Scout Notes

Soucek offering excellent value ahead of Double Gameweek 19

Everton 0-1 West Ham

  • Goals: Tomáš Souček (£5.2m)
  • Assists: Aaron Cresswell (£5.3m)
  • Bonus points: Souček x3, Cresswell x2, Angelo Ogbonna x1 (£5.0m)

TOMAS THE TANK

Tomáš Souček (£5.2m) has all but nailed down his place on the Fantasy Premier League radar for Double Gameweek 19.

The West Ham midfielder scored the only goal and took maximum bonus from a Gameweek 17 win over Everton on Friday night – making for an 11-point score.

Ahead of facing Burnley and West Bromwich Albion at home in the Double Gameweek, Souček is now the joint-top goal-scoring FPL midfielder priced at £7.0m or under this season (five).

The Czech Republic international is timing his form just right too. Of his five strikes in 2020/21, four of them have coming in the last seven Gameweeks, helping him produce 6.4 points per game in that time.

“He’s been very important. If he keeps coming up with the goals I’ll be more than happy.” – David Moyes

Naturally, it is Souček’s price that clinches his appeal for anyone considering another Double Gameweek asset – although he does miss Blank Gameweek 18, of course. Costing £5.2m, the West Ham has offered 14.2 points per million spent this season, the best among all midfielders at the time of writing.

OUT OF LUK

With those favourable Double Gameweek fixtures on the horizon, West Ham now have clean sheets in each of their last two matches.

Angelo Ogbonna (£5.0m) was a key factor in the latest shutout, dominating the skies at Goodison Park with his endless stream of headers won against Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.9m).

The Italian centre-back is unlikely to draw too much Fantasy interest of his own, mostly on account of his price, Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m) still a steady source of points at right-back. No West Ham defender has registered as many key passes as the Czech Republic international over their last four matches. His places in the team looks a little more assured than before considering David Moyes revealed on Friday that Ryan Fredericks (£4.2m) is now self-isolating.

Aaron Cresswell (£5.2m) provided the assist for Souček’s game-winning goal, taking his total for the season to six, the most among all FPL defenders.

However, it is worth pointing out that five of those have come on the road and both of West Ham’s Double Gameweek fixtures take place at the London Stadium – where two of Coufal’s three assists have come in 2020/21. The right-back also has bonus points in three of his six home appearances.

Meanwhile, Fantasy managers should keep an eye the goalkeeper situation at West Ham, which took an interesting turn on Friday night.

Lukasz Fabianski (£5.1m) pulled up with a thigh injury in the pre-match warm-up, replaced in the starting XI by kindly priced Darren Randolph (£4.4m).

Should the Polish international be out long enough to miss Double Gameweek 19, his understudy could provide excellent value – although there is now just over two weeks until West Ham’s next Premier League fixture. Thankfully there will be updates before, during and after an FA Cup third-round tie with Stockport County.

Michail Antonio (£6.1m) will require a similar level of monitoring after another substitute’s appearance in Gameweek 17. Moyes explained he is still not ready to start matches. 

“I’m getting told by the medical team how long I can play him for. I knew the other night I had 15 minutes. I might have a little bit longer tonight if we need him. He’s not ready to start yet. He’s got a history of hamstring injuries, so we’re trying to make sure we don’t lose him for a long period.” – David Moyes

“It was great to get Michail Antonio back tonight for another 30 minutes, too. We’ll keep building him up and there was no reaction in his hamstring which was very good.” – David Moyes

SAME OLD STORY

Gameweek 17 was more of the same for Calvert-Lewin owners, as he went a fifth-straight game without finding the net.

Having produced 7.8 points per match between Gameweeks 1 and 9, the Everton forward is averaging 3.8 since then.

Continually starved of service during that run with James Rodríguez (£7.7m) out of action, Calvert-Lewin was forced to run into the channels and drop deep to try and make things happen for himself against West Ham.

Admirable qualities in a team player but considering Calvert-Lewin has been at his best this season when standing in the six-yard box waiting to convert chances, seeing him occupy deeper and wider positions is, of course, cause for concern.

“The performance was not at the top. Compared to the last game, we had more of the ball but we were not able to manage the ball as we wanted, with speed and with quality in the final third. We didn’t have a lot of opportunities in the game. West Ham defended really well.” – Carlo Ancelotti

However, there may still be crumbs of comfort for his shrinking ownership.

Firstly, Calvert-Lewin has a Blank Gameweek 18 fixture to contest, which he is likely to play alongside Rodríguez, who finally returned from injury against West Ham.

While the Colombian was unable to fashion much in the way of clearcut chances on Friday night, his 26-minute cameo suggests he could be starting in Blank Gameweek 18 later this month.

Nobody has particularly impressed in Rodríguez’s place during his injury lay-off and Alex Iwobi (£5.9m) missed Gameweek 17 anyway.

“A little problem during training. He was a little bit tired. I didn’t want injuries like Michael Keane, who is on the bench. He played a lot of games maybe rest for him could be good.” – Carlo Ancelotti

Everton XI (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Godfrey, Mina, Holgate, Coleman; Doucouré, T Davies; Richarlison, Sigurdsson (Gomes 64′), Bernard (Rodríguez 64′); Calvert-Lewin (Tosun 79′).

West Ham United XI (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Dawson, Coufal; Rice, Soucek; Benrahma, Fornals (Lanzini 73′), Bowen (Yarmolenko 73′); Haller (Antonio 59′).

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1,368 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Yankee Toffee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Damn...time to do Reguillion > AWB then?

    1. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      For sure.

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Slabhead? Don't be fooled by yesterday's assist.

      1. NateDogsCats
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Agree with this but be wary as he's on his 4th yellow card now

        • Yankee Toffee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Has a game in 18 and a DGW in 19, this is more what I'm interested in.

    3. Bobby
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      So much riding on this early kick off, could make or break the day

    4. Marvin: Phantom der Nacht
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      How much did Spurs pay for the Bale loan? They're not get much out of him.

      1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        £20m inc all fees & wages

        1. Marvin: Phantom der Nacht
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Could have been worse I suppose.

      2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Terrible business

        1. The Big Fella
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Easy to say with hindsight. I wonder what will happen to him when his contract at Madrid ends. There is no way Spurs will buy him based on what they have got from him so far, which means he will go back to Spain and sit on their bench for the next year and will then be a year older, even more rusty and still just as injury prone as ever. The States maybe?

      3. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        You could argue the transfer made players like son more hungry as they felt under threat....

    5. Super Jack Grealish
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Tempted to scrap the free hit and go for bench boost instead, could do DCL, Mitchell and Forster > Watkins, Coufal and Johnstone/Randolph for -4 before DW19

      Martinez
      Dias, Cancelo, Mitchell*
      KDB (C), Bruno, Grealish
      DCL

      Forster, Robbo, Dallas, Salah, Soucek, Bamford, Adams

      1 FT, 0.0 ITB

    6. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      FFS no Reguilon

    7. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      predictions spurs leeds 3-2

      1. Bobby
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        4-3 spurs. Bamford follows kanes (son assisted) hattrick with a ronny rosenthal esque 11 minute second half hattrick, but its not quite enough

      2. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        1-2 Leeds have got this

    8. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Let's go Son(C), Bamford & Dallas!

      1. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        same

      2. The Big Fella
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Copycat 😉

      3. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Me too + Dier on the bench.

        Could make or break our GWs.

      4. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Same

    9. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Struijk (3.9m) going under the radar?

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Hipsters have had him since his 10 minute OOP horror show a couple of months ago

      2. FPL.team
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Not really. Better options with no risk from other players coming back.

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Such as?

          1. FPL.team
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Dallas, Ayling, Alioski or 3 attackers instead of defence. As soon as Cooper or Llorente are back Struijk is straight out the team.

    10. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Son(C) atleast match Bruno please!!!!!

    11. ZAMUNDA
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      What about RMT GW18 thread here for easier reach:

      1. ZAMUNDA
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        RMT FH GW18:

        DDG
        AWB-Dias-Bellerin
        KDB-Bruno-Son-Grealish-Neto
        Kane-Wilson

        Steer-Brewster-Kilman-Mitchell

        Any thoughts?

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Looks OK.
          Suggestions:
          Cancelo (if fit) and Dias if poss.
          Bellerin down to Holding and DDG to Newc keeper and beef up someone elsewhere?

      2. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Nice try

    12. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Raphina, Bamfraud and (K)ane about to bring home the bacon!

    13. Burnley Vs Fulham Postponed
      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        WTF

      2. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Tumbleweed 😛

        Ah shaz, does that mean nil point for Lowton, my Taylor replacement?

        1. circusmonkey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Yes and Soucek off the bench.

      3. Chucky
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        TGW for Fulham 😎 Bobby Reid essential...

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          *Zamora

      4. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Aaaaaand it's gone

      5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Sooooo... if I’m interpreting correctly, the possible rescheduling opportunities are thus??

        1. Midweek this week - both teams free as its LC semi finals. Tue or wed night gives both teams recovery time for FA cup 3rd round at the weekend... and would probably still be a GW17 fixture if announced before Monday night’s autosubs & final update? I.e. no jam for Soucek benchers... not sure how likely with COVID

        2. Weekend of FA Cup 4th rounds - sat 23rd - only free if both teams exit in 3rd round - probably very unlikely considering both are favourites with bookies to progress (MK Dons & QPR I think) - but would be a GW19 add if announced before Thursday 21st’s final update?

        3. All the 6x other free midweeks out there in Feb/March - FA Cup 5th round GW23, Europe GW24 - 27 etc - probably more likely??

        4. End of season???

        Could be totally wrong here but I think those are the options!

    14. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      What’s happened to Balbuena? That’s two games he’s missed, sat on my bench doing squat

      1. Big Mac 24
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Exactly what I'm trying to find out too!

    15. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Score prediction? I go for 5-3 Spurs

      1. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        3-2

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        3-1 Spurs

      3. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        We all want a goal fest, so it'll be a letdown.

        1-0 Spurs - Dier, cause he's on my bench.

      4. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        1-2, Doherty, Davies & Winks starting for Spurs, recipe for disaster

      5. Big Mac 24
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        4-1, Kane Hattie

    16. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Burnley vs Fulham confirmed off

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Oh my

    17. Right In The Stanchion
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Burnley v Fulham OFF

        Unlucky Pope owners

        1. A Kun & Mateta
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Will take Cresswell points as compensation.

          1. dylano21
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Me too

        2. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          And Lowton for Taylor owners o/

        3. Chucky
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          justice for taylor owners

        4. Big Mac 24
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          At least we can all make alternative plans for Sunday lunchtime

      • Neves say Neves
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Bamford, Raphinha and Dallas lets gooooo

        1. Von Lipwig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          With you brother

      • wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I am so unlucky.Pope and Wood owner.A great game agaisnt Fulham and now the game is off.

        1. ZAMUNDA
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          You must know what it felt for Kane and Son cappers last week then.

          1. wulfranian
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Of course! 🙁 Crazy season.

      • Kabayan
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Mitrovic TC incoming

      • h3nh3n
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Current DGW BB team

          only one FT, but please tell me where to improve for the DGW

          Johnstone* Martinez*
          Cresswell* Taylor* Coufal* Mings* James*
          Maddison* Harrison* Son Grealish* Bruno*
          Vardy* Kane Bamford*

          13/15 doubling.

          Looking to maybe switch James for Dallas?

          Please give advice.

        • Champ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Wood owners getting soucek jam

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Disadvantage is that they are Wood owners

          2. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Unbelievable

        • Baines on Toast...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Love how the athletic are reporting this as an exclusive. Not sure they understand the meaning of the word

          1. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Exclusive for about 10 minutes. And that is all they want. To be first to report it.

        • Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Play as few chips as you can over the coming GWs, it’s gonna get very messy and you’ll need them late in the season like last year....

          1. Yankee Toffee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            shhhh....m8, let them play the chips...

          2. NateDogsCats
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Yep, I can currently wing BGW with 9 players + Brewster's 1 or 2 pointer and can hopefully still have a decent DGW team without needing FH and BB still an option but don't feel comfortable with using it

          3. Garfield1001
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I’d the Che Adams put news reliable?

            1. drughi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              what che adams news ?

            2. Chucky
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              wow really? soucek off the bench then

              1. Jafooli
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Chuck train pulling up at Jam Central Station, right on time....

                1. Chucky
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  😛 he had his rest last week,will start and blank to punish me...

                  1. Jafooli
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    😎

          4. SM001
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Why do I get the feeling that Alioski and Raphinha will haunt me from the bench today?

            1. ZAMUNDA
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              You don't bench Leeds attack anyway

          5. Jdpz
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I am happy. Burnley Fulham off. Soucek come frome a bench!

          6. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            What's the chance LEE to throw in an upset here for TOT?

          7. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Brought in Lowton and Stones this GW

            Hopefully Stones isnt the one with Covid

          8. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Very unsure whether to FH or ride it out. On course for BB week 19 and will need - 8 anyway if do FH.

            A Play team below with free transfer getting KDB for Mané (6 plus Mitchell and Brewster )
            B FH
            C Take -8 for Robertson Mitchell Mané to Cancelo Maguire/AWB KDB and get players also for 19 double and 9 starters in 18 ( but lose Robbo?)
            D - 4 on Mitchell to Pieters and Mané to KDB and have 8 week 18 starters and Pieters good (ish) for double

            I think I should probably FH but means another transfer to get KDB in for 19.....

            Martinez
            Mitchell Dias
            KDB (c)Son Bruno
            Watkins Brewster

          9. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Taylor -> Holding phew.