Scout Notes

Brentford’s solid defence could make life tough for Salah in Gameweek 6

We continue our in-depth analysis of the weekend’s top-flight fixtures by looking at the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) talking points from Wolverhampton Wanderers v Brentford.

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 0-2 BRENTFORD

  • Goals: Ivan Toney (£6.3m), Bryan Mbeumo (£5.5m)
  • Assists: Toney
  • Bonus: Toney x3, Ethan Pinnock (£4.6m) x2, Kristoffer Ajer (£4.5m) x1

BEES STRONG AT THE BACK

Brentford made it three clean sheets in five Premier League games in their 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, a tally that would have been even greater had they not shipped an out-of-the-blue 89th-minute winner to Brighton in Gameweek 4.

Wolves didn’t manage a single shot on target at Molineux this weekend and had only four efforts from inside the Bees’ box, with a Raul Jimenez (£7.5m) header wide and Adama Traore (£6.0m) shot that hit the bar as close as the hosts came to scoring – even then, the close proximity of Brentford defenders partly influenced the outcomes of the goal attempts.

It’s Liverpool up next for the west London outfit and while the Season Ticker of your choice may read blue/green for Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) and co, the Bees’ defensive stats are worth a look:

MetricRank v other Premier League clubs
Shots conceded=3rd
Shots in the box conceded4th
Shots on target conceded=2nd
Efforts from set plays conceded4th
Big chances conceded=3rd
Expected goals (xG) conceded2nd
Goals conceded4th
Clean sheets=4th

One obvious thing to point out at this stage is the calibre of opposition: Brentford haven’t yet faced any of last season’s top seven.

A free-scoring Liverpool attack will be the real acid test of Thomas Frank’s backline but similarly, this could be a trickier afternoon for the Reds than the fixture difficulty rating-makers would have us believe.

“[Pontus Jansson] is good, he’s fine, no problem. [Rico Henry] had a minor issue with his ankle plus he was also on a yellow card and he played against Traore.” – Thomas Frank on the withdrawals of two of his defenders

MBEUMO AND TONEY

“Promise, not points” was the takeaway from last week’s write-up on Ivan Toney (£6.3m) and Bryan Mbeumo (£5.5m) after the defeat to Brighton.

The pair’s positive link-up play was finally rewarded with goals on Saturday, with Toney extending his excellent penalty-taking record (18 scored from 19 attempts) before teeing up his strike partner to score from close range.

Toney found the net on a further two occasions at Molineux but was denied by first an offside flag and then a VAR call on a handball.

“That was a 10/10 performance. What an assist, by the way, to Bryan [Mbeumo]. Again, we saw Bryan and Ivan’s relationship. It’s a little bit Yorke and Cole.” – Thomas Frank on Ivan Toney

Now’s not really the time to buy either player in FPL going by the next four matches (see above), especially if Frank asks Toney to play a bit deeper to connect play – as he did in Gameweek 1 – in the tougher upcoming games.

But a more appealing set of fixtures follows from Gameweeks 10-16, whereby the Bees jump to second in our Season Ticker.

WOLVES’ OFF DAY

Wolves were hugely disappointing and delivered their worst display under Bruno Lage to date, with FPL’s most-bought defender of Gameweek 5, Marcal (£4.6m), particularly woeful.

From a defensive point of view, we should, from an owners’ perspective, not overreact and hopefully just chalk this up as an off-day, as the Wolves backline had been decent up until this point. The fixtures ahead remain appealing, too.

But the struggles up top are a recurring theme and Lage’s troops are bottom of the division for shots-to-goals conversion rate, having netted only one of their 82 attempts in 2021/22.

Lage even substituted three of his five starting defenders and switched to a 4-2-3-1 on Saturday to chase the game, ultimately to no avail.

“It’s a concern, but not just from this year, from the past the team didn’t score too many goals. They have maybe one or two per game, so the average of the goals is not big, so we’re trying to play a different way, trying to create more chances to raise that average.

“But in the end, when you look back and see we created a lot of chances, to only have three points and two goals is a little bit frustrating for us.” – Bruno Lage on the struggle for goals

Wolves XI: Sa, Semedo (Silva 81), Kilman, Coady, Saiss (Hwang 46), Marcal (Podence 72), Neves, Moutinho, Trincao, Traore, Jimenez.

Brentford XI: Raya, Ajer, Jansson (Zanka 81), Pinnock, Canos (Onyeka 68), Baptiste, Norgaard, Janelt, Henry (Roerslev 75), Mbeumo, Toney.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW FROM GAMEWEEK 5

413 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Alex1995
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    Thoughts on this WC team (from next week)?

    Ramsdale
    TAA Alonso Rudiger Duffy
    Salah Sarr Benrahma Raph
    Ronaldo Lukaku

    Foster, Livramento, Gilmour, 4.5 ST

    1. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Lovely. Anything can happen in a week though

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 28 days ago

        It's the week following that are the bigger struggle 😉

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 28 days ago

          *weeks

        2. Alex1995
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 28 days ago

          Why’s that? Haha

  2. Lord of Ings
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    Saka or pepe?
    I feel pepe is the selfish kind which will definitely help fpl wise
    Which one would you get if any?

    1. NABIL - FPL otai
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Pepe.

      Most will say Saka

    2. Kalix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      100/100

      The correct answer is neither

  3. BeWater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 28 days ago

    I can't sustain Jota and Greenwood for much longer. I have 2FTs this week and want to use one. Who would you get rid of first?

    1. Andre Crabtree III
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      greenwood

    2. Footieboot
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 28 days ago

      none

    3. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Sustain them for 1 more week. Surely you have a greater need for a transfer?

      1. BeWater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 28 days ago

        I have enough cash for Ayling to Christensen.

  4. Andre Crabtree III
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    who would you buy if you had to keep them for the whole season? Ron, or Rom?

    1. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Ron. He's just relentless and utterly selfish and single minded. The perfect fantasy asset.

      1. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 28 days ago

        This, Lukaku probably carries Chelsea to a title. Ronaldo gets top scorer as utd finish 3rd or 4th

        1. Andre Crabtree III
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 28 days ago

          thanks both. my draft team is so awful that i have that choice to make on thursday (i get first pick because i am rock bottom!)

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Ron, without doubt. He is what fpl was designed for

  5. Cheeky Onion
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    Bottomed...

    1 FT - 1.2m ITB and plans to WC next IB. Looking for best 3 week transfers

    Sanchez
    TAA - Shaw - Regulon
    Salah - Raph - Torres - Benrahma
    Ings - Ronaldo- Toney

    Foster - Veltman - Tsim - Brownhill

    A) Toney > ASM
    B) Ings > Bamford

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Now last on old article.

  6. Pascal
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 28 days ago

    I know Tuchel rotates, but is there any chance Alonso + Mount will match Lukaku's points during their good run of fixtures ?

  7. artvandelay316
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 28 days ago

    Good WC?

    Sanchez
    TAA, Alonso, Rudiger, Dias
    Salah, Benrahma, Sarr
    Lukaku, Antonio, Bamford

    (Steele, Raph, Livra, Allan)

    1. Pedersen
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Looks very much like what i want. I would take cancelo over dias however

    2. Pascal
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Like it but prefer Cancelo over Dias and not keen on Leeds double up, would prefer Raph

    3. Mornar Bar
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Like it

  8. jayzico
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    Would you play Coady over Alonso/Livra
    Gal or Allan (Nor)

    Sanchez
    TAA Alonso Livra
    Salah Benrahma Gallagher Gray
    Ronaldo Lukaku Antonio

    Steer, Allan, Coady Williams
    +0.4 ITB

    Cheers gents

    1. Mornar Bar
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 28 days ago

      Maybe instead of Livra but put Livra as a first sub

  9. Mornar Bar
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 28 days ago

    Currently on WC, my idea is to transfer in both Ronaldo and Lukaku, but the main dillema is about 3rd striker: Antonio or Dennis? I feel Dennis pick would give me much more flexibility.

    Team A:
    Sanchez Foster
    TAA Marcal Duffy Livra Manquillo
    Salah Sarr Benrahma Gray McArthur
    Ronaldo Lukaku Antonio

    Team B:
    Sanchez Foster
    TAA Semedo Rudiger Livra Manquillo
    Salah Sarr Benrahma Raph McArthur
    Ronaldo Lukaku Dennis

    Of course, Dennis would probably be rotated sometimes, but I like his price and the fact he had two good games so far. Can you give me more info on him, is he nailed and how is his impact on this Watford team?

  10. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    For the next GW only:
    A) Sarr
    or
    B) Gray

  11. Maverick 11
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 28 days ago

    Seriously considering this:
    Play A. Jiminez
    B. Livramento