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. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    What's happened to Foden the last four prem games? Barely got a look in!

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

      Might as well hold on now, see what happens in these games unless you've got luxury transfers.

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I’d get rid. Be a problem all season

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

      Liverpool, Tottenham both difficult games and City performed poorly against Sheffield United and West Ham. If Pep doesn't start him against Burnley and/or Fulham, then it's clear he never will and Foden ceases to be an FPL option.

    4. HODGE
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Hes just not in peps preferred 11 i'd say

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

      I’m hovering over moving him to jota. Lost patience with him...

      1. BeWater
          2 months, 2 days ago

          I'm considering a ludicrous Barkley to Foden move for some reason.

    6. Mile Plankton
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      RBL should switch to some sport where skills are not required.
      Just running and pressing and positioning and discipline. But not skills, they don't own them.

    7. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Son+JRod >> KDB(c)+Jota? (-4)

      McCarthy
      Chilwell, Cresswell, Justin
      Bruno, Ziyech, Rodríguez, Grealish, Son
      Kane, DCL
      (4.0, Saiss, Mitchell, Davis)

      1. Fit_to_drop
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I smell burn!

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

      Auction league question:
      Which 2 currently unsigned players would you go for from these?

      Praet (M)
      March (M)
      Ndomble (DM - 1 point for clean sheets)
      Dier (DM - 1 point for clean sheets)
      Welbeck (S)

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

        welbeck

    9. FDMS All Starz
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Which one scores more in the next 4/5gws?...not sure about the playing minutes for A/B which makes me think twice.

      A) Jota
      B) Torres
      C) Dias
      D) Cancelo

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

        D

        1. FDMS All Starz
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Why Cancelo over Dias? Wouldn’t a natural LB (mendy) preferred to Cancelo? Dias looked quite nailed along with Laporte right?

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

            Dias is nailed but your question is about the next 4 GW's, and I don't think Mendy will be risked just yet. Cancelo will start at least the next few games. I will consider getting rid of Cancelo as Christmas approaches

        2. HODGE
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Kyle walker and Kdb didn't travel so Cancelo will prob be playing right back tomorrow. So i'd say there is a small chance he gets his first benching saturday but probably not

    10. Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Would you do Ziyech to Salah for -4?

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

        Defo not

    11. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      How’s aguero getting on with his fitness?

      They need him back!

    12. Nespinha
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      DF - Bellerin, Cancelo, KWP, Robbo, Mitchell
      MD - KDB, Fernandes, Son, Grealish, Podence

      Pick one:

      A) Robbo + Son (no Liverpool mid)

      B) Masuaku + Salah (-4)

    13. Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Podence to Jota worth a hit?

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

        nope

      2. Finding Timo
          2 months, 2 days ago

          I am looking at same transfer but as FT - tricky one whether worth -4 hit though

        • Kane Lane
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          no

        • Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          I think so yes. More of a chance of getting attacking points compared to Podence

        • Feed tha Sheep
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Yes

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

        Is Bruno more of a necessity right now rather than KDB?

        1. Phil's Stamps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Nope.

        2. A-L
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          About equal priority for me (but I have both)

          1. lespaul
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            And Salah?

            1. A-L
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Is the kind of player to come in and score well on a returning appearance, so you'd do well to have all 3. They could all be explosive but with Liverpool on early kick-off after midweek I'd put the other two just ahead

        3. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          I wouldn't say a necessity but I would try and get both

        4. sully29
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Nah. Fixtures are fixtures.

      4. Twisted Melon
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Which two for the next run from:
        A) KBD
        B) Bruno
        C) Salah

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

          B, C

        2. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Based on current form B and C.

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

          B and C

          Until MCI starts clicking

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

        What to do here? 1FT, 0.5itb
        Fabianski (AVL)
        Digne (LEE) - PVA (NEW) - Targett (whu)
        Salah (bha) - Fernandes (sou) - Ziyech (TOT) - Zaha* (NEW)
        DCL (LEE) - Kane (che) - Watkins (whu)
        (Steele - Masuaku (AVL) - Kilman - Anguissa)

        A) Roll FT (play Masuaku over Zaha)
        B) Zaha > Jota/Walcott/Maddison
        C) Zaha + Kane > KDB + Bamford/Antonio (-4)

        Thanks!

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Roll the FT and do C with 2FT

      6. Kane Lane
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        What to do with Zaha keep or get rid for minus 4

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Obviously wait for news.

          1. Kane Lane
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            If he test negative he still misses Friday

            1. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Not necessarily. Depends when he gets a negative test. He could easily get a negative test tomorrow, train weds and thurs and play on Friday

              1. lespaul
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                I though a 10 day isolation was required irrespective of a negative test

                1. lespaul
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Thought*

                2. Feed tha Sheep
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  I thought so too..obviously isn’t the case for footballers

      7. Will J 256
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Thoughts on this -4?
        Kane and Zaha to Antonio/Bamford and KDB (C)

        1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Selling Kane for a hit is a mistake regardless of opposition

        2. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          You know the risk but it could pay off

          1. Will J 256
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Thanks guys!

        3. BeWater
            2 months, 2 days ago

            I've been thinking over the same move. I think if you are ever going to move Kane out it's now. Spurs fixtures turn good again in week 16.

        4. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Is Rodriguez to KDB worth a - 4 or wait until GW11? I was hoping KDB would've got some mins in the UCL game to convince me of the transfer

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

            No

        5. HARLEY
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          GTG?

          McCarthy
          Chilwell Bellerin KWP
          Bruno Son Grealish Jota
          Kane Vardy(C) DCL
          (Steer Kilman Lamptey Bissouma)

          1 FT 1.3 itb

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Gtg

        6. BeWater
            2 months, 2 days ago

            I've noticed DCL goes up in price whenever there is a day that ends in y.

            1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Yesterday, today and tomorrow

          • The Kossack
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Need to replace Zaha and would like to get some Leicester coverage (can’t afford Vardy). Who would be the best option out of the following?

            1) Barnes
            2) Maddison
            3) Tielemans

            Thanks!

            1. Feed tha Sheep
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Prob the order you have them in

            2. Puncheon Guly
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Coverage smoverage. Vardy or bust for Leicester IMO.

              Got Grielish? Hames?

              1. The Kossack
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Cheers both!

                I’ve got Grealish, Son, Fernandes & Jota.

          • George James
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Best move for this lot?

            A) Kane >> Vardy

            B) Werner + Podence >> Vardy + Soucek -4

            C) something else 1FT 0.3itb

            Martinez
            James • Coufal • Chilwell • Robbo
            Grealish • Bruno • Son
            Kane • DCL • Werner

            Steer / Podence / Biss / Lamptey

            1. Feed tha Sheep
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Tough prob A

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

              A

          • tbhogal
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Hi Guys, simple question A or B?

            A) Kane > Vardy
            B) Saiss > Coufal

            Martinez (Steer)
            Chilwell, Robbo, Lamptey (Saiss, Mitchell), Bruno, Son, Grealish, Ziyech (Podence)
            Bamford, DCL, Kane....

            1. Feed tha Sheep
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              A more upside
              B more a priority...my answer not much help

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

              B

          • Couch Potato
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Either of these worth a Free Hit?

            A
            Johnstone
            Chilwell, Laporte, Cancelo
            Bruno, Grealish, Son, Jota
            DCL, Kane, Vardy (c)

            B
            Johnstone
            Chilwell, Dias, Cancelo,
            KDB, Grealish, Son, JWP
            DCL, Kane, Vardy (c)

          • Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Arsenal next season. Just need a couuple of transfers for a title-challenging squad 😉

            League Team:

            Leno
            Bellerin Holding Gabriel Tierney
            Auoar Partey Saka
            Auba Haaland Martinelli

            Cup Team:

            Runnarsson
            Cedric Saliba Mari Maitland-Niles
            SmithRowe Elneny Willock
            Nelson Balogun Pepe

            Backup: Luiz, Chambers, Cottrell, Willian, Lewis, John-Jules, Nketiah

            Gone: Iliev, Mustafi, Sokratis, Mavropanos, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Torreira, Ceballos, Ozil, Lacazette

            1. Puncheon Guly
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Lol!

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

            McCarthy Forster
            Chilwell Cancelo Coufal Lamptey Dallas
            Bruno KdB Grealish Jota Bissouma
            Kane Dcl Antonio/Watkins

            Itb for Salah

            Thoughts on this WC team?

          • Flynny
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Hi.....3.1mitb and 1ft.....what move would you make here?

            I'm drawn to kane and son to vardy and kdb - 4......

            Martinez
            Chilwell cancelo james (mitchell lamptey)
            Bruno son grealish ziyech (burke)
            Kane dcl watkins

            Thanks

            1. Feed tha Sheep
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              As everyone says it’s a big risk but could def pay off. If your someone who goes on fixtures over form then go for it.

            2. Puncheon Guly
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              I'm considering the same moves. Leaves you short a Salah, and I think he's better than Vardy

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

              Difficult decisions,,,not sure for a minus

              1. Flynny
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Its a gamble - but ranked 2m i need to do something different

                It leaves exact cash for Bruno to salah gw11 or 12... thanks

          • Starky22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Saiss Zaha Son > Robbo Jota Salah for a -8...?

            1. Nightf0x
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Pull the trigger

            2. GREEN JUMPERS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Thinking 2 moves for a -4 might be my preference, then get Salah next week

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

            Hello,

            Mendy
            Chilwell-Justin-konsa
            Bruno-Son-Foden-Grealish
            Bamford-Werner-Dcl

            4M-Mitchell-Burke-Lamptey

            1FT 6.5m ITB

            Which moves please

            a) Foden > KDB
            b) Werne > Vardy
            c) Foden > Jota
            d) foden + Werner > KDB + Vardy (-4)
            e) foden + Wern > Jota + Vardy (-4)

            1. Feed tha Sheep
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              A

            2. GREEN JUMPERS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 2 days ago

              A

          • Nightf0x
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Sais to

            A) cancelo
            B) telles
            C) coufal/masuaku
            D) matip

            1. GREEN JUMPERS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 2 days ago

              A - unless you can do something better with the extra money from Coufal

          • Chuism
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Martinez (Steer)
              Cresswell - Dallas - Chilwell
              Salah - Grealish - J. Rod - Son
              DCL - Kane - Jimenez

              1.5 ITB, 2 FT

              Which option seems like the best move?

              A) Son + Jimenez --> KDB + Bamford / Antonio if declared fit
              B) Kane + Son + Jimenez --> Vardy + KDB + Bamford for -4
              C) 4.5 mid + Kane + Jimenez --> KDB + Bamford + 4.5 forward for -4 (switch to 3-5-2 formation)

              Thanks!

            • Feed tha Sheep
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              If you could get any defender this weekend who would you get? Not Chilwell

              1. Nightf0x
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Same dilemma

                1. Feed tha Sheep
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  City of maybe even Robertson?

            • Dr. Ante Pavlovic
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              How's this looking ?

              Mendy, Button
              Chilwell, Cancelo, Coufal, Targett, Justin
              KDB, Bruno, Ziyech, James, Grealish
              DCL, Vardy, Brewster