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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 The Dane’s pitch time is also in doubt, though - he was withdrawn at the break for the second league match in succession and is struggling to convince under the new man in charge.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 11

A double from Shane Long in Gameweek 11 kept up Southampton’s best start to a Barclays Premier League season and earned the forward maximum Bonus Points for the first time in the current campaign.

Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea

3: Emre Can (LIV)
2: Diego Costa (CHE)
1: Gary Cahill (CHE)

Emre Can registered his first Bonus Points (BP) of the season after scoring Liverpool’s only goal of the match. The midfielder also completed 86% of his attempted passes and successfully dribbled the ball twice before being substituted in the second half.

Diego Costa’s second half strike won Chelsea the match and gave the Spain international a couple of BP. The forward also completed four key passes, but missed out on maximum BP after committing too many fouls. Chelsea defender Gary Cahill scored the visitors’ opening goal to record his first BP of the Barclays Premier League season.

Burnley 1-0 Hull City

3: Kieran Trippier (BUR)
2: Ashley Barnes (BUR)
1: Tom Heaton (BUR)

Burnley secured their first victory of the season, with Kieran Trippier playing a vital role for the home team. The defender registered an assist, seven clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI), nine recoveries and created a big chance.

Ashley Barnes scored the only goal of the match five minutes in to the second half and was rewarded with two BP as a result. Goalkeeper Tom Heaton, who produced 11 recoveries of the ball, received his first BP of the season after shutting out the Hull City attack.

Manchester United 1-0 Crystal Palace

3: Luke Shaw (MUN), Patrick McNair (MUN)
1: Juan Mata (MUN)

Manchester United defenders Luke Shaw and Patrick McNair both claimed maximum BP after helping the home side to a win and a clean sheet. England international Shaw finished the match with a passing accuracy of 84%, eight CBI and six recoveries. McNair recorded a pass completion rate of 89%, made eight CBI, two key passes and four recoveries.

Juan Mata came on as a second half substitute and claimed a single BP for his efforts in a 28-minute cameo. The midfielder scored the only goal of the match after converting an Angel Di Maria assist, who missed out on BP largely due to being tackled successfully four times.

Southampton 2-0 Leicester City

3: Shane Long (SOU)
2: Victor Wanyama (SOU)
1: Jose Fonte (SOU)

Despite being a second half substitute, Shane Long grabbed three BP after winning the match from the bench. The Southampton forward struck twice in a 23-minute cameo to get his Barclays Premier League goal chart up and running.

Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama secured BP for a second consecutive week following an assist, a 95% pass completion rate, four dribbles and seven successful tackles. Jose Fonte registered his ninth BP of the season after helping the Saints keep a clean sheet. The defender produced 12 CBI, eight recoveries and completed 89% of his attempted passes.

West Ham United 0-0 Aston Villa

3: Aaron Cresswell (WHU)
2: Winston Reid (WHU)
1: Aly Cissokho (AVL)

West Ham United full back Aaron Cresswell provided his Fantasy Premier League managers with maximum BP for the first time following a second clean sheet of the season. Cresswell completed over 80% of his passes, three open play crosses, four CBI and recovered the ball three times.

Winston Reid’s 15 CBI, 82% passing accuracy and five recoveries also assisted the home team in shutting out any Aston Villa attacks. Aly Cissokho earned a single BP as he helped the visitors prevent a number of attacks on goal. The Villa defender successfully tackled an opponent six times, as well as producing five CBI and three recoveries.

Queens Park Rangers 2-2 Manchester City

3: Sergio Aguero (MCI)
2: Eliaquim Mangala (MCI)

1: Charlie Austin (QPR)

Sergio Aguero took his Barclays Premier League goal tally to 12 for the season after twice bringing Manchester City back level with Queens Park Rangers. The Argentina international, who also completed five dribbles, secured maximum BP for a second time in the campaign.

Man City defender Eliaquim Mangala grabbed a couple of BP following an all-round solid display. Mangala registered an assist, three tackles, two dribbles, eight CBI and as many recoveries. QPR forward Charlie Austin continued his fine form with another goal at Loftus Road to grab a seventh BP of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Stoke City

3: Nacer Chadli (TOT)
2: Bojan (STK)
1: Jonathan Walters (STK)

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nacer Chadli scored his sixth Barclays Premier League goal of the season, which helped the Belgian earn his first ever maximum BP. Chadli also created two big chances and notched a couple of key passes, open play crosses, dribbles and three recoveries.

Bojan netted his first Barclays Premier League goal after giving Stoke City the lead in the opening 45 minutes at White Hart Lane. The forward also completed three dribbles and six recoveries on his way to a couple of BP. Jonathan Walters scored the winning goal to earn a single BP and provide Stoke with a second away victory of the campaign.

Sunderland 1-1 Everton

3: Leighton Baines (EVE)
2: Seb Larsson (SUN), Seamus Coleman (EVE)

Everton defender Leighton Baines struck from the penalty spot in the second half to give the visitors a share of the spoils at the Stadium of Light. The England international finished the match with a passing accuracy of 95%, while also contributing with three key passes, two dribbles and an open play cross.

Seb Larsson executed a brilliant free-kick to give Sunderland the lead and earn his fifth BP of the season. The midfielder, who also completed three key passes, shared the two BP with Everton defender Seamus Coleman. The full back registered an assist after being fouled for Baines’ converted penalty and also completed four dribbles and seven recoveries.

West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Newcastle United

3: Daryl Janmaat (NEW)
2: Fabricio Coloccini (NEW)

1: Ayoze Perez (NEW)

Daryl Janmaat was instrumental for Newcastle United as the Magpies secured a fourth straight Barclays Premier League victory. The defender set up both of the goals, produced 10 CBI, three tackles and as many dribbles on his way to maximum BP.

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini, who also made three recoveries in helping the visitors keep a clean sheet, scored for the first time this season after sealing the match in the second half. Ayoze Perez netted in his third consecutive match to take his BP tally to six for the current campaign.

Swansea City 2-1 Arsenal

3: Alexis Sanchez (ARS)
2: Gylfi Sigurdsson (SWA), Bafetimbi Gomis (SWA)

Alexis Sanchez’s second half strike provided the Chile international with three BP for a fourth consecutive match. The Arsenal midfielder also completed three key passes, created a further two big chances and recovered the ball six ties.

Swansea City duo Gylfi Sigurdsson and Bafetimbi Gomis were both rewarded with a couple of BP for their help in winning the home team the match. Sigurdsson scored from a free-kick to equalise in the second half with 15 minutes to go, before Gomis won the match three minutes later with an excellent header.

  • Shane Long
  • Sergio Aguero
  • Nacer Chadli
  • Daryl Janmaat

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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