Scout Notes

Coady isolation forces four-man defence as McCarthy continues to prove FPL worth

Wolves 1-1 Southampton

  • Goals: Pedro Neto (£5.5m) | Theo Walcott (£5.8m)
  • Assists: Raúl Jiménez (£8.4m) | Che Adams (£5.9m)
  • Bonus points: Alex McCarthy x3 (£4.5m), Adams x2, Kyle Walker-Peters x1 (£4.6m)

SAVING THE SAINTS

Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) was the star of the Fantasy Premier League show on Monday night as he managed a seven-point score in a 1-1 draw at Wolves.

The Southampton goalkeeper made a total of eight saves and, despite conceding, came away with maximum bonus thanks to no player earning a share for a game-winning goal and a late Che Adams (£5.9m) foul.

Thanks to repeated denials of Daniel Podence (£5.4m) in particular, McCarthy has now earned an additional two points for saves in two of his last three Premier League outings and has averaged 4.4 points per game.

Among goalkeepers, only Lukasz Fabianski (£5.0m) has offered better value this season than him too, the West Ham man scoring 10.0 points per million spent to McCarthy’s 8.9.

Crucially, the form of Southampton’s goalkeeper could potentially come into the decision-making process for the Gameweek 10 captaincy.

Bruno Fernandes (£10.8m) travels to St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon fresh from back-to-back double-figure hauls, three of the four he has recorded this season coming on the road too.

However, Southampton are yet to concede a single goal at home since their Gameweek 2 thrashing by Spurs and, if McCarthy is in half the form he was on Monday night, Manchester United assets could easily be frustrated…

COAD BREAKERS

Wolves were forced to contend Monday night’s encounter without club captain Conor Coady (£4.9m) who, following a period of self-isolation missed his first league match in over three years, having played the previous 120 in a row.

“A big (blow to lose Coady). Unfortunately, with Coady and Saiss, players that have been with us since the Championship. Since (Conor) returned from the England squad, he has been self-isolating. He has tested negative, maybe he’s already immune but he cannot be with us.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

“Saïss is in self-isolation since returning from the national team. He tested positive. He is comfortable with the situation. He is at home by himself with his family in another room and he has to protect himself to stay fit and healthy.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

Coady’s absence, as well as a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test for Romain Saïss (£5.2m), triggered Wolves’ first outing with a back-four since May 2017, when Paul Lambert was the manager for a 1-0 win over Preston North End.

In this rather unfamiliar set-up, Nuno Espirito Santo deployed Rayan Aït-Nouri (£5.0m) and Nélson Semedo (£5.6m) as traditional full-backs with the left-footed Max Kilman (£4.3m) as the right-sided centre-back to Willy Boly (£5.5m), although the two switched over at half-time.

It was clear that Wolves took some time to grow into a 4-3-3 formation, with Southampton causing plenty of problems with their narrow formation.

However, once they added Pedro Neto (£5.5m) to midfield in the place of Rúben Neves (£5.3m) and went for a 4-2-3-1, Wolves were the better team in the closing stages and the most likely to win the game.

“Conor was not available. Saiss also. We decided to go with three midfielders and it was good. I think we should grow, we should find solutions. We have an identity that is more not about the system, it is about the idea that we fight and try to play good football and we try to be solid. I think we managed that. Let’s see (if we use four at the back again).” – Nuno Espirito Santo

INGS ARE LOOKING UP

Despite fears that Danny Ings‘ (£8.3m) injury would limit Southampton’s offensive capabilities, Ralph Hasenhüttl has found a very effective solution in the strike-pairing of Adams and Theo Walcott (£5.8m).

The two players have only enjoyed two Premier League outings as a front-two but have already combined in each of those.

Walcott was the more dangerous of the two at Molineux, using his pace to get around the back on more than one occasion.

In the first half, he whipped an effort back across goal which was well-stopped by Rui Patrício (£5.5m), before punishing Semedo’s momentary lack of concentration in the second, sneaking in at the back post to tap Adams’ cross into an empty net.

Later, Walcott played an incredible chipped through-ball to Adams, straight out of the Harry Kane (£11.0m) playbook, but the former Birmingham man pulled his effort just wide.

Once the Gameweek 10 meeting with Manchester United is out of the way, Southampton face Brighton (away), Sheffield United (home), Arsenal (away) and Fulham (away) between Gameweeks 11 and 15, perhaps the best time to consider investing in Adams or Walcott, depending on Ings’ fitness, of course.

Of the two, Adams seems the most likely to hold his place, but the out-of-position factor for Walcott certainly hands him the most explosive potential before Ings returns to the side.

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI (4-3-3): Patrício; Aït-Nouri, Boly, Kilman, Semedo; Moutinho, Neves (Neto 70′), Dendoncker; Podence (Vitinha 85′), Jiménez, A Traoré.

Southampton XI (4-4-2): A McCarthy; Bertrand, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Walker-Peters; Djenepo (S Long 79′), Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong (Diallo 90′); Adams, Walcott.

Lessons Learned from FPL Gameweek 9

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999 Comments Post a Comment
  1. tibollom
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Is salah back this week? Was planning Rash to bruno but might go salah? 1 Ft and 2.0 ITB..

    Ryan Button
    Lamptey Robbo Chillwell Dallas Ferguson
    Soucek KDB Grealish Ziyech Rash
    DCL Kane Brewster

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

    https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11667/12141680/bruno-fernandes-relinquishes-penalty-and-hat-trick-chance-in-man-utd-win

    "Of course every player wants to do a hat-trick but after the game in the Premier League, I told 'Rashy' the next one he would take," Fernandes said after the game.

    "I remembered that - and also because he's one of the top scorers in the Champions League, I thought it would be important for him there to take that confidence."

    He added to BT Sport: "But it doesn't matter who takes the penalties, the most important is scoring."

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

      It’s a nothing thing untill see it happen in the PL.

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

    The Kane > Vardy gang will get burnt badly

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

      Im tempted to do that move.

    2. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      People not doing Kane > Vardy will get burnt badly

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

        You convince yourself.

      2. villa_til_i_die
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        What about people who have both!

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

          People that have both will be missing out on all the premium mid points to come

    3. Joggers Nipple
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      How can you make a finite statement like this. Who knows?

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

    Can anyone explain this to me, got DCL for 7, current price is 7.9 but my sale price is only 7.4?

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

      Sale value increases 0.1 for every 0.2 his price goes up. So when he hits 8.0, your sell value will be 7.5.

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

        Cheers, not selling anyway but seemed a big gap

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

      Find the average of sell and buy price and round down if a decimal

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

    City have scored 18 and conceded 2 against Burnley in their last 5 meetings... ridiculous

    Time for KDB (c) I think

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 29 days ago

      If football worked like that City would have knocked 5 past West Ham GW6.

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

      I’ll most definitely be on KDB (c). He is due a haul, and Aguero back spices up the attack.

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

        Liverpool know how to batter Brighton though

    3. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      The concern for me is comparing City’s last 8 gameweeks of last season with the 8 matches they’ve played this season. The drop off in performance this season is quite shocking. I’m hoping they show a stellar performance in Greece tonight to persuade me to invest in their attacking assets. Ridiculous, I know, based on the upcoming fixtures.

    4. Neo-Viper
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Burnley have tighten up at the back with first choice Mee and Tarkowski partnership.

      I see a tight contest in that game.

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

    Time for me to get Jota. Seems like the 4-2-3-1 is here to stay and I don't see Klopp as the type of manager to drop a player performing so insanely well. Plus the fixtures make the reward very worth the risk.

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

      The odd benching, early subs, the risks are there, but you know them.

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Yeah. The risk with the 4-3-3 will always be there but the main factor for me is I can't see Klopp dropping the guy with 7G 1A in the last 6 matches.

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

      Won’t be here to stay, he will adjust formation depending on opposition. Won’t be a 4231 every week

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

      this has ‘trap’ written all over it ... a couple of blanks and Neco getting a few starts will mean Jota will be back on the bench 😉

  7. ZAWAd25
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Thoughts on this WC draft?

    McCarthy
    Chilwell Dias Targett
    Salah KDB Streling Grealish
    DCL Bamford Watkins

    (Forster Justin Kilman Bissouma)

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Looks fine. Would personally prefer Vardy over Sterling.

    2. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Too many Villains for my liking, although fixtures look good

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

      Wouldn’t bother with Justin, get Coufal

  8. sunzip14
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    I don't feel like selling Kane but can't afford Zaha>KDB for free and Vardy has tasty fixtures too. So, which is better?

    A) Zaha+Kane>KDB+Vardy (-4)
    B) Son>KDB (If Zaha is fit to play)

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Prob B

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

      B

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

      Doubt Zaha will be fit as it won’t be 10 days from his positive test by Friday

      A

      1. JIMMY764
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Didn't woy say he tested positive early last week?

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

          don’t know but he was positive on Friday (ish) I think. Was he tested positive before that ?

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

    If Cancelo starts today would you still get him over Dias?

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

      Kilman & Mitchell are my 4th & 5th defenders.
      Chilwell, Lamptey and City defender will start most weeks. Not sure if I can afford the rotation risk with Cancelo.

    2. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      I'm going Dias regardless. More nailed, due a headed goal.

    3. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      I have both for the run of fixtures

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

    As a James owner, pretty happy with the Azpilicueta starts in CL

    1. cyberspace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 29 days ago

      As a James and Ziyech owner, glad to see those in particular got rested.

      In the end Ziyech got 15 mins and almost an assist if Werner converted that chance, James got 2 mins as part of stoppage time substitute. Encouraging!

      I like you did there Frank.

  11. Mighty Wings
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Tempted for a double hit:

    Kane, Sterling and Z. Anguissa to Brewster, Salah and KDB

    Would give me a midfield of Salah, KDB, Bruno, Son and Grealish, with DCL and Bamford up front and Brewster as fodder

    But a -8 involving Kane and Sterling out just doesn't feel right...

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

      Could work out. Kane does have something like 14 goals in 22 appearances in the league against Chelsea and Arsenal respectively so it could bite a big chunk out of your arse.

      Out of interest, what does your defence look like?

      1. Mighty Wings
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Thanks. Yeah, that's worrying, I really like my arse...

        Defence is Martinez and Steer, Chilwell, Coufal, Lamptey, Kilman, Mitchell

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

          Do you have any cash itb? Although it is the dullard move, I’m wondering whether you could afford to upgrade any of your defenders to Cancelo or Dias. I’d prefer to bet on City’s defence against Burnley rather than their attack (a sentence I’d never thought I’d write 6 months ago).

          1. Mighty Wings
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Yeah, have enough to upgrade Mitchell to Cancelo/Dias.
            Problem is this blocks the possibility to get Salah back in one move

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

              That’s tough; can’t have everybody of course. If Raz looks on it tonight, consider sacrificing Bruno to Salah if you can do it in one move.

  12. Erez Avni
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    If you need to ditch one of Werner and Ziyech who should it be?

    A. Werner
    B. Ziyech

    1. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      B

    2. Mighty Wings
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      B

    3. Vazza
        1 month, 29 days ago

        B

      • Joggers Nipple
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        b

        1. Erez Avni
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          it’s that obvious?....

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

            Got the same difficult choice. Werner has a higher ceiling; Ziyech is a great provider but risk that he assists the assister

    4. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Rashford to

      A. Salah
      B. KDB

      Would be for -4. - I’d most likely captain whoever I bring in.

      1. Mighty Wings
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        That's tough.

        I would toss a coin

        1. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Might come to that. Got no clue

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

        Id go Salah if he seems to be fully fit.

        1. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Cheers

      3. Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Difficult to know how Salah will be affected by Covid, but Pool seem to be playing much better than City, despite the injuries.

        If you go Salah and City look on it against Burnley, do you have a route to KDB or Sterling without selling Salah?

        1. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          That would involve me selling Spurs assets. Downgrading Kane and upgrading Son.

          Which I’m reluctant to do..but would be my only route tbh.

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

            One approach would be to get Salah and then see how City perform against Burnley. If they look on it, you may have no choice but to sell Spurs assets.

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

        Who would you captain if not

    5. Vazza
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Which combo is better

        A. Salah, Targett/Coufal/Lamptey/Dallas

        B. KDB, Bellerin
        .

      • Neo-Viper
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Son to Salah or KDB

        or

        Kane to Jesus

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

          It’ll be interesting what happens between Jesus and Aguero tonight. Pep has said he’ll manage Aguero’s minutes and my guess is that he’ll be more of an impact sub but he might throw him straight in putting Jesus’s place at risk.

          Would be a shame to lose Son but that looks the safer option. Think Salah has the form but monitor post Covid

          1. Neo-Viper
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Definitely. My only doubt is Aguero eating major chunk of Jesus's minutes and hence leaning towards the Son transfer.

            I am 0.5 off from JRod to Salah 🙁
            But both the game tonight are the key in cementing my decesion.

      • Couch Potato
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Current squad has a few issues!

        Saiss & Zaha (both Covid) Lamptey (Banned) Mitchell (Bench warmer)

        Rest of squad is
        McCarthy/fodder
        Chilwell/Ayling
        Bruno/Son/Grealish/fodder
        Kane/DCL/Watkins

        3.5M ITB though, and 1FT

        A - Saiss to Cancelo/Dias
        B - Zaha to Ziyech/Jota
        C - Bruno or Son to KDB (c)

        Any two worth a -4, or all three for -8?

      • Vazza
          1 month, 29 days ago

          New article

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

          Werner looked shocking last night. Do i move him to Vardy for the next 3?

        • Wardinator
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Son, Jrod & Sais ———> KDB(c) Maddison & Cresswell (-4)

          Yay or nay?

        • GREEN JUMPERS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Martinez
          Dallas Robbo Chilwell
          Salah Bowen Jota Grealish
          DCL Kane Bamford
          (Steer - Zaha - Lamptey - Bernado)
          3.8 ITB, 1 FT

          a) Zaha + Kane to KDB + Vardy (-4)
          b) Just Kane to Vardy, and get KDB next week