Scout Notes

Blades defence finally records clean sheet as Wilson blanks again

Sheffield United 1-0 Newcastle

  • Goals: Billy Sharp (£5.5m)
  • Assists: None
  • Bonus points: Ethan Ampadu x3 (£4.3m), Aaron Ramsdale x2 (£4.7m), Sharp x1

Sheffield United finally showed some of the form of last season to record their first win over the season over a poor Newcastle side.

A penalty club legend Billy Sharp (£5.5m) controversially awarded by VAR was enough to give them the 1-0 win.

Free Hitters plumping for Newcastle assets like Karl Darlow (£5.0m) and Callum Wilson (£6.6m) in Blank Gameweek 18 will be fuming at the Magpies display, who were vulnerable at the back and toothless up front.

The performance was made even worse by Ryan Fraser (£5.6m) getting sent off in the first half for two bookable offences. But the Toon were poor even with 11 men on the pitch.

Owners of premium assets looking to target the Blades may also be having second thoughts after a much improved performance.

Battling Blades

Chris Wilder’s backline which was a staple of so many manager’s teams last year has been rightly avoided this season, conceding the third-highest amount of goals in the Premier League.

The Blades had been without a clean sheet all season, and conceded goals to some of the league’s weakest attacks.

Even their last four games where they played Crystal Palace, Burnley and Brighton yielded no clean sheet returns.

But, albeit it against a poor Newcastle team, their defence looked well organised and was barely troubled all game.

Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu (£4.3m) scooped the maximum bonus after a strong defensive display. He may even have picked up an assist had Oliver Burke’s (£4.3m) touch not deserted him when going through on goal.

Aaron Ramsdale (£4.7m), who has received a lot of stick since returning to the club from Bournemouth, looked assured between the sticks as he collected two bonus points.

And had Karl Darlow (£5.0m) not been at his best, then wing-back Jayden Bogle (4.3m) would also have added to his goal tally.

Chris Wilder praised his side for their battling display, while playing down any talk of a great escape.

Regardless of what people say about Newcastle, you look at their team and they’ve got some good players, they’ve got some fabulous players off the bench and they’re an established Premier League side and we’re not. They’re established Premier League players and our players aren’t and they’re fighting for their lives and I think you saw that tonight. You saw a team that was fighting for their lives that was brave enough to play as well in and out of possession, stuff was good.”

Chris Wilder

Ogle Bogle

With Sam Baldock (£5.0m) injured, Bogle looks to have nailed down the right wing-back berth at Sheffield United and has put in some eye-catching displays.

The former Derby man bombed down the right hand side and had two attempts in the box well saved by Darlow.

On Tuesday evening, only Anthony Martial (£8.8m) had a higer expected goals tally than Bogle, without scoring.

Add this to his goal and all-round attacking display at Brighton, Bogle could be worth considering once the Blades’ fixtures clear up.

Time up for Bruce?

Steve Bruce’s Newcastle have remained bottom of most stats tables throughout the season.

The Magpies managed to defy the stats and the eye test in the first half of the campaign, picking up some impressive results along the way.

But it appears that these performances are coming home to roost.

The loss to the Blades means no wins in six now for the Geordies, who are sliding worryingly towards a relegation battle.

Fans are now calling for manager Bruce’s head, after watching their side being outplayed by all the bottom three.

But a clearly dejected Bruce quickly confirmed he would not be resigning in the wake of this result.

“Look, you’re asking the wrong person about that. I’ll never, ever walk away from a challenge and I’ve been in it long enough to have that respect. But I understand that, especially watching the first half, we weren’t good enough and at the end of the day I take the responsibility because I pick the team.”

Steve Bruce

Wilsooooooooooooon

Newcastle’s star striker has now gone four games without delivering any FPL returns.

Take penalties out of the equation, and Wilson has not scored since Newcastle’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace back in Gameweek 10.

Part of this is the fault of his teammates and their tactical set-up, with Wilson appearing lonelier than Tom Hanks’ ball for huge parts of the game.

With his side having so little possession, Wilson is often seen drifting back towards his own goal in search of the ball.

But the striker is also starting to miss big chances which he was gobbling up earlier in the season.

The Toon’s only big chance of the game fell to the hitman, who headed wide from close range.

With Wilson shy of goals and service, he no longer looks to be a viable FPL asset.

Newcastle United XI (5-4-1): Darlow; Yedlin (Murphy 84), Fernandez (Carroll 77), Schar, Clark, Dummett (Ritchie 74) Hendrick, Hayden, Longstaff, Fraser, Wilson

Sheffield United XI (3-5-2): Ramsdale; Bogle, Basham (Brewster 51), Ampadu, Egan, Osborn; Fleck, Lundstram, Norwood; McGoldrick (Jagielka 94), Burke (Sharp 59)

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1,188 Comments Post a Comment
  1. highsguy
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Hey guys, having a bit of a conundrum here

      1) How do I get City cover?
      2) Adams>Antonio & Raph>Saka for -4?
      3) Save BB?

      Johnstone* (McCarthy)
      Robbo* Coufal* Justin* (Dallas Holding)
      Salah* Bruno* Soucek* Son Raph
      Kane Bamford (Adams)

      1 FT
      0.1 ITB
      *Likely doubles

      1. Krionos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Would consider a bench boost if Adams and McCarthy are fit!

        1. highsguy
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Cheers, will consider it for sure. Helps that my ML opponents couldn't WC16 so have very weak benches.

        2. Eirern
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Can you do Kane + Raph to KDB + Antonio?

      2. Top Dog
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Not sure if this has already been discussed, but is there any reason AVL vs NEW can’t be rescheduled for Sat 23rd (FA Cup 4th Rnd)? This would keep fixture in GWK 19 and potentially give them a double (if Everton is off) or even a treble

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Good question

          1. Top Dog
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            With the potential for more fixtures to be postponed, you would think the PL would try and rearrange games as quickly as possible to prevent a bigger backlog of fixtures

        2. popey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          think theres a reasonable chance, with Villa postponements stacking up and a clear fixture slot, seems sensible

      3. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        BB seems to be out of the question now for me with all the injuries/rotation. TC the likely option. Is there going to be another DGW after DGW26?

      4. FantasyHero
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        How does this DGW19 FH team look
        Fab (4.0)
        Creswell cancelo Chilly/Zouma Dias/Stones (Mitchell)
        KDB Salah Bruno Rash El-gazi/Ziyech
        Antonio (4.3 4.4)

        Either Chilly Dias El-gazi
        Or Zuma Stones Ziyech
        Or team not good enough in general?

        1. FantasyHero
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          This is assuming Leeds south game postponed ofc

      5. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Thoughts on cavani as a dgw option?

        Can't work out how nailed he is, if at all. Likely to start 1 game and off bench the other?

        Looking at a big points hit this week to achieve bench boost.

        As part of that looking at Watkins to cavani.....thanks

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Wait for martial news

      6. Caleb's Kitties
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Obvious issue is no KDB. 1FT 1.1ITB. Likely going Salah TC.

        Mccarthy (forster)
        Robbo dias coufal dallas (mitchell)
        Salah bruno son raphinha (stephens)
        Kane bamford (DCL*)

        A. Kane/stephens to davis/KDB -4
        B. Kane to vardy
        C. DCL to ings (if no dgw for leeds)
        D. Save FT

      7. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Any idea when Villa vs Everton would be rescheduled if postponed?

        1. Crunchie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Nobody does. Gw29 if everton are knocked out?

        2. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Villa is going to have a quadruple GW in GW38

          1. I Member
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            TC Martinez

          2. Fit_to_drop
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Exactly this

          3. Top Dog
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            See my thoughts above, can’t see any reason why AVL can’t play NEW the Saturday after they MCI, which would still give them a double gameweek

      8. shirtless
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/55644144

        Villa-Everton possibly off. Must cast doubt on a City double? What with Leeds-Soton too I don't know whether I'm coming or going lol

        Mane>KdB(tc) in doubt now, BB shelved. Might just TC Salah, switch DCL to Antonio and cross fingers.

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Seasons a mess....

      9. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Took Keane (11pts) out for Saiss (1pt) on FH - that how the pros do it 😎

        1. Fit_to_drop
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Ouch. That hurts.

          1. Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            I actually don’t give a sh1te anymore:lol:

            Five seasons ago, I’d have been writing to my MP demanding he raise the issue in PMQs

            1. Do I Not Like Orange
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Given the football-related crap some MPs are willing to raise in parliament for a few cheap votes, it would've been worth a try.

        2. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Classic move right there!

          1. Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Only us experts can really enjoy such a moment of excellence 😛

        3. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Champion! 🙂

      10. Nunoooooooooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        General question - would you BB if you had 4x single GW players on your bench?

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Who are they?

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            If they okish then yeah why not. Bench boost messes with the mind, best thing is to get it out the way.

            1. rokonto
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              This, and wc

          2. Nunoooooooooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Based on current predicted postponements etc...

            McCarthy - Dallas - Son - Brewster

            1. Pat Bonner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              You wouldn't actually bench son would you! Brewster is 1pt max and not sure McCarthy is that great if only one game so borderline for me

              1. Nunoooooooooo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Not in reality no! just highlighting the 4 players with SGW vs the 11xDGW players I have in my squad

                1. Pat Bonner
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  Best way to look at it is to give us the players who would be on your bench if you don't use BB and then can work out value from there?

        2. Fit_to_drop
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Yes, if they were nailed players with good fixtures.

          1. Nunoooooooooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            McCarthy - Dallas - Son - Brewster

        3. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Really helps if you tell us who players are

          1. Nunoooooooooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            have just added. see above PB...

        4. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Depends who they are. If they are like Leno Bamford Raphinha Son type players then yeah.

          1. Nunoooooooooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            just posted above camzy

          2. Nunoooooooooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            McCarthy - Dallas - Son - Brewster

      11. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Would I be correct assuming Randolph(4.4m) is the safe pick for a few weeks?

        Lukasz Fabianski injury update: Monday 13 Jan 16:52
        https://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2020/january/13-january/lukasz-fabianski-injury-update

        West Ham United can confirm that Lukasz Fabianski is likely to be out of action for just a couple of weeks after undergoing a scan. “The scan has showed some slight inflammation and irritation of scar tissue, which is quite common after surgery, and obviously the source of the discomfort he felt on Friday.
        “We now just need to let the inflammation settle down and expect Lukasz to be available again within a couple of weeks.”

        1. Hot Toddy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Old article.

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Is it? It was dated today on WHM site. Any update - will Fabs be back for the doubles?

            1. Hot Toddy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Today isn't Monday the 13th.

              1. Pep bites Kun
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                lol - good point! 🙂

        2. Original Pirate Material
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Good option for a Martinez swap then.

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            The article I posted is old - sorry 🙂
            Yep, I'm thinking this or good for BB, if he's fit

          1. CRO KLOPP
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Looks like Fabianski should play

            1. Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Thanks for that

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Now you tell us.....

      12. PortisRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        For the next 6 weeks.
        A) Anthonio
        B) Watkins
        Or
        C) Save the transfer and stick with Wilson (but playing Smith-Rowe in gw19 (New).
        D) Any other suggestion (Have Kane & Bamford).

        1. NETFLIX & CHILWELL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          I like C.

      13. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Score predictions?

        Mci 3-0 bha
        Tot 2-0 ful

        1. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          City 2-0
          Spurs 3-1

      14. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        I'm the only player in the top 15 or so of my ML that doesn't have Son for this week (almost everyone else FH)

      15. jayzico
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Any news on the Leeds/Southampton game being postponed?

      16. Boom Boom Sheikh the Toon
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Help Appreciated
          0.2ITB 1FT BB TC WC

          I was planning to BB 19 but with fixture mayhem it doesn't seem to be as worthwhile, I blame that luthario Grealish for Villas outbreak.

          Fabianski* Martinez
          Dias* Chilwell* Cresswell* Dallas* KWP
          Salah* Fernandes* Son* Soucek* Grealish
          Wilson* Bamford* DCL

          a)Stick
          b) DCL Cresswell to Antonio Stones -4 and BB
          c) DCL Grealish Fab to Davis KDB 4m gk to TC KDB