Scout Notes

Rodríguez favouring Goodison Park ahead of home Merseyside derby

Everton 4-2 Brighton

  • Goals: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.5m), Yerry Mina (£5.5m), James Rodríguez x2 (£7.7m) | Neal Maupay (£6.5m), Yves Bissouma (£4.5m)
  • Assists: Gylfi Sigurdsson (£6.9m), Rodríguez, Alex Iwobi (£5.9m), Abdoulaye Doucouré (£5.5m) | Leandro Trossard (£6.0m), Solly March (£5.0m)
  • Bonus points: Rodríguez x3, Bissouma x2, Mina x1

James Rodríguez (£7.7m) is fast developing a taste for playing at Goodison Park, as he registered a second successive home double-digit haul in Gameweek 4.

The Colombian has shown shine in every Premier League outing so far this season, but he has exhibited a considerably more ruthless streak when operating on Merseyside.

Against West Bromwich Albion in Gameweek 2, Rodríguez found the net and provided an assist, while he scored twice on Saturday afternoon and provided the cross for Yerry Mina‘s (£5.5m) first-half effort.

HOME COMFORTS

It means that the former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich midfielder is now the highest FPL points scorer in home matches for Everton this season, even outperforming the popular Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.5m) by 30 to 25.

Rodríguez has, of course, been helped in that respect by his midfield classification, which awards more points for goals and clean sheets but, as of Saturday afternoon, he has more goal involvements at home than Calvert-Lewin too (five to four).

But an analysis of his underlying numbers between home and away matches so far this season is also quite revealing for Fantasy managers.

Considering the disparity in FPL points scores between home and away matches for Rodríguez, it will be interesting to see how he fares between now and Gameweek 9.

This period brings Liverpool and Manchester United to Goodison Park, while three of Everton’s next five matches are away from home. Thankfully for his growing ownership, the next road trips take them to favourable opposition. in Southampton, Newcastle and Fulham.

DOMINANT DOMINIC

Right now, Calvert-Lewin couldn’t care less about the venue or opposition, having now scored against every defence face so far this season.

Now owned by 42.4% of Fantasy managers, the Everton forward is bested only by Kevin De Bruyne (£11.7m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) for popularity.

That figure seems certain to rise between now and Gameweek 5 considering another blank for Timo Werner (£9.4m) on Saturday afternoon. The German international is still in 25.3% of teams but replacing him with Calvert-Lewin is perhaps the easiest upgrade in FPL right now.

A home match against Liverpool hardly seems offputting for the former Sheffield United man either, considering the Reds have kept one clean sheet from a possible three at the start of 2020/21.

INJURY IMPACT

Another encouraging facet of Everton’s was the fact that they controlled proceedings in Gameweek 4 despite suffering from a slew of injuries.

They came into Saturday’s meeting with Brighton short of Allan (£5.5m) and André Gomes (£5.4m), who had anchored central midfield effectively in the first three matches of the season.

However, Gylfi Sigurdsson (£6.9m) and Tom Davies (£5.4m) filled those roles comfortably, the former putting up a smart assist for Calvert-Lewin’s opening goal.

Elsewhere in the team, Richarlison (£8.0m) spent the second half of the week trying to shake off an ankle injury sustained against West Ham. He did manage to shake off the knock in time to feature in Gameweek 4 but suffered a recurrence of the knock in the 25th minute.

But, as was the case with Sigurdsson, Richarlison’s replacement Alex Iwobi (£5.9m) slotted into the front-three relatively seamlessly, earning an assist for Rodríguez’s first goal of the afternoon.

Everton weren’t even particularly jarred by losing Seamus Coleman (£5.0m) to a hamstring issue in the second half either. Unfortunately for Fantasy managers, the veteran full-back’s absence is unlikely to unlock a budget defender. With Jonjoe Kenny (£4.4m) also injured, Ancelotti’s solution to Coleman’s injury was to move Davies to right-back and bring on Fabian Delph (£4.9m) to cover in central midfield.

Of course, Everton have the international break to potentially recover some of their key personnel, although it seems that even if they had to draw on second-string options, they would not necessarily suffer as much as was first feared ahead of Gameweek 4.

ONGOING DEFENSIVE PROBLEMS

That said, Everton’s defence still continues to disappoint those searching for clean sheets this season. 

In the first four matches of the campaign, the Toffees have recorded just one shut-out, in arguably the most challenging fixture. Since the 1-0 win at Spurs, they have conceded twice at home to West Bromwich Albion and Brighton.

Jordan Pickford (£5.0m) was the chief culprit for Brighton’s first goal as he failed to hold onto Leandro Trossard‘s (£6.0m) shot, dropping it at the feet of Neal Maupay (£6.5m).

The goalkeeper nearly gave away another goal just after the hour mark. Solly March (£5.0m) produced a cross from the flanks, which Pickford simply punched straight forward into the chest of Maupay, lurking on the edge of the six-yard box. The only reason it did not end up in the back of the net was probably that the Brighton forward did not expect it, but also because of an impressive last-ditch block by Davies.

“I think this is not the right place to talk about Jordan. If I say something it will be when he comes back, I am going to talk to him.” – Carlo Ancelotti

The other source of Everton’s defensive issues makes for interesting reading for those sizing up their Liverpool assets for Gameweek 5.

UNDERAPPRECIATED SEAGULLS

Even though Brighton suffered a third defeat of the season, their Fantasy assets are continuing to offer great value.

Perhaps because of their disappointing results, the form Seagulls options remain largely unpopular, which increases their differential potential.

The penalty-taking Maupay already has four goals and one assist to his name this season, and could have added even more to that tally in another energetic performance at Goodison Park on Saturday.

However, despite pulling in 32 points in the first four Gameweeks, only 4.1% of Fantasy managers have been convinced by the former Brentford man, who faces Crystal Palace (away) and West Bromwich Albion (home) in his next two matches.

Trossard has been another reliable figure in Brighton’s spirited attack this season, registering attacking returns in three of his four outings thus far and, of course, probably should have scored a hat-trick against Manchester United.

Despite that solid record thus far, the Belgian is owned only by 2.0% of Fantasy managers. 

Meanwhile, March now has an attacking return of each of his last two Premier League appearances but is selected by just 0.7% worldwide.

Meanwhile, Tariq Lamptey (£4.6m) owners were left shorthanded once again. For the second time in four matches, the right-back was taken off before the 60-minute mark. Against Everton, this was reportedly due to a tight hamstring, which forced him off at half-time, to be replaced by Joël Veltman (£4.4m).

“(Lamptey) had tightness in his hamstring. We don’t know Tariq so well so we just wanted to make sure we didn’t put him out and risk him out for a big period. It was precautionary more than anything.” – Graham Potter

Everton XI (4-3-3): Pickford; Digne, Mina, Keane, Coleman (Delph 58′); Sigurdsson, T Davies, Doucouré; Richarlison (Iwobi 25′), Calvert-Lewin, Rodríguez (Walcott 78′).

Brighton and Hove Albion XI (3-4-2-1): Ryan; Webster, Dunk, White; March, Alzate (Groß 82′), Bissouma, Lamptey (Veltman 46′); Maupay, Trossard; Connolly (Lallana 66′).

Lessons Learned from FPL Gameweek 4

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448 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Boss Hogg
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Is it just me or does pale, ill Trump look like Roy Hodgson?

    1. BenDavies
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Very harsh on Trump. He looks much better than Hodgson even while ill and without all the fake tan.

  2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    C'mon Ings!

  3. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Foden owners keeping or selling ?

    1. El Magico5
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      One more game for me. My punt on reece james needs sorting to chilwell.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        So annoying he doesn't return when he plays

        1. El Magico5
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Half my team isnt returning yet, keep the faith. City players will come good

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Am ranker 2.6:m so keeping the faith is all I have left. Thanks and gl

  4. Matjes_taet
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Looking forward GW 5.
    I think Liverpool will beat Everton with 4:0 like they did last year with Leicester.
    Time to sell Digne.

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Not sure I look forward to any gw but digne to chillwell looks good

      1. Matjes_taet
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        I will take a course. Promised. 🙂

  5. OneDennisBergkamp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    wildcard GKs please...

    1. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Guaita. No contest. Thank me later.

      1. Over Midwicket
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        I got him two weeks ago and he's gotten me 2 and 0. Pathetic.

        1. FPL Virgin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          From gameweek 5 is when you want him.

    2. Basil1977
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Ryan and McCarthy they rotate well

    3. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      If I was WCing I’d go Martinez and Johnstone, as it would free me up to have Lamptey and KWP without doubling up on BRI or SOU defence.

    4. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Guaita you want

  6. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    United buying maddison behind the scenes?

    1. Feed tha Sheep
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Hope not..a defender much more of a priority

    2. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Something must be happening, you don’t just drop Maddison for no valid reason.

      1. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Tight calf

        1. Matjes_taet
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Thanks.

    3. Matjes_taet
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Who should he replace? Pogba, Bruno or VdB?

      He is just injured...

  7. Bobby
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Basically going to spend the next four hours wondering if son is going to nick my Saint max points off the bench. Living my best life

    1. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Son will start. Jose is very easy to read.

  8. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Happy to report I sold Werner at about 1:15 this morning and am now the proud owner of Calvert-Lewin.

    My nightmare is over.

    The damage to my rank may already be irreparable, but still it had to be done.

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Haha I am keeping him one more week. Gl with dcl

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      I very proactive with this move after gwk1, but at least you have done it now

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Two weeks too late, but there comes a point when enough is enough.

        If he even remotely looked like scoring and was missing chances or hitting the woodwork, having shots saved or cleared off the line then there’d be at least some justification to hold on to him in the hope of future returns.

        But the guy doesn’t look remotely like scoring. He looks scared of the ball and seems to want to hide, going as far away from the play as possible.

        He has shown no striker instinct whatsoever.

        This is not what you should be seeing from a £9.4M FPL striker.

        1. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Don't you want to wait for the Southampton game?

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            I think I would have ptsd if I sold Werner and he hauled v Southampton 😉

            1. Dynamic Duos
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              He isn't going to haul though is he

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                If ziyech is fit he will play a more central role won't he?

  9. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    I owned Maupay last season and he was useless at finishing!

    Has he actually improved that much?

    Someone sell me on Maupay please...

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Prefer Wilson tbf, but waiting to get Antonio

      1. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Penalties weren't a thing last year, Maupay will get 5 to 7 penalty goals this season

    2. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Shot accuracy 50%. Goal conversion 33%. I think he is a good pick.

    3. Basil1977
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Antonio for me at that price, or find the extra for DCL

    4. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Was fabulous in the Championship, which shows he can score goals.

      I think last season was his first in the Prem, so it takes time to adjust and early part of last season I think Brighton started off with Murray as first choice striker, no?

      Pens will help, but overall he’s a good striker. Good value at £6.5 in my opinion.

  10. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Digne and Watkins out
    Chillwell and maupay in

    For free

    Looks good ?

  11. Daniel - Go Granville
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    There was a new article, I posted a comment there and now it is gone, what happened?

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Illuminati confirmed.

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      forgot to press ‘post’ ?

  12. The real slim shady
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    What are the best team you can pick when you are only picking penelty takers?
    Any defenders taking penelties this season?

    De Bruyne, Salah, Jorginho, Perira, Zaha, Grealish
    Jimenez, Ings, Mitrovic, Maupay, Kane, Wilson.

    Any other players to consider?

    1. Basil1977
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Fernandes utd get a pen every other week

    2. Zilla
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Vardy and Bruno.

  13. Daniel - Go Granville
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Any news on Salah and that covid thing?

    1. Matjes_taet
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      BS was written all over.

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      He is fine, he is with the team at the hotel

      1. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        ok, thanks. Hope he won't punish us KDB owners

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          I'm a KDB owner, hope Salah(c) smashes it

      2. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        but he is the only one wearing mask. Strange. Hmmm...

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          If he had COVID he wouldn't be travelling with the team.

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          God forbid he is being sensible!

  14. The Legend Squad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    I think some of these articles are suffering from over analysis in order to keep pumping content out to appease the paying masses.

    JRod home and away form after 4 matches... come on.

  15. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Southampton is a better team than , Brighton, WBA and Palace, but Werner will haul against them. 🙂

  16. Gunner Boy
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Am on 4 points -4, need a huge score from my players today

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Was 4 your (c) ?

      1. Gunner Boy
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        No, Salah (c)

        I have Jimemez, Podence, McCarthy, Adams, Salah (c), TAA, Justin and Barnes today

    2. Basil1977
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      don't worry my mate is on a -4 this week Wilson to DCL lol

  17. MSTRKRFTSMN
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Missed the first half. Any signs of hope for vardy owners?

    1. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Penalty incoming

  18. DandyDon
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Nooooooo. My good week almost turned into a great week with that Semedo chance

  19. onoz9
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Going to wildcard to this:

    Martinez Nyland
    TAA Lamptey Mitchell Dallas Saiss
    Salah Foden Grealish Pulisic/Barnes/Son Hamez
    Kane DCL Brewster

    This good? Any changes?