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The Scout Preview - Gameweek 36

Four of the top six teams in the Barclays Premier League hit the road this weekend as The Scout assesses the Gameweek 36 schedule.

Champions-elect Leicester City travel to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon looking for a win that would clinch the title. Second-placed Tottenham Hotspur face a testing trip to London neighbours Chelsea, Manchester City seek a fifth victory in six attempts away to Southampton, whilst West Ham United make their way to West Bromwich Albion as Slaven Bilic’s side step up their pursuit of a top-five finish.

Elsewhere, fourth-placed Arsenal welcome Norwich to the Emirates Stadium as the Gunners look to extend their seven-match unbeaten run. Newcastle United entertain former manager Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace and Liverpool travel to Swansea City just four days before the second leg of their Europa League semi-final against Villarreal.

Talking tactics

Guus Hiddink tinkered with his tactics for Chelsea’s trip to AFC Bournemouth last weekend. The Dutchman started with the fit-again Eden Hazard and Pedro out wide, whilst Willian took up a central support role behind Diego Costa as Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s run of three straight starts came to an end. In his first appearance since Gameweek 29, Hazard - who started on the left flank before switching with fellow wide man Pedro at the break - grabbed a goal in each half of a 4-1 win at Dean Court, finding the net for the first time since Gameweek 6. With Willian and Pedro also bagging a goal apiece, and Cesc Fabregas supplying a trio of assists, the Blues’ midfield looks full of in-form options ahead of a schedule that sees them play four times in the final three rounds of fixtures.

Jurgen Klopp rolled out a midfield diamond for Liverpool’s home clash against Newcastle. Despite the absence of Divock Origi through injury, the Reds’ boss partnered Daniel Sturridge with Roberto Firmino up front, with Adam Lallana stationed in a central support role behind the front two. Whilst Sturridge and Lallana benefitted from Klopp’s decision by grabbing a goal apiece, owners of Philippe Coutinho will be reconsidering their options after he was handed a 20-minute cameo off the bench late on. The Brazilian has now started just one of the last four league matches as Klopp looks to manage his minutes ahead of the Europa League semi-final against Villarreal.

Ronald Koeman freshened up his attack for Southampton’s trip to Aston Villa last weekend. After seeing his side score just 14 times in their first 17 away matches, the Dutchman benched in-form duo Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle against the relegated outfit and afforded the fit-again Jay Rodriguez a first start of the season alongside Dusan Tadic and Steven Davis behind lone striker Shane Long. With Tadic netting twice in a 4-2 win and Long chipping in with a goal and two assists, the Saints boss has food for thought ahead of the weekend visit of Manchester City, with Mane and Pelle, who have both netted four times in their last five appearances, both pushing for a first-team return.

By the numbers

Dele Alli owners could be on the lookout for a new midfielder after the Tottenham Hotspur star was charged with violent conduct for an incident in last Monday’s 1-1 draw with West Brom.

If found guilty, the 34%-owned Alli will receive a three-match ban that subsequently rules him out of his side’s final BPL fixtures – indeed, he has already been sold by over 29,000 Fantasy managers as we reconsider our options in the centre of the park.

As the search for a replacement intensifies, The Scout assesses those midfielders who have offered the greatest goal threat over their respective last four appearances.

In order to qualify for our analysis, each player must have started at least two of their sides’ last four league fixtures.

SHOTS SIB SOT GOALS TIB
Alexis Sanchez (ARS) 14 8 7 4 37
Christian Eriksen (TOT) 13 3 3 0 9
Dele Alli (TOT) 12 9 4 3 19
Dusan Tadic (SOU) 12 7 3 2 25
Willian (CHE) 12 7 2 1 18
Robbie Brady (NOR) 11 4 5 1 10
Dimitri Payet (WHU) 11 2 4 1 12
Kevin de Bruyne (MCI) 10 6 6 1 11
Josh King (BOU) 10 9 4 2 27
Stephane Sessegnon (WBA) 10 7 2 1 16
Sadio Mane (SOU) 9 8 3 2 35
Pedro (CHE) 9 8 3 3 22
Marko Arnautovic (STO) 9 4 3 0 17
Manuel Lanzini (WHU) 9 4 2 1 12
Craig Gardner (WBA) 9 1 2 0 6

Alexis Sanchez is the standout candidate across a number of key attacking areas. The Arsenal winger leads the way for attempts on goal (14), shots on target (seven) and touches inside the opposition box (37) in our analysis and has resultantly found the net on four occasions – more than any midfielder. Priced at 11.1, the Chilean looks a very strong captaincy option for home matches against Norwich and Aston Villa in Gameweeks 36 and 38 respectively.

Alli is joint-top along with Bournemouth’s Josh King for efforts inside the box, with nine apiece. The duo are also identical for shots on target (four), though the Spurs midfielder has been a little more clinical by three goals to two. Costing just 4.3, though, King has benefitted from a recent move up front and has found the net in four of his last seven appearances.

Alli’s team-mate Christian Eriksen is second only to Sanchez for total attempts (13 to 14) but his threat has mainly been restricted to long range, with only three shots inside the box. Although he’s failed to find the net over his last four league outings, the Dane has served up five assists for his 11% owners.

Chelsea duo Willian and Pedro have also impressed. Whilst the former edges his team-mate for total attempts by 12 to nine, Pedro has offered more threat from close-range (eight shots inside the box to seven) and has subsequently found the net on three occasions.

Norwich’s Robbie Brady has registered 11 attempts in his last four outings. The Republic of Ireland international has fired five shots on target and served up a goal, an assist and two bonus points, yet is owned by less than 1% of Fantasy managers. Brady has a pair of home fixtures in Gameweek 37 against Manchester United and Watford that may prove vital to the Canaries’ survival bid.

West Ham duo Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini have produced 11 and nine shots on goal respectively. Priced at 4.9 ahead of four fixtures in the final three Gameweeks, Lanzini betters his team-mate for attempts inside the box (four to two), though both players have found the net once. Payet has been far more consistent, however, and has scored or assisted in five of his last seven league outings.

Ones to watch

Marko Arnautovic – a home encounter with Sunderland affords Stoke the chance to bounce back from a three-match losing streak this weekend. Although the Black Cats have tightened up in recent weeks, they face a tough task to stop the Austrian, who has scored seven times in front of his own fans so far – second only to Newcastle’s Georginio Wijnaldum (nine) amongst midfielders.

Eden Hazard – the Belgian’s brace away to Bournemouth last time out suggests he’s finally rediscovered the form that served up 14 goals and ten assists in each of the two previous seasons. With Chelsea set to play four times in the final three Gameweeks, Hazard will be looking to build momentum as Spurs roll up to Stamford Bridge on Monday evening.

Moussa Sissoko – Newcastle’s new captain has stepped up his output since being shifted into a central support role by Rafa Benitez. At a price of 5.7, Sissoko has bagged a goal and assist in the last three fixtures and hosts a Crystal Palace side that may already have one eye on next month’s FA Cup final.

Andy Carroll – the West Ham frontman’s aerial threat looks a vital weapon for this weekend’s trip to West Brom. Having served up six goals and eight bonus points in his last five appearances, the 6.4-priced Carroll offers a bargain route into an attack that has scored at least twice in each of their previous six league matches.

Troy Deeney – a visit from relegated Aston Villa hands Watford the chance to recover from last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final exit to Crystal Palace. Available for 5.2, Deeney - who notched a spot-kick consolation in a 2-1 loss to the Eagles – looks an in-form alternative to strike partner Odion Ighalo and has produced double the number of shots on target (four to two) than the Nigerian over the last four matches.

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  • Alexis Sanchez
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Fantasy Premier League Scout review – Gameweek 36

Gameweek 36 witnessed Leicester City being crowned Barclays Premier League champions following Tottenham Hotspur’s draw with Chelsea on Monday night. At the other end of the table, Newcastle United moved out of the bottom three with victory over Crystal Palace.

Southampton midfielder Sadio Mane topped the Gameweek 36 Bonus Points System after scoring a hat-trick against Manchester City.

Player Position Club BPS
Score
BP
GW36
BP
Total
Sadio Mane MID SOU 62 3 13
Mark Noble MID WHU 61 3 11
Kelechi Iheanacho FWD MCI 61 2 11
Troy Deeney FWD WAT 54 3 21
Cheikhou Kouyate MID WHU 54 2 5

Everton 2-1 AFC Bournemouth

3: Tom Cleverley (EVE)

2: Leighton Baines (EVE)

1: Marc Pugh (BOU)

Everton beat AFC Bournemouth 2-1 at Goodison Park with Tom Cleverley achieving maximum Bonus Points (BP). The Toffees midfielder opened the scoring inside seven minutes and recorded an assist.

Left-back Leighton Baines converted Cleverley’s pass for the winning goal and supplied three key passes and four clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI).

AFC Bournemouth midfielder Marc Pugh grabbed a single BP thanks to his goal that drew the score level after nine minutes.

Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal Palace

3: Karl Darlow (NEW)
2: Andros Townsend (NEW)
1: Paul Dummett (NEW)

Karl Darlow parried away a penalty to help keep a clean sheet and, more importantly, earn Newcastle a 1-0 victory at St. James’ Park. The 25-year-old stopper made a further two saves and recovered the ball on 13 occasions to collect maximum BP.

An excellent Andros Townsend free-kick gave the home side a second-half lead and the Newcastle midfielder also contributed with eight recoveries and four dribbles.

A clean sheet, two successful tackles, three recoveries and five CBI rewarded defender Paul Dummett with one BP.

Stoke City 1-1 Sunderland

3: Marko Arnautovic (STK)

2: Jermain Defoe (SUN)

1: Glenn Whelan (STK)

Marko Arnautovic received maximum BP as Stoke City drew 1-1 with Sunderland. The Austrian scored for the Potters, completed five dribbles and supplied a couple of key passes.

Two BP were rewarded to Jermain Defoe as his late penalty secured a vital point for the visitors, while the single BP went to Glenn Whelan after the Stoke midfielder produced 12 recoveries, seven CBI and two tackles.

Watford 3-2 Aston Villa

3: Troy Deeney (WAT)

2: Ashley Westwood (AVL)

1: Jordan Ayew (AVL)

Troy Deeney struck in the 90th and 93rd minute to grab a 3-2 victory for Watford against Aston Villa at Vicarage Road, earning the 27-year-old forward maximum BP.

Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood registered two BP following an assist, three key passes, a trio of successful tackles, five CBI and six recoveries.

Jordan Ayew’s strike from outside of the box gave the visitors a 2-1 lead shortly after the second-half restart and a seventh league goal of the season was enough to earn the forward one BP.

West Bromwich Albion 0-3 West Ham United

3: Mark Noble (WHU)

2: Cheikhou Kouyate (WHU)
1: Dimitri Payet (WHU)

West Ham United can still reach the top four after a 3-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion. Mark Noble netted a brace and added 12 recoveries, three tackles, a trio of dribbles and four CBI to earn maximum BP.

Cheikhou Kouyate opened the scoring and then turned provider for the first of Noble’s goals. The West Ham midfielder additionally created a further big chance, made eight CBI and completed 13 recoveries.

Dimitri Payet provided the cross for Kouyate’s header and the Hammers midfielder went on to create a further two big chances to receive a single BP.

Arsenal 1-0 Norwich City

3: Nacho Monreal (ARS)
2: Danny Welbeck (ARS)

1: Petr Cech (ARS)

Arsenal moved into third in the Barclays Premier League after a 1-0 victory at home to Norwich City. A clean sheet, five CBI, 10 recoveries and a passing accuracy of 94% rewarded left-back Nacho Monreal with three BP.

Second-half substitute Danny Welbeck made an immediate impact to score the winning goal for Arsenal.

Petr Cech kept Norwich at bay with three saves and 12 recoveries to record a 15th league clean sheet in the 2015/16 campaign.

Swansea City 3-1 Liverpool

3: Andre Ayew (SWA)

2: Jack Cork (SWA), Gylfi Sigurdsson (SWA), Sheyi Ojo (LIV)

Andre Ayew scored twice to condemn Liverpool to a 3-1 defeat at the Liberty Stadium, earning the Swansea City midfielder maximum BP.

Two Swansea players and Liverpool’s Sheyi Ojo collected a couple of BP each. Jack Cork gave the Swans a 2-0 lead in the first half, while Gylfi Sigurdsson provided an assist, created a further two chances and supplied three key passes.

Ojo set up the visitors’ only goal of the match and contributed with nine recoveries, a trio of dribbles, with the 18-year-old also creating a further big chance.

Manchester United 1-1 Leicester City

3: Anthony Martial (MUN), Christian Fuchs (LEI)

1: Antonio Valencia (MUN)

Anthony Martial and Christian Fuchs achieved maximum BP as Manchester United and Leicester City played out a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. Martial opened the scoring for the hosts after eight minutes, while Fuchs accumulated 11 CBI, seven recoveries, six tackles and five key passes for the Foxes.

Man Utd defender Antonio Valencia recorded the assist for Martial and the Ecuadorean also created a further big chance and made eight recoveries.

Southampton 4-2 Manchester City

3: Sadio Mane (SOU)

2: Kelechi Iheanacho (MCI)
1: Dusan Tadic (SOU)

A second Barclays Premier League hat-trick for Sadio Mane helped Southampton beat Man City 4-2 at St Mary’s Stadium and provided the midfielder with three BP.

Man City forward Kelechi Iheanacho scored a brace for the second consecutive Gameweek. The Nigerian also created a big chance and completed four dribbles to collect a couple of BP.

Southampton midfielder Dusan Tadic supplied three assists, created as many further big chances and supplied five key passes to take his BP tally to 12 for the season.

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur

3: Eden Hazard (CHE), Heung-Min Son (TOT)

1: Harry Kane (TOT)

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard and Spurs forward Heung-Min Son secured three BP each as Stamford Bridge hosted a title-deciding 2-2 draw. Hazard scored, completed five dribbles and won two tackles after coming on as a half-time substitute. Son netted the away team’s second shortly before the break, taking his BP tally to nine.

Harry Kane’s 25th Barclays Premier League goal of the season earned the England international a single BP.

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

  • Sadio Mane
  • Mark Noble
  • Kelechi Iheanacho
  • Troy Deeney

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Parth Juneja - GRONKY KONG

Prognosis: Parth is weighing up his options in the centre of the park ahead of Gameweek 37, where eight teams are set to feature twice. He’s keen to transfer out Kevin de Bruyne, who has started just two of Manchester City’s last five league matches, whilst he also needs to part company with Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli, who is suspended for the rest of the season.

Treatment: West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet offers an in-form alternative to De Bruyne. Priced at 8.5, the Hammers' playmaker has scored or assisted in seven of his last ten appearances and also earned nine bonus points over that period. Parth could then turn to Liverpool’s James Milner as a replacement for Alli. Rested for the weekend trip to Swansea City, the 6.7-priced Milner has produced three double-figure hauls in his last six league outings yet is owned by only 7% of Fantasy managers.

Chances of Recovery: Both of Parth’s new players have two home fixtures in Gameweek 37 to bolster their points potential. The 32%-owned Payet entertains Swansea City and Manchester United in West Ham’s final two fixtures at Upton Park before moving ground over the summer and also travels to Stoke City in the last Gameweek of the season. Meanwhile Milner – who has started every home league match he has been available for under Jurgen Klopp – plays host to Watford and Chelsea’s unconvincing defences prior to visiting West Bromwich Albion in Gameweek 38.

Ram Dabasia - Rams team

Prognosis: Ram is determined to maintain his recent momentum after climbing the rankings for the third successive round of fixtures. With just four of his current squad set to play twice in Gameweek 37, he needs to focus his trades on those teams that have an extra match on their upcoming schedule.

Treatment: Andy Carroll looks a solid candidate for Ram’s three-man frontline. Costing just 6.5, the West Ham striker – who has produced five goals and an assist in the last four matches – should come in for Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, who has failed to find the net since Gameweek 21. With the cash freed up, Ram should also consider replacing Giroud’s team-mate Mesut Ozil with Eden Hazard in midfield. Although the fit-again Hazard was rested to the bench against Tottenham Hotspur on Monday, his second-half equaliser looks set to earn him a starting role for the Blues’ pair of upcoming Gameweek 37 matches.

Chances of Recovery: Carroll and Hazard both have the form and fixtures to continue Ram’s recent improvement. Carroll hosts a Swansea side with a single clean sheet on their travels all season, whilst midweek visitors Manchester United have kept just one shut-out in their last five on the road. The Hammers’ hitman then visits a Stoke defence that have kept out their opponents just once in the last 13 Gameweeks. Hazard – who has netted three times in his last two appearances – now faces a pair of trips to Sunderland and Liverpool before entertaining champions Leicester City on the final day of the season.

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