Scout Notes

Digne and Everton attack thrive in wing-back system but defence leaks more goals

FULHAM 2-3 EVERTON

  • Goals: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.8m) x2, Abdoulaye Doucouré (£5.3m) | Bobby De Cordova-Reid (£5.3m), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.9m)
  • Assists: Richarlison (£7.8m), Lucas Digne (£6.1m) x2| Tom Cairney (£5.3m), Ademola Lookman (£5.0m)
  • Bonus: Calvert-Lewin x3, Doucouré x2, Digne x1

CONVERT-LEWIN

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.8m) owners may be hoping Carlo Ancelotti retains the wing-back system which worked to devastating effect in attack during the first half against Fulham on Sunday.

The Everton striker put his team 1-0 up after 42 seconds as the Toffees pounced on Fulham’s poorly-executed attempt to play out from the back.

Lucas Digne (£6.1m), operating at left wing-back, won the ball high up the pitch before releasing Richarlison (£7.8m).

The Brazilian’s cross took a slight touch off a Fulham defender but found its intended target in Calvert-Lewin, who bundled home from close range.

The England striker totalled three attempts in the match, all from inside the box and all of which hit the target.

“The first half was a representation of me benefitting from the new system, where I’m getting chances from wide areas, crosses coming in.

“That’s what I like, being in the right area at the right time.” – Dominic Calvert-Lewin

WING-BACK TO THE FUTURE

Whether or not Ancelotti retains the 3-4-3 formation will be revealed in the coming Gameweeks, though the Italian is aware that Everton must defend better:

“Alex Iwobi played well, like the others played really well. I am pleased for him. In that wing-back position, he can show his quality.

“We have to improve (defensively) for sure. We were not so compact and not so close to the line. We have time this week to work on this.

“I don’t think it is a winning system because there is no winning system. The sytem gave us the possibility to use more of the width of the pitch and to put crosses in.” – Carlo Ancelotti

Both Digne and the impressive Alex Iwobi (£5.9m) were heavily involved in Everton’s attacking play at Craven Cottage.

Iwobi’s jinking run in the first half led to James Rodriguez (£7.9m) finding Digne on the left.

The Frenchman’s first-time cross resulted in a first-time Calvert-Lewin finish just before the half-hour mark.

Ten minutes earlier, Iwobi saw an assist for Calvert-Lewin chalked off as the striker had strayed offside before beating the busy Alphonse Areola (£4.5m).

Rodriguez owners may be less impressed with the new Everton system, which saw him playing centrally in attack but usually feeding the marauding wing-backs.

That occurred again on 35 minutes as a lovely one-two between Digne and Rodriguez allowed the former to cross for Abdoulaye Doucouré (£5.3m), who rose unchallenged to head home.

It could have been an assist hat-trick for Digne before the half-time whistle but Richarlison fluffed his lines from close range after the France defender put in a teasing low cross.

Richarlison also saw an attempt inside the box saved by Areola earlier in the opening period, following an excellent shot assist from Calvert-Lewin.

TOFFEES COME UNSTUCK

For all of Everton’s excellent attacking play in the first half, Fulham exposed the 3-4-3 formation in the second period.

Parker’s team took control of possession, pushing Digne and Iwobi back towards their own goal.

Fulham’s pressure told on 68 minutes when substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.9m) was fouled inside the area.

The Cottagers’ woes from the penalty spot continued, however, as Ivan Cavaleiro (£5.3m) slipped on hitting the spot-kick to send the ball over Jordan Pickford‘s (£4.9m) crossbar.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (£5.7m) and Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) – who have both missed a penalty this season – were on the pitch at the time.

“I don’t think you could write it. Cav was the penalty taker, we worked on it this week. Like I said it after the last time [with Lookman], you can miss penalties and he slipped. It is one of those things.

“No denying we have issues with penalties. We’ll keep working and training it to see who is the best to take them.” – Scott Parker

Two minutes later, Loftus-Cheek did grab a goal back for Fulham as he steered a Lookman cross past Pickford.

“I thought [Ruben] was brilliant really. He came in and worked really hard with him with the information I’m trying to give him so he can have a big impact. Sometimes he can have a tendency to drift but today was everything we wanted.” – Scott Parker

Ancelotti’s response was to hook both Rodriguez and Richarlison, as Everton clung on for a precious three points:

“It was a difficult game, it was difficult to prepare. It was a good first half, second half we lost physical energy and we had difficulties. James was tired, Richarlison was tired.” – Carlo Ancelotti

While Fulham dominated the second half, their defensive lapses in the opening 45 minutes – and another spot-kick blunder – proved the Cottagers’ undoing. That domination, however, did stop Calvert-Lewin from having an opportunity to clinch a hat-trick.

“It was a game of two halves. Second half, we didn’t really have much of the ball. It was more about digging in, winning fouls and free-kicks. It was more of a lonely role [up front].

“It sounds cliche but in the second half we didn’t have much of the ball and on another day we might be punished for not playing well in the second half.” – Dominic Calvert-Lewin

COTT ON THE HOP

The Cottagers’ issues in defence are certain to be at the forefront of FPL managers’ minds heading into Gameweek 10.

Parker’s men travel to play Leicester next weekend, before back-to-back clashes against Manchester City and Liverpool.

Having conceded ten goals in the opening three Gameweeks of the season, Fulham let in just five in as many fixtures before Gameweek 9.

But going into Gameweek 9 only Everton (7.83), Sheffield United (7.64) and West Ham (6.11) had higher ‘expected goals conceded‘ totals than Fulham (6.01).

That xGC figure was racked up in fixtures against the Blades, Crystal Palace, West Brom and the Hammers.

On Mitrovic’s benching, Parker said before the game:

“[It is] mainly [a] tactical [decision]. Obviously Aleks has come back from international duty. The team I’ve [picked] today is a team that I feel can hurt Everton, can cause them problems.

Cavaleiro was the man tasked with leading the line against Everton, though it was Decordova-Reid who got Fulham’s first-half goal after linking well with Tom Cairney (£5.3m).

After the match, an irritated Parker reflected:

Improved in the second half but three goals down, I have stood here many times, you can’t go on to score four goals to win games.

A reaction? Yes, for sure, but it came too late. First half as always we played some nice stuff, showed what we were about but any second ball we came out second best. It is not the way it needs to be.

We changed things around tactically [in the second half] but we did exactly what we missed in the first half in the battles and the fundamentals of a football match. They have to be a given. We fell short of that in the first half.


Fulham XI (4-2-3-1): Areola; A Robinson, Adarabioyo, Andersen, Aina; Reed, Lemina (Zambo Anguissa 69′); Lookman, Cairney (Loftus-Cheek 57′), De Cordova-Reid (Mitrovic 57′); Cavaleiro.

Everton XI (3-4-3): Pickford; Keane, Mina, Godfrey; Digne, Allan, Doucouré, Iwobi,; Richarlison (Sigurdsson 76′), Calvert-Lewin, Rodriguez (Davies 73′).

Lessons Learned from FPL Gameweek 9

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1,125 Comments Post a Comment
  1. seanmcging
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    What is the consensus on having a strong attacking 8? I have had to decide between Wilson & Podence which was painful, now Jota has replaced Podence, so even more tricky now.

    1. The Big Fella
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Strong 7 and a regular playing cheap(ish) 8th that will have a go. Soucek for example

    2. Il Capitano
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Cheap 8th attacker, saves headaches

        1. Mr Wolf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          This

      • DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Life's too short for those sort of headaches.

      • antis0cial
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Strong 7 with an 8th that is nailed to start.

        1. seanmcging
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          I agree, finding it difficult to ditch Wilson, can't get rid of any of the 5 mids (Salah, Son, Ziyeck, Jota & Rodriguez).

      • Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I'm in the 'get the cheapest, weakest bench you possibly can' camp.

        If you're an active manager, you can replace players who get injured/are doubts with transfers. A really good bench wastes team value and causes problems.

        The sweet spot for me is get a good 4.5m defender to rotate as emergency and then I'm totally fine with Douglas (3.8m) and Davis (4.3m) as the other bench slots. Lamptey was intended as that 4.5m slot.

        1. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          I have always been in that camp. Worked great last season but this season it isn't working.

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            It isn't?

            I got Lamptey's 9 points off the bench a few weeks ago. I'd say it's working great. Been able to field 11 every week and my 3rd outfield bench slot has never come up.

            1. Lindelol
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              May be its because I destroyed my team after GW 3 WC then

        2. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          This. 4.5 Def, Playing 4.5(Brewster), 3.9 Def

      • Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Same as everyone else cheap 8th attacker. Depend on formation either 4.5 mid or 4.5 fwd

      • Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Plenty of decent 4.5 (ish) mids and defenders for a playing bench, but having a strong front 8 where you play 7 against the easiest fixtures each week and rotate maybe 2 or 3 of the 8 can work very well.

        I never quite understood people who have a couple of non starting 3.9 bench fodder players 'to get maximum cash on the pitch' but then have money in the bank any way ... and ... because 'we never get down to the third sub' but then take a -4 because they don't trust their one playing bench fodder because he is pants 😉

        No single strategy is better than the next in this game of chance 🙂

    3. kime67
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Lamptey would have probably been the only threat for liverpool.

      1. Blush Response
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Welbeck played really well v Villa not sure what game you were watching.

      2. kime67
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        it was villa being bad imo

        1. Blush Response
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Could've been to be fair.

    4. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Current team: 0FT
      Leno
      Cancelo Telles Justin
      Salah Bruno Son Rashford Grealish
      DCL Watkins
      (Chilwell Brewster Mitchell)

      Potential WC team:
      Meslier
      Robbo Cancelo Targett
      Salah KDB Bruno Grealish JWP
      DCL Watkins
      (Chilwell Brewster Bernardo)
      +0.4

      Sound worth it or keep what I have?

      1. RED_ARMY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Current is way better

    5. Fernando Torres
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      A) DCL (c) + Rodriguez
      B) Vardy (c) + DCL (-4)

      Which is best?

      1. jomikijiq
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        A

      2. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        B

    6. Il Capitano
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Some early considerations for next GW transfers.

        1FT 0.9m ITB WC available

        McCarthy (Button)
        Chilwell Zouma Justin (Mitchell Taylor)
        Bruno Sterling Son Grealish (Bissouma)
        Werner DCL Watkins

        A) Zouma > Cancelo/Dias (Sterling/Bruno captain)
        B) Werner > Vardy (C)

        1. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Close. Probably A assuming Vardy would be short-term. Can you afford both...?

          1. Il Capitano
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Yes, can afford both with 0.1M to spare, reluctant to take hits in consecutive weeks though

        2. Atimis
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Doing Kane to Vardy (c) leaves me with one more FT.

          Could go for:
          1) Reguilon to Cancelo
          2) Hamez to any mid up to 11.5 - Sterling? (Can't afford KDB)
          3) Both for a hit

          Martinez
          Robo/Kilman/Chilwell
          Bruno/Son/Hamez/Grealish
          Kane/DCL/Bamford

          Martin/Reguilon/Mitchell/Stephens

          1. Catastrophe
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Probably A as you already have good Spurs coverage.

        3. Hansel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          A) DCL, Ziyech
          B) Bamford, Bruno

          1. seanmcging
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            A

          2. Catastrophe
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            A

        4. davies
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          What’s the bigger upgrade?

          A) Dunne > Cancelo/6.0

          B) Brewster > Bamford

          1. Catastrophe
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Will they rotate? Presumably Dunne and Brewster are not starting for you...

            Cancelo has the fixtures, I would go with him probably.

            1. davies
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Chilwell Lamptey Kilman Mitchell *****

              Brewster currently rotates with Soucek - as would Bamford for his bad fix

              1. Catastrophe
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Think you have to do A then otherwise you could risk not fielding 11.

                1. davies
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  With B I can afford Dunne > 4.3/4.4

          2. NETFLIX & CHILWELL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Dunne >Cancelo

        5. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Help greatly appreciated! Which do you prefer?

          A) Ziyech, 4.6D & 4.6D
          B) Jota, Zouma & Cancelo

          Prefer Ziyech but thinking if Jota continues to get minutes then B is the better option.

          Rest of Team:

          Martinez
          Chilwell, X, X
          Salah, KDB, Fernandes, Son, X
          DCL, Bamford

          (Steer, Kilman, Brewster, Mitchell)

          Cheers.

          1. KEVIN DE CLAUS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            B

          2. jomikijiq
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            B

          3. Catastrophe
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Cheers.

        6. KEVIN DE CLAUS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Martinez
          Konsa Coufal Mitchell/Ayling/Lamptey
          KDB Son Zaha Bruno Soucek
          Werner Kane

          Did Salah to Bruno last gameweek, always planed on getting him back & simply can not afford anymore braces from DCL without owning him:

          Thinking about going Werner->DCL this GW, and Son->Salah the next.

          Thoughts?

          1. Catastrophe
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Sounds good. Although I would consider Kane & Zaha -> Bamford/Watkins & Salah (if funds allow) rather than losing Son.

            1. KEVIN DE CLAUS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Thats also a thought. Good thing theres still a few days until deadline. Thanks!

          2. Mr Wolf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I think you are a little too late for the DCL train...a couple of good fixtures remain, then big swing.

        7. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          The people that think Jota is nailed on will cop a huge shock when Salah returns. If you think Firmino will sit on the bench every week you are hugely mistaken...

          Liverpool’s system won them the league, not their individual talents... and Firmino is essential to that system.

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Yeah until Klopp plays 4-2-4 with Henderson Wijnaldum Firmino Mane Salah Jota out.

            He will play. He will play good minutes especially with the injuries Pool have.

            1. JONALDINHO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Doesn’t work for Liverpool. Only reason we played that against Sheffield and City was due to a lack of mids. Jota will be rotated in and out of the front 3

          2. kime67
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            i dont think klopp can bench him now, they will go with 4231 again wich i dont like as salah owner, but it is what it is

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Striker Salah, how can you complain as an owner?

          3. Bruce Lee
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Jota can play better than Firmino in his position

            1. Bruce Lee
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Non-owner btw

            2. JONALDINHO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Only works in games where teams play a high line and have more of the ball.e.g Atlanta. Wont work in the prem

              1. Bruce Lee
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Why won't it work with teams with a low-block?

                Please enlighten me

                1. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Jota doesn’t have the ability to breakdown a low block defence mate, he’s not that type of player

                  1. Bruce Lee
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    And Firmino does?

                    Can you give me an example where he has done so?

                  2. Bruce Lee
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    LFC vs WHM

                    Jota comes on for Firmino

                    Score is 1-1

                    WHM are deep

                    Jota gets the winner

                2. JONALDINHO
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Jota exploits space in behind the defense similar to Salah and Mane. Against low blocks this space is non-existent so it’s firmino’s job to create it. If you watch their games closely you’ll see this. Jota can’t do that

                  1. Bruce Lee
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    LFC vs WHM

                    Jota comes on for Firmino

                    Score is 1-1

                    WHM are deep

                    Jota gets the winner

                    AND has a disallowed goal

                    Next please

                    1. JONALDINHO
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      And how did he score? By exploiting the space in behind. Just not as effective as when firmino is on. But you go off because I suppose you know more than klopp anyway...

                    2. Blush Response
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      What a ridiculous response, just C&P what you already said in response to a very reasonable answer. This place is a cess pit.

            3. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              absolute rubbish. Jota doesn’t come close to replicating Firmino’s role in that team

              1. Bruce Lee
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                HAHAHAHAHAHA

                1. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Key word is role. Jota’s strengths are out wide, not central

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    They're not his only strengths though. Jota is a versatile player. In fact, all 4 of their attackers are.

                    1. Bruce Lee
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      No no no, don't use logic

                      All players must fit into a box

                      Firmino is creative

                      Jota is a runner

                      That's the end of the story

          4. kime67
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            i think hes better when hes on the wing

          5. kime67
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            bruce lee thats bs

          6. sully29
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I very much doubt Jota is nailed on but a spell on the bench might be good for Firmino. He underperformed terribly in front of goal last year and has hardly pulled up trees this year either.

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Goalscoring isn’t his strength, nor has it ever been yet Klopp has persisted with him

              1. sully29
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Yep but even by his own standards he was extremely poor last season when it came to converting chance. This is a player who previously scored 27 goals in a season for Liverpool too, so it's not like goalscoring is beyond him. And he gets *lots* of chances.

                1. Dr Van Nostrand
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  He does need to improve his finishing rate which has been poor of late but his job isn't to score goals. He wasn't scoring many when Liverpool were one of the most dominant teams in history last season so Klopp is happy with his overall contribution.

                  Just because he is listed as a striker in FPL doesn't mean he has to score alot of goals. He's a beast at everything else and will remain first choice until that gives way.

                  So can't see Jota 1st choice unless Liverpool remain depleted in the front 5

          7. ClassiX
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Everyone forgetting how effective Klopp's 4-man attacking system was when Coutinho was around? Jota will start many,many games, IMO, and the formation even allows more playing time for Minamino.

            1. JONALDINHO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              What?? We were struggling for 4th place and scraped our way out of the group stages when coutinho was there

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                But they scored goals. Lots of them. Arguably the weakness was the defense and this was pre VvD and Alisson. I don't see why it won't work now.

              2. ClassiX
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Defense was poor (No VVD, very early days of Robbo and TAA), but attack was unbelievable. My point is that Klopp is not a single-system coach - he has played other systems successfully, to get the most out of performing players.

                1. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Exactly. He needed to play an attack heavy system to get results, because their defence was awful. Even without VVD, their defence is still solid now so they won’t be going all out with a 424 again

          8. ClassiX
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            By the way - this sentence makes no sense
            "Liverpool’s system won them the league, not their individual talents... and Firmino is essential to that system."
            You literally say the system is more important than the individuals, and then go on to say a specific individual is critical for the system to work...??

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              You’re missing the point. Firmino is plays that central role best, nobody in that team can replicate his role. Jota central just doesn’t work.

              1. Bruce Lee
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                No mate, you've missed the point

                You can't cover up your flawed logic by saying "you've missed the point" or "you just don't look close enough"

                1. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  I’ve explained the point he’s missed. Getting players that can play the system is more important than individual talents. What don’t you get mate?

              2. ClassiX
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                It could be argued that Firmino's drop in gaols has come about because of the change in formation. He scored 27 goals in Coutinho's last season. It could be possible that Firmino may actually score more goals with Jota in the team.

                1. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  He scored plenty back then yes, but now he’s not the man for goals. He sets up Mane and Salah who are the real finishers of the team. Jota can’t provide as well as Firmino does in that sense

                  1. ClassiX
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    It's a fun debate, but I'm bored now. Jota will definitely be on my radar, along with Torres, as my Podence replacement. Pretty sure both of them will score more points over the next 29 GW's, even occasionally coming from the bench.

            2. Bruce Lee
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Logic isn't there...

          9. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Jota has taken to the Liverpool style like a duck to water. He must have seen coming what mess Nuno has made of Wolves system.

            So long as he is displaying the sort of form he is then Klopp would be mad not to involve him heavily. Him and Robbo were linking great and owning both was a very enjoyable experience.

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Yep linking great with Robbo, but that was from a wide position. He’s competing with Mane and Salah in those positions unless Klopp runs with a 4231 which I can’t see him doing consistently

              1. Jon Walter's Hatty
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Fair comment. I'm prepared to see how it develops. Maybe it's 4231 against the 'shut up shop' type sides. Maybe controversial but I think at some point Klopp has to avoid pandering to his front 3 as the be all and end all. Pep is never afraid to swap it around (at a cost to many an FPL manager) but people should be able to hold a shirt on merit and at the moment Jota deserves a place.

          10. FC Hakkebøf
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            This is funny as hell. Let's be clear here. We are all guessing, nobody knows for sure. I reckon Klopp will use 4-2-3-1 in most games against midtable team or below, especially on hometurf. He will use his "regular" 4-3-3 system against top 6 sides. In these games Firmino is essential because of his high pressing. It remains to be seen however, if Jota's form can justify a benching Of Firmino in such games. First test is the game vs Spurs in gw13. I am pretty confident that Jota will start the next three games regardless of Salah being ready or not.

            1. JONALDINHO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              It’s the other way around. Against top teams I’d expect a front three of Mane Jota Salah. This is because there is already plenty of space in behind. Against middle table teams however who play deep there is nowhere near as much space. It’s firmino’s job to create this space for the others to exploit. He’s the best in the world at doing that. People just base it off goals without actually analysing their system

              1. FC Hakkebøf
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Firmino's pressing is second to none. You talk of Firmino as if he only has one job.

                1. JONALDINHO
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  I never said he couldn’t press?

                  1. FC Hakkebøf
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Pressing is essential vs top 6 sides. Hence why I think Jota would be benched in such games. Pool have not had many troubles beating top 6 sides, bar City. Some problems vs United as well as they have often parked the bus

                2. FC Hakkebøf
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  But yes Firmino creates space which vs low block teams. Jota, however is good in one on one situations as well. Having them all four on the pitch vs low block teams is a good idea. No need for three CM's in games where the opponent willingly will let Pool be in possession. Liverpool had trouble breaking down teams who parked the bus due to a lack of a CAM. We didn't have the same problems with Coutinho in the team. I think Firmino as a CAM, Jota on a frank, and Salah up top could solve the problem of breaking down the low block teams.

                  1. JONALDINHO
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    If we play with 4 attackers it means the full backs can’t overlap as effectively. Our success was built on a 433 with the full backs providing width and carrying up the ball allowing the 3 forwards to get into the box. We had no problem whatsoever breaking down low blocks. Against Sheffield we tried 4 attackers and barely scraped out the win. Jota is a quality player and he’ll rotate in and out of the front 3 but the point I’m trying to make is that he’s not first choice

                    1. FC Hakkebøf
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Of course the full arks can overlap? Why wouldn't they? Firmino basically becomes CAM/cm

                      1. FC Hakkebøf
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        Look at Chilwell and James for Chelsea

                        1. JONALDINHO
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          Chelsea play a 433. Chilwell and James overlap allowing Werner and Ziyech to come inside. This is the same as Liverpool. This isn’t anywhere near as effective with a 442. Look at Trent and Robbos stats when Liverpool played a 442 and compare that with the 433. Insane difference

                          1. FC Hakkebøf
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

                            Mount is playing in as a "CM" in a 4-3-3 but basically has a free role similar to a CAM. Firmino could optain that role for Liverpool imo.

                          2. FC Hakkebøf
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

                            And yes obviously the wingback will see the ball a little less in a 4-2-3-1 but it adds another dimension to break down low block teams. Will be much

                            1. FC Hakkebøf
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 29 days ago

                              Much harder to cope with for low block teams as you basically replace a defensive minded CM with another attacker.

          11. Catastrophe
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            This has generated quite a debate 😀

            At 6.4 - we should probably just buy him, right? Especially as almost everyone will only have Salah/Mane and Liverpool score a lot of goals. Even the odd benching won't be a catastrophe?

            1. FC Hakkebøf
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              He is 6.6 now

              1. Catastrophe
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Good shout.

            2. JONALDINHO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              It’s basically foden 2.0. Your better off stretching for Grealish/Ziyech who will consistently chip in with points

              1. Catastrophe
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                There's certainly risk. I'm torn between Jota, Cancelo and Zouma vs. Ziyech and two 4.6 Defenders. Not budging on the other 4 (KDB, Salah, Fernandes, Son) 🙂

                1. FC Hakkebøf
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  So you don't want Grealish?

                  1. Catastrophe
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Not as much as the other 4 🙂

                    1. FC Hakkebøf
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      I think he is essential at his pricerange. Allows you have one of TAA and Robbo in the side as well

              2. FC Hakkebøf
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Jota will outcore Ziyech over the next 5 gameweeks for 1.5 million less I think

                1. JONALDINHO
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  It’s all down to personal preference. For me Jota will play more in the UCL and only get half the mins Ziyech does. Ziyech is nailed on the right of that front 3 as they don’t have another creator like him. He’ll constantly be involved and we know Chelsea score lots of goals

            3. FC Hakkebøf
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              But you are absolutely right. At that price playing 2 out of 3 games is just fine. You just need someone like Soucek/Brewster on bench to cover for him.

              1. Catastrophe
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                True, although surely he will only STAY on the bench once in a blue moon...

                1. FC Hakkebøf
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Will happen every now and then due to the fixture congestion. The likes of Origi and Minamino will see gametime as well.

        8. kime67
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          cancelo would be exiting but theres no way he plays both of the next 2 right?

          1. mixology
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            If he gets rested both CL matches, possibly

        9. Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          How much would Sergio Ramos be in FPL?

          1. Lindelol
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            5.5 if he goes to Arsenal

            1. Bruce Lee
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Sad, but true

          2. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            7m.

          3. Blush Response
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I reckon they'd make him 6.5 - 7.0

          4. JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            6.5 same as Virgil

          5. james 101
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Depends who he plays for, right?

            1. Bruce Lee
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              The obvious assumption is a top team like Burnley

              1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Messi and ramos won't play together..

          6. Major League Shocker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Possibly as high as 7.5 assuming he's still on pens for a team that gets a lot of pens.

            1. Bruce Lee
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Him at United would be ridiculous

              1. FC Hakkebøf
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Bruno would still take penalties

        10. wulfranian
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Kane is on form and Tottenham are top of the league but also Vardy in the last 4 games has 3 goals,2 assists and 4 bonus with much better fixtures.

          1. BNMC
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            That is why I own both.

            1. james 101
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Smart

          2. Bruce Lee
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I got Vardy over Kane

            Hasn't worked out in the last GW, but in the long-term it should do

            If it doesn't I won't care as I know I made the best decision at the time

        11. Bonus magnet
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          I hate that I`ve had other fires to put out meaning i still have Mahrez

          Surely with the easier fixtures coming up, he should have a big chance to play more of those with the "regulars" prioritised for champions league?

        12. james 101
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Martinez
          Digne Cresswell Chillwell Justin Kilman
          Son Bruno Grealish Rodriguez Zaha.
          Kane DCL Bamford

          Want to do Bamford + a mid to Vardy plus 5.6 mid. Who do I lose?

          A. Grealish
          B. Zaha
          C. JRod
          D. Don’t do it.

          And if I do, is Soucek the right choice or?

          1. james 101
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Would prob cap vardy this week if so

          2. MarcusAurelius
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Lose JRod as you have DCL

        13. Yankee Toffee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Hard to justify getting rid of the game's top two points scorers (84 points each), Kane and Son, despite fixtures.

          How to get the likes of Vardy, KDB, Salah is doing my head in.

          1. james 101
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Agreed. I’m keeping for now

          2. JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Just keep 1. For me I’m keeping Son over the next 6 because he thrives against high lines. Getting KDB for Kane. Will do Bruno to Salah before Fulham. Salah, KDB and Son is a good mix for me

        14. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Jota Vs BHA(A) will be like Atalanta away. Those 2metres tall Brighton CBs won't catch him , mo and the crew.
          Sell Jrod this gw for Jota or not before this home fixture Vs LEE (H) ?

          1. King Kohli
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I have the same transfer planned but waiting to see if he starts in the cl midweek.
            If he doesn't, I think he should start vs Brighton

          2. JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Jota will play in the UCL with Firmino rested. Against Brighton we will go back to the original three. Mark my words

          3. Yankee Toffee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I'm keeping JRod, it should be a goal fest

          4. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            He's my VC this week. I think he can do some serious damage.

        15. davies
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Do you prefer Bruno or Vardy as an option moving forward?

          1. JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Bruno

          2. Yankee Toffee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Bru

          3. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Wouldn't want any of them long term tbh.

            1. davies
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Why not?

              Looking at this front 7

              Salah KDB Bruno Son Grealish
              DCL Bamford

              1. Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                It looks great on paper till Kane or Vardy start firing. I just think I'll keep Salah as my permanent premium when fit and rotate the rest of them based on fixtures and captaincy.

        16. kime67
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          what did you guys think of the villa game? imo mcginn was awful. They should play someone more defensive minded alongside luiz.

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Their man issue as I see it is sometimes they approach games with an arrogance that doesn't match their talent, when it works they can put anyone to the sword but sometimes they need to respect teams and defend properly instead of trying to be a mini Liverpool. Welbeck's goal was a joke

          2. Mr Wolf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I watched the game and losing Barkley at the beginning had a big impact on the way they wanted to play the game. Lot of players underperformed - they have the potential to be really good and actually play better with top 6 sides, but then miss the easier games.... I am considering to sell Watkins after GW 11....we'll see.

            1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Agreed. Barkley seemed a body blow before a ball had barely been kicked.

        17. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Best way to fund Rashford > Salah in GW11/12?

          A) Kane > Werner
          B) Son > Torres
          C) Zouma > 3.8m fodder (leaving me with a defense of Cancelo, James, Lamptey, Mitchell, Douglas?!)

          I'm oddly leaning C and hoping that Mitchell plays and can be my key backup.

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Does Mitchell really get in ahead of PVA? And he's not a right back is he so C would be a risk too far for me, James is a rotation risk, Cancelo isn't nailed either and tbh Lamptey will get his share of early subs too

            I'd go for A

          2. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            C but you could have 10 players playing certain weeks with so many games coming up.

            1. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Could genuinely align to have 0-1 defenders

            2. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Yeah it's true. I'd have 0.4m that I could use to upgrade Mitchell. But I would ideally like to not be wasting transfers in defense. However, the tradeoff is a crazy powered attack of:

              Salah KdB Grealish Son Jota
              Kane DCL

              1. Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                That's a great attack no doubt. Seen some teams fitting Bruno & Bamford over your Kane & Jota.

              2. HashAttack
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Not sure I would put Jota ahead of all the possible 6.6m forwards - Wilson, Antonio, Bamford, Watkins

                1. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  For my 3-5-2 structure, it's what I have so...

          3. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Hopefully Roy can give some indication tonight when both Mitchell and PvA are fit.

        18. kime67
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          ayling to castagne or cancelo?

          1. rnrd
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Add PVA to the mix too.
            Castagne has great fixtures but we have no idea if he'll come straight into the XI because of:
            1- injury
            2- justin displays have been OK.

            Castagne looks great but carries some risk. There's a chance he won't start against FUL

        19. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Martinez
          Semedo Robo Chillwell Mitchel Dunne
          Son Bruno Grealish Zaha Burke
          Wilson DCL Jimi

          1 FT and 4.0 m itb
          Can you fix this team? (one hit allowed)

          1. BNMC
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Jimi to Kane/Vardy, easily

            1. Lindelol
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              yes thats easy. But What about Semedo and no city? Son to KDB/Sterling??

              1. Hansel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Jimi -> Vardy

                1. Lindelol
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Ofcourse I'd do Jimi to Vardy but what else as I have no City

        20. rnrd
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Dallas or Ayling on a WC?

          Dallas looks like OOP at the moment and coarries more goal threat but Ayling has some goods underlying stats + more security of starts.

          + Dallas is on 3 YC. Ayling 0

          1. BNMC
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            If you have good bench cover, Dallas

            1. rnrd
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Well the idea is to cover the X-mas rotation period, some certainty of starts clearly is something to consider (that's why I also mentioned the Dallas 3YC).

              Quite close probably.

          2. dbeck
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I still wouldnt opt for a leads def on wildcard, i know they just cleaned but arsenal have been toothless and played a lot of the game with 10 men. Leeds conceded 4 goals last week to palace which worries me.

            West Ham, Villa, Brighton, Palace or even West Brom perhaps look better bets for CS

            Leeds have Everton, chels and united in 3 of the next 5

        21. Hansel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          A)
          GW10: DCL, JRod, Bruno
          GW11: DCL, Ziyech, Bruno
          GW12->: DCL, Ziyech, Salah

          B)
          GW10: Bamford, JRod, Bruno
          GW11-> Bamford, Salah, Bruno

          1. wulfranian
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            a

        22. melvinmbabazi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Rashford and Kane to KDB and Vardy for -4?

          Yes or No?

          Cheers

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            should work out, but Rashford and Kane could both realistically brace. Probably the right move over the next 3-4 weeks though?

        23. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Martinez
          Chilwell Taylor Saiss
          Fernandes Son Grealish Foden
          Kane Vardy DCL

          Steer Mitchell Lamptey Alzate
          2.0m 1FT

          Lamptey red card has left me struggling at the back (was already to be fair).

          Son and Saiss to KDB and Coufal (-4) seems a straightforward move?

          and then do something with Kane the week after to get Salah back in.

          1. JBG
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Not sure Kdb will outscore a -4 Son..

            1. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              I'd be captaining KDB.

              part of me is tempted to just do Saiss to Cancelo and captain vardy.

              1. JBG
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Hmm. Might work out if you C Kdb yeah. Wait and see what happens with Son, Kdb and Cancelo midweek and then make a decision.

              2. Major League Shocker
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 29 days ago

                The latter seems much better.

          2. dbeck
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Saiss and Foden to Cancelo and Torres

            1. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              problem is i fancy Foden to start after the showing on Saturday, and I don't want another major rotation risk in Torres. Probably one to keep an eye on through the week.

              1. dbeck
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                agreed, i'd just do Saiss to Cancelo, no hit

        24. JBG
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Who's more vital to have in my WC team going forward, Salah or Vardy?

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Salah

            1. JBG
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Thanks

          2. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Salah long term

            1. JBG
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Thanks

        25. jb1985
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          If you had both Chilwell & R.James, would you upgrade James to a City defender?

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            No. I'd want a City defender alongside those two.

            1. jb1985
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              My other option is to upgrade Justin who has 3 good fixtures so not sure it is worth upgrading him but I know Pereira is lurking.

              My other defenders are Coufal and Mitchell.

            2. Troll hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              I have Chilwell, R James, Coufal, Targett and Lamptey. Brighton likes to concede two too often and while other defenders get bonus and cs with assist Lamptey gets card. His fixtures are turning sour also. I am seriously considering downgrading Barkley to Bissouma to upgrade Lamptey to Cancelo.

          2. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Don’t think double Chelsea is necessary with the upcoming fixtures, I’d ditch one

          3. wulfranian
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Not sure that this helps but i have James and will sell him in gw12.

        26. unitednations
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          best moves here with 4m and 1FT. Concerned about my def

          Martinez
          Chilwell James Saiss* -- Mitchell Lamptey
          Bruno Son Barnes Grealish -- Burke
          Watkins DCL Kane

          A: Saiss + Barnes >> Masauku/Ayling + Sterling (-4)
          B: Saiss + Barnes >> Lewis + KDB (-4)
          C: Saiss + Barnes + Kane >> Cancelo + KDB + Werner/Jesus (-8)
          D: Something else

          1. dbeck
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            is there an argument with the fixtures to keep barnes a few more weeks?