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The Scout Preview - Gameweek 9

Four of the top six teams in the Barclays Premier League go head-to-head this weekend as The Scout assesses the upcoming round of fixtures.

League leaders Chelsea make their way to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, where Louis van Gaal’s side have won each of the last three matches in front of their own supporters. On Saturday, West Ham United face a tough task as defending champions Manchester City roll up to Upton Park on the back of three successive victories.

Elsewhere, in-form Southampton play host to Stoke City. Liverpool are seeking a third straight win at home to Hull City, Everton travel to struggling Burnley, whilst visitors Arsenal will be looking to heap further misery on Sunderland, after the Black Cats were hit for eight at St Mary’s last time around.

Talking tactics

Hatem Ben Arfa was handed his first start for Hull City last weekend. The Newcastle United loanee was given the support role behind a lone striker, with Abel Hernandez replacing the injured Nikica Jelavic before kick-off. With Jelavic now set for four-to-six weeks on the sidelines, the 5.7-valued Ben Arfa looks likely to be handed the chance to cement a central berth for Steve Bruce’s side over the next few Gameweeks.

A change of formation saw Edin Dzeko drop to the bench as Manchester City swept aside Tottenham last Saturday. The Bosnian had started each of the last three alongside Sergio Aguero but with Manuel Pellegrini opting for a 4-2-3-1 set-up, Aguero was handed the lone forward role as David Silva tucked in behind, with James Milner and Jesus Navas fielded on the flanks. As the focal points of his team’s attacks, Aguero fired 11 shots and notched all of the champions’ goals in a 4-1 victory and the manner of the performance may well persuade Pellegrini to retain the same system for this weekend’s trip to West Ham.

Manchester United also opted for a 4-2-3-1 system for Monday night’s trip to West Brom. Louis van Gaal moved away from a midfield diamond and dropped Radamel Falcao to the bench against the Baggies, with Robin van Persie leading the line, whilst Angel di Maria and Adnan Januzaj were handed the wide roles in the 2-2 draw. Substitute Marouane Fellaini earned his manager’s praise after emerging from the bench to fire the visitors’ first and with Ander Herrera forced off with a recurrence of a rib injury, the big Belgian’s physical presence in the centre of the park could be key as Chelsea pay visit.

By the numbers

With eight Gameweeks of the season behind us, The Scout takes a look at those players who have offered Fantasy managers the best value for money to this point.

VALUE POINTS COST OWNED
Ryan Bertrand (SOU) 8.0 43 5.4 16%
Saido Berahino (WBA) 8.0 45 5.6 8%
Nathaniel Clyne (SOU) 7.6 42 5.5 27%
Diafra Sakho (WHU) 7.3 41 5.6 3%
Gylfi Sigurdsson (SWA) 7.1 48 6.8 46%
Hugo Lloris (TOT) 7.0 39 5.6 12%
Mohamed Diame (HUL) 6.9 38 5.5 2%
Nacer Chadli (TOT) 6.9 44 6.4 11%
Leonardo Ulloa (LEI) 6.9 41 5.9 20%
Steven Naismith (EVE) 6.9 36 5.2 26%

Southampton full-backs Ryan Bertrand and Nathaniel Clyne are amongst the top performers. The Saints pair have both delivered four clean sheets and served up a goal, an assist and four bonus points apiece, though the former is owned by just 16% of Fantasy managers compared to Clyne’s 27%.

West Ham United’s Diafra Sakho has made a stunning start to life in the top-flight. After making his debut as a substitute in Gameweek 2, the Senegal international has racked up 40 points in his subsequent five appearances – despite averaging eight points per start, the 5.6-priced Sakho resides in just 3% of Fantasy teams.

Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris is the top scoring goalkeeper in the game. The Frenchman has accumulated 39 points to date – six more than any other stopper – thanks to four clean sheets and 29 saves, including a penalty stop. His team-mate Nacer Chadli sits just four points off the top of the midfield rankings after producing four goals and an assist for the north London outfit, yet sits in just 11% of sides.

Mohamed Diame has been a revelation since moving to Hull from West Ham in the summer. Handed a central role by Steve Bruce, the 5.5-priced midfielder has scored in four of his five starts for the Tigers, averaging six points per appearance in the process.

Steven Naismith and Leonardo Ulloa are amongst the most popular forwards in the game. Sitting in 26% and 20% of Fantasy sides, the duo’s early-season form has started to fade in recent weeks, though – Naismith has scored just once in the last five Gameweeks, whilst Ulloa has drawn blanks in each of the last three.

Ones to Watch

Ross Barkley – the youngster was in the points on his first appearance of the season last weekend. Finally recovered from a knee injury, Barkley served up an assist in Everton’s home win over Aston Villa and, at a price of 6.7, looks a tempting midfield option as The Toffees roll up to struggling Burnley.

Aaron Ramsey – back in the frame after a recent hamstring injury, the Arsenal midfielder pays visit to a Sunderland side that shipped eight to Southampton last time around. The Gunners will be looking to take advantage of their beleaguered hosts and Ramsey’s ability to arrive late in the box could prove the undoing of Gus Poyet’s Black Cats.

Christian Eriksen – after a slow start to the season, Tottenham’s midfield maestro is picking up in form. Eriksen’s consolation strike at Manchester City took his tally to three goals in the last five Gameweeks and with a plum home clash against a Newcastle backline with a single shut-out in the previous six, he looks in line to pick up the points again.

Wilfried Bony – the Swansea striker is another who is beginning to reproduce last term’s heroics. A converted spot-kick against Stoke last Sunday means Bony has notched in back-to-back matches for the first time this season – up next is a home clash against a Leicester City side that has kept out their opponents just once to this point.

Saido Berahino – West Brom’s cut-price frontman was amongst the goals once again in Monday evening’s home draw with Manchester United. Berahino has now scored five goals in four appearances in front of his own supporters and, at a cost of just 5.6, looks great value as Crystal Palace arrive at The Hawthorns.

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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.

  • Wilfred Bony
  • Alexis Sanchez
  • Samuel Eto'o
  • David Silva

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Neil Robinson - Got Any Eel?

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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