from 6, captain played

      • Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        19(-4) with Kane (c)
        Pretty awful GW

      • Neves say Neves
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        14 from 6, (S)alah. Oh yeah baby

    6. RedWolf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Anyone here doing as badly as me? 12 points from 5 players (including my captain), and having made 3 transfers, I'm on a net score of 4!

      The players I have left will probably do ok, but these are all players that everyone in my minileague have

    7. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      If Kane hauls i will probably be 250 points from top 10k.

      1. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        blank plus red card for him

    8. Mweene
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      One of my players scored a hat-trick and I'm still on a red arrow ... did take a -8 though.

      If i own Son and Kane but not capped what on earth do I want to happen?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Both go haul

    9. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Bamford to rise tonight?

      Have 2 free transfers. Wondering if i can use one of them on jiminez to bamford

      Gives me enough itb to upgrade barnea to kdb/sterling/bruno

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Or even mane for that matter

    10. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      I’m not sure the rare highs compensate for the regular lows anymore in FPL - tired.

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        This

      2. HollywoodXI
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        THIS

      3. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Wait until Kane destroyes Burney, grabbing another 16 points haul (32 for cappers).

      4. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Okay but you'll still play it so either carry on or just quit. It's only a game, which is free. You're just playing for a rank at the end of the season, which next season you will have forgotten about or been satisfied with. I think a lot of people here take it a bit too seriously.

        1. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Agreed

        2. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Oh I completely agree everyone on here takes it too seriously. It’s getting to the point where time vs enjoyment is falling away for me - so you are right I should seriously considering not playing next season

          1. Qaiss
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Yeah but you will probably play it next season. I stopped playing it 2 seasons ago in GW10 cause I took out Auba when I support Arsenal and he hauled twice in a row. It annoyed me so much I just stopped that season.

            Then last season I played it again and finished 6 points off top 10k. Maybe you could have a break or something, cause it can help. I don't get frustrated anymore if my cap or players don't do well.

            Yeah, every week people are going mad if their cap hasn't hauled by half time. It's a bit over the top by some on here sometimes.

      5. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        It's only a game. Take minus 12 to lower expectations

      6. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Yes, until the highs are higher. This is much more random than normally and there is nothing we can do about it.

    11. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Barnes & Castagne to Grealish & Chilwell worth a -4?

      I think it will 100% pay off in the long run, possibly even next week but not sure whether to phase it. Obviously dependant on injuries etc.

      1. OleGGMU
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        why sacking castagne? quite attacking and with cleaners a rarity thus far across the league, id prefer to keep him (if I had him) and look for another route to chilwell. Barnes to Grealish is a move but I'd hold until after they play. Barnes plays alot better ,imo, in tandem with Vardy on the pitch, but if you are set on sacking him regardless of his performance tomorrow then perhaps just do that move

      2. Phil's Stamps
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Those moves are a yes from me.

    12. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Quoting Bodie from The Wire : "Game is rigged man".

      1. Balls of Steel
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        "No matter how many times you get burnt, man, you just keep on doing the same".

    13. wulfranian
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      What a performance from Sheffield United.

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Superb loss I agree

      2. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Will they back it up against City next week? Let’s hope

    14. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      17 points. Looks like my 4th GW rank of 4m this season.

    15. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Rival captained Bruno.

      I was so sure Salay was gonna outscore Bruno but it ended 3-2

      1. Jolly Good
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        I captained Bruno... survives Salah, now need a Son & Kane blank tomorrow

    16. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Random midfielders saving my season so far. Grealish against pool, Zaha last two weeks. The only one not pulling his weight is Barnes... Please do something tomorrow.

      Not really hopeful though as Arteta Arsenal are the most boring team in the league playing for 1-0 every game

    17. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Really need a Kane blank on Monday even though I brought him in. EO% sucks.

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        *FPL 2020/21 sucks - fixed your post

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        What’s his EO?

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Top10k is 140%

      3. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        I don't care about the top 10k, gladly taking a Kane haul

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Current top 10k are Spurs fans. But if Spurs win the title, we can't catch them.

    18. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Sold Reese James for Robertson for -4.

      1. Balls of Steel
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Eeeek

    19. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Early thoughts here?

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

      Steer | Mitchell | Davis | Buur

      2FT, 0.3ITB

      I was impressed with what I saw with Trent in the second half tonight, much more attacking and was a fingernail away from a great assist, so want to keep for now.

      I’m thinking quite dullard but:
      Buur to Kilman
      Davis to Brewster

      Thoughts?

    20. Jolly Good
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Good game as a non Salah owner, although that pen which shouldn’t have been destroyed my double Liverpool CS

      Just need to get through the spurs game tomorrow (don’t own Son & Kane) to survive this GW.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Spurs game is Monday, sorry

        1. Jolly Good
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Monday then... blank please

    21. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      If you own Grealish, Sterling, and Salah, then you can count yourself unlucky so far this GW.

      If you own Zaha, Bamford, and Mane, then you can count yourself lucky so far this GW.

      Zaha vs Grealish vs Foden is not an easy choice
      Sterling vs KDB vs Salah vs Mane is not an easy choice

      It might seem easy with hindsight, but if it was that easy, the majority would be nailing it every GW.

    22. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Salah was 2 1v1s away from a 10+ pointer, it was the right decision for those who did captain him. Difficult to predict his first home blank in ages against a dreadful looking Sheffield United side.

      1. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Nope

      2. COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Agreed. Looks way more clinical than his usual self this season.

        1. El Lobito 10
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          So clinical he missed two one on ones

    23. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      I will be really happy if:
      Jrod, DCL
      +
      Lamptey, Maupay
      +
      Kane
      Give me 43 PTS
      Come on!

    24. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/22679361

      I said it about 5 times on here. Salah wasn't the right choice at all, this fixture had a blank written all over it for him.

      Yet people on here were actually convinced he was going to haul...

      (K)ane all the way.

      1. SNEAKY SNEAKY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 10 days ago

        He had a goal disallowed and hit the post. Not exactly an obvious blank.

      2. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Hindsight. SHU home was a perfectly good game to captain Salah. Just like Burnley away for Kane.

      3. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Actually Salah was unlucky.

        Hit the post and a just offside goal.

        The thin margins of this game.

      4. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Salah was a good choice, IMO. Maybe not as good as Kane, but he had chances. It is often fine margins between whether a player hauls or not.

      5. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        You said Kane was the obvious captain choice - I disagree but your choice

        However to say it was obvious salah woukd blank is at best ridiculous so you can’t be taken seriously

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Tom Freeman, Lateriser, Magnus Carlsen and Ville Ronka out here captaining Salah but this man says it's ridiculous, I know who I'll trust lmao.

      6. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Did you watch the game ?
        He was inches away from 2 goals. Very low margins and bad luck.

      7. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Good luck to you. No logic in what you’re saying whatsoever though.

        Kane has equal chance of hauling or blanking vs BUR as Salah did vs SHU but I’m sure you know better 😉

        1. Ibralicious
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          😀

          Results say otherwise

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            For now.... 😀

      8. OleGGMU
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Given how the gameweek is going, you might end up feeling like Michael Owen post Villa-Pool, dont put down someone until your team/player has played.

    25. Dele
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Sterling & Brewster >> Grealish & Bamford?

      Leaves me with £3m ITB.

      1. SNEAKY SNEAKY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Depends on your line up. If brewster is playing every week in your team maybe. Otherwise no.

    26. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 10 days ago

      What to do with TAA?

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Sell?

      2. SNEAKY SNEAKY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 10 days ago

        I'm just lining up transfer myself. Have TAA, potence &James I wanna get rid of. Thinking either
        A- Chilwell &grealish
        B- Robo, dallas and grealish for a hit.

      3. Firminoooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        If you sell he hauls.. you are fooked.

        1. SNEAKY SNEAKY
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 10 days ago

          When's the fecker gonna haul hes sitting on the half way line?

          1. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            He almost scored from there that good fk!

          2. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            He was much more attacking second half, looked much more like the Trent of yester year

      4. Do I Not Like Orange
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        I will use all my powers of restraint to keep him for the next GW, then joyously transfer him & Sh!trovic out for free in one fell swoop.

        1. SNEAKY SNEAKY
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Mitro is a stats buster in the opposite way vardy us.

    27. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Only a penaltymiss and red card for Kane would make me smile again.

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        I can see a penalty miss. But not a red card.

      2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        get ready to not smile for a while

      3. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        At least I have both Son and Kane...

      4. Firminoooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        I may bring him in only to destroy him like all my other picks.

    28. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 10 days ago

      If u have kane and son

      But neither cap

      What do u want from them?

      1. Firminoooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Penaltymiss and red cards.

      2. SNEAKY SNEAKY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 10 days ago

        To score more points than salah when he is not captain and less when he is.

      3. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Son doing better than Kane.

      4. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 10 days ago

        3/2 pts.

    29. SNEAKY SNEAKY
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 10 days ago

      How many clean sheets in liverpools next 5? And are chelsea now tightening up and will play a more defence I've line up now.

      Was James any good? Worth keeping?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 10 days ago

        If referees keep going after Liverpool I see none.

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 10 days ago

          And Chelsea were daft to park bus against bus at United . . can't see them doing it much.

    30. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      I enjoy coming on here for the banter (most of the time) but boy there are wayyyy too many clowns with ridiculous comments

    31. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      At least I didn't bench Bamford as my rival. And we both gave armband to Salah.

      Salah was close twice, Shu was better than expected. Yet now it is easy to say that C Kane or Son was the correct choice. But with hindsight everything is extremely easy.