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Scoutcast Episode 353 – Spurs and Man City top the form versus fixtures debate

With Az yellow flagged this week, the Scoutcast borrowed a couple of hosts from other podcasts and videos to help make sense of Gameweek 10.

Ted from Ted Talks FPL and FPL Surgery’s Josh kindly step in to join Joe to look at issues such as the familiar ‘fixtures versus form’ debate.

While Manchester City’s fixtures turn for their better, with a trip to Burnley, their form is less than enticing. Can easier encounters help them revive their fortunes?

Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur’s rotten match-ups continue, with a visit to Chelsea. However, the strong form of Harry Kane (£11.0m) and Son Heung-min (£9.5m) makes them hard to ditch.

Our trio consider the pros and cons of switching the focus of their Fantasy Premier League teams from north London to Manchester.

Elsewhere, Liverpool’s Diogo Jota (£6.6m) is turning heads, with his strong attacking threat and kind price tag. His merits as the ‘next big thing’ among mid-price midfielders is assessed.

Rough with the Smooth is back, with another Scoutcast regular’s Wildcard given the once over. There’s a differential pick to consider too, with Josh attempting to pick a player that doesn’t befall the Scoutcast curse of being injured or dropped.

Gameweek 9 is reviewed, fixtures are frisked and Joe, Ted and Josh reveal their transfer and captaincy plans for Gameweek 10.

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662 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    KDB not in the squad, anything to worry about?

    1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      rested with walker

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      He asked for a rest because hes knackered

  2. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Torres rested. Disappointed as an owner in UCL. Should have sold for a hit. So be it

    1. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      You had the time to see the team sheet and sub out. I played him hoping for him to get subbed in and beat the 3 pointer I subbed out.

  3. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Mendy surely only used in games like that or maybe 1 or 2 over hefty Christmas period. I think tonight hasnt changed my Saiss to Cancelo plan...or what ?

  4. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    A) Kane->Vardy
    B) Hames->Jota

    1. Lignja
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      both

  5. Flynny
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    I have cancelo and no playing bench (lamptey and mitchell)

    Should I be concerned for the weekend? Mendy isn't going to start 2 in the days is he, just coming back from injury?

    1. Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      I also have Cancelo, I’d highly doubt he’d get rested for Mendy after he’s only just got back for an injury!

      1. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 hours ago

        Let's hope so.....

    2. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Nah can't see Mendy starting two in a row. Zinchencko is back too but think Pep will value Cancelo's creativity against Burnley's low block.

      1. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 hours ago

        Well I don't think there is much I can do...

        Focusing transfers on big hitters this week so hope for the best

  6. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Martinez
    Robertson Chilwell Dallas
    Fernandes Son JamesR Grealish Foden
    DCL Kane

    Forster Brewster Saiss Ferguson

    2 FT, 1.5 itb

    What to do here...

    1. Foden Kane >> Jota Vardy
    2. Saiss Kane >> Cancelo / Walker Vardy

    Thanks

  7. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Who would you keep GW10-11 Kane (che ARS) or Werner (TOT LEE)?

    1. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Everybody says Kane but somehow I would end up with Werner. Have both and planning Vardy in.

    2. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Kane for sure

    3. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Kane

    4. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Kane

  8. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Foden scores again. Luckily if he doesn't start this week he is officially gone from my team. If he's not starting against Burnley, Pep simply doesn't rate him in the PL.

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Get rid before. He aint playing.

      1. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 12 hours ago

        Other more pressing transfers, for example Kane to Vardy. Foden gets a stay of execution.

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Hasn’t started the last 4 weeks

      1. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 12 hours ago

        His form now is incredible though. I kept for now because of other fires to put out in my team, but if he can't even start against Burnley, he is definitely out.

  9. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    And now a well deserved 6 days of rest for Foden

  10. The Count of Monte Cristo
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 12 hours ago

    Probably reading too much into this...

    Grealish this season: 4 goals & 6 assists in 8 GW's

    Of those, 3 goals and 5 assists came in that crazy game vs Liverpool and late on at home to Southampton when they were already 4-1 down. Points in the other 6 games: 3,8,3,1,6,1. [SHU, ful, lei, LEE, ars, BRI] -- not tough fixtures at all.

    Yes, you can break everyone's G/A's into blank and non-blanks but should I be worried about owning Grealish now, especially if Barkley is out for some time?

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      Yeah I kind of regret getting him because he vacates a valuable midfield spot.

    2. Joey Tribbiani
        2 months, 12 hours ago

        so you are saying hes due?

        1. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 12 hours ago

          Only if I sell him 😀

      • Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 hours ago

        His stats are off the charts. I’m happy to keep for the next 5-6 gameweeks. Keep the faith.

        1. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 12 hours ago

          Think this is the correct play as a owner, thanks.

      • NateDogsCats
          2 months, 12 hours ago

          I wouldn't worry about owning him, but as a non-owner looking at getting him this week I noticed this too and decided to stay away, same for Watkins

          1. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 12 hours ago

            Think it's probably in the 'don't buy, don't sell' territory?

            1. NateDogsCats
                2 months, 12 hours ago

                Definitely, he's definitely going to pick up points, whenever Villa play well Grealish is at the heart of it and he'll inevitably get some more good hauls so I certainly wouldn't get rid in a hurry especially with their fixtures, but like for me looking at people to bring in it just made getting a Villa attacker that little bit less urgent right now

        • Slitherene
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 12 hours ago

          There is a possibility that only Taylor will play from my defense.

          Cancelo Justin Lascelles*
          KdB Bruno Ziyech Grealish
          Vardy Richarlison Watkins
          Soucek Lamptey* Taylor

          1 FT, 2.1 ITB

          Cancelo to Robertson?

        • Tony Martial
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 12 hours ago

          Liking the look of this.
          Have Kane too and don’t wanna really get rid of Son but it’s the only way I’d be able to get Mo back. If I went Sterling I’d swap for Mo in GW 12.

          Son and Saïss ➡️ Sterling and Fofana or Salah and Lewis/Kilman ( Lewis has good fixtures)

        • Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 12 hours ago

          Foden getting 90 while Sterling is taken off early and Torres gets a rest. It's time to go!

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 12 hours ago

            Same price as Jota. No brainer.

            1. BenDavies
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 12 hours ago

              Jota, another player not guaranteed of starts. Sideways move

              1. Alan_T
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 12 hours ago

                Jota guaranteed 30mns at least, but likely to get a start

              2. Mr. O'Connell
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 12 hours ago

                Foden to anyone is an upgrade

          2. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 12 hours ago

            A rotation risk for A rotation risk

        • Shardlow
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 12 hours ago

          McCarthy (Steer)
          Coufal, Justin, Chilwell (Mitchell, Taylor)
          Salah, Son, Grealish, Ziyech (Bissouma)
          Kane, DCL, Jimenez

          1 FT £0.3 ITB

          Worth using wildcard to get Vardy + some city?

          1. AlternativeB
              2 months, 12 hours ago

              No? You got a great team

          2. French Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 12 hours ago

            What’s up with KDB ?
            Covid ?

            1. ClassiX
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 12 hours ago

              Genital warts.

            2. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 12 hours ago

              rest

          3. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 12 hours ago

            We haven't seen the City who's scoring for fun for a while now, what do you think are the main reasons for this?

            Aguero getting injured before he gets the chance to get form?
            The magician leaving the team?
            Pep not motivated anymore?

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 12 hours ago

              Signifcantly worse press, loss of Silva/Kompany, Aguero's declining form, the odd poor performance from last season now becoming customary in this.

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 12 hours ago

                *declining fitness

          4. Big_Bear
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 12 hours ago

            Barkley->Jota with a FT obvious move. Only other move is Barkley to Torres. 1m ITB.

          5. some witty pun
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 12 hours ago

            Foden to Jota or Torres?
            Worried about Jota's starts in the long term

            1. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 12 hours ago

              All 3 are rotation risks

            2. dunas_dog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 12 hours ago

              Is Torres starts certain in long term?

            3. BenDavies
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 12 hours ago

              I just wouldn't make any of those moves, it's the definition of sideways.

            4. Big_Bear
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 12 hours ago

              I'm leaning towards Jota over Torres just due to one injury puts Jota in the Liverpool team whereas thats not quite the case for Torres

            5. DGW Sane TC Fail....
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 12 hours ago

              is it just me? why does everybody think Jota is just going to be a bench player?. All the Liverpool front three are now subject to rotation. He's more than proved he can play in the Liverpool front three.

              1. DGW Sane TC Fail....
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 12 hours ago

                opps wrong place

          6. bluee
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 12 hours ago

            Will Saiss drop or is he protected cos of red flag?

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 12 hours ago

              Flag means more sales needed.

          7. Bennyboy1907
              2 months, 12 hours ago

              A) 3-5-2 with Jota

              B) 3-4-3 with Antonio/Watkins

              1. Rasping Drive
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 12 hours ago

                A

            • UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 12 hours ago

              “Looks like Jota is favored over Salah now after showing he's the better player against Leicester. Rested and good to go against Brighton”

              Can’t tell if Brosstan is being serious here or joking?

              1. TheDragon
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 12 hours ago

                If you can’t tell then I’m very concerned for you.

                Obviously he is joking

                1. UNDERWORLD7
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 12 hours ago

                  No need to be concerned, at all.

              2. RamaJama
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 12 hours ago

                Confirmed as sub when Salah is back

                1. Finding Timo
                    2 months, 12 hours ago

                    Even if jota is not guaranteed to start still good impact sub &
                    May get assist/goal late in the game

                    1. RamaJama
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 12 hours ago

                      Agree

              3. jonnybhoy
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 12 hours ago

                Evening guys. Whats the thoughts on these? In the top 45k so want to make a push before Xmas.

                McCarthy 4m
                Chillwell Taylor Justin Targett Saiss
                KDB Fernandes Son JRod Podence
                Kane DCL Brewster

                A) Kane to Vardy (C)
                B) Saiss to a defender up to 5.8m
                C) KDB to Salah

                Got 3 playing defenders so could hold Saiss for another week if needs be

                1. jonnybhoy
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 12 hours ago

                  D) Kane and Podence to Vardy (C) and Jota

                  1. jonnybhoy
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 12 hours ago

                    For -4pts

                2. UNDERWORLD7
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 12 hours ago

                  A push at 45k? Wow.

                  A

                  1. how now brown cow
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 12 hours ago

                    ?

                  2. jonnybhoy
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 12 hours ago

                    Cheers. What you mean?

                3. RamaJama
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 12 hours ago

                  B to Cancelo

                4. how now brown cow
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 12 hours ago

                  B. I think we'll need as many starters as we can get?

                  1. jonnybhoy
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 12 hours ago

                    Yeah true, thinking city defence wise?

                    1. how now brown cow
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 12 hours ago

                      I'm tempted by dias.

              4. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 12 hours ago

                People bringing in attacking players from a team that cant score more than 1 goal...

                1. UNDERWORLD7
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 12 hours ago

                  People thinking Jota is better than Salah, above

                  1. Brosstan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 12 hours ago

                    Go quote all the other people making dumb predictions about how playing or not playing in the CL is in any way predicative of starts at the weekend...

                2. TheDragon
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 12 hours ago

                  You mean Vardy? 😉

                3. RamaJama
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 12 hours ago

                  If you mean city, the stars seems too expensive for the goal rate so far this year. Not sure if better fixtures is good enough to get City back to free scoring

              5. IRBOX ⚽
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 12 hours ago

                Burnley are going to get mauled. Front 3: Sterling Aguero Mahrez with KDB tucked in behind.. Fulham, West Brom and Newcastle after that.. Sterling at 4% and KDB 17%. Time to fly

                1. TheDragon
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 12 hours ago

                  Next you’ll be telling me Maupay is due to score a goal

                2. TomSaints
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 12 hours ago

                  If we can get on the sterling wagon ahead of his inevitable hatrick in one of those games...

                3. Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 12 hours ago

                  Pep said KDB is having the week off

                  1. IRBOX ⚽
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 12 hours ago

                    Ready for the weekend

                4. Steve The Spud
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 12 hours ago

                  Aguero won’t be straight up to speed he’s hardly played all season

                5. UNDERWORLD7
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 12 hours ago

                  Lol, have you seen city play yet?

                  1. IRBOX ⚽
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 12 hours ago

                    Of course. They are creating and top 5 in the league for xG, 3 big chances today, 2 against Spurs. The goals will come

                6. how now brown cow
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 12 hours ago

                  Mee and tarkowski back might help.

              6. sentz05
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 12 hours ago

                Should we ship out KDB now to get Salah back in? City just aren’t firing atm.

                1. That Was Easy!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 12 hours ago

                  Surely you keep for these next ones.

              7. TomSaints
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 12 hours ago

                High risk high reward.

                Aguero brought in as (c). Got minutes today, likely starts at the weekend.

                11 shots on target tonight by city and they barely got above a walk. With a KDB rested, it does feel like there could be fireworks

                1. IRBOX ⚽
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 12 hours ago

                  Love it

              8. Baines on Toast...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 12 hours ago

                City 2 - 0 Burnley (Mahrez x2)

                1. BenDavies
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 12 hours ago

                  Are you updating us on your FIFA career mode or something

              9. That Was Easy!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 12 hours ago

                What to do here?

                Fabs
                Robertson Cancelo Konsa
                Sterling Bruno Son Grealish
                Maupay Jimmy Bamford

                Steer; Zouma, Konsa, Alzate

                1) Jimmy > DCL/Rich
                2) Jimmy + Son > Vardy (C) + Jota (-4)
                3) Jimmy + Maupay > DCL + Wilson (-4)

                1. how now brown cow
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 12 hours ago

                  Wilson in for a -4?

                  A out of those.

                  1. That Was Easy!
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 12 hours ago

                    That's mostly because I'm so frustrated with Maupay haha. No reason to, you're right.

              10. DGW Sane TC Fail....
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 12 hours ago

                is it just me? why does everybody think Jota is just going to be a bench player?. All the Liverpool front three are now subject to rotation. He's more than proved he can play in the Liverpool front three.

                1. BenDavies
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 12 hours ago

                  Until he starts regularly when Salah, Mane and Firmino are all fit, he is a risk.

                  1. DGW Sane TC Fail....
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 12 hours ago

                    There all at risk?

                2. That Was Easy!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 12 hours ago

                  They've also all started together, perfectly possible that happens from time to time as well, especially with Fabs at CB, freeing up a postion in the midfield.

              11. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 12 hours ago

                Vardy (C) vs Fulham rather than Sterling and DLC?

                1. DGW Sane TC Fail....
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 12 hours ago

                  You have to put the armband on Vardy.

                2. IRBOX ⚽
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 12 hours ago

                  Terrible idea. Vardy no good against deep defences. Possibly injured and very old. Only scores pens. It’s a no from me

                  1. UNDERWORLD7
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 12 hours ago

                    This guy lmao

                    1. IRBOX ⚽
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 12 hours ago

                      Are you 12? Lmao? Lol? I prefer to analyse stats and truths

                  2. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 12 hours ago

                    Haha why trolling on such a beautiful night. Thanks for the insight tho newbie:D