Scout Notes

Raphinha and Ayling injury latest as Saint-Maximin keeps up fine FPL form

We begin our Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Gameweek 5 Scout Notes with analysis of Newcastle United v Leeds United.

NEWCASTLE UNITED 1-1 LEEDS UNITED

  • Goals: Allan Saint-Maximin (£6.6m) | Raphinha (£6.5m)
  • Assists: Joelinton (£5.8m) | Patrick Bamford (£7.9m)
  • Bonus points: Karl Darlow (£4.5m) x3, Saint-Maximin x2, Raphinha x1

Gameweek 5 got off to an entertaining start as Newcastle United and Leeds United shared a point at St. James’ Park.

With two shaky defences on show, it was a predictably open-game which saw a combined 38 attempts on goal, with Allan Saint-Maximin’s (£6.6m) equaliser cancelling out Raphinha’s (£6.5m) opener.

LIVELY SAINT-MAXIMIN

If anyone was going to score for Newcastle, it was always going to be Saint-Maximin, who dug out a low shot across the face of the goal to equalise just before half-time.

Leading the line in the absence of Callum Wilson (£7.4m), the Frenchman was electric throughout, ending the match with five goal attempts and eight FPL points.

Often ridiculed for his lack of end product, Saint-Maximin has now returned in four of the opening five Gameweeks, with two goals, two assists and four bonus points during that time. And with Watford (a), Wolverhampton Wanderers (a), Tottenham Hotspur (h) and Crystal Palace (a) up next, his FPL ownership – which currently sits at 8.8% – will surely be into double figures by the time Gameweek 6 arrives.

Matt Ritchie (£5.0m) also impressed from a Fantasy perspective. Having started as a wing-back, he later shifted into a back four but still found himself in some promising positions and came close to scoring as he rattled the post. He also registered seven crosses, created two chances and took some set-pieces.

Defensively, the league’s worst defence so far this season left plenty of gaps, and as result, conceded 21 shots to Leeds. That meant that the returning Karl Darlow (£4.5m) was kept busy, as he registered an eight-point haul despite conceding, thanks to nine saves and three bonus points.

Newcastle United’s shots conceded map v Leeds United in Gameweek 5

RAPHINHA AND BAMFORD DELIVER ATTACKING RETURNS

Raphinha and Patrick Bamford (£7.9m), both of whom were the subject of injury rumours during the week, started for the visitors and combined for the opener after just 13 minutes.

Picking up the ball wide on the right, the Brazilian swung in a cross which bent towards the far corner and found its way into the back of the net after a neat step over from the impressive Rodrigo (£6.3m).

However, Raphinha was withdrawn after 67 minutes, with Marcelo Bielsa providing an update after the game:

“He has a problem in his hip.”

Leeds’ injury crisis at centre-half may have got even worse, meanwhile, with Luke Ayling, who was deputising in that position, limping off:

“Let’s hope it’s nothing that prevents him from playing because it will be the fourth option at centre-back that we’d lose.” – Marcelo Bielsa on Luke Ayling

As for Bamford, he struggled to make an impact for large periods, but did miss a good chance in the second-half and at least returned five FPL points for his owners via that assist.

Daniel James (£6.0m) also made a first start for Leeds since his summer move from Manchester United, replacing Jack Harrison (£5.8m) who has tested positive for Covid-19, though he was ineffective and replaced on the hour mark.

As a result of tonight’s draw, Leeds remain winless this season with three points from five games. However, their fixtures between Gameweeks 6 and 10 (see below) should at least give them an opportunity to start moving up the table soon.

“We had sufficient chances to go in at the break with a bigger margin, but we didn’t score in proportion to the amount of chances we created. We were missing some efficiency and capitalising on the chances that we had. We had a lot of possession, perhaps we could have created even more danger especially in the second half.” – Marcelo Bielsa

Newcastle XI: Darlow, Manquillo (Krafth 81), Hayden, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie, Willock, S Longstaff, Almiron (Fraser 62), Joelinton (Murphy 90+1), Saint-Maximin

Leeds XI: Meslier, Dallas, Ayling (Shackleton 89), Cooper, Firpo, Phillips, Klich, Raphinha (Summerville 67), Rodrigo, James (Roberts 61), Bamford

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  1. PartyTime
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Ings owners will feast today

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Jimenez owners too.

        1. PartyTime
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Hee Chan haul?

        2. Zim0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Kfc?

        3. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          On the tears of fellow owners!

          1. PartyTime
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Hmm. Will be funny reading this during the game lol

              1. The Knights Template
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Tis funny reading it now!

          2. Cok3y5murf
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Ings + Bruno could make my season today before I sell them both next week

            1. Cok3y5murf
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Bruno tomorrow*

              1. 1zverGGadeM
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                for who?

                1. Cok3y5murf
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Gray + Lukaku was the plan but depends on Raph and Benny fitness too now

            2. PartyTime
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Plan is to sell Ings after his haul today

            3. Mychro
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 6 days ago

              *Watkins

          3. The Train Driver
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            With only Sanchez as Brighton def cover it looks like I'll be hoping they concede, a few saves and a pen save would be nice though.

          4. jackruet
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 6 days ago

            From gw 7
            Benrahma bamford jota + 4.0 defender
            Or
            Gallagher lukaku semedo +4.5 mid

            1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              B

          5. PartyTime
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Best replacement for Ings after his hatty today?

              1. 1zverGGadeM
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                ASM?

                1. PartyTime
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Considering him but Newcastle have been terrible

                  • PartyTime
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Thanks

                2. Von Lipwig
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Planning for next week:

                  Currently think I may play Torres as not convinced of a Chelsea cleanie

                  Play one:
                  A) Rudiger (MCI h)
                  B) Torres (CHE a)
                  C) Livramento (WOL h)

                  1. mynameisq
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Rudiger

                3. X. Sifuna
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Should I get Gallagher or Gray?
                    It's such a close call and I don't know which option to go for.

                    1. HMC
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Gray playing higher up the pitch and DCL out so feels like he's more chance of a goal, which is why I chose him over Gallagher on wc this week. Gives a chance to view the former for longer period

                  • HMC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Who else JUST brought in Torres? Mine was on wildcard this week

                    https://twitter.com/Jumpthewave.