Scout Notes

The FPL impact of Aït-Nouri’s debut on Saïss, Kilman and Podence

Wolves 2-0 Crystal Palace

  • Goals: Rayan Aït-Nouri (£5.0m), Daniel Podence (£5.5m)
  • Assists: Pedro Neto (£5.5m)
  • Bonus points: Aït-Nouri x3, Nelson Semedo x2 (£5.5m), Neto x1

CRY WOLF

Fantasy Premier League managers finally got a definitive clue to Nuno Espirito Santo’s long-term plans for his defence this season in a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

And, much to the dismay of the 22.4% in possession of Romain Saïss (£5.3m), the top-scoring FPL defender in 2020/21, we received confirmation that his role is diminishing.

The return to fitness of Marçal (£4.9m) and the arrival of Rayan Aït-Nouri (£5.0m) had been creeping up on Saïss for the last few weeks as he stood in at left wing-back.

But the emergence of Max Kilman (£4.2m) has caught him between a rock and a hard place considering that his old job has now been taken too. Crucially, against Palace, Saïss stayed on the Wolves bench. Helpful for avoiding one-point cameos but increasing the need for nearly a quarter of managers to draw on their bench. 

Of FPL defenders, only Trent Alexander-Arnold (33.2%) and the injured Tyrick Mitchell (25.7%) came into Gameweek 7 with more owners than Saïss, who actually became the most popular in that position among the top 10,000 managers on Friday night.

The fact that he is no longer guaranteed starts could mean a large number of managers already have one transfer booked in for Gameweek 8, especially those who feel they cannot bench a non-playing asset at £5.3m. Interestingly, 8.2% of all managers own both Saïss and Mitchell, although the latter is easier to keep on the bench for a few weeks.

Accordingly, we could see a flash-sale of the Wolves man in the coming days, especially as his team’s upcoming fixtures now take a turn for the worse from a defensive perspective anyway. Wolves travel to Leicester, Arsenal and Liverpool between now and Gameweek 11.

RAYAN ADVENTURES

Meanwhile, any hope that Saïss might somehow fight his way back to either left wing-back or centre-back were dashed by fantastic performances from both Aït-Nouri and Kilman against Crystal Palace.

Considering he is a natural left wing-back, it should come as no surprise that Aït-Nouri offered a much better balance to the Wolves side than Saïss did. He was also on-hand to blast Cheikhou Kouyaté‘s (£5.0m) first-half clearance into the bottom corner of Vicente Guaita‘s (£5.0m) net to give Wolves a well-deserved lead.

Bombing forward with intent and energy, the 19-year-old matched what Nelson Semedo (£5.5m) offered on the right and, as a result, Crystal Palace struggled to cope with how wide the pitch became.

“(Aït-Nouri) is brilliant. He’s come in and learned the role inside out. He’s really sharp. Turns you inside out with his bag of tricks. Tonight, I thought he was brilliant.” – Conor Coady

“(Aït-Nouri) played good. He has a lot of talent. There is a lot to improve on the defensive aspect and the shape of the team. But to score on your debut is great.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

DEAR PODENCE

Arguably, the chief beneficiaries of the impact Aït-Nouri had on the Wolves team were for Daniel Podence (£5.5m) and Pedro Neto (£5.5m), who each got their third attacking returns of the season in Gameweek 7.

Each wing-back taking up advanced positions, and offering energy and enthusiasm to track back, although, admittedly Aït-Nouri was not as good at that part of the job as Semedo (which Nuno picked up on, based on the above quote). Generally, the extra pace in these areas allowed the two wingers much more freedom to roam forward and cause problems against Palace.

Podence was particularly lively in the early stages, as Wolves finally rediscovered how to start games on the front foot. It is telling that Aït-Nouri’s 18th-minute goal was their first scored in the first half since Gameweek 1.

Then, after teeing up Leander Dendoncker (£4.5m) for a seventh-minute headed effort and watching Guaita palm away a 10th-minute curled strike, Podence finally rewarded the patience of his 3.6% ownership with a first attacking return since Gameweek 2. 

Netting his first goal since this same fixture last season, the former Olympiacos man ghosted in at the back post to slot under Guaita after Neto had found space behind Patrick van Aanholt (£5.4m) for a cross.

ON THE SPOT

The 482,570 Fantasy managers who signed Wilfried Zaha (£7.3m) for Gameweek 7 were, naturally, disappointed to see him pick up just one point at Wolves.

The fact that Nuno’s men have kept four clean sheets from a possible seven now arguably makes his rather quiet display feel like more of an anomaly, considering he averaged 10 points per away game before Friday night.

With Leeds (home), Burnley (away), Newcastle (home) and West Bromwich Albion (away) up next, there is still plenty of reasons to be positive about Zaha’s credentials.

Not least because he might be back on penalties again after Luka Milivojevic‘s (£5.7m) short-lived return to the Crystal Palace side.

During the club captain’s absence, Zaha has taken on responsibility for spot-kicks. But, when the Eagles were awarded one in the first half at Molineux, it was, unsurprisingly, Milivojevic who prepared to take it.

In the end, the penalty was ruled out for an offside in the build-up but the fact the Serbian collected the ball and stood over it spoke volumes.

However, Zaha owners were handed something of a reprieve as Milivojevic was sent off for violent conduct in the closing stages. At present, his ban lasts three matches, which would, of course, be ideal for anyone wanting Zaha to take some more penalties.

That said, it would be worth keeping an eye on whether or not Palace decide to appeal the decision and try to shorten the suspension.

“I’m disappointed about the red card. I personally thought it was a fair challenge from Luka Milivojević. But the referee, unfortunately, had a different opinion.” – Roy Hodgson

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI (3-4-3): Patrício; Kilman, Coady, Boly; Aït-Nouri, Neves, Dendoncker, Semedo; Neto (Moutinho 76′), Jiménez (F Silva 90+1′), Podence (Traoré 76′).

Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2): Guaita; van Aanholt, Dann, Kouyaté, Clyne; Schlupp (Eze 65′), Riedewald, Milivojevic, Townsend (Ayew 72′); Zaha, Batshuayi (Benteke 84′).

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761 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gabbiadini
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Jimi a trade with his fixtures and if so to who... (own Ings)
    Possibly thinking Werner?

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Yeah I guess if he looks good this week

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        yes obvs a wait and watch.

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Just got rid of Werner, not liking his positioning

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        too good to stay down.

        1. Pumpy Pro
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Like Morata, Di Maria , schevcenko . Etc etc

          No such thing as too good to stay down

    3. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      I'm gonna keep him for next few. 2 goals in 3 games isn't bad

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Not bad but 8.5M is tough to chew. Bamford in and use the money to get MUN or MCI mid.

  2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Would you keep TAA for Man City or move to Chilwell?
    Likely going to WC in 2-3 weeks anyway

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      I am moving out for Coufal. Need to prepare for my Podence to Bruno switch.

    2. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Yep keep could easily be a 0-0

  3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Need one of my popular picks to not play to have my differential come up from the bench and give me a nice 8. Please!

  4. PlayPercentage
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Only three Premier League games today? This PPV nonsense has got to stop.

    1. Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      i don't like the ppv stuff

      but i do like the games spread out

  5. liverpool01
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Coufal or Masuaku?

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Coufal more nailed

      1. liverpool01
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Cool thanks

  6. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    the standard of pundits in the uk is disgusting

    if you see other countries, they have pundits that breakdown tactics and explain things that you might not have caught watching the game

    in the uk, you got most of the analysis asking if the manager should be sacked or highlighting the referee decisions
    football is not politics or referee decisions

    then, you have sky that have literally got youtube personalities telling me about football

  7. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    a sterling haul today would be lovely

    1. ivantys
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Hope he saves some for next week

        1. Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          easy game so probably will

      • Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 11 days ago

        As an owner can’t see it against SHU

        1. Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          true, SHU have been solid so far

      • Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Hope so

      • Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Yes with Cancelo assisting most

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      The top defender in the game has been dropped, pretty unusual 🙂

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Feels so harsh he was only
        Moved out left to help the team with injuries too haha

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          It’s one game, doesn’t mean he’s completely dropped. Who’s to say Kilman misses out next next week or Coady/Boly

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            lol. it won't be coady or boly.

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Ok maybe a bit far there, but definitely Kilman. Kid only has a couple of good performances under his belt

        2. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Yeah I would be so pissed with the manager... really unfair. He could have easily say why don't you play Kilman as a wing back instead? Lesson learned I guess.

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Shows how fpl points doesn’t always reflect real life performances

      3. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Trent will be top after today 😉

        1. Salan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          15+ points coming

      4. ivantys
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Highest scoring doesn't mean bEsT defender

      5. PlayPercentage
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Saiss -> Kilman, or
        Saiss -> Ait-Nouri?

        1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Kilman for the short term and Ait-Nouri if he holds down the LWB position

        2. Gandalf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Fixtures not looking good for wolves going forward, so either look elsewhere or gamble of Kilman holding down his place as an enabler

        3. Soonmixdin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Are you that confident that they will get results, given their upcoming fixtures?

        4. antis0cial
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Not prefer a West Ham def for upcoming fixtures?

        5. Slitherene
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          None

      6. beetlejuice
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Looking for a Jimenez replacement, currently have DCL and Watkins. Fund is 9.9 after shipping Jimenez
        Bamford ; don't fancy the fixtures
        Kane ; need a hit and fixtures are drying already
        Maupay ; is he reliable?
        Antonio ; injured
        Adams ; recently sold him for Watkins, don't really go back to that route again.

        Any other options?
        Thanks!

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Wilson ?

        2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Ings

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            +1

          2. beetlejuice
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            does he really worth extra few millions than adams? I doubt.

        3. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Keep and do GW9 with 2FT more options

      7. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Would you consider pva a good replacement for saiss ?

        1. liverpool01
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Great fixtures for next 4 gws

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            Didn't watch the game no chance he can be dropped if Mitchell fit ? Thanks

            1. liverpool01
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Doubt Pva will be dropped he replaced Mitchell, didn't watch the game mate.

            2. Soonmixdin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              There's no way Mitchell gets a look in if PvA is fit!

              1. Soonmixdin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                Only thing I would say is that as he's returned from a long injury lay off, he won't be up to speed for a few games yet.

        2. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Thanks all pva it is then 🙂

      8. liverpool01
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Jimenez vs Leicester
        Dcl vs Man Utd

        Hold or Jimenez to Dcl?

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          United at home usually a good fixture for Everton to get goals historically. I’d keep DCL

          1. liverpool01
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            Cool haven't got Dcl yet.

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Sorry I misread, I would get DCL and have some extra £s

        2. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          hold

        3. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          DCL has the better fixtures after mate but you could say Jiménez always does well in harder fixtures too so it’s a really close one

        4. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Do it the week after when DCL has Fulham

          1. liverpool01
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            Yeh makes sense doing it when dcl is against Fulham thanks guys.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Makes sense, I think people rushing to sell him should hold, I very much doubt Kilman has displaced him long term after a couple of good performances when Saiss has been a stronghold in that defense for over a year.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            Personally don’t own him though

          2. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            Fixtures are turning though

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              They are just so solid at the back though

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                True. If only I had a crystal ball 🙂

        2. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Interesting indeed, but Kilman and A-N performance still worrying...

        3. Guru Mediation
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Very. Thanks for the link. That being said I see little downside to downgrading as the fixtures are turning for Wolves. Can then assess which is the best asset to obtain a few weeks down the road

          1. Guru Mediation
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            I'm switching to Coufal, but not until the end of the week

          2. Bennerman
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            Before that he couldn't get in the team, remember. Bennett kept him out, and he got the odd job in midfield. It's not as if he's been a mainstay for years and a Nuno favourite.

          3. Marcin the Pole
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            This. If upcoming fixtures were tasty I'd definitely hold. Don't have much appetite for a Wolves defender anyway though for the next few weeks so will likely bring in Coufal.

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              This

        4. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Hats off to the person who spotted that one !

        5. Pumpy Pro
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          This is why you should ignore twitter. I hope you all keep him

      9. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Bit of a weird one, I always thought Saiss was an excellent player for Wolves - sad to see him lose his spot. Guess it means he’s gotta go - but to who atm?
        A) Coufal/Cresswell
        B) Kilman
        C) Chilwell
        D) other

        Martinez Steer
        Robbo Saiss** Lamptey Taylor Mitchell
        Salah Son Havertz JRodriguez Podence
        Kane DCL Davis

        2FT 1.2 ITB

        1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          C

          1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            Probably a solid shout especially if good again today. A downgrade would be nice though potentially to enable Podence / Davis upgrades, or Rashford in for Havertz even...

        2. Carlton P
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Depends if you are considering Havertz > Rashford and need £ITB

        3. Tinfoil Deathstar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 months, 11 days ago

          I have the exact same defence as you and a similar amount ITB. It's a tough one but I think I'm going to swap Saiss for Creswell.

          Chilwell is nearly a £1m more expensive than Cresswell now, so just feel the latter offers better value for money, and would rather use those freed-up funds to invest in City attack from GW10. West Ham's underlying defensive stats are great, Cresswell is nailed, and offers similar potential for attacking returns. I think I'll make the move early if Cresswell gets through his fixture today in order to beat the likely Saiss price drop.

      10. bigwig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        What's Hodgson on about the Mili foul was a fair challenge and appealing. It was a blatant red card.

        1. Bennerman
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          I do remember on the last replay I saw (having been fully convinced of the red) him getting a much bigger chunk of the ball than I'd first thought. But haven't seen it since to confirm (I know I could go on Twitter to look again but I don't like Twitter and won't promulgate it by giving it a click).

          1. bigwig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            tbf I only saw it from one angle in the highlights on a computer screen but looked a stone wall red

        2. Fantasy Gold
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Roy has let himself down with that comment.

          Sour grapes.

      11. Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Anyone help?

        Had 2FT’s, already done Saiss > Coufal.. got 1.3m itb! Does this look good to go for GW 8? Want to bring City players in but not yet as fixtures are horrendous.

        Martinez (Steer)
        Trent - Lamptey - Coufal (Dallas & Taylor)
        Salah - Son - Zaha - Podence
        Jimmy - DCL - Kane

        1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Jimmy to Werner/Ings could be a good shout

          1. Hryszko
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            Yeah i was thinking Werner/Ings, but shall I hold for one more week and reassess? I feel like I need city cover in 2 GW's too!

            Possibly keep Jimmy and just do Podence > Foden?

          2. Hryszko
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            When would you look at doing the above?

      12. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Are Zaha owners planning to hold through his fixtures, I’ve had him since gw 3 so had ok returns but feel like now could be a good time to jump off a to Rashford, puli or Bruno

        1. Hryszko
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          I'm holding, he looked dangerous again last night, should of had a penalty last night and with Luka suspended he's on penalties again?

          1. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 11 days ago

            Would think so, some say Pva but I can’t see that. He looked ok last night ? Didn’t see the game, that’s re assuring at least!

          2. Seanigula
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            Dangerous? He was terrible...don’t think he even had a single shot anywhere near the goal...and he wouldn’t have had a penalty because Luka was on at the time

        2. Gabbiadini
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          hold through what, 4 excellent fixtures?

          1. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 11 days ago

            Leeds and Burnley aren’t excellent fixtures for an attacking side as bad as palace

        3. bigwig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          I'm thinking of getting him in. LAst night was the fixture I dint want him for but the next 4 look good

        4. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Issue with Zaha is his career average is a goal every 5 games or so.

          I get that he's in a more prominent attacking position.

          I'd have any of those others first.

      13. Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Weird one this Liverpool game tonight. I could see West Ham getting a 2-1 win but I could also see Liverpool winning 5-0. Hope it's the latter as a Mane captainer..

        1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Nice 1-0 with a Salah goal would do me fine tbh

        2. Salan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Hope it's the latter and Salah scores 5.

      14. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Plenty people moaning about a potential Podence assist, I missed it, anything in this?

        1. Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          podence crossed to the pen spot and it was headed away towards the corner of the box

          the fella then scored

        2. bigwig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          I think it was unlucky not to be an assist as the header didn't change the direction of the ball much

        3. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Owners grasping at straws. It was an obvious clearance from Kouyate that fell to Ait Nori

        4. Fantasy Gold
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          They are never given.

          Wasn’t an assist. Podence owner here.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            I’m a non owner and think it should have been given, I always thought rule was as long as the defender’s touch/interception doesn’t dramatically change the path of the ball it is an assist?

            In a similar vein I find it silly how rebounds off keepers saves are always given, surely that is changing the path of the ball?

            1. Danno - Emre Canada
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Hmmmm cheers all, I’ll try to check it out in a bit. Sounds like we need a bit of consistency

            2. Bennerman
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Some of the assist rules are cack. Someone falls over for a foul 40 yards out and some other genius bangs in an unbelievable goal – and that counts as an assist, same as dribbling past five players and giving someone a tap-in?

        5. Klaren
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Intended target of the ball was Ait Nouri and he was the one who scored. Should have been an assist. Unfortunately the ones who make those decisions aren’t very bright, hence they do this job. It doesn’t take a genius to figure it out.

          1. Wild Rover
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            No way was he the intended target.

        6. Pumpy Pro
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Butterfly affect again. If he was given the assist the game may have somehow played out differently. Accept the goal and be happy

          1. Danno - Emre Canada
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            That’s exactly what I was saying to someone earlier

          2. Wild Rover
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            Not true in this case. Giving him the assist would not have changed the game, it could even have been given after the game.

            1. Pumpy Pro
              • 11 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              There must be somthing that could have changed . He may have been thinking..wonder if that goes down as an official assist on my tally and in his concentration took a step left instead of right. Clutching at straws but the flap of a butterflys wing n all that

              1. Bennerman
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                Well this is true to the theory to be fair. But very hypothetical!

          3. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            Not really, the decision of whether it was an assist or not is in isolation to fpl

          4. Bennerman
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            That doesn't work in this case because it had no material effect, though. You can't even say Podence might have played better because he thought he'd been awarded an FPL assist, because he wouldn't have known either well (not to mention the absurdity of him caring)

            1. Pumpy Pro
              • 11 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              I didn't say that or relate it to fpl. Yes i am straw clutching here but look up 😉

      15. Parsnips
          5 months, 11 days ago

          My team:

          Martinez
          Robo Saiss Chilwell
          Salah Barkley Zaha Son
          Werner Dcl Jimenez

          Ryan Mitchell Dunne Anguissa

          I’m so stuck on what transfers to do! Any help/suggestions would be great!

          1. antis0cial
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            Saiss to West Ham def or pva, rest is fine for now

        • Ronnies
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Bench 1 of these;

          A) TAA - Man City away
          B) Ayling - away to Palace
          C) Justin - home to Wolves
          D) Coady - away to Leicester

          Thanks.

          1. Fantasy Gold
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            D

          2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            C

          3. antis0cial
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            C

          4. Salan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            A) TAA is not an option.

        • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Ampadu now 4.4 and expected to continue playing as a deep midfielder..
          Sheffield United can only improve.. one to monitor!

        • Naby K8a
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Thiago’s in the squad today

          1. Fantasy Gold
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            Nice. Improves Salah’s prospects

          2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            Very nice (Borat accent)

          3. Joey Tribbiani
              5 months, 11 days ago

              So Chelsea clean sheet?

          4. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            I really hope both KDB and Mahrez play and link up well today...

            1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
              • 8 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              And sterling.

          5. El Lobito 10
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            Best Saiss replacement? 5.4m to spend

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              I'm going pva

              1. El Lobito 10
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                Like it

            2. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              If it weren't for fixtures you'd say a straight swap in Wolves.

              They are pretty much the form team defensively.

              1. El Lobito 10
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                You're right. I do fancy some shutouts even with that run but it does look a bit evil

            3. antis0cial
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Coufal/cresswell/pva. Maybe cancelo

              1. El Lobito 10
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                Slim pickings those

            4. Fantasy Gold
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Cresswell

            5. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Dare I say AWB/Telles?

              1. El Lobito 10
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                AWB could be a shout but Lindelof at 4.9 also

          6. BoleynWin
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            A lot of speculation around Palace’s penalty pecking order, I thought it was worth mentioning that when they were awarded one last night Milli picked the ball up and began walking over to the spot before you could see PVA ask him “Are you taking it?”

            To me that suggests PVA is second in line ahead of Zaha when they are all on the pitch, with Milli out I guess we could find out sooner rather than later...

            1. tokara
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Good read

            2. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Cack decision, just leave it to the guy who’s been scoring them and is your leading scorer - until he misses at least (Zaha owner)

            3. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              PVA on pens hopefully

          7. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            Saiss Mitchell > Cresswell Kilman no brainer?

            1. Fantasy Gold
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              For free? Good moves

              1. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                Yes one at the time Cresswell in first for Fulham

          8. Hryszko
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            G2G for next GW?

            Rolling a FT so i've got 2 to play with.

            Martinez (Steer)
            Trent - Coufal - Lamptey (Dallas & Taylor)
            Salah - Son - Zaha - Podence (Burke)
            Jimmy - DCL - Kane

            1.3m itb.

          9. Bury94
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            XI | Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne (C), Bernardo, Torres, Mahrez, Sterling.

            SUBS | Carson, Stones, Ake, Gundogan, Zinchenko, Foden, Garcia.

            1. beric
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              God damn it

            2. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Brilliant

              ... Bring it on!

            3. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Yes Cancelo starts

            4. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              No Foden

          10. ClassiX
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            MAN CITY TEAM NEWS
            Team to play Sheffield United: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Torres, Sterling.
            Subs: Carson, Stones, Ake, Gundogan, Zinchenko, Foden, Garcia.

            SHEFFIELD UNITED TEAM NEWS
            Team to play Man City: Ramsdale, Basham, Egan, Stevens, Baldock, Berge, Ampadu. Lowe, Osborn, McBurnie, Brewster.
            Subs: Verrips, Lundstrum, Sharp, Burke, Norwood, McGoldrick, Robinson.

            1. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Torres and Cancelo to Aguero and Mendy (when both fit) and that is Man City's best team)

            2. mookie
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Is that a back 4 from Sheffield? Who'll be on set pieces for them?

              1. _Ninja_
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                Berge maybe

                1. mookie
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Cheers

            3. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Lundstram in the bad books for rejecting a new contract?