Scout Notes

Maddison outshining Vardy as Pereira returns for Leicester

LEICESTER 2-0 CHELSEA

  • Goals: Wilfred Ndidi (£4.8m), James Maddison (£7.1m)
  • Assists: Harvey Barnes (£6.8m), Marc Albrighton (£5.3m)
  • Bonus points: Ndidi x3, Kasper Schmeichel x2 (£5.5m), Jonny Evans x1 (£5.5m), Wesley Fofana (£5.0m)

MIDFIELD MAESTROS

Owners of Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) are likely suffering from cold feet even as appealing fixtures approach for Leicester City.

The striker’s blank against Chelsea ensured just a four-point score in Double Gameweek 19, a total more than doubled by Harry Kane (£11.1m) in just one match.

And what has made Vardy’s disappointing Fantasy Premier League returns more frustrating for his 28.9% backing is the fact that the Foxes are hardly in bad form.

Their recent 2-0 win over Chelsea, a fourth victory in the last six, has taken them to the summit of the Premier League table at the time of writing.

Vardy’s direct contribution to that achievement has been relatively minor, without a goal since Gameweek 14 and producing just 2.5 points per game over the last four matches.

By comparison, James Maddison (£7.1m) and Harvey Barnes (£6.8m) have put up 7.8 and 6.3 points per game in that time and look the prime candidates to benefit from upcoming meetings with Everton (away), Leeds (home) and Fulham (away).

Maddison has been in particularly exciting form, netting in three successive Premier League matches for the first time this season.

And, after producing three attacking returns in the opening 10 Gameweeks of 2020/21, the former Norwich City man has seven in his last nine outings – and struck the bar against Chelsea.

Barnes is in similar form, putting up four of his eight goal involvements this season over the last five matches.

KING OF THE ROAD

Still, there are crumbs of comfort for Vardy owners as we head into Gameweek 20.

For the second match in a row, the Leicester forward was quiet but, as ever, always ready to pounce on any loose balls behind defenders.

He got one-on-one with Edouard Mendy (£5.1m) from an awkward in the first half on Tuesday night, his chip batted away partially and requiring a defensive clearance to stop it ending up in the back of the net.

Vardy was also fouled as Marc Albrighton (£5.3m) played a ball into the penalty box, which Maddison duly converted. Had his colleague not scored, Leicester might have had a penalty, which Vardy surely would have taken.

The forward was then denied an assist in the second half when he played Youri Tielemans (£6.4m) through on goal, denied by a good piece of goalkeeping by Mendy and, shortly after, he was just inches from collecting the ball in a race towards goal in his trademark style before Chelsea’s shot-stopper got there first.

It is a well-documented fact that Vardy has struggled to find himself in such situations at home this season. His goal conversion at the King Power Stadium is as low as 8% so far this season.

But he has experienced this problem a lot less often away from home, where he has boasted a goal conversion of 42.9% in 2020/21.

More importantly, three of Leicester’s next four fixtures take place on the road, against Everton, Fulham and Wolves.

PICKLE RICK

Uncertainty about Leicester full-backs is slowly rising among Fantasy managers following Ricardo Pereira‘s (£5.9m) return to Premier League action after 10 months.

His comeback is timed rather awkwardly for anyone hoping to predict Leicester’s back-four for upcoming matches considering the form of James Justin (£5.0m) and Timothy Castagne (£5.7m) this season.

The former has played every minute of the Premier League campaign thus far, an impressive feat in this exceptional season, and has produced 3.9 points per match in that time.

Meanwhile, Castagne has shown plenty of the same marauding spirit we have come to know of Pereira in 2020/21, exemplified in two key moments against Chelsea.

It was the Belgian who teed up Maddison for his cross-bar shot while he would have been afforded the assist for his long ball forward had Vardy collected possession and slotted past Mendy.

So, where does Pereira fit into the equation? Well, Brendan Rodgers certainly teased Fantasy managers on Tuesday night by deploying him on the right-hand flank of the attacking midfield in the place of Albrighton for the final 15 minutes.

The Portuguese full-back was always going to be someone to monitor upon his return to full fitness, not least because of sustained interest in Justin and Castange.

But if there is a chance of Pereira playing in a more attacking role, then keeping an eye on him just became even more important.

LAMPARD LOTTERY

The task of predicting a Chelsea team has become harder in recent weeks and their form has not helped Frank Lampard in that respect either.

The Blues, who have now lost three of their last five Premier League matches, put in an abject display at the King Power Stadium.

Meanwhile, Kurt Zouma‘s (£5.8m) stock has taken another dip as he failed to register so much as one minute on the pitch in two Double Gameweek 19 matches.

As things stand, only three defenders are selected by more managers than Zouma but the third start in four for Antonio Rüdiger (£4.5m) alongside Thiago Silva (£5.6m) is sure to trigger a fire-sale in the build-up to Gameweek 20.

Lampard also made changes to his attack against Leicester, putting Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.7m) in for Hakim Ziyech (£8.1m), although it is worth pointing out the Englishman has more attacking returns since Gameweek 15 than any other Chelsea asset (two).

Hudson-Odoi was one of the few visiting players to go close on Tuesday night, rippling the side-netting from close range when played through by Christian Pulisic (£8.2m).

Substitute Timo Werner (£9.2m) put the ball in the back of the net but his goal was ruled out for offside after a VAR check.

Leicester City XI (4-1-4-1): Schmeichel; Justin, Evans, Fofana, Castagne; Ndidi; H Barnes, Maddison (Pérez 76′), Tielemans, Albrighton (R Pereira 76′); Vardy (Iheanacho 88′).

Chelsea XI (4-2-3-1): E Mendy; Chilwell, T Silva, Rüdiger, R James; Kovacic, Mount; Pulisic, Havertz (Ziyech 67′), Hudson-Odoi (Werner 68′); Abraham.

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1,202 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Pepeye
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Etihad

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

      Nice to meet you

    2. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Bless you

    3. linkafu
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      ?

  2. linkafu
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Keep 2 for the next 5:

    A KDB
    B Bruno
    C Salah
    D Sterling

    1. Party time
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      AB

    2. hustler7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      A & B

    3. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      AB

    4. KAALI_DAAL
        1 month, 9 days ago

        KDB and Bruno. Fixtures.

    5. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I'm looking to start my road to making a good bench, is it worth taking a hit to get in Sanchez from Brighton now as I have the exact funds or wait and hope he don't rise in price.

      1. Dthinger
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        a hit for a bench keeper? No, I don't think that is a good idea

        1. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Its prep for BB, but yh I agree just don't want to be stuck with a price rise

      2. gogs67
          1 month, 9 days ago

          He's currently making 0.00% progress per hour so I wouldn't panic about price rises just yet

        • KAALI_DAAL
            1 month, 9 days ago

            No

          • popey
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            no chance, roll FT, if nothing pressing next week do it for free

        • Tim Canterbury
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Stones non-owners ready to bend over again?

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Imagine if he notched again!

          2. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Absolutely Nowhere to hide for them

          3. Original - Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Lightning doesn't strike twice

            1. Yank Revolution
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Except the other day, when it did (2 goals).

          4. KAALI_DAAL
              1 month, 9 days ago

              It's time for Dias to shine babe

          5. Steve McCroskey
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Is there any way of finding out what your highest ever points total is since you started playing FPL? Am on 93 with 7 to play so would like to think my score could be up there this week.

            1. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              You'll end up on 100 lol

              1. Steve McCroskey
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Probably

            2. built_this_city
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              I got 138 when Rooney played Burnley and Hull in a double gameweek.
              Think the only other 120+ was when i tripled captain sanchez (75 points) but think the rest of the team was pretty crap

              1. Nightcrawler
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Rooney got 32 that week. The highest ever score

              2. KAALI_DAAL
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  I wasn't playing FPL when Rooney was in his prime I think.

            3. Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Who is a better player?

              Antonio or Ings

              1. Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Haha good one

              2. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Different characteristics but Ings is more complete I feel

              3. Maeki2
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Ings is better antonio will score.more for now

              4. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Ings is better imo. More well rounded, better passing range, links play better, better finisher.

                He only loses to Antonio on physicality and speed.

                1. Super Saints
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Ings is probably faster than Antonio

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Maybe in pure acceleration. But at top speed, Antonio is surely faster. He used to be a right back/right winger.

                    1. Super Saints
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Definitely in acceleration, players rarely get up to top speed, I think they'd both break if they did too!

                  2. JONALDINHO
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Can I have what your smoking

              5. KAALI_DAAL
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Ings

              6. Bookkeeper
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                where did all the bulls*** news come from that KDB is injured? Pep mentioned in his press conference only Aguero and Laporte unavailable vs Villa.

                1. Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  It literally came from here

                2. Original - Wolves Ay We
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Dan Storey reporter spreading the rumour, probably to get more hits.

                  1. Would Ed Woodward
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Where? He doesn't usually ever report on team news, injuries or stuff like that, his articles are very good.

              7. PlayPercentage
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Heavy rainstorms in Manchester. Some Citeh fans fearing the game might be called off or abandoned.
                https://forums.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/threads/aston-villa-h-pre-match-thread.349190/page-34

                1. Original - Wolves Ay We
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  It won't be

                  1. PlayPercentage
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    It might be. If Pep doesn't fancy an old-fahioned slogfest in torrential rain and mud.

                    1. Original - Wolves Ay We
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      You wish

                      1. PlayPercentage
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Why should I wish that? I have 2 MCI and 2 AVL players involved in the game.
                        Don't shoot the messenger.

                2. Wild Rover
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  That stuff is years old

                3. Yank Revolution
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  When was the last time a match was called off because of rain? I'll wait.

                  1. Wild Rover
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Last night

                    1. Yank Revolution
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Look down.

                  2. gogs67
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Forest/ Reading last season?

                      1. Yank Revolution
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        A PREM MATCH PEOPLE, CMON!

                  3. Danno - Emre Canada
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Well if the Man City ladies can play in a bit.....

                  4. Forgetmeknot
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    I live in South Manchester and the Mersey at the bottom of my road has just reached its highest ever level. If grounds drainage aren’t first class I think there’s a risk

                4. Pepeye
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Only got 61 points this GW need massive haul tonight/tomorrow

                5. JONALDINHO
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Is there any way to check your previous seasons in detail? Like your rank at a certain stage of the season

                  1. Original - Wolves Ay We
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Don't think so

                  2. Don Kloppeone
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Think the people that can have screenshotted their History page at the end of each season or geeked out and recorded it all in Excel

                6. ITFC96
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Praying for KDB to be fit, I could get 150 pts for my first time (currently on 116 and KDB is my captain)!

                  1. Super Saints
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    He's fine! Non capper unfortunately

                    1. ITFC96
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Excellent! - I have KDB (C), Salah, Bruno, AWB, Dias, Stones,Watkins & Areola still to play so fingers crossed!

                  2. Little Red Lacazette
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Awesome score. BB played?

                    1. ITFC96
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Yeah bench boost played, will be my highest ever score!

                  3. McSauce
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    shame your link says your on 55 and 3.3m in the world!

                7. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Wow Villa haven't played a competitive game in 20 days... could get ugly for them - how are they going to be on their feet for the last 30 mins...

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    The flipside is that they're very well rested vs a City team who have played a ton of games in a row. It might be the reverse of what you think if they have been diligent about keeping in game shape.

                    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Anything is possible - but not necessarily probable - there's a threshold beyond which "rest" is counter productive... 20 days is madness, training ground closed for that period too - only opened Sunday...

                      1. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        20 days without playing football with team mates is a very long time,will be rustiness and they are playing one of the best teams in the world first game back

                  2. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Could be a 4/5 niller imo

                  3. Super Saints
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Unfortunately I think City will be far too sharp for them and win comfortably

                    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      If Pep wants goal difference - this could be an opportunity... he could be ruthless like that

                      1. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        he will be*

                  4. THFC4LIFE
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Just to add that the Villa training ground was shut for a period of time aswel, could be very rusty imo

                8. Little Red Lacazette
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Another goal from Stones too greedy to ask for?

                  1. linkafu
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Ask 2

                  2. Yank Revolution
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Probably. I'll take a start and a clean sheet thankyouverymuch.

                9. linkafu
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  A lot of people actually prefer Bruno or KDB than Salah... Ithink we forget that the FPL King is always looking to be the league best scorer..
                  For me it's more something like Salah+ one of Bruno KDB

                  1. mynameisq
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    This is the first year son is getting the minutes he has always deserved, will be up there and is as good as them

                    1. linkafu
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Yes for Son, He will finish in the top 5 scorer

                  2. Little Red Lacazette
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    I have all 3 and am keeping it like that for now.

                    1. linkafu
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      3 is too much for me. I prefer to get 2 and a more stable team

                      1. JONALDINHO
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        I have Salah, KDB, Bruno, Son and a stable team. Not that hard to include all 4

                      2. Little Red Lacazette
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Well, I have had them for quite a while and they have not done my team bad, imo.

                  3. Yank Revolution
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    KDB not essential at all.

                10. Tsssst
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  worth a -4?

                  Foden > Smith Rowe
                  Soucek > Barnes
                  Vardy > Kane

                  1. linkafu
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    yes for me if you re sure it's not a -8

                  2. Dosh
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Those look like good transfers.. But both sets of players could haul.

                  3. Studs Up
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Can u not make it to Maddy?

                    1. Tsssst
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Not without also doing
                      Coufal > Dawson
                      Strujk > 3.8m Douglas

                  4. gogs67
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      All good transfers but maybe not this week for -4, wouldn't say any of the games jump out as easy

                  5. PogBruno
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Need a Cancelo haul to makeup for his benching

                    1. Balls of Steel
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Me too but just have a feeling Villa will get 1 tonight.. hoping Cancelo can get an assist at the very least!

                    2. JONALDINHO
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      An assist with baps would be nice

                  6. Don Kloppeone
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    KDB non-owners unite!

                    I would invite you behind my giant KDB-shaped sofa for a couple of nervous beers but lockdown and all that.

                    1. Rupert The Horse
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      If you’re so afraid of KDB, why did you get a sofa that looks just like him?

                      1. Don Kloppeone
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        It's important to face your fears .....

                        1. Rupert The Horse
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Yeah no good point.

                        2. KAALI_DAAL
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            I'm afraid of ghosts. No problem. Will carve out some ghost shaped furniture.

                      2. Yank Revolution
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        He doesnt strike fear into me. Not owning Salah or Bruno would.

                        1. Don Kloppeone
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Got both of them at least Salah cap!

                      3. Poetry in motion
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        As an owner, but non-capper, can I join you for the beers, I don't mind him blanking

                      4. Olson
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        He's cack this year but I still would not want to be goading owners tonight.

                    2. PogBruno
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Which one do you prefer?

                      A) Soucek + Kane
                      B) Son + Antonio

                      1. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        B

                      2. Balls of Steel
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        B

                    3. Oggle22
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Chances of foden starting tonight?

                      1. Gudjohnsen
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        90%

                      2. linkafu
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        None

                      3. RamaJama
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        He’s a super sub and has been starting less than 50% of the matches this season, so 48% maby?

                    4. Pepeye
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Jon Moss referee and I thought Storm Christoph was bad news

                      1. Gudjohnsen
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        VAR pen for City?

                    5. Pepeye
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Hope Jack's brought his swimming trunks tonight? It's leathering it down

                      1. Balls of Steel
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Christoph certainly doing his best to have another game postponed!!! Surely not though...

                    6. The Tinkerman
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Any other Leicester fans out there?

                      What do you reckon to Periera’s return? IMO Castgne and Justin are too good to drop, he is most likely to take Albrighton’s place in right midfield in my opinion, although in all honesty Justin and Castagne can also play in wide midfield roles. One of the three could be a great OOP defensive option for FPL going forward.

                      1. Yank Revolution
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Not a fan, but you never change what is working. Castagne and Justin are safe. Until the team's form drops that is.

                        1. The Tinkerman
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          I think if we want to have any hope of getting Ricardo to sign a new deal, we need to give him whatever he wants. Realistically, he good enough for any team in Europe. IMO he won’t stay at Leicester in the long run, but he will get his place back as soon as he is fit. He is our best defender, and one of our best attackers all in one player.

                      2. Dosh
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Straight in my team if he takes Albrighton's place

                        1. The Tinkerman
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Agreed, I watch every game anyway, but will be keeping a keen eye on which of Castagne, Justin and Ricardo are being used where in practice. I suspect they might try a few combinations - Castagne has played in midfield before at Atalanta, and Justin has at Leicester earlier this season.

                      3. g40steve
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Don’t see Justin dropping, played every game & full of gas at 90 mins

                        1. g40steve
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Imagine Pereira as a mid with little defence duties hmmmmm 🙂

                          1. The Tinkerman
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            He did used to be a winger earlier in his career.

                          2. The 12th Man
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            Same applies for Digne. Last game Godfrey played LB with Digne ahead of him.

                        2. The Tinkerman
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          I agree, Justin has been POTS for us, easily. He will keep his place, Castagne is also an excellent player. JJ could play CB in a 3 to fit them all, but IMO it will be 4141 with Barnes and Ricardo/Castagne in wide midfield with Justin and the other of Ricardo/Castagne at full back.

                      4. gogs67
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Soon as he starts a game I'm planning on buying him.

                        • El Presidente
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 8 days ago

                          I wrote this in another article re what you are talking about:

                          "Also, Ricardo Pereira always played as a winger during his years in the youth development teams at Porto. Actually, in detail he started as a right forward in a 4-4-2 system when he was 12/13 yo and than moved wider as a winger in 4-3-3 system. When he became a first team starter was a winger and it was Paulo Fonseca (current Roma´s manager) that transformed him into a very attacking right back. The point is, I wouldnt be very surprised if Brendan pushes him up further ont he pitch as right winger in 4-3-3 system with Barnes and Vardy. Everyone thinks that hes coming in for Justin (which can happen ofc) but I think he can come in for Albrighton instead."

                      5. Pepeye
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        I'm facing my fears now DK his name is St Christoph

                        1. Pieterke30
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          I dont get what you mean

                      6. BenDavies
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Villa have forgotten how to play football imo...could be 7 or 8 to City. I'm talking record breaking scoreline tonight.

                        1. TimoTime
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          I'll be happy if KDB scores 1 goal

                        2. ALI_G
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          I feel like I have reached close to the top of the snakes and ladders board and am about to slide down the snake called "no KdB"

                        3. built_this_city
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 8 days ago

                          0-2 villa

                          big calves grealish with the goals

                          1. KAPTAIN KANE
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 8 days ago

                            Actually wouldn’t mind this with Cancelo, Stones and KdB (C)!

                            1. KAPTAIN KANE
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 8 days ago

                              And Grealish of course

                        4. popey
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 8 days ago

                          its been 2 weeks...

                      7. Pepeye
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Birmingham Women v Everton W postponed-waterlogged pitch

                        1. TimoTime
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Doubt they play on a state of the art pitch like the Eithad, just saying

                        2. Danno - Emre Canada
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          City v Chelsea ladies is on isn’t it?

                        3. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Darn, was looking forward to that.

                      8. Daniel - WC Active
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        So eager to see whether KDB and Cancelo start

                        1. Balls of Steel
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Will the game even go ahead with this weather?!

                          1. TimoTime
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            Yes

                        2. ALI_G
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          sadly think both will

                          KdB can rest in FA cup which these days has no importance

                        3. Brimble82
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Genuinely clock watching!

                      9. Pepeye
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        City Women v Chelsea still on 5.30 kick off at Academy Ground

                        1. No Professionals
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 8 days ago

                          go away

                      10. Baines on Toast...
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        City XI:

                        XI | Bardsley, Bronze, Houghton (C), Greenwood, Morgan, Walsh, Scott, Stanway, Hemp, Kelly, White

                        1. Super Saints
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          OMG Hemp starts

                          1. TimoTime
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            My TC this week, hope she hauls

                        2. PogBruno
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 8 days ago

                          Cancelo missing again

                      11. bigwig
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        Waiting for the city lineup is always exciting, you know they'll be a curve ball somewhere, just have to hope it's not your player

                        1. PogBruno
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 8 days ago

                          Every week for Cancelo owners

                          1. bigwig
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 8 days ago

                            For this game it seems like it's only the cb's that are safe from rotation

                        2. Super Saints
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 8 days ago

                          I think you're safe with ederson dias stones cancelo rodri KDB and Gundo at the moment

                          1. bigwig
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 8 days ago

                            We'll see

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

                        Jack's already demanded a hair dryer for half & full time