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. More Cowbell
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 2 hours ago

    McCarthy, McGovern
    TAA, Soy, Lund, Kelly, Rico
    Salah, KBB, Maddison, Cantwell, Traore
    Vardy, Ings, DCL

    5m ITB, 1FT

    Plan was Maddison to Mane
    Any reason to change? Or go for it?

    1. QUEN
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 hours ago

      Do it

    2. S3
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 hours ago

      great move

      1. S3
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 2 hours ago

        think Ings will start?

    3. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 2 hours ago

      Do it for certain.

  2. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 2 hours ago

    Would you play Kelly or Lundstram

    1. QUEN
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 hours ago

      Jelly

      1. Sterling Malory
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 2 hours ago

        I can see Lundstram being rested for Besic, he looked off the pace at Arsenal. And they will need more defensive coverage vs City.

    2. Trophé Mourinho
        1 month, 2 hours ago

        Kelly

      • More Cowbell
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 2 hours ago

        If you’ve got Ings, I’d play lundstram

    3. Nightf0x
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 hours ago

      Ryan (rams)
      Sidibe soy taa (lund simpson)
      Kdb mane(c) mads martial (traore)
      Vardy dcl maupay

      Which ? (mids - grealish/docuore/fleck/moura/tross)

      A) mads rams -4 to salah buton/4.0 gk
      B) mads martial -4 to salah 7.5 mid.

    4. Lindelol
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 hours ago

      repost sorry just can't decide
      Hendo
      Taa, Soyuncu, Lundstra, Rico, Kelly
      Mane, Kdb, Mahrez, Maddison, Dendoker
      Vardy, Ings, Jimenez
      1 FT and 2.5 in the bank

      A. KDB to Salah
      B. Jimenez + Mahrez to Salah + DCL (-4)

      1. GreennRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 2 hours ago

        Kelly to Gomez.

    5. Fernando Torres
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 2 hours ago

      Abraham + Maddison OUT

      DCL + Son IN (-4)

      Thoughts???

      1. S3
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 2 hours ago

        I will to be honest

        1. Fernando Torres
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 2 hours ago

          Thanks!

    6. Five Season Wonder
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 hours ago

      Not much love for Greenwood.

      I think Even if he was £6m I would still choose him over DCL and Maupay etc... thoughts???

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 2 hours ago

        Would help if a guaranteed starter.

        1. Five Season Wonder
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 2 hours ago

          Well it’s lucky that OGS Won’t be picking an XI that will be playing against Liverpool every GW then ay...

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 2 hours ago

            Martial missing hardly helped him start.

            1. Would Ed Woodward
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 2 hours ago

              Don't own Greenwood but I'd say things are different now, I think he'll be starting regularly unless we sign someone...which we really should.

            2. Five Season Wonder
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 2 hours ago

              Martial missing?

    7. dontyouknowimloko
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 hours ago

      Is everyone TCing this week? No chance of a better double Gameweek down the line...?

      1. GreennRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 2 hours ago

        Every chance.

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 2 hours ago

        @BenCrellin
        Treble Gameweek watch

        1. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 2 hours ago

          Based on bookies odds, Man City have about a 25% chance of reaching the EFL Cup Final (1/66), FA Cup SFs (8/11) and Champions League SFs (1/1).
          This would lead to them having three postponed fixtures and only two midweeks (34+37) to play them in.

          1. ItOnlyTook9Years
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 2 hours ago

            Shame Man city are the worst team possible to have a treble

          2. Babit1967
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 hours ago

            Dare say that there would be heavy rotation though so even with a triple gw the likes of Kun, KDB may only play one of those games if the league already over

    8. Tube!!
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 hours ago

      Had a nightmare couple of weeks!!

      What would you do with the 1.2ITB?

      Ryan
      TAA Soy Lundstram
      Salah KDB Maddie Grealish
      Vardy Firmino Ings

      Martin Cantwell Rico Kelly.

    9. migas2k7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 2 hours ago

      Cantwell or fleck as 4th mid?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 2 hours ago

        Fleck

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 2 hours ago

          Don't like the 4th mid part.

          1. migas2k7
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 2 hours ago

            Why not?

            After this ge he plays

            Cristal (A)
            Bou (H)
            Bright (H)
            Aston (A)
            Norwich (H)

            Honestly my only concern is having lundstrand and feeling like i should play 2 Sheffield players

    10. S3
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 hours ago

      Need help....In free fall and lost over 10k in rank in 3 weeks.

      Guaita
      TAA, Soy, Lund, Williams, Kelly
      KDB, Mane, Martial, Alli, Maddison
      Vardy, Ings, DCL

      2FT and 1.0 ITB

      With price rises I have exact money and need to make my xfers tonight, which is better?

      A. Alli & Maddison > Salah (C) & 4.5 - 4.8M Midfielder (dendoncker, rice , etc)
      B. Maddison & DCL > Firmino & Fleck
      C. Alli, Maddison & Soy > Salah (C), Doucoure & Tanganga (-4)
      D. Alli & Maddison & Guiata > Salah (C), Fleck and Foster (-4)

      1. GARY AND JAMIE
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 2 hours ago

        Add at least one zero if you want to call that freefall ffs

    11. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 hours ago

      Gonna have to take that Rico drop on the chin. Already on a -4 now!

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 2 hours ago

        No you're not. 😛

        1. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 2 hours ago

          Uh, I am

    12. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 2 hours ago

      McCarthy
      Trent Soya Lundy Rico Kelly
      Mane Salah Grealish De bruyne Cantwell
      Ings Jimmy Vardy

      0.6 in the bank and 2 frees.
      Any ideas what to do?
      Defender?

      1. Trophé Mourinho
          1 month, 2 hours ago

          Rico > Williams probably. Then you can maybe play a 4-4-3 with Williams over Cantwell if you wanted (TAA - Kelly - Williams - Soy).
          Save the other transfer

      2. Trophé Mourinho
          1 month, 2 hours ago

          What bench order do you reckon?

          A. Rico (BHA @ Home)
          B. Lundstram (City @ Home)
          C. Hayden (Eve away)

        • AgentRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 2 hours ago

          Best Rashford replacement?

          a) Ings
          b) Jiminez

          1. DA Minnion
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 2 hours ago

            A

        • Sterling Malory
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 hours ago

          Pope
          TAA Robbo Soy
          Mane (TC) KDB Martial Maddison
          Vardy Jiminez Ings

          Button Cantwell Lunny Rico

          Roll the transfer here? Would like to get rid of the Leicester triple up to be honest.

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 hours ago

            Yeah roll it. I’d have personally kept Maddison if could for WHU but wanted Salah. Think you’re all set. If 2FT sell Rico

        • Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 2 hours ago

          -4, 0.2 ITB. Think we’re all set. Will likely switch to double defence soon but couldn’t resist Salah for the double - and also the opportunity to ditch Maddison/Jimenez before fixtures turned sour.

          McCarthy (Martin)
          TAA Soyuncu Kelly (Lundstram Rico)
          Mane(TC) Salah KDB Martial (Hayden)
          Vardy Ings DCL

          🙂

        • AubameBLOODCLAATyang
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 2 hours ago

          Thoughts on a 2 GW punt on snodgrass??

          GW 24 - Leicester (A), Liv (H)
          GW 25 - West Ham (H)

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 hours ago

            He plays himself?

          2. DA Minnion
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 2 hours ago

            Could work. Then again.

          3. AubameBLOODCLAATyang
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 2 hours ago

            GW 25 - Brighton (H) ****

          4. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 2 hours ago

            Concern is Snodgrass doesn't seem to be nailed
            Started 2 of the last 4 and was benched for the two harder games

        • Vasqujg
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 2 hours ago

          Am I the first to say that the Vardy party is over?

          Aguero would have hat tricked that sugar and spice Burnley defense- if he were not inexplicably Pepped

        • Eastman
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 2 hours ago

          A. Rash / Vardy > Aguero / DCL
          B. Rash > Jiminez
          C. Rash > DCL

        • Five Season Wonder
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 2 hours ago

          Maddison is a troll pass it on

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 hours ago

            So many chances. He’ll haul v WHU now I’ve finally ditched

        • Pep Roulette
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 2 hours ago

          GTG?

          Schmeichel
          TAA Williams Kelly
          Mane(TC) Salah KDB Martial
          Vardy Deeney DCL

          Button Dendo Lundy Rico

          1. n14mul
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 2 hours ago

            But light at the back

            You locked for tc?

            1. Pep Roulette
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 2 hours ago

              Not locked yet!

          2. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 2 hours ago

            Yeah GTG, Deeney nice pick

            1. Pep Roulette
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 2 hours ago

              Thank Zico

        • Lignja
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 2 hours ago

          1ft 2.7m itb

          Pope,Martin
          Taa, Soyuncu, Lundstram, Kelly, Rico
          Mane, Kdb, Son, Traore, Dendoker
          Abraham, Vardy, Ings

          a. Son to Salah
          b. Rico to Robertson (bench Traore)
          c. Abraham, Traore, Soyuncu to Greenwood, Salah, Wiliams -8 (all to keep Son)

        • Nightf0x
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 hours ago

          Which ?

          A) mads rams -4 to salah buton
          B) mads martial -4 to salah grelish/docoure/fleck/moura/tross

          1. Hits from the Bong
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 2 hours ago

            A if you have a another keeper

            1. Nightf0x
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 2 hours ago

              ofcourse mate have ryan defo wont trabsfer out gk and play with 10

          2. Max City
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 hours ago

            Probably B

            1. Nightf0x
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 2 hours ago

              which other mid ?

        • Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 2 hours ago

          Anyone concerned about a potential Ings rest next GW?

          Hasenhuttl on Ings: "It doesn't mean that he should play in the future every game. We have now again a tough schedule in the next week, Crystal Palace on Tuesday, we'll have a look. Especially our two strikers, they have to do a lot of running against the ball."

          1. n14mul
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 2 hours ago

            Nope

            1. n14mul
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 2 hours ago

              Take no notice. Uncle Anchelotti said the same about Holgate....So I benched him and he gets an assist and 3 bonus....thank you very much

          2. GreennRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 2 hours ago

            Winter break in a few weeks. Can rest then.

        • n14mul
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 2 hours ago

          Evening,

          After this weekend's results all.the talk has been how Liverpool could win the title with a win at the ethihad.

          But with city's fixtures does anyone think Liverpool could seal the title before?

          I can't see city winning next 10 games

          1. Big Mac 24
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 2 hours ago

            At Goodison would be nice on 14.3

            1. n14mul
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 2 hours ago

              I have just seen city fixtures and cannot see them winning every game. Doesn't fill me with much confidence on city assets either

              1. Bennerman
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 2 hours ago

                Incredible insight

        • Champions united
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 2 hours ago

          Richa+Jimmy+rash>mane+ings+CL(-8)

          Yes or no

          1. Hits from the Bong
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 2 hours ago

            Nobody likes a -8 but that could be good

        • iL PiStOlErO
            1 month, 2 hours ago

            Have 2ft and 0.2 itb. Kelly and Rash out for:

            A) Firmino and Williams/Cathart
            B) DCL and Robbo
            C) DCL and VVD

            Ramsdale Martin
            TAA Soy Dunk Lund ___
            Salah KdB Son Grealish Dendo
            Vardy Maupay ___

          • Hits from the Bong
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 2 hours ago

            Worst week ever. Again. Maddison to Grealish? Give Vardy one more week?

            McCarthy
            TAA Sidibe Cathcart
            Salah Mane KDB Maddison
            Vardy Ings DCL

            Button Cantwell Lundstram Rico

            1. n14mul
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 2 hours ago

              Give vardy more time....decent team

          • Big Mac 24
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 2 hours ago

            What do we think the odds of Aguero playing next game are?

            My team is

            Foster
            Williams Soy Lundstram (Kelly) (Simpson)
            KDB Salah Maddison Saar (Nakamba)
            Vardy Aguero Ings
            2.4 itb

            I am looking at

            Ings Maddison Simpson > Firmino Rice VVD

            or I’d I think Aguero misses out

            Aguero Maddison Simpson > Firmino Mahrez TAA

          • GreennRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 2 hours ago

            Is there any live UK sports radio on TuneIn right now besides Cricket and NFL? Or a podcast, preferably football.