Scout Notes

What Fulham defeat tells us about West Brom defence ahead of Spurs clash

Fulham 2-0 West Brom

  • Goals: Bobby De Cordova-Reid (£5.3m), Ola Aina (£4.5m)
  • Assists: Aleksandar Mitrovic x2 (£5.8m)
  • Bonus points: Aina x3, De Cordova-Reid x2, Antonee Robinson x1 (£4.4m)

BAG ‘EM AND TAG ‘EM

Any concerns that West Bromwich Albion’s defence had improved enough to cause Spurs problems in Gameweek 8 were dissipated in a 2-0 defeat to Fulham on Monday night.

After conceding 13 goals in the first four matches of the season, Slaven Bilic tweaked the Baggies’ backline from a back-five to a back-four, adding Branislav Ivanović (£4.5m) into the mix.

There were initial signs of recovery as they kept their first clean sheet and conceded just once in the Serbian’s first two matches for the club.

However, that progress was dashed in Gameweek 7 as a poor Fulham side made light work of emerging 2-0 winners at Craven Cottage on Monday night.

That was only the second time this season that Scott Parker’s men had found the net more than once in a match and they also bested a number of their underlying statistics against West Brom.

Fulham’s attacking statistics per game between Gameweeks 1 and 6 (left) compared with Gameweek 7 in isolation (right)

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As you can see from the comparison above, on Monday night, Fulham registered superior figures for shots, big chances, shots on target, accuracy rate and goal conversion in comparison to their averages between Gameweeks 1 and 6. That certainly suggests the Baggies are not quite as capable of restricting sides as they indicated in Gameweeks 5 and 6.

FALSE DAWN

West Brom’s defending statistics per game between Gameweeks 1 and 6 (left) compared with Gameweek 7 in isolation (right)

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While West Brom have certainly conceded fewer goals since Ivanović’s debut, and improved some defensive underlying statistics, they have by no means become watertight.

We must remember that the last three matches have pitted them against weaker opposition in Burnley, Brighton and Fulham while Southampton (two goals), Chelsea (three), Everton (five) and Leicester (three) had no problems dismantling the Baggies.

What is also of interest, is one area of West Brom’s team that has been a persistent problem, regardless of opposition: their right-hand flank.

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The maps of key passes conceded by West Brom this season, split across the two different defence systems they have used, show a concentration on their right-hand side.

Between Gameweeks 1 and 6, every assist they gave up came from that direction and while that has not continued to be the case from Gameweek 5 onwards, you can see that they are still giving up more chances created there than anywhere else.

Crucially, a quick look back to the defence comparison table shows you that, despite conceding fewer goals since a switch to a back-four, their chances conceded from the right per game has risen from 10.8 to 14.0.

That is rather encouraging for those taking Spurs’ left-sided assets Son Heung-min (£9.6m) and Sergio Reguilón (£5.6m) into Gameweek 8.

Indeed, one of Fulham’s goals scored on Monday night looked as if it had been lifted straight from Jose Mourinho’s playbook this season.

Left-back Antonee Robinson (£4.4m) pressed into advanced space, crossing for Aleksandar Mitrović (£5.8m) who nodded back across goal for Bobby De Cordova-Reid (£5.3m) to nip in at the back post and head home.

ADEMOLA BOOKMAN

Despite picking up just one point thanks to a blank and a yellow card, Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) continues to impress for Fulham.

Utilising his pace in wide areas, the former Everton man produced an all-round performance, shooting and setting up his team-mates alike; of course, helped by West Brom’s brittle right-hand side.

The fixtures remain unfavourable for Fulham, with West Ham (away), Everton (home), Leicester (away) and Manchester City (away) their next four opponents.

However, it is worth keeping the player on our radars considering his price.

Fulham XI (4-2-3-1): Areola; A Robinson, Adarabioyo, Andersen, Aina; Lemina (Reed 46′), Zambo Anguissa; Lookman (Bryan 90′), Cairney, De Cordova-Reid (Cavaleiro 85′); Mitrović.

West Bromwich Albion XI (4-1-4-1): Johnstone; C Townsend, Ajayi, Ivanović, Furlong; Krovinović (M Phillips 70′); Diangana, Gallagher, Livermore (Sawyers 56′), M Pereira (C Robinson 56′); Grant.

LESSONS LEARNED FROM FPL GAMEWEEK 7

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389 Comments Post a Comment
  1. 2OLEgend
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Would you keep Saiss on the bench instead of taking a - 4 to transfer him to Coufal this week?
      Rest of defence is:
      Zouma, Taylor, Ayling, Mitchell

      1. jimbo90
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Yes. Don't -4 for a defender

        1. wilsonito
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Don’t agree with this, especially as it’s not just for 1 gw. There’ll be other transfers needed in future weeks so could be stuck with Saiss for longer

          1. jimbo90
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Each to their own. -4 for a defender you are relying on a clean sheet to make the points back. Can always get Saiss out next week. With the defenders shown there are good enough options for this week

      2. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        I actually got rid for a -4 but set me up for next 4/5 fixtures..

      3. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Yes

      4. jaguar shark
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        If you can field three players I would keep them on the bench for now

    • Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Really tempted by Kane to Vardy next week and keep son... Anfield followed by 4 plum fixtures

      1. jaguar shark
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        That’s nuts. Give it another week

      2. jaguar shark
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Ok I see your looking ahead... yeah if vardy looked good this week, that could definitely be a good call

    • TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Last Man Standing GW7 (3047 teams)

      Safety score = 41
      Top score = 97
      LMS average = 55.93 (-0.64) = 55.29

      221 to be removed
      2826 through to GW8

      https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

    • Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Have Son. Don't have Kane. Get him now or get Bruno in GW9?

      1. 2OLEgend
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Bruno in GW 9

        • wilsonito
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Probably missed the Kane train now although he should score well this week

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            My thought exactly. Not too sure if I want to bring him in for just one GW. Bruno on the other hand has a lengthy run of good fixtures. Plus I think Son will cover a few of rhe goals that Spur might score.

            1. wilsonito
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Yeah I agree, I’ve also got son so have passed on getting in Kane too

      2. Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        What do I need to change here? Got 1FT and 1.3m itb, debating Podence > JWP or Bowen/Fornals.

        Or, am I safer saving a FT to look at bringing City in soon? (and if so, where)

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

        1. 2OLEgend
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Save

        2. wilsonito
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Would it be unwise to play Soucek (FUL H) and bench Watkins (ARS A)?

          1. 2OLEgend
              3 months, 28 days ago

              I would play Soucek

            • Long ago I drew a walrus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Surely the unwise move is the other way round

              1. wilsonito
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Only one of them has scored a hat trick against the champions...

          2. wulfranian
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Amazing and quite emotional from Mark.Really special.
            https://twitter.com/3AmigosFPL/status/1319925964248391681

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

            Bench one:

            1) Foden
            2) Podence

            1. Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 28 days ago

              2

          4. Stormbringer22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Is Chilwell really the best defensive option at the moment? Looking at the stats on the member's portal he appears to be on top for most but there are so many other options that interest me. What do you reckon? Which one would you pick from the below:

            A. Chilwell - seems to come out on top for stats
            B. Cresswell - close second for stats + good fixtures
            C. Bellerin - looked lively + cheaper option
            D. PvA - not a lot of data yet, but good option in the past + good fixtures
            E. Zouma - scores the occasional
            F. Cancelo - good fixtures after the next 2 + attacking returns

            1. Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Contemplating the same

            2. LSK
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              A

          5. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            TAA, Saiss to Zouma, Chilwell too much Chelsea defence?

          6. Fergiesarmy
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            need some advice on WC

            Forster / McCarthy
            Zouma bellerin Justin Mitchell 3.9
            Zaha son salah ziyech
            Kane DCL

            Last two spots
            A) Grealish & Brewster. Play 3 5 3
            B) Wilson & 4.5m mid play 3 4 3

            Many thanks.

            1. Wild Card this...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Would rather have Coufal than Justin and would upgrade Mitchell to Kilman.
              A

          7. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Does it look ok? Bench alright?

            Martinez
            James Coufal Lamptey
            Salah Sterling Bruno Son Podence
            DCL Bamford

            Steere Dallas Brewster Mitchell

          8. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            West Ham’s fixtures look tasty & lots of interest in Cresswell but Fornals is the one I like?

            Scoring well, plenty of box action & likes a strike?

          9. Long ago I drew a walrus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Clearly the way to go in defence is with an all-C back line.

            Chilwell Cresswell Coufal
            with Cancelo and Castagne to come in in GW10

            If you're not a fan of the West Ham double up, your options are Coady, Cooper, Cash and Coleman

          10. jaguar shark
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Transfer 1 player (currently on the bench): Saiss or Mitchell.

            Joining: Robertson, Laptey, Chillwell.

            1. Jimbo-Jones
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Saiss. Both look done, but Mitchell is £4m - he is perfectly fine as bench fodder.
              Lots looking at Coufal. Chelsea double up with James/Zouma is also interesting given their fixtures.

          11. Jimbo-Jones
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            TAA to Chilwell, or bank FT?
            Feels like a good week to do it given fixtures - TAA has (mci) and Chilwell (SHU).

            McCarthy
            TAA Justin KWP
            Salah Son Grealish Bruno Soucek
            DCL Werner

            Mitchell Brewster Konsa

            1ft, 0.5itb.

          12. royals forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Are there any changes that you would make to this squad for this GW

            Martinez Areola

            Chilwell Keane Semedo Lamptey Dallas

            Son Havertz Grealish Lookman Trossard

            Kane Jimenez DCL

            1FT 2.1 ITB No WC

            Any ideas would be welcomed