Scout Notes

FPL review: Newcastle’s clean sheet run, Zaha’s injury, Villa’s defence

The Fantasy Premier League (FPL) talking points from four more of Saturday’s Premier League fixtures are discussed in our latest Scout Notes article.

Bournemouth v Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace v Newcastle United, Southampton v Aston Villa and West Ham United v Everton are the games in question.

The numbers you see in this article are taken from our Premium Members Area, where you can access Opta player and team data for every single Premier League fixture this season.

SIX IN SIX FOR NEWCASTLE DEFENCE

If you’re already sitting pretty on two or three representatives of Newcastle United’s defence, you’ll be swimming in clean sheet points.

It’s now six shut-outs in a row for Eddie Howe’s troops after Saturday’s goalless draw at Selhurst Park, a period in which the Magpies have allowed their opponents just one solitary big chance (a penalty to Fulham in Gameweek 20).

Above: Newcastle’s NPxGC is considerably better than even Arsenal and Man City’s in the last six matches

If you still only own the absurdly consistent Kieran Trippier (£6.0m), however, the question would have to be asked if now is the right time to add to your ranks, as galling as it may be to see the double/triple-ups elsewhere. The next two fixtures are excellent, make no mistake, but they also happen to be (likely) Double Gameweeks for other clubs and those precious free transfers might be needed elsewhere. Three potent attacks then follow in Gameweeks 24-26, the middle fixture of which could also be a blank.

It looks rosier thereafter, with the Magpies one of a handful of sides already assured of a fixture in Blank Gameweek 28 and enjoying some decent matches around it.

The goals have stopped flowing at the other end of the pitch, with just one scored in the last four matches, although remember that Newcastle followed up their last mini-drought (Gameweeks 5-9) with nine goals in two fixtures.

Above: Newcastle have underachieved on the expected goals (xG) front more than any other side in their last four matches, suggesting chances are still arriving

We might just be witnessing a regression to a more sustainable mean for Miguel Almiron (£5.9m), although it’s worth pointing out that he’s currently on his longest run of 2022/23 without a ‘big chance’ (four matches).

“We did most things right today, I thought we played very well. We controlled the game, had chances. Maybe not absolutely must-score moments but a lot of chances that you’d like to think we’d do better with if we’d have them again. We had a lot of the ball around their box, a lot of good build-up play. We just couldn’t score the goal.

“Whenever you’re not scoring, it’s a concern. We’re not scoring the numbers that I’d want to. But I don’t think there’s any concern about our style of play in terms of how we’re approaching the game.

“Teams are giving us a lot of respect, they’re putting a lot of men behind the ball. For an away team coming here, to have the amount of possession and control that we did is unusual.” – Eddie Howe

Palace remain bottom of our Season Ticker until the March international break, so there’s little Fantasy interest in the mid-table Eagles.

They may be without their talisman for a while, too, after Wilfried Zaha (£7.3m) limped off with a hamstring injury on Saturday.

“There is no update. We will have to wait until Monday to really find out the nature of the injury.

“It looked like a hamstring injury, yeah.” – Patrick Vieira on Wilfried Zaha

DEBUTANT WATCH

We saw a cluster of January transfer window signings in action for their new clubs in Gameweek 21, including two at the Vitality Stadium.

Chris Wood (£5.6m) made his Nottingham Forest bow and was thrust straight into the starting XI at Bournemouth, who handed a first start to Dango Ouattara (£5.0m).

Wood was quiet but his job could be more facilitator than outright goal threat anyway, freeing up room for the players around him – on Saturday, that was Morgan Gibbs-White (£5.5m) and Brennan Johnson (£5.6m).

It wasn’t just the Gameweek 21 stats that suggested this but Forest boss Steve Cooper himself.

“In the future, he will get a lot more balls, a lot more service and probably a lot more space. But what you saw is he occupies more than one defender, which then means the space opens up for the likes of Morgan and Brennan. That’s really important we’ve got that in our game, because we need to have a variety of attacks.” – Steve Cooper on Chris Wood

Chris WoodMorgan Gibbs-WhiteBrennan Johnson
Penalty area touches169
Shots045
Shots in the box023
Expected goals (xG)0.000.170.26

Gibbs-White’s seven chances created took him to 21 in his last six matches, more than any other FPL midfielder. Forest’s travel sickness drags on, however, with only one win and three goals scored on the road this season.

Ouattara was very bright down the Bournemouth right flank, registering five shots of his own and teeing up Jaidon Anthony (£5.2m) for the hosts’ opener, the Cherries’ first goal since the restart. But whatever infinitesimally small interest we might have had in Bournemouth players further shrinks when we look at the upcoming fixture list:

Away from the south coast, Danny Ings (£6.4m) made a debut for West Ham United but only as a late substitute.

BOWEN BRACE, BUDGET WING-BACKS

On the subject of the Hammers, a Jarrod Bowen (£8.0m) brace helped David Moyes see off Frank Lampard (in more ways than one, it appears) in the game dubbed ‘El Sackico’.

Bowen’s two goals doubled his disappointing tally for 2022/23. Both strikes were deemed ‘big chances’ by Opta and they were his first such opportunities since Gameweek 14, so there has to be a significant asterisk next to the 16-point haul due to the quality of the opposition.

Certainly, looking at West Ham’s upcoming fixtures (four top-six sides and/or as many as two blanks), there’s little to get excited about from an FPL perspective.

One to thing monitor for more favourable future fixture runs will be Moyes’s use of formation, as the wing-back system was back in operation here and featured bargain-bin defenders Vladimir Coufal (£4.1m) and Emerson Palmieri (£4.0m) down the flanks. Emerson was the more impressive of the two, recording two penalty box touches, one shot and two chances created, but so long as more orthodox full-back Aaron Cresswell (£4.8m) is around and Moyes retains some use of a 4-2-3-1/4-3-3, there’ll always be game-time uncertainty.

As for Everton, we now await the axe falling on Lampard. The Toffees had just five shots all game in east London and only Wolves have now scored fewer goals this season.

VILLA DEFENCE IMPRESSING UNDER EMERY

It’s now five league wins, one draw and just one defeat for Aston Villa under new boss Unai Emery, with Ollie Watkins‘ (£7.1m) late goal securing all three points at Southampton. That was Watkins’ fourth attacking return in six matches during his new manager’s tenure.

An ‘out of position’ Leon Bailey (£4.5m) again looked a threat in the final third, registering four shots in all, but his finishing was back to being wasteful after his confidence-boosting goal in Gameweek 20.

While Villa’s attack is still bottom-half material for expected goals (xG) under Emery, their defensive numbers are more eye-catching:

Above: Villa are ranked fifth for expected goals conceded (xGC) since Unai Emery joined

It’s not all been plain sailing (Leeds were the better side last week) but Villa have faced free-scoring outfits like Manchester United, Brighton and Hove Albion, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in Emery’s first seven games, just to provide some context.

Alex Moreno (£4.5m) looked attacking on his full debut, registering two shots and as many chances created, while the other three members of Villa’s back four all cost under £4.5m, including an impressive Tyrone Mings (£4.3m).

One of the few sides unaffected by Blank Gameweeks 25, 28 and 32, Villa rise to first in our Season Ticker once matches against the top two are out of the way:

Goalscoring remains a bit of a problem for Southampton, with just four goals arriving in their first five post-restart fixtures. To say they’re overly reliant on James Ward-Prowse (£6.2m) might be an understatement, as he’s scored all four. Even here, it was the set-piece-taking talisman – again deployed in an advanced number 10 role – who thought he had broken the deadlock, only for his deflected effort to be ruled out for a foul by VAR.


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  1. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Points predictions for Mitrovic and Kane tonight?

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Mitro -1
      Kane +13

    2. OptimusBlack
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I hope two goals for each

    3. Pino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Kane 8p (goal and 2bp)

      Mitro 0-2p (depending if he takes a penalty or not)

    4. Botman and Robben
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      10, 16

    5. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Mitro 5 Kane 7

    6. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Kane has a good record in London derbies so let's say 8 points for Kane and no team has conceded more than Spurs in the last 10, so I go at least a goal for Mitro so 9 points.

    7. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Mitro 13
      Kane 7

  2. Atimis
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Which makes more sense?

    1. KDB Almiron to Bruno Ode/Saka -4 followed by Toney Martineli to Nketiah Mahrez -4,
    Andreas bench

    2. KDB Almiron to Bruno Ode -4 followed by Andreas to Mahrez,
    Toney bench

    Not afraid of taking hits

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      1

      1. Atimis
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Cheers

  3. Alan Watts
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Want to get Bruno in this GW, then next GW a 3rd Arsenal and maybe KDB, but that would take two transfers to remove Ederson

    Ederson
    Tripper. Shaw. Schar
    Mahrez. Odegaard. Rashford .Mitoma
    Haaland. Kane. Toney

    Ward Martinelli. Doherty Bueno
    4.9 itb

    Make sense to keep Martinelli at this stage, should play most of the games, City game might suit him...just need to get Saka or Nketia
    Cant justify taking two transfers to remove Ederson and get in KDB, if also want another Arsenal attacker

    This GW : Mitoma to Bruno, or sugggestions ? ; cant really sell Utd/Arsenal/Mahrez, obviously dont like sellling Mitoma BOU

    Next GW :

    a) Bruno to Saka
    b) Toney to Nketia
    c) Bruno to KDB, Ederson to Pope; -4
    d) Bruno to KDB, Ederson to Pope; Toney to Nketia; -8

    1. Fintroy
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      B - Bruno hardly setting the world alight....

      1. Fintroy
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        sorry reread....... Defo A

      2. Alan Watts
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Returned every game since restart, 2 goals, 3 assists; back to the best FPL asset of all time ?

    2. Alan Watts
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Option 2 :

      Keep Mitoma this week and play vs BOU; Martinelli to Bruno, bench Toney SOU, or Kane MCI

      Next GW :
      Only one ARS, Odegaard, so :

      A. Bruno to Saka
      B. Tony to Nketia
      C. Both for-4

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    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      poor taste wishing a long term injury on a young player.

      It just means the rest of your squad makes the difference.

      In a sense it levels the disparity of the captain selection so levels the rest of the playing field.

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Injury is not the answer! But I do hope FPL do something about it next season like make VC count for something

      1. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Even scrapping captaincy entirely would be better than this

        1. Dags
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          How about getting 2 transfers per week. And better classification of a forward and mid. Mids and Fwds point system needs some work too. Mids getting too many points compared to fwds. How is salah a mid lol in their system. Many wingers are classified as fwds.

          1. The Mentaculus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 6 months ago

            I'm all in favour of extra transfers - or a bulk allocation that you can use whenever. I like the classifications though. Dabbled in the World Cup fantasy game & it was terrible having all attacking mids made into forwards when you can only choose 3.

            1. Dags
              • 2 Years
              1 year, 6 months ago

              Have they ever changed their rules or point system ever? Seems like they like a stale game!

    3. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Injury is not the answer! But I do hope FPL do something about it next season like make VC count for something

      1. Lord.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Did you put the armband on that post?

        1. Boxwoods
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          😆

        2. The Mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          Hehe apparently!

    4. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      i didnt captain him and a few on this forum didnt either.

      1. g40steve
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        KDB says hi & Rashford three previous games.

  5. Skogen89
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Kepa
    Tripper. Shaw. Cancelo
    Martinelli. Kdb. Rashford .almiron. Andreas
    Haaland. Kane. Gnonto(?)

    Thinking of doing cancelo and almiron > bruno and White or estupinan (-4)

    Good idea?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      May as well wait for injury news etc.

      1. Skogen89
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Yeah, but do you like my plan? Which defender dobyou prefer? (4.6)

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          looks sensible now.

          Estupinan or Gabriel?

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 year, 6 months ago

            maybe Gabriel is too expensive

            1. Skogen89
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 year, 6 months ago

              Yeah cant afford gabriel. Could do botman ofcourse..

    2. Skogen89
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      And i have ward, cucurella(!), Patterson as well...

  6. AC/DC AFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Fulham can overtake Spurs tonight if both London clubs keep up their recent form.

  7. putana
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    that second half against crystal palace really skyrocketed kane's EO. Not sure many people would have brought him in for the double if he blanked

  8. Bobby Digital
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Every Haland point gave me a rank boost of 136 places, so it's not worth much but still something.

    In comparison every Kane pt gives me a boost of 357 places and Mitro 1348 places.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Go Mitrovic!!

    2. DARK SIDE OF THE LOON
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Didn't captain Haaland. Massive rank drop.

      1. g40steve
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Same went Kev, lost 11 points I believe

        1. DARK SIDE OF THE LOON
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          I have gone with Kane!

          1. g40steve
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 6 months ago

            Goal max bonus will not be too bad, two goals & bonus should be jumping?

            1. DARK SIDE OF THE LOON
              • 7 Years
              1 year, 6 months ago

              I hope they don't wait for the second half to realize they are actually supposed to play.

      2. Shark Team
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        I went with Kane changing last min before deadline. I’m really killing my season there

        1. DARK SIDE OF THE LOON
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          I have gone with Kane too!

          1. Shark Team
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 6 months ago

            Never expected Haaland to be that lively, let’s hope Kane scores at least one

            1. DARK SIDE OF THE LOON
              • 7 Years
              1 year, 6 months ago

              I think he was a bit lucky. That pen was totally intentional and Mahrez could have easily taken a shot at goal himself rather than passing to Haaland.

              1. DARK SIDE OF THE LOON
                • 7 Years
                1 year, 6 months ago

                Unintentional*

              2. Shark Team
                • 6 Years
                1 year, 6 months ago

                Yes but he usually gets this kind of delivery from City, I just thought this will be a 1-0 2-0 win for City so I went with Kane where so expect a more open game with goals from both sides. Also Kane tends to do well at London derbies

    3. putana
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      what rank are you? im 80k and getting 1500 places for every kane point

    4. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      how do u check that out?

      1. Lord.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Livefpl

        1. RICICLE
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          I’ve tried to look for this on LiveFPL but no idea how to actually do it, it’s a great site but confusing at the same time

          1. Shark Team
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 6 months ago

            On live ranks bar go to the “What If?” Option

            1. Shark Team
              • 6 Years
              1 year, 6 months ago

              I meant live tools

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Livefpl.net/rank

        Scroll down to "Rank Gains from Your Team".

  9. Zimo
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    I wish I knew if the double was gonna happen. I wanna make the transfers and forget about fpl till February

    1. I Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Wouldn't be wise even if the double was confirmed. Plenty of time for injuries.

    2. Scalper
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Forget about it until Feb 2nd.

    3. Shark Team
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Forget about it for this week and you will know next Monday

    4. Sandy Ravage
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I've made my transfer and almost convinced myself I was gonna get Bruno anyways even without the double

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        plenty of cup football to be played.

        bound to be some issues around the corner.

    5. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      12 days to next FPL deadline, it will feel like a international break and a lot can happen between now and then.

  10. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Zero idea what moves I'll make (a lie, I've loads of ideas), but it's not easy to figure this puzzle out.

    Have Andreas, Mitrović and Perišić or Robertson (might be best if I.P. is benched and stays there, and Fulham run riot).

    I will be waiting for the cup games of course, and likely Almiron and Cancelo out for literally anyone else. I've finally given up hope of the Portugeezer doing much more this season. He's stuck in the Fodenzone.

  11. NZREDS
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    For the DGW:

    A) Arrizabalaga -> DDG
    B) KDB -> Bruno

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      B

    2. RICICLE
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      If not got Shaw then A
      But I’m in favour of B

  12. The Ilfordian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    I know we’re only minutes away from finding out but that Paul O’Keefe chap know his stuff and Doherty starts right?

    1. Wild Rover
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Not 100%, but he’s usually right

      1. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Cool, thanks Wild Rover. I’m hoping he gets more than Beuno

        1. Wild Rover
          • 13 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          I’ve got Shaw coming in if he doesn’t play 🙁

          1. The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 6 months ago

            Tough break. Here’s hoping

          2. Eze Really?
            • 10 Years
            1 year, 6 months ago

            Same with Perisic

    2. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      That's right, you'll find out in a few minutes

    3. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Doherty benched, unlucky

  13. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Kick of delayed until 8:15pm

    1. Eze Really?
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Why?

      1. Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Transport issues apparently

      2. ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Transport issues. The District Line, among others, which many supporters use to travel to Craven Cottage is currently suspended.

    2. RICICLE
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Eurghhh

  14. Sim Simma
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 13 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    ⚽ Team News 📰
    Fulham : Leno, Tete, Diop, Ream, Robinson, Palhinha, Reed, Pereira, Willian, Decordova-Reid, Mitrovic.
    Subs: Rodak, Kurzawa, Tosin, Wilson, Cairney, Chalobah, James, Solomon, Vinicius.

    Tottenham : Lloris; Royal, Dier, Romero, Davies, Hojbjerg, Perisic, Kulusevski, Bentancur, Son, Kane.
    Subs: Forster, Doherty, Sanchez, Tanganga, Longlet, Skipp, Sessegnon, Bissouma, Richarlison.

    1. Wild Rover
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Balls

      1. g40steve
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Ouch

    2. Qaiss
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Conte is so stubborn man..

      1. snow pea in repose
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        He may be looking for a way out without saying so

        1. Qaiss
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          He can’t build a team, needs everything on a plate.

  15. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Tottenham team news - Unchanged from City defeat
    Tottenham: Lloris; Royal, Dier, Romero, Davies, Hojbjerg, Perisic, Kulusevski, Bentancur, Son, Kane.
    Subs: Forster, Doherty, Sanchez, Tanganga, Longlet, Skipp, Sessegnon, Bissouma, Richarlison.

    Fulham team news - Robinson in
    Fulham: Leno, Tete, Diop, Ream, Robinson, Palhinha, Reed, Pereira, Willian, Decordova-Reid, Mitrovic.
    Subs: Rodak, Kurzawa, Tosin, Wilson, Cairney, Chalobah, James, Solomon, Vinicius.

  16. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Unavoidable question: play Ederson (tot) or Ward (avl)? 😛

    1. Mama Murphy's chair
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I want to sell Ward for a non-playing GK so I'm no longer tempted!

    2. Touré De Force
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Ederson. Reckon City are going to tighten up

  17. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Wonder if Mark gets that Estupiñán haul off the bench. No Doherty!

    1. RICICLE
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I reckon he’ll come on at some point

    2. Touré De Force
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      A few in my MLs have Estupiñán in their squad this week - what gives, where did the sudden love come from?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        It's hard to accept but they're just better than us I'm afraid. We're boring casual managers now.

        1. Touré De Force
          • 14 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          It's bizarre how he just became fashionable all of a sudden, did one of the pundits put him up?!

          1. Sandy Ravage
            • 8 Years
            1 year, 6 months ago

            2nd most assists and good fixtures

  18. Fred54
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    hC345Sam
    Hearing that the Tottenham team news could be interesting later on, as Conte could rotate some of his 11.

    This guy is very quickly losing top tier status.

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      It’s the same starting 11

    2. Qaiss
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Yeah I saw that. That was a total guess tweet. Just copied Paul O Keefes predicted lineup

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      "Hearing that..."
      "Understand that..."

      Some of the phrases I f**king hate reading from so-called reporters & ITKs...

      It is however a big giveaway that they're not confident enough in their 'source' enough to distance themselves from making it sound a little more certain.

  19. putana
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Predictions? I'll go 2-2

    1. Touré De Force
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      1-0

    2. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      With no Doherty interest I hope Mitrovic goes medieval on the Spurs goal 4-1 (consolation for Kane)

    3. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      3-2

    4. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      3-2 Spurs Kane hat-trick and Mitrovic brace. Perhaps that’s wishful thinking though ………so realistically 1-1

    5. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      2 1 Fulham

  20. Danno - Emre Canada
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Evening all, if money was no object, which two of Arsenals attacking foursome is everybody’s cup of tea?

    1. Touré De Force
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Odegaard, Saka

    2. Mama Murphy's chair
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Saka, Odergaad.

    3. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Saka Ødegaard

    4. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Nketiah has got far better recent numbers than Saka/Odegaard. Otherwise I might have said what the rest have said.

      Honestly Martinelli's numbers are still good too.

    5. DARK SIDE OF THE LOON
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I am going with Ode + Nketiah

      1. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Thanks all, I was on Saka and Odegaard but with recent Nketiah form, eye test, stats and chat from manager and players I’m now thinking Saka and Nketiah, also frees up a midfield spot. Tough one.

    6. OptimusBlack
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I already have Ramsdale White & Ødegaard so I would get just one of Saka or Nketiah and I pick Nketiah + Selling White

    7. Tasty Jerk
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Had Nketiah and Martinelli since for a few months now, and keeping Nketiah but going to do Martinelli to Ødegaard I think. Saka just abit to pricy for me.

      1. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Thanks, do you reckon you would choose Saka if you had the dollar?

  21. Supersonic_
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Kane and Andreas returns please

  22. Touré De Force
    • 14 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Laporte - likely to get a run of starts assuming 100% fit?

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      No thanks to Pep rotation

  23. Alan Watts
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Doherty on bench is OK, can easily come on, pop into the box and score...

    No double meanings intended

  24. Lord of Ings
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Owning Doherty has been nothing but painful.

  25. OverTinker
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Fark it. I did kdb to Bruno last night and now learned that united double next GW isn't certain

    1. Count of Monte Hristo
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Remind me what their double is dependant on?

      1. Count of Monte Hristo
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        No Reading replay in the FA Cup I think. Don’t think that will be an issue.

  26. Touré De Force
    • 14 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    How many of your GW1 squad were in your squad this week? 5 for me, which I was suprised at (expected it to be lower)

    1. sirmorbach
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Oh my, I fell for the Bailey trap.

      In hindsight, my GW1 team looks so bad lol

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Trippier, Martinelli, Haaland

    3. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Ward, Trippier, Haaland, Kane

  27. Alan Watts
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Is Nketia really the best 2nd, 3rd Arsenal option...

    Both goals against Utd, while well taken, were really poor defending, he was basically unmarked...

    1. Zimo
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Odegaard and Saka are better options. If u want a 3rd attacker from them then yes. Which seems like its easily doable with double Newcastle defence and Shaw. So Arsenal defender unneeded.

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Does he have to score a goal like Saka's before you'll consider him?

      1. Alan Watts
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Yes, exactly like Sakas, popmaybe not from that far out or beating a man etc, but maybe just maybe he won't be left unmarked everytime the ball falls to him...which means the other Arsenal options could be better

        1. Alan Watts
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          *but maybe

  28. NotNowKato
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Can I ask for some advice please.

    Would you...

    A. Triple Captain Rashford (palace and Leeds at home)

    B. Bench boost Ward (Villla A), Estupiniam (Bournemouth H), Buemo H(Liverpool H) and Mtrovic (Chelsea A).

    1. NotNowKato
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Thinking about it, it's Captain Rashford and play bench boost isn't it.

      1. OptimusBlack
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        This

    2. Eleven Hag
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Neither

      1. NotNowKato
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Really?