Scout Notes

Saïss back in the goals as Wolves’ defensive problems persist at Brighton

Brighton 3-3 Wolves

  • Goals: Aaron Connolly (£5.2m), Neal Maupay (£6.1m), Lewis Dunk (£4.8m) | Romain Saïss (£5.1m), Rúben Neves (£5.2m)
  • Own goals: Dan Burn (£4.3m)
  • Assists: Leandro Trossard x2 (£5.7m) | Nélson Semedo (£5.4m), Adama Traoré (£6.1m)
  • Bonus points: Trossard x3, Neves x2, Dunk x1, Maupay x1

DO AS THE ROMAINS DO

Romain Saïss‘ (£5.1m) Fantasy Premier League comeback got even better in Gameweek 17 as he scored his third goal of the season in a 3-3 draw with Brighton.

Willy Boly‘s (£5.4m) most recent injury has helped the Moroccan international reclaim his place in the Wolves side regardless of whether Nuno Espirito Santo deploys a back-three or back-four.

Saïss has now started each of the last six Premier League matches, adding goals in two of the last three.

However, prospective suitors for Saïss might be put off by Wolves’ recent defensive problems. 

They have now conceded in each of their last 10 Premier League games, their longest run without a clean sheet in the top flight under Nuno. That run comes after they secured four shut-outs in the opening seven Gameweeks this season.

It is clear that chopping and changing between a back-three and back-four has not helped matters, Max Kilman (£4.1m) owners suffering especially from the lack of consistency with just two 90-minute outings since Gameweek 11.

But, on top of missing Boly, Wolves have also felt the adverse effects of losing the screening abilities of Leander Dendoncker (£4.7m) in central midfield, the Belgian absent from the last four matches with a knock.

Against Brighton, their four-man back-line was reliant on Rúben Neves (£5.2m) and João Moutinho (£5.2m) protecting the defensive third through possession rather than their off-the-ball offerings – something hard to do against a Brighton side with such a heavy focus on moving the ball about themselves.

But Wolves now have 10 days between Premier League matches, which could allow Dendoncker and Boly some time to get back to full fitness and boost their clean sheet potential ready for appealing matches against Everton (home) and West Bromwich Albion (home).

SEA-YA-GULLS

By contrast, the fixtures for Brighton are quite menacing indeed.

They are one of only 12 teams with a Blank Gameweek 18 fixture but considering it is at Manchester City, interest in their assets is likely to be low indeed – especially with Spurs (home) and Liverpool (away) coming up in Gameweeks 21 and 22. 

 Nevertheless, Leandro Trossard (£5.7m) was a standout player for the Seagulls in their 3-3 draw with Wolves, producing two assists and securing maximum bonus for an 11-point haul.

The Belgian is by no means in a purple patch in terms of converting his displays into points, those two assists his first attacking returns since Gameweek 4.

However, the underlying numbers have been mildly encouraging for him over the last four matches, his total of 11 key passes the eighth-best among all midfielders over their last four matches.

Meanwhile, Neal Maupay (£6.1m) is in a strong position to reclaim the centre-forward berth at Brighton.

Danny Welbeck (£5.5m) missed out on a starting place for the second match in a row due to a knee injury and Aaron Connolly (£5.2m) came at half-time with a knock.

“We had a game on Sunday and one on Tuesday, one day in between the matches. Neal’s had a big workload.” – Graham Potter

“We’re missing Danny Welbeck who still hasn’t recovered from a setback against West Ham.” – Graham Potter

That allowed Maupay to move forward from his central attacking-midfield role back into the striker position against Wolves, enabling him to win a quickfire penalty at the start of the second period.

Also with two goals in his last three for Brighton is Lewis Dunk (£4.8m). However, his colleague Adam Webster (£4.4m) can consider himself unfortunate not to have also found the net or registered a Fantasy assist.

He struck the crossbar with a second-half header before substitute Andi Zeqiri (£5.0m) skied the rebound.

Webster has actually registered more shots in the box than Dunk over the last four matches and is arguably more benchable for the upcoming tough fixtures Brighton face.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI (3-4-2-1): R Sanchez; Burn (Lallana 69′), Dunk, Webster; March, Bissouma (Pröpper 46′), White, Veltman; Maupay, Trossard; Connolly (Zeqiri 46′).

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI (4-2-3-1): Patrício; Aït-Nouri, Saïss, Coady, Semedo; Neves, Moutinho; Neto, Vitinha (Kilman 64′), A Traoré; F Silva (Otasowie 87′).

Lessons learned from FPL Gameweek 17

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  1. ⭐ ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Benjamin Mendy also requested for a modelling agent to send girls from London to visit him in Cheshire. Mendy declared he wanted a “big bum Latina” in one message, however there is no suggestion the agent sent any girls.

    https://twitter.com/City_Xtra/status/1345503877798498310

    1. Well you know, Triffic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      There's a pic of 3 women coming out of his house in the early hours of the morning.

    2. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Benjamin Mendy and Walker are an absolute disgrace for professional footballers playing for one of the very best teams. Surprising how they keep getting away with such acts.

  2. pundit of punts
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    97 points all out.

    Can’t complain though. Got 100 points couple of gws ago.

    Been a few amazing gws off late. 3.4m > 680k in 7 gws.

    Onwards and upwards. 🙂

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Nice, I’ve gone up about 800k places this week, hopefully I can replicate that sort of rise!

      1. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Well done

    2. Pedram
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Wow congrats, can we see your team?

      1. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        It’s linked in my profile

    3. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      96* points.

      1. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Just noticed that KDB lost a bap

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Your team looks incredible for next GW too!

      1. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Cheers mate

        And then FH in DGW 19

        Here’s hoping I kick on

    5. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Well done mate 🙂

      1. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Cheers

        KDB came through for us 🙂

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Not me, took him out for Son! Got Kane in for DCL so no regrets 🙂

    6. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Well Done!!

      1. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Cheers

  3. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Salah and or bobby f haul would make this a really good week

  4. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    any issues?

    Gw 18 Robbo > Cancelo

    Martinez
    Dias, Cancelo, Lowton
    Kdb, Bruno, son
    DCL, Brewster

    Johnstone, Coufal, Dallas, salah, Soucek, bamford

    Gw 19 Brewster > Adams/Rodrigo
    Play Bench Boost

    Martinez*, Johnstone*
    Dias*, Cancelo*, Coufal*, Dallas*, Lowton*,
    Kdb*, salah*, bruno*, soucek*, son
    DCL, bamford*, Rodrigo/adams*

  5. Zilla
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Need 2 goals from Salah to continue in the cup..

    Qualifying or out?

    1. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Out

  6. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    If you're not a Salah captainer would his points hurt your rank?

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Depends on your rank. If in or near the top 10k, yes.

    2. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      About 4%.ML rivals don't have him so I hope he hauls

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Yep, somewhat
      Depends on your rank but 108% EO in top 100k
      Robbo also quite well owned (30%) so a Salah - Robbo combo not great if you didn't captain Salah or own Robbo

  7. Runaway
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Any chance of a Forster heroics tomorrow and him taking over the goal from McCarthy for the DGW?

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      A bit optimistic!

      1. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        only a bit??

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      16 Jan until DGW so McCarthy should hopefully be fine by then

  8. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Foden on wc yes or no ? Thanks

    1. Villan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      No, still not nailed

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Could easily haul when playing though.

        Cheers

  9. Villan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Did VAR even look at Chelsea's goal!?!? It looked offside

    1. Dr Van Nostrand
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Tha bastids probably already went home. So unfuriating had double City D

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Has anyone seen whether it was offside? I thought it was, but didn't see the whole pitch.

  10. roghippo
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    That double City clean sheet wipe stings.

    1. Villan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Especially when it seems offside and VAR wasn't used

  11. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Thats why I only see the score at the end of match where I only have a defender in the game. It doesn't hurt that much that way

    1. Villan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      It does when it seems offside and VAR wasn't used

  12. C_G
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    91 w Salah to go!

    1. pundit of punts
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Great score

      Should get a ton

    2. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      wow! great.

  13. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Pick one for the FH 18 team:

    A) Lloris + Stones + Rashford + Martial
    B) Darlow + Reguilón + Sterling + Wilson

    Cheers!

  14. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Any chance that Adams will miss the game?

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      yes, rumours

  15. Railwayman
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    That CHE goal cost me 9 points and a instant 21K drop. Ouch. Had a ugly feeling that Hudson Odoi will score tbh, he has that habit from scoring useless goals when he gets second half minutes 🙁

    1. Villan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Especially when it seems offside and VAR wasn't used

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Lol didnt look offside at all

        Besides VAR is being used to check offsides for every goal even when they dint shiw it on camera. Its just the closer calls that take longer to judge that end up on TV

        1. Villan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          I paused it and it looks super close, more offside than on. When close it usually takes ages. So why not shown???

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 17 days ago

            It wasnt close at all. U have to take into account the angle made from the camera

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        No way near offside https://i.imgur.com/yXknJnn.jpg
        + VAR checks every goal I believe

        1. Villan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          It's the pass to Havertz before that

    2. Jack Burton
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      I feel your pain mate as a Justin owner

  16. Sid07
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Gw 18 players

    Martinez
    Dias Taylor
    Bruno grealish kdb
    Brewster dcl

    1) play Free hit
    2) salah + Brewster to son + watkins(-4)

    1. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      No free hit. But don’t take salah out

      1. Sid07
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Will get him in next week

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      FH

  17. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 17 days ago

    That Martinez to McCarthy transfer before the villa blank continues to haunt us 🙁

    Down to 10 for this GW now

  18. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Annoying from an FPL perspective but that was very enjoyable to watch. Great to see city playing reasonably well again

  19. Rolls-Royce
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    One of the worst Kante and Chelsea performances I have ever seen. Do people think Lampard still stays in the job?

    1. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      I think he will leave at the end of the season when they finish sixth

    2. Bun Rab L3D2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Why not? 21st Dec Chelsea were unbeaten for 14 games.

  20. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    No Son, Kane or KDB.

    We move.

  21. pundit of punts
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Podence > ?

    A. Neto
    B. Foden
    C. Saka

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Depends on strategy- if only week 18 Saka otherwise Foden for single into double-

      1. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Only for BGW

        1. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Well easily Saka

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      I am thinking to get Saka. I don't need him for dgw.

  22. Bounce
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Mark has now dropped to 19 points.

      1. Railwayman
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        33 after subs and 3 to go with Salah as C. Could easily and up with 50+

    • Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      People on wc who is your front 3?

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Probably Antonio/Adams-Bamford-Watkins if I WC

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Cheers. Power midfield then

      2. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Probably Bamford Watkins Antonio

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Cheers

      3. Kun Tozser
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Kane Vardy Bamford

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          What is your mid like ? Very similar to mine at the moment

    • PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      75 with only Salah left but with Soucek first on the bench.

      No chance of a random postponement of Liverpool’s game is there?! Ha! That would be nice (as long as everyone is healthy of course).

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Covid in the Saints camp so could happen.

    • Stand By Mee
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      94 points with Salah to go

      Going from 26k to 4k!

      This is probably my best gw ever

      1. JIMMY764
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Nice

      2. C_G
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        great score

      3. Neevesy
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Good work. I'm happy with my 64 with Salah, Robbo, Mccarthy and KWP to go.

      4. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Superb

    • JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Anyone else looking at moving DCL on in DGW19? If so, who’s top of your shopping list?

      1. Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I don't have Bamford so it's quite simple for me..

    • Tinmen
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Folks, is Smith Rowe a viable option ?

      1. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Yeah defo. He's pretty nailed atm

    • TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Having a rare great week. 77 with Robertson and Salah to go.

      Check my cup opponent, sitting around 500k and he’s on 99...

      Damn!

    • Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 17 days ago

      That’s a really cool photo of Ederson

    • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      A) GW 18 : Salah to KDB(C) for a hit and and GW 19 : KDB to Salah, keep DCL on BB

      B) GW 18 : No hit(go with only Gundogan as City attacker and Bruno(C)
      GW19: DCL to Martial/Ings with FT

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        B. But unless you're fielding 8+ strong I would FH.