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The Scout Preview - Gameweek 6

A pair of derby encounters catch The Scout’s eye this weekend as we assesses the upcoming round of fixtures.

Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton go head-to-head at Anfield in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off, as both clubs seek to bounce back from Gameweek 5 defeats. Later that day, Arsenal entertain Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in the north London derby, with the Gunners looking to protect their unbeaten start to the 2014/15 Premier League campaign.

Elsewhere, defending champions Manchester City travel to Hull City. League leaders Chelsea attempt to return to winning ways at home to Aston Villa, out-of-sorts Manchester United welcome West Ham United to Old Trafford, whilst Leicester City hope to build on last week’s stunning 5-3 triumph over the Red Devils as they make their way to Crystal Palace.

Talking tactics

A change of formation from Sam Allardyce afforded Stewart Downing a central berth in West Ham’s win over Liverpool last weekend. The Hammers boss switched to a midfield diamond and fielded Downing in “the hole” behind front two Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia in the 3-1 victory, with Alex Song handed his first start for the club in the centre of the park. An assist against the Merseysiders took Downing’s tally to a goal and two assists in the first five Gameweeks and the convincing nature of last weekend’s performance suggests Allardyce could be set to retain the same system for Saturday’s trip to Old Trafford.

Brendan Rodgers also changed his tactics in the 3-1 Upton Park defeat. The Liverpool boss started with a midfield diamond, allowing Raheem Sterling to tuck in behind a front two, but shifted to a 3-5-2 midway through the first period after his side went two goals behind. This saw Sterling shift to right wing-back, with Alberto Moreno on the opposite side of midfield, though in spite of moving to a more withdrawn berth, the teenager still managed to net his side’s consolation. Given that Sterling has now scored three of his side’s seven goals, though, the Liverpool boss may yet return him to the centre as he attempts to arrest a run of back-to-back defeats.

Arsene Wenger also tinkered with his tactics as Arsenal served up a comprehensive win at Aston Villa. The Gunners boss switched from 4-1-4-1 to a 4-2-3-1 formation, allowing Aaron Ramsey to partner Mikel Arteta in the double-pivot and moving Mesut Ozil from the left flank to the “number 10” role behind lone striker Danny Welbeck. The latter two produced a goal and assist apiece in the 3-0 victory and Wenger is expected to allow Ozil his favoured central position once again ahead of the weekend derby clash with Tottenham.

By the numbers

With five rounds of fixtures now behind us, The Scout takes a look at the top scoring “differential” players so far. Analysing those with an ownership under 8%, we assess who has made the biggest impact on our Fantasy fortunes to this point.

POINTS COST OWNED
Nacer Chadli (TOT) 29 6.2 6%
Graziano Pelle (SOU) 28 7.7 7%
Stewart Downing (WHU) 27 5.5 2%
Andreas Weimann (AVL) 25 5.6 6%
Ryan Bertrand (SOU) 25 5.1 4%
Seb Larsson (SUN) 24 5.6 5%
Nikica Jelavic (HUL) 23 6.0 3%
Kieran Trippier (BUR) 23 4.9 1%
Ander Herrera (MUN) 22 7.3 4%
Mark Noble (WHU) 22 5.5 3%
Gabby Agbonlahor (AVL) 22 5.4 2%

After netting just once in his debut season, Tottenham’s Nacer Chadli has already scored on three occasions this term. Available for just 6.2, the Belgian has outperformed the likes of Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela in Mauricio Pochettino’s midfield so far, though has managed just one full appearance this term due to his manager’s tendency to ring the changes midway through the second-half.

Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand and Burnley right-back Kieran Tripper have both delivered a trio of clean sheets, with the former also delivering an assist for his 4% owners.

West Ham pair Stewart Downing and Mark Noble have both staked a claim as budget midfield options, with 2% and 3% ownership respectively. The duo have produced a goal and two assists apiece, though Downing has collected six bonus points to his team-mate’s three.

Aston Villa’s Andreas Weimann and Gabby Agbonlahor have each found the net on a couple of occasions, with the former also serving up an assist and bettering Agbonlahor’s bonus point haul by six points to five.

Ones to Watch

Victor Moses – the on-loan winger has started the last three Gameweeks for Stoke City since joining up at the end of the summer transfer window. Moses grabbed an assist in last weekend’s draw at QPR and is picking up in form ahead of a plum home clash against a Newcastle side that has shipped nine goals in their last three league matches.

Jason Puncheon – a consistent performer for Crystal Palace, the wide man has scored or assisted in three of his four appearances to date. The Eagles look impressive in the final third under new boss Neil Warnock and Puncheon’s contribution could be key at home to a Leicester side that have managed just one clean sheet this term.

Ander Herrera – the Spaniard has produced two goals, an assist and a couple of bonus points in just three appearances for Manchester United. Owned by only 4% of Fantasy managers, Herrera’s flourishing form could come to fruition once again at home to West Ham – the visitors have conceded in every league match this season and look far from convincing at the back.

Graziano Pelle – with three goals and an assist in the last three Gameweeks, Southampton’s centre-forward has settled quickly in his new surrounds. Pelle welcomes QPR to St Mary’s Stadium this weekend and bearing in mind the R’s have conceded four times in each of their road trips, he’ll fancy his chances of getting amongst the points once again.

Enner Valencia – given the hosts’ current form, a trip to Old Trafford will hold little fear for West Ham this weekend. Valencia scored on his previous away appearance for the Hammers and his searing pace and eye for goal look certain to trouble a backline that was exposed by Leicester’s mobility and movement last weekend.

  • Stewart Downing
  • Victor Moses
  • Graziano Pelle

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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Umang Sharma - Hazardous FC

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.

Mohamed Majdi - Majdi FC

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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