Scout Notes – Gameweek 13 – Saturday

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Bryan Oviedo and Gerard Deulofeu dazzle in their first league starts for the Toffees. Aaron Ramsey bags a brace against his former club as Arsenal move further ahead of the chasing pack, Sam Allardyce changes formation and drops Ravel Morrison as the Hammers thrash Fulham, Yoan Gouffran impresses once again for Newcastle, while Michael Turner shifts to the bench as Norwich squeeze past Palace.

Oviedo and Deulofeu Stake a Claim
In their first league starts of the season, Bryan Oviedo and Gerard Deulofeu racked up the points in Everton’s home demolition of Stoke. The loss of Leighton Baines was meant to weaken the Toffees prospects, but Oviedo put in a star performance, serving up a goal and assist against the Potters as Roberto Martinez retained a four-man backline in the England star’s absence. A 4-0 win means the Merseysiders have now registered a clean sheet in four of the last five Gameweeks and, while trips to United and Arsenal diminish their short-term prospects, a run of four home matches in six from Gameweek 16 (FUL, swa, SUN, SOU, sto, NOR) suggests points could be a real possibility at both ends of the pitch.

Further up the field, on-loan Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu got the nod ahead of Kevin Mirallas on the right of the front three and tormented Mark Hughes’ side with a stunning wing display. Having been gradually eased into action off the bench in recent weeks, he also chipped in with a goal and assist to suggest he could well steal plenty game time off Mirallas – frustratingly, though, Deulofeu is classified as a forward in FPL, practically extinguishing his appeal, with the Belgian’s owners now reconsidering their options after he was benched for the first time this term in spite of a double-figure haul in last week’s Merseyside derby. With Oviedo classed as a midfielder in the FPL, Saturday’s events at Goodison had little or no impact on our options within the Everton sqaud other than perhaps further limit the appeal of Mirallas.

Ramsey Rises to the Occasion
A return to former club Cardiff saw the midfielder bag a brace as Arsenal moved seven points clear of their title rivals. Having drawn blanks in each of the previous two, Ramsey had slightly stumbled heading into yesterday’s game against the Bluebirds, but he served up yet another comprehensive haul for his 59% Fantasy owners. Ramsey’s 15-point return was the fifth time he has produced double figures this season – those who have steadfastly refused to bring him into their Fantasy sides are being punished time and again, with Ramsey now up to 94 points for the season, more than his total from 2012/13.

The 3-0 result was also the Gunners’ fourth clean sheet in five as they continue to impress defensively – they have now conceded just seven goals since the 3-1 loss to Villa in Gameweek 1. While Wenger had hinted at rotation in midweek, his threat failed to materialise – the Arsenal boss named the same XI for the second league match in a row; only the second time he has done so this term.

Villa’s Resolute Backline
The return of Andreas Weimann and Gabby Agbonlahor to Villa’s XI failed to reignite Christian Benteke’s stuttering season but Paul Lambert’s backline once again delivered the points. A goalless draw at home to Sunderland was a third clean sheet in four for Brad Guzan and his defence, with Villa now up to five shut-outs for the campaign – equalling their tally for the entire 2012/13 season. The schedule remains strong for the midlands outfit – Fulham, Stoke and Palace in the next five bodes well for further defensive returns, though Nathan Baker owners will be eyeing up a move out after he was dropped from the XI to accommodate fit-again Antonio Luna at left-back.

Turner Ousted in Canaries Defensive Reshuffle
A 1-0 home win over Palace helped Norwich to their first clean sheet since Gameweek 9 yesterday. While many had anticipated a move to midfield for Martin Olsson due to injuries to Anthony Pilkington and Robert Snodgrass, the Swede retained the left-back berth, though Chris Hughton surprisingly omitted Michael Turner for the first time this term and brought back Seb Bassong alongside Ryan Bennett in the heart of th back-four. Bennett, at just 3.9 in FPL, has now started all three league matches since Norwich’s 7-0 mauling at City and seems to have persuaded his manager he’s worthy of a starting role – with home games against Swansea and Fulham on either side of a trip to Sunderland between Gameweeks 16-18, Hughton’s side will be confident of boosting their tally of three clean sheets so far.

Change in Shape Helps Hammers Find their Goal Touch
Having seen his side score just once in the previous four Gameweeks, Sam Allardyce’s decision to shift to a 4-2-3-1 formation for the visit of Fulham paid dividends yesterday. With Modibo Maiga leading the line and Kevin Nolan back in the role in “the hole”, the Hammers boss surprisingly dropped Ravel Morrison to the bench for the first time since Gameweek 3 – ending a run of nine straight starts for the budget midfield prospect. A 3-0 hammering of the Cottagers was even more comprehensive than it sounded – the hosts had 23 shots, with 12 on target, while Martin Jol’s men failed to trouble Jussi Jaaskelainen even once. After conceding three in each of the previous two fixtures, Allardyce could well decide to retain the same system ahead of games against Palace and Sunderland in the next three. Whilst those holding Hammers defensive options will be optimistic, Morrison’s owners will no doubt be concerned over his omission, in spite of the fact he climbed off the bench to provide a late assist.

A 4-4-2 Suits Gouffran
A fourth successive win took Newcastle into fifth last night as Alan Pardew’s side got the better of West Brom at St James’ Park. Whilst Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye have hogged the majority of our Fantasy attention in recent weeks, Yoan Gouffran continues to remain firmly under the radar despite a series of impressive displays for the Tyneside team. The Frenchman’s opener against the Baggies was the third time he has scored in the last four Gameweeks and, with an assist also thrown in over that period, his ascent in form has been marked. Crucially, it’s coincided with a shift to 4-4-2, with Pardew partnering Remy and Shola Ameobi through the centre and allowing Gouffran the chance to drift in from the left and lend his weight to his side’s attacks. Although Gouffran is a very reasonable 6.3 in FPL, Remy’s 8.1 price tag is hard to overlook – he may have failed to find the net yesterday but served up an assist for his Fantasy owners, taking his tally to eight goals and two assists in just 11 appearances since arriving on loan from QPR.

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  1. No Townsend......?

    1. I reckon he feels Lennon is better to have on the counter attack.

      1. Lennon is just better.

        1. not by much, but better

          1. Townsend is young, so it is not a big diss on him. Still has time to improve as he clearly has the tools

      2. i reckon he has no idea what he's doing..

    2. well would you?

      1. Fair point

    3. I think avb has realised how sh*t he is

    4. He missed the entrance i believe

  2. So true :grin:

    Teletext/Football Italia/Sticker albums ftw :cool: :lol:

    1. Classics :grin:

    2. The teletext screen shot.

      So many hours spent on that.

      Leading goal scorers was my favourite page.

    3. That's quality bro :)

  3. Wilshere in for Barkley or Terry in for Baines this gameweek? Which is more essential considering next few gameweeks,?

    1. don't get wilshere, too much risk of injury/yc magnet and rotation looms with him.

    2. Wilshere is a punt Terry is mainstream

    3. Get Terry. Great fixtures and a goal threat.

  4. Paul Walker, from Fast & The Furious, died in a car crash last night :(

    1. RIP
      trying to resist not to make a joke about FF

  5. Bale hat-trick last night, not bad for the second best player from Wales!

    1. I know, still not quite on Giggsy's level is he.

      1. Giggs can't even manage a start over Danny Welbeck

    2. agree giggsy remains the GOAT

      Rambo 3rd

    3. avb must be kicking himself

    4. Lets face it all the best players come from Wales

      1. Actually not that bad of a claim, considering Giggsy and Bale are a better combo than any country in the world could put together.

      2. and when you say players
        you mean sheep..

    5. Baah, third maybe says the sister-in-law

  6. Can anyone recommend a decent television ?

    1. 33inch dell circa 2006.. cost you about 100 squids wickedly over engineered

    2. mine is good

      1. it's conveniently placed in my living room

    3. LG led 32 inc HD

  7. Would you prefer Johnson or Agger?

  8. RVP>?

    Already got Suarez and Aguero.

    1. Rooney

    2. Are all of your other players 4.5s?

      1. Nope.

        Got Migs,GJ,Terry,Oscar,Ramsey,Sess.

        1. Get Rooney or Lukaku.

    3. send lukaku some chocs and chips and then buy him :)

    4. I'd be tempted to get Rooney just for the MORRASS factor:


      and then you can amuse yourself trying to do transfers to make the anagram better

    1. Not funny

    2. I admire the religious intolerance.

  9. Who is taking Rat's spot in the WHU defence??

    Thinking of getting Collins.

    1. mcartney I think

      1. Cheers.

  10. €2 on both Aguero & Suarez to score a hattrick today returns €270

    Get on it :cool:

    1. What's the odds on each scoring a goal? (More my kind of bet). ;)

      1. €10 returns €28. Nearly 2/1!

    2. Hopefully you will get those money and I'll get my points :D

    3. Rooney FGS, UTD win 2-0 will win me £60 hopefully

  11. Time to drop Townsend I feel. 8.2m to spend...any ideas?

    Current midfield:
    Ozil Rambo Hazard Januzaj

    1. navas maybe....

    2. No one is really exciting at that price. Brunt? Morrison (verge of ban though). See how tony v/ kagawa get on today

      1. shame you cant get coutinho

    3. spend on defence

  12. some rumours going around RVP out for 3 months, highly unreliable

    1. Music to Rooney owners' ears. Up top and all those yummy set pieces om nom nom

    2. Thanks for passing them on then...

      1. Dont hate the player hate the "game" ]

        1. Too deep for me mate... :-?

    3. did you start them?

  13. 1FT transfer, 3 Liverpool, no United
    Sturridge > Rooney
    No brainer?

    1. Not bad. Just hope it doesn't blow the rest of your budget.

      1. My team at the moment is:
        Migs 4.0
        Terry, Vert, Clyne, Mert, Baker
        Ozil, Rambo, Morrison, Brady, Ward-Prowse
        Aguero, Suarez, Sturridge

        Not really sure where else I'd spend the money.

  14. Im not Welsh but as I started thinking about it, could any country put together a better 1-2 punch in the recent 20 years than Giggs and Bale? Maybe yes, but who would they be.

    First thoughts:

    Messi, Aguero
    Ronaldo aand Rui Costa maybe
    Ronaldinho, Ronaldo

    1. Tim Cahill all by himself.

      1. I like Köller over him

    2. Xavi Iniesta

      1. Sadly I have to agree, though, I personally am such a non fan, and prefer Bale- Giggs by a mile. But you cant argue with the titles.

    3. Ronaldinho-Ronaldo>> IMO
      Or any combo of Brazilians from Rivaldo,Romario,Ronaldo and Ronaldinho.

      1. Romario great, but below Ronaldo so pointless in this discussion IMO. Same could be said on Rivaldo vs Ronaldinho I think

    4. I thought of Scholes and someone from england too maybe Gerrard?. Probably lacking some german combo, but they have mostly been a team of greats with no standout talent.

  15. Help with spending my 2 free transfers

    Need to dump Barkley and Townsend I think but who to bring in? I have 11.4 to spend

    Mig (4.0)

    Coleman terry willaims (baker Chester)

    Ozil Oscar Morrison (Barkley Townsend)

    Suerez rooney augero

  16. This support_believe guy on twitter has tweeted that Coutinho is fit for the bench.....

    1. I wouldn't rely on it mate...

      Wait and see :)

    2. Seems to be very reliable, regarding Liverpool. Probably one of BR's coaches account. :-D

    3. If he's correct today, I will follow his twitter.

  17. excuse me but how the f**k did Cabaye get awarded that assist? I just looked. Saw it on MOTd it ballooned in the air off the keeper after another newcastle player got their head on it

    1. Write a complaint to fpl

    2. Its a joke.

      Baines didnt get it last week, but Cabaye gets one almost identical this week...

    3. Have you checked the rules?

      If a shot on goal is blocked by an opposition player, is saved by a goalkeeper or hits the woodwork, and a goal is scored from the rebound, then an assist is awarded."

      1. It wasnt a shot on goal, it was a corner...

        1. Ah, interesting. Points confirmed. Can they be changed up until Monday still?

          1. Not sure, but it's massively inconsistent.

            People that care enough, should email them asking for clarification between the 2 assists.

        2. was it going in though...I couldn't tell but it looked like it could have been

          1. Are you serious?

            Not even close to going in...

            The ball was heading towards the penalty spot, the keeper rushed out & punched it away, it might have took a slight graze of a strikers head before he punched it.

            1. wasn't the keeper well inside his 6 yard box? (I wasn't watching carefully)

              1. No.

                It was never on target, not even close.

          2. at the start of the season Hazard got one from a cross...initially they didn't give it most likely because they'd not thought things through properly...but it was a cross curling towards goal and on target

            they have to differentiate between a shot and a cross somehow so it's going to be this surely

            1. Baines free kick last week, that didnt get an assist, may have been going on target.

              That corner yesterday, was never on target.

      2. I've not seen the goal and not saying it should have been given by the way, not sure if it was correctly awarded.

  18. Murner owners - switching to Collins? Or someone else? He needs to rotate with Shaw for me.

  19. best palace def ?

    looking to replace rosenior as 5th def

    1. Gabbidon. But dont expect any CS. Nailed On 4m def the only bonus.

  20. New Post
    1. Cheers

  21. Glad free live streams exist...

    Bloody BT stealing the games

  22. Best defender for long term, 4.4 in the bank? Was thinking somebody from Villa, but the fixtures are not too kind.

  23. Wonder if they'll pass it back to Lloris at KO?

  24. oh noes i have michael 'dead voice' owen as commentator.. how to make a boring game crueller

  25. Walker!

    This gameweek gets better and better :)

  26. What happened to Yanga-Mbiwa yesterday?

    Should I get rid?

    Thinking Gabiddon

  27. No County and a brady start is good

    wazza brace for my proxy team Samcro f.c also good.

  28. How is everybody feeling about Liverpool.

    Looking at additional Liverpool options.

    With Sturridge gone who is most likely to offer us midfield options

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  • Salah
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  • Mata
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  • Adebayor
  • Aguero
  • Caulker
  • Ramsey
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