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. Avery
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Play two for GW20

    A. Soucek (CRY-A)
    B. Watkins (BUR-A)
    C. Antonio (CRY-A)
    D. Bamford (NEW-A)

    1. ivantys
        2 months, 23 days ago

        CD

      • sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        CD

      • Cojones of Destiny
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        ACDC 🙂 CD

    2. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Don't you think it's unfair to deduct points for hits taken from GW points but allow points from chips, in the Cup?

      I've had to face FH teams in both GW18/19 and I haven't used any chips. Managed to win 54-48 in GW18. However, in GW19, I took -8 and the score stands 66-73. It would be 74-73 if my hits weren't deducted. My opponent can change the whole team but I get punished for changing only three?

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Them's the rules. Maybe save your chips for Cup rounds?

        1. sunzip14
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          I know they are the rules, but my question is, is it fair? 😀

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Well they're the same for everyone. Personally, my cup oppo has triple captained Cresswell, wiping out chipless me. I think like 99% of players, I don't give a monkeys about the cup anyway, saving my chips for my mini-league strategy.

            1. sunzip14
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Same here. ML is my first priority. Just so happened to face two FH teams in a row. So, was thinking in a Cup where only gw point counts, why punish hit takers and reward chip users? Was expecting some creative solutions instead of accepting as it is 😉

          2. Weeb Kakashi
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Looks fair to me though. You cant use chips all 19 weeks. You get 3 or 4 . I feel hits should be counted though. They are totally different from your chips.

            1. sunzip14
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              You could be facing chip users every week though?

          3. POTATO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 23 days ago

            No, obviously it's rigged against you. FPL should arrange that you can play under your own individual set of rules that differ from everybody else. Ring them up and tell them you are just looking for eight more points. Stage a violent rally to get your way.

            Or accept that the Cup is not so much unfair as it is random.

      2. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        If hits were not counted one could take 15 transfers every week trying to win a cup game, which obviously would support the intention of the cup.

        A FH is counted though, its just that the penalty for using it is zero points.

      3. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Who cares it’s the casuals cup, it’s all luck

      4. Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        well that's the rule of this game.. you may be on the opposite side another time

      5. DK_13
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        On the flip side you would find it unfair if a 5 mil team took 7-8 hits to cancel out your core (salahs kdbs and all) and get in a few differentials and win the round because hit points weren't deducted.
        I probably think the bad luck of facing a hit team is better than seeing people take a million hits and that not getting deducted every week

    3. Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Very thrilling match that. Test Cricket at its best.

      1. POTATO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Wrong forum. Also who? where? Not all of us are in the same country as you.

        1. Weeb Kakashi
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Its offtopic.
          If it doesn't interest you then ignore. Plenty here watch Cricket as well.

      2. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Aussies doing their usual stand over tactics, nasty sledging, going against the spirit of the game. Nasty set of players, commentators and management. Just saying.

        1. Weeb Kakashi
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          They are led by a pathetic individual.
          Tim Paine is a disgrace.

        2. waldo666
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          You want some tissues mate?

          1. Weeb Kakashi
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            You can keep them for yourself mate.
            We are retaining the trophy. Then you'd need them tissues.

          2. The Units
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            No just India to win. Preference is smashing them. Then my team NZ winning the upcoming series. Just can't stand them atm.

      3. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Ind-Aus?

        1. Weeb Kakashi
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Yes.

      4. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Rather watch grass grow than cricket

        1. sunzip14
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Why not do both at the same time. The game is FIVE day long 😛

        2. Weeb Kakashi
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Haha.

    4. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Remember when I asked why people on WCs were still using it to prepare for a bench boost and forcing themselves to play FH18?

      While the WC16 could have been used to prepare for GWs 16 to 22, then FH19...

      And I said the most likely reason is that they'd spent so much time planning that, that the sudden appearance of DGW26 as the other big DGW... Didn't make them adapt

      It got worse

      People forgot why they even made these decisions

      The logic went from "This is the biggest DGW and I won't get to use my BB in any other big one because there's none." to "I've been planning this for weeks; can't change now." to "Yeah, my bench players have lost their double fixture with a postponement, but I just want to get the chip out of the way".

      It happened fast. En masse. Everywhere. Shocks me

      1. tuturututu
          2 months, 23 days ago

          That was exactly my thinking scenario

        • Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Think you won that debate over Camzy, FH19 has worked out well for the rare players I've seen using it.

          1. Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            There was even the option of using WC18 to go into both 18 and 19 without another chip, after the Manchester announcements... I think those were the real winners

            But yeah, the FH19 has been good so far

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 23 days ago

              WC18 was fantastic, get a quality BB in 19 while fielding a strong team in 18.

              Interesting though, didn't see WC16FH19 mentioned anywhere at all - must have missed your post. I assume people wanted to use the BB for 19 as there were cheaper assets that could be used (Leeds, Soton, West Ham) which meant less cash on the bench in the following weeks. Once the DGW for the former two though...

              1. Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Yeah. My post got lost in the crowd of RMWCT's

                Ouch

        • Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Also, sunk cost fallacy.

          1. Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Yup. The time cost of planning BB19 for weeks. The cost of already using the WC to prepare for it

            And then decision fatigue by the time the deadline was close, even when the bench had lost its doubles. It's that decision fatigue part that blows my mind... Since Simon March posted an article here about exactly that, about preparing for exactly this DGW

        • Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          "It happened fast. En masse. Everywhere. Shocks me"

          I will copy and use it on 50% on matchday comment on here

          1. Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Lmao! Apt

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            I benefited from simply transferring in for blank game week in the build up, with lots of quick game weeks... and that allowed me to adjust selection for the changing fixtures and take just one hit to BB gw19 with all other chips in play.

        • Right In The Stanchion
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Mine BB has worked out a treat. FH18 gave me decent gains too.

      2. tuturututu
          2 months, 23 days ago

          How about Robbo, Firmino and Soucek to Shaw, KDB/Sterling and fodder for -8?

          1. Weeb Kakashi
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            No. I doubt id do that for free. Just Firmino to someone

          2. Max City
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            sounds like chasing last week points.. I'd wait and reassess

        • spamking
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Will there be teams that play both the blank and double GWs?

            Do we have any ideas which teams?

            1. Max City
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              it depends on which "blank" and which "double"

            2. Black Knights
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              You can look at the FA Cup fifth round draw, see who’s likely to progress, then compare to GW29 fixtures.

          • Jinswick
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Best move here? Planning to WC25.

            A) Bellerin -> Shaw
            B) Martinelli -> Saka
            C) Martinelli -> ESR (bank cash)
            D) Save FT
            E) Something else

            DDG
            Cancelo, Bellerin, Coufal
            KDB, Sterling, Bruno, Son
            Bamford, Watkins, Wilson

            Forster, Martinelli, Targett, Mitchell
            Bank 0.6m, 1FT

            1. Max City
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              wait to see what happen on Targett and Mitchell

            2. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              B

            1. Ze_Austin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Yes, please

              Enough of this arch-creator nonsense

            2. Amey
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              DM ??

          • Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Salah & Mane to Sterling & KDB for -4?

            1. Max City
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              I personally wouldn't do any hit, as everything seems to be unpredictable

            2. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Sterling has been cold but he's a good player and could streak on the next 5.

              Fixtures with Man City for now.

          • Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 23 days ago

            6 players playing today. Make or break

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Triple Hammers for me. And I really hope Zouma stays on the bench so I get Kane's 9 points.

              1. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                If your bench has Kane on it, why on earth would you not bench boost?

                1. Thescaff
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  In his head he has benched Kane to keep him fresh for the Liverpool game

            2. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Good luck

            3. The Units
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Just 1 player for me lol

          • SHOWSTOPPERRR
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            off-topic aus india final session nicely poised..Everything depends on pant..

            1. The Units
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Go India.

              1. Amey
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                😀

                1. The Units
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Can't stand the current crop of uncouth Aussie players, cricket board and commentators. NZ is my team and I hope we beat them.

            2. Weeb Kakashi
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Everything depends on how Pant goes from here on.

          • tuturututu
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Would you play Meslier or Fabianski? Got a feeling both can get a cs..

              1. Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                West Ham CS chances vs Leeds CS chances?

                Always, always West Ham

            • Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              WC18 > FH19 > FH18

              Current chip situation.

              1. The Units
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Wish I had 2 x FH chips

              2. Over Midwicket
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Er..

            • Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Who would you play?

              A. Wood (AVL)
              B. Dallas (NEW)

              1. noquarternt
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Probably Dallas

              2. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                B

              3. Cojones of Destiny
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                B

            • noquarternt
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Enjoy the doubles chaos guys, we'll look back in future FPL seasons wistfully on this season when 'normality' resumes.

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Managed to get into a BB team with 1 hit.

                On 90 points with 9 to play. Still a long way to go, including this week.

            • Cojones of Destiny
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              what to do with Wilson:
              a. Keep
              b. Sell for Antonio for free

              1. The Units
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                B

              2. Mweene
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Sell.

                West Ham at least try to get out of their own half.

                Wilson never been a reasonable option for me.

              3. Cojones of Destiny
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                cheers

              4. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Bbbbb...

              5. rokonto
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                This cannot b a serious question

            • jdp219
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Wilson or Kilman out first?
              Or save the FT?

              Martinez, Forster
              Stones, Chilwell, Coufal, KWP, Kilman
              Salah, KDB, Bruno, Grealish, Soucek
              Antonio, Bamford, Wilson

              1. The Units
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Wilson out for me.

              2. Cojones of Destiny
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                yeah Wilson to a fodder and bank da cash in your case

              3. Over Midwicket
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Both

              4. Hotdogs for Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                What is wrong with Wilson ? Do you really want a non starting Brewster ? I would ignore Kilman and just roll the transfer because it is better to juggle things with 2 free transfers.

                Looks like you have got yourself in to a bench headache though, which may not be a bad situation to be in with players dropping like flies.

                What would be your typical starting lineup ? Looks like Coufal, KWP, Soucek, Bamford & Wilson are all fighting 3 spots in your 11 depending upon fixtures ?

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Wilson may have offered value over the season but he is right out of form in a Newcastle side about to go 10 without a win and the inevitable managerial sacking!

                  1. Hotdogs for Tea
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    City, Liverpool, Leicester & Arsenal in the last 5 games though ... fixtures now look good. I am sure Wilson will chip in a few goals over the next 5 games in line with his price.

                    I brought him in for the double but will probably sell him though for Bamford or Watkins in the next few weeks.

                    1. AC/DC AFC
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      I bet Leeds rock up next week and put the nail into Bruce...

                      Villa away and Everton away will be tough.

                      Can Bruce survive 2 weeks to the Palace game?

                      They last won against WBA 9 matches ago including Sheffield United, Brentford and Fulham.

                      1. Hotdogs for Tea
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 23 days ago

                        don't need them to win to get some points out of Wilson 😉

                        1. AC/DC AFC
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 23 days ago

                          He's not scoring in a losing run.

                          1. Hotdogs for Tea
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 12 days ago

                            Wilson doing ok 😉

                    2. AC/DC AFC
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      I had been trying to get him out for weeks but always had another issue.

                      I finally swapped him for Antonio.

                      Now my issues are Lacazette who i punted on for the blank and Zouma causing some grief.

                      May as well sit tight for the week and see who's standing after the leage and cup games.

            • AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Bbbbb...

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                A?

                Eh...

            • Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Arsenal attackers supremely trolling those that got them on FH last week..

              Love to see it

              1. Black Knights
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Laca stayed firm, bless him. Easy hit out for Antonio.

            • The Train Driver
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Play Coufal (cry) or Holding (sou). Playing Cresswell as well...

              1. redsallstars
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 23 days ago

                coufal. more attacking potential and sou decent at home

            • Weeb Kakashi
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              TM not watching the game today??
              Was quite ecstatic after the first Test.

              1. sunzip14
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Going to be interesting to see T20 batsmen playing in a test match that now requires ODI run rate 😀

                1. Weeb Kakashi
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Exactly. But i guess except for Pant the rest are more suited to Test Cricket? Shardul too is very explosive.

                  Need Pant to go on.

              2. Nightcrawler
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Wicket....Dont see india winning here

                1. Weeb Kakashi
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Rash shot. Wasnt needed.
                  As long as Pant stays. I am optimistic.

                  1. Nightcrawler
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    If pant goes in the next 3 overs india might just decide to block it out...huge few overs coming up

                    1. Weeb Kakashi
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      Big task for both the left handers.

            • AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              You can see why Newcastle fans struggle with the owners aspiration to survive in the Premier league to cash in on a sale. And hope for a cup run?

              https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/steve-bruce-future-newcastle-united-19652414.amp?__twitter_impression=true

            • Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Wow Pant. One of the greatest chases

              1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                And sundar..Modern day cricketers..10 years before both captains would have agreed to draw the match..

              2. Weeb Kakashi
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Optimism justified.

            • HollywoodXI
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              I have a GW rank of 4k. Nosebleed territory for me this season!

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Nice but if a TC hauls on Wednesday or Thursday it will knock the BB back down.

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Sorry Tuesday with KDB or Thursday with Salah.

                  I guess if it's your captain you ride it too.

                  1. HollywoodXI
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    Yep KDB is my captain

                2. HollywoodXI
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Maybe. Either way my strategy to WC last week and BB this week has worked well which I’m really pleased with given u spent HOURS agonising over what to do! Lol

                  1. AC/DC AFC
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    I'm on a GW rank of 21,000 on 90 points with 9 to play and KDB captain.

                    Only decided to BB on Saturday morning so no agonising from me!

                    Lol

                  2. AC/DC AFC
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    Also have WC, TC and FH to play.

              2. elwardio
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Nice! How many points and how many players left?

                1. HollywoodXI
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  98 points with 11 players left to play (including KDB captain)

                  1. elwardio
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    Could be looking at a monster good luck

                    1. HollywoodXI
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      TY 🙂 OR is now 97k so hoping to push into the top 50k by the end of the GW

            • POTATO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 23 days ago

              a} Wilson [LEE] > Kane [LIV] -4 hit just before GW20 deadline
              b) Wilson [eve] > Kane [bha] for free before GW21 deadline

              or I could sell Son and get Salah?

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                A

              2. Chandler Bing
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                B for me. Wilson retainable for this week.

            • Weeb Kakashi
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Rishabh 'Freakin' Pant.
              What an innings

              1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Sundar gone..still Oly two shots away..

            • Kitman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Who is the best keeper for the mid term up to 5.5m

              I’m thinking de gea

              1. elwardio
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                If he and defence not badly affected by COVID outbreak it has to be Martinez with th me extra fixtures and a good run of matches as well

              2. CONNERS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Martinez

            • h3nh3n
                2 months, 23 days ago

                What’s the latest news on Sam Johnstone’s covid?

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  He's got a persistent cough but his sense of taste and smell is coming back so he may have a hearty English breakfast today!

              • The Units
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Great win by India over the disgraceful Aussies.

                1. mojoindojo
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Historic win. And by a severely depleted Indian side.

                2. POTATO
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Thanks India.

                  ...and in other news New Zealand keeps its status as ICC number one ranked Men's Test Team 🙂
                  https://www.icc-cricket.com/rankings/mens/team-rankings/test

                3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  7 first team players out. Combined test matches played by the bowlers - 5!

              • pundit of punts
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Bench one

                A. Mitchell (WHM)
                B. KWP (ARS)
                C. Holding (sot)