Scout Notes

Richarlison to miss Gameweek 13 as Cancelo keeps up fine FPL form

We begin our Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Gameweek 12 Scout Notes with analysis of Manchester City v Everton.

For a briefer summary of Saturday’s action, click here.

MANCHESTER CITY 3-0 EVERTON

  • Goals: Raheem Sterling (£10.6m), Rodri (£5.5m), Bernardo Silva (£7.2m)
  • Assists: Joao Cancelo (£6.5m), Cole Palmer (£4.5m)
  • Bonus (projected): Cancelo x3, Rodri x2, Kyle Walker (£5.5m) x1

CANCELO SHINES

After his excellent defence splitting pass for Raheem Sterling’s (£10.6m) opener, Joao Cancelo (£6.5m) has now produced five FPL assists this season, more than he managed across the entire 2020/21 campaign.

As a result, the Portuguese sits joint-top of the defender standings alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.8m), while across all positional categories, only Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) has returned more FPL points to date.

Against Everton, it was another strong showing from Cancelo, who created two chances, attempted one shot and accumulated 85 opposition-half touches, more than any other player on the pitch bar Kyle Walker (£5.5m).

Joao Cancelo’s touch heatmap v Everton in Gameweek 12

Discussing Cancelo after the game, Pep Guardiola said:

“Since Joao arrived he played good at a high level because he has one big huge quality: he loves to play football. He likes training sessions, he would play football 24 hours a day every single day and when you find a player like that – like Riyad [Mahrez] or Phil Foden – you have a diamond on your hands.

Most of the players love or like to play football but I remember these three examples. Always I see them like little boys playing in the street when they are seven years old. They play football right now like when they were on the street or in school. This is great and that is why Joao has been consistent in his game and that is so good.”

STERLING RIGHT, FODEN LEFT, PALMER THROUGH THE MIDDLE

With Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) and Jack Grealish (£7.7m) absent with Covid and a minor knock respectively, Guardiola opted for a front three of Raheem Sterling (£10.6m), Phil Foden (£8.3m) and Cole Palmer (£4.5m), who made his first Premier League start.

The set-up meant that Sterling was deployed on the right, a role he thrived in, and in addition to his goal, he also thought he had won a first-half penalty, only for it to be overturned.

Elsewhere, Foden ended the day with just one FPL point, as he was replaced on 57 minutes as Guardiola looks to manage his fitness, while Bernardo Silva (£7.2m) bagged his fourth attacking return in his last five appearances.

Ruben Dias (£6.1m), meanwhile, was benched along with Gabriel Jesus (£8.7m), with Aymeric Laporte (£5.5m) – who was back from suspension – partnering John Stones (£5.3m) in the centre of defence.

“We had rhythm in our game, they defended really well, so deep, on the counter-attack. In general, we controlled the game. We played the game we should play to beat teams like Everton.

It [Rodri’s goal] was great, the strike was amazing. Great goal. When one team comes just to defend it is always going to be difficult and you have to be careful. Everything is going to be well in the right moment. The quality of the players we have made the difference.

I know him [Raheem Sterling] quite well. Since I arrived, he has been a key player for us. He has to perform like he performed today, and I am happy for him. He did a great job.

He [Cole Palmer] played almost 90 minutes. He has more experience. He is a huge talented player. It was difficult with not much spaces there, but he played a good game, and he will improve in the future as he is so young.” – Pep Guardiola

INJURIES HURTING EVERTON

With Yerry Mina (£4.9m), Abdoulaye Doucoure (£5.4m) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.0m) out, Everton were already struggling with injuries before today, but saw Demarai Gray (£5.7m) add to their woes as he pulled up with a groin injury in the first-half.

The winger was able to walk off unaided, but will be a big miss if he is set for a period on the sidelines.

One player who will definitely sit out next weekend’s fixture at Brentford is Richarlison (£7.4m), who is now suspended having picked up his fifth booking of the season at the Etihad.

After today’s loss, Everton have now failed to win a single match since Gameweek 6, scoring just four goals and conceding more big chances than any other side in the process. They may have to wait a while longer before things improve, too, with a particularly tough set of fixtures to come.

“I don’t like to lose against anyone, it doesn’t matter about the name of the team. You have to be a threat on the counter-attack in these kinds of games, we had our chances without creating too much, and it was a matter of time after defending before you make a mistake.

We tried, we had two or three situations in the first half where we didn’t do well, and normally you lose these games. Clearly, he [Demarai Gray] is one of our most dangerous players on the counter attack, without him we were missing something, but with the players we had up front we had to create something more.

The goal at the end of the first half changed things, you don’t want to concede, but when you concede you don’t want it to be at the end of the first half. Then you have to take more risks and then you are more exposed, and they have more chances on the counter.” – Rafa Benitez


Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte (Ake 76), Cancelo, Rodri, Bernardo, Gundogan, Sterling, Foden (Mahrez 58), Palmer (McAtee 87)

Everton XI: Pickford, Coleman, Godfrey, Keane, Digne, Delph (Rondon 63), Allan (Onyango 90), Gordon, Townsend, Gray (Iwobi 17), Richarlison


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912 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Blue Moon Rising
    • 10 Years
    9 days, 14 hours ago

    Give Mount one final chance against Utd?

    1. Feed tha Sheep
      • 9 Years
      9 days, 14 hours ago

      Who would you get in for him?

      1. FantasyClub
          9 days, 14 hours ago

          I’d get Jota for him

          1. Feed tha Sheep
            • 9 Years
            9 days, 14 hours ago

            I’d prob get Jota

      2. FantasyClub
          9 days, 14 hours ago

          I have Mount too, gave him his last chance against Leicester. I didn’t like how deep he was playing and his too rotation prone now with Ziyech and Pulisic fit

        • BeWater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 14 hours ago

          Get Jota.

        • dabber7
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          9 days, 13 hours ago

          Nah ... if Jota is fit, just get him in and be done with it.

      3. Feed tha Sheep
        • 9 Years
        9 days, 14 hours ago

        Would you pull the trigger on Christensen Havertz & Antonio > James Jota & Jimi (-4) tonight?

        Won’t be able to afford after prices rises tonight

        1. Henryyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 14 hours ago

          Do you have a decent first sub?

          If so, yes

          1. Feed tha Sheep
            • 9 Years
            9 days, 14 hours ago

            Prob Livra Gilmor and one from Toney/Raphina

            1. Henryyy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              9 days, 14 hours ago

              Do it

        2. BeWater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 14 hours ago

          I would do it.

        3. FPL Pillars
          • 5 Years
          9 days, 14 hours ago

          Jota might not even be fit

          1. Feed tha Sheep
            • 9 Years
            9 days, 14 hours ago

            That’s the dilemma but if I wait on news I won’t be able to afford him?

      4. ZAWAd25
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 14 hours ago

        Move Semedo to Chilwell or keep him for Norwich?

        1. Henryyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 14 hours ago

          Move

        2. BeWater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 14 hours ago

          Probably would just get Chilwell in.

        3. ZAWAd25
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 14 hours ago

          Have exact money, do it early to avoid being priced out?

        4. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          9 days, 13 hours ago

          Would just keep for Norwich
          Really think Chilwell gets rested in GW14

      5. BeWater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 14 hours ago

        Any thoughts on this WC team?

        Ramsdale Foster
        Chilwell James TAA Cancelo Lamptey
        Salah Jota Gundogan Gallagher Gilmour
        Benteke Kane King

        Got 0.6 ITB.

        1. Henryyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 14 hours ago

          Looks great

          Sceptical about Lamptey over the xmas period, rest is solid

          1. BeWater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            9 days, 14 hours ago

            Thanks mate. Lamptey is a risk but wouldn't need him every week.

        2. hogree
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 13 hours ago

          Lamptey to Reguilon with that 0.6 would make sense, no?

      6. FantasyClub
          9 days, 14 hours ago

          Guys how’s the Jota injury looking?

          1. BeWater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            9 days, 14 hours ago

            Haven't seen anything. Not likely to know until the CL game midweek.

          2. Feed tha Sheep
            • 9 Years
            9 days, 14 hours ago

            Would love to know

          3. MikeS
            • 7 Years
            9 days, 14 hours ago

            Jota is like raphina.. constantly injured

            1. Torres76
              • 11 Years
              9 days, 14 hours ago

              Hardly. Just an impact injury. Not ligaments

              1. FantasyClub
                  9 days, 14 hours ago

                  True but too risky to resist atm with no competition unless Origi gets some minutes

          4. Ronnies
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            9 days, 14 hours ago

            Did Raphinha miss out due to Covid ? Any idea will he be back for GW13.

            Cheers.

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 12 Years
              9 days, 14 hours ago

              Just ill

          5. Kay317
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 14 hours ago

            Foden owners...what you planning to do with him?

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 12 Years
              9 days, 14 hours ago

              Depends on midweek

              1. Kay317
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                9 days, 13 hours ago

                In what respect? If he plays might be benched on weekend so ship him out?
                I'm thinking maybe Jota if he's fit.

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 12 Years
                  9 days, 13 hours ago

                  If an easy win and gets subbed early.
                  West Ham is a tough game so wouldn't expect much.
                  Full game in midweek is good and bad.

          6. Starskyb
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            9 days, 14 hours ago

            I'm no mathematician for sure, but a bit confused about how I can have 73 (69 with a minus 4) which is quite a bit above average and still get a red arrow!

            Is it to do with my team being quite template or is it just everyone near me (around 100k) absolutely smashed the average?

            1. The Units
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              9 days, 14 hours ago

              Managers around you. use livefpl.net to see what is happening around your rank.

            2. dabber7
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              9 days, 13 hours ago

              The safety score this week is 69. So you probably have the very thinnest of red arrows, less than 1%. You can check here ...
              https://www.livefpl.net/rank

              1. Starskyb
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                9 days, 6 hours ago

                Thanks both of you. This is really helpful. So perhaps the safety score is more useful for engaged managers.

          7. ZAWAd25
            • 4 Years
            9 days, 14 hours ago

            Chilwell to rise in price before deadline ?

            1. FantasyClub
                9 days, 14 hours ago

                Doubt it

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 12 Years
                  9 days, 14 hours ago

                  He's on 95

                  1. FantasyClub
                      9 days, 13 hours ago

                      I saw that, still doubt it. 2 hrs left approximately for the price changes

                      1. TorresMagic™
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 12 Years
                        9 days, 13 hours ago

                        The deadline is next weekend.

                        1. FantasyClub
                            9 days, 13 hours ago

                            Oh I thought you’re talking bout today

                      2. FantasyClub
                          9 days, 13 hours ago

                          Unless it changes without hitting the 100 like Wilson did

                    • TorresMagic™
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 12 Years
                      9 days, 14 hours ago

                      Maybe twice

                    • HMC
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      9 days, 13 hours ago

                      Who knows, DCL has been -100% for 6 weeks!

                  2. Lethargio Alcantara
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    9 days, 14 hours ago

                    best front three?

                    1. The Units
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      9 days, 14 hours ago

                      None. 5-5-0

                      1. The Units
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        9 days, 13 hours ago

                        that is how useless the forwards are atm. Antonio/Pukki/Watkins (might be a good shout ahead of the curve)

                  3. MikeS
                    • 7 Years
                    9 days, 14 hours ago

                    Man utd making Watford look like Barcelona on motd

                  4. Tambling5
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    9 days, 13 hours ago

                    How has Antonio actually been playing. Lots of money invested in him but think time to go?

                    1. TorresMagic™
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 12 Years
                      9 days, 13 hours ago

                      Stats have fallen off cliff.

                  5. HMC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    9 days, 13 hours ago

                    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's last Premier League win as Man Utd manager was against Nuno Espirito Santo, whose last Premier League win as Tottenham manager was against Dean Smith, whose last Premier League win as Aston Villa manager was against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

                  6. Fly Emirates
                    • 4 Years
                    9 days, 13 hours ago

                    Dias and Raph to Chilly and Jota tonight for -4? (has to be tonight)

                  7. FantasyClub
                      9 days, 13 hours ago

                      How is Kane rising