Scout Notes

Braces for Mane and Pulisic as Jimenez faces extra-time again

Our reports from the Copa America, Gold Cup and Africa Cup of Nations continue.

As usual, our Scout Notes focus on the Premier League players involved for their respective countries.

Copa America

Brazil 2-0 Argentina

Premium FPL forwards Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino (both £9.5m) were on the scoresheet as Brazil edged out their fierce rivals in Wednesday morning’s semi-final.

Firmino, who has started all of Brazil’s matches at this summer’s tournament, was the provider of Selecao’s opening goal, with Jesus sweeping home the Liverpool striker’s low cross on 19 minutes.

Jesus, starting on the right as Firmino spearheaded the Brazilian attack, returned the favour in the second half as he laid the ball on a plate for the Reds’ striker to tap in.

Coach Tite said of Jesus’s display:

Gabriel impresses all the professionals that work with him because he never gives up. People tell him ‘you just have to put up with the pain and run,’ and that’s what I asked him to do.

He has to refine his solutions and he has to evolve because he’s young, but if I ask him to shoot 50 times, he’ll do 51. This capacity of persistence and his quest for something is his trademark.

Firmino, meanwhile, has been directly involved in more goals (five) than any other player at this summer’s Copa America.

Chances were few and far between for the hosts (Brazil had just four shots in total) but Philippe Coutinho ought to have done better when being fed by Jesus early in the second half.

Willian (£7.0m) came on as a half-time substitute on the left flank but picked up a thigh injury in the second half and is reportedly set to miss Sunday’s final.

The problem isn’t thought to be too serious, however.

Fernandinho (£5.5m) and Richarlison (£8.0m) recovered from injury and illness respectively to take their place on the Brazil bench but remained unused substitutes, along with Ederson (£6.0m).

Alisson (£6.0m) is now guaranteed the tournament’s Golden Glove award after keeping his fifth straight clean sheet.

A reassuring presence between the sticks, the Liverpool goalkeeper had only two saves to make but his goal led a charmed life as both Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero (£12.0m) hit the woodwork.

The Manchester City striker made his fourth start of the tournament as the spearhead of the Argentina attack but couldn’t add to his one goal against Qatar, looping a header onto Alisson’s bar and seeing a goalbound shot blocked five minutes later.

Aguero had a shout for a penalty turned away just before Brazil scored their second goal.

Nicolas Otamendi (£5.5m) kept up his 100% appearance record in defence while Juan Foyth (£5.0m) also played the full 90 minutes.

Roberto Pereyra (£6.0m) was again an unused substitute.

Argentina now take on Chile in Saturday’s third-place play-off.

Chile 0-3 Peru

Alexis Sanchez‘s (£7.0m) Copa America hopes came to an end in the early hours of this morning, as Peru inflicted a surprising 3-0 defeat on Chile in Porto Alegre.

Sanchez, deployed on the left flank in this match, has impressed in the tournament but failed to make much of an impact in this semi-final, though did see one shot superbly saved and another blocked.

Chile were not without their chances and dominated possession, missing a penalty in the stoppage time with the game already gone.

Like Aguero and co, Alexis still has to stick around for the third-place play-off on Saturday.

The Mirror report that he will then join up with his United teammates for their tour of Asia.

Gold Cup

Mexico 1-0 Haiti (after extra-time)

Mexico have reached the final of the Gold Cup to set up a much-anticipated meeting with USA in the early hours of Monday morning (UK time).

El Tri have done it the hard way in the knockout stages, though, having to rely on a penalty shootout to see off Costa Rica in the quarter-finals and then being taken to extra-time by Haiti yesterday.

That’s now two successive 120-minute run-outs for Raul Jimenez (£7.5m) in the space of four days and it was the Wolves striker who proved to be Mexico’s match-winner in this semi-final.

Jimenez, who missed from the spot in the quarter-final shootout, converted a 93rd-minute penalty after himself being fouled.

That goal took his tally for the tournament to five.

Jimenez was heavily involved, registering eight shots in all and going close with a chipped effort in extra time.

The mid-price FPL forward would have had an assist, too, had Luis Montes not missed an open goal just before the final whistle.

Jamaica 1-3 USA

Christian Pulisic (£7.5m) again caught the eye with a brace in the USA’s 3-1 semi-final win over Jamaica.

The Chelsea winger, who has frequently played as a number ten for his country, impressed again when drifting wide and hit the woodwork with a first-half free-kick.

Pulisic’s two goals – his second and third of the tournament – were similar in nature, with the former Borussia Dortmund prospect following up saved efforts from his teammates.

Africa Cup of Nations

Kenya 0-3 Senegal

Senegal secured a last-16 meeting with Uganda after a comfortable 3-0 win over Kenya.

Having failed to score in the opening two group games, Sadio Mane (£11.5m) got off the mark with a second-half brace.

The Liverpool winger was in the thick of the action, picking up a yellow card and missing a first-half penalty.

Mane redeemed himself by latching onto a hoofed ball and finishing low past Patrick Matasi before converting his second spot-kick of the match on 78 minutes.

The former Southampton winger lasted the full duration of the game.

Victor Wanyama (£5.0m) was on the losing side as his country bowed out of the tournament.

The recalled Idrissa Gueye (£5.0m) played the first 80 minutes in central midfield, with Crystal Palace’s Cheikhou Kouyate (£5.0m) again deployed in defence.

Namibia 1-4 Ivory Coast

Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m) made his first start of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and marked it with a goal in his country’s 4-1 win over Namibia.

The Crystal Palace winger had two penalty shouts turned away and scuffed a shot straight at Namibia goalkeeper Lloyd Kazapua but finally got off the mark on 84 minutes, skimming a low effort past Kazapua at his near post.

Serge Aurier (£5.0m) missed out with the hamstring injury he picked up against Morocco, while Jonathan Kodjia (£5.5m) played the last five minutes as a substitute.

Ivory Coast play Mali on Monday in the round of 16.

Tanzania 0-3 Algeria

Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m) was only introduced as a 76th-minute substitute as Algeria kept up their 100% record at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

Algeria had already qualified for the last 16 and their coach, Djamel Belmadi, made nine changes to the starting XI from the team that defeated Senegal last week.

Leicester City’s forgotten man, Islam Slimani, scored one of his country’s goals.

Algeria face Guinea in the round of 16 on Sunday.

Guinea-Bissau 0-2 Ghana

Christian Atsu (£5.5m) missed Ghana’s final group game with a hamstring injury and has since been ruled out of the rest of the tournament.

The Newcastle United winger will return to his club for further assessment.

Angola 0-1 Mali

With Mali having already qualified for the last 16, Southampton’s Moussa Djenepo (£5.5m) was one of eight players rotated to the bench for his country’s 1-0 win over Angola.

Djenepo remained an unused substitute throughout.

South Africa 0-1 Morocco

Romain Saiss (£4.5m) played the full 90 minutes as Morocco secured their third straight 1-0 win.

A last-minute goal from Moubarak Boussoufa sealed all three points.

Morocco had already qualified for the last 16, where they will face Benin on Friday.

Cameroon 0-0 Benin

Brighton’s Gaetan Bong (£4.5m) was an unused substitute as his side secured second place in Group F and a round-of-16 tie against Nigeria.

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  1. OneMan
    • 2 Years
    15 days, 4 hours ago

    Is Mendy nailed ?

    1. antis0cial
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 4 hours ago

      Far from it.

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 4 hours ago

      Not anymore with Zinchenko and Angelino there, his fitness record and Delph and Laporte having also deputised there.

    3. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 3 hours ago

      To the bench, yes...

      1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        15 days, 3 hours ago

        Email!!!

        1. G-Whizz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 1 Year
          15 days, 2 hours ago

          *Thumbs up*

    4. Scotty B
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 3 hours ago

      No but Ederson and Walker are for same price

  2. Miguel Sanchez
    • 2 Years
    15 days, 4 hours ago

    Best 7.0 mid option?

    A) Maddison (double up with Vardy)
    B) Zaha
    C) Milivojevic
    D) Willian
    E) Pedro
    F) Sanchez
    G) other

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 4 hours ago

      A for me

    2. Siggy in the Middle
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 4 hours ago

      B

    3. Tomerick
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 3 hours ago

      A all day

    4. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 3 hours ago

      £6.5m Perez might be worth a gamble imo then see what you can do with the extra £0.5m 🙂

    5. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      15 days, 3 hours ago

      Thinking Gross and Pérez could be exciting

    6. Conor1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 3 hours ago

      I think Perez at Leicester is potentially a better option than all the above. Time will tell.

  3. OneMan
    • 2 Years
    15 days, 4 hours ago

    If I get rid of Mane to bring in another Pool Defender. Who should I replace him with ? KDB or ?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 4 hours ago

      Sterling?

  4. ninja
    • 8 Years
    15 days, 4 hours ago

    2 defenders 2 mids and 2 strikers who are must have for the start of the season????

    1. TorresMagic™ - bcvy39
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      15 days, 4 hours ago

      Can't afford the 6 must haves.

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 4 hours ago

      Robbo Digne
      Salah Siggy
      King Vardy

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 4 hours ago

      - 2 of TAA/Robbo/VVD
      - Salah & KdB
      - Kane & King

    4. Siggy in the Middle
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 4 hours ago

      TAA/Robertson and Digne

      Salah and Zaha

      Kane or Vardy

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        15 days, 3 hours ago

        2 of Robbo/TAA/VVD
        Salah/Sterling
        Vardy/King

    5. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 3 hours ago

      DEF: Robbo, TAA
      MID: Salah, Sterling
      FW: King, Vardy

    6. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      15 days, 3 hours ago

      Robbo TAA
      KdB Sterling
      Kane/Auba

      Then I run out of money. Vardy is next but that compromises defence.

      Someone will pop up

  5. Stimps
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    15 days, 3 hours ago

    Thoughts on this no Salah team?

    Ederson
    Robertson VVD TAA Coleman
    Sterling KDB Perez
    Vardy Jiminez King

    Button Dendonker Hayden Kelly

    1. Tomerick
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 3 hours ago

      Needs more Salah.

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 3 hours ago

      Looks solid but you know the risks of any big Pool wins with a consolation goal conceded. High risk, high reward.

    3. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      15 days, 3 hours ago

      Pretty similar to my team including the triple Liverpool defence, I like it.

  6. Miguel Sanchez
    • 2 Years
    15 days, 3 hours ago

    This 4-4-2 balanced enough after realising I will perma captain Salah first 5 GWs and see where it leaves me.

    Heaton
    Robbo VVD Laporte Digne
    Salah (c) KDB Siggy Maddison
    Vardy King

    4.0 4.5 4.5 4.0

    1. Queenofthestoneage
        15 days, 3 hours ago

        I went

        Ederson.
        VVD. Robo. Laporte. Azpi. Digne.
        Salah(perma cap). Siggy.
        Vardy. Jimenez. King.

        Button. Kante. Ndidi. Stephens.

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • 2 Years
          15 days, 3 hours ago

          So Jiminez, Azpi and Ederson to KDB, Maddison and Heaton. Not much in it really.

        2. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          15 days, 3 hours ago

          Yours is excellent providing Jimi isn't fatigued after Thursday night exertions.

          MS - I like yours a lot other than the cheap goalie.

          1. Queenofthestoneage
              15 days, 3 hours ago

              I believe you and I are on the exact same note here. Great minds think alike.

          2. Miguel Sanchez
            • 2 Years
            15 days, 3 hours ago

            FYI - prefer Jorginho to Kante. There is a good video on YouTube showing why he (Jorginho) got zero assists last season and it was down to erratic finishing. Worth a watch as Jorginho could also be on pens.

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              15 days, 3 hours ago

              What makes you think Chelsea's finishing will be less erratic this year? Same players plus profligate Tammy minus Eden.

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • 2 Years
                15 days, 3 hours ago

                There were some horror misses in that video so I guess I am just considering a regression to mean rather than any marked improvement in finishing.

            2. Queenofthestoneage
                15 days, 3 hours ago

                Cheers. I’ve seen that video and I follow Chelsea closely. Jorginho will likely rotate and/or leave. He’s Sarris boy.
                Kante scored 116 points last season and played every game. Also accounted for both goals and assists. He is nailed at 5.0m and I expect CS the few times he joins my party.

                1. The 5% Team
                  • 1 Year
                  15 days, 3 hours ago

                  so a midfield of Kante/Kovacic/Barkley?

                  1. Queenofthestoneage
                      15 days, 3 hours ago

                      Kante as DM
                      In front of him Barkley, Mount and RLC once fit. Kovacic and Jorginho I dont really see in Lampards plans. Just what I gather from friends, forum, youtube analysis and personal thoughts.

                      1. Andy_Social
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        15 days, 3 hours ago

                        I don't get why they splurged 40m on Kovacic. Lamps must have given the go-ahead.

              • Super Saints
                • 2 Years
                15 days, 3 hours ago

                No Man City attack is madness! I think the Perez arrival could negatively impact Vardys FPL points.

                Ederson
                Robbo VVD Laporte Digne
                Salah Sterling Siggy Mili Jorginho
                King

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • 2 Years
                  15 days, 3 hours ago

                  Am hoping KDB has a full summer training and returns to tick along with a steady supply of assists for Sterling/Aguero

                2. Queenofthestoneage
                    15 days, 3 hours ago

                    Bench is sh*t

                    1. Super Saints
                      • 2 Years
                      15 days, 2 hours ago

                      Cheers for that, very helpful

              • Queenofthestoneage
                  15 days, 3 hours ago

                  So the difference is:

                  Heaton. KDB. Maddi.
                  vs
                  Ederson. Azpi. Jimenez + bench

                  1. Queenofthestoneage
                      15 days, 3 hours ago

                      My 3 players all played 38 games last season fwiw

                  2. CHY049
                    • 6 Years
                    15 days, 3 hours ago

                    Similar to my current 442.

                    I have Kane for Vardy and a few tweaks in defence but the midfield is the same.

                    I like it.

                    1. Queenofthestoneage
                        15 days, 3 hours ago

                        Please show

                      • Miguel Sanchez
                        • 2 Years
                        15 days, 3 hours ago

                        I had Kane and Jorginho for the Leicester boys but think I should wait and see if Jorginho's role changes before punting on him.

                  3. OneMan
                    • 2 Years
                    15 days, 3 hours ago

                    Best or below 5.5m midfielder ?

                    1. Andy_Social
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      15 days, 3 hours ago

                      There's nowt.

                    2. Tomerick
                      • 5 Years
                      15 days, 3 hours ago

                      Norwood

                    3. Miguel Sanchez
                      • 2 Years
                      15 days, 3 hours ago

                      Moutinho or McArthur but would only want them for a zombie team.

                    4. Jacks Daddy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      15 days, 3 hours ago

                      I considered Kante as had few decent scores but depends on where he plays this season

                    5. Super Saints
                      • 2 Years
                      15 days, 3 hours ago

                      Jorginho should do better this season!

                    6. Hint
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      15 days, 3 hours ago

                      El Ghazi or McGinn I reckon

                  4. OneMan
                    • 2 Years
                    15 days, 3 hours ago

                    Thinking of taking a punt on Pogba. Why never any love for him on here ? Apart from the fact that he is annoying!

                    1. The 5% Team
                      • 1 Year
                      15 days, 3 hours ago

                      he's very high on my watchlist as well

                      United did finish last season very badly of course, but they have a very nice schedule until end of the year

                    2. Andy_Social
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      15 days, 3 hours ago

                      He wants away

                    3. Amey
                        15 days, 3 hours ago

                        Playing in the pivot 2 & openly asking for selling him.

                      • Super Saints
                        • 2 Years
                        15 days, 2 hours ago

                        Not for me

                    4. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 2 Years
                      15 days, 3 hours ago

                      Which combo would you pick? (All starting XI) :

                      A) Digne | KdB | Siggy
                      B) 4.5 def | Sterling | Maddison

                      Thanks

                      1. Miguel Sanchez
                        • 2 Years
                        15 days, 3 hours ago

                        A

                        1. KAPTAIN KANE
                          • 2 Years
                          15 days, 3 hours ago

                          Cheers Miguel, just scared of not having Sterling!

                          1. Miguel Sanchez
                            • 2 Years
                            15 days, 3 hours ago

                            You have Salah and Kane right? Plenty of captaincy material there.

                      2. The 5% Team
                        • 1 Year
                        15 days, 3 hours ago

                        A

                        1. KAPTAIN KANE
                          • 2 Years
                          15 days, 3 hours ago

                          Thanks mate

                      3. Make Arrows Green Again
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        15 days, 3 hours ago

                        A

                        1. KAPTAIN KANE
                          • 2 Years
                          15 days, 3 hours ago

                          Nice one, conclusive then!

                      4. Amey
                          15 days, 3 hours ago

                          B with Coleman Sterling Yarmalenko ??

                          1. KAPTAIN KANE
                            • 2 Years
                            15 days, 3 hours ago

                            Wow that could be a shout!! Cheers Amey!

                      5. Jay Jay Okocha
                        • 6 Years
                        15 days, 3 hours ago

                        The lack of viable midfield options at or below 6.0 is by far the biggest challenge this year.

                        1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          15 days, 3 hours ago

                          McArthur?

                        2. JamTart
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          15 days, 3 hours ago

                          Townsend for me just now.

                        3. Amey
                            15 days, 3 hours ago

                            Yeah
                            After thinking a lot about 5.5 Midfielder, i think I'm going to get Trippier instead & go full back 5 !
                            4.5m *3 Midfielders 😀

                        4. OneMan
                          • 2 Years
                          15 days, 3 hours ago

                          KDB, could have a nailed and successful Season.

                          1. Kung Fu Football
                            • 4 Years
                            15 days, 1 hour ago

                            Could get injured and be out for months in first 10 mins? Who knows, looking more and more injury prone by the second going by last season?

                        5. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          15 days, 3 hours ago

                          KDB a must-have? You're pulling my leg ... 😐

                          1. Make Arrows Green Again
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            15 days, 3 hours ago

                            If he's a must-have, I must have him. Most have him. I don't 🙂

                            1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              15 days, 3 hours ago

                              Me neither! 🙂

                          2. Amey
                              15 days, 3 hours ago

                              I'm going to keep waiting tillhe plays 5/6 games without getting Injured this season.
                              Got very bad side of luck last season in dgw after selling Eriksen watching him giving 1 pointer & Eriksen scoring

                            • G-Whizz
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • Has Moderation Rights
                              • 1 Year
                              15 days, 2 hours ago

                              I'm game!

                              There's no doubt in my mind IF he stays fit 200+ points is on the cards...

                          3. JamTart
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            15 days, 3 hours ago

                            People going for Vardy/Maddison from the start.

                            Are you confident they'll perform despite the mixed start? 4 "top 6" teams in the first 8 GWs with Wolves as one of the other 4. I want one of them at least eventually but find it too hard to pick one over a Bournemouth double up from the start.

                            1. Amey
                                15 days, 3 hours ago

                                I'm going after Vardy.
                                BR has had a great impact in him last season. Also his record against top teams is awesome.
                                I think he is a great differential © material too when they have home fixtures. Could be party time again this season !!

                                1. JamTart
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 1 Year
                                  15 days, 3 hours ago

                                  I'm taking the approach of seeing if he fires them in during preseason then I'll shift things around for him but for now I'm thinking I'll wait on him for a bit. I know I'll have him eventually though

                              • Zilla
                                • 1 Year
                                15 days, 3 hours ago

                                No bad fixture for Jamie

                            2. barracuda
                              • 2 Years
                              15 days, 3 hours ago

                              A- King

                              B- Laporte

                              1. Amey
                                  15 days, 3 hours ago

                                  A for first two gw's

                                  1. barracuda
                                    • 2 Years
                                    15 days, 3 hours ago

                                    Thanks Amey, I trust your judgement 🙂 King in.

                                    1. Amey
                                        15 days, 2 hours ago

                                        😛

                                • The 12th Man
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 5 Years
                                  15 days, 3 hours ago

                                  Jagielka returning to Sheffield United

                                  1. Amey
                                      15 days, 3 hours ago

                                      Great (?)
                                      Is he even fit to play back to back games ??

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                                  3. OneMan
                                    • 2 Years
                                    15 days, 1 hour ago

                                    Best 7m Midfielder ?

                                    1. Devo-McDuff
                                        14 days, 12 hours ago

                                        Zaha ... and Maddison when fixtures get better. Perez might be worth keeping an eye on.

                                    2. KujaliaFC
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 7 Years
                                      14 days, 14 hours ago

                                      Will the introduction of VAR curtail assists and boost yellow cards for Zaha and Sterling?

                                      1. Fitzy.
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 7 Years
                                        14 days, 14 hours ago

                                        Oops, sorry TM.