Scout Notes

West Brom defence improving since Bilic’s shift to back-four

Brighton 1-1 West Brom

  • Goals: Karlan Grant (£6.0m)
  • Own Goals: Jake Livermore (£4.8m)
  • Assists: Callum Robinson (£5.5m)
  • Bonus points: None

Baggies Boost

Fantasy Premier League managers will have to exercise caution when viewing West Bromwich Albion as an opponent for their players in the coming weeks.

The Baggies have made significant improvements to their backline in the last two matches, during which time experienced defender Branislav Ivanovic (£4.5m) has made his debut and settled into the side.

While the former Chelsea man was involved in the error that led to Brighton’s opener on Monday night, the truth is that, outside of that own goal, Slaven Bilic’s were not overwhelmingly tested at the Amex Stadium. To the Croatian’s encouragement, it was the second match in a row where that was the case.

Having conceded 13 goals in the first four matches of 2020/21, an average of 3.25 per game, West Brom have now let in just one since Gameweek 5 (0.5 per game).

Bilic has achieved such a feat with a change in shape. He experimented with a back-five between Gameweeks 1 to 4 but has found much more success building a four-man defence around Ivanovic since the most recent international break.

That has seen Kyle Bartley (£4.5m) and Dara O’Shea (£4.4m) drop out of the team, Ivanovic paired first with Ahmed Hegazi (£4.3m) at centre-back and, following the Egyptian’s loan move to Al-Ittihad, then Semi Ajayi (£4.8m).

Obviously, we have to apply a caveat to these findings, not least that they were recorded using a small sample size of two matches.

Furthermore, it has not gone unnoticed that the first of the two periods discussed pitted West Brom against much more potent attacks in Leicester, Everton, Chelsea and Southampton while Burnley and Brighton are arguably easier opposition.

We are sure that these are important factors, although the role of a new formation and addition of Ivanovic’s experience cannot be ignored.

And the fact that West Brom are capable of avoiding a thrashing at the hands of so-called lesser opposition is still something for Fantasy managers to consider. Many of us banked on the likes of Neal Maupay (£6.6m), Leandro Trossard (£6.0m) and Tariq Lamptey (£4.7m) for Gameweek 6, thinking West Brom were whipping boys.

Well, it is now clear that the Baggies should not always carry around that tag, something which is sure to frustrate those with attackers from Fulham, Spurs and Manchester United, their next three opponents.

Running on Lamptey

For all of Lamptey’s early-season promise, the Brighton right-back is seriously struggling to live up to his potential as a Fantasy asset.

While nobody denies the raw talent he possesses, especially with the frequency of his advanced runs, Lamptey does appear to be suffering from Brighton’s own struggles at the back.

The Seagulls have largely been clean sheet nearly-men in 2020/21, never looking overly porous and yet still unable secure defensive returns.

Brighton were in relative control of their Monday night meeting with West Brom, even as late as the 78th minute when Graham Potter replaced attacking midfielder Trossard with the more combative, defensive option Steven Alzate (£4.5m).

But that did not stop the Baggies feeling their way into the game in the closing stages, with Matheus Pereira (£6.0m) twice going close before Karlan Grant (£6.0m) rifled home Callum Robinson‘s (£5.5m) 83rd-minute cross.

As a result, Potter’s men still have just one clean sheet this season, conceding an average of 1.8 per game.

Whether Brighton are proving unfortunate or simply lack concentration in key moments, their situation seems somewhat ominous ahead of a trip to Spurs in Gameweek 7.

As for Lamptey’s attacking prowess, that remains unchallenged, considering he registered more touches in the final third than any other Brighton player on Monday night (26).

However, his run of bad luck simply refuses to end. Not forgetting his withdrawal at half-time of Brighton’s only clean sheet of the season so far, Lamptey owners watched as his 40th-minute cross/shot was cleared by Ivanovic into the unwitting path of Jake Livermore (£4.8m) for an own goal, thus robbing the right-back of any attacking return.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI (3-4-2-1): Ryan; Burn, Webster, Veltman; March (Mac Allister 69′), Bissouma, White, Lamptey; Trossard (Alzate 78′), Lallana (Groß 60′); Maupay.

West Bromwich Albion XI (4-2-3-1): Johnstone; Townsend, Ajayi, Ivanovic, Furlong; Livermore (C Robinson 62′); Diangana (Edwards 62′), Krovinovic, Gallagher, M Pereira; Grant (M Phillips 83′).

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735 Comments Post a Comment
  1. LanMi
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    GKP: Martínez (McCarthy)
    DEF: Dallas, Saïss, Castagne (Mitchell) (Lamptey)
    MID: Rodríguez, Grealish, Fernandes, Salah, Son
    FWD: Bamford, Calvert-Lewin (Wilson)

    0.1 ITB and 1 FT. Any change that you would made?

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      No

  2. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    For which week of the game can the first wild card be used? 18,19?

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      I too need my 2nd WC already 😆

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        GW17

    2. The Legend Squad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      Resets Jan 1st

    3. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      16

  3. Silecro
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Anyone knows if Joel Ward was injured or dropped vs Fulham?

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      Dropped

    2. Patron
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      I was just thinking the same. Its a bit odd to drop him out of first 18 since he started every single match. Might be some late injury or even covid? Hope we get something from Roy.

  4. The Legend Squad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 23 hours ago

    Bottomed last page!

    Downgrading Robbo to give my team some attacking weight. Would you...

    1) do Jimi to Kane and Play 442
    2) do Bissouma to Zaha and play 352

    ?

    1. Gingerman
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Think I'd be looking play 3 at the back, so Zaha or upgrade 3rd striker, Jimi should be decent pick going forward

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 23 hours ago

      Captain next GW:

      A) Salah (WHU)
      B) Kane (BHA)
      C) Son (BHA)

      1. The Legend Squad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Son

      2. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        B

      3. ElliotJHP
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        A

      4. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Kane

      5. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        It's a tough one. West Ham obviously do look more solid and Brighton seem like the team who will give Spurs opportunities.

      6. One of Those Days
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Kane for me

      7. Shineonme
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        A

      8. Kannbury
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          When Liv are home Salah is default c for me.

      9. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Would a WC in GW9 be beneficial here, or save it until gw16?

        McCarthy Steer
        TAA Ayling Justin Taylor Lewis
        Salah Sterling Son Soucek Bissouma
        Werner DCL Maupay

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          You can plan well enough that you don't need to WC GW9 depending on the players you want

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 23 hours ago

            May need a complete restructure as I’m getting doubts about Soucek as a 4th mid but we’ll see

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 months, 23 hours ago

              Yeah I don't like Soucek anymore, in a 2 man midfield it feels like he doesn't get into the box enough. Would be better if he was the 10 in a 4-2-3-1.

              1. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 23 hours ago

                He generally has, think in the tougher fixtures he’s stayed back more. Hoping the fixture swing gives him freedom to go up more and get some returns

        2. ElliotJHP
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          I don't think so on current form, hard to say who to target.

          I would say save it until you feel you need it

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 23 hours ago

            Don’t I’ll ever ‘need’ it tbf, I typically play it quite aggressively to capitalise on fixtures

      10. unitednations
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Best moves here with 1Ft and 2.4m

        Martinez
        Taa Saiss James -- Mitchell Lamptey
        Salah Son Havertz Barnes -- Burke
        Watkins Jimmy DCL

        1) will saiss/james/mitchell start?
        2) Barnes hasn’t returned in 3 games
        3) is Kane the obvious cpt choice in gw8? If so, worth bringing him in now?

        A: Jimmy >> Kane
        B: Barnes >> 9.4m mid
        C: James >> Ayling and next gw Jimmy/Watkins >> Kane/Antonio (-4)
        D: Something else

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          A looks good specially if you plan to cap Kane.

      11. Jdpz
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Is Foden nailed? Will he play against Sheffield?
        And is Podence to Foden good transfer?

        McCarthy, Nyland
        TAA, Taylor, Tierney, Justin, Konsa
        Son, Bruno, JRodriguez, Podence, Bissouma
        Kane, Ings, DCL
        1.6M itb., 1ft.

        keep?

        1. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          No he’s not.

          Don’t know.

          Podence is a waste of space, but foden is risky.

          1. Jdpz
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 23 hours ago

            Have you better option?

      12. adased
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Should i bother selling Laporte or Reguilon or should I save?
        I don't think I have other pressing transfers to make

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          Keep Reguilon, surely he starts the next two

        2. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          Reguilon was a classic ff kick in the nuts. Clean sheet finally comes along and their best defensive asset misses out.

          1. adased
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 23 hours ago

            Ikr XD

        3. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          Spurs fixtures are rubbish after the next two, so you’d probably want Reguilion gone but not before then. I’d sell Laporte pretty overpriced

          1. adased
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 23 hours ago

            Ah cheers!

        4. n14mul
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          Was looking to get regulon in but not sure if jose is turning into pep

      13. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Martinez
        Coady - KWP - Mitchell
        Salah - Son - Mahrez - Rodriguez - Grealish
        Kane - Ings

        Button - Lamptey - Taylor - Brewster

        Good to go? 🙂

        1. skodaole2
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          Gtg mate, I d bench Brewster first

          1. pundit of punts
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 23 hours ago

            Cheers

        2. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          Nice attack should do well!

      14. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Martinez
        Robertson Saiss Mitchell
        Salah Son Grealish Foden
        Kane(c) Jimenez DCL

        Steer Lamptey Taylor Alzate
        1ft 0.9m

        Kane captain feels right.
        3rd defender choice is best of a bad bunch.

        Feels like a hold though?

      15. Maddamotha
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Have you ever had such a bad week that you can't even go and check your score, or your mini leagues?
        That's me this week after a WC. In my head I calculated getting 34 points, and a huge red arrow of course. Previous team over 50 points.

        1. n14mul
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          Think that's alot of us....suppose yours is worse due to wc......you are not alone chin up

          1. Maddamotha
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 22 hours ago

            Cheers m8

      16. n14mul
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Morning,

        Thoughts on wc draft

        Martinez button
        Lamptey masuaka kwp Mitchell dallas
        Son mane salah barkley hames
        Bamford kane brewster

        Thank you 🙂

      17. skodaole2
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Wondering between saving FT, chasing a punt, or taking a hit to take into advantage low ownership of certain players. Thoughts?

        Martinez/ McCarthy (havent decided yet)
        Dier Rob Castagne
        Son Salah James R. Pereira
        Mitrovic Jimenez Kane

        Justin, Reed, Targett 1 FT 0.6 ITB

        A) Save
        B) James R. -> Foden
        C) James R. + Salah -> KDB + Havertz (-4)
        D) Anything else

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          Don’t like any of them

        2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          Save and Pereira to Bowen next week along with Mitro to someone

      18. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Martinez
        TAA Saiss James
        Salah Mane Son Foden
        Jimenez DCL Watkins

        (Steer Lamptey Bissouma Mitchell)
        0.1m & 2 FTs

        A) TAA, James & Jim ➡️ Kane, Chillwell & Kilman -4
        (Foden to Bowen for free & if money allows Watkins to Antonio for -4 next week)

        B) TAA ➡️ Chillwell
        (Jimenez, Foden & James to Antonio, Bruno & Masuaku -4 next week)

        Thoughts guys?

        1. n14mul
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          Think your team is decent....just need to look at sorting defence out gradually...

      19. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        How resolute was Brighton's defense against West Brom? Did they play a higher line or...?

      20. Atimis
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Have 2FTs, thinking about Maupay to Bamford/Antonio, or maybe also Lamptey to Kilman?

        Martinez
        Robo/Reguilon/Chilwell
        Salah/Son/Grealish/Hamez
        Kane/DCL/Maupay

        Martin/Lamptey/Mitchell/Stephens

        @THE KNIGHTS TEMPLATE thanks for the last page

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          Wouldn’t change anything there, maybe Stephens to Biss to burn it

          1. Atimis
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 23 hours ago

            Just Brighton plan failed and preferably want to get rid of Maupay

        2. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          No worries!

      21. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Anyone else have Saka on their watchlist? Started 3 in a row and looks their best attacker imo, it's a risky pick but incredible upside at 5.3

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          Problem is when he moves back to LWB, or gets rotated. Next 5 are horrid fixtures for Arsenal also. Prefer Soucek for 0.4 less.

      22. Oggle22
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Finally gave in and transferred out Mitrovic to Bamford worried Mitro does bits against West brom?

        1. Kellz86
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          It's all a risk this season, but Leeds are playing much better than Fulham.

        2. skodaole2
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          Thinking of keeping Mitro at least this week vs WBA, next week i ll consider changing him. However he has so many shots per game and his ownership fell so much that he could be a differential. Good luck with Bamford, i guess many people will bring him in this week

        3. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          Wrong time to pull the trigger on that imo

      23. Toothless
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        a) Jiminez -> Kane
        b) DCL -> Kane

        1. Kellz86
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          If you had to then I'd say DLC -> Kane

          1. Toothless
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 23 hours ago

            Would you not be keen on doing either?
            Not having Kane right now is scary.

        2. Blue&White85
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          This week I’d rather have Jimenez but over next 5 I’d rather have DCL do I’d say A.

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 23 hours ago

            Wolves next 4 are pretty nice. As a Jimenez owner they just don’t look threatening as a side, he’s been lucky to get away with 17pts in last 2 games, could easily have been 4pts.

      24. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        I wonder if it's time for Mane (C) v2 but West Ham have looked really good so far... Antonio being out isn't great for the defense though.

      25. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        If antonio is out I guess I'll have to think about him.
        But if not, gtg? 1ft 0.3itb
        Mccarthy
        TAA James ayling
        Sterling Bruno son soucek
        Kane antonio dcl
        (Button bissouma ctaylor Mitchell)

        1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          Soucek is "due" but i'd move him out, that is is Antonio is not out.
          Rest looks good

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 23 hours ago

            Move him out now? Fixtures are about to turn...

      26. TheCurseOfRaheem
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Would you guys ship Jimi to Kane for free? Got away with it this week but the next two are frightening ha.

        1. n14mul
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          Yes

        2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          Same situation here - last week didn't quite feel like the right time, but I think this week it does.

        3. Baines on Toast...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          For free, 100%. I still like Jimi, but this feels a no brainer.

      27. n14mul
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Barkely or grealish?

        I was suprised to see barkely taking more set pieces

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          Grealish for sure

      28. Babit1967
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        How we looking lads, save ft?

        Martinez

        Robbo Saiss James

        Salah Sterling Son JRod Podence

        Jimmy DCL

        Mitchell Lamptey Brewster

        0 itb

      29. Nespinha
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        2FT 2.4ITB, any suggestions?

        Mccarthy, Steer
        Robbo, Saiss, KWP, Mitchell, Ferguson
        Salah, Bruno, Son, Podence, Pereira
        DCL, Werner, Davis

      30. BNMC
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Any reliable Liverpool insiders out there? Want to get an idea if some key players will be benched today.

      31. Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 23 hours ago

        Best mid up to 5.3? Primarily bench fodder; may be needed this week if Rodriguez is out, and I expect a few more times as fixtures pile up.

        Looking at:

        - Jorginho - more expensive but looks nailed, on pens with great fixtures
        - Lookman - looks sharp, but Fulham
        - Soucek - solid threat, in form team, but yet to do anything of note this season

        1. BNMC
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          Soucek has great numbers and seems due. Could even get something at Anfield

      32. stxrty
          4 months, 23 hours ago

          Morning, glad I rolled the two FTs now.

          Martinez
          TAA — Chilwell — Dallas
          Salah — Son — Puli — Grealish
          Kane — Maupey — DCL

          Thoughts? Probably looking to shift Puli/Maupey I think.

          1. The Handsome Hunk
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 23 hours ago

            Maupay to Antonio/Bamford or mitchell to kilman

        • Zrinkec
            4 months, 23 hours ago

            Maupay to Antonio?? Should i do it?

            1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 23 hours ago

              Didn't he go off injured?

              1. Rashleigh Runabouts
                  4 months, 23 hours ago

                  I read on here that he was taken off as a precaution as he felt something (hammy iirc) but he wasn't sure if it was cramp or something more serious. Wait for news best bet.