Scout Notes

The FPL Round-Up: Pep on Cancelo, Lampard to rotate and Richarlison update

Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea

  • Goals: Alexandre Lacazette (£8.2m), Granit Xhaka (£5.2m), Bukayo Saka (£5.1m) | Tammy Abraham (£7.2m)
  • Assists: Kieran Tierney (£5.3m), Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe (£4.4m) | Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.7m)
  • Bonus: Saka x3, Lacazette x2, Bernd Leno (£4.9m), Xhaka x1

A much-changed, and much-improved, Arsenal saw off Chelsea to ease the pressure on manager Mikel Arteta.

The result meant a third straight away loss for the Blues, incurring the wrath of boss Frank Lampard, who branded his players ‘lazy’.

Fantasy managers were ill-served by Lampard in the run-up to the match, with injury doubts over full-backs Ben Chilwell (£6.1m) and Reece James (£5.2m) prompting many to sell them on.

As it happened, both started and promptly handed their remaining owners another day without clean sheet points – Chelsea have managed just one shut-out in their last five games.

The team’s most popular attacking player, the 15.3%-owned Timo Werner (£9.3m), made it seven starts without a goal, although his opportunities were severely limited when Lampard hooked him at half-time:

Timo today wasn’t giving us enough with or without the ball and some of it we have to give him time because it is a different league, but also we have to get there quickly. So we’ll see about his tiredness. I will have a conversation with him, but it was a decision I just felt I had to make.

Werner won’t be the only player nervously checking the teamsheet for Gameweek 16’s visit from Aston Villa on Monday either:

I will have to rotate players, I will have to see after Arsenal where players are in their fitness, every individual is different, we will do our best to get the turnaround right.

Arteta has an extra day to plan for the Gunners’ trip to Brighton, with the immediate future of the benched Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.4m and 7.4%) the main Fantasy concern.

In his absence, Alexandre Lacazette (£8.2m), Granit Xhaka (£5.2m) and Bukayo Saka (£5.1m) got the goals, while Emile Smith-Rowe‘s (£4.4m) energy caught the eye.

Tammy Abraham (£7.2m) managed a late consolation goal – his third in two matches – and Bernd Leno (£4.9m) then saved a Jorginho (£4.8m) penalty, but the hosts deserved their win, with the outstanding Saka bringing in maximum bonus points for his 2.4% ownership.


Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Tierney, Mari, Holding, Bellerín; Elneny, Xhaka; Martinelli (Pepe 71), Smith Rowe (Willock 65), Saka; Lacazette (Mustafi 90+2). 

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): E Mendy; Chilwell, T Silva, Zouma, R James; Mount, Kanté (Havertz 74), Kovacic (Jorginho 45); Werner (Hudson-Odoi 45), Abraham, Pulisic.

Manchester City 2-0 Newcastle United

.
  • Goals: Ilkay Gundogan (£5.4m), Ferran Torres (£6.9m)
  • Assists: Raheem Sterling (£11.4m)
  • Bonus: Gundogan x3, Joao Cancelo (£5.6m) x2, Nathan Ake (£5.4m) x1

A routine win for Manchester City came with another unremarkable score from the team’s most popular Fantasy asset, Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m).

More than 189,000 managers sold on the 23.8%-owned Belgian heading into the match after a run of just one assist from three starts.

And a further blank on Boxing Day has prompted another 58,000+ to put him in the top three for Gameweek 16 sales, including (presumably) some of the 561,821 who captained him against Newcastle.

With Gabriel Jesus (£9.1m) ill and Sergio Aguero (£10.3m) still being eased back from injury, City manager Pep Guardiola handed the striker’s role to Ferran Torres (£6.9m), who steered home the team’s second goal of a predictably one-sided contest.

But it was Raheem Sterling (£11.4m) who had he most penalty area touches (12) on the day, and from one of those he set up Ilkay Gundogan (£5.4m) for the opener.

That was the midfielder’s second goal from his last three starts, and although he later picked up a knock, he played it down post-match.

I got a couple of kicks on my foot, but it shouldn’t be that bad. I should be able to go again on Monday.

Based on Guardiola’s penchant for rotation, that confidence looks ill-advised.

And the manager’s comments on Joao Cancelo (£5.6m), who impressed at both ends of the pitch on the way to a fourth clean sheet in five matches, should send shivers down the collective spine of his 6.1% ownership:

He’s a player with incredible quality, and his regeneration and physicality is incredible. He could play tomorrow!

Newcastle, meanwhile, came to defend, did that well, but not well enough and then left, with their main attacking threat, Callum Wilson (£6.6m) missing out with a knock – and boss Steve Bruce’s desire not to risk him after four matches in 12 days.

The next two will take place over five days and involve visits from Liverpool and Leicester, ensuring interest in Newcastle assets – aside from the 15.7%-owned Wilson – remains the wrong side of meh.


Manchester City XI (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Ake; Gundogan (Foden 90+1), Rodrigo (Fernandinho 57); De Bruyne, Bernardo, Sterling; Torres (Aguero 77).

Newcastle United XI (5-4-1): Darlow; Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Clark, Ritchie (Lewis 66); Murphy, Hayden, M Longstaff, Almiron (Gayle 82); Joelinton (Carroll 71).

Sheffield United 0-1 Everton

  • Goals: Gylfi Sigurdsson (£6.8m)
  • Assists: Abdoulaye Doucoure (£5.3m)
  • Bonus: Sigurdsson x3, Michael Keane (£5.1m) x2, Yerry Mina (£5.5m), Mason Holgate (£4.8m) x1

Everton made it four wins on the bounce – three involving clean sheets – with a hard-fought victory over an increasingly desperate Sheffield United.

‘Desperate’ also adequately describes those (few) Fantasy managers still hoping for returns from Blades players, so after a quick mention of yet another blank for the 6.6%-owned Rhian Brewster (£4.5m), it’s back to Carlo Ancelotti’s side for the rest of this report.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (£6.8m) scored the winner, his third return in those four victories, from an Abdoulaye Doucoure (£5.3m) assist in the 80th minute.

The fact that was the first shot on target in the second half spoke volumes as to the attacking play on offer from both teams.

Then again, with both James Rodriguez (£7.7m) and Richarlison (£7.8m) still out for the visitors, that was no great surprise as the 60.9%-owned Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.0m) blanked for the first time since Gameweek 10.

Ancelotti confirmed that Richarlison would not be ready to return against Man City on Monday:

There is no possibility to prepare the team. We have to think about the players who can recover in two days. After that, we have to rotate some players. Richarlison is following his concussion protocols and has to stay out.

That could prompt plenty of Calvert-Lewin sales – he’s currently sixth for Gameweek 16 transfers out – as the striker struggles for goals without the Brazilian in the team.

And with a clean sheet a tall order against Guardiola’s troops, it’s no surprise to find zero Everton players in the top 30 for purchases either, despite such a fine run of recent form.


Sheffield United XI (3-5-2): Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, Robinson; Baldock, McGoldrick (Norwood 63) Osborn, Ampadu, Stevens; Brewster (Mousset 76), Burke (McBurnie 45). 

Everton XI (4-5-1): Pickford; Holgate, Keane (Coleman 66), Mina, Godfrey; Doucoure, Davies (Gomes 74), Sigurdsson, Gordon (Bernard 55), Iwobi; Calvert-Lewin.

FPL Lessons Learned from Gameweek 15

Become a Member and get unrestricted access to our data and articles

Full-year memberships are now available for the price of £19.99. Monthly subscriptions also cost just £2.99. A FREE trial is now available during December.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our brand NEW Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT

4,308 Comments Post a Comment
  1. DagheMunegu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Anything to do here with 1 ft and 0.1 itb?

    Martinez

    Robbo Zouma Coufal
    Salah Mané Bruno Raphina
    Kane Watkins Bamford

    Button Kwp Riedewald Branthwaite

  2. IRBOX ⚽
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    GTG? I envisage another incredibly lacklustre performance from Spurs and am even considering captaining KDB. Saving a FT, 0.1 ITB

    Martinez
    TAA Cancelo James
    Salah KDB Bruno Grealish
    Watkins DCL Bamford

    Forster Coufal Bissouma Kilman

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Spurs will smash fulham

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Lol. Have you watched spurs recently? Their goal threat is non existent and Fulham are sneaky good

        1. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          I said smash

          1. IRBOX ⚽
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            If by smash you mean blank then yes I agree

            1. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              As in Hulk smash

  3. S3
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Pope
    Taylor, Cresswell Stones
    Salah (C), Son, KDB, Fernandes, Grealish,
    Bamford, DCL

    Steer, Lamptey, Mitchell, Davies
    1FT and 0.0ITB

    Who to replace Lamptey @ 4.6M?. Will not be FH in GW 18
    Do I just roll FT and hope all 11 plays (expecting Stones to be rested tbh)

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Get Coufal or Dallas

      1. S3
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Not enough funds...got only 4.6M

    2. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Alioski

      1. S3
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        What you guys think about holding

  4. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Want to get rid of one of Watkins/Grealish for the DGW and fixture turn...

    Is Watkins to Wood the most sensible transfer? Or is Adams the better shout?

    1. noquarternt
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Tough but think you’re on the right track. Adams as they’re much more attacking I reckon.

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 22 days ago

        More attacking but the entire team only generated one chance against Fulham...

    2. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Not keen on either tbh... think I’d prefer Grealish to Maddison, Mount or Raphina. Traore on a lot of set pieces now and Watkins slowly getting them hauls in

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Yeah I’ve considered that, but getting rid of Grealish feels wrong for some reason. Plenty of upside in it though

    3. McMurphy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      I'm thinking along these lines as well. Next 2 look pretty good for Wood if you have a plan for gw18.

  5. BigBillyBass
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Bench one:

    A) KWP
    B) DCL
    C) Coufal

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      C

  6. Silva’s Left Nut
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    start one:
    A)soucek
    B)grealish
    C)DCL

    thanks

    1. noquarternt
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      What a team you must have.

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 22 days ago

      If you’re only starting one of those something is terribly wrong

  7. L'Aeroplanino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Still worth holding James? Probably not gonna play next GW, then MCI, then possible rotation in DGW

    1. bso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      What makes you think he won't play?

  8. fcsaltyballs
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    To plan for DGW19, Konsa >>

    1. Justin (cry, new, blank, SOT, CHE)
    2. Taylor (SHU, FUL, blank, whu, liv)

    Cheers

    1. Apwilkin
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Taylor I think.

  9. Apwilkin
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Any thoughts on castagne on WC?

    1. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Decent pick, but Justin better value since he probably isn't losing his place in the team now for .7 cheaper.

  10. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Start 2 from these:

    A) Dallas (WBA-A)
    B) Bednarek (WHU-H)
    C) Coufal (SOU-A)

    Cheers!

    1. Apwilkin
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 22 days ago

      A and B (C if you have McCarthy)

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Ab

  11. MOZIL
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Stones gonna start?

    1. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      We gonna find out

    2. IRBOX ⚽
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Highly doubt it

    3. Wild Card this...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      I believe Dias will be rested.
      Except for GW 10 where he played 69 minutes, he played full 90 minutes in every PL game since he joined City.
      Stones didn't play in GW 13.
      But it's Pepe Roulette 🙂

  12. Von Lipwig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    I'm about to pull the trigger on Grealish to Son to give me:

    Martinez
    Zouma Dallas Cresswell
    Salah(c) Bruno KDB Son Soucek
    DCL Bamford
    (Forster/Taylor/Brewster/Kilman)

    Leaving me with 1.4 ITB to bring in two more double gameweekers before GW19 BB (Forster + Kilman > Meslier + Coufal)

    Does my plan still makes sense? Those spurs fixtures...

    Any thoughts much appreciated 🙂

    1. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Yes, it does. Been sticking to a GW 19 BB with my plan as well.

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Looks sound

    3. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      I made the same move. I like the Spurs fixtures even without a double.
      You need at least 4 more moves for 19 if on BB and remember if you FH 18 you only have 17 and 19 to make those moves so a hit each week but that’s not bad.

      1. Von Lipwig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Interesting. I was planning on not hitting, just doing Forster + Kilman > Meslier + Coufal. It leaves me with all starters. not sure -8 to upgrade DCL and Brewster to double gameweekers is worth it. Who were you thinking I would spend the extra 2 transfers on?

        1. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Sorry for late reply. I am also planning on not hitting and getting 7-8 out. Son is a good option if not using the FH

        2. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          If you were going to BB I think all 4 currently on the bench would need to change.
          But I like the no FH and no BB and maybe TC in 19 option. That’s what I am doing - will lose out short term but will have more TV and a WC to setup for the next dgw and a FH to hit the next blank hard too.

  13. Tsparkes10
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    No news on perreira?? Fofana safer than Justin?

  14. Corona is not good 4 U
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Kane or Vardy on wildcard? Thank you!

      1. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Kane

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Neither

        1. Corona is not good 4 U
            3 months, 22 days ago

            What are your three forwards? Thank you!

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 22 days ago

              DCL Bamford Watkins

              I like the cheap structure as I feel much more value in cheap towards this year

      3. sthelenslad92
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        A) KDB ➝ Son for free
        B) KDB & Welbeck ➝ Raphina & Kane for -4

        1. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          B

      4. Rex Lapis
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Thought on Ben Johnson? Will he keep his place?

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Certainly not

      5. ClaireT
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Johnstone or Fabianski for the next few weeks?

        1. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Flappy

      6. Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        I finally got to 4 big mids with Son in for Grealish.
        Gtg?

        Mendy

        Robertson Dias Dier

        Salah Bruno KDB Son Soucek

        Bamford Watkins

        Forster Brewster Coufal Bernardo

        1. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          I see five big mids there, what are you talking about?

          1. Albrightondknight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Soucek has been an added bonus for sure 🙂

      7. McMurphy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        With Grealish 1 YC away from being suspended, the fixture turn and no DGW, is Grealish to Mane for a hit crazy talk?? Liverpool have a DGW and more time between matches. Don't want to lose Jack really but I can always buy him back in gw20.

        1. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Yes

        2. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 22 days ago

          The YC count resets next GW doesn’t it?

          1. McMurphy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            I'm not sure about that but that's a great point. Anyone know?

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Yep it does just had a look. Will reset after Chelsea game

              1. McMurphy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Cheers PB, that's great info. Much appreciated.

                1. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Sorry looked at last years info, it resets gw19 my mistake

                  1. Pukki Blinders
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    Actually it’s gw22 because Villa have had 2 blanks lol... too much confusion

        3. Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Lol big money itb?

          1. McMurphy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Haha, yes I'm flush. Saved up some money to bring in Kane but I think Son and Dier are more than enough cover after watching that match today.

        4. Camino Aleatorio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Grealish YCs are because he’s stupid at times. It’s like watching an angry little kid lash out in a fit.

          I bet he stops being so dumb until cards reset in January

          He needs to let his defensive midfielder lash out punishment and concentrate on his job

      8. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        KDB to Son with FT?
        Also would you use the funds generated with that to do Grealish to Rashford for a hit?

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Not keen on the second move

      9. Drogba Legend
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        G2G? Got the team below for a hit

        Mendy
        Chill - Robbo - Dallas - Dias
        KDB - Salah - Bruno - Soucek
        Kane - Bam

        Steer - Brewster - Stephens - 3.8

        Captain?

      10. Corona is not good 4 U
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Best 4.5 defender for the wildcard? Thank you!

          1. Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Aliosko

          2. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Taylor

        • Echoes
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Bench one:

            A: Soucek
            B: DCL

            1. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              You're doing it wrong.

              1. Echoes
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Kdb, Bruno, Salah and Son are my four mids. So, it has to be someone between these two who gets benched imo.

            2. Shark Team
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              I need to downgrade either Robbo or DCL to manage to found Johnstone and Soucek for the BB19 by upgrading my fodders.
              Who would you drop from the two keeping in mind that I will play FH18, BB18 but I need them till my second WC in gw25

              1. Tsparkes10
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                DCL

                1. Shark Team
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Adams or Wood in?

              2. The Knights Template
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Dcl no question

                1. Shark Team
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Wood or Che in this gw?

                  1. The Knights Template
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    Che

            3. Gun gun
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Asm to saka for -4? And also will u keep jwp for this week?

            4. Salan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              As a non-spurs asset owner, will play FH 18, is it wise to buy in Kane or Son these 2 gameweeks? Finger-cross...

            5. Tsparkes10
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Lanzini on a wc?? Came on and gone an assist today and great fixtures in the dgw... can go

              A) Lanzini, Firmino
              B) Raphina, Vardy

            6. MessiGOAT
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Lads please Only for next 2 to 3 weeks
              A-- Son and Watkins
              B-- Soucek and Vardy

              ????
              Thanks ta

              1. MessiGOAT
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                C--Martinelli and Aguero
                ??

            7. LABILLETHEGOAT
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Got 1FT, would you do Kdb > Salah. Got bruno, son, grealish raphinha in Mid. Thanks

              1. bso
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                YES

              2. The Knights Template
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Yes

                1. LABILLETHEGOAT
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Thanks guys

            8. Gun gun
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Dcl to laca for -4?

              1. The Knights Template
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Wow