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The Scout Preview - Gameweek 7

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

League leaders Chelsea welcome Arsenal to Stamford Bridge as both clubs look to extend the last remaining unbeaten records in the top-flight. On Saturday evening, Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa face a tough task to end a run of successive defeats as defending champions Manchester City pay visit.

Elsewhere, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino faces former club Southampton at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon. Liverpool entertain West Bromwich Albion at Anfield, Manchester United seek a third successive win at Old Trafford against Everton, while promoted pair Leicester City and Burnley square up at the King Power Stadium.

Talking tactics

A three-match ban for Wayne Rooney looks set to bring Juan Mata back into the Manchester United starting line-up this weekend. The Spaniard was dropped to the bench in Gameweek 5 as Louis van Gaal’s decision to partner Robin van Persie with Radamel Falcao forced Rooney to move into a more withdrawn role behind the front two. The latter’s dismissal against West Ham United last Saturday should allow Mata to return to his favoured “number 10” role, though, as he looks to maintain an excellent record of eight goals in his last 10 league appearances for the Old Trafford outfit.

Southampton’s Dusan Tadic was handed a change of position in last week’s win over QPR. Typically fielded on the left of a front three, the Serbian switched to the opposite flank in order to accommodate debutant Sadio Mane and the duo both served up an assist apiece in the 2-1 triumph. Tadic also fired six attempts on goal against Harry Redknapp’s side – his most threatening display of the season – and may well be set for an upturn in Fantasy form if he continues in the same spot over the next few Gameweeks.

A change in tactics saw Romelu Lukaku stationed out wide in last week’s Merseyside derby. Roberto Martinez switched to a 4-3-3 formation for his side’s trip to Anfield and moved the Belgian onto the right wing, with Kevin Mirallas starting on the opposite flank and Steven Naismith afforded the lone forward role. With Mirallas now set for a stint on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, Martinez looks likely to hand Aiden McGeady a run of starts, and may well revert to his preferred 4-2-3-1 system, allowing Lukaku the lone forward role, with Naismith tucked in behind once again.

By the numbers

With September now behind us, The Scout casts an eye over the men in form and analyses the top points scorers across the previous 30 days.

Angel di Maria (MUN) 9.0 27 pts 10.0 32%
Graziano Pelle (SOU) 9.0 27 pts 7.8 13%
Ryan Bertrand (SOU) 8.3 25 pts 5.2 8%
Leighton Baines (EVE) 8.0 24 pts 7.0 17%
Diego Costa (CHE) 8.0 24 pts 11.1 64%
Jamie Vardy (LEI) 7.7 23 pts 4.9 1%
Leonardo Ulloa (LEI) 7.7 23 pts 5.9 19%
Peter Crouch (STO) 7.3 22 pts 5.7 1%
Julian Speroni (CPL) 7.3 22 pts 5.0 3%
Ander Herrera (MUN) 7.0 21 pts 7.3 4%
Graham Dorrans (WBA) 7.0 21 pts 5.0 1%

Manchester United’s record signing Angel di Maria has been quick to make his presence felt since arriving from Real Madrid. The Argentine has climbed in price from 9.5 to 10.0 after netting twice and chipping in with a pair of assists for the Red Devils in recent weeks. His team-mate Ander Herrera also scored two goals and delivered an assist before being ruled out with a rib injury sustained against West Ham last weekend.

Southampton pair Ryan Bertrand and Graziano Pelle have been instrumental in their side’s ascent to second place in the Premier League. Bertrand has served up the points at both ends of the pitch, producing a goal, an assist, a pair of clean sheets and 3 bonus points (BP) in his last trio of appearances, whilst the 13.0%-owned Pelle has delivered three goals, an assist and 6 BP.

Diego Costa continued the form that has persuaded an incredible 64% of Fantasy managers to snap up his services. The Chelsea striker grabbed four goals and three BP in his last three matches, with a home hat-trick against Aston Villa in Gameweek 4 the particular highlight - he now sits at the top of the overall standings with 48 points.

Everton left-back Leighton Baines has mirrored Costa’s 24 points over the last three Gameweeks. The 7.0-priced defender has produced a goal, an assist, a clean sheet and 6BP.

Leicester City duo Leonardo Ulloa and Jamie Vardy have proven excellent value. Available for 5.9 and 4.9 respectively, both players have returned 22 points in the previous calendar month – whilst Ulloa has been the most consistent this term, with returns in four of six appearances, Vardy has arrived on the radar after serving up a goal and four assists in the 5-3 home win over Manchester United in Gameweek 5.

Ones to Watch

Patrick van Aanholt – the Sunderland left-back is searching for a third clean sheet in succession as Stoke City arrive at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon. Van Aanholt’s raids down the flank have already delivered an assist for the Black Cats so far, underlining his points potential at both ends of the pitch.

Steven Gerrard – a home clash against West Bromwich Albion affords Liverpool a chance to return to winning ways this weekend. In spite of a deep-lying role for the Reds, Gerrard’s dead-ball abilities have already seen him score twice in the opening six Gameweeks and his contribution looks key if Brendan Rodgers’ side are to make a serious title bid again.

Diafra Sakho – West Ham’s summer signing has made an immediate impact at Upton Park, scoring in each of his four starts in all competitions. Priced at just 5.5, Sakho will fancy his chances of getting amongst the goals again as he plays host to a Queens Park Rangers side that have conceded 10 times in three road trips so far.

Fraizer Campbell – the budget striker’s goals have helped Crystal Palace register back-to-back wins in the last couple of Gameweeks. Having netted against Everton and Leicester, Campbell now travels to former club Hull City, with Steve Bruce’s side shipping at least two goals per match since moving to a four-man defence.

Robin van Persie – after a slow start to the season, the Dutchman has gradually found his form. Van Persie has notched in each of the last two matches yet is owned by a mere 2% of Fantasy managers ahead of the visit of Everton, with the hosts seeking a third successive home win under Louis van Gaal.

  • Angel di Maria
  • Leighton Baines
  • Patrick van Aanholt

Fantasy Premier League Scout review – Gameweek 6

Edin Dzeko scored a brace as Manchester City won 4-2 at the KC Stadium. Hull City’s defence could not contain the Bosnia forward as he grabbed maximum Bonus Points in Gameweek 6.

Liverpool 1-1 Everton

3: Steven Gerrard (LIV)
2: Phil Jagielka (EVE)
1: Jordan Henderson (LIV)

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard registered the first maximum Bonus Points (BP) of Gameweek 6 in the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday. Gerrard grabbed the opening goal of the Merseyside derby, completed 91% of his attempted passes and made six recoveries.

Everton defender Phil Jagielka scored a stunning long-range effort at the end of the match to give the Toffees a share of the spoils. The England international only misplaced one of his 56 passes and made seven clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI). Alongside Gerrard, Jordan Henderson helped Liverpool control the midfield for large parts of the game and this was helped by a 91% pass completion rate, which included four key passes.

Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa

3: Willian (CHE)
2: Cesar Azpilicueta (CHE)
1: Oscar (CHE)

Willian was one of the star performers for Chelsea, as they remained top of the Barclays Premier League table. The midfielder bagged a goal, an assist and a 93% pass completion rate to help the home side pick up three points.

Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilicueta continues to impress in a blue shirt and picked up a couple of BP for his display at Stamford Bridge. The Spanish international, who recorded a passing accuracy of 94%, rewarded his Fantasy Premier League managers thanks to an assist and clean sheet. Brazilian international midfielder Oscar received a single BP after capping a fine performance with a goal.

Crystal Palace 2-0 Leicester City

3: Scott Dann (CRY)
2: Mile Jedinak (CRY)
1: Fraizer Campbell (CRY)

Maximum BP went to defender Scott Dann after he helped at both ends of the pitch to give Crystal Palace their first home victory of the season. Dann produced seven CBI as part of a superb clean sheet performance, plus he was also credited with the assist for the opening goal of the match.

Mile Jedinak got on the scoresheet for the second match running to collect two BP, while striker Fraizer Campbell was on the end of Dann’s assist to give Palace the lead and earn his FPL managers an extra point.

Hull City 2-4 Manchester City

3: Edin Dzeko (MCI)
2: Sergio Aguero (MCI)
1: Pablo Zabaleta (MCI)

Edin Dzeko was influential at the KC Stadium as Manchester City came out on top of a six-goal thriller. Dzeko scored in the first half and then ultimately netted the winning goal in the second half as the Bosnian picked up three BP.

Argentina international Sergio Aguero finished emphatically after seven minutes to give the visitors the lead. The forward also completed four dribbles and three key passes before being substituted in the second half. Fellow countryman Pablo Zabaleta popped up with two assists and created a further two big chances to give the attacking full-back a single BP from Gameweek 6.

Manchester United 2-1 West Ham United

3: Rafael (MUN)
2: Robin Van Persie (MUN)
2: Diafra Sakho (WHU)

Manchester United got back to winning ways with victory over West Ham United, largely helped by a terrific all-round performance from Rafael. The defender set up the opening goal of the match, but it was his defending that won the home side three points. The full-back completed 10 CBI and nine recoveries to prevent West Ham from grabbing an equalising goal.

Robin Van Persie, who earned two BP, grabbed his second goal of the campaign when he gave the home team a 2-0 lead. West Ham United forward Diafra Sakho netted for the visitors to earn himself a single BP.

Southampton 2-1 Queens Park Rangers

3: Graziano Pelle (SOU)
2: Steven Davis (SOU)
1: Ryan Bertrand (SOU)

Graziano Pelle continues to look at ease in the Barclays Premier League and scored a sensational winning goal for Southampton in Gameweek 6. The Italian, who also completed four key passes, executed a spectacular volley that helped collect maximum BP.

Saints midfielder Steven Davis secured two BP after eight recoveries, six CBI and a passing accuracy of 92%. Ryan Bertrand grabbed the opening goal of the match during a faultless display for the defender, which earned his Fantasy Premier League managers an extra point.

Sunderland 0-0 Swansea City

3: Santiago Vergini (SUN)
2: John O’Shea (SUN)
1: Federico Fernandez (SWA)

Both defences at the Stadium of Light held firm to keep the match goalless, but it was Sunderland’s Santiago Vergini that registered maximum BP at the end. Vergini recovered the ball 10 times during a solid display that led to a first home clean sheet of the season.

John O’Shea’s commanding performance consisted of a 94% pass completion rate and six CBI to help the centre-back grab a couple of BP. Swansea City defender Federico Fernandez collected his first BP of the season, largely due to nine CBI, which helped the visitors come away with a draw despite having 10 men for the final part of the match.

Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

3: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (ARS)
2: Mesut Ozil (ARS)
1: Nacer Chadli (TOT)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain impressed in the North London derby at the Emirates Stadium in the late kick-off on Saturday. The Arsenal midfielder scored the equalising goal, completed four dribbles and strung together three key passes.

Germany international Mesut Ozil registered two BP for the second consecutive Gameweek. Ozil contributed to Arsenal’s point by having a passing accuracy of 92%, successfully completing four dribbles and recovering the ball six times. Tottenham Hotspur’s Nacer Chadli grabbed a BP for his Fantasy Premier League managers thanks to the Belgian’s second half effort that gave the visitors the lead.

West Bromwich Albion 4-0 Burnley

3: Graham Dorrans (WBA)

2: Saido Berahino (WBA)
1: Craig Dawson (WBA)

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Graham Dorrans was in fine form at The Hawthorns as the home team eased to victory. Dorrans provided two assists, misplaced just three of his 74 passes and wrapped up an impressive display with a goal in the last few minutes.

Saido Berahino netted his second brace of the season and was rewarded with two BP. The England under 21 international scored either side of half time to double his Barclays Premier League tally for the season. Defender Craig Dawson gave the home team the lead after 30 minutes with a close range header. Along with the goal, Dawson kept a clean sheet by producing nine recoveries and eight CBI.

Stoke City 1-0 Newcastle United

3: Peter Crouch (STK)
2: Phil Bardsley (STK)
1: Asmir Begovic (STK), Ryan Shawcross (STK), Marc Wilson (STK)

Peter Crouch took away maximum BP in the Monday night fixture after scoring the only goal of the match at the Britannia Stadium. Crouch leaped the highest in the box to head home after 15 minutes to give Stoke City their first home goal of the campaign.

Defender Phil Bardsley picked up a couple of BP for a terrific defensive display that shut out Newcastle United’s attacks. Bardsley made a total of 12 CBI and recoveries to make sure the home team went away with all three points.

The final BP was shared out between three Stoke players. Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic recovered the ball 10 times, while defender Ryan Shawcross produced 10 CBI. The third Stoke player was Marc Wilson, who contributed nine CBI.

  • Edin Dzeko
  • Willian
  • Rafael
  • Graham Dorrans

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Prognosis: Umang is amongst a number of Fantasy managers looking to transfer out Wayne Rooney, who is suspended for the next three Gameweeks. With Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey looking set to be sidelined with a hamstring injury for the weekend clash with Chelsea, Umang is determined to freshen up his midfield options and is keen to bring both Angel di Maria and Raheem Sterling into his 15-man squad.

Treatment: Transferring in Southampton’s in-form Graziano Pelle looks an ideal move, after the Italian scored his fourth goal in six appearances in the weekend win over Queens Park Rangers. Umang could then swap out Ramsey for Di Maria in midfield and also bring in Sterling for Chelsea’s out-of-form Eden Hazard – with a goal and two assists so far, the latter has played a part in just three of the league leaders’ 19 strikes to date. These transfers would also free up plenty of funds for Umang to strengthen his squad over the next few Gameweeks.

Chances of Recovery: Available for a budget-friendly 7.8, Pelle has now risen to joint-third in the overall standings and plays host to Sunderland, Stoke City and Leicester City in the next six, with trips to Hull City and Aston Villa furthering his potential. In midfield, Sterling and Di Maria each have a trio of home fixtures in the upcoming five rounds of fixtures to maintain their ascent up the Fantasy standings. Sterling has now scored in three of his five starts for Liverpool, whilst Di Maria has averaged 7.5 points per game since arriving at Old Trafford and looks vital to his side’s prospects as they attempt to recover from the loss of their captain.

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Prognosis: Mohamed also has concerns over Ramsey’s hamstring problem after the Welshman was forced off in the weekend derby draw with Tottenham Hotspur. Everton’s Steven Naismith is another worry – he’s picked up just three points in as many Gameweeks after his promising start to the season subsided.

Treatment: Replacing Ramsey with Southampton’s new signing Sadio Mane will help free up budget to strengthen further up the field. Available for just 6.9, the Senegal winger has provided an assist in both his appearances in all competitions for Ronald Koeman’s side and has quickly ousted Shane Long from the Saints’ starting line-up. Mohamed could then bring in Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck as a replacement for Naismith, with the deadline day signing looking great value at just 7.2.

Chances of Recovery: Crucially, Mohamed’s two new signings have the fixtures to boost their points potential. Southampton’s above-mentioned schedule makes Mane an excellent differential option – owned by a mere 0.1% of Fantasy managers, he arrives in the Premier League having produced 45 goals and 32 assists in just 87 appearances for former club Red Bull Salzburg. Welbeck faces a tricky trip to Chelsea this weekend but, following that, squares up to just two of last term’s top eight sides as the schedule eases significantly for the Gunners.

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