Scout Notes

Stones produces season-high haul as City keep another clean sheet

Manchester City 4-0 Crystal Palace

  • Goals: John Stones (£5.1m) x2| Ilkay Gundogan (£5.5m)| Raheem Sterling (£11.4m)
  • Assists: Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m)| Ruben Dias (£5.8m)| Ferran Torres (£6.9m)
  • Bonus: Stones x3, Dias x2, De Bruyne x1

John Stones (£5.1m) delivered a massive 21 point haul as the defender bagged a brace against Crystal Palace.

Manchester City produced their best defensive display of the season in keeping another clean sheet, and look like the Premier League’s best defence.

With three favourable fixtures coming up, Fantasy Premier League players are already jumping on board the City defensive bandwagon.

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Stones’ recent comeback has certainly been unexpected, considering he was firmly expected to depart from the Etihad in the summer, after falling way down the pecking order.

A series of costly mistakes saw Stones fall out of favour with Guardiola, whose City side struggled defensively last season.

Even makeshift centre back, Fernandinho (£5.4m) saw himself selected ahead of Stones for the majority of the season.

But the £47.5 million signing from Everton has completely turned around his career, with 2020/21 proving to be his redemption season.

Alongside new signing Ruben Dias (£5.8m), Stones has established himself at the heart of the City defence, starting eight of the last nine Premier League matches.

His influence on the team cannot be underestimated, with the Citizens keeping seven clean sheets in his nine starts across the course of the season.

Added to his solid defensive performances, Stones even appears to be adding goals to his game.

After scoring the winning goal in the Carabao Cup Manchester Derby, Stones popped up in the Palace box to score two goals.

Once left out in the cold, Stones now appears to have forged a strong bond with Pep, who credited Dias’ influence in helping the Barnsley born defender discover his form.

“Every player needs confidence but all the credit is just for him. If I have one player I’m pleased everything is going well for it’s him. He deserves the best. He overcame this situation all himself. He’s playing because he deserves it and I’m happy for him. John, alongside Ruben, grew up.”

Pep Guardiola

With the City defence in this kind of form, and injuries to Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) and Nathan Ake (£5.4m) keeping them out of the side, Stones doesn’t like losing his place any time soon.

And with plum fixtures against West Brom (away), Sheffield United (home) and Burnley (away), Stones’ price is set to shoot up.

The Iron Curtain

If City’s attack has faltered in recent Gameweeks, the same cannot be said of their defence.

The Citizens have quietly established themselves as the best defensive unit in the league, with Dias and Stones the foundation of this.

Pep’s men have already registered nine clean sheets this season – their most after 17 games of all their Premier League campaigns.

And in the 10 games Dias and Stones have started together, City have only conceded one goal.

City produced their best defensive display of the season against Palace, not even letting them have a shot on target.

As well as the impressive form of Stones and Dias, Pep may have found even more competition for places at left-back.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) was brought into the side primarily due to injuries, but has kept his place even with Benjamin Mendy (£5.9m) fit again.

In this time Zinchenko has become a key part of the defence, and even got two bonus points in the previous shutout against Brighton.

Pep credited the whole team and their aggressive pressing for City’s improved defensive numbers.

“If you see today Raz (Sterling) and Bernardo and Gabriel (Jesus) and when they came in Ferran (Torres) and the other subs the way we press, how aggressive we are, how intense we are – it is so important, so good. It helps the central defenders to be better but we cannot deny the guys behind don’t make mistakes, they are so consistent and when the opponents scored a goal it is because they did well – not because we give it to them.”

Pep Guardiola

He added:

Last season it happened many times that the opponents didn’t do anything and we gave them goals. That makes it so difficult but this season we have improved a lot because we concede few (chances) and the difference is we don’t make mistakes.

Pep Guardiola

The only downpoint for FPL managers on their defensive display will have been the benching of Joao Cancelo (£5.8m).

The Portuguese full-back was brought in by more than 160,000 players ahead of Double Gameweek 19, but found himself benched in favour of Kyle Walker (£6.1m).

When Cancelo did get on the pitch in the 70th minute, he was interestingly deployed in central midfield, replacing Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m).

With Walker failing to impress against Palace, many expect Cancelo to regain his place at right-back for the Aston Villa match.

KDB alternative?

MCIWBA

There was a sense of deja vu for De Bruyne owners with the City promising so much, yet not quite delivering.

The Belgian produced the moment of the match when his magnificent outside of the foot cross, which left even Pep lost for words, was met by John Stones for his first goal.

What can I say again? The managers can help many things but one thing that belongs is the talent up front. Managers are incredibly fortunate or lucky to be in charge of this kind of player because it makes your life easier. In this type of game we have struggled in the last two seasons to beat them and I understood today why – it can only be broken by the quality of the players up front and this is the special something where managers are not involved.

Pep Guardiola

With nearly 200,000 managers choosing to use their Triple Captain chip on KDB, there will have been a sigh of relief after his assist, especially after Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) blanked in the earlier fixture.

But De Bruyne failed to add to his tally and was substituted on at the 70 minute mark.

Despite passing the eye test on every level, popping up all over the pitch, creating chances and taking shots, De Bruyne just can’t seem to land the huge hauls he did last season.

In the second half, it was another midfielder who took the spotlight.

Ilkay Gundogan (£5.5m) scored his fourth goal of the season with a magnificent curling strike in the top corner.

This was Gundogan’s fourth goal in six games, and he is clearly relishing being given the licence to join in with the City attacks.

With his low price tag, Gundogan has rightly entered FPL managers’ thoughts as a budget midfield option, and even a cheaper alternative to De Bruyne.

Jesus on the rise?

Gabriel Jesus (£9.1m) returned to the starting line-up against Palace, with De Bruyne returning to a more familiar midfield role.

Deployed as a centre-forward, City fans hoped Jesus could give the side a cutting edge it lacked against Brighton.

But this was not the case, as the Brazilian constantly found himself on the periphery of the game.

Jesus’ lack of influence is shown in his heatmap, where he spent most of his time outside the box.

With Pep opting for a fluid frontline, Jesus was even moved out wide as substitute Ferran Torres (£6.9m) took up a false nine role.

All this indicates Jesus’ place in the team and even in the squad is clearly under threat, with Pep often preferring to deploy a midfielder in a false nine role rather than him up front.

Sergio Aguero (£10.3m) should also be returning from quarantine soon, to give Pep another option up-front.

One Man Team?

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Roy Hodgson has refuted all previous claims about his Palace side being a one-man team that relies too much on Wilfried Zaha (£7.3m).

But with the Ivory Coast international surprisingly left out of their squad, Palace lacked any kind of attacking threat.

With Andros Townsend moving up from midfield to join Jordan Ayew in attack, Palace lacked Zaha’s electric pace on the break.

Without his speed and willingness to take players on, Palace found themselves unable to get out of their own half, also due to City’s relentless pressing.

After the game, Hodgson said his side relied too much on playing the ball back to goalkeeper Vincente Guaita (£4.8m) which indicates they missed having Zaha as an out-ball.

As mentioned above, Palace couldn’t manage a single shot on target, and their expected goals rating is the lowest of Double Gameweek 19.

Eagles fans will be hoping Zaha will be fit for the Gameweek 20 fixture against West Ham, after being ruled out of the City game with an injury he sustained against Arsenal.

Speaking after the game, Hodgson bemoaned the “blatant mistakes” his side made in the game.

We made some quite blatant mistakes in the second half, often playing the ball back to much to the goalkeeper, and it cost us. The goals they scored were fantastic goals but if we could have done what we did in the first half, we could have made it that bit harder and not lost by such a big margin.”

Roy Hodgson

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko; De Bruyne (Cancelo 71), Rodri, Gundogan (Torres 71); Bernardo (Foden 60), Jesus, Sterling

Crystal Palace XI (4-1-4-1): Guaita; Mitchell, Cahill, Tomkins, Ward; Milivojevic; Eze, McArthur, McCarthy, Townsend; Ayew

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851 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Garam MOSALAH
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Will you guys give Wilson a chance against Leeds next GW ?

    1. Team Bobcat
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      I think in an ideal world there are better options than Wilson even with that fixture, but the lay of the land is far from ideal.

      I own Wilson.

      Got him in for GW17 against Shu. But I am now stuck with him. Needles Needless to say it was a poor decision. But I have another transfer in mind this week so Wison survives for now.

      It can be difficult to shift a player out without taking a hit.

      If you have managed to bank a transfer and have no other issues then yes I would consider getting rid of him.

      1. Team Bobcat
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        I don't think its worth taking a hit to get rid

      2. Garam MOSALAH
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Thoughtful.

    2. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      No

  2. Garam MOSALAH
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Which 2 will you have in long term ?

    A) Antonio
    B) Wilson
    C) Adams
    D) Watkins

    1. Boberella
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Barring injury I think A and C are the best picks from those.

      1. Garam MOSALAH
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Cheers

    2. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      A only for me. But if pushed.... Watkins due to DGWs?

    3. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Definitely not Wilson - Newcastle is garbage

      Antonio should be owned when healthy

      Adams is good player on a good club and nailed

      Watkins is explosive but you gotta accept he will Miss a lot of chances

      Your forgot the Patrick “the Accountant” Bamford- I still like him cause he costed me so little

  3. Deulofail
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Would just like to mention that in Geoff's end-of-season Hot Topic about which players would be breakouts this season, my answer was Emile Smith Rowe.

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      You the boss. Thanks for that tip. Just the tip though.

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Aww you don't like ice cream?

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          On second thought.

    2. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Has to be Saka over him imo.

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Well, both 🙂

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Saka broke out last season!

  4. JeGro
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 21 days ago

    I have been following this site and you guys for 3 years now. And like all, I have cursed and cheered over my FPL decisions over those years, based on the comment sections 😉

    Finally decided to make an account so I can discuss and exchange thoughts actively.

    Good luck and above all a good health to all of you and let's hope for a great 2nd part of PL season.

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Well welcome Jegro. Very nice words too. 🙂

      1. JeGro
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Thanks Rupert

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Hey jegro

      1. JeGro
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Hi Steve, how's the DGW going for you so far?

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 21 days ago

          83 with 11 to play mate, my best week of the season so far by a mile

          Et vou?

          1. JeGro
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 21 days ago

            That's great.

            Same here, 105 with 10 to go. All thanks to BB and WC last week.

            Almost on top in my local football club ML. And that's all that matters for me in the end

    3. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      You are welcome. Super score this week.

      1. JeGro
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Hi Minnion, thanks.

        Hope both you and your team are doing well

  5. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Last Man Standing Update (1271 teams)

    Current safety score = 41
    Top score = 100
    LMS average = 61.6 (-4.75) = 56.85
    Players played = 2.53/13.46 (Players with no more games)

    https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

    1. Boberella
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Thanks TM

  6. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Realised that there were 5 CS in 6 games GW18 and 8 CS in 9 games GW19 so far. Time for investing more in the defenders now?

    1. Boberella
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      The tide seems to have turned

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Till next week GW when everyone scores again.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Because of?

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Why not?

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Late night mate I know

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      I’d say do. Many have already gone that way. I certainly have.

    4. Team Bobcat
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Difficult to know. I remember not too long ago Che defence was the one that looked like investing in. Doubling up seemed sensible at least. Didn't kept many clean sheets since.

      ManC defensive double up looks even more appealing than the Che one back then but who knows..

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        I fell to that Che trap and ditched both for MCI double up gw 15... Also even MU has kept clean sheets partly under the radar. TAA and Robbo don't look good, but they have more than matched Salah lately 🙁

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Think to get into it for 4-5 GWs and the tide may change again when people WC-ing GW25

    5. F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Why the need to invest when there are plenty of cheap defenders getting those CS? KWP, Holding and Mitchell for me have given me a number of those CS over that time.

  7. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    Liverpool scored one goal against WBA, Newcastle and Southampton.

    WTF?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      TAA on holidays?

    2. Team Bobcat
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Sou are a decent team and WBA are not easy to score against when they get their tails up

    3. fcsaltyballs
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      and Man Utd

  8. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 21 days ago

    A) Salah and Soucek
    B) Vardy and Grealish

    Which pair for GW;s 20-24?

    1. Werner Bros
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      A

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Fixture wise B, LEI and AVL not bad either on attacking

    3. jammie26
        2 months, 21 days ago

        B

      • Boberella
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        B.

      • JeGro
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Would you consider Vardy and Soucek + cash? If not, I prefer B

      • Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        C

      • BERGKOP
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        B

    4. Werner Bros
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      If you had to pick one?

      A: Dias
      B: Stones

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Why not have both?

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Dias if money not a problem

        1. Werner Bros
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Have exact money for the following

          Vardy Rashford Balbuena > KDB Antonio Dias (-4)

          price rises will probably force me to Stones anyways

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Yeah wait as long as you could, the virus ...

            1. Werner Bros
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              That's the plan! Although wish I hadn't waited on the first 2 moves, I considered them for this GW but didn't pull the trigger. Need Vardy and Rashford to come good in their next fixtures!

      3. JeGro
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Depends on your team really. If budget is no issue, I would go for Dias

      4. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Dias

      5. Team Bobcat
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Stones is cheaper so that would swing it for me.

        He apears as nailed a Dias and both have built up a nice parnership. Both their confidence must be soring and I think even pep would be reluctant to tinker with that one.

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Good points.

        2. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Repairing something that isn't broken just isn't safe. So even though Pep usually rotates everything but KdB and Sterling, I expect them to be equally safe until they make more errors. Cancelo was rested, he is tempting also. But that means having Son or Rashford over KdB for many.

      6. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Stones is cheaper.

      7. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Stones - if you buy him while the week is still raging. Then you get some of the 21 points, yes? ****

    5. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      4 players with a single game in thr dreamteam. How many will there be at the end of the gw?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        3

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        1-2

    6. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Despite owning no Arsenal or Newcastle I only dropped about 200 places. Thought Arsenal were well owned

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        On the bench

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        By a particular ranked type of player.

      3. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Probably just wildcarders last week.

      4. Team Bobcat
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Well owned but as said above many benched as most had double gameweek players in their teams.

        Logical..

      5. COVID-CASUAL
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Mostly well owned in GW18 because of all the FHers

      6. Fred54
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Is it possible to bench Wilson on a BB?

        Asking for a friend.

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          How do you mean?

        2. Team Bobcat
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          I know he is bad but even 1pt better than none

      7. Breezyy
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        What’s everyone doing with Salah?

        1. Team Bobcat
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          He is currently owned by 39%. He is the 5th most sold (39k sales at present ) so many are keeping as he has huge ownership

        2. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Can’t really say before Burnley.

        3. DA Minnion
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Getting rid asap

        4. waldo666
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Keeping

      8. jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Already own dias and cancelo.

        Crazy to consider triple up with stones( aware he won't haul every week) but they look solid.

        Would mean doing kdb to salah..

        1. jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Or kdb to anyone really not son or bruno f

        2. Team Bobcat
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          I think a triple up is too much.

          I do see merit in Cancelo > Stones (saves money at least)

          Full backs are the most rested of all defenders and with City tough schedule Stones looks like getting more of the gametime.

          The triple up could work but I dont like it

        3. JeGro
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 21 days ago

          I don't think it's the craziest idea, it could definitely work. But you will have a lot of budget invested in defence, where you can easily have some cheaper alternatives.

          Because 1 goal will be enough to losers 3 CS (remember

          1. JeGro
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 21 days ago

            (Remember vs chelsea and RLC)

        4. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 21 days ago

          Definitely not Salah. But let’s see how the rest of the week goes.

      9. FDMS All Starz
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 21 days ago

        Score prediction for WHU - WBA & LEI - CHE?

        1. COVID-CASUAL
            2 months, 21 days ago

            13-17 and 1.5-0

          • jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            I'll take 1 nil with Cresswell crossing onto souceks head..

            And nil nil and hope that zouma starts!
            Realistically, I see leicester beating Chelsea.

          • JeGro
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 21 days ago

            2-0 and 1-1

          • Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            3-1
            2-1

          • J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            0:0
            1:2

        2. COVID-CASUAL
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Arsenal trolling R18 FHers with their performances either side

            1. Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Yes

            2. Deulofail
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              And non-FHers who benched them in GW19 o/

              1. Baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Most have been too busy to get in dgw players to have them.

                1. Deulofail
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Not me though.
                  This means 'me', like a hand in the air: o/

                  1. Baps hunter
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 21 days ago

                    Yea, you have transferred in Arsenal players, while I wanted dgw players. Saka over Soucek would have been nice tbh, but always easy with hindsight.

              2. Major League Shocker
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 21 days ago

                I was smart enough to bench Laca.

                I was also dumb enough to buy Laca in the first place.

                1. lespaul
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Laca to Ings?

                  1. Major League Shocker
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 21 days ago

                    Leaning toward just downgrading to fodder and stop playing 3 forwards, spending the money elsewhere.

                  2. Major League Shocker
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 21 days ago

                    Also got Adams already and no point of doubling up their attack. If anything, I'll double up Saints defence.

          • deshawn7
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Saiss and Laca - > Dias and a 7.0m forward? Already own Stones

            Pick of the bunch?
            A) Watkins
            B) Antonio (already have Cresswell and Soucek)
            C) Wilson
            D) Adams

            1. Deulofail
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              B for sure

            2. aleksaa2
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              B

            3. Team Bobcat
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              As a frustrated Wilson owner I will say not (C) anyway

              I am struggling to see who to replace hi. With also. I had Watkins and although he didnt do a whole pile I would take him again in a heartbeat.

              Maupay may be a nice differential with decent fixthres now also. But Watkins plays for a better team so he probably edges him out.

              Adams would be an equal match for Watkins. Sou are a very good team also better I think than villa so he should score now and again.

              Toss up between Adams and Watkins then

              1. Team Bobcat
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                You could add Antonio to the coin toss but with two West Ham already and the potential for last minute cancellations two players may be enough from any team for now. I would toss between Watkins and Adams. Sou fixtures are not great either

                1. Baps hunter
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Has to be Antonio still. Adams isn't good enough and Watkins and Avl
                  jus cannot be trusted yet.

                2. deshawn7
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Good analysis there. I try to avoid triple options even in previous seasons, much more so this time because of covid. Might go with Watkins for his fixtures and potential for double GWs. And frees extra cash to doa Dallas to Chelsea def in the following GW 🙂

            4. Baps hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              B it is

          • The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 21 days ago

            Does the Schlupp injury mean Mitchell will get a run in the team?

            PVA can just play winger...

            1. Milkman Bruno
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Mitchell has the spot anyway for now

              • aleksaa2
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Schlupp plays in the mid. PVA won't play anymore, he is out of contract in the summer and he is really bad defensively. There is no competition at the moment for Mitchell.

              • Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                I think he will regardless.

            2. Alisson WondHaaland
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Its actually insane how well GW 18 WC teams are doing. Hopefully the likes of Liverpool, Villa, Chelsea and Leeds step it up a little because so far it feels like literally everything has gone their way

              1. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Gone from 2m to 850k so far after the wc in 18, hopefully continue to rise

              2. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Absolutely, looked a great move at the time and looks even better now. I reckon the GW18 FHers will be feeling the most envious of their hauls.

            3. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Mad to think Billa have 4 games in hand against some and 3 against most. Could soon be time triple up, even though they have 2 games this week.

              1. Baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                If New today was an example of a team after covid, form could be an issue. And even Targett sold him and another player, so not for me atm.

                1. DA Minnion
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Villa play them next Saturday so battle of the covids.

                2. Traction Engine Foot
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  I don't think Newcastle's problems lie with covid..

              2. DA Minnion
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Already have that triple up.

            4. Phil's Stamps
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              I know we're just guessing at the mo, but I've seen a lot of chat about the Leeds or Southampton DGW being slotted in somewhere before DGW26. I was planning on bringing in Vardy for 21 & 22 before switching him for Kane for the longer term, but wondering if it might be more prudent just to bring in Kane for 21 and save a couple of transfers for bringing in Leeds & Southampton. At the mo I only have Bamford from either team. Any chance we'll find out about this before the GW21 deadline?

              All chips still intacta if it helps.

              Any thoughts greatly appreciated.

              1. Alisson WondHaaland
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                If you are certain to Wildcard in GW 25 then go aggressive and make the best moves. We're likely to have a few DGWs before GW 26 (Villa, City and maybe Spurs)

            5. Awesomeness
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Still early, but after stocking up to BB this gw I'm left with a bit of a benching problem next gw...

              Which 1 to bench from:

              A. Soucek (Palace away)
              B. Bamford (Newcastle away)

              And also bench 2 from:

              A. Justin (Everton away)
              B. Dallas (Newcastle away)
              C. Coufal (Palace away)
              D. Lowton (Villa at home)

              Thanks

              1. Major League Shocker
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 21 days ago

                I'd bench both A's and D.

            6. L'Aeroplanino
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Auba punt 1 week late again...FH18ers very unlucky

              1. Deulofail
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                That's not unlucky. That's nearly lucky 😀

              2. ZimZalabim
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Sterling also kicked us in the nuts last week and then bags a goal from a freekick this week

            7. Original - Wolves Ay We
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Enjoy your Wildcards and BB. Our time in GW25 and GW26 as yet to come. 😀

              1. FourLokoLeipzig
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                I hope so... but GW29 looks problematic unfortunately (for those of without a FH left)

            8. Gun gun
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Really need foden and sterling to start the game vs aston and get me some returns!! Esp sterling my capt..

            9. deshawn7
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Dias and Cresswell to rise today?

              1. waldo666
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Good chance.

            10. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              WC GW 18 was definitely the way to go it seems like. Still a ways to go though!

              1. Original - Wolves Ay We
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                Not if GW GW25 and BB GW26 proves to be more successful.

                Also the good work of WC GW 18 could be undone in GWs 20-24.

            11. ppv
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Super Jack not one of the Villa Covid9 confirmed.Fit and raring to go

              1. Original - Wolves Ay We
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                source?

                1. ppv
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  Mirror.co.uk. Not sure how to link but top of the list Aston Villa Newsnow

                  1. Original - Wolves Ay We
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 21 days ago

                    Thanks

            12. ppv
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Jack Grealish gives Villa boost for Man City after club's covid crisis Mirror.co.uk

              1. ZimZalabim
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 21 days ago

                any updates on Martinez ?

                1. ppv
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 21 days ago

                  No news on Martinez or Watkins.Some speculation about possible KDB ankle injury all that I can find. Source Birmingham Mail so probably nonsense

                  1. Original - Wolves Ay We
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 21 days ago

                    It appeared below the news about aliens who, after having landed in Sutton Coldfiel, left when they were asked to wear masks.

                    1. ppv
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 21 days ago

                      That was on the sports page?

                  2. ZimZalabim
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 21 days ago

                    cheers

            13. Kabayan
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 21 days ago

              Rough: Decided not to use BB.
              20 points + 2 games on my bench.