Scout Notes

Bielsa explains why Raphinha was left out as £5.0m forward Broja enters FPL radar

We continue our Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Gameweek 8 write-ups with analysis of Southampton v Leeds United and Norwich City v Brighton and Hove Albion.

For a shorter summary of all of Saturday’s action, click here, while you can read up on Sunday’s two Premier League fixtures here and here.

SOUTHAMPTON 1-0 LEEDS UNITED

  • Goal: Armando Broja (£5.0m)
  • Assist: Nathan Redmond (£5.9m)
  • Bonus: Redmond x3, Broja x2, Romain Perraud (£4.9m)

WHY RAPHINHA WAS LEFT OUT

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It was always going to be a tough ask for Raphinha (£6.6m) to start in Gameweek 8 after racking up 71 minutes of pitch-time for Brazil on Friday morning and, in the end, the Leeds winger didn’t even make Marcelo Bielsa’s matchday squad, let alone the starting XI.

The Leeds boss said of his star midfielder after full-time:

“Raphinha, we had decided that he was going to fly after his game, without knowing how many minutes he was going to play on the Friday. In the end, he played 70 minutes, flew 15 hours and today at midday he wasn’t in conditions to take on board even a part of the game. Given that he wasn’t in conditions to respond, we didn’t risk because it’s possible in circumstances like this, injuries can occur.”

Leeds were abject in the absence of the influential trio of Raphinha, Patrick Bamford (£7.8m) and Kalvin Phillips (£4.9m), registering only three shots on goal throughout.

The Brazilian winger should at least return in Gameweek 9 and on Saturday’s viewing, much rests on his shoulders against Wolves.

BUDGET BROJA A THREAT

Budget defensive gem Tino Livramento (£4.2m) banked a third clean sheet in the space of five matches for his owners but it was another bargain-bin FPL buy from Southampton who stole the headlines in Gameweek 8.

Armando Broja (£5.0m) was handed his first Premier League start for the Saints and scored the game’s only goal, striking up a fine partnership with Nathan Redmond (£5.9m) up top – something that doesn’t bode well for Adam Armstrong‘s (£6.0m) chances of an instant recall after Ralph Hasenhuttl’s surprise omission of the striker against Leeds.

There’s a dearth of attractive sub-£6.0m forwards in FPL this season, with Hwang Hee-chan (£5.6m) the erstwhile hipster’s choice after his brace in Gameweek 7.

Broja’s goal brings him into spotlight now, especially with some more favourable fixtures ahead for the Saints.

Hasenhuttl’s wealth of alternatives in the ‘number 10’ roles and up front does make pretty much every Southampton attacking midfielder and forward a rotation risk, however: not one of them is an ever-present this season, with only Armstrong of the offensive options registering more than five starts.

The Southampton boss continues to be lukewarm in his praise of Broja, meanwhile, sounding much like David Moyes does when he speaks of Said Benrahma (£6.6m):

“Against Sheffield, I was not so happy with his performance. Today it was much better.

“I think the goal in the international break has definitely given him confidence and he has something you can use to be a threat around the box.

“I also had the feeling when he has the ball that he is a threat. He has the speed to go over a player and to have a clear shot. There were other good scenes where he can score, but I must say it was a good performance, yes.

“Che Adams was injured and we needed a big striker up front. Armando is a striker who scored in the international break. I think it is time for him also to show he can play 90 minutes good.

“Today I think he worked quite hard, also against the ball much better, which in our game is very important.” – Ralph Hasenhuttl on Armando Broja

At £5.0m, though, he looks like a good an option as any for those FPL bosses playing a 3-5-2/4-4-2 and requiring only the occasional cameo as an emergency substitute, with Broja having registered minutes in each of the last five matches he has been available for.

Above: Broja wasn’t beaten for goal attempts or penalty box touches at St Mary’s on Saturday


Southampton XI: McCarthy; Livramento, Bednarek, Salisu, Perraud; Elyounoussi (Tella 90), Diallo, Romeu, Djenepo (S. Armstrong 59); Broja (Walcott 81), Redmond

Leeds United XI: Meslier; Llorente, Struijk, Cooper; Klich (Gelhardt 77), Shackleton, Dallas, Roberts (Summerville 81); Harrison, Rodrigo (Forshaw 64), James.

NORWICH CITY 0-0 BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION

  • Bonus: Lewis Dunk (£5.0m) x3, Tim Krul (£4.5m) x2, Dimitris Giannoulis (£4.4m) x2

Many FPL managers will be slapping the armband on Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m) this weekend ahead of Chelsea’s appealing-looking home fixture against Norwich.

The Canaries will go into that Gameweek 9 clash in slightly better shape than they would have a month ago, however.

Daniel Farke’s side have kept two clean sheets since shifting to a 3-5-2 in Gameweek 6 and were largely successful in nullifying Everton’s offensive threat last month, shooting themselves in the foot with the concession of two self-inflicted goals.

Still, it has to be stressed that they’ve faced attacks featuring the likes of Salomon Rondon (£6.0m), Jay Rodriguez (£5.3m) and Neal Maupay (£6.6m) in that time, and a Lukaku-led Chelsea frontline will be the acid test of the new-found relative solidiity; Norwich indeed lost 3-0 when they trialled this new formation against Liverpool in the EFL Cup in September.

Maupay ought to have done better with two clear openings on Saturday, while Leandro Trossard (£6.4m) – who is now sixth among FPL midfielders for shots in the last six Gameweeks – saw an effort tipped onto the bar.

“We have ticked many boxes today, we wanted to get off the mark in a home game which we did, we wanted to get the next clean sheet, which we did.

“We were rock solid in terms of defending and wanted to take the next step by winning points but sadly we have to accept that it’s just a small step with one point and not the big step that we would have, of course, liked even more.

“The final bit to be clinical to score was missing again. We created enough scenes to score today but sadly we didn’t bring the ball over the line.” – Daniel Farke

Albion, meanwhile, will be no pushovers for Manchester City in Gameweek 9: this was their fourth clean sheet of the season, a tally beaten by just three clubs.

Above: Brighton are ranked joint-third or better for fewest big chances, shots in the box and expected goals conceded in 2021/22

This was one of their less convincing clean sheets, however, with Teemu Pukki (£5.9m) and especially Josh Sargent (£5.4m) – who produced a tame effort with the goal gaping – missing glaring chances to break the deadlock.

Tariq Lamptey (£4.4m) registered his first league minutes of the season as a second-half substitute, replacing Joel Veltman (£4.4m) shortly before the Dutchman could bank clean sheet points. Veltman is now just one booking away from a one-match ban, too.

“It’s been a long way back for Tariq. It’s not easy to pick up the speed and the intensity of the Premier League quickly, so it was great to have him on the pitch.” – Graham Potter

Lewis Dunk (£5.0m) is now second among FPL defenders for bonus points this season after collecting another three at Carrow Road but while Shane Duffy (£4.4m) is still in the side and hogging the set-play attempts (14 to Dunk’s four), justifying the extra outlay is tough.


Norwich City XI: Krul; Aarons, Kabak, Hanley, Gibson, Giannoulis; McLean, Normann (Rupp 81), Lees-Melou; Sargent (Rashica 75), Pukki (Idah 90).

Brighton & Hove Albion XI: Sanchez; Duffy, Dunk, Burn; Veltman (Lamptey 57), Gross, Lallana, Moder (Mac Allister 83), Cucurella (March 65); Maupay, Trossard. 

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW FROM GAMEWEEK 8

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54 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Ready for some UCL excitement 🙂

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Stay safe Salah and TAA!

    2. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Ajax - Dortmund game should be a cracker

  2. waltzingmatildas
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    What do you reckon to this Son WC?

    Sanchez Foster
    TAA Cancelo Chilwell White Livra
    Salah Son Raph Mbuemo ESR
    Lukaku Antonio Broja

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Cracking team

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Really? I'm not sure on ESR or Broja.
        Would play these every week:
        Sanchez
        TAA
        Salah Son Raph Mbuemo
        Lukaku Antonio

        Then hope 2 of Chilwell/Cancelo/White/Livra start each week.
        And rotate ESR/Broja

        1. Osfezt
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Not sure on ESR og Broja either.
          Would rather drop ESR to upgrade Broja to Toney, if possible.

    2. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Oops, I've gone wrong somewhere. Would have to be ESR or Broja and a bench fodder.

    3. Camzy
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      You can afford that?

      Seems like a pricy team. But that's usually a good sign for me that the team is strong.

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Haha, nope! Made a mistake, has to be one of Broja/ESR and a bench fodder

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

      No confidence in the Broja call but really nice side.

      Not a huge fan but think it's worth finding money for Hwang. At least he looks more nailed and has Jimi to play alongside which is historically a good spot to be in.

      Antonio? Could still be gold of course but chances are drying up at WH and if I was looking to differentiate on WC it would be in that spot.

  3. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Done Ronaldo to Lukaku but maybe hit WC?
    Or give it one more week?

    Sanchez/Steele
    TAA/Cancelo/James/Duffy/Tsim
    Salah/Foden/Benrahma/Sarr/Raphinha
    Lukaku/Antonio/Scarlet

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I think a few transfers beats a wild card there.

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

      No need to wildcard at all

    3. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Move along please, nothing to see here...

      1. Atimis
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Cheers

        1. G-Whizz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          You're welcome 🙂

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

    Top 10K Finally update time

    Top 10K is 556. 8 teams are either there or within 10 points. 2 more are arguably within variation needing less than a point a week. There's bit of a jump after that but 50 points is still just one big week off coming into contention probs and that brings most of the league into play

    Chips? Still quite a few WCs out there. 20% of the league by my count. Arguably Pukki House is the best placed team being on 547 and no chip played yet.

    Template? Minuscule Brentford coverage as yet and WH is falling fairly fast. I imagine that Toney Mbeumo could be where many go from Benrahma and perhaps Antonio in the next 3 or so. Son is an interesting differential at 10% or so and Vardy at 5% - both significantly less than global ownership but that's FFS for you. Defence is strongly TAA Cancelo plus Chelsea. Midfield is Mo and Raph.

    Teams of the week. A fairly modest 71 from 2 teams one coming from a well played WC from It's 2004 Again and another from a team that decided it was better to play 10 than take a hit as they had the Palace centre forward 😉

  5. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    What's the crack with Vardy in the Europa, will he travel with Leicester to Spartak Moscow for tomorrow's game?

  6. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Better option ?

    A. Vardy son mbeumo
    B. Lukaku raphina Grealish/ foden

    1. JoTAA
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      C. Lukaku Raphinha Mbeumo

  7. TeddiPonza
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Benching headache:

    Bench two out of:

    TAA (mun)
    White (AV)
    Livramento (BUR)
    Benrahma (TOT)
    Sarr (eve)
    Greenwood (LIV)

    Thanks.

    1. OLEgend
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      White Sarr

  8. ZeBestee
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    If Jesus continues to post good numbers, would he be the best City go to attacker? KDB is priced out of most people who want Salah and Kaku/CR7 and premium defence and Sterling's head is elsewhere, Mahrez confidence is down, Grealish hasn't had a huge impact and doesn't look like it will anytime soon and Bernardo just isn't fpl material. We are left with Foden who is hot and cold and hasn't proved himself consistently.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      He plays and returns points per game so yeah, with the fixtures it's worth a pick.

      See how they get on in the Champions League tonight.

    2. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      He's been very good since he's moved to that position and it sounded like Mahrez didn't impress against Burnley so he could be a great bet, just be wary of the usual caveats with Pep and have cover

  9. jackruet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Ndombele massively improves spurs attack. Dele alli is such an overrated player. He should stick to Guardiolas daughter

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      And to think, just 2-3 weeks ago Ndombele could barely last 20min because he looked pretty unfit and not match ready.

  10. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Pick one
    A- 3.9 fodder + sarr
    To
    Chilwell + mbuemo
    B- 3.9 fodder + marcal
    To
    James + livramento

    Leaning towards A

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      A

  11. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    If you were wildcarding would a combo of:

    Vardy, Lukaku and Jesus or Ings up front appeal to you?

    Or keep the faith with Antonio?

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      That trio with Jesus(if he doesn't start CL) would appeal me very much. Starting to lose faith in Antonio.

    2. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I'd have Lukaku (and even he has an element of doubt now) but elsewhere it looks tricky. Tough week to WC. Good luck!

    3. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      On WC I believe ot could be time to look forward and not keep Antonio. Having said this, I kept him two weeks ago, but at least didn't get Benrahma.

  12. vova
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Hey guys, how does this team look?

    Ramsdale Steele
    TAA Dias Cancelo Azpilicueta Livramento
    Salah Raphinha Benrahma Saka Brownhill
    Lukaku Antonio Toney

    1 FT
    0 ITB

    For the next week, I don't think I need to do any transfers since my bench is strong enough. Although Saka/Benrahma out seems like the popular move, not sure to who though. Any suggestions?

    Thanks!

    1. Cruyff's Eleven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Funnily enough Saka was the third highest transfer IN on WC...

      Week is a long time in football.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        He'll probably recover and score and assist against Villa too on Friday!

  13. Banana Shaqiri - HMD, PUP
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Should I go Gray > Mbuemo or roll the TF?

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      If you don't have any other issues and DCL and Richarlison aren't back yet, I would do it. Rondon is not helping Gray atm.

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

      Would roll this week given it's Watford

  14. JollyGoodYellows
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Morning all.

    1FT and 0.0 itb.

    What transfers would you make here? I'll likely do Ronaldo > Lukaku as everyone else is doing but is it worth taking a hit to remove one of Alonso or Barnes?

    Sanchez Steele
    TAA Alonso Cancelo Livramento White
    Salah Raphinha Barnes Benrahma Gilmour
    Antonio Ronaldo Toney

    1. OLEgend
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Barnes > Mbeumo

  15. Steevo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Vardy or Kane as a CR7 replacement?

    Realistically not sure I’d ever captain Vardy.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Vardy but wait and see what happens in Moscow tomorrow afternoon / evening.

  16. mitro
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Morning guys,

    Thoughts on doing CR7 + Jota to Lukaku + Son (-4)? Have exact cash in the bank.

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Wait until deadline if you can, doesn't look like any of them are rising or falling.

  17. Tic Tacs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Finally made it into the top 100k last GW so looking to push on and not yo-yo back out this week!

    Sanchez
    Alonso, Cancelo, Rudiger, Livramento, TAA
    Salah (C), Son (vc)
    Jimenez, Antonio, Toney

    Steele, Sarr, Harrison, Brownhill
    1.8 ITB

    Not a fan of the formation but hopefully it works this week, will look to move money out of defence to midfield in the coming weeks.

  18. hemalm
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Any Chelsea defenders nailed/likely to start against Norwich under £5.1?

      1. hemalm
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Roundabout way of asking how likely is Chalobah to start?

        • Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Christensen (if you mean 5.1m and under)

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

        What to do here
        2FT 0.8ITB

        Sanchez
        Cancelo Alonso White
        Salah Gray Kovacic Sarr
        Ronaldo Lukaku Antonio

        Foster Livramento Marcal Gilmour

      3. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Any early thoughts here:

        Ramsdale
        TAA Cancelo Christensen Livramento
        Salah Raphinha ESR
        Lukaku Ronaldo Antonio
        Foster DLuiz Brownhill Duffy

        A) Ronaldo > Vardy
        B) Ronaldo > Jesus
        C) Ronaldo + DLuiz > Toney + Son (-4)
        D) Ronaldo + DLuiz > Broja + Mane (-4)
        E) Save FT

        1. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          A or E

          1. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Thanks mate