Scout Notes

Ronaldo’s goals, Chelsea’s wing-backs, wasteful Havertz: FPL notes

We round up the key Fantasy Premier League (FPL) talking points from Manchester United v Chelsea in our Scout Notes summary.

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RONALDO’S HOME COMFORTS

Cristiano Ronaldo’s (£12.2m) goal cancelled out Marcos Alonso’s (£5.6m) opener in the final match of Double Gameweek 34.

The Portuguese had scored two hat-tricks in his past two appearances at Old Trafford, doing so in 3-2 victories over Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City, and continued that rich vein of form with an emphatic second-half strike.

Ronaldo has now remarkably scored eight of United’s last nine Premier League goals, including each of the last five.

He is also the leading Premier League home goalscorer, with his tally of 13 at least two more than any other player:

“Not only the goal Cristiano (Ronaldo) scored but his whole performance, his attitude at age of 37, this is not normal to do that. If he plays like he did today he can still be a big help to this team. It is Erik’s (ten Hag) and Cristiano’s decision for what he can do next but today his performance was really great.” – Ralf Rangnick on Cristiano Ronaldo

“We showed a good reaction in the second half, and it was a great finish from Cristiano Ronaldo. In the first half we had our problems and we needed a few great saves from David de Gea. Second half we did better and we got more control. You could see they are a top team, it’s no coincidence they won the Champions League and we don’t have much confidence and had eight players missing. Although it was still a lucky draw, we earned it. At times we saw the gap, but they played with their best XI and we had players missing. We have problems with defending, not compact enough and not physical enough.” – Ralf Rangnick

CHELSEA’S WING-BACKS

Marcos Alonso scored his second goal in four matches for Chelsea on Thursday, a lovely angled volley that flew past David de Gea (£5.1m).

As a result, the Spaniard ends Double Gameweek 34 as the Blues’ highest-scoring player, with an impressive 19 points across his two outings.

However, Reece James (£6.4m) – who recovered from injury and was back on the right-flank – was incredibly unfortunate not to return, too.

The England international added another dimension to Chelsea’s attacking play, hitting the outside of the post from a Mason Mount (£7.7m) pass and producing a David Beckham-esque cross that Kai Havertz (£7.9m) really should have done better with.

JAMES V MAN UTD
MetricTotalMatch rank
Shots42nd=
Shots in the box32nd
Chances created33rd=
Crosses101st
Penalty box touches101st
Final-third touches571st

“Reece James played a very good match and Mason Mount unlucky with his decisions.” – Thomas Tuchel

WASTEFUL HAVERTZ

Chelsea carved open United’s defence a number of times, particularly in the first-half, and they will kick themselves that they didn’t take maximum points from Old Trafford.

That it was goalless at half-time was largely due to Kai Havertz, who missed three major openings for the Blues in the opening 45 minutes.

In fact, the German racked up 0.96 expected goals (xG) against United from five shots, more than any other player on the pitch.

However, he did at least provide an assist for his owners, with his flick-on finding Alonso at the far post.

“He needs to fight back into his shape. The guys are still young upfront and we will not start pointing fingers. At Southampton and at the Bernabeu, we took our chances. So, when we look at the data, there is a huge amount of intensity from Kai (Havertz) and Timo (Werner), so they don’t arrive fully fresh in these moments.” – Thomas Tuchel on Kai Havertz

Chelsea’s remaining games after this are as follows, with the second part of their Gameweek 36 double-header against Leeds United looking particularly troublesome for rotation, given that it arrives just three days before the FA Cup final.

  • Sunday 1 May: Gameweek 35 – Everton (a)
  • Saturday 7 May: Gameweek 36 – Wolverhampton Wanderers (h)
  • Wednesday 11 May: Gameweek 36 – Leeds United (a)
  • Saturday 14 May: FA Cup final – Liverpool (n)
  • Thursday 19 May: Gameweek 37 – Leicester City (h)
  • Sunday 22 May: Gameweek 38 – Watford (h)

Manchester United XI: de Gea, Dalot, Lindelof, Varane, Telles, McTominay, Matic (Jones 79), Elanga (Garnacho 90+1), Fernandes, Rashford (Mata 79), Ronaldo

Chelsea XI: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, James, Jorginho, Kante (Loftus-Cheek 82), Alonso, Mount, Werner (Pulisic 71), Havertz (Lukaku 70)


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343 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rocket Raccoon
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    My team is rubbish

    1. Rocket Raccoon
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Werner & Watkins, ugh

      1. Connor's Calling
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Keep Werner I’d say- I was thinking about him for my GW35 WC

        1. Connor's Calling
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Albeit I admit- not entirely sure what that was based on ex the fact he’s starting and it’s Chelsea

      2. NorCal Villan
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Rubbish in, rubbish out

      3. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I'd WC that

      4. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Big free hit eh

    2. Connor's Calling
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Current WC team. Hoping to BB GW36, FH 37/38.

      Schmeichel Foster
      TAA Cancelo Robertson Alonso Fofana
      Salah KDB Saka Mount Dewsbury-Hall
      Dennis Pukki Nkethia

      Where are the big mistakes for GW36 do you think?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Big mistakes?

      2. Traction Engine Foot
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I don't think Fofana will play twice, other than that looks good.

      3. Park_The_Bus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Looks nice and very similar to how my WC team will end up. I know they're not on form but Villa fixtures are so nice, I'd try get Coutinho/Watkins/Cash in

    3. Poison Apple
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Appreciate your advice

      A. Coutinho
      B. Foden
      C. Both (-4)
      D. Nah. Stick

      1. Maddison out
      2. Mount out

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        D

      2. Chelsea Dagger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        D

      3. Poison Apple
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Thanks both

    4. Mr. Mystic
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      I’m thinking of selling Mount over Maddison for Coutinho… thoughts?

      1. Chelsea Dagger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Chelsea have more to play for, so I wouldn’t.

      2. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Ramsey of Coutinho

    5. Dannyb
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Werner and Bruno to KDB and Jesus?

      1. Chelsea Dagger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        All day

        1. Boberella
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          This

    6. GoonerGirl
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Will Pukki rise tonight? FPL Fix says he'll rise, FPL stats have him at 99.3

      1. Chelsea Dagger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Likely

    7. FCSB
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Ramsdale
      TAA Alonso Schar
      Salah Son Saka Mount KDH
      Kane Nketiah

      Dubravka Broja Kilman Doherty

      1FT, 0.5itb

      1. Doherty Broja >> Laporte 4.5 (-4)
      2. Doherty >> Matip / Mings

      FH37 is the plan.

      Thanks.

      1. FCSB
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        *

        1. Doherty Broja >> Laporte 4.5 (-4)
        2. Doherty >> Matip

    8. Gunnerssss
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Sterling to start vs leeds?

      1. mixology
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I may bring him in this week

      2. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Who knows. Good luck.

    9. cutch
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      WC GW35, BB GW36, FH GW37

      Current team:
      Schmeichel, Forster
      Alonso, Robertson, Cancelo, Cash, Davies
      Saka, Salah, Gordon, ***, ***
      Nketiah, Denis, ***

      Last 3 spots:
      A) KDB + Son (+ Pukki)
      B) Son + Kane (+ Ward-Prowse)
      C) KDB + Kane (+ Maddison) (Downgrading Cancelo to Laporte and Gordon to KDH)

      1. Boberella
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        A for sure

    10. HurriKane
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Possible Chelsea team against Everton? I think there will be rotation

      Pulisic Lukaku Ziyech
      Jorginho Kante RLC
      Alonso Rudiger Christensen James
      Mendy

      1. POTATO
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I'm so used in FPL to see that list as upside down

      2. POTATO
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        So I should bench Mount against Everton?

    11. Fantabulous KdB
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      How was Werner tonight, keep or ship him for Watkins?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Played like Watkins, no returns.

    12. lifes a pitch
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Would you rather have Nketiah or Dennis for the rest of this season?

      1. Poison Apple
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Nketiah for me if a till end of season

      2. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Dennis will try to impress so someone rescues him from the Championship, in which there are no champions.

        1. Boberella
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          I think this too.

    13. POTATO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      If playing 541 this week, which mid would you bench?

      Pope (Ramsdale)
      Robertson Cancelo Laporte Alonso Rüdiger
      Salah Son Saka* Mount Kulusevski
      Weghorst Dennis Broja

      Rolling FT. FH37.

      1. Fantabulous KdB
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        No change this week, then maybe Coutinho or city mid if you can afford

    14. FPL Doctor
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      1FT 0.5 ITB.no FH left

      Ramsdale
      TAA Robbo LaPorte Romero
      Salah Saka Martinelli kulu
      Ronaldo Weghorst

      Dubravka Raphinha Rudi Broja

      A) Ron —> Kane
      B) Martinelli —> Ramsey /Gordon
      C) Rudiger —> Cash

    15. Scholes Out For Summer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Is Mings instead of Cash worth it if I need the 0.2 to fund KDB next week?

      1. Poison Apple
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Depends on the player combination.
        Under most circumstances it wld be yes

        1. Scholes Out For Summer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          priced out of both Laporte + Coutinho and Cash + Foden this GW, as 0.1 short of Sterling to KDB next GW

          Dont see any good alternatives with the Laporte move and kinda want to attack the Villa - Nor fixture

      2. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Yep, sounds good

    16. Reinhold
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Who scores more for the run in, Mane or KDB?

      1. Poison Apple
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Probably the same goals/assists but kdb gets more bonus

    17. The Reptile
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Is Saka dropping tonight?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Looks like it.

    18. OptimusBlack
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Dennis

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Yes

      2. POTATO
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        not Nketiah?

    19. Gunnerssss
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Will ubstart broja or saiss?

      1. POTATO
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Definitely "ubstart"

        1. NorCal Villan
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Ubstart you, jack!

            1. POTATO
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Upstart Hugh Jackman?

      2. FPL Doctor
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        A) Ronaldo —> Kane (c)
        B) hold Ronaldo and (c)

        1. POTATO
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Ronaldo proving to be a late season differential

      3. cutch
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Who are the 3 best options for BB36?

        A) Nketiah
        B) Dennis
        C) Pukki
        D) Watkins
        E) Jesús
        F) Werner

        1. Firmino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          We need more info on Nketiah.

      4. Begbie.
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Schmeichel Foster
        James Alonso TAA Cancelo Davies
        Saka Mount Salah Foden Ramsey
        Kane Nketiah Dennis

        How is this for a WC team with bench boost in 36 in mind? Leaves 0.0 ITB so no wiggle room.

        1. Begbie.
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Thinking that James is probably dispensable and maybe Kane too but just don't see any appealing replacements really.

      5. Lucky Z
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        With FH in GW 36, which DGW teams are best to target for GW37 for FT now? Everton who is fighting for PL?

        1. Begbie.
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Villa and Everton top of the list imo.

      6. Gunnerssss
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Will you sell richar to jesus for -4?
        Or telles to vvd for -4?

      7. GoonerGirl
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Dennis or Pukki? I can't get Nketiah.

        1. Begbie.
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Dennis.

        2. FPL_Crisis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          I think Pukki has far better fixtures against worn out WHU LEI and is on pens

          1. GoonerGirl
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Thanks guys. I'm still on Pukki, wasn't going to make the decision until the deadline but don't really want Pukki's potential price rise tonight.

      8. Manumana
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Sell
        A. Havertz
        Or
        B. Mount

        To bring in Coutinio

        Cheers guys

        1. Begbie.
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          A.

        2. OptimusBlack
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          A

      9. OptimusBlack
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Maddison > Coutinho

        Yaaaay
        Nope

        1. Begbie.
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          yes

      10. fedolefan
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Any good 4.7 and under defenders for the GW36 double?

        1. Scholes Out For Summer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Ashley Young?

          1. fedolefan
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Nice shout.

          2. FPL_Crisis
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            He said good defenders 🙂

      11. GW34 Rough with the Smooth
        RedLightning
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Rough with the Smooth, Gameweek 34.

        How did your Gameweek go?

        You can share your tales of joy and woe here.

        1. cutch
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Happy with my points 81(-4)=77
          Happy with Robbo and Saka
          Even happier with having chosen Alonso over James
          Bitter about my captain Mount. A good captain would have made the perfect GW. But maybe I'm beeingtoo greedy, it was a good GW for me.

        2. POTATO
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Rough Transferred JWP > Mount and shared the hit with...

          ...Smooth: Gabriel > Alonso

          Robbo Alonso Saka Pope all double digit returns for 88(-4) total.

        3. lugs
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          on FH

          Rough
          sold Saka kept Cancelo, of the players i brought in, went James over Alonso, Sterling & Mount fail

          Smooth
          brought in Robbo & Ronaldo, with havertz(c), also sold Laporte for Zinchenko for a small win, finished on 77pts and a 29% green arrow so happy enough with that but it could have been better

        4. Levi's 501
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          50 (-4)

          Awful week, managed to dodge all the high scoring players.
          Jwp>Mount on a -4 complete disaster!

        5. Shark_Sandwich
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          92-4
          Weghorst & Jesus up top!

        6. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Rough: Benched Matip (8)

          Smooth: WC success (105pts)
          Second best GR of the season (10k)
          OR 1.065m > 726k
          Gained 48 points on rival.

          Highlights were
          - Alonso's G, A , CS & 3 bonus (19)
          - Robertson's G, CS &3 bonus (15)
          - Saka' s G, A & 3 bonus (13)
          - Captain Ronaldo's 2 Gs (16x2)

      12. jia you
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Alonso payed back the -16 like the FPL champ that he is!