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. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    A lot can be said about Bruno, but he's really good value for ManU. His weekly salary is "only" 100k per week. Compare that to Fred and Matic both on 120k, Shaw on 150k, Martial on 250k and Pogba of 290k per week.

    1. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Criminal

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Really? Lol wtf

      1. ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        I kid you not. Rashford on 200k.

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Mad, pogba is such a waist of space

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            I hope he's sold in January. Such a waste of potential. He has no composure to play in midfield 2. Having to be accommodated by a 3 man midfield is sad.

        2. Whatever100
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          On that wage Rashford should be paying for the kids meals from his wages and not getting us tax payers to pay!

          A bit like comic relief when all these multi million stars come on and ask for our money. The amount the general public generates is small fry compared to how much the these guys are worth. Poor old ain’t got a pot to pee in but still donates a tenner. Makes little sense.

  2. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Bruno to troll us all and blank at the weekend.

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Aye, just like United did after RB Leipzig trashing in CL.

    2. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Of course. YC and missed penalty, subbed at 59 mins.

    3. xHaTr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Bruno has never blanked in an away league game

  3. Right In The Stanchion
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Bruno this, Bruno that, Bruno come round and f my wife.

      You lot make me sick.

      1. tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        The salt is real.

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Talking about him or his wife ?

      2. ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Bruno doesn't like your attitude.

      3. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Brunooooooooooooooooooooooooo

      4. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Give me a B

    • Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Bruno stop please, save some for the weekend

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        This

    • The Red Devil
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Bruno will be 11 mn in FPL soon

    • Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Obviously Bruno is better than KDB

      1. FC Hakkebøf
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        I'll have whatever you're smoking.

      2. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        KDB is the better player but atm Bruno is the better fantasy asset.

      3. Pumpy Pro
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Lol you do talk some crap 😆

    • Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Sterling or Bruno captain this gw?

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Sterling if you have him.

        Good differential captain

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Sterling? That's a far stretch - fas done naff all last 4 gw's, and benched last gw. Don't hold your hopes high

    • Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 7 days ago

      You'd have to pay me to do Bruno to Salah

      1. ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        I think you meant "or"

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Yeah, United's performance against a bunch of non-leaguers is hard to put into perspective. . .

    • dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Disappointing Scoutcast tonight- Have always listened to it but just turned it off- with Black Box, the List, Let’s Talk fpl, 59th minute etc there is lot of quality out there

      1. FC Hakkebøf
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Not the same without Mark imo

        1. Pumpy Pro
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Do you love him ?

      2. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        * meant fpl wire not the list-

      3. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        I set a limit of 3. Blackbox, FPL Wire, & 59th Minute are by far the best imo.

      4. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Its pretty boring... They all agree with each other and theres really no devil's advocate or contradictory opinion. No banter either.

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Also they keep refusing my request to address the season of the casual phenomenon.

    • BeWater
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Not sure how close Bruno to Spurs really got. The link up between Son, Kane and Bruno could have been something special.

        1. ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          You just made Dele cry.

        2. FPL_Motty
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Dont think it was close, Bruno was a utd fan because of Cristiano

      • FCRS BGD
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Hi guys
        In Draft league, who would you rather have for the rest of the season?
        1) Bale
        2) Foden
        Thanks

        1. FC Hakkebøf
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Bale

        2. FPL_Motty
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Eh, neither.. probably Foden

          1. FCRS BGD
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Thanks

      • RedWolf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Would you do Mane Bissouma Zouma out for Bruno Jota Kilman?

        1. NoSalah'd
            3 months, 7 days ago

            I wouldnt. Do you think its worth doing Kane and Ziyech/Grealish to Salah and Bamford?

            1. RedWolf
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Probably not, but then I'm doing terribly this season!

              1. NoSalah'd
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Dw, its a marathon and a bit of luck too!

          • Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Rashford streetwise, clearly manufacturing that penalty

            1. Giggs Boson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Yep, agree with you. He bought that.

              1. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Its still a penalty though, ref given no chance!

            2. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              hes good at it

          • Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Pen MUN

          • ClassiX
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Bruno hatty coming up...

            1. Wild Rover
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Erm

              1. ClassiX
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                😆 Much like Trump, I didn't see that coming...

          • Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Penandas is back!!

          • Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Rashford in pens what is happening omg Bruno owners

          • Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Another Ole saving performance against a bunch of non-leaguers. . .

          • Wild Rover
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Cringe run up

          • Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            The only thing we are sure of in life are death, taxes and a Bruno pen.

            1. Wild Rover
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Awkward

          • Daniel - WC Active
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            ronaldo goal. screamer

          • F4L
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Penandes owners in the mud

          • Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Nvm Bruno will score hattrick from open play!

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 7 days ago

              I'm sure world class players like Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo will strive to make it otherwise.

          • FPL_Motty
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Bruno out

          • lindeg
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Penandes off pens!!!!

          • Zim0
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Nownow guys. Bruni let him take that because he knows he can get a hattrick anyways

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Pull him off a rest him for the weekend.

          • mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Pretty sure he gave the pen to Rashford rather than is off them

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              They're trolling

              1. lindeg
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Actually think rash will take the next with bruno missing 3 as of late

                1. Zim0
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Only 1 miss technically since 2 were retaken. That's the beauty of the hop skip jump. most likely way to save is for keeper to come off his line early which isn't allowed anymore.

                2. mynameisq
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Technically only missed 1, because 2 were retaken I don't think ole sees them as misses and said so himself

                3. Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Bruno has only missed one.

            2. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Confirmed by commentator, he put the ball on the spot then gave to Rashford

            3. RECKLESS
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              That too when on hatrick! Talk about obsessing about team spirit than being the talisman

          • RECKLESS
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Why dint Bruno take the penalty inspite of being on hatrick? His selfless is borderline weird in today world when every player wants all the glory

            1. BeWater
                3 months, 7 days ago

                After Everton he said he didn't mind at all if Rashford was given the goal where his cross went straight in.

            2. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Lol better sell bruno then, was a stupid decision to get him in the first place

            3. DycheDycheBaby
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Penandes no more?

              1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Yep, all over for him