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Scout Notes

Van Aanholt delivers again as Palace record another clean sheet

BRIGHTON 0-1 CRYSTAL PALACE

BHACRY scout notes
Palace players celebrate Jordan Ayew’s second-half goal
  • Goals: None | Jordan Ayew (£5.1m)
  • Assists: None | Christian Benteke (£5.7m)
  • Bonus Points: Vicente Guaita (£5.1m) x3, Patrick van Aanholt (£5.5m) x2, Ayew x1

Owners of Crystal Palace defenders were the big winners from Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off at the Amex Stadium.

Despite home side Brighton racking up 24 attempts on goal, the Eagles held firm to bank a second consecutive clean sheet.

As alluded to before kick off, Patrick van Aanholt (£5.5m) was one of the players to watch in a clash largely devoid of Fantasy interest.

The Dutch defender followed up his 15-point haul in Gameweek 27 with a very respectable eight-point score.

Van Aanholt trailed only Vicente Guaita (£5.1m) in the Bonus Points System, as the goalkeeper’s eight saves propelled him to an 11-point score.

Jordan Ayew‘s (£5.1m) second-half strike – the forward’s only shot of the match – was only enough for a single bonus point. Despite an excellent reverse pass to set Ayew up, Christian Benteke (£5.7m) is a long way from FPL consideration.

At the other end of the pitch, Palace defenders are back on the radar. Having gone without a clean sheet for 10 Gameweeks, since a 0-0 stalemate away to Watford in Gameweek 16, assets such as van Aanholt and Guaita may pick up owners ahead of a relatively kind four-game run (which could become three if Liverpool advance to the FA Cup sixth round).

The Eagles are also set for key defensive reinforcements, with Roy Hodgson explaining post-match:

“Now, we’re getting players back from injury. James Tomkins (£5.0m) isn’t that far away, Mamadou Sakho (£5.0m) is back in training and available and Jeffrey Schlupp (£5.4m) is back in training and available. We knew we’d have to dig in and fight plenty of battles out there. We had to make certain we got our defending right. We won our challenges, the back four was very solid and we knew the chances would come our way.” – Roy Hodgson

Guaita’s eight saves tell the story of Brighton’s problems in attack, with the Palace stopper not overly tested by any of the Seagulls’ efforts on target.

Neal Maupay (£5.8m) was the guiltiest party in this regard, with the Frenchman racking up half of Brighton’s eight shots on target while never really looking like scoring.

The best of Maupay’s chances came early in the second half when a tangle between substitute Jairo Riedewald (£4.5m) and the heavily-involved Aaron Mooy (£4.8m) saw the striker released behind the Palace back-line.

The ball sat up beautifully but Maupay hammered his volley directly at Guaita’s chest, in a moment that summed up the Seagulls’ struggles in front of goal.

Palace record back-to-back clean sheets as Brighton attack stutters
Maupay finds himself with a big chance but hits it straight at Guaita

Solly March (£4.6m) wasted the home team’s other stand-out opportunity of the tie, firing into the side netting from close range after an excellent crossfield pass from Leandro Trossard (£5.8m) in the 35th minute.

On the defeat, Graham Potter admitted:

“It’s a sore one for us. I thought we, apart from the scorline, did a lot well in the game, had chances, didn’t take them and of course if you don’t… They didn’t do too much to get their goal. We were the better team up to that point. That’s football, you have to put the ball in the net. We created stuff, we tried, had shots, had chances, they didn’t have too much. I feel for the boys. We have to dust oursevles down. There’s enough quality there. We showed enough to say that we can move forward, that’s what we’ve got to do. It’s not a nice feeling when you lose a game. We didnt deserve to lose the game. We just need to focus on the positives, what we’ve done well. You can’t feel sorry for yourself. Sometimes you need a bit of luck – we didn’t get too much of that today. We have to keep working to turn those little margins in our favour. We know every game in this league is tough for us. Today there was a lot of effort and a lot of quality. I liked the performance, how we played. Over the course of the game we were quite good.” – Graham Potter

Owners of Wilfried Zaha (£6.8m) endured another blank in Gameweek 28 and may want to avoid the Match of the Day highlights. An injury-time break saw Cenk Tosun (£5.7m) eventually bundle the ball into Zaha’s path.

The winger, who opted to use the outside of his right foot, smashed the post with Mat Ryan (£4.8m) way off his line. The Australian keeper will not have been happy with his attempt to keep out Ayew’s goal, either.

BHACRY scout notes 4
Zaha hits the post with the goal gaping

Hodgson’s assessment of the fiery M23 derby clash was slightly different to Potter’s, with the Palace boss reckoning:

“It was a really good performance from the team, a battling performance. The pitch was heavy but I thought we kept in the game well and got our reward in the end. We should have more than one today and we missed two chances at the end but that is what happens when a team is losing, they send players forward. We had chances at the end, we had consistent moments towards the end of the game.” – Roy Hodgson

The result at the Amex means Brighton are looking nervously over their shoulders at the relegation zone, while Palace could secure safety with several games to spare. On that note, Hodgson added:

“You can never say never, it’s good to get back-to-back wins and we’ve got two important games coming up. If they go well, we can kiss relegation goodbye. We’ve got players coming back from injury so suddenly my squad looks different, whereas earlier in the season we needed all hands in deck.”

Brighton XI (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Burn, Dunk, Webster, Montoya (Jahanbaksh 77′); Propper, Bissouma (Alzate 81′); March (Murray 65′), Trossard, Mooy; Maupay.

Crystal Palace XI (4-3-3): Guaita; Van Aanholt, Cahill, Dann, Ward; McArthur, Kouyaté, McCarthy (Riedewald HT); Zaha, Benteke (Tosun 86′), Ayew.

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928 Comments Post a Comment
  1. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Already thinking of this:
    HBarnes > Sarr

    Too kneejerk?

    1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      It'll be what must will do

      Tho 31 it makes sense

    2. Goooo Rickie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Still think Barnes has the better fixture. Maybe bring Sarr in the week after?

  2. Colonel Shoe 肝池
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Feel well and truly bent over by this week...... How the feck could Watford pull that off
    I was like... At least I have 3 Liverpool players to save my week

    1. ZeBestee
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Watford won convicingly. Pool downed tools and had no fight whatsoever.

      1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        I know....I just can't believe it

        1. ZeBestee
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          Its difficult to believe, true. But if you look at certain games over the season, Pool have been really luck or had lucky moments to end up getting the entire 3 points. Villa away springs to mind as an example.

          Either way, they still fully deserve the title as they have been amazing overall.

    2. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      The same way they beat us in last year's FA Cup Semi-Final after being 2-0 down.

  3. Party time
    1 year, 6 months ago

    This fpl season... Go away now!

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      😀 this

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Nah it is a great season

  4. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Digne, DCL, Richarlison & Jimenez to the rescue.
    Feeling weirdly confident that it is going to be all good tomorrow.
    Maybe its the booze....

    1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      It's the booze

  5. Syd.
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    No Vardy
    Ings benched
    Liverpool losing 3-0

    What next?

    Aston Villa winning the League Cup

    1. TiAgoFPL
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Yes !!

  6. jason_ni
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Wow.. just checked the liverpool score.. guy just below me in ml has sarr as first sub... for vardy.. ffs.

  7. Henning
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Get Aubameyangin for DCL/Ings or wait and see what happens in the FA cup?

    1. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Wait and see if you can afford it

  8. Jet5605
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Now the invincibles dream is over, Pool assets to be gradually dumped. Double defence for Bournemouth then TAA or Robbo to be downgraded.

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      No Gomez, no CS

  9. Game of Throw_ins
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Anyone knows here that in FPL history what's the Minimum Avg GW Score (leave big blank GWs maybe) ? I guess around 25?

  10. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Any chance Martial to play?

    1. Syd.
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      If he does he will probably score 3

      1. fedolefan
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        That's a haul.

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Took a hit to take him out so hope not.

  11. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    12(-4) from 7 what a disaster!

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Ouch

      Net 16 with 3 to come after a minus 8 with Kiko benched feels painful too.

    2. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      14 (-4) from 8. 🙁

  12. Jet5605
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Sarr (c) in FH GW31.

  13. Syd.
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    On the bright side

    I didn’t take a hit 😎

    1. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      As someone who did, I don't care for your optimism. 😉

  14. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    My dream was close-ish, got the Deeney goal and total 3 goals right..... Wouldn't have dreamed all 3 for Watford though!

    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2020/02/29/maupay-favoured-over-murray-for-brightons-clash-with-crystal-palace/?hc_page=5&hc_sort_by=comment_date#hc_comment_21745135

  15. BDA Shadow
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    10 points with 4 players left, one of the flagged Martial, captain gone.

    Will this be a red arrow?

    1. BDA Shadow
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Forgot, on a -4 as well.

      1. Bennerman
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        At the risk of being the last to say...

        Yes

  16. Jet5605
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Angry Klopp means Bournemouth are gonna get pounded next week.

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I sooooooo need to sell Firmino, but can’t before BOU
      Arghhhhh

    2. Easy Cheesy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Yep. Same situation. Depressing.

  17. Meinhoff
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Too little talk about the legend that is Nick Pope.

  18. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Ings should be back next GW, or has he fallen down in pecking order?

  19. Jet5605
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Vardy & Ings > Auba & Jota for a minus 4 hit?

    Already got Barnes and Jimi

  20. Colonel Shoe 肝池
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Sarr to get 2pts gw31

    1. Syd.
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Standard procedure

  21. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    LOL?

    Have you seen RB Leipzig's Twitter reply to the Liverpool loss?

    https://twitter.com/DieRotenBullen/status/1233836897526566923?s=19

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      😆

  22. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Best defender for 5 mil or less for next few GWs??
    Have TAA Soyuncu Lord Holgate already
    Cresswell going first
    Newcastle or Wolves, I’m guessing

  23. fedolefan
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Honestly, scores like this week would be much more common if Liverpool didn't win every week. Three of them deliver 30+ points week after week. Add to that the trash you've scored this week and it's 50-ish, which is like the average most weeks.

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Yeah, often it's just one player or a captain choice that makes the difference

  24. mdm
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Firmino to:

    A. Auba
    B. Jimenez
    C. save

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Have to save before BOU... don’t we??
      I’d have to take a hit for Auba

    2. darko
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      I’m thinking A, despite decent fixtures. Doesn’t look like scoring.

  25. Atletico Junior
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    A. Vardy -> Auba
    B. Taylor (Burnley) —> Alonso
    C. Dump grealish/Martial

  26. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Pool assets to become differentials now 😎

  27. SomeoneKnows
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Guaita
    TAA, Soyuncu, Saiss (Stephens, Rico)
    Salah, Mane, KDB, Fleck (Cantwell)
    Jimenez, Ings, DCL

    A) Ings > Aubameyang
    B) Fleck > Fernandes
    C) DCL + Fleck > Auba + Dendoncker (-4)

  28. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Rico and Grealish to Doherty and Sarr? Or is there a better use of my spare 2 million and 2FT?

    Hendo
    TAA Digne Soy
    Grealish KDB Martial Salah
    Ings Firmino Jiminez

    Ryan Kabasele Cantwell Rico

  29. Robson-Canoe
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    If someone had Schelotto in their starting XI, would he be auto-subbed because he didn't play or would he stay in the team because he had a score that isn't 0?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      You would get -1

      FPL posted about it on Twitter earlier. If you play at least a minute or get a yellow/red card, you become an active player.

      1. Robson-Canoe
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Cheers, very interesting scenario

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Autosub, 0 minutes played - once there's someone to replace him. He wouldn't come off a bench.

      Same as Ederson on the final day a few seasons back.

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 6 months ago

        Or not, it changed.

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 6 months ago

          Yeah I swear it must have.

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 6 months ago

            Ederson definitely come on back there. Good change imo.

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 year, 6 months ago

              Didn't come on*

  30. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 6 months ago

    Golden week for FPL surely

    FDR now shot to pieces ahead of blanks and doubles with both WH and Watford looking ok and Leicester dodgy.

    Add in Arsenal and United seemingly on the up it’s all nicely unsettled.

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 6 months ago

      Yeah, blanks have turned this game upside down.