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Latest on Neto as injury forces Wolves into back-three at Fulham

Fulham 0-1 Wolves

  • Goals: Adama Traoré (£6.0m)
  • Assists: Fábio Silva (£5.2m)
  • Bonus points: Nélson Semedo x3 (£5.2m), Rui Patrício x2 (£5.3m), Rayan Aït-Nouri x1 (£5.0m)

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Fantasy Premier League managers prepared to back Wolves’ appealing run of fixtures were rewarded by Friday night’s 1-0 win at Fulham.

A switch to a three-man defence played an important role in the clean sheet although it took an injury to Pedro Neto (£5.7m) to bring it about.

So, yet again, Fantasy managers may need to pay attention to Nuno Espirito Santo’s next press conference if they want to predict Wolves’ defensive shape for Double Gameweek 32.

“Let’s see how he is. Let’s assess. It’s been tough moments not able to settle down the team. Always players with knocks going out. Let’s see how he is then let’s try to recover him.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

The Molineux side has been at the heart of transfer and Wildcard squads for some time with Monday’s 3-2 defeat against West Ham causing potential suitors for Conor Coady (£4.8m) to look elsewhere.

Without Jonny (£5.4m) and Willy Boly (£5.4m), the Hammers created serious problems for Wolves’ back-four but even before an enforced formational change, they went largely untested at Craven Cottage.

Such an outcome will certainly chalk one up for the fixture-over-form school of thought and is one that suggests Wolves defenders can still offer some value between now and the end of the season, possibly even regardless of shape.

THREE’S A CROWD

Despite Monday’s poor defensive showing, Nuno opted to go with the exact same back-four against Fulham, rather than revert to his side’s tried-and-tested three-man defence.

That meant back-to-back starts for Rayan Aït-Nouri (£5.0m) at left-back, while Nélson Semedo (£5.2m) operated on the other side of Romain Saïss (£4.9m) and Coady.

However, when Wolves gained greater control of their defensive third came in the 32nd minute when Neto, operating on the right-hand side of attacking midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 formation, was forced off with an injury.

Central midfielder João Moutinho (£5.2m) replaced his compatriot, triggering a reshuffling of Nuno’s pack. 

Leander Dendoncker (£4.6m) dropped out of midfield to join Coady and Saïss in a back-three, pushing Aït-Nouri and Semedo forward as wing-backs.

“Fulham were very organised and intense. Both teams were very compact.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

Further up the pitch, Daniel Podence (£5.3m) held onto his number 10 role while Adama Traoré (£6.0m) tucked in from his left-winger role to join Willian José (£6.8m) in a two-man front-line.

As mentioned above, whether or not Nuno deploys a similar set-up against Sheffield United, could be dependent on what happens with Neto.

Meanwhile, Boly is expected back in training on Tuesday following his positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test and period of self-isolation. He has operated both in a two-man centre-back pairing and three-man defence this season.

CRY WOLF

Despite coming away from Fulham with all three points, Wolves’ Friday-night win did little to inspire investment in their attacking assets.

Neto is comfortably their best performer in that department this season with five goals and eight assists in the Premier League, so losing him for any length of time is sure to damage their goal-scoring potential, regardless of how appealing their fixtures look.

After Neto left the Craven Cottage field, Saïss’ league tally for the season (three) was equal to that of Wolves’ front-three (Podence, Traoré and José) and he even came close to finding an opener in the 68th minute when he shrugged off competition from Ruben Neves (£5.1m) for a wayward direct free-kick.

That rather damning statistic admittedly nearly changed in the first half when José nodded home a Podence cross, the effort ruled out only after the latest token contentious VAR call.

And Traoré finally dispelled the aforementioned statistical nugget with his impressive stoppage-time strike, assisted by Fábio Silva (£5.2m).

Still, despite appealing upcoming fixtures, the fact that it was his first goal since December 2019 shows just how unreliable an asset Traoré remains.

“I’ve been working hard on aspects with the manager, working on my feet and my runs in behind. If I can grow like a player it will help the team. I know the moment will come. I had one chance with my left in the first half and another chance in the second half. The final chance come and I take it.” – Adama Traoré

“Very pleased, very pleased. Adama is unique. He played in different positions. He started on the left and he go to striker. He worked very hard and with his speed and his talent he can really punish teams.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

Fulham XI (3-4-2-1): Areola; Kongolo, Andersen, Aina (Cavaleiro 84′); A Robinson, Lemina, Reed (Maja 74′), Tete; Loftus-Cheek (Zambo Anguissa 63′), De Cordova-Reid; Mitrovic.

Wolverhampton Wanderers XI (4-2-3-1): Patrício; Aït-Nouri, Saïss, Coady, Semedo; Neves, Dendoncker; Neto (Moutinho 32′), Podence (Gibbs-White 74′), A Traoré; Willian J (F Silva 78′).

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602 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Neves say Neves
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Ferran Torres (c) let’s gooooooo!

    1. Bavarian
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      what?

      1. Neves say Neves
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        You heard me!

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

      brave

  2. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    That is a hideous team.

    1. Mambino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      still better than most other PL teams IMO

  3. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Hope City get battered. Pish team.

    1. Mambino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Me too, but it's not gonna happen is it

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

    1-1

    Roberts and Torres. No assists.

  5. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Phew, my 16 pt hit included selling Dias and Gundo and keeping Cancelo. I played the Pep roulette the hard way. Let's see what will be the end of it.

  6. dark91
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Got no City players starting. Let's go Raphinha

  7. Hazz
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Zinchenko in midfield? Cheers Pep.

  8. Balls of Steel
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Leeds masterclass incoming!!

  9. lewis274
      3 months, 25 days ago

      ffs whys he benched ruben dias

    • DeadStar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Finally Dias owners know how it feels.

      1. dark91
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Only for once though. No comparison to us Cancelo owners 😀

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Nah not really.

    • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Luckily I don't have any City phew

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

      That’s about a bad of a team they can put out

      Potential goal fest this

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Maybe he's doing Bielsa a favour

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

        come on Steve, City are gonna win comfortably lets face it

    • Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Dias my only City player not playing. Hope Shaw is fit.

    • IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Got rid of them in time. Gotta be glad for the small things in life!

    • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Starts Zinchenko in central midfield instead of Gundo who has now 0 minutes in last 3 league games (excluding any cameo today)

      That’s extracting huge quantities of the urine, even for Pep

      1. Hazz
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Yep. Exactly that. I'm concerned about him. Being subbed on now. Real crap cereal!

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Hopefully it’s before the 60 minute mark if it’s happening - could still end up profitable

          Fair chance of it too with Zinchenko running around like a headless chasing Leeds shadows

      2. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        That's what I'm saying! Absolute joke. Gundo owners way more hard done by moreso than Dias (who I do also own) or KDB.

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          This has completely broken you.

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

      Let’s get Bielsa at City, predictable stable XI every week 🙂

    • TAT
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Why the hell did I keep Dias on wildcard…

      1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        I brought him in. For Stones.

        1. TAT
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Dias was one of the few players I kept in the WC, but I did consider replacing him with Stones. Not for the likelihood of starts obviously, but for the money saved.

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

        misplaced loyalty?

        1. TAT
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Probably. Fancy City to keep some clean sheets in the remaining games though. Annoying that I could have spent the funds on Azpi or an Alonso punt instead…

          1. Mambino
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            it's not that bad a move really I have Stones. As long as you have half decent bench

            1. TAT
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Bench is Holding, Shaw and Davis. Not particularly optimistic about an Arsenal CS or if Holding starts though.

      3. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        I did the same.

        1. TAT
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Didn't fancy going completely City-less. Can only hope Leeds score now…

      4. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Are you serious? Why?

        1. TAT
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          City should still be good for clean sheets. But it's annoying that those funds could have been spent elsewhere…

    • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Come on the Leeds. Let's go for it.

      1. HollywoodXI
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        I hope Leeds smash them.

    • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      What is that, Zinchenko in midfield? Vomit-inducing.

      Gotta think it's likely at least one of Gundo/KDB make an appearance... no Vydra for me if it's Gundo

    • HollywoodXI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      KDB captain. Don’t know what to hope for now. VC Bruno.

      1. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        You need to hope City are winning so he doesn’t come on

    • Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      FPL_Rockstar
      @FPL_Rockstar
      ·
      11m
      Dias, KDB, Gundogan, Mahrez & Foden all have 1 thing in common Thinking face

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

      KdB and Gundo to come off the bench and haul

    • Hazz
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      At least Boulders starts. Headed goal will do.

    • Says
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Who could have possibly foreseen that pep would rotate out his best players who played midweek for a meaningless league game when he'll need them for champs league leg 2 lol

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

        Tbf no one could have suspected he would bench BOTH Gundo and KBD. But they were only getting 90mins between them, max.

        1. JabbaWookiee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Tbf plenty of people did. Watch Neil’s team news video...

        2. Says
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          he can bench any combination of people

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

            Yeah but those are his 2 playmakers - struggle to see who will be able to play that killer pass today.

            But let's face it, I'm not a world class manager like Pep so what the hell do I know?

    • HD7
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Anyone else who got Gundo only for this week before going Son :/

    • Arteta
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      At least Guardiola didn't lie about fresh legs.

      1. Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Yup. No longer a bald fraud.

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Bamford to score today!

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

        Only if Shaw is crocked please

        Stones and Ederson with Ake for Dias feels as if I've lost Pep roulette

    • Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      A couple of weeks ago I would have had 6 players involved in the City-Leeds game, now I have none!

    • TimoTime
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Gundo captain here.... any chance he stays on bench? Got Bruno vice

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

        I think he and KdB come on and get at least one return each, you’re good!

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

          I like your optimism

      2. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        depends on the score. it's a risky business.

      3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Zero chance

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

          Interesting, would have thought it was more than a 0% chance but we shall see

          1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Stupid question
            Stupid answer
            🙂

      4. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        You always knew captain was risky.
        Rarely gets subbed on, though not often in that position
        Hopefully he’s not needed

      5. Mambino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        yes, especially if, or probably when, they have scored a couple early on

    • HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Who’s gonna make the first 1 point cameo?
      Got Gundo myself starting and yes should have known better!