Scout Notes

Leeds fixtures bode well for Bamford’s impressive away FPL form

Aston Villa 0-3 Leeds

  • Goals: Patrick Bamford x3 (£5.8m)
  • Assists: Rodrigo (£5.8m), Mateusz Klich (£5.6m), Hélder Costa (£5.7m)
  • Bonus points: Bamford x3, Robin Koch x2 (£4.5m), Ezgjan Alioski x1 (£4.4m)

Pat-trick Hero

Patrick Bamford (£5.8m) proved on Friday night that he is more than just an early-season bandwagon, as he netted a spectacular second-half hat-trick at Aston Villa.

The Leeds forward made the perfect start to life in the Premier League with five attacking returns in the first three Gameweeks but had registered two consecutive blanks 

Just as comparisons with Teemu Pukki were incoming, Bamford lit up Villa Park on Friday night, terrorising what we thought was the best defence in the league to score three well-deserved goals.

Still priced below £6.0m, the former Chelsea man simply cannot stop offering exceptional value for his 24.8% ownership. As of Saturday morning, he has six goals to his name, behind only Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m) in that department among forwards, while Harry Kane (£10.8m) is the only player in his position with more FPL points.

That puts significant pressure on virtually every other forward in the rest of Gameweek 6, especially the similarly priced Callum Wilson (£6.5m), Aleksandar Mitrovic (£5.9m) and Neal Maupay (£6.6m) to deliver – because, even after a couple of price rises, signing Bamford would still be an easy switch.

Thus far, away matches seem to be where he truly thrives, perhaps not entirely unsurprising considering the way Leeds excel in transition and on the counter-attack. Bamford is yet to blank on the road this season, 32 of his 49 FPL points (65.3%) coming outside Elland Road.

The Whites’ upcoming road trips between now and Gameweek 11 take them to Crystal Palace, Everton and Chelsea, who combine for just two home clean sheets from a possible nine this season.

Jack Rustled

While Jack Grealish (£7.2m) now has blanks in each of his last two Premier League outings, the 27.5%-owned midfielder was very unfortunate not to come away with attacking returns against Leeds.

Those not watching the game on BT Sport’s Box Office will have missed two of his glorious opportunities to find the net on Friday night.

In the first half, Grealish hung back to pounce on a loose ball in the box, firing a powerful left-footed effort back across Illan Meslier‘s (£4.5m) almost unguarded goal – only to see it cleared off the line by a last-ditch Luke Ayling (£4.5m) block.

Then, in the second period, Grealish won the ball in his own half, shrugged off Hélder Costa (£5.7m), put the ball beyond Robin Koch (£4.5m) and ran past him, danced beyond three Leeds defenders and finally concluded his skilful mazy run with a close-range shot saved by Meslier.

“Jack’s gone on a mazy run and forced a save from the goalkeeper. You have to make the most of those moments.” – Dean Smith

“It wasn’t (Grealish’s night). They’re the moments you need in games like this.” – Dean Smith

Considering how high a line Southampton have been playing recently, such close calls with the back of the net will surely encourage Grealish owners to fancy their chances in Gameweek 7.

Barkley impact on Grealish

Filling in for Phillips

Any Fantasy managers who had jumped on emerging £4.0m defender Pascal Struijk (£4.0m) for Gameweek 6 were left with perhaps the worst possible outcome known to an FPL asset.

In his pre-match press conference, Marcelo Bielsa unveiled the versatile 21-year-old as his chosen replacement for Kalvin Phillips (£5.0m), currently out for up to six weeks with a shoulder injury.

That was, of course, music to the Fantasy community’s ears. How often do we get Premier League managers revealing a £4.0m defender will play out of position for the next six weeks?

However, it was clear just a few minutes into Leeds’ trip to Villa Park that Struijk was somewhat out of his depth. 

With the Whites dominating possession but leaving themselves open on the counter, Struijk seriously struggled to keep up with the driving runs of Grealish, Barkley and John McGinn (£5.5m) when Villa were in transition.

He picked up a yellow card for a late tackle on Grealish in the 10th minute before crunching into another mistimed challenge on Douglas Luiz (£5.0m) just moments later, which he was lucky not to receive a second booking for.

With Struijk looking like a red card waiting to happen, Bielsa made the bold, but admirable, decision to substitute him in the 21st minute, replacing him with Jamie Shackleton (£4.8m).

“[Struijk] got a yellow card early on, and there was a lot of agility and mobility in the middle of the park. I wanted to take him off, as a result. After the yellow, he had another foul that was at the limit.” – Marcelo Bielsa

Such a disastrous evening is unlikely to do wonders for Struijk’s confidence. Given how well Shackleton played upon taking to the field, it seems unlikely Struijk will feature from the beginning in Gameweek 7.

Meanwhile, the other impact of Phillips’ absence was Mateusz Klich (£5.6m) assuming the Englishman’s corner-taking duties. Considering the mid-priced midfielder has three attacking returns from open play this season, as well as a penalty, the fact that he has set pieces to his name until Phillips returns seriously increases his FPL appeal.

Cooped Up

The fact that Leeds were able to keep a clean sheet against one of the form teams in the Premier League is certainly worth taking note of.

The achievement is even more impressive when we consider the absence of Phillips, Struijk’s terrible start to the game and the fact that first-choice centre-back Liam Cooper (£4.4m) also missed out, still carrying a groin injury sustained on international duty.

With the club captain out and Struijk used in midfield, Bielsa was forced to tuck Ayling into centre-back alongside Koch, while Ezgjan Alioski (£4.4m) deputised at left-back with Stuart Dallas (£4.5m) filling in on the left.

That rather necessary tactical tweak certainly tempered Ayling’s attacking potential compared to what he typically offers as a marauding full-back.

That said, Ayling did come close to an assist even playing at the heart of Leeds’ defence. In the second half, he lofted forward a through-ball from the Virgil van Dijk (£6.4m) or David Luiz (£5.5m) playbook. This connected with Jack Harrison (£5.5m), who cut inside and troubled Emiliano Martínez (£4.8m) with his powerful effort.

The Aston Villa shot-stopper managed a total of six saves in Gameweek 6, a welcome silver-lining to his conceding three goals, leading to a three-point score.

Aston Villa XI (4-3-3): Martínez; Targett, Mings, Konsa, Cash; Barkley, D Luiz, McGinn; Grealish, Watkins, Trézéguet (B Traoré 66′).

Leeds United XI (4-1-4-1): Meslier; Alioski, Ayling, Koch, Dallas; Struijk (Shackleton 21′); Harrison, Rodrigo (Hernández 79′), Klich, Costa (Costa 83′); Bamford.

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508 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Houldsworth Hatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Yo

    1. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      ghurt

    2. NULL-X-VOID
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      yo ma

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      sup

    4. zdrojo187
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Word Up!

  2. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    GW10 WC looks interesting.

    Drop Chelsea, Everton, Spurs, Wolves
    Pick Leicester, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd

    You can probably run with an Aston Villa player or two from now and through GW10 and beyond.

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I'm going to hold mine as long as possible before bringing it out when nobody else has one, just like my sister used to do with her easter eggs when we were kids. It will lead to fights of course, and I may be forced to share, but it's a risk worth taking.

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Patience is a Virtue

        1. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          So is gloating!

      2. The Albatross
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Made me laugh

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Gw9 is better imo, get the IB aswell

    3. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Is that just fixture based tho? Think this season more than any other I remember has shown that fixtures mean bugger all sometimes to form teams

  3. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    An inform Salah at home vs. a poor Sheffield defense. The stage is set for a classic 2 pointer and captain fail.

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Nah. Think he will get one at least.

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        *one goal

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      He’s guaranteed a brace tonight

    3. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      This season never fails to disappoint... a yc, injury & early sub also on the cards

    4. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Pretty sure Salah has a beard. All will be well.

    5. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Let's go with a missed penalty and red card on 59 minutes...

    6. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      You all know we have been in these situations before, don't you?

    7. Utopsis
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Let's be frank here, I've captained him so 2pts at best

    8. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Jimmy to Bamford it is then... To accommodate Bruno or KDB in a few game weeks

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Welcome to the Bamford trap

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

          Nailed on in a high intensity and attacking team.. he's bound to get returns. Would rather own him than the other low priced strikers like maupay and wilson

          1. zdrojo187
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            He's not on penalties

            1. Utopsis
                1 month, 6 days ago

                We won't see as many penalties after the handball rule change

          2. Das Boot
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            That trap has been scoring good points regularly since game week 1, keep hoping

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Good points but has been over performing. Won’t be keeping up these sort of points for long

        2. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Bam will score after Christmas again

        3. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Just tell people you're playing form over fixtures.

        4. AnfieldLad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          All aboard the Hatrick Bamford train

        5. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 6 days ago

          I can buy him this week with cash and upgrade brewster with a FT

          However it will just give me another benching headache in the coming weeks.

          I may avoid, maybe not.

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

            I wouldn't upgrade Brewster if he's your 8th attacker

            1. FPL_trail_runner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Currently 7th

              Mostly playing 4 4 2, will be 3 4 3 when Brewster fixtures become decent.

      2. GOATMEAT
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Jimi & Ings to Kane & Bamford? Need funds to Kane...

          Current front 3: Ings DCL Jimi

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            I would. Could have the same frontline, as below

          2. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Ings, Jimi,DCL so passe. Kane, Bamford, DCL is the play.

        • Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Tempted by a double move to swap Podence Davis for Bamford Bissouma... gives another playing sub, and a nailed on in form striker.

          Could be a shout if no other problems arise this weekend

          1. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Form over fixtures

        • fr3d
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Can definitely see Bamford score again in GW13

          1. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            A cutting post from Fr3d, ruining The Bamford family's day as they come on to the site to read Bamford platitudes.

        • mad_beer ✅
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          The way my season is going, Laporte will play a full 90, get a CS and an assist with 3 bonus points while Saiss plays 45 mins with a YC. All because my move this week was Laporte to Saiss.

          1. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            What's a Laporte?

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 6 days ago

              French for a place where ships dock

              1. The Knights Template
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Leaky ships?

              2. Utopsis
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Haha

              3. The Albatross
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                It's a door isn't it?

                1. The Knights Template
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  An open door?

          2. unitednations
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Suggestions on the best move forward with 1FT and 2.4m itb?

            Martinez
            TAA Saiss James* -- Lamptey (tot) Mitchell (wol)
            Salah Havertz Barnes Son -- Burke
            DCL Jimmy Watkins

            A: Jimmy >> Kane
            B: James >> Any def....james might not play so need a viable 3rd def for gw7
            C: Havertz + Watkins >> 5.9m mid + Kane (-4)
            D: Something else

            1. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              A, didn't look at the other options

          3. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            2FT. 0.4 ITB.

            What to do here? Find a way to get rid of Mitchell?

            Martinez
            TAA Semedo Dallas
            Salah Grealish Son JRod
            Maupay Kane DCL

            Steer Bissouma Lamptey Mitchell

            1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 6 days ago

              I have almost the same team and same situation. Thinking Maupay to Bamford for profit£

          4. johnbobman
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Just looking for a bit of advice - Im in the Telegraph FF which allows transfers at any time and any number from the same team. We have a weekly prize so for that reason I opt to have a defence & gk from the same team - I made the wrong choice of Sheff Utd it seems. So who's more likely to get cleansheets?

            Sheff Utd £15.9
            Aston V £14.5
            WHU £13.9
            Southampton £14.7
            Newcastle £13.3
            Leeds £12.6

            I was thinking Villa until last night but perhaps Newcastle considering the price?

            1. NULL-X-VOID
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Villa out of those.

            2. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Villa still

              1. johnbobman
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Thanks!

          5. Das Boot
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            The bitterness from non-owners of Bamford is funny to watch. I am taking a guess that most of them have 2-3 Villa players in their teams, or did have up until about 10 last night. muahahaha

            1. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Das boot right up the *^$#@!

              1. Das Boot
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                lol

            2. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 6 days ago

              How is thinking that Bamford isn’t a good option bitter?

              1. NULL-X-VOID
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                haha this. Happens with everyone who owns the GW bandwagon

                1. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  The amount of people on here that chase points is ridiculous sometimes

              2. Das Boot
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Sorry but was away, the bleating on here last night because he was scoring was ridiculous. It was bitterness most of it. As for good or bad pick, that doesn't come into my point. It was the stupid statements that were being made and have bee carried on into todays posts.

              3. Das Boot
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Just to add, you've no stopped moaning about him yourself, get over it and dry your eyes. Top player for value in the game atm, albeit having played 1 game more. So your point was?

                1. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Far from top value, his goals have come from nothing mate. If you own him congrats but I won’t be bringing him in and chasing points, simple as that. Calling people out for thinking he’s a bad pick is a bit silly, fpl points aren’t a reflection of how good a player is

                  1. Das Boot
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    ahhh So you're advice to people on this a Fantasy Football site is to bring in players because of how good they are as opposed to how many points they will get you in the game. Never thought of that tactic. No-one is telling you to bring him in, that's your call, but telling others he is not a good option for this game is the Silly thing. As for the value I mentioned, sort by the Value (season) tab within the game and you will get the picture. He is currently 2d to no-one in the whole game.

                    1. Pukki Blinders
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      There’s a difference between past points and future performance. If you want to chase points be my guest

                      1. Das Boot
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        I've had him since gameweek 1 which is why I know what I a talking about with regards to his output,. Again, you are slavering

            3. bench boost for every gamew…
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Not an owner and not moaning. This is fpl. Can't have every body. Pick and choose, some rights and some wrong along the way. Ayling 6 pointer Vs the hord og grealish and other villa asset owners, is good enough start to the week for me.

          6. NULL-X-VOID
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Saw the current Rank 1 in this GW. Has Kane, DCL, and Rashford on the bench. What goes in the head of someone to bench potentially one of the most in-form players?

            1. Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              These are people that create new teams every GW so as to get the most points that week.

              That team was created a few days ago.

              1. Little Red Lacazette
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                He probably has 10 more teams created this gameweek where those players you mentioned are not benched.

              2. Long ago I drew a walrus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Not even most points that week, just targetting yesterday's one fixture more likely. Just for the thrill of getting no.1 in the world after 1 day

                1. Little Red Lacazette
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  True.

              3. NULL-X-VOID
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Got that. But why take such expensive players? I don't get the logical reason behind it

                1. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Probably tried to bench boost and TC at the same time

            2. FPL_trail_runner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 6 days ago

              The game still allows people to have 100s of teams, there are many people doing that

              FPL i reckon is aware of this but uses it to drive sponsership income since it looks much better to have 7mil players than maybe 3 to 4mil genuine one team players

              1. NULL-X-VOID
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                This really is bad. It throws the numbers off

            3. Mambino
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              has he played bench boost?

          7. Joey Tribbiani
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Literally so funny that now everyone is transferring Bamford in, just like Watkins couple weeks ago 😀

              1. FPL_trail_runner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 6 days ago

                He has scored now against Liverpool, Fulham, Villa etc and hit the Bar against City

                Watkins has returned once

                There is merit in the move, Watkins as i said weeks ago was not value and people were points chasing

                Bamford in that leeds team will give points throughtout the year.

                1. Joey Tribbiani
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Bamford is decent, but what makes this funny is that there has been 1 game this gameweek and people planning their Bamford transfers already

                2. clodhopper
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  I kept him he is an excellent asset at his price point

              2. afsr
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Martinez
                Digne, Lamptey, Saiss
                Salah (C), Son, Bruno, Podence
                Kane, DCL, Jimenez

                Forster, Burke, Mitchell, Dunne

                A - Jimenez -> Bamford
                B - Jimenez, Podence -> Bamford, Rodriguez (-4)

                Getting Bamford opens up a budget for midfield. Who else i could get apart from Rodriguez?

                1. The Knights Template
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  A, and then Arise, Sir AFSR!

                2. Zenith UK
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Zaha?

              3. Caleb's Kitties
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Is Bamford now a DCL or just another watkins?

                Maupay to bamford gw7 and robbo to 5.0 defender gw8 allows kdb/sterling after IB without losing salah kane or son..

                Tempted to do the transfer with 2FT

                1. ivantys
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    It's more of villa allowing leeds to have 23 shots than him being prolific. If any team allows another to have that many shots, there are bound to be loads of goals.

                  • Pukki Blinders
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Won’t be near as consistent as DCL imo, probably better than Watkins in the way he plays but his fixtures aren’t great at all

                2. The Red Devil
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Which team wins H2H?

                  A- lamptey + Barnes + Jimenez + 8 points
                  B- Mitchell/Taylor + Sterling + guaita+ 4 points

                  1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    A

                3. ivantys
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Is Ings to Watkins mental? He has Saints, Brighton, West Ham, Newcastle to come.

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

                      Watkins is a poor player

                      1. ivantys
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Leeds makes every team they play against look bad tbh. Man city also looked rubbish against them. It's tempting to double villa with those fixtures to come as I don't see Ings getting much in his coming fixtures and I was a bit short of Martial.

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

                            Watkins has also looked poor against fulham among others... He only looked good finishing off open goal sitters against Liverpool

                            1. ivantys
                                1 month, 6 days ago

                                Yeah good point he has looked rubbish in all other games. It's more of whether I'm going for form, fixtures or names now.

                      2. NULL-X-VOID
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Grealish is on pens for Villa, right?

                        1. The Knights Template
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Not definitive

                          1. NULL-X-VOID
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 6 days ago

                            a guy on Twitter said that he is not keen on pens. So this makes sense. Takes a huge component away from Grealish

                            1. The Knights Template
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 6 days ago

                              Was it Donald Trump? He's on twitter.

                        2. Joey Tribbiani
                            1 month, 6 days ago

                            why?

                          • ivantys
                              1 month, 6 days ago

                              Could be Barkley

                            • Rasping Drive
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 11 Years
                              1 month, 6 days ago

                              Nobody knows

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

                              Don't know yet

                            • I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 6 days ago

                              My guess is Barkley

                            • The Red Devil
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 6 days ago

                              Barkley or Watkins imo

                            • bench boost for every gamew…
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 6 days ago

                              Barkley perhaps. Not sure

                          • Live Lad
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 6 days ago

                            Che Adams to Bamford ? I still believe in Adams but he is behind Ings while Bamford is the go-to forwards where the ball is aimed at?

                            1. Pukki Blinders
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 6 days ago

                              Nope I’d hold

                            2. clodhopper
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 6 days ago

                              Yes

                            3. Utopsis
                                1 month, 6 days ago

                                Wait till Adams plays

                            4. NULL-X-VOID
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 6 days ago

                              Does Villa often play such a relatively high defensive line while on the attack?

                              1. ivantys
                                  1 month, 6 days ago

                                  Their defensive line isn't high at all, in fact all sitting back to defend.

                              2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 6 days ago

                                Best 4.5 defender to get? Already have Villa, Brighton, Palace and Leeds.

                                1. Peter Ouch
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 6 days ago

                                  Looks like it doesn't really matter!

                                  1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                                    • 4 Years
                                    1 month, 6 days ago

                                    Hurt from last night with triple Villa?

                                    1. Peter Ouch
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 2 Years
                                      1 month, 6 days ago

                                      Haha yeah mate, it was painful to watch but that's long term plan
                                      Hope it pays off!

                                      How did it go for you?

                                      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                                        • 4 Years
                                        1 month, 6 days ago

                                        It was ok mate. Had Martinez and Dallas!

                                        1. Peter Ouch
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 2 Years
                                          1 month, 6 days ago

                                          Decent one!

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

                                Does home or away really matter? A lot of emphasis on bamford performing well "away". Suffice to say he is generally performing well. Are teams really changing their strategies so much for home/away fixtures?

                                1. Peter Ouch
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 6 days ago

                                  Not really but after so many years qe can't get it out of our head

                              4. Baines on Toast...
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 10 Years
                                1 month, 6 days ago

                                Interesting to see where the captain debate next week goes if Salah hauls this week.

                                1. Peter Ouch
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 6 days ago

                                  Salah for me anyways

                                2. ivantys
                                    1 month, 6 days ago

                                    Next week has to be kane/son. Brighton is the best team to fight against they play suicidal football.

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

                                      Only southampton are worse

                                      1. ivantys
                                          1 month, 6 days ago

                                          Yeah not a coincidence that Saints' 2 clean sheets were against the teams that played for the first 0-0 draw this season lol.

                                      2. Joey Tribbiani
                                          1 month, 6 days ago

                                          This is my thinking aswell, probs have to get Kane in for that

                                    2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                                      • 4 Years
                                      1 month, 6 days ago

                                      Do Villa defenders still look like the best 4.5 options after yesterday?

                                      1. Peter Ouch
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 2 Years
                                        1 month, 6 days ago

                                        Yes for me

                                      2. ElliotJHP
                                        • 8 Years
                                        1 month, 6 days ago

                                        Because of Martinez factor I prefer Dallas/Ayling

                                    3. Eat my goal!
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 2 Years
                                      1 month, 6 days ago

                                      This city game is going to be a painful watch!

                                      1. Gudjohnsen
                                        • 3 Years
                                        1 month, 6 days ago

                                        Why?

                                        1. Eat my goal!
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 2 Years
                                          1 month, 6 days ago

                                          Zero assets!

                                      2. The Knights Template
                                        • 7 Years
                                        1 month, 6 days ago

                                        Soucek to the rescue!

                                    4. KAPTAIN KANE
                                      • 3 Years
                                      1 month, 6 days ago

                                      As if Trent dropped last night with 2 plum home games in a row, oh dear severe punishment will be served later!

                                      1. Little Red Lacazette
                                        • 4 Years
                                        1 month, 6 days ago

                                        I hope he goes wild today and gets at least 15.

                                      2. ElliotJHP
                                        • 8 Years
                                        1 month, 6 days ago

                                        He was due to drop all week as well

                                    5. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                                      • 6 Years
                                      1 month, 6 days ago

                                      “ Leeds fixtures bode well for Bamford’s impressive away FPL form”

                                      They have Leicester, Arsenal, Everton and Chelsea in their next five?

                                    6. MAXIMIN EFFORT
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 8 Years
                                      1 month, 6 days ago

                                      Let’s talk Bamford and not hide away from the 2nd and 3rd goals being nothing short of world class finishes, even the footwork and manoeuvre to get that third was something special. I know he’s got a bit of a rep as a bad player but no pedigree but how long can we ignore an explosive nailed striker?

                                      On a side-note, Watkins is starting to look a pathetic pic given the selfishness of the Villa creative mids, he can’t buy a ball into feet at the moment.

                                    7. AnfieldLad
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 6 Years
                                      1 month, 6 days ago

                                      Bringing in Bamford seems like a ‘casual’ or ‘points chasing’ move but he’s the stand out Leeds attacking option who play incredible attacking football. Everyone tipping them for top half of the table. I don’t rate Bamford but I expect Leeds to put 2/3 past a lot of teams this year and where else are there goals gonna come from?

                                      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                                        • 6 Years
                                        1 month, 6 days ago

                                        Maybe mid December. I see plenty of blanks from him coming up over the 5-6 GWs.