Scout Notes

Digne keeps up FPL scoring sequence with double-digit haul

Everton’s run of four Premier League home matches without a victory was halted at Goodison Park on Sunday as Bournemouth were beaten 2-0.

The Toffees also recorded their first clean sheet since November on an excellent afternoon for owners of Everton’s defensive assets – in particular, Lucas Digne and Kurt Zouma.

We round up the key Fantasy talking points, manager quotes and injury updates from a fifth defeat in seven top-flight fixtures for Eddie Howe’s side.

Everton 2-0 Bournemouth

  • Goals: Kurt Zouma (£5.0m), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.3m)
  • Assists: Lucas Digne (£5.2m), Ademola Lookman (£5.1m)

Since establishing himself as Everton’s first-choice left-back in Gameweek 4, Lucas Digne (£5.2m) hasn’t gone more than two Premier League matches without delivering an attacking or defensive return.

That sequence was kept alive on Merseyside earlier today as Digne supplied the assist for Everton’s headed opener, teeing up Kurt Zouma (£5.0m) with a delicate cross from the left flank.

No FPL defender has been directly involved in more Premier League goals than Digne (five – three goals, two assists) over the last seven Gameweeks.

Digne’s attacking appeal has never been in question, of course: the French left-back has supplied ten more key passes than the next-most creative FPL defender in 2018/19 and has provided more “big chances” than any other player in his position.

Digne created two more of what Opta deem clear-cut opportunities on Sunday: one being the delivery for Zouma’s goal and the other a cross that resulted in Michael Keane (£4.9m) clipping the Bournemouth bar with a looping header.

The former Barcelona defender also ranks fourth for attempts on goal among defenders this campaign and had another two efforts (a blocked free-kick and a follow-up shot) at Goodison Park against the Cherries.

Reservations about Digne as a Fantasy option mostly surround Everton’s defensive fragility, which is understandable after an eight-match run for Marco Silva’s side without a Premier League clean sheet.

Only Huddersfield Town have conceded more big chances than the Toffees since the start of December, meanwhile.

Many of Digne’s current and prospective owners will be willing to overlook those deficiencies at the back but those who like the bread and butter of clean sheets probably will need more convincing than this first shut-out since Gameweek 13.

Bournemouth began this match much the better of the two sides, with David Brooks (£5.1m) striking the post with the best of the Cherries’ opportunities after running clean through on goal.

Brooks was also denied a possible penalty when Idrissa Gueye (£4.8m) dived in on the Welshman in the Everton box.

Ryan Fraser (£6.1m) created two half-chances for Joshua King (£6.3m) from the left as the visitors bossed the opening half hour, with the natives getting increasingly restless at Goodison as Everton floundered at both ends of the pitch.

Silva’s side didn’t register a single shot on target in the opening 45 minutes, either, though there was a gradual improvement as the first half drew to a close and Everton were arguably the better side after the break.

Still, the half-chances came for Bournemouth, with Steve Cook (£4.4m) nodding a Fraser corner onto the top of the net and Jordan Pickford (£5.0m) having to rush out to deny Dan Gosling (£4.7m)in stoppage time.

The Cherries forced Pickford into seven saves overall, while Asmir Begovic (£4.4m) didn’t register a single stop.

The England goalkeeper looked uncertain in the opening stages of this encounter before recovering some composure, though Seamus Coleman (£5.2m) still seems to be a weak link at right-back.

Keane and Zouma, at least, looked a solid partnership at centre-half with Yerry Mina (£5.4m) left on the bench.

Silva gave his opinion on the game:

It was tough but to be honest, we deserved the three points. We didn’t start the match well in the first 20-25 minutes. It was different in the last 15 minutes of the first half, we controlled the game a bit better and started to create some chances.

Even in that first 25 minutes they only had one clear chance and it was a foul on Zouma, I don’t understand how the referee didn’t see that foul. All the people in the stadium can see that but that the referee and his assistants didn’t see that is strange.

In the second half, we started better and faster and breaking more of that first pressure in a different way.

Richarlison (£6.9m) was back up front for this match and was anonymous in the first half, though had a bit more of an impact after the break: the Brazilian was only denied a goal when his close-range shot on 48 minutes was cleared off the line by Nathan Ake (£5.0m).

There was a sufficient lack of menace for his owners to be slightly concerned, however, and the Brazilian is averaging only three FPL points per appearance in the last six Gameweeks.

Paul Pogba (£8.4m) is the only FPL midfielder to have attempted more shots than Richarlison in that time, however.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.3m) was similarly invisible before the interval but improved slightly after half-time and on 75 minutes delivered a sublime ball into Richarlison, who could only head the Iceland international’s delivery wide.

Bernard (£5.9m) and Ademola Lookman (£5.1m) were preferred on the flanks and Lookman was Everton’s only bright spark early on, producing a couple of teasing deliveries in from each wing before gradually fading as the game wore on.

It was Lookman, however, who teed up Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.3m) for the hosts’ second goal and the youngster may have impressed enough to keep Theo Walcott (£6.1m) out of the side when Everton visit Southampton in Gameweek 23.

The Cherries have only collected four points from a possible 21 in the last seven Gameweeks but Eddie Howe was reasonably happy with his side’s efforts:

It’s a difficult one to take and one that is similar to our recent run. Personally, I’m really pleased with our performance.

We started strongly, created chances, defended well and then we switched off for a second and got punished. The game is then more difficult. We penned them in but couldn’t get that goal.

At the time, I thought the first penalty shout on Brooks probably was a penalty. I haven’t seen it back, so I may be wrong. At the end, I’ve then been told there was a stonewall, but that’s the way things are going for us at the moment.

We saw a really committed team performance today and both individually and collectively we were very good. I think we have to take a lot of confidence from the performance, not the result. If we play like that again, we can take confidence the points will come.

Fraser’s owners could have been rewarded with an assist on another day: the Scottish winger, who was playing on the left of a front three alongside King and Brooks, created more chances than anyone on show at Goodison Park and indeed all other midfielders bar James Maddison (£6.8m) in Gameweek 22 (so far).

King and Fraser were passed fit to play after recovering from illness and injury respectively but Callum Wilson (£6.6m) was unavailable and was arguably missed up top, with King lacking the conviction of his sidelined team-mate.

Howe commented on Wilson’s problem ahead of kick-off:

Callum’s hamstring strain isn’t serious but enough to keep him out of this game.

Howe added that he “didn’t know” if Wilson would be fit to recover for the match against West Ham next weekend.

Nathaniel Clyne (£4.4m) made his Premier League debut for the Cherries at right-back while there was a surprise return for Adam Smith (£4.3m), who had initially been ruled for three months with a knee injury in November.

Howe said of the full-back’s recovery:

I thought Adam Smith performed well today. He’s been doing a lot of fitness and running and I think that showed today. He didn’t look rusty and performed strongly.

Everton XI (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne; Gueye, Gomes; Lookman, Sigurdsson (Mina 90′), Bernard (Walcott 78′); Richarlison (Calvert-Lewin 87′).

Bournemouth XI (4-3-3): Begovic; Clyne, S. Cook, Ake, Smith; Stanislas (Mousset 68′), Lerma, Gosling; Fraser, Brooks (Ibe 83′), King.

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  1. Zilla
    • 1 Year
    1 day, 15 hours ago

    Alonso sellers, who you're selling to?

    1. Red.Devil
      • 6 Years
      1 day, 15 hours ago

      Sold last week for TAA

    2. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 day, 15 hours ago

      Keeping. Son Kane and Snod bigger priorities

    3. RedArrows
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 day, 15 hours ago

      Literally anyone. Maxime le Marchand 🙂

    4. Whats the Huth
      • 3 Years
      1 day, 15 hours ago

      Just sell him.
      TAA or robo

    5. Little fekirs
        1 day, 15 hours ago

        Might triple up on pool defence.

        So VVD for me.

      • Yog Sorloth Is The Gate
        • 5 Years
        1 day, 15 hours ago

        Keeping

    6. Red.Devil
      • 6 Years
      1 day, 15 hours ago

      Any ideas on this team?

      Ryan Button
      Robbo TAA Doherty Bennett Bednarek
      Salah Hazard Pogba Martial Richarlison
      Kane Ings Kamara

      1 Ft 0.3 itb

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 day, 15 hours ago

        Kane > Kun if he’s out?

      2. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 day, 15 hours ago

        Kamara Kane Ings Martial biggest issues in that order probably

        1. Cruyff's Eleven
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 day, 15 hours ago

          What's the problem with Kamara as permanent bench fodder?

          1. Kiwivillan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 day, 15 hours ago

            There's cheap that can make cash and cover injury crisis. Irrelevant for bench boost if people used 2nd WC

            1. Cruyff's Eleven
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 day, 15 hours ago

              Fair enough, what's the agreed alternative?

              1. Kiwivillan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 day, 15 hours ago

                Cheap 5th mid that plays and reasonable potential. Don't like wasting 1/3 ATT spots

    7. Kane KunTa
      • 3 Years
      1 day, 15 hours ago

      Bego Fab
      Pereira WB Bennett Robbo Digne
      Snoddy Haz Salah Pogba Rich
      Kane Jimenez Kamara

      2 FT 0.7 ITB

      A Kane & Snoddy out for Aguero & Bilva/Nasri/7.5 mid?

      B Kane, Snoddy & Kamara out for Aguero, Rashford & Puncheon for -4?

      Ta for the replies!

      1. Squib
        • 1 Year
        1 day, 15 hours ago

        B

      2. The Head-Ake
        • 2 Years
        1 day, 14 hours ago

        B

      3. Beast Mode
          1 day, 14 hours ago

          I like A

          1. Kane KunTa
            • 3 Years
            1 day, 11 hours ago

            Which MF to go with that?

      4. Kalju75
        • 2 Years
        1 day, 15 hours ago

        Any news on Kane?i already did my free transfers,now i may need to do -4 to get him out...

        1. HVT
          • 8 Years
          1 day, 15 hours ago

          No mate, hopefully we get news soon

        2. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
          • 1 Year
          1 day, 14 hours ago

          Who u have on ur bench?

          1. Kalju75
            • 2 Years
            1 day, 14 hours ago

            Bennett coming

            1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
              • 1 Year
              1 day, 14 hours ago

              Then wait and do Kane to auba week later

      5. ShaunGoater123
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 day, 15 hours ago

        If chasing in a mini league at what point do you start to actively go for differentials?

        For example I’m roughly 60 points behind in one league and feel confident that my rival will do Kane > Aguero, would you also do that knowing it can’t help you? Or look to perhaps get sterling in midfield and then a cheap striker and it’s then two players who are different?

        1. HVT
          • 8 Years
          1 day, 15 hours ago

          I generally play who I think will give me the best points for the next while.
          Maybe best to ignore his team and see if you can catch him another way.

          1. Whats the Huth
            • 3 Years
            1 day, 15 hours ago

            Yep. Via captain

        2. Whats the Huth
          • 3 Years
          1 day, 15 hours ago

          Get the player in that you think will do well.

          I personally think aguero will outscore sterling

        3. ☠Cypress Chill☠
          • 4 Years
          1 day, 15 hours ago

          Do it your way.Get the players you think,will give you the most.
          And don't worry,it's a lot of GWs to cover the distance.

        4. Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 day, 15 hours ago

          Made up major ground in mine with main rivals doing Hazard C last 3 weeks. Going top if Sane goes boom tomo

      6. Little fekirs
          1 day, 15 hours ago

          What should I do

          Ederson Stek
          Robbo TAA Alonso Doherty Bednarek
          Hazard Sterling Pogba Anderson Cam
          Auba Rashford Kamara

          1FT 0.3itb

          1. Little fekirs
              1 day, 15 hours ago

              Any ideas ?

            • The Head-Ake
              • 2 Years
              1 day, 15 hours ago

              Anderson + Alonso to Luiz + Sane?

              1. Kiwivillan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 day, 15 hours ago

                Anderson vs Bournemouth

              2. Little fekirs
                  1 day, 15 hours ago

                  Short by £1.4

            • Outatime
              • 4 Years
              1 day, 15 hours ago

              Rich --> Salah
              Kane --> Jimenez

              A) Go for it
              B) No

              1. Merlinsnose
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 day, 15 hours ago

                A

              2. ☠Cypress Chill☠
                • 4 Years
                1 day, 15 hours ago

                If Kane is out,yep do it.

              3. Little fekirs
                  1 day, 15 hours ago

                  Looks good, but something tells me Salah won’t fulfill his price tag from here on.

                  1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
                    • 1 Year
                    1 day, 15 hours ago

                    Not sure on that with refs helping

                    1. Little fekirs
                        1 day, 15 hours ago

                        I’m sure he will score 200 from here.

                        Something is telling me to not select him

                        1. Kiwivillan
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 day, 15 hours ago

                          Salah is good set and forget C next 4. I've had him C 4 of last 8 for 21 12 12 11. It doesn't get better than that

                  2. Boz
                    • 6 Years
                    1 day, 15 hours ago

                    A

                  3. Yog Sorloth Is The Gate
                    • 5 Years
                    1 day, 15 hours ago

                    Go for it

                  4. The Head-Ake
                    • 2 Years
                    1 day, 15 hours ago

                    A

                • Champions united
                  • 2 Years
                  1 day, 15 hours ago

                  If kane doesnot play then im in serius prob
                  Ur say?

                  fab/button
                  Kola digne tta doherty awb
                  Pogba salah sane haz camarasa
                  Kane quaner jimnzy

                  1. ☠Cypress Chill☠
                    • 4 Years
                    1 day, 15 hours ago

                    Play 4-5-1 (kola kane qua bench)

                    1. The Head-Ake
                      • 2 Years
                      1 day, 14 hours ago

                      Agree

                  2. Little fekirs
                      1 day, 14 hours ago

                      Yes or 541 if needed, you’ll be fine if he’s only out for 1/2 gw

                  3. Boz
                    • 6 Years
                    1 day, 15 hours ago

                    Morning all. I will wait for news later in the week but assuming Kane is out....

                    Kane, Anderson, Quaner > Aguero, Rashford, Puncheon (-4)?

                    I want to switch back to 3-4-3 from 3-5-2

                    1. Little fekirs
                        1 day, 14 hours ago

                        Good

                    2. Tsparkes10
                        1 day, 15 hours ago

                        What looks better?

                        A) Haz, Alonso to Salah, Lindelof for free

                        B) Rich, Anderson and Alonso to Salah, Bednarek and Camarassa (-4)

                        1. The Head-Ake
                          • 2 Years
                          1 day, 14 hours ago

                          B

                        2. okkajonte1
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          1 day, 14 hours ago

                          A

                        3. Boz
                          • 6 Years
                          1 day, 14 hours ago

                          A

                      • ZoumasBloomers
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 1 Year
                        1 day, 15 hours ago

                        Top 10k average already at 60 seems high considering the high calibre players who’ve blanked so far!

                        1. Kiwivillan
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 day, 15 hours ago

                          59 + Sane feels like average week. ML leader has +70

                          1. ZoumasBloomers
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • Has Moderation Rights
                            • 1 Year
                            1 day, 14 hours ago

                            I’m on 67 with Laporte, so 68 final

                            1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
                              • 1 Year
                              1 day, 14 hours ago

                              *73 mate ha

                        2. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
                          • 1 Year
                          1 day, 15 hours ago

                          Salah EO ,pool defense and utd assets all reasons

                      • The Head-Ake
                        • 2 Years
                        1 day, 15 hours ago

                        Patricio
                        Luiz - Digne - TAA - Shaw
                        Haz - Salah(c) - Pogba - Sane
                        Auba - Jiminez

                        Subs: Button - AWB - Puncheon - Kamara.

                        Took a (-4) to do Felipe + Martial + Kola to Sane + TAA + Puncheon. Good moves? Am I GTG for the week?

                        1. Yog Sorloth Is The Gate
                          • 5 Years
                          1 day, 14 hours ago

                          Yep. Punchy a great enabler.

                        2. Concrete
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 day, 14 hours ago

                          Yea good moves

                        3. ☠Cypress Chill☠
                          • 4 Years
                          1 day, 14 hours ago

                          G2G.

                        4. The Head-Ake
                          • 2 Years
                          1 day, 14 hours ago

                          Thanks guys 🙂 Was worried about not having Kane but (un)fortunately, the injury has cleared some things up

                      • Concrete
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 day, 15 hours ago

                        Alonso to Digne or TAA

                        Have Robbo

                        1. Kopkloppers
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 day, 14 hours ago

                          I am thinking of getting Alonso back after the sales this week. However both choices are good but Digne will struggle with defensive returns

                      • aleksios
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 day, 14 hours ago

                        Stucked here with 2ft and 0.1 itb.

                        -Fab
                        -TAA-Doherty-Digne
                        -Salah-Rich-Pogba-Haz-Fraser
                        -Kane-Jimenez
                        ----Butt---Luiz---Diop---Ings.

                        a) If Kane is fit Rich+Ings to 4.4mid+Rash
                        b) If Kane out then Kane to Rash and roll ft.

                        Right?

                      • Fasya
                        • 1 Year
                        1 day, 14 hours ago

                        GW 23 4-4-2 looks good right?

                        TAA Robbo Doherty Shaw/Digne
                        Pogba Sane Salah(C) Hazard
                        Rashford Jimenez

                        1. Denver Omelette
                            1 day, 14 hours ago

                            Gtg. I'll wait for news on kane though

                            1. Fasya
                              • 1 Year
                              1 day, 13 hours ago

                              yeah you're right, i forgot that kane not completely out yet

                            2. joeydelucchi
                              • 2 Years
                              1 day, 10 hours ago

                              i have similar plan since the Kane news

                              taa rob tripp digne
                              sal sane pog Sterling
                              rashford jim

                        2. Zebrahimović
                          • 3 Years
                          1 day, 12 hours ago

                          Morning!

                          Time for Son to go after the City game tonight. Which of this do you think is the way to go?

                          A: Alonso—>Digne + Son —> Sterling (-4)

                          B: Son —> Sane for free

                          1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                            • 1 Year
                            1 day, 11 hours ago

                            B

                            1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                              • 1 Year
                              1 day, 11 hours ago

                              Been looking.better than sterling lately and is cheaper as well

                        3. Micahrichard
                            1 day, 9 hours ago

                            I definitely will do lacazette to rashford. another one I want Pogba for martial but is it worth it with -4 hit? or wait another week?

                          • melvinmbabazi
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            1 day, 8 hours ago

                            Thoughts on what to do? 1FT 1.6ITB

                            Patricio - Button
                            Alonso - Laporte - Digne - Doherty -AWB
                            Salah- Hazard-Pogba- Martial - Hojbjerg
                            Rashford-Wilson-Barnes

                            Cheers

                          • fc_skrald
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            3 hours, 35 mins ago

                            Like many will do I will change Kane to Rashford. But what should I do with my second free transfer? - I can have every midtfielder in by changing Richarlison but not sure I want to change my midtfielders....

                            a. get a Man City midtfielder for Richarlison
                            b. save the second transfer
                            c. forget about Rashford, get Auba in instead (and save the second transfer)

                            Foster
                            Robertson, Digne, Doherty
                            Pogba, Richarlison, Salah, Hazard, Anderson
                            Kane, Jimenez

                            Speroni, Bednarek,Kamara, Peltier

                            0.4 million in the bank