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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  1. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 10 hours ago

    I know it’s a bit much but would you stick to this plan?

    GW 7 - Aguero ➡️ Adams/Bamford
    GW 8- Maupay ➡️ Antonio
    GW 9- Grealish ➡️ Bruno
    GW 10 - Pulisic and Kane ➡️ Vardy and KDB/Sterling

    Thanks all.

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      it's really hard to say, so much will change.

      Aguero out is obviously an easy call. not sure i would be going with either of those though.

    2. Maddamotha
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Can't plan that far ahead. Injuries, form etc. A lot happens in a month

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    • 10 Years
    28 days, 10 hours ago

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  3. Nespinha
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 10 hours ago

    2FT + 2.4ITB

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

    A) Pereira --- Grealish + save FT
    B) Davis + Podence + Pereira --- Ings + ASM + Bissouma (-4)
    C) Davis + Podence + Pereira --- Adams (leader has bamford) + Grealish + Bissouma (-4)
    D) Ferguson + Pereira --- Kilman + Grealish

    1. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      D

    2. Pegboy
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      e) Werner > Kane

  4. drughi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    28 days, 10 hours ago

    Any ideas on what to do here ? 2 FT at my disposal but a bit lost on what to do with them. Considering just Lamptey>Kilman and save the other free, thoughts ?

    Mccarty
    TAA Robertson Ayling
    Salah(C) Son(VC) Grealish Jrod
    Kane Watkins DCL

    Forster Soucek Lamptey Douglas

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      I would lose Ayling over lamptey

    2. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      Yes I think that looks good. Seems like a week where there's not many obvious transfers to be made.

    3. Pegboy
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      You haven't given your budget, but roll one FT.

      Lamptey is fine. I'd be considering on of the following:

      Douglas > Kilman
      Ayling > Coufal
      Watkins > Bamford / Antonio (injury dependent)

  5. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 10 hours ago

    Martinez
    Lamptey Trent Saiss Ayling (Branth)
    Son Salah(c) Sterling Rodriguez (Bissouma)
    Kane Wilson (Brewster)

    Save transfer??

    1. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      Save transfer

    2. Pegboy
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Save

  6. TeddiPonza
    • 10 Years
    28 days, 10 hours ago

    What to do?

    Martinez (Forster)
    Saiss KWP Justin (Mitchell Lamptey)
    Salah Sterling Son Podence (Burke)
    Kane DCL Jimi

    0,1m in bank 2 FT

    A. Jimi and Pod to Zaha and Bamford
    B. Burke to Bissouma and assess Wolves assets next week
    C. Saiss to Kilman (to free up funds)
    D. Something else

    Thanks

    1. Puntillimon
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      A

    2. Pegboy
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      A

  7. Cookie Kid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 10 hours ago

    Morning! A predictable 39 pts after having 9 of the official FPL picks this week 🙂 Down to 2.2m

    I feel my team is fine...2 free transfers, any suggestions even just to use one?

    Martinez (Forster)
    Robbo Chilwell Lamptey KWP Mitchell
    Salah Son Pulisic Grealish Bissouma
    Kane DCL Maupay

    On chopping block is probably Pulisic but he has Burnley, or Maupay?! I also dislike DCL and hate myself for finally getting him

    1. Boly Would
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      Looks pretty good. I'd lose Maupay first

    2. Pegboy
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      What's your budget?

      I still like Maupay, but he looks the obvious candidate to go. Maybe upgrade Mitchell.

      1. Pegboy
        • 10 Years
        28 days, 9 hours ago

        Actually, on reflection, I think I'd ship Pulisic.

        1. Cookie Kid
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 9 hours ago

          Budget is 0!

          Mitchell to Kilman?!

          It could be Pulisic to go

  8. King Kohli
    • 8 Years
    28 days, 10 hours ago

    Those without Son & Kane and languishing in the millions, what would you do now?

    A. Get them both and try to cover up ground with other players in the squad
    B. Get differentials and hope they outscore Kane & Son (which isn't working so far)

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      Probably just get Son at this point and maybe go Vardy or someone instead

    2. Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      Have Son & Kane, still languishing

      1. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 9 hours ago

        Haha... same here mate!

    3. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Don’t want them. I think Son is good value but I’ve missed the boat now when I had the chance to get him. Weird cause I had him in GW1.. but I’m going KDB instead.

    4. Phil's Stamps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      A. But then hold on to them like hell as they may become a mini differential as i expect most of the experienced players to dump them for Kun & KDB. City are not convincing and I have a feeling the Spurs duo will be fixture proof.

      1. Qaiss
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 9 hours ago

        City are convincing, they have been for a decade nearly and always fire under Pep eventually.

        1. Phil's Stamps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          28 days, 9 hours ago

          Kane and Son are already the best part of a 100 points ahead of KDB and Sterling, by the time GW10 rolls around and presuming they have a fit and firing Aguero by then (big assumption at the mo) how many more points will they be ahead?

          Don't get me wrong, im hoping they'll turn a corner too and am planning to bring in KDB & Mahrez while keeping Son and Kane too. But i think you'd have to be nuts to ditch the spurs duo for city players if they're still scoring by then.

    5. Goonsquad245
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Definitely buy son and keep him. Kane not as important, I probably wouldn’t prioritise buying him now.

    6. Pegboy
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      A

  9. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 10 hours ago

    Any changes to make or gtg? Bench Lamptey?
    Guaita
    KWP - Saiss - Chilwell
    Salah - Trossard - Zaha - (S)on
    Kane - DCL - Jimi

    Nyland, Klich, Lamptey, Ferguson
    1.1itb

    1. Boly Would
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      I've got quite a similar team and think I'm playing Klich over Trossard

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 10 hours ago

        It’s crossed my mind tbh even in place for Zaha possibly. But Zaha is away so that’s off, and Idk but I have a feeling Trossard can score vs Spurs. He looks good imo, but yea Klich is proving a waste of space if I never play him tbh.

  10. Von Lipwig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 10 hours ago

    1FT 0ITB
    A) Maupay > Bamford (+0.7m)
    B) Save FT

    1. Pegboy
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      B, just. But depends on what else in your team needs addressing. E.g. if you've got Wolves players, I'd roll a transfer and ship them next week.

  11. Rinseboy
    • 8 Years
    28 days, 10 hours ago

    Torn what to do this week. 3.7m rank worst start to a season ever.

    Would you do
    A - Semedo to Chilwell (exact cash)
    B - Saiss and Barnes to Chilwell and Foden -4 (exact cash)
    C - Semedo and Barnes to Kilman and Pullicis -4
    D - Save

    Martinez
    Saiss Semedo Robbo Lamptey Mitchell
    Salah Son Grealish Barnes Jrod
    DCL Kane Brewster
    0.3 itb

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Stop making transfers.

      Roll the FT.

      Why are you thinking of getting rid of Semedo before CRY?

      1. Pegboy
        • 10 Years
        28 days, 9 hours ago

        What Camzy said - you need to be more patient.

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

    Which one would you choose with 2FTs?
    Ofc waiting for the Hamez news

    1. Maupay to Bamford 343
    2. Maupay to Antonio 343
    3. Maupay Stephens Lamptey to Brewster Zaha Kilman -4 352

    3. is very tempting tbh

    1. JGP
        28 days, 10 hours ago

        I like the look of antonio at this point as bamford's games are harder. Although he does have a good record of scoring goals in away matches. But i am probably getting in antonio for his run of matches especially fulham.

      • Boly Would
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 9 hours ago

        Antonio, but what's the latest on his injury?

        1. Atimis
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 9 hours ago

          Will have to wait

    2. Mikei
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      Martinez
      TAA Saiss Justin (Mitchell, Burr)
      Son Salah Rodriguez Grealish (Bissouma)
      Kane Wilson DCL

      Grealish => Zaha = FT
      TAA + Wilson => Zouma + Vardy = - 4
      TAA + Wilson + Grealish => Zouma + Vardy + Zaha = - 8

      Or keep?

      Thanks.

      1. Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        28 days, 9 hours ago

        Crazy to sell Grealish with Villa’s upcoming fixtures. Roll the FT

        1. Mikei
          • 8 Years
          28 days, 9 hours ago

          He's a great player, but I see more potential in Zaha.

          1. Rasping Drive
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            28 days, 9 hours ago

            Can you afford Bissouma and Wilson to Grealish and Brewster next week?

            1. Rasping Drive
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              28 days, 9 hours ago

              *Zaha not Grealish

              1. Mikei
                • 8 Years
                28 days, 9 hours ago

                You mean Bamford not Brewster, right?

    3. Jdpz
        28 days, 10 hours ago

        Will James Rodriguez be healthy for next GW?

        1. andy85wsm
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          28 days, 9 hours ago

          Have to wait for the press conference for that.

          Nothing to state otherwise so far at least.

      • Jdpz
          28 days, 9 hours ago

          McCarthy, (Nyland)
          TAA, Taylor, Konsa, (Tierney, Justin)
          Bruno (c), Son, JRodriguez, Podence, (Bissouma)
          Kane, Ings(vc), DCL

          1ft., 1.6M in the bank
          keep?

        • Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 9 hours ago

          Can't decide if I should prioritise Kane this week or Bruno next week!

          1. andy85wsm
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 10 Years
            28 days, 9 hours ago

            Bruno will be a bit of a differential by then, at least by community standards.

            But Kane (c) in GW8 might be the best option.

            1. Karan14
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              28 days, 9 hours ago

              Agreed with that. If Kane hauls I any of the next two games there's no way I'm getting a green arrow.

          2. Goonsquad245
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            28 days, 9 hours ago

            Depends who you’re selling

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

          Mendy over Kepa wins Chelsea 10+ points on his own, I recall that Chelsea's xGC was fine but Kepa's incompetence made the defense far worse. Adding Thiago Silva's world class ability greatly benefits the defense too. Once I remember Azpi and Alonso's offensive returns from last season (2G 6A, 4G 4A) and I wonder if I'm making a major mistake being without Chillwell. Just wish I could figure out how to get him without compromising Robertson...

          1. Smurf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            28 days, 9 hours ago

            You raise a great point and it's why I'm finally considering a Chelsea defender for the first time since Frank has been in charge.

            I'm also in the same position that I believe Chillwell is clearly the best option but compromising Robertson is my only way of obtaining him, which aside from the cost saving feels very much a sideways move at best.

        • Jdpz
            28 days, 9 hours ago

            I want to buy Chilwell. Buy him now or in the next GW? Because TAA will play with WestHam at home.

            1. aborg
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 9 hours ago

              I don't think Liverpool can hold a clean sheet against West Ham. I would buy Chilwell now if you don't have more pressing issues elsewhere

              1. Jdpz
                  28 days, 9 hours ago

                  McCarthy, (Nyland)
                  TAA, Taylor, Konsa, (Tierney, Justin)
                  Bruno (c), Son, JRodriguez, Podence, (Bissouma)
                  Kane, Ings(vc), DCL

                  1ft., 1.6M in the bank
                  keep?
                  My Problem is Podence

              2. Phil's Stamps
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                28 days, 9 hours ago

                Next week

            2. aborg
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 9 hours ago

              Strange....All I got this GW was 39 points from an average of 48 and I only dropped 2k places! I am currently ranked at around 400k.

              Is it because most of the higher scores did not come from the top 500k ?

            3. andy85wsm
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              28 days, 9 hours ago

              Any other Reguilon owners out there?

              Always frustrating when they're taken out and a clean sheet happens.

              With 2 FTs and not much else to do I'm likely taking him out this week and I'm not happy about it.

              1. Trophé Mourinho
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                28 days, 9 hours ago

                I’d probably hold him tbh, but it’s always a risk he doesn’t start. I see him starting the vast majority though

              2. Lucky Z
                • 3 Years
                28 days, 9 hours ago

                Same

              3. Rasping Drive
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                28 days, 9 hours ago

                Yes. Miffed indeed about his benching. Going to hold for two more weeks

              4. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                28 days, 9 hours ago

                Reg > Chilwell looks obvious.

                1. andy85wsm
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 10 Years
                  28 days, 9 hours ago

                  Indeed.

                  Although for the next 2 weeks I'm not massively convinced it will pay off!

              5. Atimis
                • 4 Years
                28 days, 9 hours ago

                Took Chilwell's points from the bench so was not a problem this week. Imo he should be a starter long term, surely Mou won't be using him only in Europe, will he...?

              6. Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                28 days, 9 hours ago

                Chilwell looks like a good long term option.

              7. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                28 days, 9 hours ago

                Think it's worth waiting for the European fixture to get a sense of whether or not Reguilon or Davies starts the Brighton game before making any moves

              8. camarozz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                28 days, 9 hours ago

                Got him on a WC and was one of a few differencials in my MLs.

                Done Watkins➡️Bamford and have another ft to decide wat to do with him.

            4. The Hunt
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              28 days, 9 hours ago

              Patrick Bamford...is he an ugly duckling who has matured into a fine swan or is he just a sheep in wolfs' clothing?

              1. cuppatea78
                • 8 Years
                28 days, 9 hours ago

                That's the million dollar question. I have Ings, Kane and DCL and not sure I would risk swapping any of them for him (just yet).

              2. aborg
                • 3 Years
                28 days, 9 hours ago

                I think he is gonna be one of those that is an ugly duckling when you bring him in and a swan as soon as you transfer him out !

              3. The Hunt
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                28 days, 9 hours ago

                Normally I'd be reluctant to bring him in as I'd just consider it to be blatant points chasing but those finishes were sublime.

              4. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                28 days, 9 hours ago

                With the number of chances Leeds are creating, I think he's a good pick.

                I was thinking about him preseason. 34 xG from last season in the championship is crazy. With that number of chances, surely he'd put some away.

                What eventually swayed me not to get him was the rotation risk with Rodrigo. But my own research was poor because I just assumed that Rodrigo would replace him like for like when they don't really play the same position or the same way so he was actually more nailed on than I thought.

                He's removed one of the few doubts I had about him which is his starting place, so in short, I think he's a good pick.

                1. The Hunt
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  28 days, 9 hours ago

                  Good comment.

                2. Klaren
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  28 days, 9 hours ago

                  That's not about your research being poor. Rodrigo played predominantly as a CF for the majority of his career. Bielsa decided to use him in midfield, not something that could be foreseen.

                  The fact that they were also after Rodrigo de Paul suggests that they were in fact looking for a player in that position to fill in for aging Hernandez but as they couldn't sign de Paul, Bielsa probably decided to use Rodrigo there instead as it is a more urgent requirement compared to CF.

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    28 days, 9 hours ago

                    Rodrigo might have played as a CF at Valencia but he didn't play like Bamford. He drops deep as a number 9 to build up play. Bamford is all about the high press on the two CBs. His workrate and ability to pressure two CBs by himself is what makes him good.

                    Rodrigo is also older so would never have been able to do what Bamford does. This is what I should have looked into more. Where would Rodrigo fit in and whether it would impact Bamford. But oh well, too late now. Might jump on the Bamford wagon if Antonio is not a viable option.

                    1. Klaren
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      28 days, 9 hours ago

                      Rodrigo is only 1.5 years older than Bamford and is known for his high workrate in Spain.

                      Rodrigo de Paul plays in the position that Rodrigo plays at the moment so pretty sure they did not sign Rodrigo to predominantly play in that position in the first place. However Bielsa likes to have players who can play in multiple positions and take on different roles in the team so it was probably an alternative on the table which ended up materializing.

                    2. Klaren
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      28 days, 9 hours ago

                      He did come back from injury recently though so his ability to pressure might not have been evident in the limited time he played at Leeds so far.

                3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 4 Years
                  28 days, 9 hours ago

                  Got him for Brewster this week.

            5. cuppatea78
              • 8 Years
              28 days, 9 hours ago

              Which of these moves would you make this week?

              A) TAA > Chilwell
              B) Mount > Zaha

              I'll make one this week and one next week. I'm thinking B. What'd you say?

              1. Rasping Drive
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                28 days, 9 hours ago

                B

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

                B. an Antonio-less West Ham are not to be feared

                1. cuppatea78
                  • 8 Years
                  28 days, 9 hours ago

                  Is he def out?

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

                    Looks very likely according to the West Ham ITK, hold off until the press conference if you want.

            6. Lucky Z
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 9 hours ago

              Martinez
              Reguilon | PVA | Chilwell
              Son | Salah | JRod | Grealish | Pulisic
              Kane | DCL

              Forster | Lamptey | Mitchell | Brewster

              2FT, 0.5ITB

              A. Pulisic + JRod => B.Fernandes + C.Under
              B. PVA + Reguilon => TAA + Struijk
              C. Other

              1. cuppatea78
                • 8 Years
                28 days, 9 hours ago

                I don't like any of those transfers to be honest.

                1. Lucky Z
                  • 3 Years
                  28 days, 9 hours ago

                  Burn FT? Any suggestions?

            7. _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              28 days, 9 hours ago

              Correct to bench Podence this week? Have a bad feeling about it.

              Martinez
              Robbo Saiss Chilwell
              Salah Son Rodrigez Grealish
              DCL Kane Bamford

              Forster Podence Mitchell Lamptey

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                28 days, 9 hours ago

                I don't think you have much choice. Who else could you bench?

                1. _Ninja_
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  28 days, 9 hours ago

                  True, whoever i bench will score.

              2. Jdpz
                  28 days, 9 hours ago

                  I play him in first squad.

                • Tingate
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  28 days, 9 hours ago

                  Seems fine to me

              3. jb1985
                • 2 Years
                28 days, 9 hours ago

                Barkley & Justin > Chilwell & Lookman

              4. Cruz88
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                28 days, 9 hours ago

                Does anyone know why the xG values listed in the members area differ to those on Understat? Are they not all derived from the same source (Opta)?

                1. The Hunt
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  28 days, 9 hours ago

                  I noticed that a few weeks ago. There's also another site I came across that gives Expected data and it was different again so I guess they get their numbers from different sources.

              5. Bennyboy1907
                  28 days, 9 hours ago

                  A: Dallas
                  B: KWP
                  C : Ayling
                  D : Coufal
                  C: another 4.5 Def?

                  1. The Hunt
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    28 days, 9 hours ago

                    West Ham's fixtures take a long term turn for the better after this weekend so Coufal wouldn't be a bad pick imo.

                • wilson007
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  28 days, 9 hours ago

                  McCarthy Steer
                  TAA Lamptey Justin Taylor Mitchell
                  Salah Son JRod Soucek Bissouma
                  Kane Werner DCL

                  1FT 0.2ITB

                  Any thoughts?
                  Thanks guys.

                • JGP
                    28 days, 9 hours ago

                    Who should I replace Werner with? Was thinking Ings or Bamford.

                    MARTINEZ
                    ROBO. CHILWELL. SAISS.
                    SALAH. JAMES. BARKLEY. SON
                    WERNER. DCL. JIMENEZ

                    1. _Ninja_
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      28 days, 9 hours ago

                      I would get Kane especially for the next 2. Werner / Jimmy to Kane / Bamford if you need funds.

                  • AlternativeB
                      28 days, 9 hours ago

                      Martinez
                      Robbo | Saiss Castagne
                      Son | Salah | JRod | Grealish |
                      Kane | DCL Wilson

                      Forster | Lamptey | Mitchell | Bizz

                      2ft 0,5 Itb. Hold or do something?