Scout Notes

Ings, Grealish and Lundstram reward owners as Richarlison blanks

Danny Ings (£6.4m), Jack Grealish (£6.2m) and John Lundstram (£5.2m) were among the standout FPL assets on show over four Gameweek 18 clashes, while Richarlison (£7.9m) disappointed his new clutch of owners.

Their exploits are among our Scout Notes from Everton, Southampton, Sheffield United and Burnley’s latest matches.

EVERTON 0-0 ARSENAL

Scout Notes round-up 1
Alex Iwobi’s injury could potentially affect Richarlison’s position

Richarlison owners were disappointed early on in this drab game as the Brazilian was forced to move from centre-forward to left midfield after 10 minutes.

An injury to Alex Iwobi (£5.6m) saw Cenk Tosun (£5.7m) introduced to partner Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.7m) in Duncan Ferguson’s 4-4-2 formation.

Arsenal managed just one off-target effort in the first half but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8m) came closest to opening the scoring after the restart.

His close-range attempt, which came after Calum Chambers (£4.4m) flicked on a corner, was stopped on the line by Jordan Pickford (£5.4m). Considering Aubameyang’s proximity to goal and the sun in his eyes, the England keeper did well to deny the Arsenal forward.

Moments later, Emile Smith-Rowe (unlisted) found Aubameyang in the box but a tame effort was easily gathered by Pickford. Those early efforts were the best the Gabon striker could manage before his 78th-minute substitution for Alexandre Lacazette (£9.3m).

At the other end, Richarlison created a good chance for Calvert-Lewin in the 67th minute but the forward’s shot was bravely blocked by Lucas Torreira (£4.7m).

Chambers was the first player to fall off the suspension tightrope in Gameweek 18, with his late yellow-card tackle on Mason Holgate (£4.4m) ruling the Arsenal man out of Gameweek 19.

Speaking after the game, outgoing Toffees caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson said:

It wasn’t the best game but it’s a point and we kept a clean sheet, which we’ve not had in a long while. It was a struggle out there but I can’t fault the effort again.

[Carlo Ancelotti] is a brilliant appointment. I’ve said all along we want a world class manager at Everton – and we’ve got one. I’ve had a word with me and I’m still in a job! I can’t wait to start working with him.

Ferguson’s fellow interim manager Freddie Ljungberg had this to say on his last game in temporary charge, a positive take considering how poor the Gunners were in the opening half.

I wanted to win the game but we’ve taken strides. I want to keep possession and we played through them quite well. I liked that we dominated with a young side.

I think we have a lot of talent but from what I said before against [Manchester] City, I wasn’t happy with the effort we put in. We played a top team and of course they’re very good, but you still need to run and you need to put in an effort.

What I put on here today, I know they’re young and don’t have any experience – some even made their Premier League debuts and we had an 18-year-old [Bukayo Saka] at left-back who’s a winger – but they did really, really well and dominated a game against Everton away from home. We, as a club, should be very proud of that.

Asked about Mesut Ozil (£7.2m) – who officially missed out with a foot injury – Ljungberg stated that the midfielder would have been left out of the squad even if he had been fit.

He [Ozil] walked off the pitch [in the Man City game] and then kicked his gloves. The fans were not happy. I got asked about it and said, ‘At Arsenal, that’s not how we behave and not what we do’.

I stand by that. Mesut was injured but I would not have picked him for the squad because I want to make a stance that it’s not what I accept from an Arsenal football player. That’s my decision. I won’t make the decisions again but that’s what I think.

Everton XI (4-4-2): Pickford; Digne, Mina, Holgate, Sidibe; Iwobi (Tosun 11′ | Kean 80′), Delph (Delph 72′), Sigurdsson, Davies; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.

Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Saka, David Luiz, Chambers, Maitland-Niles; Xhaka, Torreira; Martinelli, Smith-Rowe (Willock 66′), Nelson; Aubameyang (Lacazette 78′).

ASTON VILLA 1-3 SOUTHAMPTON

Ings, Grealish and Lundstram reward owners as Richarlison blanks
Grealish’s rasper hits the top corner

The Fantasy stock of Jack Grealish (£6.2m) and in particular Danny Ings (£6.4m) rose once more at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.

Ings grabbed the first of his two goals after 21 minutes, with Shane Long (£4.6m) doing the hard work for Southampton.

The Irishman robbed Frederic Guilbert (£4.4m) of the ball before seeing his effort parried by Tom Heaton (£4.5m), which left Ings the simple task of tapping in.

Long then saw his header, from a Ryan Bertrand (£4.8m) cross, hit off Kortney Hause (£4.4m) before being claimed on the line by Heaton.

Southampton doubled their lead through Jack Stephens (£4.3m), who headed home unchallenged from a James Ward-Prowse (£5.9m) corner.

Dean Smith is under no illusions as to where the Villans must improve, while FPL bosses may be slow to invest in players such as Guilbert and Matt Targett (£4.4m) despite a relatively decent run of fixtures.

The Villa manager, who was again without first-choice central defender Tyrone Mings (£4.5m), said:

We all have to take responsibility. Defensively we have to be better and we have to improve quickly.

If you give away a three-goal lead in any league, it’s tough, but in the Premier League it’s tougher. They won the second balls, and that’s what disappointed me today.

We lose a race against [Shane] Long and we give away a free header. We started quite well but after the first goal, you see heads drop.

Ings doubled his tally minutes after the restart, pouncing on a loose ball in the box to turn and fire past Heaton in the top right-hand corner from an acute angle. That was the striker’s 11th goal of the season, seven of which have been scored since Gameweek 12.

Grealish rocketed a shot past Alex McCarthy (£4.3m) in the 76th minute to lift Villa. While it was too little, too late for his side, owners and potential investors will have been impressed.

The midfielder avoided a fifth yellow of the season, while he twice tested McCarthy from inside the area in added time.

On the early leg injury sustained by John McGinn (£5.7m), Smith added:

He’s gone for an x-ray but it doesn’t look good. We’ll wait and see.

Post-match, Saints chief Ralph Hasenhuttl remarked:

It was important. We knew this before the game and I think it was a deserved win for us. We were the better team today, played some good football and scored good goals, and not only good football but also better defending.

It was really committed and in the end it was hard work but when you get three points for it, you like to do it. The performance in away games is absolutely okay and we must also say that in the home games, we have to have a better atmosphere.

Aston Villa XI (4-3-3): Heaton; Targett, Engels, Hause, Guilbert; McGinn (Nakamba 8′), Douglas Luiz, Hourihane (Kodjia 56′); Grealish, Wesley, El Ghazi (Trézéguet 68′).

Southampton XI (4-4-2): McCarthy; Bertrand, Bednarek, J Stephens, Cedric; Redmond, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong (Romeu 76′); S Long (Obafemi 82′), Ings (Adams 87′).

BRIGHTON 0-1 SHEFFIELD UNITED

John Lundstram (£5.2m) picked up another clean sheet for his 49.7% ownership at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, while Dean Henderson (£4.8m) owners will have rejoiced after the stopper was awarded the assist for Oliver McBurnie‘s (£5.7m) winner.

The Blades had the ball in Brighton’s net after eight minutes but John Egan (£4.5m) unluckily saw his header ruled out for handball. That was much to the relief of Seagulls keeper Mat Ryan (£4.8m), who came for a corner but swiped at thin air to allow Egan an open goal.

Brighton were the next to see a strike ruled out in the 19th minute. Henderson made a good save from a rasping Aaron Mooy (£4.8m) shot, which rebounded into the path of Martin Montoya (£4.5m). His cross was tapped in by Neal Maupay (£5.8m) but the defender was offside from Mooy’s initial effort.

Five minutes later, McBurnie gave United the lead with a great solo effort. After winning Henderson’s long ball against Adam Webster (£4.4m), the striker raced beyond Lewis Dunk (£4.7m) before firing past Ryan via the near post.

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McBurnie wins Henderson’s long pass before going on to score

Webster redeemed himself soon after by ushering Lundstram off the ball in the Brighton box, after the FPL defender was played in by David McGoldrick (£5.4m).

The Ireland striker missed yet another big chance after the interval. He capitalised on Webster’s dallying to rob the ball before rounding Ryan, only to see his effort go the wrong side of the keeper’s near post.

Disallowed goals were the theme of this clash, with Jack O’Connell (£4.6m) the next to see one chalked off. The defender tapped in at the second time of asking after Ryan couldn’t hold the first effort but O’Connell was offside from Egan’s header after a 55th-minute free-kick.

Aaron Connolly (£4.6m) – who was brought on alongside Glenn Murray (£5.5m) at half time in place of Leandro Trossard (£5.8m) and Pascal Groß (£6.4m) – tested Henderson with a fine effort on 77 minutes.

McBurnie’s replacement Lys Mousset (£5.1m) matched Connolly at the other end as he tested Ryan from inside the box.

McGoldrick then had another chance to open his Premier League account but his lob found the top of Ryan’s goal, as Chris Wilder’s troops had to settle for just one goal in GW18.

The Blades boss was full of praise for his side after the match, however, saying:

We are a tough team to play against and we’ll take the result. The structure of the team was great. I’ve just got an incredible group of players at the football club.

We weren’t at our best today. We suffered the disappointment of those [VAR] decisions going against us, and rightly so, but I think we created the best chances in the game. We’ve got a bit [about] us, under the shirt. We’ve got to tough it out at times and we did that today.

I just had a hunch [about McBurnie] from what I’ve seen of him in the week. I just think it was the right time for him to go in. It’s a great goal. We hope to make our mark in the division. The players are all enjoying it and stepping up to the challenge. The table doesn’t lie but we’ve achieved nothing yet.

In another plus for FPL bosses, Lundstram also avoided his fifth yellow of the season. Both the defender and Grealish have one more match to get through before the booking threshold increases (for clubs that have played 19 matches) following Gameweek 19.

Brighton boss Graham Potter knew his side were second best against the Blades, as he admitted post-match:

We weren’t good but credit to the opposition. In the first half in particular they were better at what they do than we were. It was a poor goal to concede. We needed to deal with it better. 

It was a game of not many chances, but we just didn’t play well – and we have to look at ourselves for that. We’re not the only team who has found it difficult to play against Sheffield United at home.  

We didn’t find the space we needed and they deserved to win but there are things we can learn from the game and do better which we’ll have to do.

On his early changes, Potter added:

We had to change the dynamic of the game at half time. In the second half we huffed and puffed and there was better pressure from us but not enough in terms of chances created. The challenge was to find a way through and we couldn’t.

Brighton XI (4-3-3): Ryan; Burn, Webster, Dunk, Montoya (Bissouma 56′); D Stephens, Pröpper, Mooy; Trossard (Connolly 46′), Maupay, Groß (Murray 46′).

Sheffield United XI (3-5-2): Henderson; O’Connell, Egan, Basham; Stevens, L Freeman (Osborn 53′), Norwood (Bešić 82′), Lundstram, Baldock; McBurnie (Mousset 63′), McGoldrick.

BOURNEMOUTH 0-1 BURNLEY

A late Jay Rodriguez (£5.7m) header was the first and only shot on target at a rain-soaked Vitality Stadium.

On the goal, which was confirmed after a VAR review for handball, Sean Dyche said:

What a header that is from Jay Rod, because we just couldn’t find that spark. We’ve moved a long way from last season and the feel and demand of the group is there for all to see.

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Rodriguez scores late on for Burnley

The Clarets boss also acknowledged that the game itself left a lot to be desired.

It was a poor game, but it’s hard in this league to play consistently and win, so we’ll take it. We didn’t get a foothold at all with the ball but we stayed resolute and found the good moment at the end. – Sean Dyche

Popular budget defender Diego Rico (£4.4m) picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in an ill-tempered affair. That booking rules the Cherries defender out of Gameweek 19 through suspension, with Eddie Howe’s side welcoming Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal to the south coast.

Owners will have been disappointed by Bournemouth’s late concession but Rico’s booking and absence of attacking returns mean the defender would not have come into bonus-point territory with a clean sheet.

Callum Wilson (£7.4m) was brought on at half time to mark his return from injury but failed to test Nick Pope (£4.7m), who earned his seventh clean sheet of the campaign.

Bournemouth XI (4-5-1): Ramsdale; Rico, Mepham, Francis, Stacey; Fraser, Billing (Solanke 86′), Lerma, Gosling, L Cook (C Wilson 46′); King.

Burnley XI (4-4-2): Pope; C Taylor, Mee, Tarkowski, Bardsley; McNeil (Brady 82′), Westwood, Cork, Hendrick (Lennon 65′); A Barnes (Rodriguez 75′), Wood.

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1,988 Comments Post a Comment
  1. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Harsh to make the PL teams plays on the weekend after Christmas. Personally would like to see the EFL Cup semi-finals switched to be one leg at a neutral venue. Then the GW between Boxing Day and New Year (GW20 this year) could be moved to the midweek where the first leg of the EFL Cup SFs were due to be played.

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Wages they on they can have Xmas anytime in the year. Feck em.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 27 days ago

        True

  2. Orion
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Do we think that Aguero will get straight back into the team or he’ll be eased in?

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Will play 2/3 till the festive season end.

    2. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Starting

    3. Orion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I was gambling on Jesus so don’t know should I drop him now, or wait one more GW...

  3. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Is it time to hop off the soy train?

    1. Orion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Yeah, I’m thinking the same with Chilwell

      1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Yep, not looking strong at the back anymore

        1. Orion
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          True that...

    2. maratus
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Ehm, no?
      Soy at 4.5m was f steal and still is.
      He is not going anywhere

      1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        No point if not keeping cs. He is no taa/robbo

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Fixtures turn fairly quickly - this week and next he was always fodder.

  4. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    If you captained KDB do yourself a favour and dont watch MoTD

    1. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      well they got 4 points while we who capped vs United got 1 measly point, but in those 3 games he could have had something like 50 points.. at least 1+1 vs United, hit the bar vs Arsenal and one goal yesterday. I did not watch highlights then, so good advice.

  5. Amey
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Points prediction for:
    Son + Rashford + Aurier today ??

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      2 + 8 + 1

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Hmm
        Cheers mate

    2. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      12-5-4

      1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Sorry 5-12-4

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Excellent

    3. Orion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      As a United fan, I really don’t like the way they are doing in the attack...So,
      10-2-6

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Excellent
        Hopefully we win though 😉

        1. Orion
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          I would like a win... Yeah 🙂 And Rashford scores a hattrick, but this way we’re playing, just don’t see it happening 🙁

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Ha
            We need a creative midfielder.
            Hopefully January gives us something

    4. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Son is tough, i have captain and all my other candidates have gotten me points so i´ll be prepped for the worst. Rashford is easy, 2 points. Aurier won´t keep cs, but might get assist, so 4 or 5?

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Realistic.
        Would be happy with 18ish tbh

    5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      19 + 2 + 12 id say at a conservative estimate

      Son & Aurier night get a few extra 🙂

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Yessss
        Couple that with United win and I'm over the moon 😀

    6. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      2 2 1

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Might be overestimating Aurier there 😉

  6. Burger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Worth using my 2 free's for the following for the next couple of games?

    TAA (WOL/SHU) & Jimi (MCI/liv) -> Aurier (BHA/nor) & Rash (NEW/bur)

    ?

    1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      You sure its taa? Or wrong fixtures?

      1. Burger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Good spot, not sure what happened there. Corrected in the new thread. 😀

  7. JurgenRodgers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Have non Ings owners missed the boat?

    He’s on fire at the minute but fixtures are tricky

    1. maratus
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Horror fixtures. He wont be scoring that much against top teams.

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Non owner myself and becasue he is Danny Ings (not KDB or Mane) and plays for Southampton I will not buy now - dont believe in form over fixtures in this case.

    3. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Probably but Ings’ fixtures from 23-30 are very nice.

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Owner.

      2. maratus
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Could be good pick gw23 onwards

    4. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Clearly missed the boat but it might be some life jackets available-)

      Are they that tricky though? Chelsea away is not red in terms of attacking players, Palace is actually a tough one but not the worst with all their injuries, Spurs home is not that bad. At least next two is probably decent enough and Southampton tends to score whoever they up against and Ings is their goalscorer. You can bet they will be up for it vs Leicester too. maupay and brighton is the next one though, so go there instead-)

  8. fish&chips
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Pope, 4.0
    TAA, Chilwell, Lund, Targett, Aurier
    KDB, Madds, Alli, Son, Cantwell
    Ings, Vardy, Rashford

    1.8 ITB
    Best option for a one week punt? (Will WC before GW20)

    a) Ings -> Abraham
    b) Maddison -> Martial
    c) Cantwell-> Grealish
    d) something else
    e) burn transfer

    1. ppv
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Grealish but who will you bench?

      1. fish&chips
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Maddison I guess. Wonder if it's worth keeping Cantwell though. He may well score again

  9. Slitherene
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 27 days ago

    WC after this week. Which player should I get in, for a 1 week punt?

    1 FT, 1.9 ITB

    Pope
    Kelly Baldock Aurier
    KdB Zaha* Sterling Grealish
    Rashford Ings* Vardy

    1. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      keep both and get Mané or Salah for Sterling

  10. CONNERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 27 days ago

    What are people doing with Henderson after next week? Can't see him getting many returns over GW 20 - 24 as Sheff U have a horrible run of fixtures (GW 22 aside). Thinking of bringing Ryan in.