Scout Notes

Everton’s budget FPL assets underline appeal but tricky fixtures lie in wait

West Ham United 1-1 Everton

  • Goals: Issa Diop (£4.4m) | Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.9m)
  • Assists: Robert Snodgrass (£5.2m) | Mason Holgate (£4.5m)
  • Bonus: Holgate x3, Calvert-Lewin x2, Mark Noble (£5.0m) x1

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.9m) rewarded his growing army of Fantasy fans with another goal in an evenly-matched encounter at the London Stadium.

The Everton striker has seen his ownership rise from 62,000 to over half a million since Gameweek 16, and he responded with his sixth strike of that run.

Chances to cash in on his form and budget price are receding, however.

The Toffees’ short-term schedule is solid enough (NEW, wat, CRY) but turns ugly after that, with Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Leicester and Spurs to play over seven brutal Gameweeks.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side fell behind when Issa Diop (£4.4m) glanced home a Robert Snodgrass (£5.2m) free-kick. It was only the defender’s second-ever league goal for the Hammers, while the Scot’s delivery confirmed he is a man in form, with a goal and two assists from his last three starts.

The lead lasted just four minutes, Calvert-Lewin athletically heading in from Mason Holgate’s (£4.5m) flick-on, and chances then came and went for both sides.

Hammers striker Sebastien Haller (£7.0m) had the best opportunity for the home side, only to shoot straight at Jordan Pickford (£5.3m) from close range, while Theo Walcott (£6.2m), Calvert-Lewin and Tom Davies (£5.3m) threatened, but couldn’t convert, at the other end.

Maximum bonus points went to Holgate, who has now produced returns in four of his last six starts. His price, and 1.8% ownership, mark him out as a budget differential, but that horrible upcoming fixture list is likely to put off all but the bravest of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers.

West Ham’s assets are equally vexing, despite Gameweek 24’s double helping of matches.

Those two games are away at Leicester and home to Liverpool, and while a Gameweek 25 visit from Brighton looks appealing, the fixtures that follow are anything but: mci, liv, SOU, ars, WOL, tot, CHE.

David Moyes has brought some much-needed stability to a talented, if flaky, set of players, but one win, a draw and a defeat from his three-match tenure is hardly the classic ‘form over fixtures’ justification for investment in their assets.

Snodgrass could be the exception, having registered an attacking return in each of his last three starts.

At least rotation might not be an issue, if Moyes’ post-match comments are to be believed:

We’re a bit short on the bench at the moment, we’ve just not got loads of changes we can make just now, but I’d rather have people here who we know and who we know are going to be reliable, rather than trying people who we don’t exactly know what we’re going to get from them.

Even so, the Fantasy jury will probably remain out on West Ham’s stars, as it should do for assets from both sides until their respective fixtures ease towards the end of the season.

As for those managers already invested in the 11%-owned Richarlison (£8.1m), a return to action in the midweek match at home to Newcastle looks on the cards.

The Brazilian missed Saturday’s encounter, with Ancelotti relatively optimistic that the issue is a minor one:

His problem is on his knee, he had a little twist, but nothing special. I hope he will be available on Tuesday.

West Ham United XI (4-2-3-1): Randolph; Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Noble; Snodgrass, Fornals (Masuaku 60′), Lanzini (Ajeti 84′); Haller.

Everton XI (4-4-2): Pickford; Coleman, Mina, Holgate, Digne; Walcott (Sidibe 57′), Davies, Delph, Bernard (Gordon 46′); Calvert-Lewin, Kean (Niasse 74′).

Members Analysis

Newcastle United 1-0 Chelsea

  • Goals: Isaac Hayden (£4.3m)
  • Assists: Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.4m)
  • Bonus: Federico Fernandez (£4.4m) x3 Reece James (£5.0m) x2 Martin Dubravka (£5.0m) x1

Newcastle’s last-gasp win over Chelsea wasn’t exactly daylight robbery, but only due to the fact that the match had an early evening kick-off.

The winning goal from Isaac Hayden (£4.3m) came in the darkest depths of the 94th minute following the Magpies’ one and only corner as Frank Lampard’s side dominated possession (69.7%) and attempts (19 v 7) but failed to turn any of that into goals.

The Blues also failed to trouble home keeper Martin Dubravka (£5.0m) unduly, with just three of those 19 shots forcing him into a save.

Chief culprit was Chelsea’s most popular FPL player Tammy Abraham (£7.9m).

The 34.5%-owned striker saw the whites of Dubravka’s eyes on a couple of occasions, being unable to finish when rounding the Magpies’ shot-stopper and then seeing an apologetic effort hooked clear from inside the six-yard box as it slowly bobbled goalwards.

Lampard was at pains to deflect blame away from his profligate striker, though, saying:

We can’t absolutely rely on Tammy Abraham. We have to have goals from across the front line if we want to bridge the gap upwards. Tammy has been fantastic this season – it didn’t quite come off for him today, but that’s football.

At the other end, the goal machine (of the past few days at least), Joelinton (£5.5m), hit the bar with a header, but Kepa Arrizabalaga (£5.5m) had precious little else to do until he failed to keep out Hayden’s decisive header from Allan Saint-Maximin‘s (£5.4m) pinpoint cross.

The victory came at yet more cost, injury-wise, for Steve Bruce’s side, however.

Their latest victim was Jetro Willems (£4.6m), who had to be stretchered off with a knee problem after just 11 minutes.

The manager was less than optimistic about the defender post-match:

It looks a horrendous injury for Jetro, which is a big blow to us. We fear it’s his cruciate. We’re due a bit of luck. I’ve never known anything quite like it over the last few weeks, so we’re due.

Willems was replaced by Matt Ritchie (£5.3m), who is only just back from a long-term knee injury himself, while four defenders – and five other squad members – are now out for the foreseeable future.

Newcastle remain a tricky team to exploit, Fantasy-wise.

The six clean sheets they’ve kept puts them joint-seventh, but only five teams have conceded more than the 34 goals they’ve shipped and the 22 they’ve scored is only two more than the league’s most toothless sides, Bournemouth and Watford.

Dubravka, with 89 points, is easily the team’s most productive player, and his 91 saves is a league-leading figure.

Other than that, too many players are scoring too few points too inconsistently to promote investment, which is a shame when Newcastle have an excellent schedule all the way through to Gameweek 34.

As for Chelsea, Lampard’s reliance on youth is, perhaps, starting to bite him.

They’ve experienced two defeats in their last three home matches and have had a curious stretch of away games in which they’ve won at Arsenal and Spurs, but only drawn at Brighton and now lost to Newcastle.

Their immediate schedule involves three home matches in the next four games, but those will be against Arsenal, Manchester United and Spurs, with their one road trip taking them to Leicester.

That is unlikely to inspire purchases of their key players, at least until Gameweek 28, when their fixtures improve immeasurably for the rest of the season.

Newcastle United XI (5-4-1): Dubravka; Krafth (S Longstaff 71′), Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Willems (Ritchie 12′); Almiron, Hayden, Shelvey (M Longstaff 84′), Saint-Maximin; Joelinton.

Chelsea XI (4-2-3-1): Kepa; James (Emerson 75′), Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta; Kante, Jorginho; Hudson-Odoi, Mount (Barkley 67′), Willian; Abraham (Batshuayi 80′).

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2,847 Comments Post a Comment
  1. antis0cial
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    Start one
    A) Traore (liv home)
    B) Greenwood (Bur home)

    TC one
    C) Salah
    D) TAA

    1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      B
      C

      But probably Traore will score also

  2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • 7 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    Would you do Cantwell to Maddison or Grealish for a -4 hit ?
    Then i can bench Lundstram (Playing Henderson as well)...or to save ?

    1. antis0cial
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Of the two, Grealish on form.

      1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        is that worth -4 hit ?

        1. Hakim Ziyech
          • 1 Year
          28 days, 12 hours ago

          Lundstram could smash City. City have the most hilarious defence in the league

    2. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Grealish. I must say he is a better player & recently more consistent

      1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        yea but hes god short term, maddison until the end of the season

        1. Hakim Ziyech
          • 1 Year
          28 days, 12 hours ago

          Yeah maybe Maddison

  3. Dare Do The Punt
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    Is it now the perfect opportunity to get Greenwood as a potentially 3rd starting striker?

    1. Joggers Nipple
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      dont think so

    2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Nah, better strikers around Calwert Lewin under Anceloti for example. And essentilas Vardy and Ings

      1. Krionos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Vardy is not essential by any means right now. He's on a bad run of form and Leicester are also struggling.

        1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
          • 7 Years
          28 days, 12 hours ago

          Yep, dump him. 9-0 incoming again 😉

        2. Breww
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          27 days, 23 hours ago

          just because he missed a penalty and had some tough fixtures doesn't mean vardy is not in form.

          leicester may be struggling but Ndidi is back and will shore things up

    3. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Ole may continue with Martial up top.

    4. antis0cial
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      For your bench I think he’s a great option.

  4. n14mul
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    Had planned to do Traore to Sarr but now his injured I am a bit lost.

    A. Keep Traore
    B. Grealish
    C. Martial
    D. Dacoure
    E. Trossard
    F. Someone else

    1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      A

    2. antis0cial
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      C or A

    3. balint84
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      c

    4. D.Glynn
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        B

    5. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      2FT and £0.3 ITB...what to do...Thoughts ?

      Ryan (Button)
      TAA Soyunchu Holgate (Williams Lund)
      Mane (c) Salah KDB Grealish (Dendoncker) Vardy Ings Jimi

      A roll 2FT
      B Soyunchu to Cresswell
      C Soyunchu to Cathcart
      D Ryan to Foster?

      1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Keep Ryan

      2. Joggers Nipple
        • 10 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Williams to Cathcart?

    6. Konnamoi
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Gazza
      Gomez, TAA, Soy
      Maddison, Grealish, KdB, Salah
      Aguero, Deeney, Dcl

      G2g?

    7. Michelle Davin
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Williams safe to start the next few?

      I need a 4.0 defender so I can get van dijk in for the dgw.surely Gomez will be rotated

      1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        if you have 4.2 lascelles

      2. Dacra
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        I wouldn't rotate defence after not conceding for aaaaaages!

      3. bench boost for every gamew…
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        any evidence that Gomez surely will be rotated?

        1. Michelle Davin
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 12 hours ago

          Matip is back.

    8. Pomp and Circumstance
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      is anyone considering Firmino for the DGW?

      1. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        He is the 2nd most transferred in player this week.

        What do you think?

      2. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
        • 8 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Considered, but opted for Trent, Salah and Mane. TC???????

      3. wernerhedgehog
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        me. only because getting robertson will take 2 moves and vardy out will take 1.

    9. wernerhedgehog
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      When is it time to ditch Vardy? He's the my cash cow taking up the Aguero/Firmino/Auba slot and the volume of shots have gone down dramatically.

      Worrisome was my similar line of thought taking out Grealish for Felipe Anderson 2 GWs ago.

      1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
        • 8 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Leicester will be back to business once Ndidi is back

        1. wernerhedgehog
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 12 hours ago

          defence i can see why. but attacking production im not sure.

      2. MSN
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Not this week. And he's returned in almost all matches and could have yesterday too.

      3. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        If he blanks vs WHM, selling him will be very tempting.

        1. wernerhedgehog
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 12 hours ago

          yeah exactly. he will be deemed irreplacable until he isnt.

      4. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Keep vardy.

        Its normal to go in drought.

        If he was about to continue like that he could have ended up with 35 goals.

        Unlikely

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          28 days, 12 hours ago

          Agree

    10. marcus2704
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      I bought Son in last week but beginning to feel it was the wrong decision. Tempted to do Son & Vardy out for Grealish and Aguero. Would you say its a good move?

      1. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Id give Son+Vardy one more chance. They face Norwich and WHM, at home.

        Aguero might be benched for Jesus.

        1. marcus2704
          • 9 Years
          28 days, 12 hours ago

          I think you are right, its just hard seeing Aguero banging all these goals in whilst Vardy falters.

          1. Pieterke30
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            28 days, 12 hours ago

            Sure.

      2. Amey
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Have both of Son Vardy. Think it's going to be great for us.

    11. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      I was trying to find a way to get rid of Pope for weeks.

      I finally found the chance this week.

      He saved my week, green arrow due to him.

      Fpl fml ffs

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Now confess your sins to the Pope & you're forgiven

    12. Michelle Davin
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Vardy to firmino for one week?

    13. New article
    14. Subzero (-4)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Any thoughts on this guys?

      1ft and looking at 2 options. Currently ranked 130,000 and looking to try and crack the 100k mark. Current team:

      Henderson
      TAA Robbo Digne aurier
      Salah(c) KDB Marhez
      Ings vardy DCL

      Lund traore Cantwell

      Thinking I could just do marhez to son for free and run with pool double defence or could do Robbo and marhez to mane and cheap defender (4.4) for a hit. Any ideas which option would be best?

      Thank you

    15. balint84
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      recommended replacement of Jimenez?
      I whant get rid f him because of his bad fixture

      maximum 8.4

      1. pieces
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Ings or Tammy

    16. pieces
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Alli to Martial for -4, worth it or not?

    17. Painter
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      No idea who to trade in for rash. Only have 11m so cant get kun.
      Already have dcl and vardy
      Tried to stay off the ings wagon

      1. Painter
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 11 hours ago

        Otherwise
        Rashford & Maddison
        To
        Kun & traore

    18. zhiren
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      Hi everyone! Who's the best midfielder priced at or below 7.5?

      A) Dilva
      B) Traore
      C) Doucoure
      D) Grealish
      E) Zaha
      F) Perez
      G) Mount
      H) Others

    19. Subzero (-4)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      27 days, 22 hours ago

      Any thoughts on this guys?

      1ft and looking at 2 options. Currently ranked 130,000 and looking to try and crack the 100k mark. Current team:

      Henderson
      TAA Robbo Digne aurier
      Salah(c) KDB Marhez
      Ings vardy DCL

      Lund traore Cantwell

      Thinking I could just do marhez to son for free and run with pool double defence or could do Robbo and marhez to mane and cheap defender (4.4) for a hit. Any ideas which option would be best?

      Thanks