Scout Notes

Antonio on target as Son and Kane’s FPL blanks are assessed

We continue our Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Gameweek 9 Scout Notes with analysis of West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur.

For a briefer summary of Saturday’s Premier League action, click here, while you can read up on Arsenal v Aston Villa and Leeds United v Wolverhampton Wanderers via the links below.

READ MORE: Tierney injury latest as Smith Rowe and Aubameyang impress in Gameweek 9

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  • Goals: Michail Antonio (£8.1m)
  • Assists: Aaron Cresswell (£5.5m)
  • Bonus (projected): Cresswell x3, Lukasz Fabianski (£5.0m) x2, Kurt Zouma (£5.4m) x1, Antonio x1


Antonio on target as Tottenham attack fails to impress 1

Michail Antonio (£8.1m) netted his sixth Premier League goal of the season on Sunday, and as a result, sits joint-top of the forward standings alongside Jamie Vardy (£10.8m).

The Jamaican international had failed to return in three of his last four appearances, but poked in Aaron Cresswell’s (£5.5m) corner, which moves West Ham up to fourth in the table on 17 points.

“With Michail Antonio we just felt it was better we looked after him on Thursday. It’s something I’ll have to do quite a bit, and sometimes we’ll decide it’s worth playing him and other times it’s not. There’s no injury problems with him but we’ll always try and manage and decide when it’s good for him and when it’s not.” – David Moyes on resting Michail Antonio in midweek

The nature of the goal is also worth noting ahead of Gameweek 10, given that their opponents Aston Villa have had real difficulties defending dead-ball situations in recent weeks, which was again evident at the Emirates Stadium on Friday.

As for Antonio, he now embarks on a tougher run of fixtures (see below), but given today’s performance, owners will surely be content to hold.

Meanwhile, it’s now four games in a row without a goal or assist for Said Benrahma (£6.6m), despite ranking second for goal attempts amongst all midfielders during that time.

However, only five have arrived in the box, and because of that, he sits 21st in his category over the last four Gameweeks for expected goals (xG).

Said Benrahma’s xG shot map Gameweeks 6 to 9

Defensively, David Moyes’ side kept their third clean sheet of the season, with Aaron Cresswell delivering a season-high 12-point haul thanks to his second assist of the campaign.


As for Tottenham, there was a real lack of attacking threat on show at the London Stadium, as Harry Kane (£12.1m) and Son Heung-min (£10.2m) could muster just two shots on goal between them.

In fact, during the second half, Spurs did not have a single goal attempt.

Despite showing signs of improvement against Newcastle United and Aston Villa, it’s now just nine Premier League goals in nine games for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side. Only Norwich City, Burnley, Southampton and Leeds United have scored fewer, while the underlying numbers are equally concerning, as they rank 19th for non-penalty xG (see below).

However, the fixtures do at least give them a platform to improve, as they take on some of the divisions worst performing defences in the coming weeks.

Next up is a Manchester United side fresh from a 5-0 defeat against Liverpool, while they also take on Everton – who also shipped five in Gameweek 9 – Leeds United, Burnley, Brentford and Norwich City between Gameweeks 10 and 15.

“We were the better team, honestly. I think we controlled the game, we had chances. We had possession. West Ham are a good team but they only created chances on counter-attacks and set-pieces. We played better, but this is football.

The last pass was there but we need to be more aggressive in our offensive game. We controlled the game. The whole game was under control.

The table is a reference but doesn’t guide us. We have to improve our character as a team, our wish to want to achieve a better team game. We need to work on that.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

West Ham XI: Fabianski, Johnson, Zouma, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Bowen (Dawson 90+1), Benrahma (Lanzini 85), Fornals, Antonio

Spurs XI: Lloris, Royal, Romero, Dier, Reguilon (Gil 84), Skipp, Hojbjerg, Moura (Bergwijn 90+1), Ndombele (Lo Celso 84), Son, Kane

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720 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Firminoooo
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    That Lukaku injury cost me soooo many points. Lukaku to Vardy and -4 to bring in Havertz(C) instead of Salah. Would have played Livramento to. Thats a 40 point swing.

    1. Not again Shirley
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Ah so it’s not just me that has had their season ruined by Lukaku and Ronaldo then.

      My plan was to bring back Salah 3 weeks ago but for some reason thought Lukaku could match him.

      Suffice to say that plan didn’t end well and season is now pretty much over.

  2. dbeck
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    How are we ranking the premiums outside mo?

  3. Tripleh123
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Which is better for upcoming gameweeks? Leaning toward option B atm as option A means leaves me little room to change my squad.

    a. Toney/Antonio/Hwang/Son
    b. Kane/Toney/Mount/Bench fodder striker

  4. Drip Doctor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Arsenal and Arteta have a problem.

    Saliba is the read deal.

    1. Bartowski
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Farmers League though.

      1. Drip Doctor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Mbappe isn't a farmer though

        1. Bartowski
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Only find out for sure when he joins Madrid.

    2. unclesbasement
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Hes still our player

  5. Bartowski
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    I knew it was going to a mauling at Old Trafford for Man U, which is precisely the reason I brought in Mane........

    1. EffPeeEll
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      have you got the lottery winning numbers for next week?


      1. Bartowski
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        That really doesn't make any sense as a reply to the self-deprecating comment I made.

  6. Ronnies
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Best option;

    A) Greenwood > Mount

    B) Greenwood, Sarr > Foden, Mbuemo (-4)


    1. Bartowski
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Rather ESR or Cornet than Mbuemo personally. So I'd do A let Sarr have his last good game then reassess.

  7. EffPeeEll
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    "In Todays video i will be building that best predicted team aka team selection for gameweek 10 of the Fantasy Premier League. Its 2021 2022 and the new Premier league season is under way. Who will win it is yet to see, but now in gameweek 10 we are about to find out what players have that best potential to do good, and most importantly why. "

    FPL dude he calls himself on youtube

    reckons you shouldnt play his -32 point hit team without a wildcard lol

    VPN gravytrain (rolls eyes)

  8. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Az is going to be absolutely stoked - first time ever he'll be ahead of Mark for the BlackBox video.

  9. Tripleh123
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Antonio, Vardy

    Subs: Gray, Duffy,Scarlett

    Benhrama is due to a price drop soon.Is it worth taking an early hit -4,

    a. Benhrama> Mount

    1. Tinfoil Deathstar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Not when you’ve got possible injuries to Vardy and Raph to deal with

  10. Hunta
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Experiment has failed!

      Still top of my mini I’d but the gap has closed. Surgery now in progress and help would be much appreciated


      1FT 1.1M itb

      A - Bruno,StMax>Foden,Vardy

      B - Bruno,StMax>Foden,Vard + Marcal>Chalobah

      C - Bruno,StMax>Foden,Vard + Raphina>Mount

      D - Bruno,StMax>Silva,Vardy + Amarty>Chalobah

      Can’t risk more than an -8 point hit unfortunately.

    • NJ MetroStars
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 12 days ago

      currently 82,282 overall. 1st year doing fpl. this site is amazing and the chat is a major help