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The Scout Preview - Gameweek 13

Three of the top four teams in the Barclays Premier League are on their travels as The Scout assesses the upcoming round of fixtures.

Second-placed Arsenal pay visit to West Bromwich Albion, with the Gunners seeking a sixth road victory in seven attempts. Leicester City look for a fourth straight away win at Newcastle United, whilst Manchester United roll up to promoted Watford in Saturday’s early lunchtime kick-off.

Elsewhere, league leaders Manchester City entertain Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium. Tottenham Hotspur welcome London rivals West Ham United to White Hart Lane and defending champions Chelsea attempt to arrest a three-match losing streak at home to Norwich City.

Talking tactics

Slaven Bilic will be looking to restructure his West Ham attack after playmaker Dimitri Payet was sidelined with an ankle injury. The Hammers boss seems likely to hand Manuel Lanzini a central role behind a lone striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Victor Moses deployed out wide for the trip to Tottenham. The return of Diafra Sakho increases West Ham’s options in the final third. Having recovered from a thigh problem, the Senegal international could be stationed on the right flank, with Moses moving over to the left, though Sakho could oust Andy Carroll up front, allowing Mauro Zarate to nail down a spot on the wing.

Alan Pardew rolled out a 4-4-2 formation as Crystal Palace ended Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten start in charge of Liverpool. The Eagles manager started with wingers Bakary Sako and Yannick Bolasie up front in the 2-1 win at Anfield, before switching back to his customary 4-2-3-1 set-up midway through the second-half, with substitute Connor Wickham leading the line and Bolasie shifted wide left. Considering they scored just four times in the seven matches prior to Gameweek 12, Palace will be hoping that Wickham’s robust presence up front will boost their attacking potential ahead of a kind run of fixtures that begins with back-to-back home clashes against Sunderland and Newcastle.

Liverpool also changed their approach for last week’s Anfield encounter. Jurgen Klopp moved away from a 4-3-2-1 and turned to the 4-2-3-1 formation he previously utilised at former club Borussia Dortmund. With James Milner ruled out through injury, Jordon Ibe was handed a first start since Gameweek 2, as the youngster lined up along with Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana behind Christian Benteke. With Milner expected to recover in time for the weekend trip to Man City, Klopp has decisions to make in midfield as he attempts to bounce back from his first defeat in charge of the Merseysiders.

By the numbers

An injury to West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet has many Fantasy managers eyeing up their options in the centre of the park. The Frenchman sits second in the midfield standings after serving up five goals and four assists in the first 12 Gameweeks, but over 385,000 have parted company after he was ruled out for up to three months.

As the search for a replacement intensifies, The Scout assesses the midfielders who have offered the greatest goal threat across the previous four rounds of fixtures.

Philippe Coutinho (LIV) 14 6 5 3
Raheem Sterling (MCI) 12 10 4 3
Alexis Sanchez (ARS) 12 8 3 1
Dimitri Payet (WHU) 12 5 4 1
Matt Ritchie (BOU) 12 5 3 1
Ross Barkley (EVE) 12 2 6 1
Sadio Mane (SOU) 11 8 4 1
Riyad Mahrez (LEI) 11 7 4 2
Georginio Wijnaldum (NEW) 10 6 8 4
Adam Lallana (LIV) 10 5 4 0
Manuel Lanzini (WHU) 10 4 3 2
Marc Albrighton (LEI) 10 4 4 0

Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho produced more attempts on goal (14) than any midfielder over the featured period. This coincides with the arrival of Jurgen Klopp as the new man in charge at Anfield, with the 8.2-priced Brazilian netting three times in his last couple of league outings. Team-mate Adam Lallana could be a differential to consider. Owned by less than 1% of FPL managers, he’s fired ten efforts - with five arriving inside the box - though he has failed to find the net.

Raheem Sterling produced ten shots inside the penalty box – more than any midfielder. The Manchester City summer signing scored with three of his 12 attempts and, at a priced of 8.9, currently sits in only 12% of Fantasy teams.

Alexis Sanchez and Sadio Mane managed eight efforts inside the box – a tally bettered only by Sterling. The duo struggled for accuracy, though, and scored just one goal apiece in the last four rounds of fixtures.

Payet and Bournemouth’s Matt Ritchie were neck and neck for total attempts (12), efforts in the area (three) and goals, with both players scoring once. Everton’s Ross Barkley also netted one of his 12 shots, though most of his threat came from distance – only two of his attempts were from inside the opposition box.

Newcastle’s Georginio Wijnaldum managed more shots on target (eight) than any midfielder over our featured period. The Dutchman notched four times – all against Norwich in Gameweek 9 – and equalled Coutinho for efforts inside the box, with six apiece. Priced at just 7.0, he also chipped in with an assist yet is owned by only 8% of Fantasy managers.

Payet’s West Ham team-mate Manuel Lanzini also features. The Argentine fired ten attempts, with four arriving from inside the box, and scored on a couple of occasions. Coming in at just 5.3, he currently sits in just 1% of Fantasy teams.

Ones to watch

Seamus Coleman – Everton’s raiding right-back has a plum home clash against Aston Villa on his agenda. Available for 5.9, Coleman will be hoping to rediscover the form that served up three goals and four assists last term against a struggling midlands outfit who have scored just twice in the last five Gameweeks.

Willian – the wide man offers Fantasy managers a mid-price route into Chelsea’s midfield as the schedule turns in the champions’ favour. Available for just 6.9, Willian - who has produced returns in two of his previous three home matches – now entertains a Norwich side that’s conceded at least twice in each of their last five road trips.

Yannick Bolasie – a goal against Liverpool took the Crystal Palace winger’s tally to two strikes in the last five matches as he belatedly rediscovers form. Having notched twice for DR Congo over the international break, the 6.1-priced Bolasie will be looking to take advantage of basement-dwellers Sunderland in Monday evening’s encounter at Selhurst Park.

Ayoze Perez – the Newcastle forward remains firmly under the radar despite serving up three goals and a pair of assists in his last six outings. Costing only 5.1, the 1%-owned Perez has produced double-figure hauls in two of his previous three appearances at St James’ Park and now hosts a Leicester side that’s yet to keep a clean sheet on their travels.

Olivier Giroud – with Theo Walcott still sidelined through injury, the Frenchman is set to lead the line again as Arsenal pay visit to West Brom. Given that the Baggies have conceded three goals in four of their six home matches, Giroud will fancy his chances of scoring for the fourth successive away fixture.

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  • Philippe Coutinho
  • Georginio Wijnaldum
  • Yannick Bolasie

Fantasy Premier League Scout Review – Gameweek 13

Victory at Newcastle United put Leicester City top of the Barclays Premier League after defeats for Manchester City and Arsenal in Gameweek 13.

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley tops the Bonus Points System chart after helping the Toffees put four past Aston Villa at Goodison Park.

Player Position Club BPS Score BP GW13 BP Total
Ross Barkley MID EVE 64 3 7
Romelu Lukaku FWD EVE 55 2 14
Harry Kane FWD TOT 53 3 12
Philippe Coutinho MID LIV 52 3 12
Roberto Firmino MID LIV 47 2 2

Watford 1-2 Manchester United

3: Phil Jones (MUN)
2: Troy Deeney (WAT), Memphis Depay (MUN)

Phil Jones received maximum Bonus Points as Manchester United left it late to beat Watford 2-1 at Vicarage Road. The United defender did not concede a goal during his 68 minutes on the pitch, plus he contributed with a passing accuracy of 93%, three recoveries and five clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI).

Watford forward Troy Deeney collected a couple of BP after scoring from the penalty spot, while United midfielder Memphis Depay netted from close-range in the first half and produced seven recoveries.

Chelsea 1-0 Norwich City

3: Cesc Fabregas (CHE)
2: Branislav Ivanovic (CHE)
1: John Terry (CHE)

Chelsea recorded a 1-0 victory over Norwich City thanks in part to Cesc Fabregas’s second assist of the campaign. The Spain midfielder additionally created a big chance, recovered the ball four times and won as many tackles.

Branislav Ivanovic achieved his second clean sheet of the season thanks to six CBI, four recoveries and two successful tackles, earning the Chelsea defender a couple of BP.

John Terry collected a single BP for his efforts in preventing the visitors from scoring at Stamford Bridge. The Chelsea captain made nine CBI to edge ahead of goalscorer Diego Costa, who missed out on BP due to being tackled five times.

Everton 4-0 Aston Villa

3: Ross Barkley (EVE)
2: Romelu Lukaku (EVE)

1: Seamus Coleman (EVE)

England midfielder Ross Barkley was in sensational form as he had a hand in three of Everton’s four goals against Aston Villa. Barkley scored twice from inside the box, registered an assist and created a big chance to claim three BP.

Romelu Lukaku continued his clinical form in front of goal to earn a couple of BP. The Everton forward netted either side of half-time, completed two dribbles and supplied a key pass.

Everton defender Seamus Coleman received a single BP after contributing at both ends of the pitch. Coleman supplied the assist for one of Lukaku’s goals and accumulated five recoveries and two successful tackles to keep a clean sheet.

Newcastle United 0-3 Leicester City

3: Riyad Mahrez (LEI)
2: Leonardo Ulloa (LEI)
1: Danny Simpson (LEI), Jamie Vardy (LEI)

Riyad Mahrez helped Leicester City go top of the Barclays Premier League table following a 3-0 victory at Newcastle United. The Foxes’ midfielder produced an assist, created two big chances, completed 10 recoveries, five dribbles and as many key passes.

Leicester forward Leonardo Ulloa netted with a header after 62 minutes to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. Ulloa earlier set up the first goal of the match, giving the Argentinian his first BP of the season.

Danny Simpson and Jamie Vardy recorded a single BP each for their performances in Leicester’s win at St James’ Park. Simpson supported a clean sheet with four recoveries, two CBI and an assist, while Vardy netted for a 10th consecutive league match.

Southampton 0-1 Stoke City

3: Erik Pieters (STK)
2: Bojan (STK)

1: Glen Johnson (STK)

Erik Pieters registered maximum BP as Stoke City won 1-0 at Southampton. The Stoke left-back provided the assist for the only goal, kept a clean sheet and completed 93% of his attempted passes.

Stoke forward Bojan Krkic recorded a couple of BP as he flicked Pieters’ cross into the back of the net for his third Barclays Premier League goal of the campaign.

Glen Johnson was resolute in defence as he prevented the Saints from scoring. The Stoke defender made eight recoveries and completed two dribbles.

Swansea City 2-2 AFC Bournemouth

3: Andre Ayew (SWA)
2: Jonjo Shelvey (SWA)

1: Dan Gosling (BOU)

Andre Ayew received his third maximum BP haul of the season as he helped Swansea come from behind to draw 2-2 with AFC Bournemouth. Ayew scored with a backheel, registered an assist when the Swans equalised from the penalty spot and made six recoveries.

Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey stepped up to score the penalty and the England midfielder additionally provided the assist for Ayew’s goal.

AFC Bournemouth’s Dan Gosling gave the visitors a 2-0 lead inside 26 minutes and produced four successful dribbles to earn a single BP.

West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Arsenal

3: Mesut Ozil (ARS)
2: Olivier Giroud (ARS)
1: James Morrison (WBA)

Mesut Ozil collected three BP despite Arsenal losing 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion. The Germany midfielder supplied his 11th assist of the season, created a further big chance, made seven recoveries, two dribbles and completed 92% of his attempted passes.

Olivier Giroud scored from Ozil’s assist to bag his seventh Barclays Premier League goal of the campaign and receive a couple of BP.

West Brom midfielder James Morrison equalised for the home side after 35 minutes. Morrison’s third goal in 2015/16 was accompanied by seven recoveries.

Manchester City 1-4 Liverpool

3: Philippe Coutinho (LIV)
2: Roberto Firmino (LIV)
1: Martin Skrtel (LIV)

Philippe Coutinho netted his third goal in four matches during Liverpool’s stunning 4-1 victory at Manchester City. The Liverpool midfielder also supplied an assist, created a further two big chances and produced three key passes.

Brazil international Roberto Firmino scored his first Liverpool goal in the Barclays Premier League and produced two assists to achieve a couple of BP.

Martin Skrtel powered a right-foot shot into the back of the net to wrap up the scoring at the Etihad Stadium. The Liverpool defender additionally made 16 CBI, three recoveries and won both of his attempted tackles.

Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 West Ham United

3: Harry Kane (TOT)
2: Christian Eriksen (TOT)

1: Toby Alderweireld (TOT)

Harry Kane continues to flourish in front of goal as Tottenham Hotspur defeated West Ham United 4-1 at White Hart Lane. The England forward netted either side of half-time, recovered the ball on four occasions and won three tackles.

Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen collected a couple of BP as the Dane supplied two assists and created a further big chance. Eriksen also produced five recoveries, four key passes and a couple of dribbles.

Centre-back Toby Alderweireld headed in an Eriksen corner after 33 minutes, his second goal in a 4-1 victory this season. The 26-year-old additionally made 13 CBI and three recoveries to claim a single BP.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

3: Billy Jones (SUN)
2: Costel Pantilimon (SUN)

1: Sebastian Coates (SUN)

Billy Jones achieved maximum BP after helping Sunderland record their first away win of the campaign with a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace. The Sunderland defender provided the assist for Jermain Defoe’s goal and won six tackles to earn a clean sheet.

Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon made nine recoveries and seven saves on his way to a second Barclays Premier League clean sheet of the season and a couple of BP.

Sebastian Coates ensured Crystal Palace could not find a way to goal thanks to 14 CBI and four successful tackles, while Sunderland forward Defoe did not receive any BP after being called offside twice.

For a full breakdown of the Bonus Points System head to the Rules section.

  • Ross Barkley
  • Romelu Lukaku
  • Harry Kane
  • Philippe Coutinho

The Scout Surgery - Gameweek 13

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Arraviind Suresan - Silver Strike

Prognosis: Arraviind has concerns over the form of Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, who has drawn blanks in each of the last four Gameweeks. He’s also looking to part company with Manchester City’s injured skipper Vincent Kompany and is determined to replace Watford forward Odion Ighalo in his three-man frontline.

Treatment: Everton’s Ross Barkley offers a cheaper alternative to Sanchez. Available for 6.9, the Toffees playmaker moved level with the Chilean on 72 points after producing two goals and an assist against Aston Villa. This frees up the cash to snap up Harry Kane for Ighalo – the Tottenham Hotspur striker took his tally to seven goals in the last four Gameweeks with a brace against West Ham United. Arraviind could then consider bringing in Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin in for Kompany. The Gunners’ raiding right-back offers the chance of points at both ends of the pitch and has returned two assists and a trio of clean sheets in his last six appearances.

Chances of Recovery: The upcoming schedule favours all three of Arraviind’s new recruits. Over the next six rounds of fixtures, Barkley faces AFC Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Norwich City, Leicester City, Newcastle United and Stoke City. Kane, meanwhile, has home encounters against Chelsea, Newcastle and Norwich allied with trips to West Bromwich Albion and Watford across the same period. Bellerin squares up to Norwich, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Bournemouth as Arsenal attempt to recover from their weekend loss at West Bromwich Albion.

Zam Zameer - Arteezy Fangay

Prognosis: Zam is looking to freshen up his squad after slipping down the rankings in each of the last couple of Gameweeks. At the back, he also has worries over the injured Vincent Kompany, who has featured in just three of the last eight Gameweeks. With £6.2m in the bank, Zam has plenty of cash in the back to ring the changes.

Treatment: Tottenham’s Eric Dier could come in for the stricken Kompany. Priced at just 5.2, he’s already scored twice this term and benefits from an out-of-position berth in central midfield. Zam should then monitor the fitness of Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, who is expected to shrug off a minor hamstring complaint. The 8.4-priced Liverpool midfielder, who has served up four goals, an assist and nine bonus points in his last three appearances, could replace Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne, who has produced just one assist in four league outings. These trades would allow Zam to bring in Sergio Aguero for Odion Ighalo up top. The Argentine grabbed a goal upon his return to action last weekend and offers a fixture-proof captaincy option in any given Gameweek.

Chances of Recovery: The schedule smiles kindly on all three of Zam’s new signings. Dier faces four of the bottom nine in the next six Gameweeks as Tottenham look to extend their current 12-match unbeaten streak. Coutinho squares up to Swansea City, Newcastle, West Brom, Watford, Leicester and Sunderland over the same period, whilst Aguero has home clashes against Southampton, Swansea and Sunderland in addition to trips to Stoke City and Leicester City.

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