Scout Notes

Encouraging signs from Spurs assets despite late defeat at Liverpool

Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Goals: Mohamed Salah (£12.3m), Roberto Firmino (£9.2m) | Son Heung-min (£9.6m)
  • Assists: Andy Robertson (£7.2m) | Giovani Lo Celso (£6.9m)
  • Bonus: Firmino x3 Son x1 Hugo Lloris (£5.6m) x1

A late Roberto Firmino (£9.2m) header finally broke Tottenham resistance and handed Liverpool victory in an excellent top-of-the-table clash.

The Brazil international scored his first goal in four Gameweeks, and only his third all season, with the Reds’ 11th shot on target. The visitors had just two.

But that told only some of the night’s tale, with Jose Mourinho’s side spurning three golden second-half opportunities – two for Steven Bergwijn (£7.0m) and Harry Kane (£10.9m) with the other – to execute a classic counter-attacking game plan.

(Big) Chance Should Be A Fine Thing

Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris (£5.6m) emerged with three save points and bonus after making nine stops on the night, including three from Mohamed Salah (£12.3m), who had to rely on a wickedly-deflected effort to open the scoring.

But despite 76% possession and a 17-8 shot count, the home side failed to carve out a single big chance all night.

Spurs, by contrast, had four of them. Three, as mentioned, were missed, while Son Heung-min (£9.6m) converted the other when he ran through from Giovani Lo Celso’s (£6.9m) incisive pass and beat Alisson (£5.9m) at the near post with authority.

That made it a third straight Gameweek with an attacking return for the South Korean, who went into the Liverpool clash as Fantasy Premier League’s (FPL) most popular player, with 60.4% ownership.

Eleven goals and four assists explains nearly all of that allure, and his record against the ‘big’ teams accounts for the rest.

Son seems fixture-proof, with his nine-point haul at Anfield sitting alongside his 18-point bonanza against Manchester United, 13 from the north London derby and 10 at home to Manchester City.

Against sides that, like Spurs, sit deeper and set up more defensively, his output is remarkably different, with two double-digit returns offset by five blanks.

Defensive Dilemmas

Spurs’ festive schedule – LEI wol FUL LEE – suggests the team might struggle to break down three of those four sides, with Leeds (as ever) the notable exception.

Son’s ownership is still rising anyway – he’s currently in the top three for Gameweek 14 purchases – but there is a strong case for bringing in Tottenham defenders, too.

No team has kept more clean sheets than Spurs’ five, and they kept the league’s highest goalscorers at arms length for much of the Anfield match, which mirrored their defensive strategy for the season as a whole.

Investment in that back line is understandably muted when their highest-scoring defender, Eric Dier (£5.0m and 43 points), is being out-performed by 18 other players.

A lack of attacking returns doesn’t help – five goals have involved Tottenham defenders this campaign, a tally shared between three players. FPL’s most popular defender, Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell (£6.2m), can match that output all by himself.

But the potential of Spurs’ short-term schedule to produce defensive points can’t be ignored.

Liverpool’s backline has been considerably less watertight, not helped by injuries to key personnel, this season.

The latest centre-half to miss out was Joel Matip (£5.4m), whose back injury did not clear up enough for coach Jurgen Klopp to risk him against Spurs.

In came Rhys Williams (£4.0m) for his league debut, and it was a fine one according to Klopp:

Rhys couldn’t defend them alone, but he had a big part in it, so he did a really good job. It’s really nice for him. It was obviously a late decision because we didn’t know exactly what will happen with Joel and stuff like this. He did really well and that’s massively important for us.

Such a cheap way into the Liverpool defence looks enticing ahead of a fine four-match run involving West Brom at home and trips to Crystal Palace, Newcastle and (admittedly in-form) Southampton.

But unless Matip’s back issues deepen, Williams is unlikely to be more than a bit-part player for now.

The same can’t be said of full-backs Andrew Robertson (£7.2m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2m).

The latter has had an injury-hit start to the season, but Robertson continues to out-perform him going forward.

The left-back produced a fourth assist of the campaign against Spurs – Alexander-Arnold has just the one – and he led the way for chances created (four) and crosses (11) in a performance that saw him just miss out on bonus points.

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, Fabinho, R Williams, Alexander-Arnold; C Jones, Wijnaldum, J Henderson; Mané, Firmino, Salah. 

Spurs XI (4-3-2-1): Lloris; B Davies, Dier, Alderweireld, Aurier; Højbjerg, Sissoko, Lo Celso (Moura 58); Bergwijn (Reguilon 76), Son (Alli 87); Kane.

Arsenal 1-1 Southampton

  • Goals: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.4m) | Theo Walcott (£5.8m)
  • Assists: Eddie Nketiah (£5.5m) | Che Adams (£6.0m)
  • Bonus: Aubameyang x3 Walcott x2  Nketiah x1

Arsenal managed to avoid a fifth straight home loss, but yet another red card meant they had to do it the hard way against Southampton.

It also meant an equally hard night for many FPL managers as the Gunners’ most popular player, Gabriel (£5.1m and 11.2% owned), was the man to be dismissed.

Bad Discipline, Decent Spirit

The nature of Gabriel’s sending-off, involving two yellow cards handed out in just four minutes, speaks volumes for the indiscipline currently haunting manager Mikel Arteta’s troops.

It was the second straight red card shown to an Arsenal player in the league and the seventh since the Spaniard took over late last year.

Until the Gunners can show the same consistency results-wise – they’ve now won more cup games than league fixtures (14 v 13) under Arteta – fantasy managers are going to steer clear, especially with Everton and Chelsea up next.

At least the 8.4% of bosses staying loyal to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.4m) were treated to a first double-digit haul of the season as the Gabon international broke a five-match goalless streak in the league with the equaliser against the Saints.

And the side are clearly getting used to playing with ten men as Rob Holding (£4.4m) almost pinched a winner when his header hit the bar in time added on.

So-So Saints 

Based on the first half, and Gabriel’s foolishness after the break, Southampton will see the match as one that got away.

Theo Walcott (£5.8m) opened the scoring against his old club with a fine finish from Che Adams‘ (£6.0m) through-ball and other good chances came and went over the 90 minutes, with substitute Nathan Redmond (£6.4m) spooning one particularly excellent opportunity onto the bar.

Not that Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl seemed overly disappointed post-match:

This is a team that is normally above us in the table. It was good to see we can still be competitive. Teams have respect for what we are doing and how we are playing. I am OK with a point.

But the side’s schedule looks tricky in the short term, with visits from Man City, West Ham and Liverpool and a trip to the improving Fulham, before a Gameweek 18 blank further dampens their key assets’ appeal.

Of the well-owned players on display at The Emirates, the lack of a clean sheet hit Jannik Vestergaard‘s (£4.9m and 15.2%) output and James Ward-Prowse (£6,3m and 18.5%) and Danny Ings (£8.4m and 8.3%) offered little in the way of goal threat and failed to create a single chance between them.

The team’s most popular player, the 22.3%-owned keeper Alex McCarthy (£4.6m), kept his tally ticking over with a save point and he remains the cheapest of FPL’s top-five stoppers.

Walcott had the most chances (two) and penalty area touches (four) for the visitors, but like the team as a whole, he faded as the game wore on.

Arsenal XI (3-4-3): Leno; Tierney, Gabriel, Holding; Saka, Elneny, Ceballos (Willock 67), Maitland-Niles; Aubameyang, Nketiah (Luiz 65), Pépé (Soares 85).

Southampton XI (4-4-2): McCarthy; Bertrand, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Walker-Peters; Walcott (Djenepo 63), Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong (Redmond 63); Adams, Ings.

Lessons learned from FPL Gameweek 13

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622 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Mac90
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Leeds
    WestHam
    Chelsea

    3 from each for DGW19 seems good.

    Who are the other 6 that justifies Bench Boost?

    Leicester attackers will clash with Chelsea defenders.
    Same with Southampton and Leeds players.

    1. ivantys
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Not sure who you even need from Chelsea, only need Bamford from Leeds and West Ham defenders maybe.

      • JIMMY764
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        A lot of people seem to be ignoring Spurs/City assets who have decent single fixtures in DGW19.

        1. Mac90
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          True. That's what makes me think maybe save BB for a better DGW? Where there are good satisfying 15 players playing DGW?

          1. JIMMY764
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Hmm. I think the BB chip is overrated tbh. I’ll be happy to use it in DGW just to get it out of the way. Some decent fixtures for the likes of whu, easy to fill out benches with them. Then take the value back out of the bench for the remainder of the season.

            1. JIMMY764
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              DGW19*

      • tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        So I guess you're playing the game without Liverpool players lol ?

        1. Mac90
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Salah Bruno can def make the team.

          Mane / Rash good? Im not so sure abt these.

          That's why I was thinking I might save my BB

      • Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        I'd not have anyone other than James from Chelsea. Only triple will be WHU. Mostly a defensive Pair + Soucek.

    2. tafrère
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      *bottomed

      "Ezri Konsa misses out through illness."

      Mhm, don't like it.

    3. martyhan
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Chilwell and Watkins to Taylor and DCL for free?

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        not for me

      2. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Not this week !

    4. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      This is luck No Ezri konsa & Lamptey my 1st sub.. wow

      1. tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Everyone seem to be getting pts from their benches with Konsa no show.

        Lamptey, Dallas, Coufal...

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          I have Coufal deep in bench 🙁
          Can't get those 8 points

          1. tafrère
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Sad. Coufal at home against Palace was always a good fixture. Even if he was a bit lucky to get points.

            1. Amey
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Played Chilwell Lamptey Cancelo.

              1. tafrère
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Fair enough.

          2. Party time
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Well, Walcott is 1st on my bench... only if Bruno does not play tonight 🙂

        2. Keeptrying
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          99% of his 10% ownership on here 🙂

          1. tafrère
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Lol, true.

      2. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Enjoy the jam

      3. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Even more jammy if you consider that VAR clearly bottled it when Lamptey fouled Lookman in the box.

        1. michaelington
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          U ok hun? X o

          1. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Perfectly fine, Fulham was robbed of pen.

    5. Ray In Bruges.
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      McCarthy
      Chilwell Zouma Justin
      Fernandes KDB Son Grealish
      Werner DCL Bamford

      (Nyland, KWP, Kilman, Burke)

      1FT, 1.3ITB

      Not sure what to do here...KDB > Salah?

      1. Ray In Bruges.
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Or WC to this:

        McCarthy
        Chilwell Zouma KWP
        Fernandes KDB Son Grealish Salah
        DCL Bamford

        (Nyland, Brewster, 3.8, 3.9)

    6. YoungPretender
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      See how the remaining games play out but but initial thoughts for next GW are Grealish & Chilwell > Dier & Son for free? Yes or no?

      1. tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Grealish out before West Brom and Palace ? Chiwell out before decent run of fixtures and DGW19 ?

        Don't really fancy it.

      2. Cheezeweasel
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        You need to have a plan ready for the double and blank game weeks before picking transfers. Yes, if building a team for the blank. No, if building for the DGW

      3. ivantys
          3 months, 28 days ago

          At least 1 more game for Grealish imo

          1. Corgzzzz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Dear Mr Grealish.......should you find yourself in the fortunate position of being awarded a penalty from the kindly fellow in black today.......take the fecking penalty you long haired loon

      4. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        10 mins left and no new article. Lazy scouts don't care about smaller teams

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          I disagree they do write quite a lot about City.

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Lol

        2. Jindaljain
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Grealish captains will care

      5. Oggle22
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Konsa injured covid or rested anyone know?

        Cheers

        1. tafrère
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          See above.

          Misses out through illness.

      6. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Not many GW18 players?

        FH 18 build team for 19 & BB?

        Martinez18
        Zouma, Diaz, Robbo
        C Bruno, Son18 Mahrez, Grealish18
        Kane18, Bamford, Watkins18

        Forster, Soucek, Coufal, Lamptey18

        3.7 bank

        1. Harper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Dias and Mahrez play in GW18 too. In other words, it looks fine.

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Dias & Mahrez are about to become Salah or KDB & defender?

            1. Harper
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Could consider building for 18 and FHing in 19

        2. The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Looks a good plan and what I currently plan to do.
          Maybe even WC in 20 or 21 to clear the bench out and get some Villa back.

        3. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          you might be best playing FH in 19

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Ah ok didn't realise mahrez and dias were going now.

        4. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Cheers, got a few weeks to plan

      7. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        If Free hitting in 18 then BB in 19.
        Ok to get rid of Grealish and Watkins in 16?

        1. tafrère
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          I'm getting rid of Grealish in GW16 to get either a Leeds mid, Maddison or Soucek.

          1. ritzyd
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Same, ditching for Maddo or Bowen

          2. Keeptrying
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Have similar ideas!

          3. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            I’m thinking Son in 16.

        2. Keeptrying
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Yes imo

        3. Harper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Villa might have a DGW in 19 so keep your eyes peeled

          1. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Yeh all changes if this happens. Hopefully announced before 16.

          2. tafrère
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Bad fixtures though.

      8. andres
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        What would you do wit this team??
        Initially the plan was to do DCL to Kane but now kind of reluctant to loose a GW18 player as I don't have many...

        McCarthy (forster)
        Chilwell James targett (coufal mitchell)
        Kdb bruno salah Cavaleiro (soucek)
        Bamford DCL adams
        1FT, 3.7M

      9. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        What if you have two freebies and play your FH will you have two freebies next week?

        1. ritzyd
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          No

        2. Keeptrying
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          No. Only 1FT after FH

        3. Party time
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          No. 1ft

        4. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Cheers

      10. Kryptonite666
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 28 days ago

        4-5 gameweeks ago I was doing okay (top 100k). Took a decision to sell Son and Kane for their tough fixture run. Then sold DCL for Wilson for DCL’s tough fixture run. Lesson learnt the hard way Form > Fixtures.

        Had planned for Vardy to Kane this week. DGW has thrown a spanner in the works

        For those preparing for DGW19, what are you doing with Son and Kane

        What to do here with 2 FT ?

        Martinez
        Chilwell James Lamptey (KWP)
        Salah KDB Bruno Grealish
        Vardy Bamford Wilson

        1. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Money itb? Subs?

      11. tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        I was really hyped about the Villa game owning Konsa & Grealish.

        Now I know I will watch it moaning everytime Burnley miss a chance lmao.

      12. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        A) Chilwell to coufal (get some money itb)
        B) ayling to dallas
        2fts

        Mccarthy button
        Chilwell James dias ayling mitchell
        Salah kdb Bruno grealish soucek
        DCL Bamford welbeck

      13. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        I can get to this BB team in 19 for 3 -4 hits, if all goes to plan, which it won't. Seem reasonable?

        McCarthy (Meslier)
        Cresswell, Chilwell, James (Alioski, Taylor)
        Salah, Bruno, Maddison, Neto (Soucek)
        Vardy, Bamford, Kane

      14. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        0.3ITB 2FT

        Chilwell Mitchell -> James Coufal?

        Martinez
        Chilwell Zouma Lamptey
        Salah Bruno KDB Son Grealish
        DCL Bamford

        Forster Dallas Brewster Mitchell

      15. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Too drastic a move for Son, considering the gw14 fixtures for Jack and Callum?

        Chilwell, Grealish, Wilson > Reece, Son, Dec-Reid (-4)

        McCarthy, Forster
        Chilwell, Lamptey, Targett, KWP, Kilman
        Salah, KDB, Bruno, Grealish, Soucek
        DCL, Wilson, Bamford

      16. Tinmen
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Folks, Lamptey to Trent or save FT?

        Martinez
        Chilwell James Lamptey
        Bruno KDB Salah Mahrez Lookman
        DCL Bamford
        Brewster Mitchell Dunne

      17. Gemma817
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Whattodo here? gtg? ft: 1 itb: .1m

          Ryan, 4m
          Lamptey, TAA, Justin, Dunne, Mitchel
          Salah, Mahrez, KDB, Grealish, Burke
          DCL, Vardy, Bamford

        • Jimmy Boy
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Anyone reckon Salah gets rested at Palace?

          1. Gemma817
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Nah

            • NATSTER
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Mane is not in fine form. I don't think Salah would be rested.

          2. Keeptrying
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Grealish looking lively

          3. Lindelol
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Martinez Forster
            Chilwell James Dias Dallas Dunne
            Salah kdb Bruno Grealish Burke
            DCL Bamford Adams

            1 FT and 0.4 itb
            I don't know what should I do here. Please suggest otherwise i guess I should perhaps save the FT

          4. NATSTER
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            0:0 will be great for Villa v Burnley 🙂

            1. Bobby's Teeth
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Well you should have asked for something better 🙂

          5. Damsko
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Grealish > Rashford
            Kilman > Ben White

            2 free transfers Yay or Nay?

            My team 2.2 itb:

            McCarthy

            Coufal Dallas Chilwell

            Salah Bruno (C) Grealish KDB (VC)

            DCL Bamford Che Adams

            Bench: Steer, Soucek, Taylor, Kilman

          6. Fit_to_drop
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Am I mad?

            KDB & Grealish >> Son & Rashford

            Own Kane & Salah

            1. Damsko
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              No, I am thinking Grealish to Rashforf myself. Just need to find a replacement for Kilman but only have 4.7 left to do this.

          7. The Royal Robin
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Bruno or Salah (C)?

            1. Damsko
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Thinking of going for Bruno.