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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2,642 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Zilla
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 6 days ago

    Alonso sellers, who you're selling to?

    1. King Kohli
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Sold last week for TAA

    2. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Keeping. Son Kane and Snod bigger priorities

    3. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Literally anyone. Maxime le Marchand 🙂

    4. Whats the Huth
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Just sell him.
      TAA or robo

    5. Little fekirs
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Might triple up on pool defence.

      So VVD for me.

    6. Drop the Dendoncker
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Keeping

  2. King Kohli
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 6 days 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
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Kane > Kun if he’s out?

    2. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Kamara Kane Ings Martial biggest issues in that order probably

      1. Cruyff's Eleven
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 6 days ago

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

        1. Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 6 days 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 Year
            9 months, 6 days ago

            Fair enough, what's the agreed alternative?

            1. Kiwivillan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              9 months, 6 days ago

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

  3. King Kun Ta
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 6 days 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
      9 months, 6 days ago

      B

    2. The Head-Ake
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      B

    3. Beast Mode
        9 months, 6 days ago

        I like A

        1. King Kun Ta
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Which MF to go with that?

    4. TuplaPukki
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 6 days 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
        9 months, 6 days ago

        No mate, hopefully we get news soon

      2. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Who u have on ur bench?

        1. TuplaPukki
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Bennett coming

          1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 6 days ago

            Then wait and do Kane to auba week later

    5. ShaunGoater123
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 6 days 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
        9 months, 6 days 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
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Yep. Via captain

      2. Whats the Huth
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Get the player in that you think will do well.

        I personally think aguero will outscore sterling

      3. Vitamin C
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days 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
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days 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 Year
      9 months, 6 days 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 Year
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Any ideas ?

      2. The Head-Ake
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Anderson + Alonso to Luiz + Sane?

        1. Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Anderson vs Bournemouth

        2. Little fekirs
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Short by £1.4

    7. Outatime
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Rich --> Salah
      Kane --> Jimenez

      A) Go for it
      B) No

      1. Merlinsnose
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 6 days ago

        A

      2. Vitamin C
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        If Kane is out,yep do it.

      3. Little fekirs
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 6 days ago

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

        1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Not sure on that with refs helping

          1. Little fekirs
            • 1 Year
            9 months, 6 days ago

            I’m sure he will score 200 from here.

            Something is telling me to not select him

            1. Kiwivillan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              9 months, 6 days 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

      4. Boz
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        A

      5. Drop the Dendoncker
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Go for it

      6. The Head-Ake
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        A

    8. Champions united
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days 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. Vitamin C
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

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

        1. The Head-Ake
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Agree

      2. Little fekirs
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 6 days ago

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

    9. Boz
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 6 days 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 Year
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Good

    10. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 6 days 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
        9 months, 6 days ago

        B

      2. Jones Kusi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 6 days ago

        A

      3. Boz
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        A

    11. ZoumasBloomers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days 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
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

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

        1. ZoumasBloomers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          I’m on 67 with Laporte, so 68 final

          1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 6 days ago

            *73 mate ha

      2. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Salah EO ,pool defense and utd assets all reasons

    12. The Head-Ake
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days 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. Drop the Dendoncker
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Yep. Punchy a great enabler.

      2. Concrete
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        Yea good moves

      3. Vitamin C
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

        G2G.

      4. The Head-Ake
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 6 days ago

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

    13. Concrete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      Alonso to Digne or TAA

      Have Robbo

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 6 days 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

    14. aleksios
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 6 days 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?

    15. Fasya
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 6 days ago

      GW 23 4-4-2 looks good right?

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

      1. Denver Omelette
          9 months, 6 days ago

          Gtg. I'll wait for news on kane though

          1. Fasya
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 6 days ago

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

          2. joeydelucchi
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 6 days ago

            i have similar plan since the Kane news

            taa rob tripp digne
            sal sane pog Sterling
            rashford jim

      2. Zebrahimović
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 6 days 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…
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 6 days ago

          B

          1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 6 days ago

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

      3. Micahrichard
          9 months, 6 days 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
          9 months, 6 days 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
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 5 days 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