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. TheBiffas
      2 months, 25 days ago

      repost

      A) raphinha - gundogan (bench KDB)
      B) KDB - maddison
      C) KDB + Bamford - Maddison + Kane (-4)

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Don’t like A or C with Leeds playing Newcastle. Not massively keen on B either as depends on plans on what you’ll do with extra cash? I’d want Kane for next gw

        1. TheBiffas
            2 months, 25 days ago

            would you save FT, play raphinha and bench KDB?

      2. EVILFUK
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        https://www.physioroom.com/news/english_premier_league/epl_injury_table.php

        Check this resource for injury information

      3. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Play ESR (sou) or Cresswell (cry)?

        1. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          ESR

      4. Herman Toothrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        9 key passes from Mane. 'A' for effort champ.

      5. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Incredibly frustrating as an actual Liverpool supporter (not like the many fairweather fans here) on top of Salah captain fail (again).

        Have you ever seen such a form reversal since that 7-0 win at palace

        1. Salan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Come on, it's a script thereafter. Not about form or tactics problem.

        2. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Yes. Because the Palace win massively flattered Liverpool.

          xG for that game was 2.87. Somehow they scored 7.

          Liverpool's xG has never been that high tbh. They were just being over clinical.

          Man City are the best chance creators in the league. But their finishing has been atrocious.

        3. Ruth_NZ
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          It's the Klopp curve. 2 seasons building, 2 top seasons, all downhill and increasing acrimony after that. You had your time. 🙂

          1. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Can’t find the stat table but January always gets the better of Klopp

          2. Dr Van Nostrand
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            You're off by a couple years.

            It's more to do with losing the best defender in the world. No fans and a really bad patch.

            They'll bounce back next year and win the league

      6. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Why are people suddenly selling Raphinha? Leeds have Newcastle up next and he will start. Maybe a bit premature.

        1. Pumpy Pro
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Because he's no good for FPL ?

        2. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          That’s more like it! Agree with you, wouldn’t sell before Newcastle.

        3. WE GO FOR IT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Sold him this week to get KdB. If Leeds get a DGW23, I might get him back.

      7. FPL Kaka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        How long is Walker injured for?

        1. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          STI tests usually take a few days to come back so I'd wait and see if there is any news

          1. EVILFUK
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Hahaha

      8. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Im going to pretend I TCd Stones as it looks better.

      9. Zambian FPL Addict
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        all I wanted was to put my country on the map, if think I did my job well, I think I've earned myself a place in the FPL hall of fame, no more curses.

        1. yalala
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          £5 well spent

        2. Do I Not Like Orange
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Can you get him to lift the curse on my FPL team please?

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Yes, where is said witch doctor offering spells, curses and sundry solutions?

        3. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Job done, GG

        4. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Well played

        5. Zambian FPL Addict
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          it was always revenge for that Salah cameo at Palace

        6. EVILFUK
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          I need to find that romany star lady in Newcastle again

        7. MOTHRA
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          They never believed you. They felt it was impossible. Yet here we are, 5 blanks later. A marvellous side show to watch unfurl. Excellent work my friend.

      10. wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        13 points from Pope!What a legend.

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Well done. Goalkeepers in dgw’s always have potential to score big! Was thinking Martinez was going to be the man after 70mins of the city game

          1. Black Knights
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Thought he was gonna save the pen and be a hero.

          2. WE GO FOR IT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Could still be if Villa keep a CS against Newcastle.

          3. wulfrunian
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Cheers.I used my bb and Johnstone was my second gk and i was so frustrated on Saturday but Pope was a hero.A huge gw.

      11. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Second post asking if anyone knows the the origins of the KDB potential injury length? Is it just the Mirror speculating?

        Last post, I was told it was on the City pod, but I just listened and it's not.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          No

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            No, you don't know?

        2. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Why do u need know so desperately right now?

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            I would prefer to know now than later in general. I'm spending time now to think about the decision, because that's what I'm doing right now. One of my options would be to sell for Gundog who could rise in price soon. If there's he's likely to be out for more than 2 games, then it would be an easy decision to sell, even early, since my bench is deep enought o deal with anything but brutal postponements. I don't want to spend too much time thinking about it tomorrow or later if there's info available now, while I'm around with spare time. Hope that answers your question.

            1. La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              I hear you. It seems nothing confirmed yet though

            2. EVILFUK
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              You can win FPL with hits, punts and kneejerks ya know.

              1. Deulofail
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Not sure what you're saying....again!

            3. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              So you want to worry about it now without knowing.

              But not spend any time on it when you may know?

              Ok

              1. Deulofail
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                All I wanted to know was the source was so I could assess it myself tonight. I found it on the next page. Why should I prefer to wait for the information that's already available? That's a rhetorical question.

        3. WE GO FOR IT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          No. It's just speculation until we get news from Pep. Luckily, we have 2 more pressers before the next PL game to have a better idea.

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Thanks

        4. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Pep is very unlikely to give concrete info on him until/unless he absolutely has to

      12. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        The TC chip was made for Kane/Son this season.

        Probably specifically GW2

        1. Black Knights
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          We dodged an RPG with no Liverpool tonight bud. Saw you were worried about no Salah. I went the same route. Couldn’t ditch Son AND Kane to accommodate him.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            I know, my luck this season has been disgusting!

      13. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Shame for Liverpool playing 'default' matches again and again. Too obvious.

      14. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Klopp was absolutely silently seething in the post match injury. Some heads will roll in the upcoming week for sure, but who? My bet is on Thiago, surely Klopp sees that hes a fraud whos been stat padding in pointless games against milk farmers and beer drinking tuba players. Wont work in the PL...

        1. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          More and more it's looking like the Bundes is a dodgy league.

          Also made Havertz + Werner look like world beaters

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Would also like to see lewo do well in another league

            Could just be a glorified darren bent

            1. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Haaland the next Altidore

          2. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            I think he meant those two are the beer drinking tuba players

        2. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Have you watched some of the PL....standard isn't great no matter how much sky build it up

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Yea plenty of dire games but its a very clear pattern over the last years that players who come from the Bundesliga fail in the PL.

            1. Pat Bonner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Can’t think of too many off the top of my head but half a season isn’t really enough to judge Chelsea boys and Thiago

        3. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Thiago typical luxury player can play with the ball at his feet but doesn’t like getting roughed up by dyche and the lads

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Ozil's replacement in the PL

        4. Dr Van Nostrand
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Thiago is world-class he's not the issue. The slump started before he was back

      15. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Dyche interview was very good
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKzSEsgHTaY&t=100s

      16. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Dyce saying they never get pens! No wonder, they must spend lowest amount of time in opposition box. Fair play to him getting results but the football is brutal

      17. The Frenchie
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Any news on KDB?

        1. Wild Rover
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Out for 2/3 weeks

          1. The Frenchie
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Thank you

      18. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Could hardly have been better with no players

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Wow bold move going no pool in dgw. Well played. You had a good week/season?

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 25 days ago

            His gw rank was 120 somethig before this match...

          2. Wild Rover
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Wild carded last week and bb this week. 165 -8. Up from 78k to 3.4K

            1. Pat Bonner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Amazing. The WC in 18 and BB 19 seems to have paid off massively for those going down that route

              1. Wild Rover
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                All downhill from now probably

                1. ppv
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Why not link your team? Would be interested

            2. Duke Silver ☑
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Holy shiz dude that's insane score. How many points from BB?

            3. EVILFUK
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Congratulations man that's ace.

            4. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Amazing score, well in

            5. EVILFUK
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Did you do anything similar to Andy's team

        2. HollywoodXI
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Same. I went zero Liverpool and played WC W18 and BB GW19. Scored 130 points this week and into top 100k (finally!)

      19. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        18 points on bench without a starting keeper. Oh for BB not TC ... wail....

      20. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Have Pieters coming in for Zouma.

        You had one job to do you sod...

      21. COVID-CASUAL
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Brutal week.

          Not doing anything for the BGW was good, but I think I should've been more aggressive for a DGW - at least taken some hits, maybe tried to get to a BB situation in doing so...

          Lesson learnt for next time.

          1. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            I will maybe go for 15dgwers in gw26 even if it takes a few hits. In it to win it

          2. Black Knights
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            I’ve seen some dreadful benches. Leeds assets were a popular option and didn’t go great. If you’d taken a hit for Martial, Vardy, Salah, Rashford, etc etc it would’ve been a fail so don’t be too disheartened by seeing high scores. Just do your thing.

          3. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Tough when some single gwers had nice games. Leeds and spurs was a bit of a gamble to remove for hits but it’s paid off for those who did

          4. Do I Not Like Orange
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Same. Total waste considering I will be taking multiple hits next GW so I don't have to look at Robbo or Salah in my team anymore.

        • JBG
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Don't even care that Robertson lost his CS. Love that Burnley beat them XD.

          1. Utopsis
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 25 days ago

            You care really. Deep down.

        • The Frenchie
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Best KDB replacement? Son? Sterling?

          (I have Salah and Bruno)

          1. AzzaroMax99
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            I'm looking towards Gundo and then upgrade Bamford to Kane for the gw21.

        • WE GO FOR IT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          So cup tie comes to Grealish and Watkins for my rival.
          I go with a 15 point lead but no players. Doesn't look good if Newcaslte play likey they did vs Newcastle.

          1. Black Knights
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            They only drew 0-0 with Liverpool, which looks like a dreadful result now.

        • Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Cant believe how well today went as only Wood owner. Season might be salvaged after all, just need a 0-1 Andy Carrol win tomorrow now.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Villa prem game on Saturday night

        • blauriecon
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Liverpool no better than 4th and as low as 7th at halfway point depending on what Spurs, Everton, and Villa do with their games in hand..

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Liverpool supporters on RAWK calling for Klopp's head

        • The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          If KDB is out, will Gundo take his place in that position? Will City change their formation? Will somebody else take that spot?

          1. Black Knights
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Possibly.

          2. aleksaa2
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Find out in the next episode of Unsolved Mysteries

            1. Utopsis
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Mysteries mysteries mysteries

        • g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Already have Stones, Dias & Foden.

          Hold or remove one for a Gundo?

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            I’d keep them 3

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Foden looked great last couple, just his finishing letting him down (but that can be said for pretty much all of City)

          2. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            I’d stick

          3. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Cheers guys.

        • KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Anyone going Aubemayang as a KdB replacement if he’s out?

          Will probably WC in the next few gameweeks anyway so think he could be worth a punt

          1. The Frenchie
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Like the idea

          2. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Not keen and fixtures aren’t great. He’ll not play Newcastle every week. Rather get son and Kane

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Already have them 2, just thinking if he might hit some mini form.

              If I’ve learnt anything so far this season is to virtually ignore fixtures somewhat. The easier games so overrated with park the bus style defending.
              Can’t see Southampton doing that

          3. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            I wouldn't. Fixtures aren't great and Martinelli is a threat to his minutes. He's costly and takes up and Arsenal slot for the excellently priced ESR, Saka and Holding, as well as the Tierney, who is also dangerous in the attack. ESR and Saka could plausibly match Auba in the foreseeable future for 40-50% the price.

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Yeah I get that, but this would be a real short term punt. And if anyone is going to mega haul out of the blue he’s one of the few realistically capable of it

        • estheblessed
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Wow actually considering a team without KDB and Salah!