Scout Notes

Salah and Fernandes blank again as focus shifts to defensive assets

Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United

  • Goals: None
  • Assists: None
  • Bonus points: Alisson (£5.9m) x3| Luke Shaw (£4.8m) x2| Harry Maguire (£5.4m) x1

Premium assets Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) and Bruno Fernandes (£10.9m) frustrated owners by blanking again in a tight game at Anfield.

With more than 1,200,000 Fantasy Premier League players captaining Salah, the sight of him delivering no attacking returns for the fourth game in a row will have caused them great concern.

And the 80,000 players using their Triple Captain chip on Bruno Fernandes in Double Gameweek 19 will now be wondering if they’ve wasted it.

Mo Salah, Mo Problems

The “Egyptian King” cut a frustrated figure after his fourth blank in a row at Anfield on Sunday night.

With around 150,000 FPL managers choosing to play Triple Captain chips on Salah, the wide man was barely involved in the game, seeing a shot in the box deflected wide.

With Salah occupying a position in nearly 40% of all FPL teams, eyes will now turn to Liverpool’s second fixture of the Gameweek, at home against Burnley.

Should Salah fail to deliver for the fifth time in a row, then many managers will consider it time to move him on, which would have been unthinkable after the first few Gameweeks.

Delving into the stats, Salah is simply not having as many attempts on goal as he was earlier in the season.

He still leads the way for attempts in the box this season, one above teammate Mane, which shows how he got off to a fast start.

Even Liverpool legend Graeme Souness was underwhelmed by Salah’s performance.

“Trying to be a neutral, the Liverpool trio didn’t get me on the edge of my seat and nine times out of 10, they do. There was an incident in the second half where Salah could’ve gone one-on-one with Shaw, but he chose to come in and take the easy option. I think that says a lot about his performance today.”

Graeme Souness

It remains to be seen if this is just a blip for Salah, who holds the record for most FPL points scored in a single season, or if these numbers are more indicative of a permanent downward slide.

Should Salah blank again against Burnley, then attention is likely to shift towards the likes of KDB and Spurs assets in the next few weeks.

Firing Blanks

Salah is not the only Liverpool player having problems in front of goal.

Sunday’s 0-0 draw was the third game in a row where Liverpool failed to find the back of the net.

Roberto Firmino (£9.3m) missed Liverpool’s best chance of the game, firing wide from close range, while Sadio Mane (£11.9m) toiled without much success.

When asked about his side’s problems in front of goal, Klopp insisted Manchester United’s tactics proved difficult for Liverpool to break down.

“We tried to play football, tried to do it, force them back into their own box. The worst thing you can face in the world, in football, is you play against a side with world-class players and they all defend with all they have, deep in the box and only counter-attack. It’s really difficult, that’s the biggest challenge.”

Jurgen Klopp

While Klopp’s comments do have some merit, a look at Liverpool’s expected goals (xG) tells a different story.

The Reds have only scored on goal in four games in open play, but according to the xG table, they should have put at least four away.

This will be an encouraging sight to FPL players planning to stick with Salah and Mane going forward.

“We have nothing to worry about but obviously we work on it. It’s not that we ignore the fact and just hope that it will be good again. The only possibility you have to score goals is to create situations – to be ready to fail and then do it again. That’s a massive different between when you are flying when you score with pretty much each chance you have. You deal with the missed chance better then.”

Jurgen Klopp

However, while Liverpool should have scored more than one goal in four games, they are not delivering the impressive attacking numbers they were at the start of the season.

Ever confident, Klopp predicted Liverpool would be back scoring goals again very soon.

“I saw my team playing tonight and I saw a really good football team with a clear idea, with super passes, great counter-press, great desire to score – but we didn’t score. We will create chances and we will score.”

Bruno Rest?

Another Triple Captain pick to blank was Fernandes, although his game went differently to Salah’s.

The Man United number 10 saw a free-kick flash wide of the bost, then forced Alisson into an excellent save from close range.

Bruno currently sits at second for underachieving players in Double Gameweek 19, below Jamie Vardy (£10.1m), so Triple Captainers of Bruno will still be feeling confident ahead of United’s trip to Fulham on Wednesday.

That being said, there will still be lingering doubts about Bruno’s attacking points potential with Paul Pogba (£7.7m) in the team.

With Pogba starting the last four games, Fernandes has blanked twice and delivered single returns in the other two matches.

Bruno owners will also be worried by Solskjaer’s post-match comments, indicating Fernandes could be due a rest soon.

It was a tactical decision. Bruno has obviously been running his socks off for us. He’s been here and been running more or less every game. So towards the end we felt Paul’s physical presence in there might be a chance for us. And Mason, when gets a chance, can score in the blink of a second. So it was a bit of a throw of the dice to get Mason on even though he had to defend against Robertson.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Fernandes has played more than 85 minutes in Man United’s last five games, who face a quick turnaround to play Fulham on Wednesday.

One more yellow card will also result in Bruno facing a one-match suspension.

All of the above points to Fernandes potentially missing one of United’s upcoming games.

Shaw-ing Things Up

Once the figure of mockery, Manchester United’s defence is beginning to put in some stellar performances.

Fans had pointed to the return of Eric Bailly (£4.9m) injecting some pace into their backline as the main reason for their upturn in performances.

But Victor Lindelof (£4.8m) returning to the team appeared to have no adverse effect, with the Red Devils producing another stellar defensive display.

Lindelof’s centre-back partner Harry Maguire had an impressive game, recording the highest number of Clearances, Blocks and Interceptions (CBI) so far in the Gameweek, and picking up a Bonus Point.

Special praise was reserved for Luke Shaw, who did an impressive job in preventing Salah from having an impact on the game.

The left-back also came away with the two Bonus Points for the second time in a row.

Solskjaer, who previously described Shaw as the best left-back in the country, was delighted with his performance.

“Luke has improved immensely. I thought today he showed his strength, quality and composure on the ball. Delighted with his performance, definitely.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The arrival of Alex Telles (£5.5m) in the summer appears to have lit a fire under Shaw, who has made the left-back slot his own after a string of impressive performances.

With upcoming games against Fulham (away) and Sheffield United (home), Shaw looks a cracking differential option with clean sheet and Bonus Point potential.

While the majority of FPL managers focus on bringing in Manchester City defenders, Shaw has flown under the rader with only a 1.7% ownership.

A New Out-Of-Position Forward?

Solskjaer surprised pundits and FPL managers by playing Marcus Rashford (£9.6m) through the middle against Liverpool.

It appeared from his pre-game selection that Rashford would once again be playing on the right-side of the attack, flanked by Pogba, with Anthony Martial (£8.8m)through the middle.

But Solskjaer changed the script, playing Rashford through the middle and Martial on the left.

Solskjaer confirmed in his post match comments that his plan was to use the pace of Rashford against Liverpool’s makeshift central defence pairing.

But whatever his plan was, it didn’t work.

Rashford only managed to touch the ball eight times in the first half, and spent the majority of the match drifting over to his favoured left-hand side.

Ole abandoned the experiment an hour in, introducing Edinson Cavani (£7.8m), with Rashford moving to a more familiar wide position.

Judging by the results, it is unlikely Rashford will be deployed as a lone centre forward again in the near future.

After an unconvincing performance on the right, it appears Rashford carries the most attacking point potential playing on the left-side of attack.

Time for Diallo?

Scout Report - Amad Diallo

Solskjaer yet again changed Man United’s right side attacker, this time opting for Paul Pogba.

Although the Frenchman did deliver some good moments, and should arguably have scored when he fired his shot straight at Alisson (£5.9m), he did not fully convince when playing on the right.

This is just the latest change in United’s right attacking position.

Rashford, Juan Mata (£5.8m) and Dan James (£6.2m) have all been trialled there with limited success, and Mason Greenwood (£7.0m) has failed to repeat the form he showed last season.

But has the answer to the troubled position now arrived at the club?

As highlighted in a Fantasy Football Scout piece, Amad Diallo has now arrived at the club from Atalanta.

Playing predominantly off the left-hand side, Diallo’s game is built on taking on using his pace to take on the full-back and cut inside on his left foot.

With his attributes, Diallo looks to be perfectly built to play on the right of Man United’s 4-2-3-1 system.

After exhausting most of his options, Ole may now be forced to turn to the 18 year-old, who could give them a huge boost as they battle for the Premier League title.

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Henderson, Robertson; Shaqiri (Jones 76), Thiago, Wijnaldum (Milner 89); Salah, Firmino (Origi 85), Mane

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Pogba, Fernandes (Greenwood 89), Martial (Cavani 61); Rashford

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376 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Somehow managed to put 75 on the board and sitting in the top 20k this morning despite one of the most disastrous bench boosts ever for a whopping 5 points. Shaping up to be a bitter-sweet GW. :/

    Martinez
    Chilwell - Stones - Coufal
    Salah - Bruno - Rashford - Grealish - Gundogan
    Kane - Antonio

    (Johnstone) (Bamford - Bednarek - Dallas)

    Where to go moving forward? Surely removing Johnstone or Bednarek for a cheapo needs to be priority to build funds? Cheers!

    1. RoysCallerAnne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Somehow managed to squeeze in a subtle brag too 😉

      Yes, you need to downgrade the bench after BB, but I would save and do your downgrade as part of 2 FTs so that you can utilise the extra cash w/o hitting.

      1. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        😀

        Thanks, will look to save the move until absolutely necessary with the stronger bench atm!

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Lee-Sou could be the most likely DGW next up in GW23. If Southampton lose to Shrewsbury OR Arsenal in the FA Cup, good chance that game gets moved to GW23.

      I wouldn't be so quick to lose Dallas or Bednarek as a result.

      Johnstone > fodder can happen in due time. But your team is strong for this week, so I'd probably just roll FT.

      1. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Cheers Camzy! Will keep an eye out on the Lee-Sou rescheduling. Probably look to ship Johnstone on a 2FT week

      2. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Saints could be a sneaky good team to own. It's not out of the question that they could have DGW's in 23, 24, and 26 (with GW29 & 33 matches moving to 24 & 26).

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Aye. It is what made it very hard for me to do Adams > Antonio this week. I deemed the Antonio upside too great so I did it, and it's worked out, but I do sort of want Adams back and KWP is likely to find his way into my team.

          Will wait for the FA Cup games to decide how I want to do this.

          I could even BB in GW23 instead of 26...

      3. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Thanks for this.

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Nice. Mines got me 4

    4. gart888
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I've got a very similar team, right down to the 5 point BB.

      My plan is to roll the FT for now. No sense downgrading someone if you cant upgrade at the same time (unless we see that values might drop).

  2. KUNingas
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Best def below 5.3 for upcoming fixtures? Already have Coufal and Stones.
    Shaw could do well but Telles lurking. Any others?

    1. manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I like the Shaw pick, he is first choice (but not 100% nailed as telles will get some mins). Also Shaw is on 4 yellows so is 1 away from a suspension

    2. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Shaw is playing really well with Telles lurking actually. I think it’s his spot to lose, which is also likely with his fitness issues in the past

    3. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Reece James if he plays next game?

  3. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Vardy fit to play!!

    My only hope of saving face in this disastrous DGW.

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Source ?

      1. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Not showing up as Doubt on fpl site.

        1. KAALI_DAAL
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Clapping for a source that is worse than a Pep's presser

      2. Amey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        FPL website called him & cleared the flag.
        You wanna know why ??

        Because he confirmed from his hip, and hips don't lie !

        1. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          They certainly dont

    2. Coaly
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Who to bin first Pulisic or DCL?

      Can field 11 without DCL, don’t like any replacements for less money and sounds like he’ll only miss a couple

      Chelsea have been shocking recently and not clicking at all in attack

      1. KAALI_DAAL
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Depends who you can get against them.

        • Werner Bros
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Yeah I would want rid of Pulisic tbh, but would depend on who the replacements are. Could lose both for a hit if there is anything worth it.

          1. Coaly
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Grealish or Maddison

      2. Werner Bros
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        What moves would people suggest with 2FT here?

        Martinez Forster
        Chilwell Dallas Coufal Balbuena Neco
        Salah Bruno Son Rashford Riedewald
        Vardy Bamford Watkins

        0ITB

        1. JohnWick
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 12 days ago

          City defenders mate

          1. Werner Bros
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            What do you think of the following?

            B: Rashford Vardy Balbuena > KDB Antonio Dias (-4)

            1. Il Capitano
                1 month, 12 days ago

                I like it, 2 clear upgrades at least

              • gart888
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Looks very strong, although a week too late :p

                Last week I took a -12 to go Rashford, DCL, Kilman to KDB, Antonio, Stones which is pretty similar and I'm very happy with it.

                1. Werner Bros
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  I really wanted to do the first 2 moves last week but got talked out of it. I take responsibility for not being confident in my own decisions. Overthinking and not acting has been a downfall for me this year

                2. Werner Bros
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  What a great move that has turned out to be as well! Congrats. Would you reccomend Stones over Dias to save some money as well?

        2. Il Capitano
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Early transfer considerations here? Looking to increase my City contingent.

            1FT 0ITB

            McCarthy Johnstone
            Robbo Justin Stones Coufal Lowton
            Son Salah Bruno Soucek Raphinha
            Vardy Bamford Adams

          • manu4life99
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            A) Saiss > RJames
            B) Roll ft

            Martinez
            Dias Stones AWB
            KDB Salah Bruno Lookman
            Vardy Antonio Bamford

            areola soucek coufal saiss

            1. Corgzzzz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              B.

            2. Il Capitano
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Roll

            3. BeWater
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Highest gameweek score is 100 (after 28 points have been taken off). And they have 16 players left.

                1. TheDragon
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  He is also ranked 5m with a best ever finish of 1.4m

                  It’s all skill this week though

                  1. BeWater
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Chance of a decent green arrow this week then 🙂

                  2. mojoindojo
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    There will be many 100+ scores without a hit.

                2. yalala
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Does the witch doctor spell wear off after this gw?

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    I'm hoping it includes the FA Cup (where Salah scored) so he is free to haul against Burnley.

                    But if we're limiting to just PL games, then yeah, it expires after the Burnley game.

                    1. TheDragon
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Of course It doesn’t include FA cup. If it did he wouldn’t have scored in the cup!

                      Salah blank vs Burnley is inevitable sadly (and I own Salah)

                    2. Nightcrawler
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      The guy specifically said 5 gameweeks. Hes blanking

                    3. Brosstan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      how can it include a game where he scored?

                      1. Fred54
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Magic of the FA Cup > Black Magic

                  2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Ooh ee ooh ah ah, ting tang walla walla bing bang

                    1. John Nerdelbaum
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      😀

                    2. Don Kloppeone
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Brilliant! Good song to have stuck in the head for a bit 😆

                      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        I have two young kids and they both love that song - think it is the only song I have heard more than Baby Shark in the last couple of years.

                        1. Don Kloppeone
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          I’ll have to try it with mine. I’ve got kids: 2, 5, 9, 11

                          Hard to please them all!

                3. Goonerly
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  A) Kane + Rashford
                  B) Vardy + Son (+ 1 mil. ITB)

                  1. Werner Bros
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    B probably, would be good to see what you'd do with the extra 1m to have a better idea.

                    1. Goonerly
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Could get Chilwell for Dier

                  2. mojoindojo
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    B

                  3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    B

                4. TheDragon
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Has Rudiger displaced Zouma?

                  1. Hazz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Far too early to tell if that's the case. I wouldn't personally punt on it myself yet.

                    1. Rupert The Horse
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Yeah too risky.

                  2. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    A bit soon to tell.

                  3. gart888
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Either way, I wouldn't particularly want either of them right now. If you really want a CB Why go for them when you can go Stones/Dias instead?

                  4. TheDragon
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Not planning to get him just interested - given how well Chelsea defence started the season

                    1. Hazz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Valid question since we have a decent stretch of fixtures. Middling form though.

                5. gart888
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Has Shrewsbury Southampton been confirmed a go tomorrow? I

                  1. Corgzzzz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Game is going ahead.

                  2. Amey
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Shrewsbury

                    Where DGW BB failed .....

                    1. Nightcrawler
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Probably saved a lot of BBs from disappointment

                      1. Nightcrawler
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Potential BBs

                  3. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Yep - Shrewsbury's first game of 2021, and have hardly trained together for weeks. Could be carnage.

                    1. RoysCallerAnne
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Strawberry bleeds foreverrr

                6. Bury94
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Looking forward to my Wilson 14 pointer tonight

                  1. UNDERWORLD7
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Dayum I hope he does well

                  2. Geriatric Unathletic
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    How fast does he need to be driving to get those??

                  3. Pompel
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Given I have both Holding and Smith Rowe playing tonight, and also transferred out Wilson for a juicy Deco-Reid 1 pointer, I fully expect this

                  4. Geriatric Unathletic
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    My Arsenal def says I rewally, really hope not.

                7. Trane84
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Looks like Vardy will play. There's still hope for my gameweek yet. On 48 (-8) with KDB(C) and 11 yet to play. No chips.

                  1. UNDERWORLD7
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    He may play sure, but how effective he’ll be is another question

                    1. Trane84
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Fair. Being on pens in VAR era helps too. He did play well at the weekend. McCarthy made some great stops, particularly the one that would have given me a Justin assist too!

                8. Drumandbaines123
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    So will there be any surprise benchers tonight do we think?

                  • Fpl stress
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Dallas to man city defender got 1 free transfer? If so which one already got cancelo!

                    1. Syd.
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Mendy... Best full back on this planet

                      1. Granville
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Some expert anti-advice there

                        1. Syd.
                          • 11 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Well one can only hope

                    2. JeGro
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Stones is the budget option, Dias more nailed but costs more. Both have attacking threat on setpieces. I have stones, he could be benched occassionaly but is a great city cover and Pep seems to keep faith in him (and rightly so according to me)

                  • Fred54
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Holding starts.

                    Yay.

                  • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    ⚽ Team News 📰
                    ARSENAL : Leno, Tierney, Cedric, Luiz, Holding, Partey, Xhaka, Smith Rowe, Saka, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
                    Subs: Runarrsson, Bellerin, Gabriel, Willian, Pepe, Elneny, Willock, Nketiah, Martinelli.

                    NEWCASTLE : Darlow, Krafth, Lewis, Clark, Lascelles, M. Longstaff, Shelvey, Almiron, Joelinton, Wilson, Carroll.
                    Dubravka, Ritchie, Hayden, Hendrick, Manquillo, Yedlin, Murphy, S. Longstaff, Anderson.

                    1. Pompel
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Luiz starting - there goes my Holding cs

                  • ClassiX
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    ARSENAL TEAM NEWS
                    Team to play Newcastle: Leno, Tierney, Cedric, Luiz, Holding, Partey, Xhaka, Smith Rowe, Saka, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
                    Subs: Runarrsson, Bellerin, Gabriel, Willian, Pepe, Elneny, Willock, Nketiah, Martinelli.

                    NEWCASTLE TEAM NEWS
                    Team to play Arsenal: Darlow, Krafth, Lewis, Clark, Lascelles, M. Longstaff, Shelvey, Almiron, Joelinton, Wilson, Carroll.
                    Subs: Dubravka, Ritchie, Hayden, Hendrick, Manquillo, Yedlin, Murphy, S. Longstaff, Anderson.

                    1. Wild Rover
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      One of these days 😀

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

                        😆

                    2. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Attacking Newcastle line up if that isn’t a contradiction in terms

                  • MoSalad
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Come on ESR make this bench boost worth it, brace incoming!!

                    1. Annie
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      He’ll equal Salah

                    2. Rupert The Horse
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Yeah. As if.

                      1. MoSalad
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Same comments yesterday when I called it with Stones before the game, HA. So thought I'd try my luck.

                        1. Rupert The Horse
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Hope you’re right. I have home.

                          1. MoSalad
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            If I am really should take gambling back up again, imagine the odds on Stones 1st goalscorer and to score a brace.

                  • Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Smith Rowe starts

                  • Ginkapo FPL
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    I got Andy Carroll in this week.

                    This is living

                    1. Rupert The Horse
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      TC

                      1. Ginkapo FPL
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        I didnt go full dgw madness

                    2. Syd.
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Working on the site
                      From morning 'till night
                      That's livin' alright

                    3. Granville
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      good luck

                  • Rains of Castamere
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Got Smith Rowe but having seen that Toon lineup I'm ruing the fact I sold Lacazette. So open.

                  • Silent Friend
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Bellerin dropped

                    1. Fred54
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Oh no!

                      Anyway...

                    2. Syd.
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      S thorpe

                  • TimoTime
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Have a feeling Arsenal won't keep a clean sheet tonight

                  • Shark Team
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Attacking firepower from Steve Bruce

                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Wilson brace

                  • Kellz86
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    ESR for the win

                  • Party time
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Where is Bellerín?

                    1. MoSalad
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      On the bench

                    2. Fred54
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Must have pulled an earring.

                      1. Amey
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        LOL

                    3. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Still snowing in Istanbul?

                    4. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Has a gig being a double for Dua Lipa

                      1. Party time
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        😆

                  • Trane84
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Expecting a Laca hattie tonight after he did nothing in my FH team.

                    1. Syd.
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Expecting?

                  • Steve The Spud
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Esr, laca, holding, let’s go!