Scout Notes

Dennis suspended for second Gameweek 23 fixture but Foster may return

Emmanuel Dennis (£6.1m) was sent off in Watford’s opening match of Double Gameweek 23, as Norwich City frustrated the hosts and grabbed the win thanks to a Josh Sargent (£5.4m) brace and Juraj Kucka (£5.5m) own goal.

Our Scout Notes article reflects on the key Fantasy Premier League (FPL) talking points from the fixture.

DENNIS SUSPENDED FOR BURNLEY

In a hugely disappointing night for his owners, Emmanuel Dennis was sent off for two bookable offences and will now miss Watford’s second fixture of Double Gameweek 23 in a fortnights time.

As a result, he ends the Gameweek on -1 points, and -2 for those unlucky enough to hand him the captaincy.

Above: top 10k Double Gameweek 23 captaincy stats, via LiveFPL

Throughout the match, the Hornets’ failed to show any real quality, especially in the final-third, with their best attempt arriving via Moussa Sissoko (£4.4m).

Of Watford’s attackers, Joao Pedro (£5.4m) was once again the busiest of the trio, ending the match with five goal attempts compared to Josh King’s (£5.8m) two, and has now outshot his more popular team-mate by 11 to six over their last two matches.

Above: Watford’s xG shot map v Norwich City in Double Gameweek 23

Following tonight’s defeat, Claudio Ranieri has now lost 10 out of his 13 Premier League games in charge, whilst Watford remain the only side in England’s top four divisions without a clean sheet.

“Maybe we played better 10 v 11. It is very important the lesson Norwich gave us, they played as a team, we played as individuals. That is no good. Now I have to choose the players that want to fight hard for Watford. You have to play 11 v 11.

I believe in my reaction and the players’ reaction. It is not possible to continue in this way because this way we go straight into the Championship. I want the players with heart and mentality who play for the team.

I speak every day with the board and we are all together. I believe in these players, the players who want to believe. Who doesn’t want to believe – go home. 

The new players played very well had understand my philosophy. Some players don’t want to understand my philosophy – I want to play straight away, no dribble dribble, shoot straight away. We have to react immediately.” – Claudio Ranieri speaking after the game

FOSTER OUT WITH COVID

Ben Foster (£4.1m), who is owned by 18.5% of FPL managers, was a surprise absentee from Watford’s matchday squad tonight, as he missed out having contracted Covid.

Prior to kick-off, the Hornets’ had revealed he and Craig Cathcart (£4.3m) were out due to illness, with Foster later taking to social media to confirm his absence:

However, Watford’s second part of their double-header is still over two weeks away, which does at least hand Foster plenty of time to recover.

SARGENT BRACE FOR RESURGENT NORWICH

Norwich ended a six-game losing run after beating Everton last weekend, and followed that up tonight with a convincing win at Watford which has seen them move out of the relegation zone.

The Canaries’ had been a team to target over the festive period, as they conceded a whopping 14 Premier League goals in December.

However, Dean Smith has since turned to a 4-4-2 formation which seems be getting the best out of the players at his disposal, and as a result, will now be looking ahead with renewed optimism ahead of their Gameweek 24 clash against Crystal Palace.

Above: Norwich City’s average position map v Watford in Double Gameweek 23, featuring Josh Sargent (no. 24), Adam Idah (35), Teemu Pukki (22) and Milot Rashica (17)

Josh Sargent was the unlikely hero on the night, with his first and second goals of the campaign, whilst Teemu Pukki (£5.8m) collected the assist for his opener, his first attacking return since Gameweek 14.

After the match, Smith also revealed that Tim Krul (£4.5m) could be out for up to six weeks with his shoulder injury, with budget goalkeeper Angus Gunn (£4.0m) set to continue deputising in his absence.

“When you go 3-0 up in a game, I expected us to see it out. it was not a pretty affair from us, we knew it would not be but we started the game off really well. The game got away from us in the first-half but we spoke about it at half time, we were good without the ball today and not so good with. We are in a results business, we needed the result today and it certainly gives everyone a lift.” – Dean Smith


Watford XI: Bachmann, Femenia (Kucka 89), Kabasele, Samir, Kamara (Sema 84), Kayembe, Cleverley (Cucho 59), Sissoko, Dennis, Pedro, King

Norwich City XI: Gunn, Aarons, Hanley, Gibson, Williams, Sargent, Lees-Melou, Sorensen (McLean 21), Rashica (Placheta 90+6), Idah, Pukki (Byram 87)


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781 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Danstoke82
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 9 hours ago

    If I was to WC which combo would you have on it? (Salah, Bowen, TAA, Cancelo on all)

    A) KDB, Raph, Coutinho, Watkins, Antonio, Broja

    B) Foden, Son, Coutinho, Watkins, Antonio, Broja

    C) KDB, Raph, Coutinho, Kane, Dennis, Broja.

    If I downgrade KDB > Foden it allows me Son, Watkins and Antonio but feel like KDB is a must?. Thanks all.

    1. Bertonian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      All these players starters, whats the rest of the team?

      A

    2. Yes Ndidi
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      C is very similar to mine. I think a 3 premium team is more than feasible now.
      Just Dennis! He looks so off it now. Try King instead.

  2. Blue Moon Rising
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 9 hours ago

    How nailed is Dalot?

    1. Run DCL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Not

  3. yousunkmybattleship
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 9 hours ago

    Knew should’ve captained Sissoko instead

    1. bigwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      he missed a sitter form a king assist, not as painful as a red card but still painful

  4. Gooner97
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 9 hours ago

    https://twitter.com/bigSAM_FPL/status/1484777574274318338

    Nigerian supporters are spamming Watford with bad juju for not allowing Dennis to participate in AFCON

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Condemned to relegation.

      He probably would have sat on the bench in Cameroon.

      But Juju doing its stuff

      1. Dammit_182
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Should have let him go, get him back happy then kicked on.

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      He will regret not going

    3. rvpisag
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Let this be a lesson to any other clubs who reckon a match against Norwich city counts more to a player than his desire to rep his country

  5. internal error
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 9 hours ago

    Odds on fpl just tweeted and then deleted a pic of Ronaldo looking sad on a bench.

  6. PartyTime
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Demarai Gray has some debts to pay

      1. Run DCL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        People have no faith in the manager bounce but I’m thinking the opposite personally. I’m happy to have him looking at the fixtures.

    • Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Mikkel Tokvam has updated spreadsheet to show Villa as being 72% likely to double in 27.

      Which gives a fixture run of
      24 - LEE
      25 - new
      26 - WAT
      27 - Brighton & most likely one of BUR or lee
      28 - SOU

      Ramsey and Digne audition against Everton today

      1. CAVEAT KING
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        72% eh. I must put my house on this science then. (smile)

        1. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          72% of the time it works every time. 🙂
          Obviously has to be taken with a pinch of salt, but a) it's worth taking some note of for those like me who don't want to FH 27 and plan to work around it, and b) it's a pretty damn nice run even if no fixture gets rearranged at all.

          1. CAVEAT KING
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 9 hours ago

            Joking buddy

      2. Run DCL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        These predictions are often wrong. They’re really not worth following too closely.

        1. yousunkmybattleship
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          28% of the time they are wrong

    • Run DCL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Does anyone know when the ticker gets updated if ever? It looks like it hasn’t all season so is it for us to decide on what we think the numbers should be?

      1. Run DCL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Are there any mods around that could answer this perhaps?

        1. Wild Rover
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          Flag your comment

          1. Run DCL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 9 hours ago

            Good idea

      2. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Yeah it's updated every so often, obviously not a weekly thing. I'll see if it can get an update this weekend (if needed) - what stood out to you as looking wrong?

        1. Run DCL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          All of it. It hasn’t changed for weeks. For example Wolves isn’t one of the worse defences in the league. I seriously don’t think it’s been updated all season.

          1. Rotation's Alter Ego
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 9 hours ago

            It definitely has had a number of updates this season. I'll make sure the Offense / Defense filter gets looked at specifically, I don't think the overall one is that far off at all (possibly Spurs and Arsenal need to be a bit harder, West Ham down a little, but all minor tweaks)

      3. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        What is the issue you see? As looks updated to me...

    • Jafooli
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      So I sent my captain a Cameo request for the FFS community - he replied saying, no problem, but he’ll do it after the GW has finished, and see’s how other captains perform, so he knows how much to lol at us 😮

      1. Jafooli
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        *captain Dennis

    • Shineonme
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      can Dennis play against Burnley ?

      1. bigwig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        nope

        1. Shineonme
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          Ffs what a disaster

      2. Il Capitano
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        No

      3. Jafooli
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Hope not, more negative points incoming if he can

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          This!

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Ings fail

      1. Jafooli
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        *Things fail = Dennis

    • Sim Simma
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      ⚽ Team News 📰
      Aston Villa : Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Digne, McGinn, Ramsey, Luiz, Buendia, Watkins, Coutinho.
      Subs: Olsen, Targett, Sanson, Young, Ings, Hayden, Hause, Chukwuemeka, Iroegbunam.

      Everton : Pickford, Kenny, Holgate, Mina, Godfrey, Townsend, Doucoure, Gomes, Gray, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.
      Subs: Begovic, Keane, Allan, Coleman, Gordon, Gbamin, Rondon, Dobbin, Onyango.

      1. Jafooli
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Iroegbunam Wagon….

      2. Podge
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        cout starts
        nice

        1. Kun Tozser
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          Nice for early movers

      3. Jafooli
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Keane dropped 😆

        Glad I still have him after his DGW masterclass

        1. Nomar
          • 12 Years
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          Yes, those supposed DGW 22 players have really rewarded those of us that put faith in them, haven’t they!

      4. Run DCL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        442 no surprise but a bit disappointing. I had a feeling Kenny would start. Holgate though, yikes.

        1. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          Anybody but Keane would do atm

      5. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Yup. Long-term absentees usually have one bench appearance (or two, rarely), another week of full team training, and then start

        Nice to see that with Coutinho

        I expect the same for Justin

    • ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Team News
      Everton team news
      Team to play Aston Villa: Pickford, Kenny, Holgate, Mina, Godfrey, Townsend, Doucoure, Gomes, Gray, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.
      Subs: Begovic, Keane, Allan, Coleman, Gordon, Gbamin, Rondon, Dobbin, Onyango.

      Aston Villa team news
      Team to play Everton: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Digne, McGinn, Ramsey, Luiz, Buendia, Watkins, Coutinho.
      Subs: Olsen, Targett, Sanson, Young, Ings, Hayden, Hause, Chukwuemeka, Iroegbunam.

      1. Jafooli
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Chukwuemeka Wagon….

        1. fplgaruda
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          Not Iroegbunam?

          1. Jafooli
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 9 hours ago

            That was last week….

      2. Jafooli
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Targett transferred himself out his FPL team

        #InsiderKnowledge #InsiderInfo #InsiderTrading

      3. King Carlos
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Iroegbunam TC fail

    • Not again Shirley
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Buendia was my differentials tip this morning week (not that I brought him in). Even if he doesn’t return today I still see him as good long term option for the price and fixtures.

      1. Not again Shirley
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Not sure why the word morning is in there!

        1. King Carlos
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 9 hours ago

          Two words: Aliens

    • Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Coutinho audition resumes.

    • jia you
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Benched Coutinho and Digne for a couple of those Watford Muppets...expecting pain lol

      1. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Oh no Jia your WC team was looking so good before the Watford invasion!

    • Gooner97
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      C'mon Watkins scores some fekkin gauls

    • Lord.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Does anyone know the rule on price locking for AFCON players when they return? FPL Statistics has Partey locked until 28 Jan (and it predates his RC), but there is no lock on Ayew.

    • Dammit_182
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      These line ups actually look pretty attacking. 0-0.

    • CAVEAT KING
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      I am hoping for a fairytale today

      1. Dammit_182
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Lots of sub-plots in this one. Should be a cracker.

      2. Run DCL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        2-1 Everton I’d wager.

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      Digne & Coutinho time!

      1. Dammit_182
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 9 hours ago

        Come on (checks squad) Matty Cash!

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 hours ago

      225 previous competetive games and if Everton beat Aston Villa today the overall head to head record is even.