Scout Notes

Fit-again Antonio bursts back onto the FPL scene in time for season run-in

Burnley 1-2 West Ham United

  • Goals: Chris Wood (£6.4m) | Michail Antonio (£6.4m) x2
  • Assists: None | Said Benrahma (£5.9m), Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m)
  • Bonus: Antonio x3, Coufal, Benrhama x2

The fit-again Michail Antonio (£6.4m) is back on the Fantasy radar after a brace against Burnley on Monday evening.

It was a trademark Antonio display with two opportunistic goals from inside the six-yard box, a spurned ‘big chance’ and lots of positive underlying numbers to back up his eye-catching performance.

Fitness, not form, is Antonio’s main worry from a Fantasy perspective as he seems as likely to pull up with a muscle strain as deliver a monster score; this double-digit haul, oddly, was his first of 2020/21.

David Moyes at least had some positive words to say on his condition after full-time:

I was a little bit surprised, he has come back in better condition than when he dropped out, but we never really felt that he had such a bad injury that it was going to be so serious. But I thought he looked in super condition, he has been working really hard and he deserved his two goals tonight and on another day he should have scored another two so there is a bit of both.

Not that we need another West Ham midfielder to add to the mix but Said Benrahma (£5.9m) produced possibly his best display of the season in Lancashire.

A beneficiary of Moyes’ decision to switch from a wing-back system to a back four, Benrahma lined up on the left of a 4-2-3-1 and had more final-third touches than anyone else on show.

Registering four shots of his own and creating five chances, Benrahma teed up Antonio’s second goal with a superb inswinging cross.

He remains a risky punt, however, particularly if Moyes reverts to a back five as he so often does.

And the West Ham manager has been reluctant to lavish praise on the winger all season, even finding ways to criticise him last night:

I thought Said did a lot of good things tonight, but I thought there were a couple of things which he didn’t do so well which I think people will see as well and we are looking for consistency from him.

He got himself a couple of chances to score and made his chances, but I am hoping we have got [more of] them coming.

While Jesse Lingard (£6.7m) for once took a backseat – his late on-target effort was his only shot of the game – West Ham’s full-backs were again heavily involved.

Aaron Cresswell (£5.6m) returned from injury and created another five chances to add to his impressive season total, while Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m) contributed yet another assist for Antonio’s first strike.

It’s four assists in five matches for Coufal and he is now only two behind Cresswell for the season, with the pair responsible for a remarkable 32.7% of the goals West Ham have scored in 2020/21.

Not that the Hammers’ backline is in particularly good shape from a defensive perspective, as their seven-match clean sheet drought is the joint-longest in the Premier League.

Burnley’s back four has been all at sea for some time now, too, with just one shut-out arriving in their last nine fixtures. Only relegated Sheffield United have conceded more goals and big chances in that time.

The Clarets have been more expansive at the other end of the pitch, however, and Chris Wood (£6.4m) has been profiting as a result.

His early penalty against West Ham was his tenth attacking return in seven appearances.

With a Fulham side who need a win and nothing else up next for Wood and Burnley, there is every chance that Gameweek 35’s trip to Craven Cottage could provide the space he needs to extend his purple patch of form.

West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Goals: Mbaye Diagne (£6.0m) | Fabio Silva (£5.2m)
  • Assists: Conor Townsend (£4.4m) | Nelson Semedo (£5.3m)
  • Bonus: Semedo x3, Diagne, Silva, Sam Johnstone (£4.6m) x2

Wolverhampton Wanderers produced an improved attacking display in the Black Country derby which nevertheless failed to mask ongoing shortcomings.

This fixture brought to an end a four-match run in which they’ve only faced teams in the bottom five of the Premier League table but they have scored on just three occasions over that period, with even their goal against the Baggies – a looping Fabio Silva (£5.2m) ricochet – owing much to good luck.

Sam Johnstone (£4.5m) did rack up an impressive nine saves for the second successive week but the fact that the visitors’ 20 shots all amounted to less than one expected goal (0.98) summed up proceedings.

With Willy Boly (£5.4m) suffering from the effects of ‘long COVID’ and unavailable, Nuno Espirito Santo’s switch to a back four allowed his full-backs to get forward.

Nelson Semedo (£5.3m) grabbed the assist for Silva’s fortuitous effort and the right-back had as many penalty box touches as anyone else on show, also forcing Johnstone into his best stop of the match.

Not that many FPL managers will be much interested in the Wolves backline beyond this week, with the lack of a ‘double’ in Gameweek 35 and some iffy fixtures beyond that killing whatever appeal they may have had.

The fact that they have only kept one clean sheet in 2020/21 when using a back four, plus another unconvincing defensive display at the Hawthorns, will encourage owners of Harry Kane (£11.9m) and co ahead of Gameweek 36.

As for the Baggies, they are all but down but at least going out with something of a bang.

The pressing need for wins has seen them rack up as many goals (11) as any other Premier League team over the last five Gameweeks – but they have also conceded the highest number of shots on target (38) over the same timeframe.

While a subdued Matheus Pereira (£5.5m) couldn’t continue his rich vein of form, forward Mbaye Diagne (£6.0m) did make it five attacking returns in as many matches for the Albion.

And if the Baggies continue to open up in a tricky-looking run-in (they could admittedly be relegated this weekend), then Johnstone will at least likely finish the season where is he is now, as FPL’s leading save-maker.

He will also very probably be among the save points should West Brom get a Double Gameweek 35, with the clash with Liverpool potentially being brought forward.

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373 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Schmeichel Forster
    TAA, Shaw, Coady, Fofana, Reguilon
    Bruno, Jota, Lingard, Son, Bowen
    Iheanacho, Bamford, Kane

    0.1m itb., 2ft. I still have bboost and TC
    What to do?

  2. juanmata8
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    How is this for a WC assuming MUN& LIV have DGW?

    TAA Shaw Digne
    Bruno Salah Zaha Hames JWP
    DCL Nacho

    3.9m Coufal Dallas Antonio

    1. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Not particularly keen on that. Allison isn't good value, and Jota is surely better than Zaha, James or JWP. Dont like any of those 3, possibly just Zaha but even then, Jota / Greenwood / are much better options.

      Since you're WCing and not free hitting, your team might look good on paper for 35 but it looks awful going forward from 36 onwards. No Kane is a disaster waiting to happen. Relying on JWP and James (wont play every game), against the likes of lingard and Kane, Oh dear.

      I would suggest not getting so focused on 35 and using a WC to half plan for 35 and also plan for 36 onwards. Unfortunately unless you have a FH left, you can't really attack 35 purely because like I've said, any rank gains you might get in 35 I'm certain you will lose in 36.

      1. Brimble82
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Agree. This is very close to my FH35 team (9/11) - but not what I'd want moving fwd.
        (Though clocking Antonio on the bench - IS something I'd want going fwd)

    2. borispkpk
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      i wont do Alisson too. Wasted a spot of Liv

    3. gogs67
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Best run-in's from 36-38 are Liverpool, Leeds and West Ham, then Spurs and City, Man U have a good last two.
        You're missing a lot of their players for the last few games.

    4. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      United fans are planning to target two more games this season for Glazers protest. This GW might end up as a SGW for both United and Leicester. Going by the profile of the games, the other game they might target is Pool again.

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Will probably have all the ACAB lot thinking "I'll have some of that" next time too.

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          And in other news "Glazers intend to stay and make United into a a 10 billion dollar BUSINESS"

    5. borispkpk
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago


      Martinez / Mendy

      TAA / Castagne / Holding / Saiss / Coufal

      Salah / Fernandes / Son / Jota / Lingard

      Kane / Iheanacho / Vydra

      A. Mendy to Forster + Vydra to Watkins
      B. Mendy to Forster + Vydra to DCL + Saiss to Ward (-4)

    6. Foolio
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Worth hit to do either:
      a) Cancelo -> Coleman
      b) Adams -> Antonio

      1. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Cancelo > Digne yes

    7. Brimble82
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Assuming LIVWBA moves to DGW35, who is our third Liverpool spot going to?
      1st - Mo; 2nd - TAA; 3rd...

      a) Robbo - more assured of two starts
      b) Mane - more exciting, huge upside

      1. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Jota due to budget?

        1. Brimble82
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Yeah, can see a lot would do that move - I personally am on FH, so budget is less of an issue, plus... brought Diogo in 31 for an avg of 2pts per game! So, feeling a little anti-Jota right now.

    8. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      With lots of options for the front 3 with DGW's and Bale & Son on form, is it worth ditching Kane on a WC?

      On my WC it means getting Salah instead of Jota for example.

      Kane looks tired and Bale is full of energy and the only thing stopping em ditching Kane is his massive ownership and fact he's on for the Golden Boot.

      1. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Not for me no. I'm a bit lost why anyone is considering Kane is off form, based off a v.tough cup final where he was still injured, and one performance against Sheff Utd that he had chances in, but blanked. That's a very small sample size and you know what they say, form is temporary but class is permanent. Kane isn't in my team only because of high ownership, he's there because he's the best player in the PL right now, and will 100% continue to get points. When Bale scored 2 goals against Palace, Kane also got a monster 19pt haul with 2 goals and 2 assists. So if Bale is scoring, and Son is scoring, doesn't mean Kane doesn't get points.

        1. ViperStripes
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          I agree with all that. This is my current Kane-less WC draft and the only way I can see to get in Kane (instead of DCL) is to ditch Fernandes before DGW or ditch Salah for say Jota

          Shaw, Mitchell, Dallas, TAA, Coufal
          Salah, Bruno, JWP, Son, Bale
          Nacho, Watkins, DCL

      2. The Big Fella
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        I have all 3 - they have a nice run in an are in top form

    9. fclackless [Brazil Nuts]
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      ''VIP'' tickets, a snip at £50
      LOL ... if that's sold out we have to conclude the asylums have been emptied

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        It's like the Super League all over again, but instead of arrogant football club owners it's arrogant FPL twitter folk who think they are celebrities and above everyone else just because they have some people following them, most of which are folk just wanting to be spoon-fed.

        I notice the grovelling Super League-esque apologies and excuses have started too.