Scout Notes

Firmino leads Brazil attack in Neymar absence

A host of Fantasy Premier League options played their part in the weekend’s international action.

The Copa America and CONCACAF Gold Cup both got underway on Friday, with key players from England’s top-flight at the forefront.

Meanwhile, African options were involved in the remaining friendlies ahead of 2019’s edition of the Cup of Nations.

Copa America

Brazil 3-0 Bolivia

Brazil beat Bolivia 3-0 in their Copa America opener

Four FPL assets were present in Brazil’s starting line-up as they beat Bolivia 3-0 in Friday’s Copa America 2019 opener.

With Neymar’s recent ruptured ankle ligament ruling him out of the tournament, Roberto Firmino led the line for the Selecao as they lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

The Liverpool man assisted Philippe Coutinho’s second goal of the evening before Gabriel Jesus replaced him in the 65th minute.

Also joining Firmino in the starting line-up was club mate Alisson while Fernandinho and Richarlison were also present.

The latter was replaced in the 84th by Chelsea’s Willian.

Argentina 0-2 Colombia

Messi and Aguero both drew blanks against Colombia

Sergio Aguero was left bitterly disappointed by Argentina’s exploits in their first Copa America match.

Despite dominating the game, his side were defeated 2-0 by Colombia.

The Manchester City forward helped Argentina rack up 13 shots in the game, six of them on target, but neither he nor Lionel Messi, who missed a golden opportunity, could find the breakthrough.

Aguero was replaced by Matias Suárez in the 79th minute while Nicolas Otamendi, who had set Messi up for that easy chance, played the whole 90 minutes.

It was a morale-boosting outing for FPL defenders Yerry Mina and Davinson Sánchez, of Everton and Spurs respectively.

They were the central defensive pairing that kept Messi and co. out and secured the all-important clean sheet.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma came on as a 64th-minute substitute for Juan Cuadrado and got the assist for Daniel Zapata’s goal that made it 2-0.

You will not be shocked to hear that the central midfielder also picked up a yellow card in stoppage time.

Meanwhile, Spurs defender Juan Foyth and Watford attacker Roberto Pereyra were both unused substitutes for Argentina.

Uruguay 4-0 Ecuador

There was little of Fantasy relevance in Uruguay’s crushing of Ecuador on Sunday.

Lucas Torreira was left on the bench as Óscar Tabarez selected Rodrigo Bentancur and Matias Vecino in central midfield.

However, the Arsenal man did get on for the final 15 minutes as he replaced winger Nicolas Lodeiro.

Meanwhile, departing Manchester United man Antonio Valencia played 90 minutes on the right flank of attacking midfield for Ecuador.

Paraguay 2-2 Qatar

It was a mixed night for FPL assets as Paraguay drew 2-2 with Copa America invitees Qatar.

Newcastle’s Miguel Almirón played in his first competitive match since sustaining a hamstring injury against Southampton in April.

He was deployed in the number 10 position of a 4-2-3-1 formation and set up Derlis González as Paraguay built a 2-0 lead after 56 minutes.

However, West Ham defender Fabian Balbuena could not stop minnows Qatar fighting back in the closing stages and earning a surprising 2-2 draw.

CONCACAF Gold Cup

Mexico 7-0 Cuba

Jiménez was one of the key players for Mexico in their 7-0 win over Cuba

Raúl Jiménez played a key role in Mexico’s massive 7-0 win over Cuba at the Gold Cup.

The Wolves forward scored twice and could have had a hat-trick as he hit the post from close range in the second minute.

Instead, Manchester City youngster Uriel Antuna, on loan at LA Galaxy stole the headlines with his trio of goals, one of them scored on the rebound from Jiménez’s woodwork shot.

International friendlies

Ivory Coast 0-1 Uganda

Premier League representatives Serge Aurier and Jonathan Kodjia could prevent Ivory Coast from suffering the embarrassment of a friendly defeat to lowly Uganda on Saturday.

They both played the full 90 minutes in which Uganda were able to keep a clean sheet and score a 35th-minute penalty.

Wilfried Zaha came on for the last 13 minutes but was unable to find a breakthrough.

It is a result that will ensure Ivory Coast’s FPL assets head into this week’s African Cup of Nations tournament on a low.

Ghana 0-0 South Africa

Jordan Ayew and Christian Atsu played their part in a 0-0 draw with South Africa on Saturday.

They started up front and on the left wing respectively in a 4-4-2 formation.

The Newcastle man came off in the 63rd minute, while Ayew was replaced by Asamoah Gyan in the 72nd minute.

Egypt 3-1 Guinea

Egypt head coach Javier Aguirre used his Premier League contingent sparingly as he oversaw a 3-1 friendly win over Guinea.

Mohamed Salah watched most of the match from the bench, featuring only in the final 30 minutes. However, he still played a part in Egypt’s second and third goals.

Mohamed Elneny played 87 minutes in central midfield while Aston Villa’s Ahmed El Mohamady remained an unused substitute.

Meanwhile, Guinea’s Naby Keita did not feature as he continues to recover from the thigh injury he picked up against Barcelona in April.

The player himself has declared himself not fit to play currently but believes he could be ready in time to face Madagascar in his country’s opening AFCON 2019 match against Madagascar.

“I am not yet fully fit to play. After training with the ball at Liverpool, I have arrived at the Guinean training camp in Morocco and I am ready to train with the team. I want to reassure Guinean supporters, the coaches and the rest of the squad that I believe I will be ready for our first match.” – Naby Keita

Senegal 1-0 Nigeria

Everton’s Idrissa Gueye was the only goal-scorer as Senegal rounded off their AFCON preparations with a 1-0 win over Nigeria.

Apart from that, information on Senegal’s team has proved hard to come by as the friendly was played behind closed doors.

Alex Iwobi led the Premier League contingent for Nigeria but could not contribute to a breakthrough for his side.

Wilfred Ndidi also played his part for the Super Eagles, going close to equalising.

Algeria 3-2 Mali

Riyad Mahrez featured only as a substitute for Algeria as they came from behind to beat Mali on Sunday.

Turning out for Les Aigles was Southampton’s new signing Moussa Djenepo who played 72 minutes.

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28 Comments Post a Comment
  1. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 hours ago

    Qatar have shown a significant improvement in the last two years. Interesting to see how they do in the Copa America this year as they continue to build for the 2022 World Cup.

    1. noquarternt
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 hours ago

      Yeah, wonder how many citizenships they can give out before 2022.

  2. Jacky boy
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 hours ago

    any news on joe?
    is he better ?

    1. NIKO.
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 hours ago

      Yes they did a video after the fixtures got announced

      1. Don Rogers FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 hours ago

        Link?

        1. NIKO.
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 hours ago

          It’s on the YouTube channel

    2. FPL Pillars
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 hours ago

      All ok now

  3. child of God
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 hours ago

    When will the Afcon fantasy game be out?
    Do they always have to leave it this late?

    1. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 hours ago

      RealFevr is an app that has an Afcon fantasy running. Pretty impressive. Solid reviews on Google play

      1. Vobinho In Wengerland
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 hour ago

        Is there a league?

  4. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 hours ago

    Coutinho linked with a move to Chelsea this summer even with their transfer ban. It really is 'Silly Season'

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 hours ago

      That's because they may not be banned. They can appeal it which would likely see the ban pushed back to the next window. Barcelona and Atletico Madrid did the same thing when they were transfer banned.

      1. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 11 hours ago

        Chelsea are serving the ban. CAS has already realeased their schedule of cases from now till August and Chelsea’s case is not there (I guess bc they didn’t specifically request for the ban to be frozen). Anyways I mean it's the transfer rumours in general for all the top clubs are just silly this time of year.

        1. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 10 hours ago

          As I understand it, Chelsea are appealing for the transfer ban to be lifted, but not for it to be frozen till the appeal has been heard.

    2. noquarternt
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 hours ago

      Coutinho was always a weird transfer. Especially for a team like Barcelona and their style of football. He's like a better Ozil type with constant long range shots thrown in, not sure what system he'd thrive in other than one built specifically for him.

      You'll find comments from me at the time saying they should've bought Mané or Firmino instead.

  5. Ragabolly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 hours ago

    To add to the article above regarding Egypt, Salah was subbed on at 61', totally transformed the game. Two brilliant assists (and missed two other big chances) changed the result from 1-1 to winning 3-1. Looked very hungry and fit, could easily be top scorer of AFCON.

    1. Lovren an elevator
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 hours ago

      And next season.....?!

      1. Ragabolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 10 hours ago

        Sure, but the task is much easier in AFCON given how terrible most defenses are

    2. noquarternt
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 hours ago

      And worryingly burnt out for August?

      Been a long time since he's had a proper rest now.

      Wonder if Klopp will give him and Mané time off like how Wenger always did with Arsenal players that had busy summers...not that it helped Arsenal...

      1. Ragabolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 6 hours ago

        Definitely a worry given that Egypt vs Senegal is the predicted final.. And also the tournament goes from the group stage to the round of 16, used to go directly to quarter finals, so that's one extra game..

        1. noquarternt
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 mins ago

          Yeah right, interesting to see.

    3. Captain Kakaroto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 mins ago

      I know that Egypt and senegal are the favourites but what do you think about Morocco and Cote deviore? Was really impressed by Morocco at the world cup, a lot of europian Ziach, saiss, beantia, hakimi. Would love to hear your opnion.

  6. Puyol Pants Up
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 hours ago

    Been using this site for around 5 years and finally got a membership!

    Can't wait to use the tools for the upcoming season 🙂

    1. Jacky boy
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Congratulations

  7. Skull And Gnomes 9
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 5 hours ago

    Talking of Egypt, you can rip up the textbooks of the mainstream bollocks, taught in our phony education system.

    It's like living in the planet of the apes.

    1. Skull And Gnomes 9
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 hours ago

      As an old builder in the electrical industry, I understand that drilling holes into marble type materials, even with my diamond tip drills, was a pain in the posterior.

      So!
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxuibIaQmsw