Scout Notes

Budget keeper Sanchez set for more starts as Coufal’s creativity is rewarded

West Ham United 1-1 Crystal Palace

  • Goals: Sebastien Haller (£6.1m) | Christian Benteke (£5.5m)
  • Assists: Vladimir Coufal (£4.6m) | Joel Ward (£4.3m)
  • Bonus: Coufal x3, Andros Townsend (£5.8m) x2, Haller, Ward x1

A clash between David Moyes and Roy Hodgson produced exactly the game of football you’d expect – tight, hard-fought and lacking major chances.

Two old school centre-forwards, Sebastien Haller (£6.1m) and Christian Benteke (£5.5m), scored the goals, while Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend (£5.8m) managed to walk off with two bonus points despite having no shots and creating only two chances.

Vlad Culture

Townsend did provide one of the game’s two big chances and put over six crosses, but the creator in chief on the night was West Ham defender Vladimir Coufal (£4.6m).

The full-back’s four chances created led the way, as did his total of 13 crosses.

Since he made his debut in Gameweek 4, only two FPL defenders have supplied more key passes than the Czech international.

Six of Boufal’s crosses were successful, including the one that Haller converted into a goal thanks to a spectacular overhead kick.

That piece of skill prompted some fantastically Moyes-like praise from his manager:

One of my first games he scored a scissor kick. It’s the tap-ins I want him to score as well. We need somebody to come up with the goods.

Those who didn’t come up with such goods included relatively well-owned Hammers midfielders Tomas Soucek (£5.0m and 7.7%) and Jarrod Bowen (£6.4m and 5.3%) and popular Palace man Wilfried Zaha (£7.5m and 22.3%).

But in a match involving, the goals aside, just two shots on target, their blanks weren’t all that surprising.

Their futures in a number of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) teams aren’t exactly assured, however.

Palace face up to Liverpool, Aston Villa and Leicester next, while West Ham’s schedule is not much better (che BHA sou eve) and they’ll have a blank Gameweek 18.

Faith In Christian

One of the unlikelier occurrences of what is already a highly unpredictable season has been the re-emergence of Benteke as a Fantasy force.

The striker had a wild Wednesday night, scoring his third goal in as many starts – thus matching his entire output of the past two seasons – and leading the way for attempts (five) and big chances (two) from 69 minutes of action.

He also topped the bill for sendings off after receiving two yellow cards – a harsh state of affairs according to both Moyes and, less surprisingly, Hodgson:

It was a ludicrous decision. He only tried to use his arm for leverage and honestly win the ball. It’s odd to sit here and say these things as if you’re some monster who wants everything to go his way. Decisions like that are ruining the game.

Benteke will now sit out Saturday’s visit from Liverpool. Based on the feverish festive schedule, that makes him virtually nailed-on for the Boxing Day trip to another of his former clubs, Villa.

In the £5.5m or cheaper striker price bracket, Benteke’s 24 points puts him only seven off a top three place even though he’s played just 307 minutes this term – at least 200 (and in some cases over 400) minutes fewer than every other player above him in that list.

His dismissal scuppered his chances of bonus against West Ham, while Townsend gained two extra points courtesy of a fine all-round display involving 12 recoveries, seven tackles, four successful take-ons and two key passes.

West Ham XI: Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Coufal; Rice, Soucek; Fornals (Lanzini 45), Benrahma (Snodgrass 88), Bowen (Yarmolenko 80); Haller. 

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Van Aanholt, Dann, Kouyaté, Ward; Eze (Ayew 76), McArthur, Milivojevic, Townsend (Schlupp 85); Zaha, Benteke.

Fulham 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion

Bonus: Tosin Adarabioyo (£4.5m) x3, Alphonse Areola (£4.5m), Joachim Andersen (£4.5m), Robert Sanchez (£4.4m) x2

A lively encounter – at least after the break – ended pleasingly goalless for some of the few with Fantasy interest in an otherwise low-key FPL affair.

Love For Lamptey, Misery For Mat

The 10.7%-owned Brighton defender Tariq Lamptey (£4.8m) returned from a one-match ban and gave his owners clean sheet points for just the second time this term.

The only other player with double-digit ownership was Seagulls keeper Mat Ryan (£4.4m and 12.6%), but he didn’t even make the bench as manager Graham Potter handed Robert Sanchez (£4.4m) a second start of the season.

Ryan’s owners would have been more than annoyed to miss out on a rare shut-out. More worrying, however, were Potter’s post-match comments about Sanchez:

He will keep his place, he earned it on merit, has trained well, worked hard and his performance was good tonight. Rob played tonight and Jason (Steele) plays the role as No.2 really well and that’s where we are at.

Where Ryan could be at is out on his backside based on Potter’s quotes. His FPL owners might not want to use up a valuable Christmas transfer on a new keeper, but their hands could well be forced.

Close, But No Cigar

Potter was happy with his team’s overall showing:

The spirit of the players was fantastic, I can’t complain about that in any way. There was personality out there, they worked for each other, they had everything but the goal.

‘Everything but the goal’, aside from being a fine name for a 1980s tribute act, adequately describes Brighton at present, with Danny Welbeck (£5.5m) again close to a decent haul.

He’s produced attacking returns in three of his six starts this season and he missed a brilliant chance at Craven Cottage, as well as having an assist chalked off (rightly so) for a handball in the run-up to Adam Lallana‘s (£6.2m) disallowed goal.

Back Line Buys

If Brighton can’t score, they are at least offering the prospect of defensive returns, with a festive schedule – SHU whu ARS WOL – that suggests more stalemates than six-goal thrillers.

As for Fulham, their improvement at the back is there for all to see, even if Wednesday’s clean sheet was only their second of the season.

Christmas might herald more of the same, with trips to Newcastle and Burnley particularly promising.

But they’ve also got to face Spurs and Southampton and will have a blank Gameweek 18 to further dampen what little interest in their players their recent form might have prompted.


Fulham XI (4-3-2-1): Areola; A Robinson, Adarabioyo, Andersen, Aina; Zambo Anguissa, Reed (Lemina 63); Lookman, Loftus-Cheek (Mitrovic 77), De Cordova-Reid (Kamara 62); Cavaleiro.

Brighton XI (3-4-2-1): R Sánchez; Dunk, Webster, White; March, Bissouma, Alzate, Lamptey (Veltman 78); Trossard (Jahanbakhsh 79), Lallana (Gross 85); Welbeck.

Lessons learned from FPL Gameweek 13

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  1. Avo24
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 15 days ago

    Martinez
    Chilwell zouma coufal
    Son salah kdb bruno grealish
    Dcl bamford

    Killman, mitchell, brew
    2FT, any suggestion what to do?
    Want to sell 1 of chelsea def to dier or dias, but I bought them for 5.5 and 5. Dont wanna give away those value

    1. aapoman
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 15 days ago

      Any money in the bank? I'd try to upgrade the bench a little.

      1. Avo24
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 15 days ago

        0m in the bank hahaha

  2. white lightning
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 15 days ago

    I'm not sure it's wise doing Robertson out but it allows me to upgrade Jota to Son.
    Robertson, Jota out - C. Taylor, Son in for a -4 hit

    Will give me:
    Martinez
    Chilwell, Cancelo, Lamptey
    KDB, Bruno, Son, Grealish
    Kane (c), DCL, Bamford

    Steer, C. Taylor, Burke, Justin

    Thoughts & thanks.

  3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 15 days ago

    RMT, What to do here?
    Mendy(Forster)
    Cancelo Lamptey Chilwell (Coufal)(Neco)
    Salah KDB Fernandes Grealish (Riedewald)
    DCL Watkins Bamford

    1FT, 1.5 itb

    I'm thinking FH18 and BB19, should I do Neco Williams to Charlie Taylor as it gives me a DGW'er and also improves bench for festive period? Wouls also start him over Cancelo then

    1. Chelsea91
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 15 days ago

      Cancelo to Dier?

  4. Siva Mohan
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 15 days ago

    Martinez
    Dias | Bednarek | Zouma
    Salah(c) | Son | Bruno | KDB
    Bamford | DCL | Adams
    Forster | Dallas | Mitchell | Bruke

    0.7 ITB

    Good to go?

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 15 days ago

      G2g

    2. aapoman
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 15 days ago

      Start Dallas over Bednarek

  5. aapoman
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 15 days ago

    Martinez
    James Lamptey Coufal
    Salah KDB Sterling Son Grealish
    Bamfrod Watkins

    Forster; Ayling, KWP, Brewster

    I have 2ft and 0.7itb thinking about:

    A. Sterling and Brewster -> Soucek and Kane
    B. Sterling and Watkins -> Neto and Kane

    Thoughts?

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 15 days ago

      Thinking A myself but my case is more difficult because I have KDB over your Sterling.

  6. Rolls-Royce
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 15 days ago

    Morning gents. Best option here with 2FTs? (0.0 inb)

    A) KDB + Brewster -> Kane & Soucek
    B) Mitchell -> Rhys Williams
    C) Other
    D) Burn the transfer.

    Martinez Steer
    Chilwell James Lamptey (Alioski Mitchell)
    Salah KDB Bruno Son Grealish
    DCL Bamford Brewster

    Ta.

    1. mdm
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 15 days ago

      A

    2. Siva Mohan
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 15 days ago

      A

    3. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 15 days ago

      A leftfield option for you here,
      Bruno and Brewster to Kane and Burke
      Gives you 0.2 to use on Mitchell next week/beyond, which you could increase the funds of via a Lamptey downgrade (tough fixtures)

  7. Pacer.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 15 days ago

    What's going on with this Ryan saves stat. It's an odd one that I've heard Az mention a couple of times. I realise that Ryan has probably been sh1tcanned because it's genuinely not working out, but those stats are so stark (S19, GC19) that even 3 or 4 more saves at certain times which would have brought in Brighton a few more points really wouldn't change the stat that much.

    So what's really going on with why Ryan is making so few saves? Like 20-30 fewer than some keepers. It must be tactical. There simply must be something thats contributing to it other than/as well as the keeper

    1. Pacer.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 15 days ago

      Sorry stat was S16/GC19

      1. Rolls-Royce
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 15 days ago

        Sanchez made 4 saves this week. If that was the average Ryan should be on at least 40+ saves by now. Clearly, he is not in his best form.

        1. Pacer.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          11 months, 15 days ago

          Playing devil's advocate though, that could mean anything. It could mean that he failed to come for corners and was forced to firefight, or organised his defence worse etc More saves doesn't equal better form. Presumably Ryan's for IS poor or he wouldn't have been dropped. I just find it hard to believe that he's been dropped because his positioning or his ability to move to save balls is so abysmal it rarely happens. Seems like a case of FPL trying to explain football. What's really going on

  8. Rolls-Royce
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 15 days ago

    Regardless of the players you own, who do you think is the best captain this gameweek?

    Personally, I feel Bruno and Kane are two standout options especially with Kane's record vs Leicester being pretty insane and these teams are often involved in 3+ goals games.

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 15 days ago

      Kane trumps it then Salah for mine.

  9. Pacer.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 15 days ago

    Martinez
    Chill, James, Just, Konsa, Mitch
    KdB, Salah, Bruno, Greal, Soucek
    Kane, BamBam, Brewstersaurus

    0itb 2FT
    WC gone
    FH gone
    7 green arrows to 1.4m or something

    What on Earth is my chip strategy here. Can't really see any way yet to build a bench boost for the double. Can't really see a transfer to make this week to avoid burning as can't upgrade bench without downgrading elsewhere. Could it be time to bin Justin for better fixtures... Coufal?

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 15 days ago

      I am thinking FH in gw18 and then saving the BB for the second lot of DGWs when I will likely use my second WC.

      1. Pacer.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 15 days ago

        I'll take your advice with the same careful consideration and attention to detail you gave my post ;-0

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 15 days ago

          🙂
          I too have the same dilemma, no obvious source of funds from a player downgrade to form a strong bench.

  10. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 15 days ago

    Martinez
    Trent Coufal C.Taylor James
    Son Salah Fernandes (c) De Bruyne
    Calvert-Lewin Bamford

    Bissouma Brewster Branthwaite

    Good to go??

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 15 days ago

      I like the (c) on Salah over Bruno personally.
      A fair bit of $ tied up in TAA could get a great midfield/forward with those funds.

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 15 days ago

        Yeah I want hold to Trent a little longer and then a possible move to Dier which frees up 2.2m.

      2. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 15 days ago

        Yeah I am tempted to perma-cap Salah, and I keeping swapping the 2 around..

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 15 days ago

          Salah v Palace just invites goals for mine.

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 4 Years
            11 months, 15 days ago

            Palace will back themselves to score a goal so I think we could see some potency from the Liverpool attack.

  11. Alisson WondHaaland
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 15 days ago

    Who scores more?

    A) Robbo vs CRY (A) + WBA (H) - 4
    B) Dias vs SOU (A) + NEW (H)

    Ignore any future fixtures or DGW etc

    1. King Drogba11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 15 days ago

      I’d side with Dias without the hit.

    2. Siva Mohan
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 15 days ago

      B

  12. King Drogba11
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 15 days ago

    Does Kane outscore KDB over the next 4/5 GWS ?

    Thinking KDB + Brew >> Anguissa + Kane

    1. The Strokes
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 15 days ago

      I don't think so

    2. RECKLESS
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Atleast not in next with kdb vs wba and kane vs wolves

      1. RECKLESS
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 14 days ago

        newC

  13. The Strokes
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 15 days ago

    Hello
    Is it to soon for Werner => Aguerro ?

    Thanks !

  14. Wigflex
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 15 days ago

    Hi guys, 2fts 0.8itb, really stuck with what to do, any tips greatly appreciated. Thinking Cancelo out seems best move?

    Martinez
    Coufal - Cancelo - Lampety
    KDB - Son - Salah - Bruno
    DCL - Wilson - Bamford

    (Forster - Dallas - Burke - Mitchell)

    1. King Drogba11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 15 days ago

      Mitchell to Alioski/Stones

  15. Grimes_1st
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 15 days ago

    Mahrez keep or move to Neto?

  16. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 15 days ago

    I'm thinking of not even going for Soucek and getting a Leeds 5th mid instead as my bench boost cash cow. Who does better?

    Harrison with wba tot BHA SOU
    Soucek with sou eve BUR WBA

    1. james26
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 15 days ago

      soucek

    2. RECKLESS
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 14 days ago

      Soucek as he is big play on Westham setpiece threat and love his late runs

  17. james26
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 15 days ago

    Trying to decide which is better for DGW plan.
    I've narrowed it down to two options both don't use my second wildcard and my first one is gone and both require a one -4 between now and then.

    Option 1- bench boost

    mendy
    balbuneo ayling justin dier dias
    salah (c) de bruyne bruno son soucek
    bamford rodrigo adams

    Option 2- triple captain

    Johnstone
    balbuena roberstons dier ( dias mitchel)
    salah (tc) de bruyne bruno son soucek
    bamford rodrigo (wickham)

  18. RECKLESS
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 14 days ago

    Who would you pick for Lamptey? Need 0.1mn for addams and dgw cover

    1) Coufal
    2) Taylor Burnley
    3) Dallas
    Right now on Coufal as found his key passing brilliant.