Scout Notes

How Everton’s improved defence has damaged Calvert-Lewin’s supply lines

Leicester 0-2 Everton

  • Goals: Richarlison (£7.8m), Mason Holgate (£4.8m)
  • Assists: Alex Iwobi (£5.9m), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.9m)
  • Bonus points: Holgate x3, Richarlison x2, Wilfried Ndidi x1 (£4.8m)

YOU’LL JUST HAVE TO FORCE YOURSELF GODFREY, THIS IS WAR

Carlo Ancelotti has finally solved his full-back crisis and managed to improve Everton’s defensive potential at the same time.

Without Lucas Digne (£6.1m), Seamus Coleman (£4.8m) and Fabian Delph (£4.9m) due to injury, the Toffees boss admittedly took some time to find a viable alternative, finally stumbling across it against Chelsea – and deploying it to good effect on Wednesday too.

In Everton’s last two matches, Ancelotti has used centre-backs on the left and right of a four-man defence, namely Ben Godfrey (£5.0m) and Mason Holgate (£4.8m) respectively.

The end result has been a sudden leap in clean sheet potential. They have two shutouts from a possible two since the switch, more than the Toffees managed in their first 11 matches of the campaign.

That is, of course, an achievement made all the more impressive by the calibre of opposition in that time, Chelsea and Leicester both watching their recent run of hot attacking form halted by Everton.

With Arsenal (home) and Sheffield United (away) up next for the Toffees, anyone interested in a quick defensive return could find it on the blue half of Merseyside.

That said, Fantasy managers should take care before jumping on Robin Olsen (£4.5m), who came in for Jordan Pickford (£4.9m) for only his second start of the season at Leicester.

It appears that Ancelotti has not dropped his English shot-stopper, taking the opportunity of a tight turnaround to allow Olsen some minutes, rather than seriously challenge for the number one jersey.

“It’s a normal rotation. I want to give Robin (Olsen) opportunities to be involved in the squad. I have confidence in both of them – Jordan is doing really well in this moment.” – Carlo Ancelotti

Meanwhile, Everton could potentially suffer in the absence of defensive midfielder Allan (£5.3m) who sustained a hamstring injury in the first half at Leicester, which could rule him out of more games than usual during this busy time of the year.

WHAT’S CALVERT-LEWSIN?

Meanwhile, Everton’s recent improvements at the back do appear to have negatively impacted on Dominic Calvert-Lewin‘s (£7.9m) Fantasy potential.

He is now two games without a Premier League goal, his longest dry run of the campaign thus far, although he has contributed two Fantasy assists in that time. And, were it not for an incredible save from Kasper Schmeichel (£5.5m) on Wednesday night, he might well have found the net at the King Power Stadium.

That said, it is still worth highlighting a slight regression in Calvert-Lewin’s service in this new-look Everton side, with much less prowess in wide areas.

Any team that replaces marauding full-backs with centre-halves is going to have less joy on the flanks going forward, as we have seen for the Toffees recently. 

James Rodríguez (£7.7m) has also been a sore miss, especially considering how erratic Alex Iwobi‘s (£5.9m) crossing has been while deputising on the right-hand flank of the front-three.

While the quality of opposition over the last two matches could also be a factor in Calvert-Lewin’s form, it is worth remembering that Everton remain inside the bottom three on the Season Ticker for attacking potential between now and Double Gameweek 19.

VARD LUCK

It was another disappointing result for Leicester at the King Power Stadium, who have lost more games and conceded more goals than they have won or scored themselves this season.

It only serves to reinforce the existing trend regarding Jamie Vardy‘s (£10.3m) form this season, with just 28 of his 89 FPL points (31.4%) coming in home matches so far.

Vardy owners would be wise to retain some faith in the Leicester forward though, not least because three of the Foxes’ next four matches are on the road, where 61 of his points have come in 2020/21 (68.5%).

But the veteran centre-forward was also somewhat unfortunate to blank against Everton, certainly a lot more involved in making things happen than earlier in the campaign when he was almost entirely reliant on penalties.

Vardy set up James Maddison (£7.1m) for a shot from range in the sixth minute and half-way through the opening period, James Justin (£4.9m) managed to get the better of Godfrey and put a cross on a plate for Vardy – whose effort was caught by Olsen.

Leicester were then awarded a penalty in the second half, which Vardy would, naturally, have taken, only to see VAR chalk it off, before Ayoze Pérez (£6.0m) was adjudged to be offside when turning the number nine’s knock-down header into the net from a corner.

Leicester City XI (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Fuchs, Ndidi, Fofana, Justin; N Mendy (Iheanacho 73′), Tielemans; H Barnes, Maddison, Ünder (Pérez 62′); Vardy.

Everton XI (4-3-3): Olsen; Godfrey, Keane, Mina, Holgate; Doucouré, Allan (A Gomes 41′), Sigurdsson; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin (Gordon 90′), Iwobi.

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1,136 Comments Post a Comment
  1. davies
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    What would you do with this lot?

    Current plan is to FH in GW18 + BB in GW19...

    (2FT / 0.3 ITB)

    Martinez Forster
    Chilwell Lamptey Kilman Mitchell Dunne
    Salah KDB Bruno Son Grealish
    DCL Bamford Brewster

    Cheers.

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      jeez...you only have 2 def's....

      1. davies
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 14 days ago

        Kilman > Taylor fixes that this week

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      Seriously?
      Sell someone & sort that bench out

      1. davies
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 14 days ago

        DCL?

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

          Watkins or Wilson etc,

          1. davies
            • 7 Years
            9 months, 14 days ago

            Adams?

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              9 months, 14 days ago

              Seems to be scoring 🙂

  2. Major League Shocker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Anyone taking a punt on Johnstone? I always love new manager bounces.

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      Yes I'll be getting him in 17

  3. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Do we think Targett plays tonight? Got Lamptey waiting on the bench 🙂

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      Probably

    2. DGW Sane TC Fail....
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      more than likely

    3. kime67
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      yes and haul

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 14 days ago

        That would be nice

  4. waltzingmatildas
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    A) Dias to Coufal
    B) Ayling to Coufal

    McCarthy Button
    Chilwell James Dias Ayling Mitchell
    Salah KDB Bruno Grealish Soucek
    DCL Bamford Welbeck
    2fts 0.2itb

    1. 2OLEgend
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 14 days ago

      B

  5. sirmorbach
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Lads, what do you suggest here with 2 free transfers?

    Martínez / Steer
    Chilwell / Cancelo / Cresswell / Lamptey / Kilman
    Salah / KDB / Bruno / Grealish / Soucek
    DCL / Watkins / Bamford

    Crazy to do KDB-Neto / Watkins-Kane for free?

    1. kime67
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      cancelo out

      1. sirmorbach
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 14 days ago

        That's a good call. What do you suggest, mate?

    2. kime67
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      kyle walker

  6. kime67
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    de bruyne -> salah?

    1. DGW Sane TC Fail....
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      Am doing after tonight's matches if everybody comes through ok

    2. kime67
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      me too

    3. Groot the Leveller
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      Did this yesterday

    4. kime67
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      you was afraid of price rise ? that can backfire

  7. King Kohli
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Is this a decent BB team to aim for gw 19?

    Meslier
    James Coufal Balbuena
    Salah Bruno Son Bowen
    Vardy Bamford Ings

    Martinez Konsa Anguissa Taylor

    1. kime67
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      its gw 14 next mate

  8. 2OLEgend
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 14 days ago

    What to do with the two FT here? Still have first wildcard to prepare for the DGW.
    2FT - 0.2 ITB

    Martinez
    Dias, Zouma, Ayling
    Bruno, KDB, Salah, Son, Grealish
    DCL, Bamford
    (Steer, Brewster, Mitchell, Douglas)

    A) Ayling to Coufal
    B) Steer to Button (to free up villa spot)
    C) DCL & Mitchell to Wilson & Coufal
    D) Any suggestions are appriciated

  9. West Hammered
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Salah & Son ... I will be getting in one this GW & one next GW.
    Who should I bring in first?

    1. 2OLEgend
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 14 days ago

      Salah first and give him the armband

    2. KyleB97
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      Salah first i would say

      1. West Hammered
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 14 days ago

        Salah it is then, thanks!

  10. Pep's Money Laundry
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Those without a WC who will be using FT's to build a squad over the coming weeks, which strategy are you guys using for the BGW18 and DGW18

    A. FH19
    B. FH18 & BB19

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      I was all over A, but have changed my mind in the last 12 hrs to B, or perhaps C(TC)

      1. Pep's Money Laundry
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 14 days ago

        Me too, I really don't want to use 2 chips so early on but I doubt we will get a better double to bench boast with this season

    2. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      I am doing B

    3. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      A

    4. Keeptrying
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      B) no-brainer for my squad

    5. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 14 days ago

      Deciding between B or simply no chip 18, BB19.

    6. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      It's squad dependent.

      B for me. It's hard for me to build a decent team for 18 with what I have now.

    7. Groot the Leveller
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      B - I am generally happy with my team, and only have 5 players that would play in gw18
      I need to upgrade a gk and a def to get a full playing team but have 1.2 itb. So my bench will be messilier, baulbamer, ayling and soucek.
      I have no spare cash and balbuena is yellow flagged... but apart from that I am happy

    8. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      A as have 8 starters in week 18 already

  11. Bennyboy1907
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Repost due to lack of response!
    Martinez
    Robbo*, Chillwell*, Lamptey (Coufal*, Mitchell)
    KDB, Bruno*, Grealish, Salah* (Bissouma)
    Watkins, DCL, Bamford*

    *= DGW players

    Any suggestions? 2 FT’s 0.4ITB

    Lamptey >>> Dallas?
    Any other suggestions so I don’t need to burn a transfer? Want to have Lamptey vs Sheffield this GW.

    1. KyleB97
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      What is DGW?

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 14 days ago

        double gameweek where a team play twice

        1. KyleB97
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 14 days ago

          What GW is that?, 15/16?

          1. Holmes
            • 7 Years
            9 months, 14 days ago

            GW19

            GW18 is blank gameweek

            1. KyleB97
              • 6 Years
              9 months, 14 days ago

              Ahhh i could have figured that out by the long fixture list on 19 lol ty

  12. Parsnips
    9 months, 14 days ago

    With my team...
    Martinez
    Cancelo Robo Chilwell
    Salah Bruno KDB Bowen
    Watkins Bamford DCL

    Ryan Coufal Anguissa Mitchell

    Next week should I do Cancelo to Dallas And Anguissa to Soucek

  13. Catastrophe
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Help greatly appreciated! 0.5 ITB, 1 FT.

    Martinez
    Chilwell, Zouma, Bednarek
    Salah, KDB, Fernandes, Son, Grealish
    DCL, Bamford

    (Steer, Brewster, Mitchell*, Douglas*)

    I am planning Mitchell* -> Taylor to improve bench and save 0.1. Right to go Taylor over Ayling/Alioski? Was looking at Alioski at 4.4 but little concerned with Leeds defence and him getting hooked off at HT against West Ham. Haven't really considered the BGW/DGW yet.

    Cheers.

  14. FDMS All Starz
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Worth keeping Justin on WC in gw16 onwards? Think pereira and castagne are the preferred players to each side but will Justins form push one of them back?

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      absolutely not. he's gone in GW16 WC. pereira and castagne will be coming back around that time

    2. Fit_to_drop
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 14 days ago

      I think Justin has a major chance of nailing down a place the same way R James has done at Chelsea. He has been excellent

      1. ‘Tis the Season
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 14 days ago

        Rubbish, world class competition in his position

      2. Sean
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 14 days ago

        He has been good and will get time until the others are fully fit but when they are he has no chance of starting imo

  15. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Cheeky repost

    Different crowd different opinion 🙂

    For free

    A foden to rashford means I can have 14 dgw players for gw19 and kane without taking a hit

    B foden to son means I have to take a hit to have 13 dgw players for gw 19 and kane and son

    I am keen on son but option a sounds the wisest. Thoughts ? Thanks and gl

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 14 days ago

      Son should score more points in the interim and then you can take the hit to switch or just go with Son in the DGW.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 14 days ago

        Cheers MLS 🙂

  16. checkit_j
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Rich to Kane
    OR
    Soucek to Grealish

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      A by miles

  17. FDMS All Starz
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Firmino a good 2 week punt? Unlikely to be rotated now with all the rest right?

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      firmino is never a good FPL option. we've all been there at one point and been burnt. he's just not an attacking striker.

      1. ivantys
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 14 days ago

        He could be good option if his finishing was better tbf, just like Jesus.

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      Too expensive for me. If he was 7 million he'd be worth a punt but he's almost the same price as Son.

  18. Garlana
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Can you use a FT and FH chip in the same GW? i always forget this.

    1. CR7 is Home
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      No any transfers made in that week will not be saved

      1. Garlana
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 14 days ago

        thanks mate

  19. CR7 is Home
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Tough to decide what to do with FT, any suggestions? Vardy could go

    Martinez
    Dias Coufal Dallas
    KDB Bruno (c) Grealish Salah Soucek
    Vardy DCL
    - Justin Brewster 4.0

    1. ‘Tis the Season
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      Save

  20. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Meslier* Steer
    Chilwell* Zouma* Dias Lamptey Mitchell
    KDB Bruno* Salah* Grealish Soucek*
    Bamford* DCL Brewster
    Have 7 DGW players.
    Plan: (slowly for free next 4 weeks)
    Grealish, DCL, Dias, Lamptey out
    Son, Coufal, Robbo, Adams in
    Just Son and De Bruyne SGW players. Sounds OK?

  21. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Play Zaha and save transfer or move him on??

  22. Sean
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Possible I'll need to downgrade martinez to find an extra 0.1m/0.2m in GW16. Who is the best 4.6/4.5 goalkeeper option from GW16 onwards?

  23. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 14 days ago

    Best captain if you don't have Bruno or Kane?

    A. Salah
    B. KDB
    C. Son
    D. Grealish
    E. DCL

    1. Levi's 501
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 14 days ago

      A.

    2. Balls of Steel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 14 days ago

      A

  24. minthow
    9 months, 14 days ago

    A) Vardy & Ward-Prowse —> Ings & Son
    B) Vardy —> Kane
    C) Keep Vardy, upgrade elsewhere
    Currently have Bruno, Salah, Graelish, Soucek, Bamford, and DCL