Scout Notes

Leeds defence in danger of achieving FPL ‘whipping boy’ status once more

Crystal Palace 4-1 Leeds United

  • Goals: Scott Dann (£4.4m), Eberechi Eze (£5.8m), Jordan Ayew (£5.7m) | Patrick Bamford (£6.0m)
  • Own goals: Hélder Costa (£5.7m)
  • Assists: Eze, Patrick van Aanholt (£5.4m), Wilfried Zaha (£7.4m) | Mateusz Klich (£5.6m)
  • Bonus points: Eze x3, Ayew x2, Bamford x1

WHIPPING FORECAST

Fantasy Premier League managers are likely to start targetting the Leeds United defence again when searching for attacking returns after another heavy defeat.

The Whites were beaten 4-1 by Crystal Palace in Gameweek 8, the second time in as many Premier League matches that they conceded four times.

That is the sort of form they displayed in the opening weeks, as Marcelo Bielsa’s men gave up seven goals in the first two matches of the campaign.

After a period of defensive improvement, in which they conceded just 0.5 goals per game against Sheffield United, Manchester City, Wolves and Aston Villa, Leeds have looked rather exposed in both of their last two outings.

There was an element of fortune about some of Crystal Palace’s goals, although their pace on the counter played a part in the build-up of each.

Scott Dann (£4.4m) nodded home a corner supplied by Eberechi Eze (£5.8m), who netted a direct free-kick won from his own determined running before Patrick van Aanholt (£5.4m) got into too much space in the corner before his cross was bizarrely turned into the Leeds net by Hélder Costa (£5.7m).

While there is unlikely to be Fantasy interest in Arsenal attackers for Gameweek 9, Leeds face trips to Everton and Chelsea in the following two rounds, two sides with plenty of talent in the midfield and forward positions.

DALLAS COWBOY

While Leeds’ defensive credentials are slowly declining, Fantasy managers may still be intrigued by the role of Stuart Dallas (£4.5m) in Bielsa’s side.

The Whites manager rolled out his famed 3-3-3-1 formation for the first time this season as he took his side to Crystal Palace. 

That featured Luke Ayling (£4.5m) on the right-hand side of a back-three with Liam Cooper (£4.4m) and Robin Koch (£4.5m) which, arguably restricted his ability to get forward and be involved in attacking play compared to when he is afforded a right full-back role.

By contrast, Dallas was afforded a spot on the right-hand side of central midfield which, accordingly, led to the FPL defender having a greater involvement higher up the pitch.

Meanwhile, there was a noteworthy start for £4.0m FPL defender Pascal Struijk (£4.0m) in that central midfield trio.

How long his run in the team can realistically last largely depends on the fitness of Kalvin Phillips (£4.9m) and, now, that of Jamie Shackleton (£4.8m), who sustained a muscle injury in training this week. Both of those players will have the opportunity for recovery over the international break, of course.

TICKING ALONG

Owned by 33.5% and 29% respectively, this game’s popular options Bamford and Wilfried Zaha (£7.4m) both highlighted they were fully capable of ticking along.

Leeds’ first-choice centre-forward came away with a seven-point score but it could have been even more were it not for a rather contentious VAR call ruling out a first-half goal.

Finding the net courtesy of a Klich knockdown, Bamford is still yet to blank away from home in 2020/21, averaging 9.8 points per game on the road this season.

Meanwhile, Zaha’s assist may have been a little less than his owners wanted from Palace finding the net four times but it helps extend his positive start to the season.

Ahead of facing Burnley (away), Newcastle (home) and West Bromwich Albion (away) between now and Gameweek 11, the out-of-position midfielder has seven attacking returns to his name. It took him 23 Gameweeks to string together that many last season.

Anyone looking for a differential in the Palace attack for those favourable fixtures could consider Eze who offers a budget price as well as a role in corners and direct free-kicks, those helping him score 13 points in Gameweek 8.

Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2): Guaita; van Aanholt, Dann, Kouyaté, Clyne; Eze, McArthur, Riedewald (McCarthy 77′), A Townsend (Schlupp 71′); Zaha, Ayew (Benteke 85′).

Leeds United XI (3-3-3-1): Meslier; Cooper, Koch, Ayling; Alioski, Struijk (Roberts 71′), Dallas; Harrison, Klich, Costa (Raphinha 46′); Bamford.

Lessons Learned from FPL Gameweek 8

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575 Comments Post a Comment
  1. lordkippe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Would you WC this lot ? Players marked with * is players who certainly is out if I decide to pull the trigger

    Martinez - Button

    Chilwell - James* - Justin - Reguillon* - Mitchell*

    Salah - Sterling - Son* - Podence* - Bissouma

    Kane* - DCL - Mitrovic*

    1. Tcheco
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I would in GW10 but would keep one of Son or Kane

    2. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Just transfer out Mitrovic and Mitchell

  2. waltzingmatildas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Plan was to wc this IB. After a decent week I'm not so sure.
    Would you?
    Mccarthy button
    Chilwell James ayling Taylor mitchell
    Mané Bruno son soucek bissouma
    DCL Kane Bamford

    1. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      No

    2. Tcheco
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      no

    3. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Cheers guys

  3. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Thoughts on Martial?

    1. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      He looked a little rusty but had decent chances. I like him if you are looking for a fwd

    2. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Not an option until he proves he can take a shot

    3. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I didn't expect Cavani to threaten him for starts

      But, as things stand, Cavani is becoming a genuine threat... Which makes things even worse for Martial, especially considering how many more points you can get at around 6.0 or sub 8.0m from strikers

    4. Arteta
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Not even close to the next Thierry Henry.

  4. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Bruno or Vardy?

    Think we can only have one of them if Salah & KDB/Raz are staples.

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Vardy away or Bruno!

    2. Third Eye Vision
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Bruno in first. Got the option of switching Kane to Vardy if necessary, although keeping Kane might be the best option.

      Leicester do look great though. Of the good teams this year, they’re the one who get most overlooked on here.

    3. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Bruno

    4. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Bruno but I'd get Vardy before Rashford.

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

      Son to Bruno next week, then switch Bruno to KDB and Kane to Vardy... my current 2 week plan

  5. Stoic
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    ETA of Mitchell?

    1. Third Eye Vision
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      He’ll be arriving at terminal 3 gate 27 at approx 14:00 hours.

      1. Third Eye Vision
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I’m aware of the dadness of that joke.

  6. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Come on Sonny

  7. GreennRed
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Players starting to pick up injuries just 8 games in. Is the short preseason, plus CL and EL and International games (3 per break?) starting to take it's toll on some players. Some look their hitting true fitness but others, particularly attacking players like Ings, Wilson, Antonio, Pulisic, Aguero, Dé Bruyne are falling over though.

  8. Gunner Boy
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Best Forward for 6.0 or less?

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Watkins for now

    2. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Bamford

    3. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Che

    4. wulfranian
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Watkins

    5. Das Boot
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Bamford easily

    6. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Watkins

    7. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Bamford

  9. MarcusAurelius
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Heading into this GW Spurs had scored the most goals and West Brom had conceded the most.

    This season that means it’s going to be 0-0!

  10. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Best 4.7 mid playing at advanced positions?

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Bissouma

      1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Cheers mate

    2. Third Eye Vision
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Anguissa also looks great (for a 4.5) every single game.

      It’s Fulham though.

  11. wulfranian
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    International break and lockdown.Will be the longest and most depressing two weeks.

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Not at all. England 0 Republic 3 on Thursday night 😉

    2. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Literally the worst time to have the IB. Regular PL was about the only thing keeping me from going insane

    3. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      PS5 is out in those two weeks!

  12. Batigol
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Who will take set pieces for WBA today? All their usual takers are out

  13. ZimZalabim
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    IVANOVIC, PEREIRA TEST POSTIIVE

    Slaven Bilic has confirmed that Branislav Ivanovic and Matheus Pereira are missing from today's squad after testing positive for Covid-19 and have begun a period of self-isolation.

    A club statement read: "The club wishes the players a speedy recovery and will support them, if necessary, during their quarantine."

  14. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    No Diangana, Ivanovic or Pereira

    West Brom's three best players

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      That's huge for our Spurs captains.

      How can this be anything but a Spurs ass-whooping...

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Bale will even the odds

      2. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Spurs don't have the creativity to break down a really deep-lying defence?

        1. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Reguilón could be the key.

  15. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 10 days ago

    2 West Bromwich best players struck down with Covid

    this could get messy..... or be 0-0

  16. El Fenomeno R9
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Better option?

    A) Rashford + Bowen

    B) Bruno + Soucek(rotation with Brewster)

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      B

    2. El Platano
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      B

    3. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      B

    4. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Cheers all

  17. C_G
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Martinez Steer

    Chilwell Zouma Lamptey Justin Mitchell

    Podence Salah Son JRod Jorginho

    Vardy Kane DCL

    1 FT, 0 ITB, should I WC?? I want Bruno

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      No need

  18. Werner Bros
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Appreciate any thoughts on this?

    McCarthy Nyland
    TAA Chilwell Justin Taylor Mitchell
    Salah Son Zaha Podence Bissouma
    Werner DCL Wilson

    1FT 2.6ITB

    A: Son > Fernandes
    B: Podence > Grealish
    C: WC

    potential WC team below - will probably tinker a lot over IB.

    Martinez Steer
    Chilwell Justin Coufal KWP Taylor
    Salah Fernandes Grealish Zaha Bissouma
    Vardy DCL Wilson

    1.0ITB for fernandes to KDB in GW10 - Vardy could be Werner initially for GW9.

  19. melvinmbabazi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Thoughts on what to do? Thinking about buying Bruno?

    Martinez
    Chilwell | Coufal I Konsa
    Salah | Son | Rashford | Grealish I Zaha
    Kane | DCL |

    Forster I Lamptey I Brewster I Dallas

    0 itb, 1FT

    Cheers

    1. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Think you can save. See how Spurs do with Bale in the team, might provide the spack to make Spurs excel against the next few top sides.

      1. melvinmbabazi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Cheers

    2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Should be good to save imo, would play Lamptey over Konsa

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Very possible. I was so close to captaining Bale but pussied out and went with Son.

      At least this way I want both to do well...

      1. ZeBestee
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        That's nice. I did not have Kane, so had to bring him in instead. But expecting a haul from Bale today, might be huge.

    2. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      It is possible. To be honest, if Bale gets lots of points, I don't care as long as Kane and Son also get attacking returns too.

      1. ZeBestee
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Yep, the 2 are still the more safer picks even now. Interesting to see how Bale will do in his first PL start

  20. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Really tempted by kdb to Bruno. It's the only I can get him without a hit

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Would only do that for a 1-week punt

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Could be 2 . Cheers

        1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          I would rather have KDB GW10

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Not worth it.

      Salah to Bruno can work though

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Not keen on losing Salah though..

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          After tonight, you won't be keen on losing KDB as well 😉

  21. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    On WC :
    A) Richarlison,Leno and fodder ( Have DCL)
    B) Ziyech, McCarthy and fodder

    1. Vazza
        2 months, 10 days ago

        B. Did you push the button then? Can you respond to my post below please?

      • Mac90
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        B.

    2. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Ziyech or Bruno?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Bruno

      2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Bruno

      3. Arteta
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Why not both?

      4. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Penandes

      5. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I'm thinking both and no Son

      6. ZeBestee
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Bruno because of the fix. But Ziyech is also a good long term keep. Have both if u can.

    3. Vazza
        2 months, 10 days ago

        McCarthy (Fodder)
        Robbo Zouma Bellerin (Fodder x2)
        JRod Son Salah Grealish (Bissouma)
        Kane DCL Jimenez

        WC to this ? =>

        Martinez (Fodder)
        Chilwell Lamptey Bellerin (Lewis, Fodder)
        KDB Bruno Son Salah Grealish
        Bamford DCL (Brewster)...

      • Arteta
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Really wish I had Doherty for this game.

        1. ZeBestee
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          He is a premium rotation risk, and Spurs don't keep many CS's. Think he is not worth it imo, even for this game.

        2. Mac90
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          The moment I transferred him out, he started in PL matches

        3. TwiggsJameson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          I really wish I hadn't owned him all season to be honest. Been a disaster.

        4. Vazza
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Not really, more concerned about Reguilon to be honest

        5. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Kane & Foden (-4) to

          A. Bruno & Watkins/Antonio

          B. Grealish & Vardy

          Also have Son btw

          1. ZeBestee
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Bruno and Antonio if fit.

          2. wulfranian
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            a

        6. wulfranian
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          I was really impressed with Eze.Great performance,on corners and free kicks with good fixtures at only 6.0.

          1. ZeBestee
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            5.8?

            1. wulfranian
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Yes!

          2. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Good option whether he will start consistently that's the question

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

          An early Son goal to calm the nerves would be nice

          1. ZeBestee
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            And a Kane hatrick of assists. 😉

          2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Would love a start similar to WHU game

            1. Party time
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              I prefer the Southampton game

          3. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            I'll go with that o/

        8. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Could a midfield of Salah KDB Fernandes Ziyech and Grealish on WC be set and forget for the coming weeks?

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            No. Because are you capable of not making a move?

          2. Holmes
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            You will change Ziyech soon, so nope

        9. Mac90
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Just like against West Ham