Scout Notes

Palace and Everton reward defensive investment in 0-0 draw

Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton

Goals: None

Assists: None

Bonus Points: Yerry Mina x3 (£5.5m), Michael Keane x2 (£5.5m), Jordan Pickford x1 (£5.5m)

Crystal Palace and Everton played out a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park that highlighted both sides’ serious need for a goalscoring forward in the 2019/20 Premier League campaign. 

However, it left Fantasy managers invested in the defences of each team delighted to get clean sheets at the first time of asking.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (£8.0m) had two excellent chances for Everton but couldn’t find the back of the net, disappointing the 14% of Fantasy maangers who trusted him with a spot in their Gameweek 1 sqauds.

Meanwhile, strong defending from Michael Keane (£5.5m) and his colleagues, as well as some smart stops from Jordan Pickford (£5.5m), kept Palace at bay to ensure the Merseysiders continued their strong defensive form from the end of the 2018/19 season.

That was welcome news for those who had been a little concerned about the value in Everton’s defence in light of Idrissa Gueye’s departure and Kurt Zouma (£5.0m) remaining at Chelsea.

Palace grew into the game and were helped by the introduction of Zaha

However, it must be said that Palace did spend the first 65 minutes without their talismanic forward player Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m) who missed pre-season due to involvement in the African Cup of Nations and reportedly handed in a transfer request towards the end of the summer window.

Selected by 19.8% of managers ahead of Gameweek 1, Zaha was omitted from the starting XI by Roy Hodgson, but came off the bench to a raucous ovation from the Selhurst faithful indicating the fans are both appreciative and understanding of the Ivorian’s situation despite reportedly trying to force a move to Everton.

“I only really saw him on Friday, basically, because I sent him home on Thursday and we didn’t train on Wednesday. But if you are asking me how was he yesterday, he was fine. And today in the dressing room, and in the game? He was excellent in the dressing room, and you could see what he did in the game. The fact is that the situation has been and gone. I am sure Wilf will now make certain he brings his straw to the water to help us have a good season, just like he has in the past two seasons [when I have been here].” – Roy Hodgson

Saturday’s fixture against Everton highlighted that in spite of the situation regarding Zaha and the question marks over his commitment to the club, this is a player with raw and unparalleled ability in Palace’s squad and someone who could make a serious attacking impact for the Eagles in 2019/20. It took him coming on to spark Palace into life.

“I thought he handled it very well. The crowd helped didn’t it, giving him such a great reception. It was nice to have him available. I thought the two front players did an exceptional job, but they were tiring, and it was good to have him to come on, and Connor Wickham too to help keep that momentum that we had going in the latter part of the game. It was never going to be easy to break them down, although I hoped that we might eventually.” – Roy Hodgson

Max Meyer (£5.5m) had a string of promising chance for Palace, but the German couldn’t find a clinical cutting-edge as Hodgson’s side laboured in vain.

Christian Benteke (£6.0m) also fired a number of blanks with the Belgian appearing to be still short of confidence and unlikely to shoulder responsibility for Palace’s goals this season. 

Richarlison and Everton’s attacking players are in need of some help, which Kean should bring them

It was a similar story for Everton who began the match without new signing Moise Keane (£7.0m) in the starting line-up, the striker having not been involved in any of the Toffees’ pre-season matches.

After arriving as a 69th-minute substitute for Dominic Calvert Lewin (£6.0m), he showed glimpses of quality that suggested the hype surrounding his switch from Juventus could be justified.

The Italian should play an important role for the Toffees this season but may need time to find his feet, as well as earning the trust of Fantasy managers with more proven options such as Sigurdsson and Richarlison (£8.0m) currently available.

Pickford’s defensive performance underlined his value to Fantasy managers with a first clean sheet of the season. The defensive quartet of Lucas Digne (£6.0m), Yerry Mina (£5.5m) Seamus Coleman (£5.5m) and Keane shielded the England international from Palace’s efforts in the second half and will have inspired confidence in their Fantasy owners ahead of Watford’s trip to Goodison Park in Gameweek 2. 

Everton could have some central midfield issues after Gomes (right) went off injured and Schneiderlin was shown a red card

However, an injury to Andre Gomes (£5.5m) is an area of potential concern for Everton’s central midfield options. He was replaced by new signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin (£5.0m) in the 45th minute.

Silva confirmed that the 26-year-old is set to be assessed in the coming days and admitted that Everton suffered when he had to come off.

“The moment the game changed was the injury to André Gomes. We hope it’s not serious. When I changed it with Jean-Philippe Gbamin he had some problems, which is normal he needs to adapt, and when you sign new players, young players they need time to adapt and it was one of the keys for us because we started losing easy balls during that second-half.” – Marco Silva

Furthermore, Everton are already down one option in central midfield after Morgan Schneiderlin‘s (£4.5m) red card in the second half. He was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the 76th minute and will miss that meeting with Watford next weekend.

“I didn’t see the first [booking]. But the referee gave the second. For me it was not, but Morgan should not react like he did, if you are playing with a yellow card, you have a risk.” – Marco Silva

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 1

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  1. Winter_is_coming
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 days, 21 hours ago

    Someone have a link for FFS contributors league? And id of interesting players (Ronka, Jay etc)? For now I have only Mark id 21074.

    1. PUMPKINHEAD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Laugh at Mark's bench points .

      1. BuYaKasha
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 days, 23 hours ago

        He's such a class player, his bench is doing better than some of my starting 11

  2. ALTOID11
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 21 hours ago

    Got a feeling Vardy is going to haul again and finish top scorer this season.

    1. luke
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Take an Eno, it’ll pass

  3. JohnRoss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 days, 21 hours ago

    Might as well savour the big points this week. City played one of the worst defences in the league, while spurs and pool were at home to two promoted sides. Not going to happen every week sadly...

  4. VAR Star
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 21 hours ago

    Moment of truth for us Joelinton owners.

  5. Giggs Boson.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 days, 21 hours ago

    If this GW has taught me anything it's to avoid new players at all costs. Don't try and find the next Michu because most of the time players will be eased in.

    I feel for Pepe owners today.

    1. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      All the Pepe signs were there, was a huge risk. I fell into that trap as well woth Trossard.

      1. The Big Fella
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        Different with Trossard as he started and played well for the last 2 pre-season games and it is Brighton and not Arsenal so not as many quality players

    2. Ginkapo FPL
      • 8 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Meh. Montoya first sub. Its not like I got Pepe for gw1.

    3. RoysCallerAnne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Yeah, happy I picked Bernardo Silva for that exact reason.

    4. Gnu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      I agree although I broke that rule to have a 6m punt on Ndombele fella.
      *chuffed emoji*

  6. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 21 hours ago

    Falling behind, not too much but a bit in my leagues. Have Jimenez, Auba, Dendonk left and Ayoze but many have him too... Important day for me...

    1. Jarvish
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Only 37.3 GWs to go - definitely time to start to panic.

    2. Doosra - ☭A Noble Grape…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 21 hours ago

      Good luck, choo-choo man! 😀

      1. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 21 hours ago

        Cheers, bailed out on Origi last minute. Jimenez and Montoya instead of Origi and Digne, so it can still work out...

  7. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 days, 21 hours ago

    Soyuncu, will be watching how he plays.....

    1. Critical Observer
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 20 hours ago

      Got him in as the cheapest fairly nailed starting defender in a top 8 side.

      Not a good player, mind.

  8. The Big Fella
    • 2 Years
    9 days, 21 hours ago

    Can't wait for this Greenwood, Dendonker and Perez triple hattrick today.

  9. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 days, 20 hours ago

    Cor blimey Jonjo, behave will ya

  10. OneMan
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 19 hours ago

    Jimenez has some potentially low scoring fixtures who should I take in on his place, I have Wilsom and have 8.5m to spend.

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 days, 19 hours ago

      Remember his and Wolves record against "top" sides last season.

      1. OneMan
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 19 hours ago

        Very true. He deserves another game at least.

  11. Green Jumper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 days, 16 hours ago

    Thinking of Lloris to Pickford for the next few games at least.

  12. Kim Jong Kün
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 days, 19 hours ago

    Coleman, Keane, or Mina?

  13. Green Jumper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 12 hours ago

    I think Kean might be worth a look given Everton's fixtures.

    If he gets his first goal, I Cuold easily see him going on a run.