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Antonio blanks and Bowen maintains fine form: FPL notes from West Ham’s win

We continue our Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Gameweek 10 Scout Notes with analysis of Aston Villa v West Ham United.

For a briefer summary of Saturday’s Premier League action, click here, while you can read up on Norwich City v Leeds United via the link below.

READ MORE: Raphinha stars as Leeds win at Norwich in Gameweek 10


  • Goals: Ollie Watkins (£7.3m) | Ben Johnson (£3.9m), Declan Rice (£5.0m), Pablo Fornals (£6.0m), Jarrod Bowen (£6.3m)
  • Assists: Emiliano Buendia (£6.3m) | Rice, Said Benrahma (£6.5m), Bowen, Manuel Lanzini (£5.8m)
  • Red cards: Ezri Konsa (£4.9m)
  • Bonus: Rice x3, Bowen x2, Watkins x1


West Ham moved up to fourth in the Premier League table on Sunday, as they comfortably beat 10-man Aston Villa 4-1.

As a result, they have maintained their unbeaten away record in 2021/22, while their impressive form throughout the year is captured on this annual Premier League table, via Transfermarkt:

Antonio blanks and Bowen impresses: FPL notes from West Ham’s win 2

The Hammers’ now host Liverpool in Gameweek 11, knowing a win would take them above the Reds in the table, before fixtures against Wolverhampton Wanderers (a), Manchester City (a), Brighton and Hove Albion (h) and Chelsea (h).


Despite scoring four goals at Villa Park, Michail Antonio (£8.2m) blanked for the third time in his last four matches.

However, he assisted the assister on a couple of occasions today and did register two goal attempts himself. Notably, his stats over the last four Gameweeks also suggest that he has perhaps been a little unfortunate not to return more.

Forwards ranked by non-penalty xG over the last four Gameweeks


In an excellent all-round display, Jarrow Bowen (£6.3m) produced a goal and assist, plus two bonus points, and posted match-leading totals for shots in the box, take-ons, crosses, final-third and penalty box touches.

After his first double-digit haul of the campaign, the 24-year-old has now returned either a goal or assist in five of his last six league appearances. During that time, amongst all midfielders in the game, only Mohamed Salah (£12.9m) has registered more shots in the box than Bowen.

Jarrod Bowen’s xG shot map Gameweeks 5-10

Bowen’s 11-point haul was trumped by Declan Rice (£5.0m), however, who notched a goal and assist to produce his third and fourth attacking returns of the season so far.

Meanwhile, budget defender Ben Johnson (£3.9m) made his third successive start, with Vladimir Coufal (£4.8m) interestingly benched, and repaid his manager’s faith with the opener. Said Benrahma (£6.5m) bagged a rather fortunate assist – his first attacking return since Gameweek 5 – while Pablo Fornals (£6.0m) and Manuel Lanzini (£5.8m) also supplied a goal and assist respectively.


As for Villa, they have now lost four consecutive Premier League matches, and conceded 12 goals during that run.

In an attempt to get back on track today, Dean Smith made four changes to his line-up, which included dropping captain Tyrone Mings (£5.0m) to the bench, while Douglas Luiz (£4.6m) and Danny Ings (£7.8m) were both missing from the matchday squad.

“We had to shuffle the pack a little bit. We’ve had some forced pull-outs as well, I won’t go into specifics but a few soft-tissue injuries and a couple of Covid related issues. We’ve had to adjust it somewhat” – Dean Smith

However, a switch to a back-four system failed to have the desired effect, despite Emiliano Buendia (£6.3m) bagging his first Villa assist and Ollie Watkins (£7.3m) registering his third attacking return in his last four appearances. 

Elsewhere, Villa will be without the suspended Ezri Konsa (£4.9m) in Gameweek 11 after his red card, while John McGinn (5.8m) picked up his fourth booking of the campaign, and is now just one further yellow card away from a ban.

Jacob Ramsey’s (£4.5m) return to the starting XI unfortunately lasted only 15 minutes, too, after he rolled his ankle. The 20-year-old was replaced by Ashley Young (£4.8m) and is surely now a doubt for Friday’s trip to Southampton.

“I’m concerned when we lose any game, so yes – concerned that we’ve lost four games in a row. But I have a great belief in the quality we have that we’ll turn it around.

Sometimes this happens, and things go against you. We’ve had a couple of shots which probably register 0.03 on xG that end up in the bottom corner, and a young kid gets injured after a few minutes, and a poor red card which is incorrect.” – Dean Smith

Aston Villa XI: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Hause, Targett, Nakamba, McGinn, J Ramsey (Young 15), Buendia (Mings 52), Bailey (El Ghazi 72), Watkins

West Ham XI: Fabianski, Johnson, Zouma, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Bowen (Vlasic 90+1), Fornals (Coufal 90+1), Benrahma (Lanzini 64), Antonio

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733 Comments Post a Comment
  1. gmando2011
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    What are people doing this week with

    A) Kane (keeping, selling, buying)

    B) Vardy (keeping, selling, buying)

    C) Son (keeping, selling, buying)

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

      Keeping Kane. No point selling now with fixture run coming up. Back to CR7 in GW16

  2. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    Can I just log off until Friday?
    Done Raya to Ramsdale, keeping second FT.



    1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 hour ago


  3. Goryn_Almighty
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    Hi to all!!!

    | Fernández |
    | Duffy | James | TAA |
    | Raphinha | Mbeumo | Havertz | Salah (c) | Gray |
    | Hwang | Kane |

    Bench: | Lloris | Livramento | Antonio | Semedo |

    What would you consider here please?
    1. Gray >> Mwepu
    2. Antonio in squard, and who to bench?
    3. Keep FT

    Any ideas???

  4. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 1 hour ago

    Am I o.k to save.
    Or do I need to do something?
    Trent Duffy Christensen Rudiger
    Salah Havertz Gallagher
    Antonio Toney Vardy

    Sarr Bissouma Coady

    1. Gooner Kebab
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      good to save imo

    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 26 mins ago

    How have we enjoyed the football this week?
    I am lucky enough to watch every game if I so choose, unlike many in blighty.
    I can offer my own view of how I saw the games so far:
    Foxes 0 Gunners 2: I have lost all the points ESR has accumulated even though I owned him. I did not trust my own assessment. He is class on the ball and Arsenal, still an up and down team, seem to be getting it right. Partey, Tavares, and the Auba Laca link play all bode well for Arsenal. No better value in the game than ESR IMO. Leicester play well when Tielemans plays well; he was in and out in this game and he won't keep scoring worldies. I do think Iheanacho will prove good value when he gets the gametime he deserves. Both teams are inconsistent so far but I believe Vardy won't keep up his PPG. Will Tierney get his place back?
    Burnley 3 Brentford 0: Christmas is over for Brentford? Not yet. I do think they will struggle with low block though. They missed Mbeumo and Toney needs to revert back to a more high lying forward. Cornet has been class and this game was no exception. Once again I went against my own thoughts and stuck with players with a higher EO. He could turn out to be gold.
    Liverpool 2 Brighton 2: I did not see the whole match but I am not surprised Pool leaked goals. It has been on the cards. Brighton are not going away. Like playing Citeh in the second half, the coach chooses his moment to pick up the game. The Pool high press can be tiring and Brighton learned that, as with Citeh. No reason to lose Brighton defensive assets. Pool need a settled midfield.
    Citeh 0 Palace 2: Citeh were superior, even down to 10 men. One of those days when they needed a Center Forward. Palace were brilliant vs Arsenal but they got a freebie on this occasion IMO. Cancelo can be exposed. Gallagher and Zaha took advantage. The jury is still out whether either will be long term better prospects than ESR, Saka, Cornet and Mbeumo. Expect a rest for Cancelo fairly soon.
    Newcastle 0 Chelski 3: Sit up and watch. Rjames was out of this world both him and Chilwell should be classed as at least midfielders. Chelski get results no matter how they play but they are living on borrowed time in terms of clean sheets. Newcastle have nothing to offer and Wilson is the only one to defy XGI. Nothing can be learned from this game IMO. Just enjoy ASM when you have a chance.
    Watford 0 Soton 1: Livramento will continue to get points and Watford will continue to drop them. A shame Broja is injured, because like Cornet, he is class in the making. Soton have improved a a defensive unit and Watford don't have one. McCarthy could be a nice keeper punt. Get Sarr when he moves to another club.
    Spurs 0 ManU 3: I am not a fan of ManU for sure but I must say, they actually played to their strengths. Spurs did the opposite. Nuno can partly blame Harry Kane for his demise. Spurs were a team who were not playing for their manager. Did Harry play the first 3 games? ManU fans moan about MacFred but nothing wrong with them in this game. 2 old farts (Ron and Cav) will not be able to play every 3 days so expect changes. It will be interesting to see Sancho as a wing back. Greenwood is going to suffer big time now the Glazers have got their meal ticket in Ronaldo. Maybe Pogba can play with one of MacFred in this set up. Bruno will have to play deeper. Shaw may improve now. Spurs wingbacks could be worth it when Conte arrives and fixtures improve.
    Norwich 1 Leeds 2: Norwich were awful, particularly Krull. Leeds were better but not that much. Raphina got points and is class. Rodrigo improved this week, maybe due to Phillips feeding him more.
    Villa 1 Hammers 4: Antonio assisted the assister twice and not that great TBH. I was more impressed with Bowen. Watkins could be an asset without Ings and was lively in a game spoiled somewhat with the red card. (there could have been 2 in the same passage of play) Johnson was very good and it is a shame Coufal will come in for him. Benrahma can continue to tick over but West Ham's continuous improvement is down to Rice as much as the manager.

  6. wulfrunian
    • 5 Years
    29 days, 19 hours ago

    Do you think it's worth to give 4.4m for your fifth defender in a 3-4-3 system?