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Why has Everton’s attack been so underwhelming so far this season?

Everton’s popular attacking assets have underwhelmed Fantasy Premier League managers so far this season.

After two matches, they have scored just once, only Crystal Palace finding the net fewer times than the Toffees at this stage.

Perhaps we should not be too surprised to see Marco Silva’s men struggle in front of goal at this stage.

During their pre-season campaign, they scored just three goals in seven matches, with Richarlison (£8.0m) the only key figure missing for most of it.

One was registered against Kenyan side Kariobangi Sharks, while Monaco and Mainz were the only other teams to concede against Everton.

The Toffees drew blanks in four of their summer friendlies, against FC Sion, Wigan Athletic, Sevilla and Werder Bremen.

Of those who found the back of the net, Joe Williams and Lewis Gibson are not first-team regulars, the former now a permanent Wigan player, while Seamus Coleman (£5.5m) is the only summer goal-scorer to have played in either Premier League match so far this season.

Accordingly, ahead of a Gameweek 3 trip to Aston Villa, Fantasy managers might be looking to move on their Everton attackers.

We have assessed the underlying statistics from their first two matches of the campaign to find out if the Toffees have simply been unlucky not to score more often, or if there are some tangible reasons for concern.

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 2

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  1. Whats the Mata?
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Someone talk me out of this?

    I'm considering going Ederson + three-way rotation between Pieters/Lundstram/Cantwell over Pope + Walk6/Zinchenko (Can't afford Laporte)

    Ederson is essentially a City def who I'd start every week and yes he won't get those saves, but pretty much 6 points in the bag. Rotation of Pieters/Lund/Cantwell means I don't bench points(I'd assume) and I'd start players on their fixtures.

    Yes Pope will rack up the saves but I can't see Burnley keeping cs in the coming run. Added the non nailed onness of Zinc/Walker.

    Thoughts?

    1. benbro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Is Pieters nailed?

      1. Whats the Mata?
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Pieters could be Soyunchu as well. But a 4.5m def.

    2. Prisoner B5160-8
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Six points in the bag?

  2. donlobatto
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Damn!

  3. mojoindojo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Digne ftw

  4. RVP20
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Which to 1 to start?

    (A) Lundstrum
    (B) Cathcart
    (C) Dendoncker

    1. benbro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      C

    2. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      A

  5. Bob_the_builder
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Digne all set to start this week.

  6. FootstockChat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Other than here, where else do you use to get accurate predicted line ups?

    I love those that they do here but I wish they would update them earlier in the week.

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I like that they update them after pressers.

      1. FootstockChat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Yeh I agree, I just wish they'd do a pre-presser draft with their usual comments saying what they predict and why and then update it after.

        1. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          People would blame them for transfers made before pressers. Pointless

    2. benbro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Hard to do an accurate team sheet at all let alone before the pressers

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Earlier update would only need fixing after pressers.

  7. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Silva Kean to find the solution also!

  8. Limbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Kean will change this as soon as he starts getting 90 mins.

    Hit the post / bar already a few times this season. Richarlison is a streaky player and is being relied on for finishing alongside DCL, who has the potential, but he's struggling to reach it. Quality in the site front to back. Siggursson should have 3 assists already if the golden chances had been converted.

    1. benbro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Yeah, I mean DCL is clearly the issue here.

      I do worry for Charli and Siggy if Kean fails to settle though

      1. Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        I don't see it - given his minutes so far - seems more than competent and has pace/technique

  9. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Best route gw4 onwards...
    A. Haller
    B. Barnes (or Wood)
    C. Jota
    D. Keep King

    The caveat is that A means a slightly weaker bench, whereas the rest leave money to upgrade say Dendoncker to McGinn/Ceballos. But if there's any sign of Bundesliga Haller on Saturday he'll be hard to ignore with the fixtures.

    1. donlobatto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      As it stands B or C have the form/ proven ability but wait to see what they do in GW3

    2. AuFeld
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Barnes.

    3. benbro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Think Barnes has outscore his Xg though I’m sure someone can correct me.

      Feels like there’s no value at this level yet... someone will get going and my best bet is Haller but it’s a punt.

  10. donlobatto
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    G2G? Hopefully this lot will repay my investment/ stupidity this week and beyond! Who’s joining me behind the couch for TOTvsNEW?!

    0.1itb -8 taken (!)
    Heaton
    VVD, Digne, Zinch, AWB
    Salah, Sterling (C), KDB, Martial
    Pukki, Jota
    (Button) (Lunds, Dendo, Greenw’d)

    It’ll either be glory or disappointment - no middle ground 😆

    Appreciate your opinions 🙂

    1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I’ve a very very similar team and I opted to do -4 to get in early on KDB this week thinking more long term rather than the obvious getting Kane in!! I shall to be behind the settee but think for the longer term I’ve made the right decision and have also freed up funds to upgrade elsewhere!

      1. donlobatto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        It’s just always the same with Kane. He so often disappoints when everyone considers him essential. Don’t trust him. It would only be Son if I went Spurs and I just wanted KDB more!

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Very decent for revised template side.

      I’m captaining Mane very probably. Think there’ll be more goals at Anfield than at Spurs. City could go wild. Fascinating week.

      1. donlobatto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Cheers mate

        Mané cap pick is an interesting one. I’d love there to be loads of goals from LIV (as long as they don’t come from Robbo after I sickeningly sacrificed him for my moves!)

    3. Hits from the Bong
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Nice team. Not a Jota fan though. Nowt wrong with a healthy -8 now and again. I wildcarded instead and now regret it.

      1. Hog Roast Junkie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Who would you get instead of Jota?
        Personally think he’s best pick at 6.5m

        1. Hits from the Bong
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          I’d only have one at that price point tbh and that’s Pukki

      2. donlobatto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Jota is my wait and see. Was just less of a priority and -8 was def the limit!

        I hate taking hits like this so early on as you plummet if it doesn’t pay off but hopefully it’ll work out medium to long term!

    4. Hog Roast Junkie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Good side, good luck

      1. donlobatto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Cheers mate. GL to you too

  11. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Best move here and why?

    A) Robbo & Barkley -> KWP/Boly & Martial
    B) Robbo, Barkley & Wilson -> Soyuncu, Martial & Rashford (-4)
    C) Robbo, Barkley & Wilson -> Lundstram, McGinn & Kane (-4)

    Ryan
    TAA, Robbo, Digne, Zinch, Coleman
    Salah, Sterling, Perez
    Wilson, King

    Button, Barkley, Deondocker, Martinelli
    Bank 0.0m, 2FT

    1. donlobatto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Out of those C as it’s the only one where I can see you gaining enough to justify the hit.

      Alternative could be same 3 out for Pukki, De Bruyne and cheap def. Would mean ignoring Spurs but going with the form players...

      1. Jinswick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Cheers. 0.1m short of Lund with the KDB/Pukki combo. I’m edging towards C at the moment

        1. donlobatto
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          That’s annoying re Lunds as I’d def prefer that combo over Kane personally but that’s just me!

    2. OleGGMU
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Imo, if youre looking to take a hit then defo C over B mainly because less comittment to a single team (in this case Utd) having a playing and performing cheapie in lundstram is always a good thing, kane has the fixtures and hunger to get on with it, Mcginn has a lot of energy, drive and heart to his game and never seems to stop looking for a run or way to push the team forward so i think 3 solid picks .

      Rash has pens but his set pieces esp against wolves were shite to say the least , could float a single cross in , can get goals but wiv martial pushed in centre , makes kane> rash easier to decide imo

      Boly has been great and would go for him over kwp, he just does more and is more likely to score of the two

      1. Jinswick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Yeah, KWP is too much of a rotation risk for me. Boly is a BP monster with a decent goal threat.

        Currently between A with Boly or C. Kane(c) is tempting, but I still fancy Wilson to do well after this week. Perhaps A with Boly, no hit and hope for a BOU goal at home to City!

  12. OleGGMU
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Hi lads looking for a bit of advice for my starting xi
    Pickford
    TAA, Lunds, Walker
    Cantw, Sterl(c), Salah, Martial
    Barnes, Pukki, Jota
    Bench: Button, McGinn, VVD, Rico

    Start jota or go 4-5-2 with Mcginn?
    VVD or stick to TAA?

    Cheers lads for any advice
    Have 1.2 itb so while im at it, who to replace jota wiv?

  13. TAT
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 25 days ago

    This my team after a -4 earlier in the week. Still not feeling confident about how it looks, and after just 121 points from the two first GWs I’m considering the WC. Should I do it?

    Players out would be Heaton, one of VvD/TAA and possibly Zinchenko.

    Heaton
    VvD - TAA - Digne - Zinchenko
    KDB - Trossard - Salaj - Sterling
    Jota - Pukki
    (Button - Lundstram - Greenwood - Dendoncker)

    1. TAT
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Salah*

    2. donlobatto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      No you have a good team. Def fine to hold after your -4

      You have Lunds to come on and pretty much everyone in your starting 11 could do well this week

      1. TAT
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Not owning any United or Spurs assets have hurt my team badly in the first two GW's though; same with double Liverpool def. And let's not begin to talk about my goalkeeper pick.

        I'm really not sure what to do. The likelihood that I press the WC button before GW 4 is very high, if I don't do it before this deadline.

  14. Galza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Pope
    AWB / VVD / KWP
    Sterling / Martial / KDB / Ceballos
    Firmino / Kane(c) / Pukki

    Button / Doug Luiz / Lundstram / Hanley

    If Carlsberg did Wildcards....??

    1. Wood1
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I have very similar but with mount over ceballos, awb walker and dunk/soyu rotating
      Are you comfortable with no mane/salah? I'm a bit worried!

      1. Galza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        I would obviously love to have one, but this team allows me that city midfield double up and I would like to think Firmino will chip in with a few points too.

    2. donlobatto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Most of it looks great.
      It’s got some differentials but I’d not be confident in Bobby F or KWP on a WC. Especially Bobby, I haven’t seen him hit any great form yet. Would personally downgrade him to use funds elsewhere and stick to 2 up front

      1. Galza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        I want to have some sort of Pool attack...
        Agree with KWP, but for 5 mil the worse that can happen is I have to transfer him out. Worth a shot on a W/C imo... ty

  15. Fernando Torres
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    A) Son + Digne/Walker + Mina 
    B) Mane + Soyunchu + Dunk

    Which is better? Have Kane and Sterling...

  16. asif316uk
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    A. Salah, Kane, Maddison
    Or
    B. Mane, Son, Jesus

    1. Jurgen Flopp
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Why Jesus?

      1. asif316uk
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Just a feeling he will start over aguero and when he comes on usually scores

  17. Tonyawesome69
    2 months, 25 days ago

    start
    a. lundstram
    b. king
    c. dendocker

    pope
    VVD TAA digne lundstram* walker-pieters
    mane sterling (c) kdb perez
    pukki

    heaton king dendoncker greenwood

    0.7itb and 0ft

  18. Pete Price The Lizard
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    RP got 2 FT's to use thinking of the following changes to do:

    A) Auba & Adams > Laca & Pukki (bank 0.6)

    B) Auba,Adams & Norwood > Bernard,Pukki & Rashford (-4)

    C) Auba & Adams > & Aguero & Long (go 4-4-2)

    Foster
    Boly Coleman Robbo
    Norwood Moura (VC) Sterling Salah (©)
    Auba King

    Subs:Button,Adams, Dendoncker & Kelly

    Any feedback and suggestions are welcomed as always.

  19. SmackMyBilicUp
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Is KDB essential if I have sterling?
    Ryan
    AWB Syunco walker-Peters
    Mane Sterling Martial KDB Dendoncker
    Pukki Kane

    If I swap KDB I could upgrade defence. Thoughts?

    1. Hog Roast Junkie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Smart move would probably be to upgrade def but it would be a lot less fun. Keep what you hav3 and enjo6 the ride. Think KDB is a great pick

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Not for me

      Kane gives the extra captain choice and you’ll never captai KdB with Sterling in.

      Have a variation of this from last week. Decided against KdB to get a reasonable defence for next 20 weeks or so. You’re very light there. Could hurt I think.

      Have for comparison

      Pope
      Robbo Digne AWB Lund Rico
      Sterling Mane Martial McGinn dendo
      Kane Pukki Jota

      Jota May become a city defender or 4.5 and 6.0 in midfield. Aiming for flexibility

    3. Geriatric Unathletic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Therein lays the problem! Kane or KDB but not both :(.

  20. wildnothing
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Which squad do you like the best?

    A)
    Pope 4.0
    AWB Stones Montoya Söyüncü Lundstram
    Sterling Mané KDB Martial Cantwell
    Kane Pukki 4.5

    B)
    Pope 4.0
    Laporte AWB Mina Montoya Lundstram
    Sterling KDB Martial Cantwell McGinn
    Kane Rashford Pukki

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      B but as you're playing 343 I'd upgrade Mina to Digne by downgrading AWB to 5.0m or Montoya to Hayden/Kelly

  21. Limbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Playing 532 this week for the first time in a few seasons, as far as I can remember:

    Ryan (SOU)
    TAA (ARS) / Digne (avl) / Coleman (avl) / KWP (NEW) / Lundy (LEI)
    KDB (bou) / Sterling (bou) / Salah (ARS)
    Pukki (CHE) / Wilson (MCI)

    Ceballos (liv), Greenwood (CRY), Dendo (BUR)

    Would you switch Lundy for Ceballos and go 442?

    1. Bram
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I'd go Ceballos yes - Liv def hardly convincing atm. That said I bench Lunds last week (whereas a rival played him ahead of Perez) so maybe better you ignore me on that!!!.

      1. Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Haha. Yeah I got the Lundy points benching KWP so a bit hesitant this week... think I'll take a punt on another CS masterclass from the Blades. Leicester looking impotent.

  22. Mike2795647
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Posting again on new site, 1FT, thinking Robertson to Walker. Also gives me £1m extra for next game week

  23. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 25 days ago

    King and Perez to pukki and mount for free? No martial though..

    1. matiakez
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Looks good but no United could hurt, I've got a similar dilemma.

    2. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I'm only doing Perez to Mount, think 2ft will be more useful next week.

  24. # Young Gun SEAMUS #
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    best defender (within 5.6) from game week 3 to game week 10

    1.Bissakha
    2.Loundstrom
    3.Zinchenko
    4.Zouma

    1. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      WanB

    2. yakirh
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      1 most nailed and best pick overall

    3. Bram
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Even Luke Shaw has gone for AWB!
      https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/2301705/event/2

    4. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      1. I'd also put Coleman in the same bracket.

  25. Hits from the Bong
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 25 days ago

    On a wc, but plan to downgrade one of the strikers and get KDB/Son and VVD before long. Any thoughts?

    Pope (Button)
    Digne AWB Dunk (Lundstram Kelly)
    Sterling Mane Martial Ceballos (Cantwell)
    Kane Rashford Pukki

  26. Rigid Digit
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    I'm keeping Perez

    I may be alone in this - it appears that his ownership is rapidly sinking to 1

    Sheff Utd and Aston Villa should provide something - even if it further proof of how toothless he is.
    (Will also give me the chance to check Cabellos is nailed, and in the right position)

    1. yakirh
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Im doing the same but its only because I had other transfers to make

      Btw he is playing Bournemouth not Villa

      1. Rigid Digit
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Oops

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I'm also keeping albeit reluctantly. These are good fixtures and gives me time to watch Ceballos who is my most likely replacement. Him or Mount.

    3. matiakez
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Its tempting me given that really its only martial I'd want and there's no easy way to do that.

  27. jimski
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    West Ham have amazing fixtures - are their defence so poor still not to be worth considering?

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Pretty much

  28. Zlat-man
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Isnt this a very very early kick off for gw3?
    I dont remember whens the last time I have seen this

    1. Here Comes The Son ★
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I just checked the kick off time expecting it to be 5pm or something. There's been Friday night football for ages now?

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Wtf are you talking about?

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Not since all the way back in GW1.

  29. Jurgen Flopp
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    A) Kane Cantwell Zinchenko
    B) Barnes Son KWP

    Thinking long term and not just the next couple of fixtures. Which combination scores more??

    1. jimski
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      A

  30. matiakez
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Anyone else feeling ham strung by going kane, salah and sterling?

    Heaton button
    Zinchenko TAA Montoya lund digne
    Perez dendo sterling salah mcginn
    Kane ings king

    Got 2 free but really struggling with what to do?

    1 option is taa, perez and king to maguire, martial and pukki but that seems rash?

    Another is shift ings to a 5 million and perez to martial?

    1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      That's why people are selling Salah