Scout Notes

Richarlison’s scoring run continues as Calvert-Lewin blanks against Saints

Everton 1-0 Southampton

  • Goals: Richarlison (£7.9m)
  • Assists: Gylfi Sigurdsson (£6.8m)
  • Bonus points: Michael Keane x3 (£5.1m), Richarlison x2, Sigurdsson x1

THE OTHER GUY

Richarlison (£7.9m) is quietly emerging as Everton’s chief goal threat, adding his fifth goal of the season against Southampton.

The Brazilian has now found the net in each of his last three Premier League outings, none of his colleagues matching that tally over the same period.

Admittedly, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.8m) was absent for one-and-a-half of those but his backers will not have particularly enjoyed his role on Monday night.

While he was deployed in a front-two alongside Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin was more of a hold-up man than a target for Everton’s attacks.

With Southampton often shifting into a three-man defence at Goodison Park, Carlo Ancelotti had Calvert-Lewin drift wide to go one-on-one with Mohammed Salisu (£4.3m).

The mid-priced forward performed the task admirably, causing Southampton’s centre-back a long list of problems, they were just too far away from the dangerous areas Calvert-Lewin’s captainers wanted to see him in.

He even managed to assist the assister for Everton’s opener in the first half, winning two headers against Salisu before lining Gylfi Sigurdsson (£6.8m) up to slot Richarlison in for his goal.

There were some ‘nearly moments’ for Calvert-Lewin on the rare occasions that Everton pumped balls into the box for him.

Richarlison slid him into the box in the fifth minute only for Fraser Forster (£4.0m) to win the foot-race and clear the ball out with long, sweeping arms.

And in the 58th minute, Calvert-Lewin was inches from connecting with a ball into the box during the second phase of a free-kick. 

In the 86th minute, Abdoulaye Doucouré (£5.2m) found himself with the opportunity to square for an unmarked Calvert-Lewin at the back-post but could not find his colleague. Other than that, he had mostly scraps to feed on.

SORRY SAINTS

A first start since Gameweek 13 for Allan (£5.2m) helped Everton maintain control of midfield for large portions of Monday night.

With the Brazilian operating in a three-man central trio alongside Doucouré and André Gomes (£5.3m), the Toffees seriously limited Southampton’s ability to do damage going forward.

It is also worth highlighting that two of Everton’s six clean sheets this season have come in Allan’s last three Premier League starts.

Still, it has not gone unnoticed how dreary Southampton’s attack has been of late.

Their Monday-night blank means the Saints, who did not muster a shot on target at Goodison Park until the 89th minute, have four goals across their last six matches, the second-worst in the division over the same period.

That bodes well for defensive assets set to face Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men between now and Gameweek 31, which includes Sheffield United, Manchester City, Brighton, Burnley and West Bromwich Albion.

Line-up lessons

Everton were without James Rodríguez (£7.7m), Seamus Coleman (£4.8m) and Tom Davies (£5.2m) against Southampton.

Ancelotti revealed before kick-off that each of them picked up training-ground knocks sufficient to earn a rest with an eye on their second Double Gameweek 26 fixture, a trip to West Bromwich Albion on Thursday.

“They had little problems in training this week so I prefer to give them a rest for the next game. We have a busy schedule, we play again on Thursday, but they will recover soon. They are really light problems.” – Carlo Ancelotti

As mentioned, Davies’ absence was mitigated with Allan’s return to the side, while Sigurdsson operated at number 10 in a 4-3-1-2 formation behind Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison.

Meanwhile, Ralph Hasenhüttl benched the out-of-form Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) for the first time in the Premier League this season, the shot-stopper only previously missing the Gameweek 17 win over Liverpool due to injury.

With Oriol Romeu (£4.5m) out for the season, wide-man Stuart Armstrong (£5.5m) had to sit in central midfield alongside James Ward-Prowse (£5.9m).

And the Saints’ ongoing shortages at right-back were laid bare by a second-half substitution. Jan Bednarek (£4.9m) started in that position but, when Hasenhüttl introduced Nathan Tella (£4.3m) for the struggling Salisu, he moved to centre-back and winger Moussa Djenepo (£5.4m) took over the wide defensive role. 

Everton XI: Pickford; Digne, Godfrey, Keane, Holgate; Gomes (Iwobi 87′), Allan, Doucouré; Sigurdsson; Richarlison (J King 90+1′), Calvert-Lewin.

Southampton XI: Forster; Bertrand, Vestergaard, Salisu (Tella 62′), Bednarek; Djenepo, Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Redmond (Watts 88′); Adams (N’Lundulu 77′), Ings.

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599 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Still no confirmed news on Martinez?

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Think Smith has said it all - he didn’t even call himself an optimist this time!

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Good we have another game within this GW itself.

  2. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Morning all. I can’t wait for Pep Roulette today.

    1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Cancelo gundo dias owner, cancelo have to start and Dias will also start I guess not sure about gundo..

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I have a feeling only my Dias will start with Gundo + Stones benched.

    2. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Stones and gundo owner, think both will be benched. Crap!

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Yup

      2. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Probs

        But fancy Wolves do pop the cs so not unduly worried.

  3. Lucky Z
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Why everybody concerned regarding Lingard's unavailability vs ManUtd? Your team is really so poor that you have to play Lingard vs ManUtd away?

    Actually need him for 27 and 29.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I’d quite fancy Lindgard against United away tbh

    2. Catch the Gus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Isn’t he not allowed to play against parent club?

  4. Jellyfish
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Is Holding still an option or are Cedric/Mari better options now?

    1. Og
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Tierney is the only nailed defender, although Arteta is enjoying this rotation malarkey.

      1. Jellyfish
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Yes looks that way. Probably best avoided then

  5. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Thanks for nothing DCL, shame that Everton wasn't punished for their minimalistic approach.

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Next time out might be better if Rodriguez starts and it’s Rich who is benched for King

  6. 03farmboy
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Who has the best defence? And who’s the best def choices for each team?

    Chelsea, man united, West Ham, Leicester

    1. ChelseaGuy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Rudiger Shaw Cresswell Pereira imo

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      You may have left out the best option

      Everton with Allan back go on one of their cs runs. Digne or Keane is where I’d go

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I'd be amazed if they keep many clean sheets, incredibly lucky to keep one against us last night.

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Perhaps

          It’s a defence I generally distrust but I also fear a bit. They have potential. Depends a bit here on how Ancelotti approaches things

          Tipping them still but it’s punty I confess. Their next 4 look prime enough given Chelsea attack right now

      2. FantasyClub
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Good point. Allan has made a big difference

    3. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      For the first time this season I overtook top of my cash ML, who does he have from last night's game.... Keane FFS, back below him again!

    4. Akris
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 15 days ago

      What are your thoughts on El Ghazi?
      I'm looking for a Barnes replacement.
      Raphina seems to be another option.

      1. Offs!de
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        You may consider Lingard too

        1. HODGE
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Lingers blanks in 28

          1. Fitzy.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            And plays in 29

        2. Akris
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Not so hung up on Lingard. Feel like he's a trap.

          1. FantasyClub
              1 month, 15 days ago

              How is he a trap when he has returned in 4 of his 5 games, 2 of those double digit hauls AND 2 of those against the likes of Spurs and MCI. I think you’re in denial maybe because you can’t fit him in your squad or something but if you’ve been watching him you’ll see he’s not just getting lucky. He plays very direct good football.

              1. Akris
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Cool down Hot Chuck. It's just my opinion about him that's all. I know his stats are good but that's a small sample size to begin with. But that being said, he is a really good option. He blanks in GW 28 also. Just weighing out out my options here with El Ghazi, Raphina and Lingard.

                1. SwissWavey
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Lingard will get injured.
                  I know this because I've brought him in. That position in my midfield is cursed this season.

                  1. Disturbed
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    You know this and still got him in? That’s cold man.

                2. FantasyClub
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Lol you said you’re “not so hung up on Lingard” and now you’re “weighing” him up. Anyway glad you saw the light! Lol

                    1. Akris
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Glad you enlightened me. Much obliged

        3. fcsaltyballs
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Martinez
          Cancelo Stones Robertson
          Salah Fernandes Gundogan Raphinha
          Kane DCL Bamford

          Pope Konsa Soucek Coufal

          1FT 0itb

          Is this starting lineup right here?

          Y or N

          Should I Bench Boost?

          Y or N

          Thanks

          1. HODGE
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Yes bench boost

          2. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            You could bench boost but double Leeds v double WH makes it an each way bet only really.

            1. fcsaltyballs
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Yeah I suppose it covers both bases. But not much upside

              Thanks

          3. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Y
            N

            1. fcsaltyballs
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Thanks mate, although doesn’t seem quite right benching the two WHU boys given the form

        4. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Still a possibility that Bruno gets a great score vs Crystal Palace. Feeling optimistic as a triple captainer.

          Anyone else feel the same?

          1. Holmes
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Feels like an easy double digit score for him

            1. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Goal, assist and 3 bonus kind of evening!

          2. HODGE
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            I'd be surprised if he didn't get a return. So expect your be Good.

            1. HODGE
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Although if Zaha plays that game gets a bit harder

              1. Make United Great Again
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                That means bad news for our dodgy defence for sure

            2. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              You’d hope so. Palace have been terrible

          3. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Happy to have him just as C

            Palace looked just a bit better against Fulham, But Fulham are laughably poor in attack - puzzled by the Lookman love - and we were hanging on by our fingertips by the end

            1. Make United Great Again
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              I guess Lookman is the best player in that price range so worth a punt.

              Think you’ll be fine with Bruno, United should put 2-3 past palace easily

              1. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                He is cheap I guess but I’d have Soucek back in a flash first.

                Don’t see a thumping really but Palace will play all out defence and can’t see fewer than 2 goals for United as without Zaha Palace have no out ball at all.

          4. Zilla
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            TCer here too, this is the game that made me pull the trigger so yeah I feel he should return in it.

        5. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Any of these moves make sense this gw? 1ft, 0itb, no FH. BB and WC available.

          A. Bruno > kdb
          B. Mee > dunk
          C. Dcl > Antonio

          martinez
          Stones Dallas coufal
          salah bruno son gundo raphina
          kane bamford

          forster dcl digne mee

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Mee to Dunk

            Not just 29 but also prime in 33BGW.

            Think DCL and Antonio are both holds and swapping - even for blanks and doubles - will just end in tears. Sold both a couple of weeks back!

            1. Disturbed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Cheers.

        6. Zilla
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Who are you getting instead of Barnes?

          1. The Units
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Thinking Bale.

        7. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Would you do Bruno + 4.0 ➡ Son + Lloris (-4) for BB this team??

          Martinze Lloris
          Dias Cancelo Digne Mee Dallas
          Salah Son Gundadon Grealish Rafinha
          Kane DCL Watkins

          My original plan was to BB30 and WC31, but since GW30 is a single GW for city (Leicster away) I am not sure how many of my 3 city assets would start, hence I feel this is the last chance to play for my BB.

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Good plan IMO

            Assuming here you’ll be able yo lose Lloris in 31WC.

            1. PogBruno
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Yes I will get rid of him

        8. KGFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Big game tonight with KDB (c), Stones and Gundo.

          Expecting Gundo benching but hoping KDB and Stones start... pls Pep!!

          1. HODGE
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Doubt kdb will start

          2. HollywoodXI
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            It’s a lottery. Ask Sterling and Cancelo owners.

        9. rhysmd
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Any suggestions on who to target for GW29?

          Currently have- Kane, Son, Watkins, Struijk, Bamford, Holding, Smith-Rowe.

          More Leeds (possibly Raphina)? West Ham options (considering lingard)?

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Brighton defence - check fixtures in BGWs 29 and 33.

        10. Well you know, Triffic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I can see KDB playing tonight and Vs. United but then being rested for Southampton and starting Vs. Fulham and in the cl.

          I think Pep would be confident of a City win at home vs. Southampton without KDB. Whereas Fulham are a harder team to crack.

          1. HODGE
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            He's only just come back from injury only reason I feel he prob will not start tonight but we're see

        11. McSauce
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          If I bring in Lingard who to BENCH?

          A) Lingard
          B) Raph
          C) Bamford

          1. HODGE
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Why nrimh in Lingard if that's your benching options?

            1. McSauce
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              29 planning and Barnes is dust

          2. PogBruno
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Bamford

          3. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            C

        12. HODGE
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Why bring him in?

        13. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Morning! Which looks best chaps? I’m using FT for GW29 and have WC for 31 probably.

          A) Roll FT and sit on the Barnes decision
          B) Barnes > Lingard/ Jota (FT)
          C) Barnes, Pope > Son/ Bale, Forster (-4)
          D) Barnes, Bruno > Son, Bale (-4)
          E) Something else!

          1FT 1.3itb
          Martinez
          Dias, Stones, Shaw
          Salah, Bruno, Gundo, Raphinha
          Kane, DCL, Bamford
          (Pope) (Dallas, Coufal, Barnes*)

          Cheers!

        14. Party time
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Think Ilkay would be benched tonight although I hope not