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The Scout Preview - Gameweek 12

Six of the top ten teams in the Barclays Premier League go head-to-head this weekend as the domestic action resumes after the third international break of the season.

Champions Manchester City are looking for a third straight home win as Swansea City roll up to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Everton and West Ham United square up at Goodison Park, whilst Arsenal play host to Manchester United, as the visitors attempt to win on their travels for the first time this season.

Elsewhere, league leaders Chelsea will be hoping to extend their unbeaten start at home to West Bromwich Albion, whilst Newcastle United and Southampton will both attempt to win for the fifth successive Gameweek. The Magpies welcome Queens Park Rangers to St James’ Park, whilst Ronald Koeman’s second-placed side travel to Aston Villa on Monday evening, with the out-of-sorts hosts picking up just a single point in the last seven Gameweeks.

Talking tactics

The imminent return of Olivier Giroud may well raise questions marks over Danny Welbeck’s role through the middle for Arsenal. Having stepped up his recovery from an ankle injury, the Frenchman is back in full training for the Gunners and offers a more physical alternative to Welbeck alongside Alexis Sanchez in Arsene Wenger’s current 4-4-2 formation. With five goals in three league appearances since being moved into the middle, the Chilean looks to have secured a role up front in recent weeks and with Wenger previously hailing Welbeck’s versatility on the flank, it remains to be seen whether he can retain his position in the centre. Welbeck is expected to recover from a hamstring knock in time to face his former club but his 16% owners may well be re-assessing their options in light of a run of just two goals in nine starts since moving to north London.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino reverted to a lone striker system in the previous Gameweek as Harry Kane was handed his first league start of the season. The misfiring Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado dropped out of the starting XI as the London outfit switched from 4-4-2 to 4-2-3-1, with Christian Eriksen back in a central role behind Kane for the visit of Stoke. The Dane’s pitch time is also in doubt, though - he was withdrawn at the break for the second league match in succession and is struggling to convince under the new man in charge. With Kane scoring twice for England Under 21s in midweek, he’s staked a case to lead the line as Spurs make their way to Hull City on Sunday.

Leicester City’s recent change in formation has proven detrimental to Leonardo Ulloa’s Fantasy prospects. With Nigel Pearson switching from a 4-4-2 to a midfield diamond system, a lack of width has lessened the Foxes ability to feed the Argentine’s aerial prowess from the flanks. As a result, Ulloa – who is the eighth most popular forward in the Fantasy Premier League game and sits in over 10% of sides – has registered just one attempt on goal in the last four Gameweeks.

By the numbers

The goal scoring exploits of QPR’s Charlie Austin have caught The Scout’s eye in recent weeks. Available for just 5.8, the R’s frontman has scored four times in the last three Gameweeks, including strikes against Chelsea and Manchester City, yet is owned by only 2% of Fantasy managers so far.

With this in mind, we assess the top scoring differential players over the first 11 Gameweeks, capping the ownership level at no more than 8%.

Charlie Austin (QPR) 51 2% 5.8
Diafra Sakho (WHU) 51 8% 5.9
Oscar (CHE) 47 5% 8.4
Daryl Janmaat (NEW) 47 4% 5.1
Seamus Coleman (EVE) 45 6% 6.9
Victor Wanyama (SOU) 45 7% 4.7
Steven Gerrard (LIV) 45 4% 8.8
Christian Eriksen (TOT) 45 8% 7.8
Fabricio Coloccini (NEW) 44 4% 4.5
Mohamed Diame (HUL) 44 4% 5.6

With six strikes and an assist already accrued, Austin has played a part in seven of his side’s 11 goals. The frontman has also earned seven bonus points to date and is clearly key to the R’s prospects of beating the drop - having earned 51 points, he sits joint fifth in the forward rankings.

West Ham’s Diafra Sakho has made an immediate impact in the top-flight. The Senegal striker has racked up five goals, two assists and 11 bonus points in just seven starts for Sam Allardyce’s side but has been mainly overlooked – despite a kind 5.9 price tag, Sakho sits in less than 9% of Fantasy teams so far.

Oscar has risen to form for Chelsea in recent weeks. After beginning the season with a single assist in the first five rounds of fixtures, the Brazilian – who has now started each of the last six Gameweeks – has subsequently delivered three goals, an assist and seven bonus points, yet is currently owned by only 5% of Fantasy managers.

Newcastle’s recent upturn in form has helped Daryl Janmaat and Fabricio Coloccini climb the Fantasy standings. The pair have produced three clean sheets in the last four Gameweeks and, whilst right-back Janmaat has delivered a goal and two assists, Coloccini has collected bonus points on each of the four occasions the Magpies have kept out their opponents this term. Ruled out by injury in midweek, his loss will be a bitter blow to Alan Pardew.

Despite missing three matches through injury, Everton’s Seamus Coleman also features. In just seven starts for the Toffees, the right-back has produced two goals, a pair of assists, three clean sheets and six bonus points – averaging 5.6 points per game for his 6% of Fantasy owners.

Southampton’s Victor Wanyama is the third best value midfielder on offer after the first 11 Gameweeks. Having failed to produce any attacking returns in 2013/14, the Kenyan started this season priced at 4.5 but the arrival of Ronald Koeman has transformed his fortunes – Wanyama has already served up three goals and an assist and has resultantly risen to 4.7 in price.

Ones to Watch

Cesar Azpilicueta – after serving a three-match suspension, the Chelsea full-back immediately ousted Filipe Luis from the starting XI for the Gameweek 11 win over Liverpool. Available for just 6.0, Azpilicueta is the cheapest of Jose Mourinho’s regulars and has earned bonus points with every Chelsea clean sheet. Given that visitors West Brom have scored just three away goals to date, the Blues look in line to earn a fourth shut-out of the campaign.

Jesus Navas – an injury to David Silva has afforded Navas the chance to cement a regular role for Manchester City in recent weeks. The Spaniard has played every minute of the last four Gameweeks and with Manuel Pellegrini returning to a lone striker system last time around, he seems poised to continue at home to Swansea City. Having fired seven attempts inside the box over that period, Navas will be hoping to finally grab the Fantasy returns his recent displays have merited.

Bojan Krkic – after a slow start to life in the Premier League, the former Barcelona starlet is finally settling down. Handed back-to-back starts by Mark Hughes in a support role behind the lone striker, Bojan grabbed a vital goal in the previous Gameweek’s win at Tottenham. He’ll be looking to maintain that form at home to a Burnley side that have conceded nine times in their last three road trips.

Ayoze Perez – Newcastle’s summer signing is one of the most in-form forwards in the top-flight. Available for a mere 4.8, Perez has scored in each of the last three Gameweeks and looks key to the Magpies’ prospects of racking up a fifth straight league win at home to QPR this Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku – having scored in each of his last two home starts, the Everton striker will fancy his chances of getting amongst the goals as West Ham United roll up to Goodison Park. Lukaku has notched in four of the previous eight Gameweeks and, after scoring for Belgium in the recent international break, looks in the mood against a Hammers backline yet to register a shut-out on their travels.

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Fantasy Premier League Scout review – Gameweek 12

Danny Ings grabbed maximum Bonus Points for the first time in Gameweek 12 of Fantasy Premier League. The forward netted twice to give Burnley their second successive victory in the Barclays Premier League.

Chelsea 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

3: Eden Hazard (CHE), Cesc Fabregas (CHE)
1: Gary Cahill (CHE)

Chelsea midfield duo Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas both collected maximum Bonus Points (BP) as the Barclays Premier League leaders continued their unbeaten start to the season. Hazard scored the second goal of the match and completed five dribbles. Spain international Fabregas provided the assist for Hazard and also completed 94% of his 153 passes and created a further two big chances.

Gary Cahill grabbed a single BP after helping his side keep a clean sheet. The Chelsea centre back ended a fine display with a passing accuracy of 98%, seven recoveries and two tackles. Diego Costa scored Chelsea’s first, but missed out on BP after missing three big chances and being tackled five times.

Everton 2-1 West Ham United

3: Leon Osman (EVE)
2: Mauro Zarate (WHU)
1: Romelu Lukaku (EVE)

Leon Osman registered three BP after scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 victory for Everton at Goodison Park. The Toffees’ midfielder also had a 93% pass completion rate and produced three key passes, eight recoveries and six clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI).

Mauro Zarate, who made three key passes, picked up his first BP since Gameweek 2 as he scored the equalising goal for West Ham United shortly after coming on as a substitute in the second half. Romelu Lukaku earned a single BP following his fifth goal of the season, which had given Everton the lead in the first half.

Leicester City 0-0 Sunderland

3: John O’Shea (SUN)
2: Costel Pantilimon (SUN)
1: Kasper Schmeichel (LEI), Santiago Vergini (SUN)

John O'Shea helped shut out Leicester City and earned maximum BP as a result. The Sunderland defender made six CBI, five recoveries and completed over 80% of his attempted passes.

Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon kept a clean sheet by making four saves and 10 recoveries to gain his first BP of the season. Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and Sunderland defender Santiago Vergini both received one BP. Schmeichel pulled off five saves for a clean sheet, while Vergini successfully made three tackles and completed as many dribbles.

Manchester City 2-1 Swansea City

3: Yaya Toure (MCI)

2: Stevan Jovetic (MCI)
1: Wilfried Bony (SWA)

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure gained maximum BP for the second time this season after scoring the winner against Swansea City. As well as having an 88% pass completion rate, Toure also made three key passes, seven recoveries and two dribbles.

Stevan Jovetic registered his first BP since Gameweek 2. The Man City forward, who completed four dribbles, scored the hosts’ first of the match to level the scores at 1-1 before Toure's winner. Swansea forward Wilfried Bony put the visitors ahead inside the opening 10 minutes of the match and received a single BP as a result.

Newcastle United 1-0 Queens Park Rangers

3: Moussa Sissoko (NEW)
2: Massadio Haidara (NEW), Tim Krul (NEW)

Newcastle United made it five consecutive Barclays Premier League victories thanks to Moussa Sissoko’s strike 12 minutes from full-time. The Magpies midfielder also created two big chances, completed three key passes, and made two dribbles and six recoveries.

Massadio Haidara earned one BP after helping Newcastle preserve a clean sheet in front of their home crowd. The defender produced nine CBI and completed 84% of his passes. Tim Krul made four saves and recovered the ball 12 times on his way to a share of two BP and a fifth clean sheet of the top flight season.

Stoke City 1-2 Burnley

3: Danny Ings (BUR)
2: Bojan (STK)
1: Jonathan Walters (STK)

Danny Ings earned three BP as he helped guide Burnley to back-to-back Barclays Premier League triumphs. Ings’ first maximum BP haul of the season was helped by two clinical finishes in the box and six recoveries.

Stoke City’s Bojan was rewarded with two BP following an impressive performance, which consisted of an assist, creating a further three big chances, four dribbles and a total of six open play crosses and key passes. Jonathan Walters scored from Bojan’s assist to register his third single BP of the season.

Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United

3: Wayne Rooney (MUN)
2: Antonio Valencia (MUN)
1: Mikel Arteta (ARS)

Wayne Rooney returned to the Emirates Stadium to haunt Arsenal again as he scored his 11th goal against the Gunners. Rooney’s winning strike was accompanied with three key passes, two dribbles, an 86% pass completion rate and the Manchester United forward created a big chance.

Antonio Valencia’s first BP since Gameweek 2 came courtesy of an assist, five successful tackles, nine recoveries and a passing accuracy of above 80%. Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta claimed an assist and produced 11 recoveries, two tackles and a passing accuracy of 88% to record his first BP since the opening Gameweek.

Crystal Palace 3-1 Liverpool

3: Dwight Gayle (CRY)
2: Yannick Bolasie (CRY)
1: Joe Ledley (CRY)

Dwight Gayle opened the scoring for Crystal Palace as the Eagles came from behind to beat Liverpool at Selhurst Park. He also provided an assist as he picked up his first BP of the season.

Lively Palace midfielder Yannick Bolasie provided two assists for his side, created a further big chance and completed six recoveries, three dribbles and as many key passes. Joe Ledley struck the winning goal to lift the home side out of the relegation zone and earn a single BP.

Hull City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

3: Christian Eriksen (TOT)
2: Harry Kane (TOT)
1: Erik Lamela (TOT)

Christian Eriksen scored late on to provide Tottenham Hotspur with a dramatic victory at the KC Stadium. The midfielder made nine recoveries and also completed 92% of his attempted passes, with five of those being key.

Harry Kane, who completed 83% of his passes, grabbed the equaliser for Spurs in the second half and was rewarded with a couple of BP as a result. Erik Lamela was on good form as he successfully dribbled past an opponent eight times and finished the match with a 92% pass completion rate. Hull City took the lead thanks to Jake Livermore, but the midfielder missed out on BP due to a yellow card and not making enough passes.

Aston Villa v Southampton

Match to be played on Monday 24 November at 20:00.

  • Danny Ings
  • Leon Osman
  • Wayne Rooney
  • Christian Eriksen

The Scout Surgery - Gameweek 11

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Kovil Singh - Kovil FC

Prognosis: Kovil is looking to freshen up his squad over the international break and is keen to acquire Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, who took his tally to 12 goals for the season with a double against Queens Park Rangers. With funds tied up in a couple of premium priced midfielders, though, Kovil will need to generate cash in the centre of the park before drafting in Aguero for Southampton’s Graziano Pelle.

Treatment: Kovil should reconsider the balance of funds within his squad in order to generate the cash required - as shown in Gameweek 11, his decision to bench Gylfi Sigurdsson proved costly after the Swansea playmaker served up nine points against Arsenal. Having a cheap fifth midfielder, such as Burnley’s 4.4-priced George Boyd, will relieve Kovil of such headaches in future – drafting in Boyd for Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas would immediately allow Kovil the chance to snap up Aguero for Pelle, thus leaving Manchester United’s Angel di Maria as his one costly midfield option.

Chances of Recovery: Aguero’s sensational form for the champions makes him an outstanding captaincy contender in any given Gameweek. When on the pitch, he’s scored 70% of his side’s goals and with home matches against Swansea City, Everton and Crystal Palace in the six, allied with trips to Sunderland and Leicester City, he looks poised to bring in the points again. With Stewart Downing and Nacer Chadli already on board, along with Di Maria and Sigurdsson, Kovil still boasts four of the top six scoring midfielders in the game to date. Boyd has started all eight matches since arriving at Turf Moor and is a steady bench-warmer to call upon if any of Kovil’s regulars miss out.

Berna Ozdemir - Hodor United

Prognosis: Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez is Berna’s number one transfer target ahead of Gameweek 12 after grabbing his eighth goal of the season away to Swansea City. The Chilean is now the top scoring player in the game after netting seven times and collecting 12 bonus points in the last four rounds of fixtures.

Treatment: Available for 10.9, Sanchez is the costliest midfielder around and Berna could swap out the 10.0-priced Angel di Maria to help balance the books. If he’s looking to restructure further, Queens Park Rangers’ Charlie Austin has four goals and an assist in his last four appearances and will set Berna back 5.8 as a replacement for Danny Welbeck up front. Crucially, the cash generated by this transfer would allow Berna to bring in Everton left-back Leighton Baines for Tottenham Hotspur’s Erik Dier, providing the former recovers from a hamstring problem – Baines has scored or assisted in seven of the last nine Gameweeks and is the top scoring defender.

Chances of Recovery: Sanchez continues to benefit from a move up front for the Gunners and, like Aguero, is vital to his side’s prospects – when on the pitch, he has scored or assisted 71% of Arsenal’s league goals. Austin looks excellent value ahead of home encounters with Leicester City, Burnley and West Bromwich Albion in the next six Gameweeks, whilst Baines’ prospects of points at both ends of the pitch looks promising, as West Ham United, Hull City and QPR roll up to Goodison Park in the next five.

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