Scout Notes

Organised Palace defence stops Watford replicating Liverpool display

Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford

  • Goals: Jordan Ayew (£5.1m)
  • Assists: James McArthur (£5.2m)
  • Bonus Points: Vicente Guaita x3 (£5.1m), Scott Dann x2 (£4.3m), Ayew x1

Crystal Palace’s run of clean sheets continued to a third successive game as they emerged 1-0 winners over Watford on Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles held off a spirited Hornets side in the opening period before going ahead and surviving what descended into something of a scrappy encounter in the second.

That goal, which proved to be the winner, was scored by budget forward Jordan Ayew (£5.1m), who now has attacking returns in each of Palace’s last three matches.

With some consistency building for the former Swansea City man, he might even be in time to convince Fantasy managers he is worth owning for Blank Gameweek 31, considering Liverpool’s recent defensive problems.

Ayew looks set to hold down his place in the Crystal Palace team based purely on form, although competition for the centre-forward role has been recently decreased by a long-term injury to Cenk Tosun (£5.7m).

“We signed (Ayew) in the summer, but we paid money to loan him last season, and he has shown his worth. I think he has got stronger, and we saw signs last season, but I am delighted for him.” – Roy Hodgson

Ayew looks more likely to warrant investment in the next few weeks than Palace’s defence, even if it has performed well.

The Eagles do have Bournemouth (away) and Burnley (home) in two of the next three Gameweeks but they must also face Liverpool (away), Leicester (away) and Chelsea (home) in their next five.

It will still be interesting to see how Palace do in that spell though, as, since Scott Dann (£4.3m) was installed as Gary Cahill‘s (£4.4m) centre-back partner in Gameweek 27, they are yet to concede.

This match will have also served as another scouting opportunity for Watford assets ahead of their involvement in Blank Gameweek 31, an away trip to Burnley.

However, the Hornets were unable to build on that hugely impressive win over Liverpool and were unable to carve open too many clear cut chances against a well-organised Palace defence.

“We played against a side which is happy to defend with a bit of depth, it’s never an easy game coming here and our quality with the final pass sometimes was the problem. Our set-play delivery, when we had opportunities, later on, that was something we needed to be better at.” – Nigel Pearson

Not surprisingly, Ismaïla Sarr (£6.3m) was the driving force for Watford, used as the main outlet for attacks but on this occasion, he was not afforded as much space as he was against Liverpool.

While the Senegalese international’s delivery was very good, Cahill and Dann had the defence organised well enough to crowd out the intended targets.

Meanwhile, it was clear that Watford were lacking the drive and penetration of Gerard Deulofeu (£6.1m) on the left-hand side, Roberto Pereyra (£5.6m) unable to replicate the Spaniard’s abilities. That, in turn, had something of an adverse effect on Sarr, as Watford’s play became more focussed through him, they were arguably more predictable.

That said, there was enough spirit shown by Nigel Pearson’s men in the early stage of the game to warrant continued inclusion in Fantasy squads, especially with that Blank Gameweek 31 fixture coming up.

“We’ve had good spells of pressure and haven’t made the most of it, but we’ll bounce back because our players here are honest and committed. I think we played pretty well, and it was a missed opportunity in many ways today because of our inability to be decisive in front of goal. I thought we played pretty well and had chances in the first half, in particular, to go ahead.” – Nigel Pearson

Meanwhile, despite failing to keep a clean sheet, Watford did do a relatively decent job of keeping Crystal Palace quiet.

As already mentioned, this was a tight and scrappy game, which probably suited the defences of each team.

With Leicester struggling in attack of late, this performance might indicate that defensive returns against the Foxes are hardly off the cards, especially considering that Watford have the joint-highest number of home clean sheets this season.

Crystal Palace XI (4-3-3): Guaita; Ward, Dann, Cahill, van Aanholt; McCarthy, McArthur (Milivojevic 70′), Kouyaté; Zaha, Benteke, Ayew.

Watford XI (4-2-3-1): Foster; Masina, Cathcart, Kabasele, Femenía; Hughes (A Gray 84′), Capoue, Pereyra (Pussetto 74′), Doucouré, Sarr; Deeney (Welbeck 74′).

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624 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Lindelol
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Predictions
    Chelsea vs Everton
    United vs City??

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      1-2
      1-1

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

      2-2
      1-3

    3. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      1-2
      3-1

      1. Lindelol
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        United supporter?

      2. BNMC
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Not sure why a Spurs fan would want United to win. Ideally they'd want City to win because United winning would make top 4 even harder for Spurs.

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Don’t want them to win, but that’s my score prediction

        2. Grounderz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Does prediction have to consider personal preference as a fan? What's the point of prediction then.

    4. Richarlidad
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      1-1
      1-2

    5. bOttOmEdpOstrEpliEr.
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Chelsea Everton 1 - 3
      Manutd Mancity 3 - 1

      1. bOttOmEdpOstrEpliEr.
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Siggy scores

        1. wulfrunian
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Siggy benched

    6. BNMC
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Away wins for both

    7. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      1-0
      1-1

    8. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      1-1
      1-2

    9. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Both to happen

    10. wulfrunian
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      2-1
      2-2

    11. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      2-4
      2-1

    12. Skloppy Kops
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      0-1
      1-2

    13. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      1-1
      0-1

  2. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Alonso to have a field day against Pickford. Good to have some height in the box.

  3. b91jh
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Alonso in a back 4...
    Luckily didnt bring in.

      1. Gazwaz80
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 4 months ago

        I can’t seem to find this bet 🙁

        1. SKULL AND GNOMES
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Click game and scroll down a little it is under "Boosts"

    1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Oh right yes he is. Hmm. Rethink then 🙁

  4. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Baines was their best player last game. Shame he's back on the bench.

    1. BNMC
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Now that's a real nostalgia pick!

  5. Party time
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Come on CHELSEA

      Mount 6 goals and 3 assists please

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Earth to Hakim, are you there?

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Music plays

          Hakimbaway, hakimbaway
          Hakimbaway, hakimbaway
          Hakimbaway, hakimbaway
          Hakimbaway, hakimbaway

          1. HamezMace
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Missed you Deli

            1. Deulofail
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 year, 4 months ago

              lol you missed spam 😉

    • The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Nice to see Gilmour in the Chelsea starting line up. He's got the potential to become the player thst Barkley never managed to be.

      1. JBG
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        So weird that players like him are 4.5, should be 4.0.

      2. Big Al Stankovic
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Hear he has great potential in golf aswell.

    • jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I think Lampard has set up Chelsea wrong today. Again.

      1. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Has he set up for today before?

      2. BNMC
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 4 months ago

        As much as Gilmour has great talent, I'm not a fan of the midfield. I know Kante is hurt but surely Jorginho and Kovacic are fit and were just dropped?

        1. BNMC
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Never mind, I just checked. Kovacic is injured and Jorginho is suspended.

        2. SKULL AND GNOMES
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          injured and banned

      3. Werner Brothers
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Not playing 3 in the back is his mistake

    • Wılly
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      2 midfielders and a forward
      to bring in for GW31?

      No Wolves or Liverpool

      1. BNMC
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Sarr, Alli, Wood

      2. b91jh
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Bergwijn, McNeil, Wood?

      3. wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Moura,Antonio and Deeney

      4. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Sarr Antonio Wood

      5. manu4life99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Sarr Antonio Wood/Deeney

    • Agger
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      I'm jealous of anyone who owns Alonso

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

        Man shouldn't be jealous, leave it to females.

        And no I'm not dr. Peterson.

        1. Agger
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Haha

    • FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Xabi Alonso, what a Legend!

      Marcos, your time is now!

      1. SKULL AND GNOMES
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Set in stone.

    • Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Is Ben Davies a winger today?

      1. I am become Marvin
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        If you mean Tom Davies then no. He will play central midfield.

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Ah, complete brain malfunction

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 1 Year
            1 year, 4 months ago

            It is like forgetting where you left your beer.

      2. Agger
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        What?

      3. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        I felt he was always making it up as he went along anyway

      4. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Siggy LM coming inside for Digne to overlap, I guess.

        442 that basically becomes a 433 in attack, with Benard pushing forward and Siggy joining the central midfield. Complete guess though...

        1. The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          The official Everton team sheet reveal has it the other way round with Siggy in the right and Bernard on the left.

        2. The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Bernard is nearly always on the left when he plays.

        3. gergin
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Bernard left, Siggy right, Sidibe and Digne will play wingers.

    • YouReds
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Any KDB news yet?!

      1. Agger
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Yes, hes breathing.

        1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Source?

          1. Agger
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Relish

      2. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Pep is plotting his evil plan.

      3. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Playing up top hopefully?

    • Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Damn, alonso in a back 4.

      1. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Never stopped him before

      2. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Is he really though? If I was Marcus I'd see that defence as more of a back 3. The forwards look like, best to help them out.

      3. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        He ignores all directions and just goes into the opposition box and waits to kick the ball at the goal....

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          ....would do the same if picked to play as Chelsea GK...

          1. Wally banter
            • 8 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            hahaha

      4. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Chelsea should try:

        Kepa
        Azpi Rudiger Zouma ?????
        Jorginho Kante
        Willian Mount Alonso
        Abraham

        Caballero
        James Christensen Tomori Emerson
        Kovacic Barkley RLC
        CHO Batshuayi Pulisic

        Sign a LB (Chilwell?) and get rid of Pedro.

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Agreed, no idea why Alonso hasn’t replaced Hazard....

          1. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            By getting rid of Morata/Higuain and Hazard, Chelsea are playing a different style. They have a striker (Abraham) who will feed far more off crosses. Alonso fits the bill perfectly. He's not going to beat the man, but he will whip in a good cross. Plus he has a good shot on him and is a threat in the air.

            1. Ginkapo FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 year, 4 months ago

              Has Alonso ever crossed?

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

              Alonso is not the player to whip in crosses, so this is a weird argument.

              Alsono will peel off into the middle and wonder onto the edge of the box, then often into it.

              This is why Hazard & Alonso on the pitch at the same time often became a bit of an issue. They both loved occupying the same space.

          2. Werner Brothers
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 4 months ago

            Alonso isn't fast & his crossing is not good either. Very effective in back 3 as wing back.
            352 or 343 with alonso & reece as wingbacks can be gold

    • Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      DCL looking ridiculously lively in the warm up.....smashing them in from everywhere

      1. Wally banter
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        hehehe 😀
        wonder if he can use two of the million chances he gets every week

      2. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        hattie time 😀

    • Slitherene
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      In preparation for BGW 31. Have 3 LIV & 3 WOL.

      Soyuncu (wat) + Ings (nor) -> PvA (bou) + Deeney (LEI), for a hit makes sense??

    • Wılly
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Would you take a hit, effectively - 2, to bring in a keeper for GW31?

      1. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 4 months ago

        I was wondering that too. Seems like most people are just bringing in attacking players for hits if anything.

        Really want to get rid of McCarthy for Pope myself.

      2. manu4life99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Yes pope is worth it for fix thereafter too

    • FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 4 months ago

      "Baby faced assasin"

      Could become a scene out of The Conjuring tonight.

    • Totti
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      any hope soyuncu to be affected with diarrhea and won't play the match
      to get lundstram in with 12 points 🙂

      i know i'm dreaming eating jam and need to wake-up

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 4 months ago

        You could always offer him a delicious spiked meat pie.

        1. Totti
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          LoL

    • Wally banter
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Is Sarr grabbing Mcarthy's something on the main pic? :O

    • Gunner1290
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Best 3 players to have in GW 31 excluding Liverpool players?

      1. Wally banter
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Jota Jiminez Doherty

      2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Pope, wood, Alli,

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

          Pope? Likely 2 pointer

      3. wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Tarkowski,Jimenez,Antonio

      4. SKULL AND GNOMES
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Wood, Zaha and Lo Celso.

      5. manu4life99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Jimi Doherty Tark

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

        Jota, Jimenez, Alli. Honorable mention for McNeill

    • FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 4 months ago

      So how many hours till 'scratching out ones eyes' scenes?

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

      Alonso in a back 4 is slightly annoying for owners, but it's a good sign that there has been a system change yet he retains his place.

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

        Annoying? Perhaps. However we we never going to play 343 with Kovacic & Jorginho out. That midfield two would get completely overrun.

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

          Trur

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

            *true

    • FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Pep has either taken a p*ss in your porridge this morning or delivered fresh milk to your doorstep this morning.

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

      Gilmour > Foden

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Foden nailed all of a sudden.

      2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Two different players? Gilmour a cm whilst foden an attacking cm no?

        Plus foden is making waves in a hugely competitive city side.

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

          1 PL start all season after being hyped for years is hardly "making waves"

    • Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      In a FH 31 team - double pool defence or attack?
      Easy to afford double attack - but having 2 pool attackers blocks one of Alli/Antonio/Wood/Sarr/Jota whereas defence is harder to pick.

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Mane Salah

        1. manu4life99
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          This

      2. Root
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Attack

    • manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Need a DCL brace!

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

        Horrible to wish injury on a professional footballer

        1. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

          Feel the same, he's been slaughtering me this season, owned by competitors in both my ML's!

    • KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      pick 1 from watford for gw31:
      A) Sarr
      B) Doucoure
      C) Deeney

      1. wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        c

      2. manu4life99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        A

    • manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      A) Barnes > Sarr
      B) DCL > Deeney
      C) Both