Scout Notes

FPL assets in action as Copa America and Gold Cup climax

Our regular round-ups of the international fixtures involving Fantasy Premier League assets continue.

There was Premier League representation in the finals of both the Copa America and Gold Cup, while there were also some familiar faces in action in the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations.

You can read how Sadio Mane (£11.5m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) got on in their respective round-of-16 ties here.

Copa America

Brazil 3-1 Peru

Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m) took centre stage as Brazil won their first Copa America since 2007.

The Manchester City striker has sometimes struggled to make a mark on the international scene but he has impressed for Selecao this summer and was once more influential in the opening 45 minutes of Sunday’s final.

Jesus, again lining up on the right flank but interchanging positions in the front three, produced some fine trickery and a superb cross for Everton to volley Brazil in front after quarter of an hour before restoring his country’s lead with a goal of his own just before the interval.

Jesus teed up Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino (£9.5m) for presentable opportunities after half-time but his evening took a turn for the worse when he was dismissed for a second bookable offence on 70 minutes.

The tearful City forward took his frustration out on a water bottle, a dugout and a VAR monitor but later apologised for his actions, saying:

I want to apologise, I could have avoided it and I also need to grow up a lot.

Firmino has also shone in the Copa America this summer but the Liverpool striker was unable to add to his tally of two goals and three assists, twice heading wide and missing that aforementioned chance created by Jesus.

Firmino started all six of Brazil’s competitive matches this summer.

It was Firmino’s replacement in this game, Richarlison (£8.0m), who put the game to bed from the penalty spot in the dying stages.

Introduced for the Liverpool man with 15 minutes to go, Richarlison stepped up to convert from 12 yards after Everton had been barged over in the Peru box.

The Toffees’ winger’s only two starts in the tournament came in the group stage.

After five successive clean sheets, Alisson (£6.0m) was finally beaten but it took a 44th-minute penalty from Paolo Guerrero for the Liverpool custodian to eventually be breached.

Fernandinho (£5.5m) and Ederson (£6.0m) were unused substitutes while Willian (£7.0m), who had been a doubt for the final with a thigh injury, was also not called upon from the hosts’ bench.

Argentina 2-1 Chile

Alexis Sanchez (£7.0m) lasted just 17 minutes of the Copa America third/fourth-place play-off on Saturday, limping from the field with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

The Manchester United winger pulled up chasing a long ball and was replaced soon after.

The Chilean attacker, who has impressed this summer after a less-than-stellar season at United, will now return to his club for further assessment.

The Red Devils are currently in Australia, with a match against Perth Glory to come on Saturday.

Chile fell to a 2-1 defeat in their talisman’s absence, with Lionel Messi and Gary Medel both being dismissed in the first half of a fiercely contested game.

Sergio Aguero (£12.0m) registered his second goal of the tournament in giving Argentina a 12th-minute lead, with the Manchester City striker latching on to a quickly taken Lionel Messi free-kick to round Gabriel Arias and score.

Aguero had earlier fired narrowly wide from distance and wasted two decent chances to put the game to bed late on, seeing a weak dink over Arias blocked and then screwing wide from just inside the Chile box.

The premium FPL forward was eventually substituted on 81 minutes.

Juan Foyth (£5.0m) and Nicolas Otamendi (£5.5m) again played the full 90 minutes in defence, while Roberto Pereyra (£6.0m) was an unused substitute.

The Watford winger played only 45 minutes in the entire tournament.

Gold Cup

Mexico 1-0 USA

Mexico were crowned CONCACAF Gold Cup winners for the eighth time after defeating the United States in the early hours of Monday morning.

It was no surprise to see the two pre-tournament favourites meet each other in the final in Chicago, although Mexico had made heavy work of getting past Costa Rica and Haiti en route to their meeting against the co-hosts.

Raul Jimenez (£7.5m) finished as the competition’s second-highest scorer on five goals but turned provider in yesterday’s final, teeing up Jonathan dos Santos with a deft backheel for the match-winning strike on 73 minutes.

The Wolves striker had five of Mexico’s 20 attempts on goal against the US but was unable to add to his tally for the tournament, scuffing one effort from just outside the six-yard box after earlier air-kicking from a similar distance.

Jimenez won the Golden Ball as he was named the tournament’s best player, having been involved in seven of his country’s 16 goals.

The Wolves striker started all six of Mexico’s Gold Cup matches and was substituted in only two of them.

The former Benfica striker played all 330 minutes in his country’s three matches after the group stage, with El Tri taken to extra-time in the quarter-finals and semi-finals.

Christian Pulisic (£7.5m) was on the losing side and finished the tournament with three goals to his name.

The Chelsea winger, starting on the left flank in this match, was lively in the opening stages and his best chance came after just five minutes when he was denied by Guillermo Ochoa after a fine run and close-range shot.

Pulisic again produced flashes of Eden Hazard-esque brilliance in this final and has been one of the tournament’s stand-out players; the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder was indeed voted the Best Young Player at this summer’s Gold Cup after full-time.

Pulisic started five of the USA’s six matches in the competition, also coming on as a substitute in the dead rubber against Panama in the group stage.

Africa Cup of Nations

Algeria 3-0 Guinea

Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m) scored a superb goal – his second of the tournament – as Algeria breezed through to the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals on Sunday.

Guinea were missing the injured Naby Keita (£6.0m) but the Liverpool midfielder is expected to be fit to begin his pre-season training programme with the club later this month after a post-tournament breather.

Keita played only two matches in the tournament – one as a substitute – and sustained a minor adductor strain during the group game against Nigeria.

Mahrez was peripheral in the first half of this round-of-16 tie but scored from his first shot of the game, deceiving his marker with a beautiful first touch to control an Ismael Bennacer cross before curling low past Ibrahim Kone in the Guinea goal.

Kone denied Mahrez a second soon after when blocking the Manchester City winger’s toe-poked effort.

The former Leicester City midfielder, playing in his usual right-wing role in this match, lasted the full 90 minutes.

Algeria face Ivory Coast in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Mali 0-1 Ivory Coast

Wilfried Zaha‘s (£7.0m) stay in Egypt was extended by at least another three days as his Ivory Coast side edged past Mali in their round-of-16 encounter on Monday evening.

Having been a substitute for Les Elephants in their opening two group games, the Crystal Palace winger made his second successive start and scored the game’s only goal on 76 minutes.

Another FPL asset provided the assist for Zaha’s match-winning strike: Aston Villa forward Jonathan Kodjia (£5.5m) getting the faintest flick onto a long punt out from the back and setting Zaha free to prod the ball past Dijgui Diarra.

Kodjia had wasted a similar opportunity shortly before the goal and the lofted through-ball was a tactic Ivory Coast overly relied on as they struggled to get a foothold in the game.

Zaha’s side indeed didn’t have a single shot on target in the first three-quarters of Tuesday’s game.

The Palace winger, playing on the left flank as Kodjia led the line, struggled to make much of an impression and only had a couple of blocked shots to show for his efforts before breaking the deadlock.

More involved on the opposite flank, however, was Moussa Djenepo (£5.5m).

The pacy Southampton winger was a menace down the Mali left and drew several fouls, also teeing up Moussa Marega shortly before half-time with a pullback from the byline.

The Saints’ summer signing was too quick for his own good just after the break though, with Djenepo leaving the ball behind him as he closed in on opposition goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo just after the interval.

With Mali eliminated, the former Standard Liege midfielder will now return to Southampton for the latter stage of pre-season and should be in contention for Gameweek 1.

Having previously been fearful that a hamstring injury had ended his tournament, Serge Aurier (£5.0m) was back among the substitutes for Ivory Coast but wasn’t called upon.

Madagascar 2-2 DR Congo (4-2 Penalties)

Arthur Masuaku (£4.5m) was an unused substitute as DR Congo were dumped out of the Africa Cup of Nations by Madagascar.

The tournament’s surprise package won after a penalty shootout and will play Tunisia in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Yannick Bolasie, still on the books at Everton but anticipated to leave this summer, was one of two players to miss a spot-kick for DR Congo.

Masuaku only played 90 minutes over the course of the tournament.

Ghana 1-1 Tunisia (4-5 penalties)

A Ghana side missing the injured Christian Atsu (£5.5m) were dumped out of the Africa Cup of Nations on Monday after a penalty shootout defeat to Tunisia.

The Newcastle United winger picked up a hamstring injury in the group stage match against Cameroon and has since returned to England for treatment.

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  1. ★Kuntheman★
    • 3 Years
    10 days, 3 hours ago

    Is Adam Smith from Bournemouth going to be a starter? Two clean sheets in his first two easy games and the dude will be 4.7 in no time, I'd definitely consider him if he's starting.

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 2 hours ago

      He will start yeah unless they sign a new RB

    2. LangerznMash
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 2 hours ago

      My theory (on previous page) is Bournemouth will play wingbacks. Smith to be competing with Ibe for right wingback.

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 2 hours ago

      Bournemouth and clean sheets is not a thing

  2. Lebowski85
    • 6 Years
    10 days, 3 hours ago

    Tielmans is a monster. I know it's not exact science, but if he had played the same amount of minutes as Perez, he'd have scored 169

    That would put him in the Pogba/Eriksen bracket. Must have for me

    1. MeatPieSausageRoll
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      Overpriced by 0.5 - 1m imo

      1. Lebowski85
        • 6 Years
        10 days, 3 hours ago

        Based on.....

        1. MeatPieSausageRoll
          10 days, 2 hours ago

          I’ve seen too much of his career to believe he scores enough to justify that price this season

          1. Lebowski85
            • 6 Years
            10 days, 2 hours ago

            Fair does. I didn't know much about him before last year

            1. MeatPieSausageRoll
              10 days, 2 hours ago

              Still young tbf. He could surprise me!

    2. ★Kuntheman★
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 3 hours ago

      I find it hard to buy into him. Even last season when he was ticking over it was just surprising to me. I've followed the kid since he was at Anderlecht and he's never been a big scorer/assister, so I just don't know if I'm willing to believe that he'll sustain this. Would be gold if he did though.

      1. Lebowski85
        • 6 Years
        10 days, 2 hours ago

        I'll be honest....I'm basing it on the last 10/11 games. He may well have been over performing....those Numbers for 6.5 are sexy though

        1. Jarvish
          • 4 Years
          10 days, 2 hours ago

          Think they had pretty easy fixtures as well towards end of the season if memory serves.

          1. Lebowski85
            • 6 Years
            10 days, 2 hours ago

            Yeah, they were in form for sure.

            I'd say games towards the end of the season are harder, generally, than they look on paper...due to teams fighting and scraping etc. That's just a general opinion of mine though.

            Couldn't the same be said for Vardy aswell?

    3. Boxwoods
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 1 hour ago

      Perez also would have scored 160+ (at a far less attacking team) if classified as a mid like this year. Subject to how preseason goes, I’m backing the pacey winger over the deep-lying center-mid.

  3. Worsle90
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 3 hours ago

    Any good?

    Ryan
    TAA, VVD, Digne, Zinchenko
    Mané, KDB, Siggy, Zaha
    Vardy, Rashford

    Button, Rico, Dendoncker, Greenwood

    1. LangerznMash
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 2 hours ago

      Best one so far but reliant on Zinchenko being City's #1 leftback.

      1. LangerznMash
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 2 hours ago

        Oh wait, just noticed it hasn't got a big hitter (Salah, Sterling, Kane, Auba, Aguero).

  4. Danstoke82
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 3 hours ago

    My 2nd draft. Thoughts on this lot?

    Ederson
    TAA Robertson Laporte Digne
    Salah B.Silva Zaha Sigurdsson
    Vardy King

    Subs; Button Kelly Deondocker Nketiah

    £0.0ITB

    1. Game Over
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 2 hours ago

      Very tidy.

      The Sterling-free template.

      1. Danstoke82
        • 4 Years
        10 days, 2 hours ago

        I really want Sterling but cannot find a way of bringing him in!

    2. Misteak
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 2 hours ago

      I really don't see the appeal of Bilva. He's not an attacking midfielder. He's a really poor substitute for Sterling and Aguero. I really think you're better off downgrading him to Perez/Tielemens/Maddison and upgrading Vardy to a big hitter. But otherwise all good all template.

      1. LangerznMash
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 2 hours ago

        A poor substitute lol. 266 points in 4363 minutes football. That's a point every 16 mins for only £8.0m.

  5. Russ Burley
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 days, 2 hours ago

    Best 2 from below for $14m?

    Zaha
    Maddison
    Tielemans
    Pulisic
    Loftus-Cheek

    1. Worsle90
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 2 hours ago

      Top two for now

    2. Misteak
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 2 hours ago

      Pulisic and Tielemans

  6. nisag17
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 days, 2 hours ago

    What about this draft?

    Ederson Button
    TAA Robertson Digne Walker Trippier (if Aurier injured and staying)
    Salah Sterling (4.5 x 3)
    Wilson Deulofeu Murray

    I think the three forwards can match the value of mid priced mids. Not convinced by this draft but going for Wilson over Siggy for first two and not sure any 6.5 or below mids match the two strikers I have picked for the early fixtures at least.

    1. Eat my goal!
      10 days, 2 hours ago

      Nope no Murray

      Walker doesn’t offer value imo - VVD over Robbo and Laporte over Walker. Personally wouldn’t double on city defence but if your set then those two offer better value

      1. LangerznMash
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 2 hours ago

        What is wrong with Murray? Good fixtures, good goal scoring record and a pen taker.

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 days, 2 hours ago

          Old and unfit

  7. LangerznMash
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 2 hours ago

    Man City's wing forward options are an absolute minefield.

    Attacking mid (x2) = De Bruyne, Bilva, Dilva, Gundogan and Foden
    Right Wing = Sterling, Mahrez and Bilva
    Left Wing = Sane and Jesus
    Centre forward = Aguero and Jesus

    There is no way they have a consistent starting lineup. To be honest I struggle to see any of them playing 3000+ minutes (maybe Sterling). If you own any you live in fear of Pep benching them. Nothing worse than captaining someone like Aguero only for him to come on with 10 minutes remaining.

  8. Scotty B
    • 7 Years
    10 days, 2 hours ago

    0.5 off this team, gutted! Here's hoping a 4m midfielder gets added soon 🙂

    Alisson
    Coleman Walker VVD Laporte Digne
    Salah Siggy Fraser
    King Aguero

    Norris Dendonker Hayden Wickham

    1. Russ Burley
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 2 hours ago

      Looks good - good luck with your wish for a $4m midfielder though! 🙂

    2. GanonTEK
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 1 hour ago

      Fraser to Brooks maybe

  9. Worsle90
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 2 hours ago

    OK chaps, I’m quite happy with this here 5-3-2. It only depends on Rico playing which I’ve heard some positive noises about.

    Ryan
    TAA, VVD, Zinchenko, Digne, Rico
    Sterling, Salah, KDB
    Rashford, King

    Button, Dendoncker, Hayden, Greenwood

    Any love?

  10. Scotty B
    • 7 Years
    10 days, 2 hours ago

    Are Siggy & Fraser the best two options at 8m and under?

    1. Rigid Digit
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 1 hour ago

      Siggy - always delivers
      Fraser - should pick up where he left off (and a move to The Arse shouldn't dent his output)

      Maddison, Tielemans and possibly Barkley (if he plays) would also be on my radar

  11. Scotty B
    • 7 Years
    10 days, 1 hour ago

    Wonder if this year is finally the year Stones becomes a regular! Be a bargain @5.5 for a City defender

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 1 hour ago

      Seems all set for him until they sign a new CB. Had a nice scoring record in UCL too

  12. Russ Burley
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 days, 1 hour ago

    OK, so this is version 20, which means I should be around version 100 by the time the season starts! 🙂

    Pickford (Button)

    Coleman, VVD, Robertson, Laporte (Reid)

    Salah, Fraser, Siggy, Tielemans, Pulisic

    Wilson (Jota, Wickham)

    I'm still uncertain about having 2 from Everton at the back, like having a playing first sub (Jota) but slightly uncomfortable with a 4-5-1 - thoughts?

    1. Thomas Jerome Newton
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 1 hour ago

      Not sure of 2 Everton either but maybe if just for ealry fixtures.
      Jota a bit expensive for bench.

  13. Andy'81
    • 1 Year
    10 days, 1 hour ago

    Celtic 3-1 up in Sarajevo, looks like they've passed this tricky opening leg in the CL with flying colors.