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The Scout Preview - Gameweek 10

Three of the top five teams in the Barclays Premier League are set for home comforts this time around as The Scout analyses the upcoming round of fixtures.

League leaders Chelsea will be optimistic of extending their unbeaten record as struggling Queens Park Rangers roll up to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. Arsenal are looking for a second win of the season in front of their own supporters as basement-dwellers Burnley roll up to The Emirates, whilst Manchester City face a derby clash with Manchester United at The Etihad on Sunday afternoon.

Elsewhere, Everton are looking for a third successive victory as Swansea City pay visit to Goodison Park. Newcastle United welcome Liverpool to St James’ Park, in-form West Ham United travel to Stoke City, whilst second-placed Southampton seek a seventh win in eight Gameweeks away to Hull City.

Talking tactics

Juan Mata’s starting role for Manchester United looks under threat as Wayne Rooney returns from suspension in time for the weekend derby. The Spaniard has started the last three in the central support role but has failed to impress, with just a single assist over those matches. Rooney – providing he recovers from a foot problem - looks poised to tuck in behind Robin van Persie if Louis van Gaal continues with a 4-2-3-1. With Radamel Falcao expected to recover from a knock in time for Sunday’s encounter, though, the Red Devils manager may yet opt to return to a midfield diamond in order to accommodate his three big-hitters up front.

A change in position proved instrumental in Alexis Sanchez’ two-goal haul in Arsenal’s win at Sunderland last weekend. Recently utilised on the left by Arsene Wenger, the Chilean international was shifted into a central role behind Danny Welbeck, allowing Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to occupy the flanks. Sanchez’s brace earned the Chilean a 13-point return against the Black Cats – his highest of the season – and, having now scored five times in his last six league appearances, could be set to retain his new position at home to struggling Burnley.

Wilfried Zaha was afforded his first start for Crystal Palace since Gameweek 4 last weekend. Having emerged from the bench to provide an assist in the previous match, the Manchester United loanee ousted Jason Puncheon from the starting XI as the Eagles made their way to West Bromwich Albion. With Zaha favourite to continue at home to Sunderland this weekend, Puncheon’s 3% of Fantasy managers will be weighing up their options, given that the Eagles then face Manchester United and Liverpool directly after the Black Cats clash.

By the numbers

As we edge towards the first round of fixtures in November, The Scout takes time out to assess those players in form over the previous month. Listed below are the top performers across the last 30 days, comprising Gameweeks 7-9.

Alexis Sanchez (ARS) 10.3 31 points 10.4 14%
Sergio Aguero (MCI) 9.3 28 points 12.6 25%
Diafra Sakho (WHU) 9.3 28 points 5.7 5%
Dusan Tadic (SOU) 9.0 27 points 7.7 8%
Wilfried Bony (SWA) 8.7 26 points 8.2 4%
Leighton Baines (EVE) 8.0 24 points 7.2 22%
Christian Eriksen (TOT) 7.3 22 points 7.9 8%
Graziano Pelle (SOU) 7.3 22 points 8.3 27%
Mohamed Diame (HUL) 6.7 20 points 5.5 3%
Cesc Fabregas (CHE) 6.7 20 points 9.7 55%
Angel di Maria (MUN) 6.7 20 points 10.2 39%
Charlie Austin (QPR) 6.7 20 points 5.7 1%

Sergio Aguero scored five times in a trio of appearances over the last month. The Manchester City striker bagged an incredible 19-point haul at home to Tottenham Hotspur in Gameweek 8 and his exploits in front of goal has seen his price rise from 10.2 to 10.6 over the last 30 days.

West Ham United’s Diafra Sakho has proven a real bargain, at a price of just 5.7. The Senegal international has now scored in each of the last five Gameweeks, though is expected to miss out this last after picking up a shoulder problem in last Saturday’s win over Manchester City.

Southampton’s Dusan Tadic provided an incredible 23-point haul in Gameweek 8, courtesy of a goal, four assists and maximum bonus points in the 8-0 win over Sunderland. Despite sitting just four points off the top of the midfield standings, the playmaker is owned by just 8% of Fantasy managers at present.

Everton left-back Leighton Baines and Tadic’s team-mate Graziano Pelle have been two of the most consistent performers over the last couple of months. The duo have now scored or assisted in six of their last seven appearances and are unsurprisingly top of their respective classifications - Pelle now sits atop the overall standings with six goals and three assists in his nine appearances for the Saints.

After a poor start to his second season at Swansea, Wilfried Bony has found his form in the last month. The 8.2-priced Ivorian earned a single assist in the first six Gameweeks but has now notched four times over the last three matches and also picked up five bonus points for his 4% owners.

Both Christian Eriksen and Mohamed Diame have netted in two of their previous three appearances, whilst Queens Park Rangers’ Charlie Austin bagged a brace in a 2-0 win over Aston Villa in the final match of Gameweek 9. Austin – who is available for just 5.7 – has now registered three goals, an assist and three bonus points in his last four appearances and is becoming increasingly influential in the R’s bid to beat the drop.

Ones to Watch

Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal’s summer signing from Barcelona has exploded into form of late, racking up three goals and an assist in his last two appearances. Burnley arrive at the Emirates Stadium having conceded 12 goals in their last four outings and Sanchez looks poised to run riot once again as he goes in search of a third successive double-figure haul.

Oscar – the Chelsea playmaker looks difficult to ignore at home to QPR. Oscar has netted in two of his last four appearances for the Blues and, with a mere 3% ownership, could be a strong differential as Jose Mourinho’s side look to take advantage of a visiting defence that has been breached 12 times on their travels – more than any other side.

Victor Moses – Stoke’s 5.5-priced wide man will fancy his chances of picking up the points at home to West Ham. Moses has provided an assist in four of the last five Gameweeks and will pose plenty problems to a defence with just a single shut-out all season.

Sadio Mane – Southampton’s summer signing from Red Bull Salzburg is quickly acclimatizing to life in the Premier League. Mane has scored in each of the last two Gameweeks for the in-form Saints and if, as expected, he recovers from a minor ankle problem, his pace out wide could be key against home side Hull’s three-man backline.

Fraizer Campbell – the Crystal Palace forward is looking to net for the third successive home match this weekend. Having scored against Leicester and Chelsea in his last two at Selhurst Park, the 5.2-priced Campbell now entertains a Sunderland side still reeling from an 8-0 defeat at Southampton on their last road trip.

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Fantasy Premier League Scout review – Gameweek 9

Wilfried Bony recorded maximum Bonus Points for the first time this season as he helped Swansea City to victory in Gameweek 9 after taking his tally to four Barclays Premier League goals in three matches.

West Ham United 2-1 Manchester City

3: David Silva (MCI)
2: Diafra Sakho (WHU)
1: Jesus Navas (MCI)

David Silva registered his first maximum Bonus Points (BP) of the season in the early Saturday kick-off. The Manchester City midfielder scored a terrific goal, as well as completing 94% of his attempted passes. Silva also created a big chance for the visitors and completed three dribbles.

West Ham United forward Diafra Sakho scored in his sixth consecutive Barclays Premier League match to earn the Hammers victory and pick up two BP in the process. Jesus Navas grabbed the single BP with an assist, four key passes and three open play crosses.

Liverpool 0-0 Hull City

3: Martin Skrtel (LIV)
2: Alberto Moreno (LIV)
1: Dejan Lovren (LIV)

Three Liverpool defenders picked up the BP from the match at Anfield thanks to commanding displays, which led to a clean sheet for them all. Martin Skrtel received three BP thanks to a 94% pass completion rate, seven clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) and as many recoveries.

Spain international Alberto Moreno completed an errorless display with a combination of one open play cross, successful dribble, key pass and a passing completion rate above 80%. Dejan Lovren produced nine CBI and seven recoveries in a solid defensive performance.

Southampton 1-0 Stoke City

3: Sadio Mane (SOU)
2: Jose Fonte (SOU)
1: Nathaniel Clyne (SOU)

Sadio Mane scored the only goal of the match to give himself maximum BP and to continue Southampton’s great start to the season. As well as scoring, the midfielder finished with a passing accuracy of 95%, with four of them being key passes.

Defenders Jose Fonte and Nathaniel Clyne were crucial in keeping a clean sheet for the Saints. Fonte produced eight CBI and recovered the ball the same number of times, while Clyne managed an 84% passing accuracy, two dribbles and three recoveries in helping his team to another home win.

Sunderland 0-2 Arsenal

3: Alexis Sanchez (ARS)
2: Nacho Monreal (ARS)
1: Calum Chambers (ARS)

Chile international Alexis Sanchez took advantage of two great chances to secure an away victory for Arsenal and maximum BP. The midfielder’s impressive display also included 12 recoveries, a pass completion rate of 86%, and a couple of key passes and dribbles.

Nacho Monreal and Calum Chambers were part of the Arsenal defence that helped keep the Sunderland attack at bay and produce a clean sheet. Monreal registered two BP largely thanks to 15 CBI and nine recoveries. England international Chambers completed over 80% of his attempted passes and produced nine CBI and six recoveries.

West Brom 2-2 Crystal Palace

3: Chris Brunt (WBA), Victor Anichebe (WBA)
1: Saido Berahino (WBA)

The maximum BP in this match were shared between West Bromwich Albion duo Chris Brunt and Victor Anichebe. Brunt produced a fantastic all-round performance, which included an assist, a passing accuracy of 83%, and 10 recoveries. Anichebe was a half time substitute for the home team and rewarded his manager with a goal and an assist.

Saido Berahino continued his impressive goalscoring form after netting from the penalty spot and securing West Brom a draw. The forward’s seventh goal of the season helped the hosts come from 2-0 down.

Swansea City 2-0 Leicester City

3: Wilfried Bony (SWA)
2: Federico Fernandez (SWA)
1: Ashley Williams (SWA)

Swansea City forward Wilfried Bony collected maximum BP after netting twice at the Liberty Stadium. The Ivory Coast international, who also completed 80% of his attempted passes, took his scoring tally to eight for the season.

Defensive duo Federico Fernandez and Ashley Williams both picked up BP after helping the Swans to three points and a clean sheet. Fernandez completed over 90% of his passes, nine CBI and four recoveries for a couple of BP. Williams produced 10 CBI and recovered the ball seven times to reward his Fantasy Premier League managers with a single BP.

Burnley 1-3 Everton

3: Samuel Eto’o (EVE)
2: Leighton Baines (EVE)
1: Danny Ings (BUR), Romelu Lukaku (EVE)

Samuel Eto’o delivered an illustration of his goalscoring abilities versus Burnley to earn his first maximum BP of the season. The Everton forward, who also successfully completed three dribbles, netted twice to give the visitors all three points at Turf Moor.

Leighton Baines registered two BP thanks to an assist, 86% pass completion rate, four dribbles and creating a big chance. Burnley forward Danny Ings scored his first Barclays Premier League goal to share a single BP with Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, who netted the winner before being substituted shortly after the hour mark.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Newcastle United

3: Emmanuel Adebayor (TOT)
2: Ayoze Perez (NEW)
1: Ryan Mason (TOT)

Emmanuel Adebayor’s goal for Tottenham Hotspur was enough to secure the forward three BP, despite being on the losing team at White Hart Lane. Adebayor’s strike, which takes his BP tally to six for the season, gave Spurs the lead at half time.

Newcastle United forward Ayoze Perez scored the winning goal for the visitors to provide them with back-to-back victories and collect a couple of BP. Ryan Mason continues to make an impact for Spurs after collecting a single BP thanks to setting up Adebayor’s goal, as well as completing 86% of his attempted passes.

Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea

3: Didier Drogba (CHE)
2: Cesc Fabregas (CHE)
1: Robin Van Persie (MUN)

Chelsea forward Didier Drogba scored his first Barclays Premier League goal since his return to the Blues and registered maximum BP in the process. Along with his goal, Drogba also created a big chance and completed a couple of key passes.

Spain international Cesc Fabregas provided yet another assist to help record his ninth BP of the season. The midfielder also recovered the ball six times and completed over 80% of his passes. Robin Van Persie struck deep in added time to rescue a point for Manchester United and be rewarded with one BP.

Queens Park Rangers 2-0 Aston Villa

3: Charlie Austin (QPR)
2: Mauricio Isla (QPR)
1: Rob Green (QPR)

Charlie Austin helped Queens Park Rangers to their second win of the season in the Monday night fixture at Loftus Road. Clinical finishing provided the forward with a goal in each half to collect his second maximum BP of the season.

Chile international Mauricio Isla claimed his first BP thanks to a controlled and calming performance that led to a clean sheet. Isla made 13 recoveries, eight CBI, four key passes and finished the match with a successful tackle rate of two. Goalkeeper Rob Green kept out Aston Villa’s attack with six saves and 14 recoveries of the ball.

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Prognosis: Neil is looking to part company with last season’s leading midfielder, Yaya Toure, ahead of this weekend’s Manchester derby. The Ivorian failed to produce points for the eighth time in nine appearances last time out and, at a price of 10.6, is taking up a considerable chunk of Neil’s budget.

Treatment: Replacing Toure with Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen looks a canny move – available for 7.9, the Dane has stepped up in consistency since moving into a central role and has scored three times in the last six Gameweeks. Elsewhere in midfield, Neil should also consider West Ham United’s 5.7-priced Stewart Downing for the injured Nabil Bentaleb and, providing he’s keen to continue with his current four-man backline, could make a move for Everton’s Leighton Baines at the expense of Vincent Kompany, given that he already has the latter’s team-mate Joe Hart between the posts.

Chances of Recovery: Crucially, all three of Neil’s new acquisitions have some kind upcoming schedules on the horizon. Eriksen squares up to just two of last season’s top eight teams in the next nine Gameweeks, whilst Baines - who has scored or assisted in six of the last seven league matches - braces himself for a run which pits him against only three of the previous campaign’s top eight in the following 13 rounds of fixtures, a run which takes Neil right through to Gameweek 21, or the start of the winter wildcard. Downing entertains Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Swansea City in the next six and also travels to Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion as the Hammers look to continue the form which has taken them into fourth spot under Sam Allardyce.

Stevan Djordjevic - AMG

Prognosis: With Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney now available after serving a three-match suspension, Stevan has concerns over the pitch time of Juan Mata. He’s also looking to transfer out Swansea City’s Wayne Routledge, as the fixtures take a turn for the worse for Garry Monk’s outfit.

Treatment: Having kept aside 2.3 budget for his trades, Stevan could turn to Chelsea’s Eden Hazard to take the place of former team-mate Mata. Available for 9.9, the Belgian has dropped to just 14% ownership but is starting to find his form after a slow start to the season. Stevan could then opt for Nacer Chadli as a great value route into Tottenham’s midfield – available for just 6.4, the winger has notched four times in the opening nine Gameweeks.

Chances of Recovery: The fixtures are firmly in favour of these new players, boosting Stevan’s prospects of rising up the rankings. Chelsea’s spot-kick taker Hazard faces Queens Park Rangers, West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland, Newcastle and Hull City in the next seven Gameweeks: a run which looks tailor-made for Jose Mourinho’s side to strengthen their position at the summit. Chadli – who is joint-top amongst midfielders for shots inside the box this season – also looks poised to take advantage of Tottenham’s previously mentioned run of opponents, which pits Mauricio Pochettino’s troops against some of the most obliging rearguards around.

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