Scout Notes

Pogba making case for FPL inclusion as United face more appealing fixtures

FULHAM 1-2 MAN UNITED

  • Goals: Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) | Edinson Cavani (£7.8m), Paul Pogba (£7.7m)
  • Assists: André-Franck Zambo Anguissa (£4.5m) | Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m)
  • Bonus points: Pogba x3, Zambo Anguissa x2, Cavani x1

POG IN THE WHEEL

Paul Pogba‘s (£7.7m) latest Fantasy Premier League return has installed him on many a radar ahead of Gameweek 20.

The Frenchman netted the winner in Manchester United’s 2-1 victory at Fulham on Wednesday night and has involved himself in three goals since Gameweek 17.

No member of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad has matched Pogba’s attacking returns over the last four matches, in which he has produced an average of seven points.

By comparison, the more expensive Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m) has a goal, assist and five points per game during that period and Marcus Rashford (£9.6m) has a solitary assist to his name.

“I would like to say so (Pogba is at his fittest and most focused). He is happy, physically in good shape and we know all about his talent. Today we played him in midfield and it was worth it.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Whether Pogba can sustain this form beyond Double Gameweek 19 is certainly worth monitoring.

It must be noted, pinning down his favoured position in Manchester United’s formation remains a challenging prospect.

After starting on the left-hand side of attacking midfield against Aston Villa and Burnley, he has returned to the holding roles for the last two matches.

And some cynics might point out that his stunning out-of-the-box goal at Craven Cottage came from his only shot of the game.

DEFENSIVE POTENTIAL?

According to the Fantasy Football Scout Season Ticker, no team has better fixtures for defensive potential over the next six Gameweeks than Manchester United.

They face Sheffield United (home), Arsenal (away), Southampton (home), Everton (home), West Bromwich Albion (away) and Newcastle (home) between now and Gameweek 25 – encouraging indeed.

Their preparation for that run of matches has been relatively positive. Since Gameweek 16, only Arsenal (four) have more clean sheets than Manchester United (three).

However, their start at Fulham might have worried owners of Harry Maguire (£5.4m), Luke Shaw (£4.8m) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.4m).

With the Red Devils producing some sloppy passing and poor defending early-on, the Cottagers exposed their high line in the fifth minute when Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) ploughed through the middle to open the scoring.

And some might argue that United’s defence is not as strong without Victor Lindelöf (£4.8m) next to Maguire, the centre-back missing out at Craven Cottage.

“(Lindelof) is not bad, it’s still his back we’ve got a few issues with, I felt it was better he stayed home, trained a bit and can be ready for the weekend,” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

TAKE A LOOK

A third Premier League goal of the season for Lookman is sure to increase attention on the player for differential potential.

His Wednesday-night opener was his second attacking return of the last three matches and it is possible he could find himself deployed out-of-position from now on.

With Aleksandar Mitrović (£5.5m) still fit enough only for cameo appearances from the bench and Bobby De Cordova-Reid (£5.3m) missing out through suspension, Scott Parker used Lookman as the centre-forward in a 3-4-2-1 formation.

“(Deploying Lookman through the middle) worked to a tee in the first goal. His finishing was deadly. I thought that worked well. He’s vital, everyone has seen he is quality and he proved that tonight. For sure (Lookman will relish the pressure). He needs to relish. A young player who is thriving and getting a run he’s not had over the last couple of years. Huge player and he’s going to be a difference-maker for us.” – Scott Parker

His positioning is, of course, something to monitor in the next few matches although some Fantasy managers could benefit from jumping early.

When sorting the Season Ticker by attacking potential over the next six Gameweeks, Fulham rank second best with Brighton (away) and West Bromwich (away) their next two opponents.

Fulham XI (3-4-2-1): Areola; Adarabioyo, Andersen, Aina (Mitrović 83′); Bryan, Reed, Zambo Anguissa (Lemina 79′), Tete; Cavaleiro (Kamara 71′), Loftus-Cheek; Lookman.

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): de Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Bailly, Wan-Bissaka; Fred, Pogba; Martial (McTominay 85′), B Fernandes (Matić 90+5′), Greenwood (Rashford 85′); Cavani.

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1,587 Comments Post a Comment
  1. sergioaguero67
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Which team players should we aim at getting in the next few gameweeks?
    Keeping the DGWs in mind
    Aston Villa would be one
    Discuss.

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      City and Villa games in hand

    2. F4L
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Leicester , Chelsea maybe if they could find some form.

    3. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      There’s a good article on exactly this posted earlier today on site.

  2. TimoTime
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 18 days ago

    So KDB normal captain outscores Salah TC... Can't make it up 😀

    1. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Mafs

  3. DARE TO BISCAN
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    How many bonus points for Pope?

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      21 ....

      Ohhhh I mean 3 🙂

    2. sergioaguero67
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      all 3

    3. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      He wasn't even man of the match !

      1. DARE TO BISCAN
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        That wasn't even the question.

  4. Amey
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    😆
    😆

    1. Breezyy
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      🙂
      🙂
      🙂

    2. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Buuuuhuuuuu buhhuuuuuu..

  5. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    I don't think Salah is relevant in FPL anymore...

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      I'm thinking about selling him instead of injured KDB 😆

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Haha

  6. elwardio
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    FT Liverpool 0 ZWD 5

  7. Party time
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Salah blanked 5 games in a row!!!

    ZWD is a legend!

  8. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Liverpool need to drop Firmino now. You can't keep missing the chances he gets and expect to win games.

    Play Salah up front and put one of Ox, Shaqiri, or Minamino on the right until Jota is back.

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Agree

    2. Give The Todd Some Love
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      They dropped him today?

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        For Origi. Just as useless. Put Salah up front.

        1. Give The Todd Some Love
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Can't argue with that. They need Jota back more than anything imo

    3. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Bring back Brewster 😆

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      They need to drop the absolute snail Thiago and bring some tempo back in their midfield. Their front 3 arent suited to his labored passing style which slows everything down to a crawl

    5. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Salah isn't the answer. He has one finish and it's a curler from the right which is on;y on target 30% of the time.

  9. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Has anybody else's team still not scored a goal this DGW?

    1. tambourineman
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Still no goals here but managed to scrap up to 95, it's like watching Geoff Boycott bat to a drab century (hopefully).

    2. elwardio
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Ouch

  10. Breezyy
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    6 points clear.

    GGMU now and forever

    1. EVILFUK
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Unfortunately City are gonna win the league but would be nice to finish above Liverpool for our progression.

      1. Breezyy
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Why doubt it bro if we keep believing you never know

        Just to see these get put back in there place is amazing

        1. Pumpy Pro
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Because he lives in the real world maybe ?

        2. EVILFUK
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          I will always hope mate!!

  11. EVILFUK
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    All jokes aside, this is probably the kick up the backside Liverpool needed. Sell at your peril!

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Hahahahhahahahahahahah

      We said the same after Southampton

    2. Charlie&TheLads
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Ah yeah there is no need for Fenway Sports to sell up just yet.

  12. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    So the spell is lifted now right?

    1. EVILFUK
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Yeah buddy

  13. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    How long before Liverpool supporters claim the home undefeated record is still going because it doesnt count without fans?

    1. EVILFUK
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Hahaha that's funny

  14. Stand By Mee
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    81 points with only Martinez to go.

    Doubled my rank from 6k to 12k so far 🙁

    1. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      82 - 4 here.

    2. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      70 here. 2 left but have played 29... dreadful 🙁

      1. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        played 25 even

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      My heart bleeds :'(

  15. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    123 points for Mark! That BB though!

  16. Salarrivederci
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    KDB + Holding -> Cancelo + Maddison (-4) will probably be my moves.
    Left with 5.0 ITB. Nothing worth a hit right? Looking to FT my way into a DGW26 BB squad. TC, BB and FH left to play.

    Play Coufal, Smith Rowe or Cavaleiro?

    Martínez
    (C)ancelo - Dias - Stones - AWB
    Salah - Bruno - Maddison - Cavaleiro
    Kane - Antonio

    (Areola, Coufal, Smith Rowe, Brewster)

  17. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Are loads going to ship out Salah now with 3-4 tough fixtures until GW 24?

    1. Breezyy
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Struggling for options!

  18. Make Arrows Green Again
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Well.

    Ooh ee ooh ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang

    That is all.

    1. The Sociologist
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Niceeee

  19. Art Vandelay
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    I feel I've massively got away with it this GW.

    No Chip used, No Bruno, No Salah and, barring any fireworks tomorrow, will end up with a solidly above average score.

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Well done

      1. Art Vandelay
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Just incredibly fortunate on this occasion.

    2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Can't see any fireworks tomorrow. Saturday maybe.

  20. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    KDB, Salah to Gundgogan, Grealish for -4?

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      I'm thinking of selling Grealish, doesn't take any set pieces anymore

  21. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Wood you utter disgrace

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      this. should have bullied barnes to get the pen

  22. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    I'd say fourth is a "false position" for Liverpool 😉

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Everton 2 pts behind with 2 in hand.

      1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        The people's eyebrow fast approaching

    2. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      True. Pool will be 7th if teams behind them win their games in hand.

  23. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    At last in this game week I can breath. Didn't do any chips at all whilst all around me in my mini league played all sorts. Saturday night now with three villa could be enjoyable.

  24. makisss99
      2 months, 18 days ago

      My midfielders are Salah,Bruno,Grealish,Foden,Soucek so Salah to Son or Maddison?

      1. The Riders of Mohan
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Foden + Soucek > Gundogan + Tielemens/Barnes?

    • Coys96
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Did a thread on city assets when KDB isn't playing... check it out if u want

      https://twitter.com/CoysFPL/status/1352352986257829890

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Cheers mate, will have a read of that in a bit

      2. Make Arrows Green Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Nice cheers

      3. Breezyy
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Thank you 🙂

      4. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Nice one mate but wtf is that Mahrez gif 😆

        1. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Oh dear 😀

      5. ZLNR
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Undecided whether to triple up or nah. Gundogan or Stones to decide on too

        1. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Triple up imo. Stones of those 2

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      This Salah set-up reminds me of when people were selling overpriced KDB after blanking against WBA and NEW and with a tough FDR Chelsea to come

      1. ZLNR
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        You calling a goal and assist against Spurs

    • Naby K8a
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Funny things is Liverpool haven't been unlucky not to score. The style of play is turgid. Long balls under no pressure constantly. No plan

      1. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        They're missing you mate.

    • TimoTime
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      115 points with BB, WC and TC intact

      Grealish + Martinez to go

      Happy days 😀

    • BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Love how the interviewer has to tell Barnes how he should be feeling about a game of football

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Salah should have buried that chance when Gini teed him up.