Scout Notes

Vardy’s goals, Tielemans’ advanced role, Sarr and Saint-Maximin return again

We continue our Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Gameweek 6 write-ups with analysis of Leicester City v Burnley and Watford v Newcastle United.

For a summary of all seven of Saturday’s games, click here, while the footer at the bottom of this piece will direct you to our Scout Notes on the other Gameweek 6 action.

LEICESTER CITY 2-2 BURNLEY

  • Goals: Jamie Vardy (£10.4m) x2 | Maxwel Cornet (£6.0m)
  • Assists: Youri Tielemans (£6.4m), Kelechi Iheanacho (£7.0m) | Ashley Westwood (£5.4m), Matej Vydra (£5.3m)
  • Own goals: Vardy
  • Bonus points: Vardy x3, Tielemans x2, Ademola Lookman (£6.0m) x1

VARDY DELIVERS AGAIN AFTER EARLY OG

The in-form Jamie Vardy (£10.4m) scored twice – as well as an own goal – against Burnley as he moved to the top of the Premier League scoring charts, level with Michail Antonio (£7.9m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.6m).

It’s now five goals, an assist and eight bonus points in six matches for the veteran striker, with his 40-point total bettered by only Salah, Antonio, Joao Cancelo (£6.1m) and Said Benrahma (£6.5m).

Time will tell whether or not it’s sustainable, but with Crystal Palace (a) up next, he does look like an appealing differential option with just 12.4% ownership.

Elsewhere, Youri Tielemans (£6.4m) was excellent in midfield, and is clearly benefitting from the introduction of Boubakary Soumare (£4.8m) in Gameweek 5, who has featured alongside Wilfred Ndidi (£5.0m) in the Leicester engine room.

Above: Youri Tielemans’ average position by Gameweek 2021/22

Over the last two Gameweeks, no midfielder has taken more shots (10) than Tielemans, though it is worth noting that only two have arrived in the box, with his 0.31 xG total putting a bit of a dampener on things.

However, his 1.25 xA – another league-leading total amongst midfielders – does suggest that he can provide further assists from open-play and set-pieces, with his role one to monitor moving forwards.

IHEANACHO ASSISTS AS LOOKMAN IMPRESSES

Despite starting on the bench, Kelechi Iheanacho (£7.0m) was introduced just after the hour mark and bagged an assist, his first Premier League attacking return of the season so far.

Whether or not it will be enough to force a start in Gameweek 7 remains to be seen, but the performance of team-mate Ademola Lookman (£6.0m) does suggest that he should keep his place in the starting XI.

His decision-making did let him down at times, but he added urgency to the Foxes’ attacks and created four chances for his team-mates. 

Meanwhile, on the opposite flank, Harvey Barnes (£6.8m) served up another blank despite registering six goal attempts, five shots in the box and 13 penalty area touches. It isn’t quite happening for the England winger right now, with his place in the XI possibly under threat.

PEREIRA HOOKED AT HALF-TIME

With Jonny Evans (£5.4m) missing, Leicester looked vulnerable at the back, a theme which has been apparent throughout 2021/22, with 11 goals conceded in their five matches since the opening day of the season.

As a result of those issues, Ricardo Pereira (£5.5m) was hauled off at half-time having been caught out-of-position for Maxwel Cornet’s (£6.0m) goal, with Rodgers wanting more defensive solidity.

The defence has become a major concern, which should be of interest to Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.7m) owners, with Manchester United up against the Foxes in Gameweek 8.

“It was a little frustrating in terms of the result. We were much better going forward, we were much more creative, we created numbers of opportunities and scored two excellent goals. Burnley defended their box so well, they made some great blocks and last-ditch tackles.

I’m more worried about how we defended, we can be much better in terms of our defending. Overall, we created enough and a point was deserved in the end.” – Brendan Rodgers

CORNET SCORES BUT PICKS UP INJURY

With Norwich City (h) up next, Burnley players will receive a little more attention than usual this week, especially for those planning a one-week punt before activating their Wildcard during the international break.

Chris Wood (£6.8m) thought he had scored a late injury-time winner only to see his header ruled out for offside, while summer signing Cornet followed up his midweek EFL Cup assist with an impressive volleyed goal in the first-half, though he did suffer a hamstring injury after the restart, which Sean Dyche touched on post-match:

“Maxwel, has nipped his hamstring so we’ve got to wait and see how that settles. He grew into the game I thought. First 15, he was sort of finding his way. His goal was a fine finish and he has another chance after that and he gets in some really good positions. I think he sees the game quickly and I think he’ll grow into what we do.”

Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Pereira (Castagne 45), Soyuncu, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Ndidi, Tielemans, Soumare (Iheanacho 62), Lookman (Maddison 78), Barnes, Vardy

Burnley XI: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, McNeil (Lennon 87), Westwood, Brownhill, Cornet (Gudmundsson 45+2), Vydra (Barnes 70), Wood

WATFORD 1-1 NEWCASTLE UNITED

  • Goals: Ismaila Sarr (£6.3m) | Sean Longstaff (£4.5m)
  • Assists: Joshua King (£5.5m) | Allan Saint-Maximin (£6.8m)
  • Bonus points: Saint-Maximin x3, Sarr x2, Longstaff x1

SARR STRIKES AGAIN

Ismaila Sarr (£6.3m) scored his fourth Premier League goal of the season in Gameweek 6, as Watford came from behind to earn a point against Newcastle United.

The Senegalese winger now ranks third amongst all midfielders for FPL points with 39, ahead of an appealing trip to Leeds United in Gameweek 7.

Ismaila Sarr’s xG shot map 2021/22

In a lively encounter, the Hornets thought they had a winner in the 87th minute when Joshua King (£5.5m) slotted the ball past goalkeeper Karl Darlow (£4.5m) – but VAR ruled the goal out for offside.

ROSE EXCITES

Since making his first Premier League start for Watford in Gameweek 5, Danny Rose’s (£4.3m) performances haves stood out.

The 31-year-old has posted team-leading totals for final-third touches, successful take-ons and interceptions during that time, and has also taken a couple of corners.

The Hornets’ long-term fixtures aren’t that appealing, but at just £4.3m, Rose could still offer value if he emerges as a week-in, week-out starter.

In goal, Ben Foster (£4.0m) made a second consecutive start, with Daniel Bachmann (£4.5m) absent with a knee injury, though it remains to be seen whether or not he will hold onto the jersey once both are available. 

CONSISTENT SAINT-MAXIMIN

Newcastle United’s winless start to the Premier League campaign continues, but there were positives at Watford.

The Magpies finished the game with 20 shots, their highest tally in 2021/22 so far, but failed to put the Hornets away. In fact, Steve Bruce’s side now rank joint-sixth amongst all Premier League sides for goal attempts this season, while their 7.48 xG is only slightly lower in ninth.

If that goal threat continues, they could offer value from Gameweeks 9 to 15 when fixtures ease.

Allan Saint-Maximin (£6.8m) has now returned in five out of six Gameweeks so far, producing two goals, three assists and seven bonus points during that time. As a result, he now ranks fourth amongst all forwards for FPL points, with 35, only trailing Michail Antonio (£7.9m), Vardy and Gabriel Jesus (£8.6m).

“You can’t dominate like we did and only be 1-0 up. The game should be over. And we nearly got punished. Watford always had some part in the game and in the last 10 minutes they caused us problems but overall, we were by far the better team.

Both teams wanted to win it and we know how crucial it is to get our first win. We went all out for it. It’s disappointing we didn’t get it. We’ve got the makings of a half decent team and we’ve got to remember that.

When you are up against it, you have to see it through. All I’m trying to concentrate on is the team and how I can affect a match. I’ve got to try and ignore everything else. It’s not very pleasing, I understand their frustrations but I’m not walking away.” – Steve Bruce

Watford XI: Foster, Femenia (Ngakia 67), Troost-Ekong, Cathcart, Rose, Kucka (Pedro 64), Sissoko, Cleverley (Tufan 45), Sarr, Dennis (Etebo 75), King

Newcastle XI: Darlow, Manquillo, Fernandez, Clark, Ritchie, Hayden, Willock (Gayle 83), Longstaff, Almiron (Murphy 79), Joelinton, Saint-Maximin

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  1. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Chelsea conceded 2 goals so far.

    One from Jesus and one from Mohammed

    They also sold Moses and Abraham

    1. Cok3y5murf
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Copied from Reddit

      1. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        No, from a chap on Instagram

    2. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Scored 3 against the Holy Spirit's team.

  2. Pep Roulette
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Anyone looking at KDB from GW8?

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Deciding between him or Salah in my WC team this week.

      Will likely stick on Salah since it’s easier to move down to KDB. But it’s close.

  3. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Last Man Standing Update (2535 teams)

    Current safety score = 34 with autosubs
    Top score = 87
    LMS average = 46.09 (-0.76) = 45.33
    Average players left = 0.9

    1 game to go

    EO's left, Sanchez 66, Gallagher 11, Duffy 10

    https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      At 39 it's my worst GW for a very long time. Will survive!

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Not that bad really.

      2. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        It could be close if Sanchez has a cleanie and save points or bonus. I'm on 38 and feeling nervous about it. Good luck.

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Do well!

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Thanks!

    3. jayzico
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Yo TM,

      After tonights game what you reckon the safety score to remain will be? Cheers dude

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        34 + about 70% of Sanchez points.

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

          Come on Galagher! On 38, need those points 🙂

          1. jayzico
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Ha. Yup I need a goal from Conor

  4. Random Name
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    If Arteta doesn't rate Leno why did he sell Martinez. I really cannot wrap my head around it

    1. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      He did rate him a bit. I think Martinez demanded to go and by fk did he justify his move away, in the Argentine team too.

    2. DavidBadWillie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Leno is a great shot stopper, but not great with distribution or communication.

      I'd say bin him from what Ive seen of Ramsdale so far.

      1. GreennRed
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        He hasn't enough commanding presence, strange for a 29 year old international keeper. Brentford bullied him. Ramsdale is improving but also benefitting from a more solid defencen

  5. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Didnt MIR say in his article 2 weeks ago that the H2H leagues would be updated every night. My tables arnt showing last weeks results not to mention this weeks updates. Can anyone bring me up to date.

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      GW5 scores are an issue so it's only updated until GW4 atm.

      1. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Thanks for the update Magic man. Appreciated.

  6. BOATIES FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Is Wildcard game week 8 still a popular choice? I prefer it to using it this week

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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      • 12 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Very popular, gives more time to get it wrong.

    2. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Play it when you think you'll get the best return from it.

    3. Athletico Underachieving
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I’d imagine 8 will be the most popular, but I’ve had to go this week to get my ideal side due to price changes

      1. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I went this week for the same reason. TV has gone up 0.8m so far but it meant that I couldnt play a team ideally suited to this gameweek and I only have 38 points with 1 to play. I am very happy with my team going forward though.

        After the IB (2FT) my team will be.
        Ramsdale Foster
        Rudiger Alonso TAA Walker livramento
        Salah Foden Sarr Doucoure Gallagher
        Lukaku Antonio Toney
        Fixtures are reasonably good as well.

        Any suggestions to improve it anyone.

    4. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      There are some nice fixture swings around GW8 and of course players may get injured during the IB and arrive back a bit tired and it’s nice to be able to sort that out with a WC.

      1. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I picked my wildcard team with gw8 fixture swings in mind. That's why I had to go last week (to get the team I wanted). Price rises arnt always good during IB as well. Im happy with the 0.8 rise in TV over the last week as 3 of them are 0.2 rises. I'm carrying 2 FT into the IB. Injuries can happen to any team at any time.
        My initial plan was to wait until IB but it looks like my team will have a fair amount of the players that will be in demand for wildcard teams. So, I dont feel too bad about playing it early. Good luck with your wildcard.

    5. RedLightning - Jan to May L…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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      • 11 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      According to the poll, wildcarding in GW7 is slightly more popular than doing so in GW8, while others are holding on to their Wildcards till later with no specific Gameweeks in mind.

  7. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Will Manquillo keep playing or is he filling in for someone?

  8. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Which option?

    A) Jota and Greenwood to Saka and Gray for free
    B) Jota or GW to Saka and Ronaldo to Lukaku for free
    C) A + Jimenez to Vardy for -4, keep Ronaldo

    1. golfboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      B with GW

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Like C to be honest.

      Can’t imagine ditching both Ronaldo and Greenwood ahead of Everton match. (I am doing it on my WC and it feels silly).

  9. Athletico Underachieving
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 10 days ago

    For the next 6/7…

    A) Gallagher
    B) Gray
    C) Doucoure

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      C

    2. Amsterhammer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      A

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

      C

    4. pingissimus
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Close but Gallagher if you're looking that far ahead imo

      Palace fixtures are decently better and he's very central to their attack. DCL back might improve Everton but equally rather suspect Edouard coming in (possibly post IB) will improve Palace equally.

      1. Athletico Underachieving
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Yeah Gallagher is the one I’m on currently…also have tonight to see how he looks which is handy!

    5. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      C

    6. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      A

  10. golfboy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Hi Chaps. The questions is do I wildcard this lot now or hold until next week (no FT)

    Sanchez (Foster)
    Rudiger TAA Digne (White Livra)
    Torres Salah Greenwood Raph (Gilmour)
    Toney Ronaldo Antonio

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      why do you think that team needs a WC ? Looks ok to me and Torres could even start with City playing on Tuesday

      1. golfboy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Good point on Torres! Would like Lukaku but can bring him in next week (or -4 this week) Thanks.

  11. jayzico
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Had to take an 8point hit to get Cancelo.

    What say thee? Midfield terrible?

    Sanchez
    Alonso, TAA, Cancelo
    Salah, Kovacic, ESR, Gray
    Lukaku, CR7, Antonio

    Bench: Steer, Alan, Livra, Williams

    1. golfboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      A little bit light in the middle!

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      The cheap mids are outscoring most players … perhaps that is the way to go this season

    3. jayzico
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Agree to both. Defence and Attack just look so damn good though. And Chelsea's run until end November looks awesome. Plus Kova has shown he can score. Even played well in the citeh game

    4. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Not balanced enough. I would take out CR7 and invest in a mid price range midfield. Good luck.

      1. jayzico
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        No way. CR7 stays.

  12. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Bruno's two last games against Everton:

    3 Goals
    1 Assist

    1. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Nonaldo though

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        True

  13. Lallana
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Which one on WC?

    a) Ronaldo, Gray
    b) Vardy, Grealish
    c) ASM, De Bruyne

    1. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      A

    2. Saviour22
        2 months, 10 days ago

        B

      • Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        A

    3. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      My Vardy WC team

      Ederson, Foster
      Dias, Rudiger, Alonso, (Duffy, Livramento)
      Salah, Benrahma, Raphinha, ESR, (Luiz)
      Lukaku, Vardy, Antonio

      0.2itb

      Basically can’t get to TAA so Ederson is instead of him really.
      Leave a slot for a City midfielder potentially.

      1. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I would still start with a cheaper keeper and keep cash in bank. For instance that cash could be used to upgrade Luka to Ronaldo down the line or Alonso to Trent or Smith Rowe to Saka etc etc.

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 10 days ago

          You think just leave it on Sanchez then?

          Any time I think of a different one I always end up with Mendy or Ederson. No one else even comes close to exciting me.

          1. GreennRed
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Martinez.

          2. Harry the Hack
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Ramsay

          3. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Sanchez or Raya works at 4.5

            Sa probably won't be bad either.

          4. RogDog_jimmy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Thanks for the ideas all.
            Martinez, Ramsey, Sanchez....all see decent to me.
            Sa - fixtures are there...

            Got to do proper research and figure it out I think.

      2. pingissimus
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Like Vardy call

        Have a plan B non WC team where I have something analogous but just have Auba and TAA and 4.5 keeper. Pretty confident myself that Cancelo is going to be worth the odd benching this season over Dias.

    4. pingissimus
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Any expectation that Everton defence will become more solid?

      Not looking at getting anyone in but they look a key team in 7 and 8 as one to hold attack against. Thinking here about Ron captaincy of course but also Benny in week 8 could be close to the chopping block on my scheme of things.

      Had expected them to be grittier in defence.

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I'm thinking about capping Bruno against them

    5. Saviour22
        2 months, 10 days ago

        FH team for GW 7

        Mendy
        Lowton Taylor Rudi
        Salah Bruno Raphi Sarr
        Wood Anti

        Suggestion always welcome

      • Saviour22
          2 months, 10 days ago

          FH team for GW 7

          Mendy
          Lowton Taylor Rudi
          Salah Bruno Raphi Sarr
          Wood Anti lukaku (c)

          Suggestion always welcome

          1. GreennRed
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Nice but you'll get better freehit returns in a double gameweek.

        • Traction Engine Foot
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Who would you sell first, Jota or Greenwood?

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Also my dilemma…on GW if I also ditch Ronaldo for Lukaku, Jota if nit

        • BigRedDog
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Oh how i wish i saved my wildcard for right now :p

        • Saviour22
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Mendy
            Lowton Taylor Rudi
            Salah Bruno Raphi Sarr
            Wood Anti lukaku(c)

            Any Suggestions

          • Finding Timo
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Does this Sound good.. GW7 amartey to Christensen then GW8 shaw to Walker ?