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FPL pre-season: Chilwell left out of first XI as Mount excels

The pre-season friendlies wind to a close this weekend, with 18 Premier League teams contesting warm-up games and last season’s top two squaring off in the Community Shield.

We’ll be bringing you goal, assist and line-up information from all of these matches in our Scout Notes articles, which could help shape your Fantasy Premier League (FPL) squad ahead of Gameweek 1.

We’re also keeping tabs on the minutes played in all of these warm-up fixtures, with Premium Members of Fantasy Football Scout able to access this information at the bottom of this article.

We begin with Chelsea and Everton, the Gameweek 1 opponents who were both in action on Friday. A second-string Blues XI were actually involved in another match against Udinese on Saturday morning, which is also covered below.

FRIDAY: UDINESE 1-3 CHELSEA
SATURDAY: UDINESE 0-2 CHELSEA

Match highlights (Friday)

  • Goals: Kante, Sterling, Mount | Loftus-Cheek, Ziyech pen
  • Assists: Hudson-Odoi | Kovacic, Loftus Cheek

Thomas Tuchel split his squad in half for two friendlies against Udinese on Friday night and Saturday morning.

The starting XI in the first of those games looks set to be near enough the side that takes on Everton in Gameweek 1, with Kai Havertz (£8.0m), Mason Mount (£8.0m) and Raheem Sterling (£10.0m) dovetailing very nicely up top.

It was a fluid set-up in the front three but Sterling was in the nominal central role, and the Manchester City man showed some promising early signs of a fruitful relationship with Mount in particular.

“He had chances, was heavily involved in other chances. It was a good performance.” – Thomas Tuchel on Raheem Sterling

Mount was arguably the pick of the attacking trident, creating opportunities aplenty for his two aforementioned teammates but crucially also seeing clear sights of goal himself: his late tap-in and an earlier saved effort came from inside the six-yard box, while he had fired at Udinese goalkeeper Marco Silvestri’s legs when jinking his way into the hosts’ area.

Criticism of profligacy seems to have dogged Sterling for a while, and indeed he has finished with a negative xG delta (the difference between his expected goals and actual goals scored) in each of the last two seasons.

He was wasteful against Udinese, too, with even his goal a fortuitous one as the rebound from a spurned chance bobbled in off his torso.

Still, to be repeatedly getting into such dangerous positions is a positive, with 78 goals in his last five seasons evidence that shot volume can be as important as a clinical streak.

Question marks remain at the back for Chelsea, with two of their starters – Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.0m) and Marcos Alonso (£5.5m) – still reportedly keen on a move to Barcelona and Ben Chilwell (£6.0m) not only omitted from Friday’s first-choice XI but clearly still needing to recapture some match fitness after a rusty-looking display with the second string on Saturday morning.

Edouard Mendy (£5.0m) won’t want to rewatch Udinese’s only goal of the weekend either but Kalidou Kouilbaly (£5.5m) was a positive, deployed again in the left-sided centre-half spot vacated by Antonio Rudiger.

Saturday’s game saw Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.0m) used at right wing-back and play a part in both goals, first finishing well from a Mateo Kovacic (£5.0m) pass and then winning the penalty that Hakim Ziyech (£6.0m) converted.

Armando Broja (£5.5m) was spotted for the first time this pre-season, lasting 45 minutes as the spearhead of the Chelsea attack and seeing plenty of chances of his own.

Chelsea XI on Friday (3-4-3): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly (Emerson 72); James (Hudson-Odoi 72), Kante, Jorginho (Gilmour 84), Alonso; Havertz (Vale 72), Sterling (Kenedy 84), Mount

Chelsea XI on Saturday (3-4-3): Kepa (Bettinelli 67); Chalobah, Ampadu, Sarr (Emerson 67); Loftus-Cheek (Vale 77), Kovacic, Gallagher (Gilmour 77), Chilwell (Kenedy 67); Ziyech, Broja (Hudson-Odoi h/t), Pulisic.

FPL pre-season: Trossard hits hat-trick from wing-back role 1

EVERTON 3-0 DYNAMO KYIV

  • Goals: Calvert-Lewin, McNeil x2
  • Assists: Tarkowski, Iwobi, Vinagre

Match highlights

Dwight McNeil (£5.5m) bettered his entire 2021/22 attacking output for Burnley in a 28-minute showing on his Everton debut.

The newly signed winger emerged from the bench to first lash home an effort from distance and then nod in fellow debutant Ruben Vinagre‘s (£4.5m) cross.

 “I’m really delighted for him because there is pressure coming in and it’s all happened very quickly for him. To play at Goodison, coming on and impacting the game in the way in which he did – he showed the qualities why we brought him here. 

“I’m a big believer in him. It’s a fresh start at a new club for him and if he carries on like that the fans are going to love him.” – Frank Lampard on Dwight McNeil

McNeil has never hit double figures for FPL attacking returns in a season before so the jury remains well and truly out, particularly as a start is far from assured in Gameweek 1. Washed-up wingers Demarai Gray (£5.5m) and Andros Townsend (£5.5m) did have short-lived renaissances of their own after a move to Merseyside a year ago, of course, so we can’t write the England under-21 international off completely.

Frank Lampard seems set to go into the 2022/23 season in the same 3-4-3 shape that he ended the last campaign with, despite his stated desire to move to a 4-3-3.

That’s good news for FPL defenders Vitalli Mykolenko (£4.5m) and Nathan Patterson (£4.0m), who were pushed high and wide as wing-backs against Dynamo Kyiv.

Patterson is obviously an interesting case given his starting price and current injury to positional rival Seamus Coleman (£4.5m), although we did see Alex Iwobi (£5.5m) used at right wing-back in the win over Gameweek 1 opponents Chelsea in May.

Iwobi was here part of a midfield two alongside Abdoulaye Doucoure (£5.5m) on Friday but injuries rather forced Lampard’s hand, so the Nigeria international could still be deployed elsewhere on the opening weekend.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.0m) nodded in Everton’s opener, with summer recruit James Tarkowski (£4.5m) claiming the assist with a raking ball over the top.

Everton XI (3-4-3): Pickford; Tarkowski (Welch 83′), Keane (Holgate 62′), Godfrey (Nkounkou 83′); Patterson (Mills 83′), Iwobi (Warrington 83′), Doucoure (Allan 72′), Mykolenko (Vinagre 72′); Gray (McNeil 62′), Calvert-Lewin (Alli 62′), Gordon (Rondon 72′)

PRE-SEASON MINUTES TRACKER

FPL pre-season: Trossard hits hat-trick from wing-back role 2

1,507 Comments Post a Comment
  1. kamdaraji
    • 13 Years
    9 days, 1 hour ago

    Foden a good pick?

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 37 mins ago

      Pep roulette in the mid

    2. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 33 mins ago

      No City mids are other than KDB. Would much sooner take Rodri over any of the wide players.

  2. Oscar Slater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 days, 1 hour ago

    I realise that his ownership will absolutely nosedive after that shocking performance today but there's still going to be between 30% and 40% of teams starting out with Haaland next week. That's excellent news!

    1. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 7 Years
      9 days, 36 mins ago

      Wouldn’t call it shocking…

    2. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 36 mins ago

      He hasn't suddenly become a bad player

    3. The Cloud Watcher
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 32 mins ago

      On another day he gets a brace. Plus, it's only his 3rd (?) appearance in preseason. In a couple more weeks he'll be fully up to speed.

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 20 hours ago

        2nd. Scored in his first one. Had one disallowed in this.

        People love an over-reaction eh!

  3. mikeyboss33
      9 days, 1 hour ago

      Grealish looked well

      1. DRIZ ✅
        • 10 Years
        9 days, 35 mins ago

        He is on the watchlist

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 35 mins ago

        All three times he touched the ball?

      3. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        9 days, 35 mins ago

        Really? I look at players from a FPL perspective and saw little

        1. Simon69
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          9 days, 34 mins ago

          +42

        2. bso
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          8 days, 22 hours ago

          +1

      4. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 18 mins ago

        Mahrez and then Foden were much more threatening from an FPL perspective.

    • jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 1 hour ago

      Best mid under 6.5?

      Saka or martinelli?

      1. DRIZ ✅
        • 10 Years
        9 days, 35 mins ago

        Saka on pens?

      2. Simon69
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 days, 35 mins ago

        Saka is 8 m8

        1. Wild Rover
          • 11 Years
          9 days, 34 mins ago

          Sneaky shortcut to get in first

          1. Simon69
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            9 days, 29 mins ago

            Concise and friendly

      3. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        9 days, 35 mins ago

        Saka is 8m mate

      4. The Cloud Watcher
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 35 mins ago

        Saka is 8.0

      5. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 13 Years
        9 days, 34 mins ago

        Saka on pens blows all mids out of the water.

    • Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 13 Years
      9 days, 1 hour ago

      Here is a good question who scores more in the PL Nunez or Haaland and why?

      1. The Cloud Watcher
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 34 mins ago

        Haaland, because Man C will create more and better chances to score over the course of the season.

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 34 mins ago

        Nunez because he has more pace, problem is he won't start every game...

      3. Simon69
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 days, 31 mins ago

        My prediction is that it'll be right close

      4. DARE TO BISCAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 31 mins ago

        Haaland. Main man for City. Salah, for LFC

      5. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 27 mins ago

        Go for Both. Nunez is a steal at this price

      6. NorCal Villan
          8 days, 23 hours ago

          Who? Don’t know

          Why? He puts the ball in the net more than the other

      7. BROOKLYN GOONER
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 days, 1 hour ago

        Does this mean the quintuple is on?
        And any chance that Haaland gets sent out on loan?
        🙂

        1. BigJarvishManmynameisq
          • 8 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          Nuneaton are putting together a proposal for Haaland as we speak

      8. RICICLE
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          Who would you choose here guys?

          A) Cancelo + 6m Mid (Bruno G etc)
          B) 5.5m DEF (Perisic perhaps) + Maddison

          1. Simon69
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            9 days, 32 mins ago

            A easy

          2. The Cloud Watcher
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            9 days, 32 mins ago

            A until I get to see how Perisic fits in at Tottenham.

          3. RICICLE
              9 days, 25 mins ago

              Cheers guys, could even go Walker instead of Cancelo and upgrade the 6m mid to an 8m mid

            • Yank Revolution
              • 10 Years
              8 days, 14 hours ago

              A

          4. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
            • 13 Years
            9 days, 1 hour ago

            I checked fpl there. I was amazed Alverz Is priced at 6.5. Not very enticing. Should have been 5.5 then leaves question mark if people would use up a city spot for a sub.

            1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              9 days, 30 mins ago

              May not be popular now, but I can see him scoring more than the 6m forwards.

              1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                • 13 Years
                9 days, 4 mins ago

                Interesting because there will surely be times Alvarez starts. It would take a brave person to pick him lots of 1 points then maybe an 8 every so often.

          5. g40steve
            • 4 Years
            9 days, 1 hour ago

            Neco Williams looks cracking at 4m

            1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              9 days, 30 mins ago

              Really? How was Jesse?

              1. Bram
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 13 Years
                8 days, 23 hours ago

                Very involved - came off about 77 to a standing ovation.

          6. artvandelay316
            • 1 Year
            9 days, 1 hour ago

            Better to have Robertson and Mount or Cancelo and L. Diaz?

            1. RICICLE
                9 days, 24 mins ago

                Cancelo & Diaz I’d say to start with

              • DARE TO BISCAN
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                9 days, 22 mins ago

                Robbo
                Cancelo
                Mount
                Diaz
                (order of priority)

                1. ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
                  • 7 Years
                  8 days, 22 hours ago

                  Why not Diaz over Robbo? He's nailed so far and can use defender spot on other players

                  1. DARE TO BISCAN
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    8 days, 21 hours ago

                    Robbo is guaranteed to get lots of points and cheaper. Using your own logic, there's plenty of other 8.0 mids to get instead.

              • I Member
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                9 days, 16 mins ago

                Robbo and Mount

                1. artvandelay316
                  • 1 Year
                  9 days, 6 mins ago

                  Cheers all.

            2. sentz05
              • 6 Years
              9 days, 1 hour ago

              How does this look?

              Sanchez Steele
              TAA Robbo Cancelo James N Williams
              Salah Saka Neto Bailey Andreas
              Halland Jesus Greenwood

            3. Fish up a tree
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              9 days, 1 hour ago

              City look undercooked & lack of preseason games is showing I think.

              Given they have two tough away games in first 3 would you go Robbo over Cancelo?

              1. artvandelay316
                • 1 Year
                9 days, 27 mins ago

                Thinking the same thing. Just swapped Cancelo and Diaz out for Robertson and Mount, but still not sure on this.

            4. jackruet
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              9 days, 1 hour ago

              Best mid under 6.5?
              Saka or martinelli?

              Those two are separate questions. Thanks

              1. Simon69
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                9 days, 26 mins ago

                Answers:

                A) Martinelli

                B) Saka

            5. Scots Gooner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              9 days, 1 hour ago

              So Haaland and Cancelo are now poop? Nunes and Foden in? Right?

              1. Simon69
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                9 days, 25 mins ago

                Ake and Milner in lad

            6. Prawnsandwich
              • 3 Years
              9 days, 1 hour ago

              OK big at the back is back...

              Premium forwards not worth it, Son a better option than Kane/Halland and allows easy swith to KDB ...

              No cheapo mids

              8m slot in midfield

              No City defence for first few weeks

              Sanchez
              TAA Robbo James Perisic Doherty
              Salah Son Maddison Martinelli
              Jesus

              1. DARE TO BISCAN
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                9 days, 19 mins ago

                Are Perisic & Doh definite starters?

              2. Scots Gooner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                9 days, 18 mins ago

                Perisic and Doherty - big gamble having both.

                Otherwise very nice.

                1. Prawnsandwich
                  • 3 Years
                  9 days ago

                  Both starting tonight...should be first choice...can always change one to Trippier/City/Gabriel etc

            7. The Tinkerman
              • 6 Years
              9 days, 1 hour ago

              Now need to decide between:

              A) 532 with Cancelo
              B) 442 with Mount

              Rest of the XI:
              Ramsdale
              TAA, Robbo, James, Walker, ____
              Salah, Neto, Odegaard, _____
              Kane, Jesus

              1. Scots Gooner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                9 days, 20 mins ago

                B

            8. King Dong
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              9 days, 1 hour ago

              Changed my team every day this week but fairly confident I'm set now. What we thinking fellas?

              EDERSON (4.0)
              TRENT, CANCELO, GABRIEL, TRIPPIER (Patterson)
              SALAH, SON, MARTINELLI, BAILEY (Periera)
              JESUS, NUNEZ (Archer)

              1. No Need
                • 8 Years
                9 days, 18 mins ago

                Every hour on average here

              2. DARE TO BISCAN
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                9 days, 17 mins ago

                Like it

            9. Slam
              • 7 Years
              9 days, 1 hour ago

              Ederson
              TAA Robbo James Gabriel
              Salah Mount Martinelli Neto
              Kane Jesus

              4.0... Andreas Neco 4.5

              What we saying, decent?

            10. Iceball
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              9 days, 1 hour ago

              What do you think of Grealish? Probably lot of 58 minutes 1 pointer frustration, had him in but lot of doubt

              1. DARE TO BISCAN
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                9 days, 16 mins ago

                Same. Looking for alternatives.

            11. Avery
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              9 days, 1 hour ago

              https://twitter.com/mozofootball/status/1553446899084152832?s=21&t=TvDamASS_x4eoEB03ie9Kg

              Jack Grealish against Liverpool inside 58 minutes:

              1. Avery
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                9 days, 17 mins ago

                27 Touches
                2 Dribbles
                12 Passes
                70% Pass Accuracy
                0 Chances Created
                0 Shots
                0 Crosses
                0 Long Balls
                0 Tackles
                0 Interceptions

            12. I Member
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              9 days, 1 hour ago

              Mount or Saka? Have Jesus and Martinelli so Saka would be triple Arsenal attack.

              1. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                9 days, 1 hour ago

                Triple ARS attack is something that I would not entertain at this point ...

            13. Rinseboy
              • 10 Years
              9 days, 1 hour ago

              Too many eggs in the same baskets?

              Meslier
              TAA Cancello Gabriel AltNouri 4.0
              Diaz Saka Grealish Sancho 4.5
              Haaland Jesus Darwin

              1. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                9 days, 59 mins ago

                I would opt starting with Salah rather than Haaland for GW1

              2. DARE TO BISCAN
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                9 days, 58 mins ago

                Not enough LFC eggs

            14. C0YS
              • 6 Years
              9 days, 51 mins ago

              Best mid/forward 7m and under?

              A) Grealish
              B) Zaha
              C) Martial
              D) Mitrovic
              E) Other (who?)

              Currently on Martial but getting worried about his minutes now that Ronaldo is staying.

              Any help appreciated!

            15. jackruet
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              9 days, 51 mins ago

              I think its one of the Most balanced team.

              Sanchez
              Trent dias white
              Salah sancho martinelli neto
              Darwin haaland jesus

              Forster neco Batman colback

            16. Avery
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              9 days, 38 mins ago

              Forests goal in their draw tonight.
              83' - Awoniyi is released down the left channel and plays the ball across goal for Brennan to fire home

              https://twitter.com/nffcwazza/status/1553450942430863363?s=21&t=PMv2oTEyQbn986InGRpnbw

            17. Bevan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              8 days, 23 hours ago

              Martinelli (3/5/2)
              OR
              James (4/4/2)

              1. Dynamic Duos
                • 9 Years
                8 days, 19 hours ago

                James

            18. The 12th Man
              • 9 Years
              8 days, 23 hours ago

              Too risky to go Perisic and Doherty?

            19. bso
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              8 days, 23 hours ago

              Anyone see the Spurs game? No goal, but who looked good?

              1. WHUFCSmith23
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                8 days, 22 hours ago

                Nobody stood out, Doherty was playing very high. It felt like he was in the box a lot.

                1. bso
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  8 days, 22 hours ago

                  Thanks mate