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Scout Notes

Kane on the Golden Boot charge as Alli enters FPL differential conversation

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Tottenham Wolves Brighton West Ham
  • Goals: Harry Kane (£11.8m), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£4.9m)
  • Assists: Hojbjerg, Gareth Bale (£9.2m)
  • Bonus Points: Hojbjerg x3, Kane x2, Hugo Lloris (£5.6m), Rui Patricio (£5.3m) x1

Harry Kane (£11.8m) rewarded those who handed him the Gameweek 36 armband with a first haul since mid-April as Spurs triumphed over a wasteful Wolves.

The 45.1%-owned striker opened the scoring on half-time, running onto a Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£4.9m) through ball.

The budget midfielder then extended the lead after the break to record his first (and surely only) double-digit total of the campaign.

A brief glance at the match stats will tell you Spurs had a massive 11 shots on target to the visitors’ three. 

And while it’s fair to say Tottenham were clearly the better side, Wolves still managed to waste some big chances of their own, with Romain Saiss (£4.9m) and Fabio Silva (£5.2m) especially profligate.

Then again, Spurs hit the post three times, twice from Kane and once through the back-in-favour Dele Alli (£7.4m), and Wolves keeper Rui Patricio (£5.3m) made a season-high nine saves, so the win was a worthy one.

Not all FPL managers were well-served by the victory, however.

The 47% ownership of Son Heung-min (£9.7m) experienced a first blank in four starts, and the considerably more modest 4.9% backing Gareth Bale (£9.2m) saw their man’s superb recent home form of four goals from two starts come to an abrupt end – although the Welshman did at least compensate with the assist for Hojbjerg’s strike.

But Spurs are far more attack-minded under interim head coach Ryan Mason – Jose Mourinho’s players only averaged 11 total attempts per match, never mind 11 on target – so the signs are promising for their final two fixtures, at home to Aston Villa and away at Leicester, two teams with just three clean sheets between them over the last ten matches.

Mason’s men have now managed two shut-outs in three matches, meanwhile, although the other one of those was against Sheffield United.

One player who didn’t benefit from that was Serge Aurier (£5.2m), who missed the match with a groin problem. Japhet Tanganga (£4.9m) stepped in, but Eric Dier (£4.6m) has started every match under Mason and remains the cut-price way into the Spurs defence.

And further up the pitch, an increasingly influential Alli – only strikers Kane and Silva (both seven) had more shots than his four – could be a differential option with just just 0.6% ownership for those needing a mini-league miracle.

Since his return to the starting XI in Gameweek 34, he actually trumps Son for shots (eight v five) and efforts in the box (five v three).

As for Wolves, they have nothing but pride to play for, and did that well enough.

The one bright spark of a largely forgettable end to the season has been the return to form of Adama Traore (£6.0m).

The midfielder drove at the Spurs defence on a number of occasions, creating space for the likes of Silva, in particular, to then spurn the opportunities he provided.

But with Everton and Manchester United to come for Wolves, they have neither form nor fixtures to recommend them.

Spurs XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Reguilon, Dier, Alderweireld, Tanganga; Hojbjerg, Lo Celso (Winks 69); Son, Alli (Ndombele 82), Bale (Sissoko 89); Kane. 

Wolves XI (4-2-3-1): Patricio; Semedo, Saiss, Coady, Hoever; Dendoncker, Moutinho; Gibbs-White |(Neves 73), Vitinha (Da Silva 63), A Traoré; F Silva (Corbeanu 82).

Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 West Ham United

  • Goals: Danny Welbeck (£5.5m) | Said Benrahma (£5.9m)
  • Assists: Percy Tau (£4.9m) 
  • Bonus Points: Welbeck x3 Benrahma x2 Dan Burn (£4.2m) x1 Aaron Cresswell (£5.6m) x1

A match that took nearly all of its allotted time to get going ended all square as Jesse Lingard‘s (£6.6m) fall from Fantasy grace picked up pace.

The teams managed 25 attempts between them, but only four actually found the target.

And of the three players involved in the late goals, scorers Danny Welbeck (£5.5m) and Said Benrahma (£5.9m) were backed by a combined 1% of FPL managers, while assister Percy Tau (£4.9m) brought in four points for his 1,287 owners, a particularly prescient six of whom had brought him in for Gameweek 36.

Most eyes were on the 30%-owned Lingard, who blanked for a fourth straight start.

Much was made of his ‘unsustainable’ form after joining the Hammers on loan from Manchester United in Gameweek 22.

And so, finally, it seems to have been proved.

Lingard didn’t shy away from the action on Saturday night, leading the way for touches both in the opposition’s half (64) and the final third (41).

But there was little end product. 

He had two (off target) attempts and created two chances, neither of which was a big one. Those figures were essentially bettered by goalscorer Benrahma – one attempt, one goal, two chances created, one of them a big one – from just 26 minutes of action.

The draw puts a severe dent in West Ham’s Champions League aspirations, not that manager David Moyes is giving up just yet:

Getting a point (after falling behind) with six minutes to go was good and the players showed a lot of character to make sure that we earned it. A point might be really important – it could be.

So the Hammers will at least still be motivated for their final two attractive fixtures, West Brom away, Southampton at home, which suggests binning Lingard on current form might be a tad premature.

If only the same could be said for Brighton’s stars.

Welbeck’s sixth goal of the season took him past centre-half Lewis Dunk (£4.8m) and into second place among the Seagulls’ top scorers for the season. 

In first place, with eight, is Neal Maupay (£5.9m). Both he and Dunk are serving three-match suspensions and won’t be back until a final day trip to Arsenal.

Before that, there’s a midweek trip to Manchester City.

Despite their close proximity to the sea, the Brighton players displayed few signs of being beach bothered on Saturday night, but their players offer little Fantasy appeal with such a tough finish to come.

Welbeck now has six goals and four assists this season – figures that only Maupay (eight goals, two assists) can beat, but from 2,508 minutes of pitch-time compared to the England international’s 1,513.

It will take a brave/desperate manager to give ‘Welbs’ a whirl, however.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI (3-4-3): R Sánchez; Burn, Webster, White; Alzate (Lallana 67), Moder, Bissouma, Groß; Trossard (Zeqiri 83), Welbeck, Jahanbakhsh (Tau 73).

West Ham United XI (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Dawson, Coufal; Rice, Soucek; Lingard, Fornals, Bowen (Benrahma 64); Antonio. 

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699 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Mendy
    TAA Shaw Dallas Coleman
    Salah Greenwood Son Lingard
    Kane DCL

    Forster Bamford JWP Holding

    1FT, 1.0itb

    1. Son + enabler >> Fernandes + other (-4)
    2. Save FT

    Thanks

    1. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Save, will probably want to ship DCL for 38 and selling Son there too gives you something to play with. Would probably start Bamford though.

      1. FCSB
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Who would you start him over and do you thinks he keeps his spot?

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Drop Coleman

          1. FCSB
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Just so not confident in Bamford after his woeful performance over the weekend

    2. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Save

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      I asked similar question previous page re swapping Son and Bruno which I reckoned has been overthinking. No hits required I guess for that team.

      1. FCSB
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Is yours for a hit or straight swap?

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Hit but with Raphinha for Jota which I will go forward

          1. FCSB
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Ok prob just the latter then

            Let’s both go no bruno

      2. Biggsy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        I'd prefer to have Bruno over Son for the run in, but I think their relative up and down form means it could easily backfire

        1. FCSB
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          I know what you mean, I also took a hit last week to do Bruno >> Son, so to do the reserve for a hit again would quite a few points outlay overall

  2. gellinmagellan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Reposting

    Mendy Forster
    Coleman TAA Rudiger Holding Shaw
    Salah Jota Son Lingard Bruno
    DCL Bamford Vydra

    1 FT 2.3 ITB

    A) Jota > Raphinha
    B) DCL / Bamford > Kane; Son > Raphinha for -4

    1. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      B could easily not pay off so I'd got for A

      1. gellinmagellan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Plus would be stuck with Jota. Just scared of not owning Kane. 11k OR, want to finish top 10k :/

        1. Biggsy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Yeah, hard not owning him, but he could be quiet and Son explode and you're still dropping because of Son's high EO

          1. gellinmagellan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Fair point. Thanks mate!

  3. Pep's Money Laundry
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Captain?

    A. Salah (bur)
    B. Greenwood (FUL)
    C. Kane (AVL)

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      A

  4. NateDog
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Mendy
    TAA Dallas Azpi
    Son Salah Raphinha Greenwood(C) JWP
    Kane Antonio
    (Martinez DCL Cresswell Coady)

    Am I set up right for this week? Not confident on DCL scoring or Wolves or West Ham keeping clean sheets, although I'm aware there's arguably a chance a good few players could get a rest (Greenwood, Raphinha, Azpi).

    1. NETFLIX & CHILWELL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      No Bruno?

      He's bound to have a shot going out for a throw in that's deflected in and given to him.

      1. NateDog
        4 months, 9 days ago

        I've had him since GW1 but got rid 2 weeks ago, I definitely have fear of not having him but I kept putting it off waiting for him to begin hauling again but he hasn't really done it (bar last week when I got him back on FH)

  5. EWH2020
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    A) Jota to Greenwood FT
    B) Son to Bruno FT

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      A

  6. Traction Engine Foot
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    With 3.2m itb what's the best Jota replacement?

    A Son
    B Greenwood

  7. FPL Doctor
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Currently sitting at 1k. About 100 points ahead in my mini league so not too worried there but missing Kane and Bruno. Mahrez was a failed punt last week.

    Should I go a bit different and really try and break into the top 1k or even top 500 or do I play it safe? 3.2 ITB

    Schmeichel
    Digne TAA Holding
    Mahrez Son Salah Jota*
    DCL Richarlison Bamford

    Forster ESR Konsa Coady

    A) Jota --> Greenwood (free)
    B) Mahrez --> Bruno (free)
    B) Mahrez + Richarlison --> Greenwood + Kane (-4)
    C) Jota + Richarlison --> Raphina/Harrison + Kane (-4)

    1. Gooner Kebab
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Greenwood and Kane imo

  8. Dybala10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Raphinha or Greenwood is the big question before these final two games.

    1. Wee Jinky
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Greenwood will play GW37 but not GW38.

  9. Gooner Kebab
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Play one:
    a) JWP v LEE
    b) Tekkers vs ars

    1. Indpush
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Play JWP.

      Have both plus Jota. I'm transferring in Joelinton for Benteke and playing him and JWP with Jota on bench.

  10. Raheem S. Archer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    3 options for me this week
    A) Zaha to Greenwood/Rashford (-4)
    B) Iheanacho to Antonio (-4)
    C) Not hit & play Holding/Zaha

    Concerns are that there will be benchings for United's last game prior to Europa.
    ML rival has Antonio, but otherwise a fairly similar team (33 ahead)

  11. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Who to captain? Rank 70k.

    A.....salah (Burnley away)

    B.....Kane (villa home)

    C...greenwood (Fulham home)

    Thanks

    1. Juande
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      I have the same dilemma with no Son. Feel’s like Kane in front of fans might be edging it for me.

      May I ask what points total you have at 70k? I’m at 100k and aiming for a sub 69k finish to get a personal best ranking.

      1. Juande
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        No bruno* that should say

      2. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        2303 points

        I was at 4m after gw6 so pretty happy with recovery

    2. Indpush
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Salah

  12. poulteren
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    thanks. I think that's sensible. Just in trouble if greenwood hauls

  13. UshFPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Until GW35 I had 1 GW rank in the top 500k. The last two weeks I've had GW ranks of 48k and 28k! Crazy season and a bad one for myself but at least this gives me a bit of confidence for next year

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Well done 🙂

  14. Gentle_Turks
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    I'm 20 points ahead in ML. 1FT, 0.2itb. What's your suggestion? Thinking Jota to Raphina and bench Nacho.

    My team:
    Mendy
    TAA Shaw Holding
    Greenwood Lingard Bruno Mo
    Kane DCL Nacho
    (Ward Fofana Jota)

    His team:
    Meslier
    Philips Shaw Dallas
    Son Mo Lingard Traore (Wolves)
    DCL Kane Nacho
    (Holding Coady Jota)

  15. Sterling Archer
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    so guessing Luke Shaw is 95% likely to miss GW38, this leaves my defence looking pretty weak but doubt i'll be making a defensive change this late in the season!

    1. Indpush
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Appreciate the update

  16. CrazyNeighbourhoodFC
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 9 days ago

    If I already have Kane but no other LIV attacking coverage, should I do Jota + Son --> Salah + Willock (-4)?