Scout Notes

More Norwich injuries as Palace get another clean sheet at home

Crystal Palace 2-0 Norwich City

Goals: Luka Milivojević (£6.7m), Andros Townsend (£5.7m)

Assists: James McArthur (£5.3m), Wilfried Zaha (£6.8m)

Bonus Points: Milivojević x3, Joel Ward (£4.5m) x2, Vicente Guaita (£ 5.0m) x2

For the third away match in a row, Norwich were knocked by an enforced defensive change in the first half.

The Gameweek 4 trip to West Ham saw Christoph Zimmermann (£4.5m) taken off with a foot problem, the Gameweek 6 visit to Burnley resulted in groin injury for Alex Tettey (£4.5m) and it was Ralf Fährmann (£4.4m) who drew the short straw at Crystal Palace.

Coming into Gameweek 7 with concerns over a groin problem, and Tim Krul (£4.5m) ruled out for a couple of weeks, the German goalkeeper started the match but had to come off after conceding a penalty in the 21st minute.

“Ralf Fährmann felt something after his first contact with the ball. He saved a cross and felt the pain again and had to come off. It’s not easy when two of your goalkeepers are injured and you have to make a change early in the game, but Michael McGovern was concentrated and focused.” – Daniel Farke

Fährmann came into Gameweek 7 with an injury and was forced off early against Palace

While there is no update on Fährmann’s present condition, a long-term absence for him, with Krul out too, could see Michael McGovern (£4.0m) become the only starting goalkeeper at his price point.

He came close to securing clean sheet points at Selhurst Park. Entering the field in the 22nd minute he was eligible for them as he played 68 minutes – but was finally beaten in the 88th by Andros Townsend (£5.7m).

So many absences for Daniel Farke’s men, especially when they are picked up during their away matches, is making it hard for us to truly assess Norwich’s capabilities on the road.

“At this level, as a newly promoted side and with so many players injured it’s difficult to dominate a game. You have to help yourself when you’re on the front foot. Each and every game is important. Of course, our biggest concern is the injury situation. It is a difficult situation but we must work on the small details. The only way is hard work.” – Daniel Farke

Pukki is now without a goal on the road since Gameweek 1

This 2-0 defeat extended Teemu Pukki‘s (£7.2m) goalless run away from Carrow Road to three in a row, without an attacking return on the road since the Gameweek 1 defeat at Liverpool.

The Finnish international did have a one good chance against Crystal Palace but was largely kept quiet by centre-backs Gary Cahill (£4.5m) and Martin Kelly (£4.1m).

That said, the attacking midfield triplet of Todd Cantwell (£5.0m), Marco Stiepermann (£5.4m) and Emi Buendía (£6.0m) looked lively for spells in the first half, fading in the second.

Cantwell, who, despite his best efforts, is yet to register a single attacking return away from home this season, went close to ending that run of bad luck but an excellent sliding block from Kelly denied him.

Cantwell was more of a goal threat at Selhurst Park than Pukki but is still yet to get attacking returns away from home in 2019/20

By all accounts both Pukki and Cantwell still had chances between them in Gameweek 7 which may be enough to convince their owners to hold onto them for next weekend.

Gameweek 8 brings Norwich back to Carrow Road, where they have averaged 2.7 goals per game this season, while Pukki and Cantwell have scored 13.3 and 7.7 points per match in front of their own fans respectively.

Meanwhile, upcoming opponents Aston Villa are yet to keep a clean sheet on the road in 2019/20, conceding a total of seven league goals across three away matches since achieving promotion into the top-flight.

“The players didn’t let me down today, they tried everything and gave their heart. We just weren’t effective enough in using our chances. Carrow Road will be a fortress again next week. We have to go through this difficult time together.” – Daniel Farke

Lewis hurt his elbow at Crystal Palace on Saturday

Farke will be hoping he can receive some positive news on the injury front this week as his squad still contains nine FPL flags.

Encouragingly, he got Max Aarons (£4.4m) back from injury against Crystal Palace, who slotted back in at right-back after a two-game absence.

“Max Aarons was solid. It was important for him to have these minutes and to be back. I was pleased with him. It’s the first piece of good news in several weeks that he is back. We need the quality and experience of everyone as quickly as possible.” – Daniel Farke

However, Farke will be sweating over Jamal Lewis (£4.5m) who fell on his elbow at Selhurst Park and is reportedly at risk of being ruled out long-term with a broken arm.

“I’m a bit more concerned about Jamal Lewis because he fell on his elbow and that could be a major injury. Ben Godfrey got cut and was bleeding a lot, but nothing more.” – Daniel Farke

Former Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has made the centre-back starting spot his own at Palace

Crystal Palace increasingly becoming a side worth trusting in their home matches, especially at the back.

In four league outings at Selhurst Park this season they have conceded just one goal and are unbeaten there since April.

Were it not for Diogo Jota‘s (£6.2m) late goal in Gameweek 6, Palace would have clean sheets in all home matches played in 2019/20.

That might encourage interest in the likes of Cahill and Ward although the next three visitors to south London are Manchester City, Leicester and Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Kelly was back in for the injured Mamadou Sakho (£5.0m) although it’s hard to say if he’s nailed on to start every match considering that the former Liverpool man is reportedly not going to be out for long.

“Mamadou Sakho is injured, but hopefully it is not an injury which will keep him out for months, so we’re very fortunate in that area. Of course, there are areas of our team where the competition for places and ability I have to replace injured players is a lot more hazardous.” – Roy Hodgson

Palace will be without Milivojevic in Gameweek 8 through suspension

However, trusting Palace’s attack continues to be a tricky exercise. Luka Milivojević (£6.7m) had been goalless before this game and while he scored from the penalty spot (where else?) he will now miss Gameweek 8.

That may be of some encouragement to a West Ham side likely to be without Lukasz Fabianski (£5.0m) for at least the next few weeks.

The central midfielder picked up his fifth yellow card of the campaign in Gameweek 7 so will now miss the next match.

“He’s enormously valuable, that’s why he’s captain of the team. He’s been a massive influence on and off the field, particularly on the field, with the way he plays and his understanding of the game.” – Roy Hodgson

Without him on Saturday afternoon, the Eagles may have to work extra hard to add to their two away goals scored this season.

Wilfried Zaha (£6.8m) will naturally be turned to for threat, even if he has just one goal in his last 19 at home.

The Ivory Coast international was instrumental in the win over Norwich. He was the one who played the ball into James McArthur (£5.1m), who on the penalty, while it was Zaha’s movement that helped him set-up Townsend’s late clincher.

Crystal Palace XI (4-5-1): Guaita; van Aanholt, Cahill, Kelly, J Ward; Schlupp, Kouyaté (Townsend 70′), Milivojević, McArthur (McCarthy 79′), Zaha; Ayew (Meyer 90′).

Norwich City XI (4-2-3-1): Fährmann (McGovern 22′); J Lewis, Godfrey, Amadou, Aarons; McLean, Leitner; Cantwell (Roberts 81′), Stiepermann (Drmic 66′), Buendía; Pukki.

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  1. Jönny
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Hi all... made an early transfer on saturday as I wasn't sure about WiFi access while on holiday. The transfer? Sterling to KDB.

    I have another free transfer which I'd hoped to save for after the international break, but I'm thinking now I might need to shift KDB.

    Can't afford the swap back to Sterling (truly a terrible transfer) so thinking either another City mid, or perhaps Pepe.

    Is there ANY chance KDB plays? Will definitely be off WiFi after today until gone the deadline, so any advice appreciated!!

    1. FOO FIGHTER
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Will have to wait for Pep to hear how serious it is.

      • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Just leave it for now & let your sub come in if necessary

        KDB has the guts of 3 weeks to be ready for GW9 & nearly a month to GW10

        He might even start GW8, or if not, possibly make the bench

      • MTPockets
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Pep's press conference tonight may give an update

      • Jönny
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Thanks all... I might just leave it and hope for the best. Will check news again tonight

        Bench looks ropey though... Hayden (out), Rico and Cahill.

        Oh and I have Mailtand Niles in my 11....

      • Predator
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Do you have Son?

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      KDB flagged

      Perfect opportunity for Cantwell first sub to notch another cheeky double return

      1. SkeletONv01
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Pfff, home to Villa, if you have him, even as a 5th mid sub, you want to play him this GW 🙂

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          I’m confidently predicting a goal, Assist and 2 baps for the 4.5 corner flag punching genius that is Ser Todd of Cantwellshire

          1. Pompel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Never thought I'd fear not having Todd Cantwell in my team... Guendo to smash it !

          2. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            The locals here call him the 'Dereham Messi'.
            He still lives with his Mum.

    3. Salt'N'Pepe
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      KDB -> Marez could be on the cards if he doesn't play tonight

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Only if confirmed out by Pep.

        1. Pep Pig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          I confirm 😉

    4. Gudjohnsen
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Is Salah suddenly a better Captain than Sterling with De Bruyne's injury?

      1. FOO FIGHTER
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Sterling has been a very bad captain choice...

        • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          I think he was a better captain before the injury tbh

          His home form has been devastating, whereas Sterling’s has been literal poo

          1. Flaming Flamingo
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Sterling has only played 2 home matches...and scored in one of them.

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              So you could almost say he has been poo at home whereas no has smashed it at home?

              1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                *mo

        • SkeletONv01
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Pukki.

      2. Iggy pop
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        I predict a mahrez rest this weekend, with b silva and sterling on the flanks

        1. MTPockets
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Probably. Mahrez starting again after 2x 90 mins would just be too obvious

      3. Champions united
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Please suggest How can i improve this lot
        O.6 ITB 1FT
        ryan
        vvd taa digne soy lunds
        salah Sterling kdb cantwel douglas
        pukki greenwood abraham

      4. ^Freedom Fighter^
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Captain? G2G ?
        Did Kane>>>Auba. FT
        Henderson
        Lowton. Guilbert Kelly.)) Rico. Dunk
        Salah. Cantwell. Mount. Zaha. KDB
        Kun. Pukki. Auba
        0.6 itb
        Thx

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Captain Mo at home, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, and it certainly hasn’t been broken to date

          1. ^Freedom Fighter^
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Thanks mate .. on Salah right now

      5. FOO FIGHTER
          2 months, 5 days ago

          If KDB is out, I am smelling a Kun start this weekend...

          1. AuFeld
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Ohhh. What else do you smell?

          2. Flaming Flamingo
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Not sure the two are necessarily linked.

            1. AuFeld
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              You don't think there is a direct correlation between two players on the same team in different positions?

              1. Flaming Flamingo
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                When they're playing there is, not usually with regards to game time though. I can't see any good reason why Kun would be more or less likely to play with KDB unavailable.

          3. Maddamotha
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Kun starts tonight. So if he plays close to 90, Jesus could start against Wolves.

            1. AuFeld
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Who else on MCI starts tonight? Leaked team sheet?

              1. Ramboros
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Guardiola said David Silva and Agüero would start since they didn't in the first game.

                1. Maddamotha
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  What he said

            2. PUMPKINHEAD
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Why, they don't have a game for 5 days. Daft comment

          4. pjomara
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            You're like Miggs in Silence of the Lambs - "I can smell your Kun"

            1. ZICO SENNA
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Lmao

          5. Devo-McDuff
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 5 days ago

            If KDB out it reduces attacking threat of whole team, though still obviously a big threat. He creates assists from literally nothing so less change of Aguero haul.

        • SkeletONv01
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Have Pukki since GW1, i C him 3 times, the 3 games he blanked ^^ C curse from last season continues for me, going strong ^^

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Never bench, never captain.

            1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              +1: Pukki (C) doesn't make sense. Brilliant option, but not captain potential imo

              1. BobbyDoesNotLook
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                By the way why do you say +1 but have not given the actual +1 for the comment?

        • FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Pick one for CL:

          A) Lewandowski
          B) Salah
          C) Mbappe

          1. SkeletONv01
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Lewy

            1. SkeletONv01
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Has some crazy season in bundesliga, just keeps scoring, predict hell do great in CL too 🙂

          2. Warby84
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            A

          3. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            I'm really in doubt here.

        • Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          KdB out would suck for me.

          My bench of Rico, Soyuncu and Greenwood are all quite unappealing.

          1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Rico for assist potential perhaps?

          2. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Yuck - I guess Rico might get an assist

          3. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Mind providing me with some help in the post above mate?

          4. Tempestic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Same

        • Pep Roulette
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          *BOTTOMED*

          Pepe & Haller to Aubameyang & Yarmalenko for -4?

          1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Yup

        • Powell
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          KDB is 100% out of the Wolves game. International break has come at a good time, because he might only miss Wolves and Palace... then back for those easy home games.

          1. CRO KLOPP
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            He could be ready for Palace?

          2. MTPockets
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            And Palace? Is this source as good as your previous Chelsea one?

          3. Maddamotha
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            100%?

          1. Nigel Knows
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 5 days ago

            What ??? LOL

        • SkeletONv01
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Pope
          Ota - Digne - Lund - Kelly
          Cantwell - Sterling - Salah - Son
          Pukki(C) - Abraham
          (Fodder, KDB, Ayew, Dunk)

          1FT, save aye? GTG?

          1. CRO KLOPP
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Save
            GTG

            1. SkeletONv01
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Maybe play Ayew instead of Kelly?

        • Roger Milla
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Would you swap Ayoze Perez or Ceballos for Ross Barkley?

          1. La Roja
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            It’s like dumb and dumber

            1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              hahaha

          2. Pep Pig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            I'd look at Yarmolenko before I looked at Barkley

          3. ZICO SENNA
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            FOR Barkley? What?!

        • Pep Roulette
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Auba or Vardy?

        • CRO KLOPP
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          My bench is getting thiner,but I would really like to save ft

          Pope
          TAA Otamendi Lundstram
          Sterling Mane Mount Cantwell
          Abraham Haller Pukki
          (4.0 Rico *KDB *Aurier)

          GTG? 1 ft 1.1 itb

          1. SkeletONv01
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Yeah i would save. Looks OK. Who are you C? 🙂

            1. CRO KLOPP
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Sterling

              1. ZICO SENNA
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Risky

        • payetisgod
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Broke rule #1 and brought KDB in at the weekend mid game in a fit of rage! For a minus 4.

          Question is do i let one of my subs - either Soy or Rico come on.

          Or do I play my free hit.

          I'd like to add i am having a terrible season so far W/C already played and just not getting the luck.

          Because of this Free Hit is tempting me!

          Advice would be appreicated!

          1. Pep Pig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Hi mate. Definitely do not play your free hit.

            Wait until Friday if we hear any further news on KDB but a lot are in the same boat. Be patient and hope to nail your captain.

        • Tempestic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Don't know what to do here with KDB potentially being out.
          0.7ITB, 1FT
          Pope (Button)
          TAA Otamendi Lundstram (Rico Soy)
          Sterling KDB* Son Cantwell (Nakamba)
          Aubameyang(c) Abraham Pukki

          Don't like the look of any of the bench options to come on for him. Could upgrade Rico to Tomori potentially but I do like the value Rico provides. Save?
          Any advice is appreciated

          1. SkeletONv01
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Save.

        • Lav
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          1 FT 0 ITB. Ideas?

          Pope - Button
          Robbo - VVD - Diop - Lund - Baluta
          Salah - Sterling - KDB* - McGinn - Cantwell
          Tammy - Pukki - Barnes

        • Shark Team
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Pukki captain incoming???