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. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Is Rashford potentially on pens now?

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

      Nah.

      1. FPL Kaka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Bruno was on a hatrick, why would he give it away?

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

          To share the goals.

          1. El Fenomeno R9
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Sharing is caring,hope he shares more as Rash owner

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

          Camaraderie

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

            He's not the kind of player who cares about individual records. He wants wins.

          2. DA Minnion
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Is that little Italian fella.

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

          Wants a non-penalty hat-trick for the memes.

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

      Nah, maybe he’ll give the odd one away though. Perhaps the fact that Rashford won it was a factor, but it would have been Bruno taking it at 0-0 or 1-0

  2. roghippo
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Do we reckon this is worth it
    Wilson n Son to Jota n Vardy - 4

    Cheers

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

      If you plan to (C) Vardy then yes.

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

      Eh.. taking son out for a hit just doesn't sound right. Wait to fo for free

  3. FantasyHero
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Why rashford taking penalty?

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

      Because they're walking a game against a bunch of part timers . . . Rash needs filling up.

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

    Demba Ba, Martin Skrtel, Nacer Chadli...

    This turkish team is just a has been Prem team

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

      The real question that should be asked is how the hell United lost to this lot in the first game.

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

      Rafael too lol.

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

      and Rafael too wow

  5. Pukkipartyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Bruno with no penalties...is transfer out for sure.

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Sigh

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

      U do that.

    3. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Sure, tell all your mates too

      1. Pukkipartyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Haha dont take it too srsly:D just kidding.

    4. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Ogs wants Rashford to become CL Top scorer

    5. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Subbed on 59 mins too. Clincher

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

        Ole trolling the FPL players.

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

    This Visca guy is class. How has a top team not snapped him up yet...

  7. Noah’s Ark
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Tuanzebe out for PSG. Damn.

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

      LOL

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

      Que?

  8. AzzaroMax99
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    I need opinion on Zaha to Jota if already have Salah?

    1. ALI_G
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Good move I think

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

    Greenwood coming on.

  10. barton fc
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    worth the hit (proving salah looks fit tomorrow)
    zaha + kane > salah + vardy 4.3ITB

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

      Probably

    2. AzzaroMax99
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      yes

    3. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      That’s my plan too.

  11. Tomas_brolin
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Martinez
    Chilwell Coufal Kilman
    Salah (C) Fernandes Grealish Soucek Son
    Kane DCL

    GOt 2 FT and 1.0 itb so might just get a City defender.

    Don’t see City thrashing Burnley who look tight again. 2-0 tops

    Kane to Vardy tempting but sticking with the form man

    Am I missing anything obvious with 2 FT?

    1. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I think you’re being sensible. Far more sensible than I could be!!

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

    Hopefully pundits realise Brandon Williams is a RB now. Backup for AWB.

    Had to play LB to facilitate Ethan Laird at youth level, then he played there for the first team because United had no LBs fit.

    RB is his best position.

  13. Ëð
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Son, Kane, Hamez -> Son, Vardy, Jota for a hit? Got exact funds

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

      Huh? Just do kane vardy, not worth a hit, kane can score

    2. Tony Martial
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      What

      1. Ëð
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Sorry, second son should be Salah

    3. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      So to be clear one transfer is Son to Son?

      1. Ëð
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Sorry that should be Salah!

      2. Houldsworth Hatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Ignore above.

  14. Bennyboy1907
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Current team : 0.6ITB

      Martinez
      Robbo, Chillwell, Coufal (Lamptey, Mitchell)
      KDB, Bruno, Grealish, Zaha (Bissouma)
      Kane, DCL, Bamford

      Any changes needed for hits?
      Salah or Vardy?
      Zaha and Kane to Watkins/Antonio and Salah -8?
      Or do I hold?

    • JURGENAUT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 3 days ago

      1FT. 1.9 ITB. Happy to do -4.

      Saiss & Zaha to who?

      McCarthy - Forster
      Chilwell - Saiss - Justin - Lamptey - Mitchell
      Fernandes - Son - Grealish - Zaha - Stephens
      Kane - Werner - DCL

      Thanks

    • Tony Martial
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      2.2 ITB. Any suggestions appreciated

      Martinez Foster
      Chillwell Saiss Mitchell Targett Lamptey
      Son Burke Bowen Bruno Grealish
      Kane DCL Vardy.

      Thanks.!

      1. ZimZalabim
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        sort ur def

      2. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Similar team to mine. Only going to have 2 playing defenders so Saiss to cancelo is the safe move. Can’t really do anything else after that without multiple hits.

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

      Difficult situation. Salah or no Salah?

      A)Foden, Kane -> Jota, Vardy
      B) Jrod,Kane, Foden -> Salah,Bissouma, Vardy -4

      1. chilli con kone
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        B

    • Old Gregg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Which moves please.
      I have asked this a few times. Apologies for repeating myself but I cannot make my mind up.

      a) Foden > KDB
      b) Werner > vardy
      C) Foden + Werner > KDB + Vardy (-4)

      1. GS456
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        C for me

        1. Parsnips
            2 months, 3 days ago

            C

        2. Old Gregg
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Thanks. C is Ivery tempting. I Probably would captain vardy too

        3. Houldsworth Hatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          C

      2. GS456
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Is Pereira or Castagne a threat to Justin?

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

          Both are. Justin will still get games in a back 5 or via Christmas rotation IMO.

          Not 100% reliable soon though.

          1. GS456
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Another defensive transfer worry then.

            Cheers mate

        2. Old Gregg
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Yes, as Haz says really. Should be ok short term. I am looking to transfer him out after the next 3/4

          1. Forgetmeknot
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Same, although he should get their decent next few fixtures on one flank or the other

        3. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Does Evans' 4YC tally mean that Justin could fill in in a 3 even if Pereira / Castagne are back?

      3. davewg59
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Is there room for Jota in the Liverpool first eleven with mane, salah and firmino?

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

          If they play 4231 yes

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

          He has been absolutely phenomenal, he certainly deserves one.

          My only concern is that he might be used for the Champion's League games instead. There's a busy schedule coming up.

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

            If they win tomorrow I reckon Origi and Minamino will play in the remaining group games

        3. Houldsworth Hatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Think he’s started a game with them once already hasn’t he? He deserves that chance regularly in my opinion.

        4. Dthinger
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Yes, especially with all the injuries in midfield. 4-2-3-1 seems inevitable.

      4. Parsnips
          2 months, 3 days ago

          What transfers should I make with my team? 3.9ITB

          Martinez
          Coufal Robo Chilwell
          Bruno Kevin Barkley Zaha
          Watkins DCL Werner

          Ryan Anguissa Dunne Mitchell

          Is it worth wanting to get in Jota Cancelo and Vardy for Werner Dunne and Zaha?

          1. chilli con kone
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            I would just to Barkley to Jota

          2. The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            You could do Barkley Zaha for Salah Soucek I think?

        • chilli con kone
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          On wildcard...

          Drop one and why

          A. KDB
          B. Grealish
          C. Ziyech
          D. Bruno
          E. Son
          F. Salah

          1. Houldsworth Hatter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Hmm B or C. Grealish because Villa aren’t actually all that and maybe Ziyech as he looks more likely to assist the assister at the minute. Despite owning him I have that concern.

          2. FPLHaggis
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            I mean, they are all ballers snd justifiable picks. I think on WC I'd go without Son or Bruno, allowing more funds in other areas.

            With a gun to my head out of those 2: Son - fixtures.

          3. chilli con kone
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Thanks both. Appreciate the commentary

          4. The Sun'll Come Out To…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Ziyech or KDB
            Ziyech b/c he's more an assister
            KDB b/c last year is shaping up as an aberration in terms of goals scored, and City just aren't as good as they have been

            1. chilli con kone
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Cheers mate

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

            On a wildcard, E for sure. Spurs fixtures are seriously brutal (I know they beat City, but we’re talking a run of 6 tough games), while the other players you’ve listed have varying degrees of juicy fixtures coming up

            1. chilli con kone
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Thanks just like the idea of space for Son in behind but definitely a valid point

        • FPLHaggis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Evening, team is lit like a Xmas tree and defence looking a bit ropey now. What do you think of these moves, pending midweek footy:

          Martinez (Forster)
          Chilwell Kilman Ayling
          Salah* (c) KDB Grealish Soucek
          Kane DCL Antonio*
          (Barkley* Saiss* Lamptey*)
          1FT 1.5m itb

          Thinking about Saiss to:
          A) Cancelo
          B) Dias

          1) Barkley to Jota (-4)
          2) Play Soucek and hope Antonio plays

          1. Houldsworth Hatter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            A1

          2. chilli con kone
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            A1 the hit is worth it in my opinion

        • Houldsworth Hatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Martinez
          Zouma Chilwell Masuaku
          Zaha Grealish Rodriguez Bruno Ziyech
          Kane DCL

          Steer Taylor Brewster Mitchell

          1 FT 5.1m itb

          A) Zaha and Kane to Salah and Vardy -4
          B) Zaha and Brewster to Jota and Vardy -4 +benching headache.
          C) Anything else

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

          How bad is de Gea?!? Diving behind the line

        • BeaversWithAttitude
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Lol, De Gea's bowl cut scrapping the back of the net.

        • wulfranian
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Except from the penalty Rashford's performance was poor.

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

          Cavani and Donny playing 90 minutes. Shame.

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

          Cavani reminds me of Bebe

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

            After that cross I have to find that Bebe crossing show video on youtube

        • Parsnips
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Looking in bringing in Maddison for 2 weeks then I’ll ship him off to Salah, or Cancelo for Dunne. What one should I do?

            Martinez
            Coufal Chilwell Robo
            Zaha Barkley Bruno Kevin
            Watkins DCL Werner

            Ryan Anguissa Dunne Mitchell

            1FT 3.9ITB

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

              Ew don't get maddison. Just get salah

              1. Houldsworth Hatter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                This