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

(Courtesy of LiveFPL.net)

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922 Comments Post a Comment
  1. aapoman
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Triple City with
    A. Double defence
    B. Double attack

    1. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      With two home fixtures I'd definitely be going double attack if I had the chance.

      Already have double def so too much surgery required for my team...

      1. aapoman
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Yeah I'm on WC so could get double attack. It is quite hard to fit Salah, Bruno, Kane and double City attack and have a balanced team.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          I'd let Salah go. More rotation in attack, but they look on fire and now have Kev back.

    2. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I think I'd have Gundo, Cancelo and Sterling if I had the chance.

    3. barcaa7
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      A

  2. Van der Faart
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Anyone looking at KDB for the DGW?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Considering it - for Salah, but I'll prolly let him use those games to build up match fitness and move in GW27.

    2. aapoman
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I am. Possible Gundo + KDB double up on my WC

    3. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Pretty big rotation risk with CL back on and Manc derby.

  3. Pachi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Help please.. would you WC this team?

    Pope / forster
    Dias / cancelo / lowton / dallas / coufal
    Sterling / bruno / salah / raphinha / rashford
    Bamford / watkins / brewster

    0.5 ITB 1FT.. no fh available

    1. COVID-CASUAL
        1 month, 20 days ago

        9 DGW and 5 BGW with at least 3 FTs to come by my count... I don’t reckon it’s necessary.

    2. ㅤRising
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Any suggestions here would be appreciated.
      Was thinking of doing Ings and Pope to Kane and Martinez for free.

      Pope
      Cancelo Lowton Shaw
      Gundogan Fernandes Sterling Son
      Watkins Ings Bamford

      Subs: Rapinha, Dallas, Mee 3.1 ITB

    3. COVID-CASUAL
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Taken 1 hit all season (which was a bad idea), yet now looking at 2-3 for 26 to try and set up BB 26 and no-FH in 29. On the back of my worst round of the year. This is going to be interesting.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Taking hits for a bench boost kind of cancels each other out. Might be worth it for GW29 though. I have about 4 players for that and am burying my head in the sand!

          1. COVID-CASUAL
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Yeah I was looking at -4, but Grealish might warrant a -8 because zero appearances for Grealish vs 2 appearances for his replacement means it’s taking a zero?? If my understanding of #FPLmath is correct.

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                If you're intent on BB then you still likely profit from a hit for Grealish, yeh. But why do you want to BB? Honest question btw, as it's the only chip i have left but if I use it I activate a pair of Chelsea defenders with awful fixtures and Leeds with a SGW.

            • COVID-CASUAL
                1 month, 20 days ago

                BTW this means little but you’re my favourite poster in the DZ. always solid advice and good, friendly banter. Cheers

                1. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Means a lot mate, cheers!

              • Jumpernot
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                I hVe to disagree with you on that. I took all my single gameweek players out and swapped them for doubles in the previous big double gameweek when I bench boosted. I ended up scoring 150+ points when I would have got like about 80 had I not. I had to take a - 24 hit too but totally worth it as it was like a wildcard too. Although it can backfire but I think if you prepare for the future too, it's totally worth it

            • CONNERS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              2-3 hits will render your BB ineffective unless your chosen players all get a big score.

              I'd focus on your getting 11 solid DGW players and use TC instead if that's an option.

              1. COVID-CASUAL
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Thanks I’m so prudent on hits normally but want to go nuts. Might be a bit of GW25 rage haha

            • timPgoodwin
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              I'll be getting rid of Antonio and Soucek this week. I already have Lookman, Gunny, Son, Bruno (already got City triple up)

              Which players should I be looking at?

              - Barnes
              - Watkins
              - Grealish
              - Maddison
              - Kane
              - Vardy
              - DCL

              Anyone else I should be contemplating?

              1. Ha.
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Grealish is injured and I wouldn’t bother with Vardy

                1. timPgoodwin
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Yeah I think Barnes is my preference for sure. Was DCL being rested just a precaution?

              2. CONNERS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Kane, Barnes and DCL would be my priorities. Maddison and Grealish are both injured I believe.

                1. timPgoodwin
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Thanks man, unsure on Kane. Spurs have been poor and I already have Son, think I'll swing to DCL and Barnes. Shame Leicester don't play GW29 to make it an easy decision.

              3. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Barnes is on fire.
                Vardy isn't but could be.
                Maddison and DCL could be but need their fitness checking.
                Kane absolutely isn't but you never know.
                Watkins has the fixtures but not Grealish to supply him.

            • tibollom
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Hey guys, got 1 FT and 0.7 ITB...

              Ings to DCL or anything else you'd suggest?

              Lloris
              AWB Dias Cancello Mee
              Son Bruno Gundo salah
              watkins Bam

              Button Ings Raph Struik

            • HollywoodXI
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Playing FH GW26. Building towards GW29 with FTs. Not seen this strategy mentioned anywhere. #ridingsolo

              1. CONNERS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                I think most have planned to use BB/TC chips this week and therefore FH isn't an option.

                Not sure how much you'll gain with FH tbh as most people will have 10+ DGW players.

                GL anyway

                1. HollywoodXI
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Big thing for me is it allows me to temporarily lose Leeds and Saints for GW26 and then they’re back in for Saints DGW27 (I have Ings for example). It also means no points hits.

                  1. Weeb Kakashi
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    Same thinking. Will be Dead-ending in GW29. Wc in 30. Have 7 starters for 29 already.

              2. CONNERS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                That's fair enough, it could pay off for you.

              3. Weeb Kakashi
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                I am in the same boat. We are minority. Doesn't mean its the wrong strategy.

            • COVID-CASUAL
                1 month, 20 days ago

                I’m seeing a lot of Ings out - I think that’s rash before GW27? Like I don’t understand why you’d get him for the 25 double but not the 27 double. Just getting that opinion out there before he scores against Leeds and everyone does a 180 🙂

                1. HollywoodXI
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Part of the reason I’m FH in GW26

                2. barcaa7
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  We need to get Kane

                  1. Rasping Drive
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    This

                3. GE
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  One of 27 is against City and find it hard to get Kane without losing Ings. If keeping Ings I have to get rid og Salah, Bruno or Son..

              • Gudjohnsen
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Get Kane for -4 by sacrificing Sterling or Salah or get him for -8 and I sacrifice no premium player in my team?

                1. Gudjohnsen
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Will probably TC Kane because of rotation from City and don't like Bruno or Salah fixtures.

                2. GE
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Sterling -> Gundo maybe?

                3. CONNERS
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Losing Sterling or Salah in a DGW could backfire badly, especially for a hit. And a -8 just isn't worth it.

                4. Ruth_NZ
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Why not drop Bruno? It's the obvious thing.

                  1. zman575
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      love all the get rid of bruno comments. guy is a monster. best player on the game followed by salah. unreal consistency. will not sell either. also why is palace away a tough game?

                5. GE
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Better ways to get Kane here? 🙂

                  I’m thinking Cavani, Ings and Soucek -> Kane, Waktkins and Reed (-4) and maybe BB.

                  (2FT, 0.8 itb)

                  Martinez
                  Cancelo/Dias/Digne/Mee
                  Salah/Bruno/Son/Gundo
                  Cavani/Ings

                  Bench: Messlier, Bamford, Dallas, Soucek

                6. Gudjohnsen
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Saka, Salah, Ings to Gundogan, Son, Kane (TC) for -8?

                7. rubberdignerapids
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Is Bruno to KDB madness?

                  Team for gw26 would be:

                  Martinez (Forster)
                  Shaw, Cancelo, Reguillon (Burn, Struijk)
                  KDB, Salah, Son, Gundo (Raphinha)
                  Kane(TC), DCL, Watkins

                  1. zman575
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      yes. bruno is the best player on fantasy period

                  2. Gudjohnsen
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    Salah, Ings to Son, Kane (TC) for -4?

                    1. Miro
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      I wouldn't

                    2. Da Rude Sandstorm
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      I would do it in case you've used your FH

                  3. Max City
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    Is bringing H Barnes for the DGW26 a wise move?
                    ARS and BUR are pretty much tight in the back, aren't they?

                    1. Union_Jacks
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      In form

                  4. Union_Jacks
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    Tempted by Salah, Bamford, Cresswell > Kane (C), Barnes, Digne -8 and BB this:

                    Pope, McCarthy
                    Digne, Cancelo, Dias, Mee, Dallas
                    Bruno, Rashford, Barnes, Gundo, Raphinha
                    Kane, Richarlison, Watkins

                  5. HMC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    Champions league possibly complicates matters somewhat but what are we expecting points wise for gw26?

                    there were some massive scores in gw19, so anything less than 100 is going to be a red arrow?

                    Thoughts...

                  6. Krafty Werks
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    I know Spurs didn't look that great vs the Hammers and recent form isn't exactly anything to write home about BUT I can't help but feel that there could be some mega hauls incoming for both Son & Kane with a next 6 of Burnley, Fulham, Crystal Palace, Arsenal, VIlla & Newcastle...surely the double up is gonna reap massive rewards isn't it? I'm personally considering a -8 to get in Son pre DGW26 (+another 26DGW'er who also plays in BGW29 though)...I'm not going crazy am I?!!! Thoughts?

                  7. Andreassen
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Martinez
                    Cancelo - Dias - Mee (Kilman, Dallas)
                    Salah - B.Fer - Sterling - Barnes (Raphina)
                    Bamford - CDL - Antonio

                    Thinking i will take a hit of -4 and go:
                    Sterling --> Gundo
                    Antonio --> Kane

                    What do you think?

                  8. Podorsky
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Would you bench boost this lott?

                    Struijk, Bamford (SG), Lowton (DG) and Maguire (DG)

                    1. Podorsky
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Not Maguire, I mean Mendy also with double gameweek

                    2. Traction Engine Foot
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Yes, but who's the goalie?

                      1. Podorsky
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Ederson

                  9. Traction Engine Foot
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    On WC, which would you prefer?

                    A Salah and Watkins
                    B Son and Vardy

                    1. Miro
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      B

                  10. Miro
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Martinez
                    R. James - Cancelo - Lowton
                    Salah - Bruno (c) - Sterling - Foden - Harrison
                    DCL - Bamford

                    Meslier - Adams - Cresswell - Coufal

                    1ft. 0.0itb. WC and TC available

                    Would you be confident going into 26 with this team? If not what would you change? Thanks for any replies