Scout Notes

Maddison and Grealish injury updates and Sunday’s FPL action reviewed

We round up the headline FPL talking points from Sunday’s matches in our whistle-stop review.

JACKED IN

Jack Grealish (£7.7m) was absent as Aston Villa succumbed to a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Leicester City.

Rumours had swirled about the midfielder’s potential absence both before and after Friday’s Gameweek 25 deadline and there is still an element of mystery about how long the England international will be sidelined for, with the Athletic’s Gregg Evans reporting that Grealish will also miss next weekend’s match against Leeds United and the BBC’s Simon Stone going a step further and declaring (in a subsequently watered down article) that he may miss a month of action.

Interviewed after full-time, Villa boss Dean Smith expressed hope that Grealish could be back in time for Gameweek 26 – although did admit that he would have to be an “optimist” to think that:

Jack had some discomfort on Friday afternoon so we pulled him out of training, assessed him and didn’t think he was right for the game.

It’s not a re-occurrence of a longstanding injury or an old injury. It’s not going to be a long-term injury but I’ll be guided by the medical staff as to how long he’ll be out and Jack himself. I can’t tell you any more than that really.

Pretty much [a case of taking it game by game], yeah. If I’m an optimist maybe he’ll be back for Leeds or, if not, Sheffield United but I have to be guided by him and the medical staff and see how it is.

FPL managers aren’t hanging around either way, with Grealish the most-sold player of Gameweek 26 and already flogged by over 100,000 managers.

MADDISON ALL RIGHT?

Gundogan fit to start as De Bruyne returns to City XI and Foden drops to bench 1

Leicester City have their own injury concern as we prepare for the biggest Double Gameweek of the season.

James Maddison (£7.3m) continued his fine form on Sunday and opened the scoring at Villa Park – his 12th goal or assist in his last 14 appearances.

But the England midfielder hobbled from the field of play just after the hour-mark, having twice needed treatment from the visitors’ physios.

Brendan Rodgers said after full-time:

He had an issue with his hip last season. He just felt it when he was taking the corner so as a precaution we’ve taken him off and we’ll examine that over the next couple of days.

Harvey Barnes (£6.8m) is probably the biggest winner from the flags on fellow mid-price midfielders Grealish and Maddison: he is currently the most-bought asset of Gameweek 26.

Barnes recorded his second successive double-digit haul with a goal and an assist in the Foxes’ victory, which took his total to 10 attacking returns in 11 Gameweeks.

Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m) was intriguingly deployed ‘out of position’ in that win for the Foxes, lining up on the right of midfield ahead of Timothy Castagne (£5.7m) – although how much that selection was made with a plan to combat Grealish in mind is another question.

1-0 TO THE ARSENAL’S OPPONENTS

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Ilkay Gundogan (£6.1m) made a swift return from injury at the Emirates this afternoon but couldn’t add to his season’s goal tally of 11.

The German started and finished the game in his now customary ‘number eight’ role but he, and City as a collective, never really clicked in an attacking sense in north London.

Not that Pep Guardiola’s side really needed to get out of second gear, with Arsenal failing to capitalise on some threatening positions in the final third and mustering only one shot on target in the entire game.

This was City’s 15th clean sheet of the season and their 13th in the last 16 Gameweeks.

Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) made his first start on his return from injury as a ‘false nine’ and managed to look both classy and rusty before being hooked on the hour-mark, while the advanced Joao Cancelo (£6.1m) again saw plenty of penalty-box action and wasted a glorious chance to double City’s lead when toe-poking wide from 10 yards.

Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) was the visitors’ match-winner, nodding home Riyad Mahrez‘s (£8.1m) second-minute cross for his 13th attacking return in his last 14 league starts.

SON/ANTONIO/SPURS

Grealish absent through injury as Castagne returns for Leicester's trip to Villa 3

West Ham United defeated Tottenham Hotspur in the first Premier League game of the day, with Jesse Lingard (£5.9m) continuing his purple patch of form in east London.

Lingard’s goal was his fourth attacking return in as many appearances for the Hammers and turned out to be the match-winner, which secured him maximum bonus points and a double-digit haul.

Michail Antonio (£6.6m) was passed fit to play and marked his return with an early goal, although his comeback was ever-so-slightly tainted with a second-half booking.

Tomas Soucek (£5.3m) also picked up a yellow card en route to a one-pointer, with FPL’s most-owned defender, Aaron Cresswell (£5.8m), losing his clean sheet when Lucas Moura (£6.6m) nodded home Gareth Bale‘s (£9.3m) corner.

Soucek and Vladmir Coufal (£4.7m) were involved in separate collisions but recovered to finish the game.

Son Heung-min (£9.5m) and Harry Kane (£11.1m) both blanked but came within inches of a return: the former striking the woodwork late on with a freak, looping touch, with the latter seeing a potential assist go up in smoke in the process.

Kane had also teed the impressive Bale up for a second-half attempt that clipped the bar.

All in all, though, another underwhelming Spurs display (their fifth defeat in six) will leave some FPL managers pondering whether even Kane and Son are worth the outlay for the upcoming Double Gameweek.

BRU-NO WHO

“It’s not been his best game but…”

That line has regularly been used in conjunction with Bruno Fernandes‘ (£11.6m) name over the past few months and there was almost an inevitability on Sunday that, after an anonymous first half in which his most notable contribution was to pick up a booking, the Portuguese playmaker would still come good.

A slightly fortunate assist for Daniel James‘ (£6.2m) goal and a customary penalty brought up his 10th double-digit haul of the season and means that he has now racked up 307 FPL points in his 39 appearances for Manchester United.

Matching Fernandes on the day was Marcus Rashford (£9.6m), who won the aforementioned spot-kick after earlier firing United in front.

Anthony Martial (£8.7m) couldn’t take advantage of the injured Edinson Cavani’s (£7.9m) absence and turned in a poor showing, while United’s back four yet again conceded to a Premier League struggler – the bottom five teams in the division have all breached the Red Devils’ defence in 2020/21, with Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.1m) the latest to profit.

Luke Shaw‘s (£5.1m) owners may overlook those deficiencies so long as the left-back continues to create chances a furious rate – the defender was again top for key passes for his side on Sunday.

GOALS, ASSIST AND BONUS

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922 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Vazza
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Would you bring in Barnes for free or DCL for a 4 point hit?

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        depends who you are selling, can you get both?

        1. Vazza
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Selling Grealish.. can’t get both mate unless I sell Watkins, which I’m not keen to do

        2. MikeS
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Barnes for free but both for -4 if poss

      2. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Is Kane a must if you already have Son?

        1. luk46
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          no way

          1. Thomas Magnum
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            This, not with the way they're playing

        2. money face bandwagon
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Not a must have. But base on the set of fixtures in gw26, gw27, as well as having a game in gw29..he is a must have for me

      3. Nabs Kebabs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        salah out tempting

        1. Igz08
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          that always backfires for me 🙁

        2. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Personally wouldn't sell him right before he plays the bottom team, but then again I should've sold him weeks ago

          1. Nabs Kebabs
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            kane is a better option so i dont really care who he plays this week

        3. money face bandwagon
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          If u are not captaining him for gw27, it soften the blow

      4. fcsaltyballs
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Pope
        Cancelo Stones Robertson
        Salah Fernandes Gundogan Raphinha
        Bamford DCL Ings

        Martinez Soucek Coufal Ferguson

        1. Soucek Coufal Ferguson >> Barnes Targett Shaw (-4) (play BB)
        2. Ings >> Kane (save 1FT) (could TC)
        3. Ings Coufal >> Kane Targett (could TC)

        Thanks

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          3 followed by 1, kind of raises the question if not bench boost this week when would you but also when would you plan to TC

      5. AF90
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Antonio to Kane and ??? to Barnes for a -4?

        A) Sterling
        B) Salah
        C) Neither, don't get Kane

        1. Werner Bremen
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          B looks good if you cap Kane

      6. kobewan
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Would you do a

        Cresswell, Bamford > Targett, Kane?

        1. kobewan
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          for a -4 hit

          1. baines is god
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            definitely

            1. kobewan
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              90% on it will, I have the exact money to bring both in, looked like kane will be rising this week

      7. Vazza
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Would you bring in Barnes for free or DCL for a 4 point hit??

          1. Igz08
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Barnes for free

          2. Igz08
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Although I might do both this week 😛

        • Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          10 for the doubles sufficient?

          1. luk46
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            easily, got 9 myself probs

        • Weeb Kakashi
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          So Grealish looks likely out for 26?

          1. Igz08
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            up to a month

        • The Units
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          How about this for a -4

          Grealish, Brewster, Ings => Barnes, DCL, Watkins

          Looks ok?

          1. baines is god
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            like it

          2. Igz08
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            nice

        • baines is god
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          A-Kilman to Stones

          B-Salah and Bamford to Son and Kane -4

          C-Bamford, Fernandes and Kilman to Kane, El Ghazi and Dias -8

          1. Wag the Drog
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            As in Bruno Fernandes? Dead god no...

            1. Wag the Drog
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Dear*

        • Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Kane worth with Son?

          1. baines is god
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            yes

          2. waldo666
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            No.

          3. The Units
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I asked if you had Son is Kane a must above and got no.

        • Igz08
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          With team of

          Emi (Pope)
          Digne Cancelo Stones (Dallas Cresswell)
          Bruno Salah Gund Barnes (Raph)
          Kane Watkins Bamford

          I'm considering Watkins -> DCL (-4). Feel my rival will bring DCL in and he's Everton's talisman anyway, but it does rid me of a 29 player.

          thoughts?

          1. luk46
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            no, Watkins got 2 fixtures as well

        • Weeb Kakashi
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Thoughts on this FH Team?

          Ederson
          Digne Castagne Reguilon
          Salah Son Gundo
          Kane Vardy DCL

          Last Spot between one of
          Pereira Ghazi Semedo Targett Stones

          Thoughts??

          1. baines is god
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I'd axe Gundogan, playing deeper now and defo not on pens with KDB back. Dias a more likely starter for both than Stones.

            rest of the team is good

          2. Wag the Drog
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            improve Reguilon? Punt on TAA?

        • baines is god
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          A-Kilman to Stones

          B-Salah and Bamford to Son and Kane -4

          C-Bamford, Fernandes and Kilman to Kane, El Ghazi and Dias -8

          Any other options appreciated

        • _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Is Antonio Ings Shaw -> Kane DCL Target worth -8? Gives me extra players for 29

          or just Ings Antonio -> Kane Watkins -4?

          Martinez
          Cancelo Stones Shaw
          Salah Bruno Gundogan Son Raph
          Ings Bamford

          Pope Antonio Coufal Dallas

          1. luk46
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            maybe Ings > DCL for free, but none of the hits

        • Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Who scores more this week
          A) DCL (SOU, wba)
          B) Vardy (ARS, bur)

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            A for me

          2. baines is god
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            50:50

          3. MikeS
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            A.

            Both arse and Burnley will play a tight game

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Tight Arse Burn? Sounds painful.

        • luk46
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Martinez
          Cancelo Stones Shaw
          Salah Bruno Son Barnes Gündogan
          Ings Bamford
          Pope Dallas Coufal Brewster

          would you consider a hit here? bb with a -8, but not worth it?

          1. baines is god
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            explain clearly your situation and options

            1. luk46
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              got 1.5m itb, move for -8 would include Coufal + Brewster > e.g. Dunk + Maja

        • baines is god
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          A-Kilman to Stones

          B-Salah and Bamford to Son and Kane -4

          C-Bamford, Fernandes and Kilman to Kane, El Ghazi and Dias -8
          ??

          1. MikeS
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            A

          2. luk46
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            tricky one, I would only have Kane from them... probably A or B without Son

        • barton fc
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Gonna best boost best thing to do with my leeds player?
          A) Bamford > DCL
          B) Bamford + dallas > DCL + kean - 4
          C) Bamford + raphinha + dallas > a.barnes + maddison + konsa - 8 (already own Harvey Barnes)
          D) dallas to pereira

          1. MikeS
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            A

          2. S3
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            A

        • borispkpk
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Martinez
          Dias Stones Digne
          Bruno Son Salah Gundogan
          DCL Bamford Watkins

          Pope Coufal Dallas Raphinha

          a. Bamford + Pope > Kane + 3.9gk (-4)
          b. Raphinha > Barnes

          TC? who?

          1. MikeS
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            B
            TC bruno

        • Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Any suggestions on what to do here? 1ft, 0.7m itb. WC, TC, BB available.

          Martinez
          Stones Mee digne
          Salah bruno Sterling gundo
          Dcl ings bamford

          Forster raphina Dallas coufal

          1. MikeS
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Forster to areola or similar and bb

            1. Disturbed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              No spurs?

        • yakirh
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Pick:
          1. Kane + Barnes + Nathaniel Phillips
          Vs
          2. Son + Watkins + Digne

          1. MikeS
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            1

        • S3
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Choose one on a wildcard?

          - Kane or Son

          1. MikeS
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Kane easy

          2. Toughie
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            If you watched today's game, the choice is an easy one. Kane all day long

        • Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Martinez, Pope
          Stones, Cancelo, AWB, Dallas, Coufal
          Bruno, Salah, Gundogan, Son, Raphina
          DCL, Bamford, Ings

          Looking at bringing in Kane for Ings but will have to find funds elsewhere

          Any suggestions?

          1. baines is god
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            5 non double gameweek starters is tricky.

          2. LSK
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            You’d have to lose Salah for Kane if you want him. Can’t lose Bruno and doesn’t make sense to spend two transfers to switch one Spurs attacker to another.

        • baines is god
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Bench boost start Strujik, JWP and Ings

          or Triple captain Salah and bench boost another week?

        • WOLVERiNES
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Would you bench boost >> Pope + Ben Mee + Bamford + Luke Shaw ??

          1. baines is god
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            yes definitely. 3 double gameweekers and Bam with a decent home game, if those are your bench options your team must be ridiculously strong nxt week

          2. Toughie
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Yes, really decent bench for this week

          3. Boberella
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Absolutely would BB that, yes

          4. LSK
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Yep, you won’t have a better bench than that this season

        • Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Was all set on Sterling > son but not so sure now after today’s games. Thoughts?

          1. baines is god
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            a good chance Sterling doesn't start 1 of the 2 DGW fixtures. Son will start both.

            Sterling scored today and had a couple of chances, but he's not pivotal to City's attack in the way Son is.

            Son's Expected return for the DGW is higher than Sterling's IMO, even though City's XG is obvs higher than Spurs'.

            1. Disturbed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Cheers, think I’ll stick to the plan and get in Son. Maybe Sterling and ings > Kane and Barnes instead?

          2. money face bandwagon
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Not worth unless u are getting another city player. They have anothrr dgw ahead

        • Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          2 questions
          1) How many DGW players should you have on your bench for it to be worth playing it
          2) Whats is the biggest point hit that you'd take to justify your answer to 1

        • money face bandwagon
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          30 more points to top 10k.