Scout Notes

Doherty scores as Stevens shows more excellent delivery

The latest international break continued on Monday with another round of matches.

As the final one of 2019 continues to wind to a close, we’ve got all the Fantasy Premier League implications from the evening’s action in this Scout Notes article.

Euro 2020 qualifying

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Denmark

Enda Stevens continues to make a case for inclusion in Fantasy squads

Matt Doherty (£6.0m) got his first-ever international goal for the Republic of Ireland on Monday night but it was not quite enough for his country to qualify for Euro 2020 automatically.

Mick McCarthy’s side, who will now have to go through March’s qualifiers, were by far the dominant force in this fixture but could not find a clinical edge until the closing stages.

Conor Hourihane (£5.7m) pounced on a loose ball in the first half, went through on goal but fired a left-footed effort straight at Kasper Schmeichel (£5.2m)

Soon after David McGoldrick (£5.4m) held the ball up nicely in his centre-forward role and set up Alan Browne for a volley just wide of the post.

The Sheffield United striker had a second-half chance in the box after a cross from colleague Enda Stevens (£5.1m) but could not sort his feet out and blasted over the bar.

The delivery of the former Portsmouth left-back, who has 51 FPL points so far this season, continues to impress as it was his cross which set-up Doherty at the back-post to equalise in the 84th minute.

As Fantasy managers consider alternative routes into the Sheffield United defence, Stevens is still an appealing prospect, now just £0.2m more expensive than John Lundstram (£4.9m).

However, those invested at that end of the pitch for the Blades may want to keep an eye on John Egan (£4.5m) who was replaced by Ciaran Clark (£4.3m) at half-time after picking up a calf injury.

Denmark still managed to find a way through in the 73rd minute as Henrik Dalsgaard’s cross was hooked home by Martin Braithwaite.

Christian Eriksen (£8.7m) was officially named as a centre-forward in the Danes’ 4-2-2-2 formation while Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (£4.8m) replaced an injured Thomas Delaney after 13 minutes.

Chelsea man Andreas Christensen (£4.9m) came on for Lasse Schöne in the 84th minute.

Mark Travers (£4.3m), Kevin Long (£4.3m), Robbie Brady (£5.5m) and Troy Parrott (£4.4m) were all unused substitutes for the Republic of Ireland.

Republic of Ireland XI (4-2-3-1): Randolph; Stevens, Egan (Clark 46′), Duffy, Doherty; Hourihane (Robinson 68′), Whelan (S Maguire 82′); McClean, Hendrick, Browne; McGoldrick.

Gibraltar 1-6 Switzerland

Granit Xhaka (£5.2m) scored for Switzerland as they wrapped up qualification for Euro 2020.

West Ham striker Albian Ajeti (£5.8m) was an unused substitute.

Greece 2-1 Finland

Pukki scored three goals in his two outings for Finland over the international break

Teemu Pukki (£6.7m) rounded off a perfect international break from a personal perspective.

Having gone seven Premier League matches without a goal, he has found the net three times in his last two for Finland.

After a brace helped secure qualification to a first-ever major tournament last week, Pukki went on to score in a 2-1 defeat to Greece on Monday night.

Italy 9-1 Armenia

Jorginho (£5.1m) had a particularly enjoyable Monday night as he helped contribute to a massive 9-1 win for Italy over Armenia.

The Chelsea midfielder provided the assist for Nicolo Zaniolo in the 64th minute before dispatching a 75th-minute penalty.

Club-mate Emerson Palmieri (£5.5m) was named in the Italy squad and played in the 3-0 win over Bosnia on Friday but was absent against Armenia, not even an unused substitute. No reason has been revealed for this thus far and we may have to wait until Frank Lampard’s next press conference to find out whether or not he has sustained an injury.

Liechtenstein 0-3 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sheffield United’s Muhamed Bešić (£4.5m) was the only Premier League player involved for Bosnia as they won 3-0 in Liechtenstein.

Sead Kolasinac (£5.3m) was in action for his country against Italy last week but was absent from the matchday squad on Monday night.

Malta 1-2 Norway

Josh King picked up an injury while turning out for Norway

Monday night was an eventful one for Josh King (£6.3m). The Bournemouth striker scored the opening goal of Norway’s 2-1 win against Malta.

However, in the second half, he missed a penalty and was taken off with an injury late-on.

In an interview with Norwegian television after the game, he reportedly claimed his hamstring was sore, that he would need assessment upon returning to Bournemouth and that his best guess was that he’d be missing for two weeks.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa goalkeeper Ørjan Nyland (£4.3m) played the whole match for Norway.

Spain 5-0 Romania

Kepa Arrizabalaga (£5.5m) picked up a clean sheet for Spain in their 5-0 win over Romania.

Meanwhile, David de Gea (£5.5m) and Rodrigo (£5.4m) were both unused substitutes.

Sweden 3-0 Faroe Islands

Victor Lindelöf (£5.3m) was an unused substitute for Sweden as they beat the Faroe Islands 3-0.

Once again, Newcastle defender Emil Krafth (£4.4m) was not involved. He was due to become a father over the international break.

International friendlies

Argentina 2-2 Uruguay

Aguero scored on a rare appearance for Argentina

Sergio Aguero (£12.0m) finally got some international break game-time under his belt as he played 90 minutes for Argentina on Monday.

The Manchester City forward found the net in a friendly encounter with Uruguay, played in Israel, so there should be very few concerns over jet-lag.

Aguero’s club-mate Nicolas Otamendi (£5.2m) also played the full match at centre-back but was unable to keep Edinson Cavani or Luis Suárez out.

Giovani Lo Celso (£7.3m) and Juan Foyth (£4.9m) were unused substitutes for Argentina while Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira (£4.8m) also started and finished the game for Uruguay.

2021 AFCON qualifying

Trézéguet was the extent of Premier League involvement for Egypt, Salah missing out through injury

Without the injured Mohamed Salah (£12.3m), Egypt slipped to another disappointing qualifying draw, this time with Comoros.

Trézéguet (£5.2m) was the only Premier League player involved in this encounter and had the chance to win it late on when he was put through for a one-on-one with the goalkeeper but he hooked his shot just wide of the post.

Jordan Ayew (£5.1m) went one better than that as he netted the only goal of Ghana’s 1-0 win over Sao Tomé from the penalty spot.

Algeria secured a victory by the same scoreline in Botswana but did so without captain Riyad Mahrez (£8.4m) who did not play due to “personal reasons”.

Victor Wanyama (£4.8m) started Kenya’s 1-1 draw with Togo while West Ham defender Arthur Masuaku (£4.4m) featured in a 2-2 draw with The Gambia for DR Congo.

Under-21 Euro Qualifiers

Hungary Under-21s 0-1 Austria Under-21s

Southampton defender Kevin Danso (£4.3m) got himself some much-needed respite from a relegation battle as Austria Under-21s won in Hungary.

The left-back scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory.

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381 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Freddiebell
    • 3 Years
    22 days, 12 hours ago

    PocPoch has been sacked then.

    1. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 12 hours ago

      Spurs boss Poch has been sacked then #

  2. Differential (c)
    • 4 Years
    22 days, 12 hours ago

    If United have any sense right now, they'd secure Poch for next season. Let Ole finish this season, and then let Poch take over after.

    1. No Professionals
      • 2 Years
      22 days, 12 hours ago

      Why would pochettino do any better with an awful squad at united

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        22 days, 12 hours ago

        Poch is great with young talent

      2. Differential (c)
        • 4 Years
        22 days, 12 hours ago

        The man fixed Spurs. They had Soldado, Adebayor, Lennon, Huddlestone, Kaboul, Bentaleb and whatnot.

    2. Freddiebell
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 12 hours ago

      I agree

  3. Berbinho's Forehead
    • 9 Years
    22 days, 12 hours ago

    Mourinho to Spurs would be so much fun for whatever reason.

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 12 hours ago

      Agreed

  4. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    22 days, 12 hours ago

    If United know at all what is good for them they should do anything they can to nab Poch now - proven he's capable of making pretty much the most out of what he's got available to him.

    & he'll have a lot more available to him there than at Spurs, even if the starting point is a bit grim rn

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 12 hours ago

      Yeah coz he won’t be on the market long

    2. MeatPieSausageRoll
        22 days, 12 hours ago

        I would catch the next flight to Europe, go to England and drive Poch to Utd myself. Just what we need

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 12 hours ago

      Surely Ole gets the boot before 9pm? If Woodward has any sense.

      1. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        22 days, 12 hours ago

        Seen as treachery is in the air they might as strike while the iron is still hot.

      2. Zim0
        • 1 Year
        22 days, 12 hours ago

        So he won't

    4. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      22 days, 12 hours ago

      Is Bayern Munich the likely destination for Pochettino?

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        22 days, 12 hours ago

        Is he good enough for the biggest club in Germany? Winning the league is the minimum, winning the CL would be the yearly aim.

        Poch has never won a trophy.

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        22 days, 12 hours ago

        Unless he wants time, it makes sense.

        Would like to see him with money, could make them a force in the UCL again.

    5. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      22 days, 12 hours ago

      I can't decide whether I think it was the right call as things were just getting stale and both club and coach needed a new direction/challenge, or if it was harsh after all he's developed there (albeit without a trophy to show for it)

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        22 days, 12 hours ago

        He ran his course.

        The next will be very bumpy for Spurs.

        1. ‘Tis the Season
          • 1 Year
          22 days, 12 hours ago

          Bring back Ary

        2. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          22 days, 12 hours ago

          No new manager bounce for them you reckon?

    6. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      22 days, 12 hours ago

      Imagine if Poch replaced Emery at Arsenal 😆

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        22 days, 12 hours ago

        Jesus.

        1. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          22 days, 12 hours ago

          Scenes

      2. ‘Tis the Season
        • 1 Year
        22 days, 12 hours ago

        Anarchy and state of absolute disorder:!:

    7. ‘Tis the Season
      • 1 Year
      22 days, 12 hours ago

      Mauricio will prob go to Bayern

    8. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      22 days, 12 hours ago

      @BF
      I had the makers of Make Us Dream in on Sunday.
      Sat down and bought the two guys a round and had such a wonderful discussion with them.
      I felt like I’d learned so much from you lot when speaking to them.

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        22 days, 12 hours ago

        Wow that's pretty damn cool!

    9. New Post
    10. Shark
        22 days, 12 hours ago

        Klopp went to the CL final with his last team he had to move on to go one further. Poch could well do the same with a bit more backing.

        1. Berbinho's Forehead
          • 9 Years
          22 days, 12 hours ago

          Poch lost the CL final then got a 2x 60m mids and a 30m wingback. Beggars can't be choosers.

      • gomez123
        • 6 Years
        22 days, 12 hours ago

        Keep or sale Kun??

        1. Patrick.22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          22 days, 11 hours ago

          Sell. About 12 weeks ago

      • Differential (c)
        • 4 Years
        22 days, 12 hours ago

        Some of those players should hang their heads in shame. Half of them would be languishing in irrelevance if Poch didn't come along. Embarassing.

        1. Shark
            22 days, 12 hours ago

            True. Same situation as Raneri at Leicester. Shocking lack of effort.

        2. Patrick.22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          22 days, 11 hours ago

          Who would you rather have over the next 6?

          A) Martial, Pulisic & Robbo
          B) Salah, Mount & Soy

          Already have TAA, Lund, Mane, KDB, Maddi, Vardy & Abraham

        3. ftalat
          • 8 Years
          21 days, 13 hours ago

          2FT 0.3ITB

          Pope
          Söyüncü Rico TAA Lundstram
          Mané Sterling DeBruyne
          Abraham Vardy Jiménez

          Henderson Cantwell Tomori Dendocker

          Any ideas what to do with free transfer? Quite happy with team, but want to use transfer to improve instead of wasting it. No idea what to do though.