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
    28 days, 21 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
      28 days, 21 hours ago

      No

  2. Jdpz
      28 days, 21 hours ago

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

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        28 days, 21 hours ago

        I too need my 2nd WC already 😆

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          28 days, 21 hours ago

          GW17

      2. The Legend Squad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        28 days, 21 hours ago

        Resets Jan 1st

      3. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 21 hours ago

        16

    • Silecro
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 21 hours ago

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

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 21 hours ago

        Dropped

      2. Patron
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 21 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.

    • The Legend Squad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 21 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
          28 days, 21 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
        28 days, 21 hours ago

        Captain next GW:

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

        1. The Legend Squad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          28 days, 21 hours ago

          Son

        2. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          28 days, 21 hours ago

          B

        3. ElliotJHP
          • 8 Years
          28 days, 21 hours ago

          A

        4. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 21 hours ago

          Kane

        5. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 21 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. Stram Dunk
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          28 days, 21 hours ago

          Kane for me

        7. Shineonme
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 21 hours ago

          A

        8. Kannbury
            28 days, 20 hours ago

            When Liv are home Salah is default c for me.

        9. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          28 days, 21 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
            28 days, 21 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
              28 days, 21 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
                28 days, 21 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
                  28 days, 21 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
            28 days, 21 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
              28 days, 21 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
          • 8 Years
          28 days, 21 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
            28 days, 21 hours ago

            A looks good specially if you plan to cap Kane.

        11. Jdpz
            28 days, 21 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
              28 days, 21 hours ago

              No he’s not.

              Don’t know.

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

              1. Jdpz
                  28 days, 21 hours ago

                  Have you better option?

            2. adased
              • 5 Years
              28 days, 21 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
                28 days, 21 hours ago

                Keep Reguilon, surely he starts the next two

              2. No Professionals
                • 3 Years
                28 days, 21 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
                  28 days, 21 hours ago

                  Ikr XD

              3. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                28 days, 21 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
                  28 days, 21 hours ago

                  Ah cheers!

              4. n14mul
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                28 days, 21 hours ago

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

            3. pundit of punts
              • 7 Years
              28 days, 21 hours ago

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

              Button - Lamptey - Taylor - Brewster

              Good to go? 🙂

              1. skodaole2
                • 8 Years
                28 days, 21 hours ago

                Gtg mate, I d bench Brewster first

                1. pundit of punts
                  • 7 Years
                  28 days, 21 hours ago

                  Cheers

              2. Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                28 days, 21 hours ago

                Nice attack should do well!

            4. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 21 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?

            5. Maddamotha
              • 4 Years
              28 days, 21 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
                28 days, 21 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
                  28 days, 20 hours ago

                  Cheers m8

            6. n14mul
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 21 hours ago

              Morning,

              Thoughts on wc draft

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

              Thank you 🙂

            7. skodaole2
              • 8 Years
              28 days, 21 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
                28 days, 21 hours ago

                Don’t like any of them

              2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                28 days, 21 hours ago

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

            8. Karan14
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              28 days, 21 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
                28 days, 21 hours ago

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

            9. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              28 days, 21 hours ago

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

            10. Atimis
              • 4 Years
              28 days, 21 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
                28 days, 21 hours ago

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

                1. Atimis
                  • 4 Years
                  28 days, 21 hours ago

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

              2. The Knights Template
                • 7 Years
                28 days, 21 hours ago

                No worries!

            11. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
              • 4 Years
              28 days, 21 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
                28 days, 21 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.

            12. Oggle22
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 21 hours ago

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

              1. Kellz86
                • 3 Years
                28 days, 21 hours ago

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

              2. skodaole2
                • 8 Years
                28 days, 21 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
                28 days, 21 hours ago

                Wrong time to pull the trigger on that imo

            13. Toothless
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              28 days, 21 hours ago

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

              1. Kellz86
                • 3 Years
                28 days, 21 hours ago

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

                1. Toothless
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  28 days, 21 hours ago

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

              2. Blue&White85
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                28 days, 21 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
                  28 days, 21 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.

            14. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              28 days, 21 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.

            15. waltzingmatildas
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              28 days, 21 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…
                • 5 Years
                28 days, 21 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
                  28 days, 21 hours ago

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

            16. TheCurseOfRaheem
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              28 days, 21 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
                28 days, 21 hours ago

                Yes

              2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                • 5 Years
                28 days, 21 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
                28 days, 21 hours ago

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

            17. n14mul
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 21 hours ago

              Barkely or grealish?

              I was suprised to see barkely taking more set pieces

              1. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                28 days, 21 hours ago

                Grealish for sure

            18. Babit1967
              • 4 Years
              28 days, 21 hours ago

              How we looking lads, save ft?

              Martinez

              Robbo Saiss James

              Salah Sterling Son JRod Podence

              Jimmy DCL

              Mitchell Lamptey Brewster

              0 itb

            19. Nespinha
              • 5 Years
              28 days, 21 hours ago

              2FT 2.4ITB, any suggestions?

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

            20. BNMC
              • 1 Year
              28 days, 21 hours ago

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

            21. Baines on Toast...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              28 days, 21 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
                28 days, 21 hours ago

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

            22. stxrty
                28 days, 21 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
                  28 days, 21 hours ago

                  Maupay to Antonio/Bamford or mitchell to kilman

              • Zrinkec
                  28 days, 21 hours ago

                  Maupay to Antonio?? Should i do it?

                  1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                    • 5 Years
                    28 days, 21 hours ago

                    Didn't he go off injured?

                    1. Rashleigh Runabouts
                        28 days, 20 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.