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Scout Notes

Ziyech hits hat-trick as Tavares scores on debut

Having reported on the latest pre-season friendlies involving Crystal Palace, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur – all of whom are under new management – in our first set of Scout Notes from the weekend, we now turn our attention to six more games involving Premier League clubs.

Norwich City, Arsenal, Brentford, Watford (twice) and Chelsea were all in action on Friday or Saturday and we’ll round up the key Fantasy talking points in our article below.

RANGERS 2-2 ARSENAL

Nketiah straight back in Arsenal team after suspension
  • Goals: Nuno Tavares (£4.5m), Eddie Nketiah (£5.5m)
  • Assists: Rob Holding (£4.5m)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.0m) may have been handed a £2m price cut by Fantasy Premier League but he has plenty to do to worm his way back into the thoughts of FPL managers come Gameweek 1.

Aubameyang was at least mostly stationed centrally, rather than out wide on the left, in a 4-2-3-1 in Saturday’s draw with Rangers.

But the Gabon international, who had his worst FPL season for attacking returns in 2020/21, was in profligate form at Ibrox at the weekend.

Aubameyang wasted a succession of chances against the Gers in his hour-long showing, the worst miss being a blocked effort from four yards with only a defender to beat on the line.

Emile Smith Rowe (£5.5m), deployed in the hole in Glasgow, continues to impress, while Joe Willock (£6.0m) was thrown on in a deeper role as speculation mounts on a potential loan return to Newcastle.

Ben White‘s (£4.5m) seemingly impending arrival might have negative implications for fellow right-sided centre-half Rob Holding (£4.5m) but the latter defender claimed the cross-field assist for Arsenal’s debutant Nuno Tavares (£4.5m), who despatched the chance with confidence and generally impressed at left-back.

Given Kieran Tierney‘s (£5.0m) injury record, Tavares is one for the long-term watchlist.

Eddie Nketiah (£5.5m) scored the Gunners’ second goal, while Mikel Arteta’s side – who have had a change in dead-ball coach this summer – worryingly conceded their second and third set-piece goals of pre-season.

Arsenal XI: Okonkwo (Hein 46), Cedric (Bellerin 46), Holding (Kolasinac 62), Pablo Mari (Chambers 46), Tavares (Tierney 46), Elneny (Willock 62), Partey (Maitland-Niles 62), Smith Rowe (Willian 62), Pepe (Nelson 62), Balogun (Lacazette 46), Aubameyang (Nketiah 62)

CHELSEA 6-1 PETERBOROUGH

  • Goals: Tammy Abraham (£6.5m), Christian Pulisic (£8.0m) pen, Hakim Ziyech (£7.5m) x3, Armando Broja
  • Assists: Baba Rahman, Armando Broja

Thomas Tuchel gave 45-minute run-outs to his available squad members in a behind-closed-doors win over Peterborough on Saturday.

No footage of the game has been made available, nor were the exact line-ups released.

We do know that Marcos Alonso (£5.5m), Ross Barkley (£5.5m), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.5m), Hakim Ziyech (£7.5m), Christian Pulisic (£8.0m), Tammy Abraham (£6.5m) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.5m) were involved at Cobham, with Ziyech coming off the bench to bag a second-half hat-trick.

Pulisic had earlier won and scored a penalty, with Abraham also on target before the break.

Armando Broja found the net in between Ziyech’s treble, having also assisted one of the Moroccan winger’s strikes.

WIMBLEDON 0-1 BRENTFORD

Who are the most-owned FPL players so far and who is flying under the radar?
  • Goals: Joel Valencia
  • Assists: Fin Stevens

FPL’s most-owned forward got his first taste of pre-season action on Saturday as Brentford edged out Wimbledon by a single goal.

Ivan Toney (£6.5m) sits in more than one in three Fantasy squads and was handed a 45-minute outing at Plough Lane, failing to make much of an impression in front of goal but almost connecting with a Bryan Mbeumo (£5.5m) inswinging free-kick shortly before being replaced at half-time.

Mbeumo had earlier shot wide from another set-piece situation.

Two Bees assets without FPL prices combined for the only goal of the game, with Joel Valencia reacting quickest to nod home after a Fin Stevens shot struck the crossbar.

Head coach Thomas Frank, who sent his troops out in his usual 4-3-3 after a late-season dalliance with a wing-back system, confirmed that Vitaly Janelt’s (£5.0m) hamstring injury wasn’t serious when interviewed after the game.

Brentford first-half XI: Raya, Roerslev, Russell, Pinnock, Gordon, Ghoddos, Janelt (Stevens 13), Gilbert; Mbeumo, Toney, Valencia.

Brentford second-half XI: Gunnarsson, Stevens, Goode, Racic, Thompson, Baptiste, Oksanen, Haygarth, Fosu, Mogensen (Gordon 87), Canós.

KING’S LYNN TOWN 1-3 NORWICH CITY

  • Goals: Kieran Dowell (£5.5m) x2, Adam Idah (£5.0m)
  • Assists: Jordan Hugill (£5.5m), Todd Cantwell (£5.5m)

Norwich City opened their pre-season account with a 3-1 at nearby King’s Lynn.

With first-team regulars such as Teemu Pukki (£6.0m), Grant Hanley (£4.5m), Tim Krul (£4.5m), Max Aarons (£4.5m) and Ben Gibson (£4.5m) missing either through injury or because of a post-EURO 2020 break, there was an experimental feel to the Norwich side.

That started with the formation, with Daniel Farke moving away from his usual 4-2-3-1 and trialling a wing-back system involving both budget FPL defender Andrew Omobamidele (£4.0m) and utility man Jacob Sorensen (£4.5m) at centre-half.

One of the most popular bargain-bin Fantasy midfielders, Billy Gilmour (£4.5m), made his debut and saw a lot of the ball in the middle of the park, with goalkeeper Angus Gunn (£4.0m) and trigger-happy new winger Milot Rashica (£5.5m) also making their Norwich bows.

Todd Cantwell (£5.5m) stood out in a second-half appearance and assisted Adam Idah‘s (£5.0m) late strike, while Kieran Dowell (£5.5m) – who ended last season with five goals in 10 Championship appearances after a stop-start, injury-hit campaign – struck twice from an attacking midfield role.

Farke confirmed after full-time that Aarons missed the game with “a minor knock”, while left-back Dimitris Giannoulis (£4.5m) has sprained his hamstring and is expected to be out for “12 to 14 days”. 

Norwich City XI: Gunn (McGovern 45), Zimmermann, Omobamidele, Sørensen, Mumba (Giurgi 88), Gilmour (Cantwell 45), Rupp (Nizet 62), Placheta (Tomkinson 62), Rashica (Idah 45), Hugill (Dickson-Peters 76), Dowell (Adshead 76). 

WATFORD 2-1 COLCHESTER UNITED
WATFORD 2-0 COLCHESTER UNITED

Assessing Ismaila Sarr and Watford’s midfielders and forwards upon FPL return
  • Goals: Ismaila Sarr (£6.0m) pen, Dapo Mebude (£4.5m) | Cucho Hernández (£5.0m), Dan Gosling (£5.0m)

Watford beat Colchester United in two 60-minute friendlies on Saturday, with both games played behind closed doors and no line-up or assist information available.

The Hornets’ four goals were shared across the two fixtures, with Ismaila Sarr (£6.0m) on target from the spot in the first game.

Sarr was one of two Watford players to win and score a penalty in the closing stages of the promotion-winning Championship campaign, with regular taker Troy Deeney (£5.5m) off the field in both instances.

Dapo Mebude (£4.5m), Cucho Hernández (£5.0m) and Dan Gosling (£5.0m) also found the back of the net against the Us this weekend.

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311 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    James Rodriguez is looking good in pre-season. Worth a punt?

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I think if he’s fit that his price is awesome.
      Points per game was super good for him I think - now his price reflects his injury risk.
      Fixtures good too

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

      Could be, but it’ll take a braver manager than me to go there

    3. OneMan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Worth monitoring. His points per minute played is very respectable.

    4. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Not going anywhere near Everton, think that Ancellotti got absolute max out of this group of players and not expecting much from them this coming season.

    5. Coys96
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Is he?

      Been in a few of my drafts but not sure the fixtures is as good as they look.

    6. Milkman Bruno
      2 months, 3 days ago

      How’s he done?

      1. Milkman Bruno
        2 months, 3 days ago

        As in any attacking returns?

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          No but loads of shots on target and getting in the attacking spaces/areas

        2. RUN DCL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 3 days ago

          He scored in a friendly against Blackburn the other day

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            No he didn't. Gbamin scored

            1. RUN DCL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Yes you’re right. I’m sure I saw him score sometime, probably in training 😀

    7. farmerfat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Rafa likes to set up his team with a number 10 who plays almost as a 2nd forward. If he nails that spot and stays fit could be a great shout

  2. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Heard somewhere fpl content creator(also Brentford fan) who were advocating getting in midfilder Mbuemo instead of Toney.
    Only 5.5m, nailed and most likely OOP as a forward.

    Any takers ?

    1. Coys96
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Yes in my side

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Ooh ok, thanks. Will take a look

    3. OneMan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Good shout. Not certain he will play CF as happened only on rare occasion last season. But he looks V good at 5.5m.

    4. farmerfat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I think Brentford are over rated. I dont see them staying up. I prefer ESR at that price

    5. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Dallas | Cantwell | Mbuemo | ESR | Bruno/Salah

      Now there’s a midfield!

      1. Athletic Nasherbo
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Dallas > Buendia

        If a big striker such as Haaland comes in that could be a good midfield

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          That's the thing, at the moment most is on Salah, Bruno, TAA and 3 x mid priced forwards but should Kane go to City and\or Haaland\Lewandowski move to PL everyone will be locking at moving thing around, that's when players like mentioned Mbuemo might be useful.

          1. Nomar
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Bruno then becomes a very interesting differential if that happens.

    6. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Yes it was Brentford correspondent talking on Planet FPL

  3. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Thinking of changing Raphinha to Buendia (Villa double up) to capitalise on the first 3 GWs

    Good move or better not to plan transfers?

    1. Coys96
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Absolutely! No brainer for me

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Can you tell me your reasoning?

        1. Coys96
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          You can barely get a better set of three fixtures. Everton won't be easy & neither will United for Raph

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Thanks - I'll think it over

          2. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            We will have to do tranfers anyway. With those fixtures Buendia should be quite likely (>50%) to beat Raphinha with more than 4 pts imho. If and when that happens even taking -4 is justified. And anyway, Buendia has mucher higher ceiling with those fixtures.

    2. OneMan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Prob a good move. But Buendia may not just walk into the Villa team from GW1. That would be my only concern.

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I believe he will. He has full pre season and it should be enough.

  4. The Royal Robin
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Any Arsenal fans know if Smith Rowe is going to be more of a nailed on option this season?

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Dont think so - they are trying to sign a CAM

    2. farmerfat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      He will be nailed. Unless they sign another number 10

  5. Arvin-ation
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Thinking of BB GW 1 with this team. Thoughts?

    Sanchez (Steele)
    TAA Digne Fofana (Lamptey, Ait Nouri)
    Salah Greenwood Havertz Raphina (B.Traore)
    DCL Cavani Iheanacho

    Would love any suggestions/opinions. Never used BB before lmao but probably will have Traore either way so thought why not

    Thank you!

    1. Coys96
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Get a GK that plays & a better defender for the GW than Ait Nouri (maybe Holding?)

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        White might play instead of Holding. But I think Mari will start.

        1. Arvin-ation
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Been considering White instead of Ait Nouri too!

          Downgrade TAA to Robertson to afford another playing keeper?

    2. Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Raphinha to Buendia
      B.Traore to ESR
      Steele to Bachmann

      1. Coys96
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        This & Ait-Nouri to Targett

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Or he could just get one more Brighton def v/s Burnley instead

          1. Coys96
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Yeah could do

          2. Arvin-ation
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            I'd have 3 Brighton defs then! AHAH

      2. Arvin-ation
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Ooh this is actly pretty nice...

        Thank you!

    3. Peaky Blinders
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      not sure digne will be fit for the first game

  6. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Why did Arsenal get Saliba?

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

      Can almost ask the same about any of their recruitments

    2. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Beats me.

      Maybe they have decided he’s not going to make the grade as far as they’re concerned?

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Isn’t that why you have scouts?

    3. Squeazy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Rumour has it he was caught taking the p*ss out of Arteta and then frozen out.

  7. Inter Me Gran
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Any chance of Tammy to Villa? Surely a threat to Watkins who could easily be changed to another £7.5

    1. Brehmeren
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      If he can easily be changed and the deal hasn't even happened yet, why ask the question?

      1. Inter Me Gran
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Why not just answer the question?

        1. Brehmeren
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          OK, I see a 2,5% chance and if he joins, I advise shipping Watkins to someone else.

  8. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Any potential 4.0 defender who will start/get minutes?

    1. tomasjj
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Wondering about the same thing.
      Perhaps in some of the promoted teams?

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Williams should get a move

    3. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Omobamidele if does not go out on loan

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

        He'd only start if they changed formation is what I've read.

  9. anish10
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Draft number 3, gone for 3 up top now.

    Pickford - (Virginia)
    TAA - Creswell - Targett - (Ayling) - Bardsley
    Salah - Greenwood - Harrison - Willock - (Brownhill)
    Kane - Watkins - Bamford

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Talk me through Greenwood pick?

    2. The 12th Man
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Bergovic over Virginia.

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I can see something like this being the winning team.

      Why you ask? Because it has only one of Salah/Bruno

      1. The 12th Man
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Yeh probably, having both just covers all the bases for captaincy.

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          I went through (c) picks , I (c) Bruno in 1 out of 1st ten weeks

          1. The 12th Man
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            You going without?
            I’m tempted to shift Bruno > Sancho to upgrade elsewhere.

            1. Dynamic Duos
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Yeah I'm going Son

  10. The 12th Man
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    0.5m spare. Bank it or upgrade something?

    Sanchez
    TAA,Coufal,Targett,Dunk
    Salah, Fernandes,Buendia
    DCL, Watkins,Iheanacho

    Foster,Mbembo,Gilmour,Ayling

    Downgrade Dunk > Lamptey and bench for Mbembo?
    Leaving 1m itb.

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

      Mbueno -> 4.5 gives another mil to upgrade those 5.0 defenders to 5.5

      1. The 12th Man
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I like Coufal and Targett.

        1. Jacky boy
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          How dare you escape from shaw and digne and other template options?
          You must like them more

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

          Fair enough mate
          Just be aware that Targett could lose set pieces with Buebdias arrival.

    2. PartyTime
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Dubk to Lamptey & start him imo

      1. PartyTime
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Dunk*

    3. PartyTime
      2 months, 3 days ago

      1m itb to upgrade elsewhere when required

  11. Whiskerz
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Love the look of this setup, but I'm. 5 short of a 4th playing def.

    Sanchez. 4.0
    TAA . Shaw . Fofana . 4.0 . Ayling
    Salah . Jota . Buendia . Raphina . Bissouma
    Kane . Cavani . Watkins

    Options to shave .5? Or throw it away and start again?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Cavani to Bam/DCL or Raph to Harrison

    2. Peaky Blinders
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Harrison

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

      Jota -> 4.5
      4.0 Def - Robbo

    4. Krafty Werks
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Shaw > Coufal or Buendia > Sarr and 4.0 > Lamptey

  12. Dynamic Duos
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    No Bruno draft

    Sanchez
    TAA Coufal Tierney
    Salah Son Jota Buendia
    Bamford DCL Antonio

    Steele Shaw Williams Gilmour

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Yeah decent. Some of the picks I wouldn’t have personally but I see the appeal. Have you chosen Jota based on Firmino late return or do you think he will start with Firmino? Personally I’d look to upgrade Williams unless he gets his move and will start. Tierney/Antonio injury prone + Shaw late return you will probably need a slightly stronger bench.

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I think Jota gets a lot more minutes this season even if Firmino is fit, Watkins is an option instead of Antonio, really like Tierney and Shaw will play gwk2

      2. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        If Williams doesn't move I will go Lamptey and Ayling rotation for Tierney and Williams

  13. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Rate this team:

    Bachmann
    Robertson Fofana Coufal
    Salah Son Buendia Raphinha
    Aubameyang Watkins Iheanacho

    [Foster Mbeumo Laptey White]

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Not sure about Aubameyang but all the rest are great picks

    2. Calculated Risks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Auba to vardy, iche to another 7.5 and Coufal to 4.5 and it'll be good.
      Should disclose that Vardy is great to facilitate transfer to Kane easily if needed by doing son to grealish

  14. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Hi.....who is the best option please?

    A...wilson

    B....Antonio

    C....toney plus 1m

    Does the enormous ownership of C swing this? I'm looking for a safe and solid start after finding myself at 4.5m rank after gw6 last season

    Thanks

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      B

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Thanks

    2. Calculated Risks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      They're all decent. Antonio for explosiveness, Wilson for consistency and Toney for ownership. Swings and roundabouts

    3. PartyTime
      2 months, 3 days ago

      C

  15. sirmorbach
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Not that it makes a massive difference anyway, but Bissouma or Gilmour?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      If your having Lamptey then Gilmour

    2. Calculated Risks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Bissouma is steady and boring, Gilmour the flair pick out the 2

  16. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Thoughts?

    Sanchez
    Chilwell Castagne Lamptey
    Salah(C) Sterling Mahrez Buendia
    Iheanacho Wilson Toney

    Bachmann Fofana Doherty Gilmour

    1. Jdpz
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Maybe Castagne to 4.5 def and Mahrez to Son

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Sterling to Son and try and get TAA/Robbo in

    3. PartyTime
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Mahrez to Havertz & maybe Nacho to DCL

    4. Calculated Risks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      So many question marks about the defence. I wouldn't call one of your 5 nailed. Back to drawing board, sorry.
      Also Sterling and Mahrez? Again not nailed. Either have not nailed players and a good 5th mid or have nailed players and a cheap 5th mid.

    5. Ooh Ah Cantona
      2 months, 3 days ago

      It's so funny how when ever a non FFS template team is posted, everyone just suggests swapping the players to their template.
      "Get those Man City players out of that team!"

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

        Mostly non-template players suggested, to my eyes.

  17. Coaly
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    a) Sarr Nacho
    b) Barnes Toney

    1. Roy Rovers
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      A for me

    2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      A for me too!! Nacho sways it!!

  18. Irish Villan 1985
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Lads, what's your thoughts?

    Martinez

    TAA, White, Dias, Shaw

    Salah, Fernandes, Buendia

    Watkins, Wilson, Jimenez

    Subs: Gunn, Taylor, Gilmor, Bissoma

    Thanks.

    1. Roy Rovers
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Not sure about Dias.

      1. Spoox777
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Surely Dias is most nailed Man City DEF.

  19. Dynamic Duos
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    See a few teams with Cavani, you think he is nailed?

    1. PartyTime
      2 months, 3 days ago

      No. I’m interested but he isn’t nailed. Would rather have a nailed striker & monitor the situation elsewhere

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Think to start season yes but booking in transfer

    3. Differential C (Mark)
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      To start the season probably. But as soon as Europe hits it will be difficult to start him regularly.

    4. 3 A
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Cavani numbers better than Greenwood and Martial but we all know he is 34 and Ole manage his time even they CL is not start yet. 3 forwards eyeing for one spot. Rashford injured but they just bought Sancho.

      For me I dont want take a risk as I can see another good option other than him.

      I will if all 8.0, 7.5 all bad like Maupay.

  20. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Best 4.5 mid when needed off bench

    A Bissouma ( prone to bookings)
    B Gilmour ( sent out on loan for game time)
    C Brownhill ( plays further forward)
    D Gibbs- White ( played well yesterday )

    1. Roy Rovers
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      See below for mine!!

    2. Jonnyb40
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I have gone with Bissouma, I just think he holds best value and played the most minutes after Ben White in their team

  21. Roy Rovers
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Not changed anything the last week!!.....would you change anything??

    Pickford
    TAA Shaw Ayling
    Salah Bruno Raph Bissouma
    Kane Toney Pukki

    Virginia Lamptey Gilmour Manquillo

    1. Totalfootball
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Your 4th mid seems a bit weak

      1. Roy Rovers
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Yeah, but think Bissouma and Gilmour will play each week.

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Begovic signing for Everton so Virginia probably third choice. I would downgrade Pukki to 4.5 and up one of your 4.5 mids to Sarr/Harrison ( or get Sanchez/Bachmann over Pickford and allows you to stretch to Buendia/6.5) and would play Lamptey ahead of Ayling.

      1. Roy Rovers
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Cheers Dunas.

    3. Spoox777
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Team looks good but i would downgrade one of the Premium players & use that spare cash to upgrade Pukki & Bissouma.

      Kane > DCL
      would give you 4.5 in spare cash.

  22. Jonnyb40
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Toney or nacho? I have 1m itb. So not sure whether to upgrade to nacho or keep it

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Toney nailed and on pens. With Nacho would wait and see how Leicester line up with Barnes back and Daka in mix

      1. Jonnyb40
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Thanks, at least I have the 1 mil for any transfers after few game weeks.

  23. Dynamic Duos
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    This place is dead

    1. Jonnyb40
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Can help me with my team lol

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Yeah show me mate

        1. Jonnyb40
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Thanks

          Sanchez
          Taa, Targett Shaw
          Salah Ralphina Soucek Bruno
          Dcl Watkins Toney

          Foster Coufal White Bissouma

          1. Jonnyb40
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 3 days ago

            0.5 itb

          2. Dynamic Duos
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            It is very good tbh mate, you don't really need help, but I prefer Buendia to Soucek, especially with Villa first 3 fixtures, but Targett to Digne( better long term) , also see how Bruno to Son and upgrade Toney to Bamford to Cavani looks to you, I did (c) for first 10 gwks , I had Salah 6 times, Son 3 times , Bruno once(so is he worth the outlay?)

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

      pre season has the best convos before we get into the season with the constant RMT monotony. DD you provide great feedback.

  24. OneMan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    I'm on triple Pool defense for days now. Not having Salah isn't ideal, but TAA is still a Captain option and Son and Bruno should make up over a season.

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Who is the 3rd pool defender?

      1. Dthinger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Probably Alisson I would expect

      2. OneMan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        TAA, Robbo and Van D. May have to reassess Van tho.

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Prefer Salah and Shaw to Bruno and VVD

    2. 3 A
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Article here said Van Dijk is not fully ready to start gw1 .

      So who is your third assuming Trent amd Robbo is first and 2nd?

      1. OneMan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Van D. But if it looks like he won’t start I will swap out Son for Salah. Thanks.

  25. Captain Cheetos
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Martinez

    Fofana - TAA - Shaw

    Salah - Smith Rowe - KDB - Greenwood

    Nacho - Antonio - Watkins

    Bench: Virginia - Holding, Allan, MAnquillo

    Guys, kindly identify the weak link in my team. I am mostly targeting players from City, Pool, Arsenal and Lec, teams that will play Norwich. Viable strategy?

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      GTG - Holding is not nailed. Maybe Bruno instead of KDB

    2. Thinkering like a Boss
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      No bruno kind like suicidal to me or masterclass...could go either way

    3. Captain Cheetos
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Thanks, guys.

      Yes, on the fence about Holding, will see whichbone of 4.5 Arsenal defender is nailed.

      Bruno is the safe choice. I went with KDB only because of GW2 fixture vs Norwich. Until we are certain about inform players, I thought I should target whipping boys of PL, less risk.

  26. Avery
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Hey - When Sancho comes in do you think he will go right into the team or will Solskjær treat him like van de Beek ?

    1. Differential C (Mark)
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      For his price tag Ole will genuinely have assassination attempts on him by the fans if he doesn't start him regularly.

      1. Differential C (Mark)
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Not to mention the year-long hype generated, the amount of Sancho shirts about to be sold etc. Crazy froma marketting persepective to not play him. He is THE marquee United signing this summer.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          I wouldn't compare him to Donny, but I can see Greenwood starting the first 2 or 3 while Sancho returns from holiday to a new squad and spends time on the training ground gelling with the tactics.

          1. Differential C (Mark)
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Even with Greenwood in, Rashford also will have surgery so he's unavailable. A front 3 of Greenwood-Cavani-Sancho looking likely i think to start the season.

            1. LangerznMash
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              What about Martial?

  27. Bruno Bruno!!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Rate my Liverpool less team, its part of bet.

    Sanchez
    Shaw Fofana Keane Coufal
    Greenwood Fernandes Grealish KDB
    Antonio DCL

    Steele Ait-Nouri Toney Bissouma

    1. Thinkering like a Boss
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      its just wrong no liverpool players lol

      But good team

  28. Lignja
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    A. Grealish, Toney 0.5itb
    B. Buendia, Dcl 0.5itb
    C. Wilson, Jota

    Sanchez, 4.0
    Taa, Shaw, Lamptey, Ayling, 4.0
    Salah, Bruno, Raphina, xxx, 4.5
    Watkins, Antonio, xxx

    1. Thinkering like a Boss
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      A high use template
      B medium use template
      C differential....I like C tbh

  29. Roy Rovers
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Changed it up a bit.....Soucek or Sarr??

    Pickford
    TAA Shaw Ayling
    Salah Bruno Raphinha Bissouma (Soucek / Sarr)
    Kane Toney

    Begovic Lamptey Davis Manquillo

    1. Thinkering like a Boss
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Sarr, possible on penalty and main talisman. best 6.0m mid imo

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Yesterday's Watford article showed how poor their attack is. I'd go for Harrison over both of them.

        1. Thinkering like a Boss
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          But if anything Watford score, could be Sarr. Better than Harisson too imo

  30. Roy Rovers
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Cheers FF