Scout Notes

Injury updates on Son, Saka and Burn ahead of BGW29 plus the Aubameyang latest

Four Premier League matches took place on Sunday, three of them involving clubs who will be in action in Blank Gameweek 29.

And there were possible repercussions for that decimated round of games in the form of injuries and unexpected benchings.

We’ll round up the main talking points below, with our more detailed Scout Notes to follow in the coming days.

ARSENAL 2-1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Rashford fit to start but Martial, Cavani and de Gea miss out on West Ham clash 2

The north London derby was a dismal watch for most Fantasy managers with Tottenham Hotspur representation in their squads.

Son Heung-min (£9.6m) limped off with an injury, Gareth Bale (£9.5m) failed to make it to even the 60-minute mark and Harry Kane (£11.4m) was denied by an offside flag and a goalpost as Spurs’ three popular attacking assets accumulated just four points between them.

On Son’s issue, Jose Mourinho said:

That’s football. I don’t know how long it is. It’s muscular. Muscular is always not easy. He’s a guy that normally recovers very, very well from any kind of injury.

That’s an accumulation of matches. In the Europa League the other day, I gave him 30 minutes rest… but 60 is still 60. And when you are in so many competitions, some players they have more minutes than others, which is normal. It’s something that can happen.

Rashford fit to start but Martial, Cavani and de Gea miss out on West Ham clash 3

Bale was hooked because of what his manager described as a lack of “intensity”, meanwhile.

Spurs barely deserved the lead given to them by Erik Lamela‘s (£5.7m) rabona, with another effort on goal not arriving until the 70th minute.

After a quiet game, Kane belatedly found the net with a header that was flagged for offside before seeing a late free-kick smash against the hosts’ goalframe.

Arsenal turned the game around with a deflected effort from Martin Odegaard (£5.9m) and an Alexandre Lacazette (£8.1m) penalty.

Owners of the Gunners’ two most-popular assets were as much out of luck as those with Spurs’ in-demand players.

Bukayo Saka (£5.3m) was withdrawn at half-time with a hamstring injury, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.4m) was an unused substitute for disciplinary reasons.

Their manager explained:

We don’t know [about Saka]. He was feeling his hamstring.

[Aubameyang] was going to start the game. We had a disciplinary issue, we have drawn the line and we move on. We have a process that we have to respect for every game, and that’s it.

We deal with the situation on the day. That’s been done, now we move on.

MANCHESTER UNITED 1-0 WEST HAM UNITED

Injury updates on Son, Saka, and Burn ahead of BGW29 and Aubameyang latest 1

A fairly low-key match at Old Trafford ended up going the way of the hosts, with Manchester United edging out West Ham United by a single goal.

The Hammers set up in a conservative 3-5-2 and barely threatened Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, failing to register a single shot on target.

The Hammers were missing loanee Jesse Lingard (£6.1m) through ineligibility and Pablo Fornals (£5.9m) because of a minor adductor injury and we’ll surely see a more attacking set-up when David Moyes’ side entertains Arsenal next weekend.

This was the Red Devils’ eighth clean sheet in 14 matches this calendar year, with Luke Shaw’s (£5.2m) fantastic form continuing; he collected three bonus points to supplement his shut-out and now averages 6.8 points per match over his last nine games.

Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) blanked for the third time in four matches but was a hair’s breadth from registering an assist, with Opta – and consequently FPL – deeming that Scott McTominay (£4.9m) got a feather touch on his 52nd-minute corner before Craig Dawson (£4.5m) turned the ball past his own goalkeeper.

Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) recovered from injury to feature, with Solskjaer offering a fitness update on more of his squad after full-time:

We actually hope five of them will be back [for Milan]. David [de Gea], hopefully, Donny [van de Beek], Edinson [Cavani], Paul [Pogba], maybe, and Anthony [Martial], hopefully – he’s very likely to be back.

SOUTHAMPTON 1-2 BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION

The latest on Dan Burn's injury ahead of Blank Gameweek 29

Brighton and Hove Albion warmed up for Blank Gameweek 29 – and a relegation six-pointer against Newcastle United – with a 2-1 victory over an out-of-sorts Southampton.

Lewis Dunk (£4.9m) will likely be a big target for those on a Free Hit chip or otherwise and he underscored his attacking threat by scoring his fourth league goal of the season; only Stuart Dallas (£5.0m) has more among FPL defenders.

Danny Welbeck (£5.5m), starting his first match in 2021, then teed up Leandro Trossard (£5.7m) for what turned out to be the game’s winner.

FPL managers who were hoping for appearance points at the very least from budget defender Dan Burn (£4.2m) next weekend face a nervous wait ahead of Graham Potter’s pre-match presser.

The towering defender was withdrawn at half-time as Potter made a successful move to a wing-back system but his substitution was actually enforced rather than tactical, with the Albion boss saying:

We lost Dan at half time with a tight hamstring. So we had to adapt and I thought we did it really well.

Che Adams (£5.8m) scored his third goal in as many games for Saints, who now take a back seat until after the March international break – when they should have Danny Ings (£8.4m) freshly available.

LEICESTER CITY 5-0 SHEFFIELD UNITED

Kelechi Iheanacho‘s (£5.6m) superb Fantasy Premier League form continued on Sunday as Leicester City thumped a Sheffield United side marooned at the foot of the Premier League table and starting life without Chris Wilder.

The Nigeria international hit a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over the managerless Blades, taking his total to five goals and 35 FPL points in his last three appearances.

Iheanacho has been flourishing alongside Jamie Vardy (£10.2m) since the budget FPL forward’s return to the Leicester starting XI in Gameweek 26, and has had over twice as many shots as the long-serving striker in that time.

Vardy again failed to find the target on Sunday but was as much a part of the Foxes’ victory as his strike partner, supplying three assists – two of them sublime passes for Iheanacho before Ethan Ampadu (£4.3m) deflected in his off-target effort – en route to his first double-digit haul since Gameweek 14.

The fit-again Ayoze Perez (£6.0m) also got in on the act by finding the net on his return from injury.

This was not a match to gauge the offensive threat or defensive competence of Brendan Rodgers’ troops, however, as Sheffield United turned in a thoroughly abject display under caretaker boss Paul Heckingbottom.

The Blades managed just one shot on goal as the hosts cruised to what was their first clean sheet in six matches.

Owners of Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m) couldn’t enjoy the routine shut-out, however, as the Portuguese full-back was withdrawn at half-time because of “tightness in his hamstring”.

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368 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Players from what teams are you planning on getting in and what template players are you ditching on 30/31 WC?

    1. aapoman
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      If I still had my wc I'd bring in double Chelsea defence. Got that with my free transfers this week.

      1. PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Which two did you get?

        1. aapoman
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Got Rüdiger some time ago and Azpi this week.

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Probably getting Triple LIV, Wolves, maybe a Chelsea defender/Shaw/Tiernay

      Getting rid of Leeds, Martinez etc...

    3. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      - Double chelsea defence, ditch Martinez
      - Cancelo Out, Keep Dias
      - Tierney, Saka IN
      - Neto IN for Raphinha
      - Grealish, Watkins OUT
      - Continue with Kane/Son double

      1. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        This is solid.

      2. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Sara possibly injured eh

        1. Danno - Emre Canada
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Or even Saka

        2. St Pauli Walnuts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          I hope she's okay?

  2. Konstaapeli
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    First FH draft. How's she looking?

    Sanchez
    Tierney - Dunk - Dallas
    Auba - Bale - Raphinha - JLingZ
    Kane - Antonio - Watkins

    Martines - Lookman - Targett - Veltman

    1. aapoman
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Pretty much as good as it can get. I'm considering taking a punt on Pepe if Saka is definitely out.

      1. Konstaapeli
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        I'd like to include Saka if he's fit.

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Very template apart from Tierney - nice call there

      Brighton last kept a clean sheet when? They have had one in the last 6 and that includes fixtures against Palace WBA and Burnley - a really kind run. They just always seem to find a way to concede.

      I'm not saying they are a bad call but Fulham are facing a team that has blanked in 4 of the last 5 and they have loads of cs in the bag recently.

      1. Konstaapeli
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Thanks. Fulham def could be good bet.

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          If you go there then Areola for Sanchez?

          Sanchez won't get any save points clearly but Areola could get a few. It's not as if Leeds don't shoot. They are just not scoring.

          1. Konstaapeli
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Cheers

    3. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Yep looks good. Couple if things:

      1. Only entertain Watkins if Grealish is back.
      2. Leeds have not won in London since 2017 I believe was the stat I saw before the West Ham game last week. Fulham looking solid defensively and Leeds are slowing running out of gas, no Bamford.

      1. Konstaapeli
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Lacazette maybe?

      2. PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Is Bamford definitely out?

    4. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I pretty much have that attack on non FH but don't see double WH really.

      I'd delete a Brighton defender and pop in Trossard for either Antonio or Lingard. Brighton attack is at least as good as defence for this week

  3. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Just about every FH team I’ve seen is a standard 3-4-3 or 4-4-2

    Anyone else thinking recent form generally makes a 5-4-1 or 5-3-2 plausible? You can get key defence assets in with potentially a couple of high paying defensive double ups

    Low risk really if attacking assets continue to falter.

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Im def getting at least 1 differential with my 2 Ft's

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Kind of tempted by getting a load of Brighton & Fulham defenders allright

      Big old green arrows if those two keep clean sheets, no real danger of red if they don't with many teams already having used FH

      If Son is out, Auba is out of favour, Bamford injured etc etc - surely tips the balance towards less goals rather than more too

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        That'd be my set up. See potential for big push up OR especially with everyone else trying to fix Son and maybe Bamford

        Been posting this or a slight variation for a week or so already

        Areola
        Dunk Veltman Dallas Cresswell Tosin

        Potential is there anyway.

        1. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Whoz Tosin

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Adarabioyo

            Most on here seem to prefer Tosin - so I just switched to that name