Scout Notes

Everton defence on good run ahead of appealing short-term fixtures

Aston Villa 0-0 Everton

  • Goals: None
  • Assists: None
  • Bonus points: Emiliano Martínez x3 (£5.4m), Lucas Digne x2 (£6.2m), Ezri Konsa x1 (£4.7m)

LUCAS THIS

Everton defensive assets put on another solid audition for investment as they kept a fourth clean sheet in six against Aston Villa.

During that period, no Premier League team has registered as many shutouts as the Toffees, who face two appealing fixtures in the next two Gameweeks.

Sheffield United and Wolves are the last two sides to visit Goodison Park this season, who have five goals across their respective last five matches combined.

Lucas Digne (£6.2m) and Ben Godfrey (£5.0m) have been the chief beneficiaries of Everton’s defensive returns of late.

The latter finished Triple Gameweek 35 as the Toffees’ top-scoring asset with 18 points, offering decent value in recent weeks.

He has claimed maximum bonus points in two of Everton’s last three clean sheets and his score of 26 on the Bonus Points System at Villa Park was just short of breaking into the top-three on Thursday night.

Godfrey’s versatility forms part of his appeal, considering he can play as a traditional centre-back, the left-hand option in a back-three, or even at left-back or left wing-back, he has played 90 minutes in all but one match since Gameweek 22.

But it was Digne who earned a share of the bonus against Villa, claiming two of them thanks to his creativity as a left wing-back in a 3-5-2 formation.

He laid on three key passes at Villa Park, more than any other player. And, crucially, over his last six, he is joint-top among Everton players for key passes (eight) and big chances created (two).

That said, Gylfi Sigurdsson (£6.9m) continues to take responsibility for Everton’s direct free-kicks as well as some corners.

EMILIAN DOLLARS

Against Everton, Emiliano Martínez (£5.4m) put on a show reminiscent of the winter months as he kept a clean sheet, made five saves and claimed all three bonus.

It was the first time Villa had stopped their opponents scoring since a Gameweek 27 draw with Wolves and the first time Martínez had managed more than four points since the same match.

And whether or not Dean Smith’s men can follow that up with defensive returns in their final three matches remains to be seen.

Not only do they face Crystal Palace (away), Spurs (away) and Chelsea (home) between now and Gameweek 38, they could be without Matt Cash (£5.0m) too.

He came off with a muscle injury against Everton which, if it is a reoccurrence of a hamstring issue sustained against Brighton, would likely end his campaign, according to Smith.

“With Cash, I’m not sure if it’s a re-occurrence of the hamstring (picked up vs Brighton) but he certainly felt his hamstring and, if it is, that’s him out for the last three games. Somebody’s just spoken to him and he didn’t feel bad at all so we’ll see with him.” – Dean Smith

That said, Villa’s attack could be worth more of a look in the last three Gameweeks considering Ollie Watkins (£6.5m) returns from suspension in Blank Gameweek 36 and Jack Grealish (£7.5m) is now back from injury.

He was named on the bench for Thursday’s match and played the final 20 minutes on the left-hand side of a front-three, although Matt Targett (£5.0m) continued taking set pieces upon his arrival.

“It’s really good to have him back. It’s small steps at the moment but it’s great to have him back out there. We’ve got three games now in the next 10 days and we’re hopeful Jack will play a part in all three of them games. Whether it’s Tottenham or Chelsea, we’re hoping to get 90 minutes out of him. He’ll be as fit as can be. He’s a naturally fit player anyway. He’s continued to work on his CV (cardiovascular) with a little bit more off feet and, in training, you don’t see a lack of fitness in him, that’s for sure.” – Dean Smith

Aston Villa XI (4-2-3-1): Martínez; Targett, Mings, Konsa, Cash (El Mohamady 45+2′); D Luiz, McGinn; El Ghazi, Barkley (J Ramsey 65′), B Traoré (Grealish 72′); Davis.

Everton XI (3-5-2): Pickford; Godfrey, Keane, Holgate; Digne, Allan, Sigurdsson (Gomes 67′), Doucouré, Coleman (Iwobi 75′); Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.

Man United 2-4 Liverpool

  • Goals: Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m), Marcus Rashford (£9.6m) | Diogo Jota (£7.0m), Roberto Firmino x2 (£9.0m), Mohamed Salah (£12.7m)
  • Assists: Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.7m), Edinson Cavani (£8.0m) | Nathaniel Phillips (£4.1m), Trent Alexander-Arnold x2 (£7.6m), Curtis Jones (£4.4m)
  • Bonus points: Firmino x3, Alexander-Arnold x2, Fernandes x1

The absence of Harry Maguire (£5.6m) was arguably the most telling takeaway from Manchester United’s 4-2 defeat to Liverpool on Thursday night.

The centre-back has now missed two Premier League matches in a row for the first time since moving north from Leicester and in that time, the Red Devils have conceded six goals, as many as they had shipped in their previous 11 outings.

Eric Bailly (£4.8m) has stood in for Maguire in each of the last two but endured another poor evening on Thursday, perhaps opening the door for Axel Tuanzebe (£4.1m) to feature in the Gameweek 37 meeting with Fulham.

“Harry’s been really important for us and really good. We’re going to miss him but he’s out so we’ve got to deal with that. We’ve got good enough players to be able to deal with it. Now it’s about regrouping and start building our confidence and momentum again.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

As for Manchester United’s attack, the defeat to Liverpool highlighted the two options facing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s very well.

They began the game with Paul Pogba (£7.6m) stationed on the left-hand side of attacking midfield and Marcus Rashford (£9.6m) on the right.

However, after Liverpool had gone 3-1 up, Solskjaer brought Mason Greenwood (£7.2m) on to replace Fred (£5.3m), shifting Rashford to his stronger side of attacking midfield (the left) and dropping Pogba into a deeper midfield role.

What proceeded was the Red Devils’ most productive period of the match, Rashford cutting in, running through the middle and scoring their second goal.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.6m) was Liverpool’s standout player, producing two assists and claiming two bonus in the process.

He finished this game joint-top among his colleagues for efforts on goal while no player on the pitch could match his five key passes and two big chances created.

He could have added a third assist late-on as he played a pass from deep, of which Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) would have been proud, to put Sadio Mané (£11.7m) through on goal, only for the Senegalese international to take it in with a heavy touch.

With West Bromwich Albion (away) up next for Alexander-Arnold, he was one of the first names on the Blank Gameweek 36 Scout Picks team sheet.

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): Henderson; Shaw, Bailly (Matić 86′), Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka; McTominay, Fred (Greenwood 63′); Pogba, B Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani.

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, N Phillips, R Williams, Alexander-Arnold; Thiago, Wijnaldum (Jones 74′), Fabinho; Jota (Mané 74′), Firmino, Salah (N Williams 90+2′).

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1,029 Comments Post a Comment
  1. revelc
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Foden or jota?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Jota

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

    I'm chaising. Is there any better solution than Dallas ?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      The only better option was to have had him already...

    2. Arteta
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Do you mean out of Leeds or all defenders?

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

        Out of anyone except digne and taa

  3. Endhey
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    On FH, which combination is better? Other suggestions would be appreciated
    A. Bale, jota, cancelo
    B. Sterling, raphina, aurier (or any other def)

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

      Sterling may not start

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        I think Sterling is the right pick currently.

        He needs to play himself into contention again.

        1. Endhey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          My other City pick will be Foden and Mahrez, so the last slot would be between another mid or def

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Prefer A

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

    Howz this FH draft looking?

    Pickford
    TAA Digne Walker
    Salah (c) Jota Son Mahrez Foden
    Kane DCL
    - Aurier Coufal Brewster

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Mahrez and Foden more likely to be rested than Sterling...

      See above.

      1. Endhey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Oh I just saw this haha.. so who do you think are better to pick from City players on FH?

  5. ManUtdFan977
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    I need 2 of the three strikers this week then the other I’ll get in next week:
    Bamford
    DCL
    Antonio

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

      DCL Bam this week

    2. revelc
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      I‘ll go for bam and tony

  6. Tmel
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Currently have 8 players:

    1) Dallas & Son (-4)
    2) Foden & Kane (-4)
    3) Son & Antonio (-4)
    4) Dallas, Foden & Kane (-8)

    1. revelc
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      3 probably

    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      4

    3. frenchfries
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      1 or 4

  7. estheblessed
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Is 37 points at this stage of the season surmountable ?

    1. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      It's unlikely, but it's possible sure.

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

      Yes. A differential captain each week + 2 players who are not in your ML leader's team will do that. If they click of course. Difficult but possible.

    3. Robson-Canoe
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Of course. It's doable on GW38 alone with differential picks and captain.

    4. CaptainKazuru
        1 month, 2 days ago

        100%

        Differential captain haul and your right back in it

        Does your leader have Kane?

        1. estheblessed
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          No they dont but I suspect they will transfer him in!

      • Arteta
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        It is. Get differentials and try to outsmart your opponents.

      • Mac90
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        I captained Bale on his hattrick = 42pts

        ML leaders captained Kane = 4pts.

        So give differential captain a shotq

      • Sultans of Ping FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Definitely not. Have a look at their team and identify where gains can be made. Like if they have Antonio and no DCL or Bamford bring one of them in or Mahrez, Foden.

      • Setpiecemad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Just seen your team and answer is no unless you get Salah

        1. estheblessed
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          I just got Salah but they already have him so I am only evening out the score.

    5. Hitthewall
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Are people selling Bruno?

        1. JabariParkersEyelid
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Plenty are.

        2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Yes

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

          A lot. Not me though.

        4. matiakez
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Think I will be but do have Greenwood for the Fulham game.

        5. frenchfries
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Bought at 10,5 so would be hard to get him back for Fulham. Not sure if hes in my team for 38 tho

      • Setpiecemad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Yes only 12 points per round, but only you would know the answer depending on your team and choices. Roll the dice but not too hard

      • xHaTr
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Probably been asked a million times, but Bamford or Antonio for Nacho?

        1. frenchfries
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Bamford is my choice

        2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          I think Bamford is the slightly better option, but I am looking to get Antonio as well next week (for Watkins)

        3. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Debating same.

      • bozankrkic
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Really want TAA in this team. No FTs left and I'm currently looking at this move:

        Shaw, Maddison -> TAA, ESR (-8)

        Areola (Schmeichel)
        Dallas, Reguilon, Ward (Shaw*, Veltman)
        Jota, Raph, Salah, Son (Mads*)
        Antonio, DCL, Kane

        Worth it, or wait for another week?

        1. frenchfries
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Wait another week would be my advice

          1. bozankrkic
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Thanks, seems sensible

        2. bozankrkic
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 2 days ago

          0,7 ITB

      • frenchfries
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Martinez
        Trent Targett Dawson
        Salah Son Jota Lingard
        Kane Davis

        Forster Bruno* Shaw* Iheanacho* Holding*

        A) Martinez+Iheanacho -> McCarthy+Bamford (enough funds for Targett->Dallas next gw)(-4)
        B) Lingard+Iheanacho -> Raphinha+Bamford (-4)

        A makes it so that if Forster dont start, McCarthy does

      • waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        If you could only have one, which for the last 3?
        A) Son
        B) Kane
        C) Bruno

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

          Between A and B. Salah scoring yesterday and equaling Kane's tally has made it interesting. A player who is ready to swear on his family to be awarded a goal will do anything to win the golden boot.

        2. frenchfries
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Kane, he wants the golden boot

      • TheKeeker
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Ditch Nacho (fixtures) or Mount (rotation)?

        1. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Nacho

          1. TheKeeker
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Cheers

      • Igz08
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Suggestions chaps? I’m 7 points ahead in my ML and rival will take a hit.

        Foster
        TAA Coady Ayling
        Bruno Salah Jota JLingz Zaha
        Kane DCL

        Martínez Shaw Castagne Nacho
        1FT 0.2 ITB

        A) Castagne -> Dallas
        B) Castagne -> Keane/Godfrey
        C) Bruno -> Son/Bale
        D) Castagne, Nacho -> Dallas (bench Ayling, Bamford

        Rival has Son, Digne, Bruno but no Salah

        1. Igz08
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          D is for a hit

        2. Igz08
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          And I’d probably bench Coady in fact

      • nicecat
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Nacho + Shaw > Bamford + Coufal (-4)?
        That would leave me with 10 potential starters and 0.6 itb.
        Taking another hit for Forster > 4.6 GK not worth it?

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

          I think it is, see my post below - although I have a bit more money to play with than 4.6

          1. nicecat
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Unfortunately I'm 0.1 short from Meslier. Other options are Johnstone, Areola, Ramsdale and Sanchez with not so promising form and fixtures.

      • Biggsy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Putting all my eggs in a Leeds & West Ham shaped basket, can only have 2 Leeds and 1 WHU so which of these three?

        a. Meslier, Dallas, Antonio
        b. Meslier, Coufal, Bamford
        c. Fabianski, Dallas, Bamford

        1. CaptainKazuru
            1 month, 2 days ago

            A

          • Kuzser
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Very tough, A or C for height ceiling

          • Biggsy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Thanks both. Was between B and C for me, so you've thrown me a curved ball with A

          • xHaTr
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Dallas borderline essential for those last 3 fixtures. Slightly prefer C as you wouldnt be doubling down on defence

        2. Kuzser
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Atm have 10 players for this gw, but don’t have much hope about Dawson. What would be the best move guys?
          1) Nacho-> Antonio/ Bamford
          2) #1 and Bruno->Son/Bale for -4
          3) Bruno ESR -> Foden Bale for -4
          4) Bruno ESR -> Raphinha Son for -4

          Martinez
          Taa Dawson Digne Stones
          Salah Jota Lingard
          Dcl Kane

          Shaw, ESR, Bruno, Nacho

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

            1 is a good move

          2. Igz08
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            1 is good

        3. JonSnow
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Thrilling transfer planned this week Forster to which nailed keeper for the rest of the season 2.7itb.
          A) Ederson
          B) Pickford
          C) Fabianski
          D) Meslier

          1. Davidwes
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Ederson

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

            Between C and D for me (see my post above) - Probably C but thats because I am favouring Dallas as well this week and don't fancy a double up

        4. Cak Juris
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Antonio, Bamford or Raphinha?

          1. JonSnow
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Probably Antonio, plenty of good mids and West ham have something to play for

          2. Igz08
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            I have JLingz so leaning towards Bamford

        5. Garlana
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          -8 worth it to field 10 players?

          Mendy, Fofana, Bruno, Iheanacho -> Pickford, Dallas, Son, DCL

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

            I don't think the Bruno move makes it worthwhile. Can you keep Bruno and change DCL to Bam or Antonio for just a -4?

        6. Davidwes
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Thoughts on this wildcard draft?
          Pickford
          TAA, Digne, Stones
          Salah, Mane(C), Lingard, Foden
          Kane, DCL, Antonio
          Bench: Dallas, Coufal, Smith-rowe

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

            mane? nice except for mane

            1. Davidwes
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 2 days ago

              He is rested and will play the next game and maybe all 3. Perfect differential pick from if I want to push into the top 1k

        7. abaalan
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Brunos 1st goal last night....surely an OG?! (owner but didnt capt!)

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

            There was a strong wind from the right side of the goal that would have pushed the ball in.

            1. abaalan
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Haha must have been very strong...at best was hitting the post!

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

                Super strong!

              2. ebb2sparky
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                How predictable. Most who didn’t captain him can’t believe it was his goal and most who did captain him think the opposite. For me it was impossible to tell if it would’ve gone in off the post or not. It was very close.

        8. FPLGeezer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Which player for each spot?

          A) Bamford
          B) Antonio

          1) Raphinia
          2) Foden (would be benched in gw37 for Greenwood and back in gw38)
          2)

          1. Captain Haddock
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            A1

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

            B1

        9. TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Do we reckon Aguero starts?

          Slightly nostalgic pick but he is due a hatrick before he leaves

        10. Captain Haddock
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Hardest decision of this FPL season, chase or not to chase. I'm second in my ML, 58 pts behind leader and 7 points ahead third. I would be quite satisfied with second place, but winning is always winning..

          I have 6 players in common with leader.

          A) gamble big time
          B) too unlikely to achieve

          1. Ha.
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            A

        11. Daniel Jebbison
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Still hurts not doing Veltman to Coleman for the 16pt hit instead fo of 12 🙁 I didn't have a phone battery and was on a family event, that's why at the end. Lesson learned. Have your priorities straight.

          Any situation when personal life had interfered with your FPL life as well?

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            FPL ruins my family life on a weekly basis 🙂

        12. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          What are peoples thoughts on Shaw now? Looked poor the second half I seen last night. And they look very shaky at the back. Wondering if I do either of these for a -4?

          Shaw >> Digne
          Rudiger >> Dallas

          1. No Salah
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            I feel Dallas is a must now for rest of the season.

        13. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Chances of Struijk starting?