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The Scout Preview - Gameweek 38

Two of the bottom four clubs in the Barclays Premier League play at home this Sunday as the battle for survival goes down to the final Gameweek.

Newcastle United welcome West Ham United to St James’ Park, knowing that a win will seal their survival. Relegation rivals Hull City, meanwhile, must beat Manchester United at the KC Stadium and hope that the Magpies fail to clinch victory in order to avoid a drop into the Championship.

Elsewhere, the top three teams also play in front of their own fans. Champions Chelsea look to end the season undefeated at home as Sunderland roll up to Stamford Bridge. Arsenal entertain West Bromwich Albion, whilst Manchester City seeks a seventh straight home win as Southampton pay visit to the Etihad Stadium.

Talking tactics

Alan Pardew opted for a 4-4-2 formation as Crystal Palace headed to Liverpool last weekend. The Eagles boss dropped the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Glenn Murray to the bench and handed Yannick Bolasie a role up front alongside Marouane Chamakh, with Jason Puncheon and Lee Chung-Yong handed the wide roles. Pardew switched back to his preferred 4-2-3-1 set-up later on in the match and with Zaha and Murray both grabbing a goal apiece as second-half substitutes, the pair look likely to return to the starting XI for this weekend’s visit of Swansea City.

Brendan Rodgers reverted to a 3-4-2-1 formation for Liverpool’s clash with the Eagles. The Reds boss moved away from his recent 4-2-3-1 system and handed Alberto Moreno and Jordon Ibe the wing-back berths, whilst Raheem Sterling led the line, with Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana tucking in behind. With a trip to Stoke up next, Rodgers may look to bring back Rickie Lambert’s physical presence up top – the former Southampton man had started each of the previous two before making way for Sterling in the advanced central role as the Reds succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at Anfield.

A goalless draw with Sunderland has all but sealed third place for Arsenal. The Gunners are now three points ahead of Manchester United and with a superior goal difference of +7, look poised to clinch the final automatic qualifying slot for next season’s Champions League. With the FA Cup final against Aston Villa set to take place on May 30, Arsene Wenger could now be tempted to ring the changes for the weekend home clash against West Bromwich Albion. The likes of Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky have all earned pitch time in recent matches and offer Wenger options as he bids to keep his regulars fresh for the Wembley showdown.

By the numbers

With many mini-leagues still undecided, Fantasy managers are looking for some inspiration ahead of Sunday’s deadline. The Scout assesses the top ten scoring “differentials” of the season so far, with each of our featured players currently sitting in under 10% of sides.

POINTS COST OWNED
Sadio Mane (SOU) 135 6.2 1%
Juan Mata (MUN) 135 8.5 9%
Romelu Lukaku (EVE) 133 8.7 6%
Philippe Coutinho (LIV) 132 7.9 9%
Yaya Toure (MCI) 131 10.7 5%
Danny Ings (BUR) 130 5.5 4%
Cesar Azpilicueta 130 6.2 8%
Aaron Cresswell 128 5.6 5%
Seamus Coleman 128 6.8 5%

Manchester United’s Juan Mata is owned by 9% of Fantasy managers ahead of the weekend trip to Hull. The Spaniard has produced nine goals and four assists this season and has found the net four times in the last eight Gameweeks.

Southampton winger Sadio Mane racked up a 23-point haul at home to Aston Villa last weekend. The Senegal international has scored 11 times in just 23 starts under Ronald Koeman and has proven great value at a price of 6.2.

Romelu Lukaku produced two goals and an assist over his last three appearances. The 8.7-priced Everton forward sits in just 6% of sides as he entertains a Tottenham side with just three clean sheets on their travels this season. Team-mate Seamus Coleman is seeking a fifth home shut-out in six attempts this weekend. The right-back has prospered at both ends of the pitch, earning three goals and four assists for his 5% owners.

Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho has enjoyed his most impressive season to date. The Brazilian has delivered 132 points, courtesy of five goals, seven assists and 15 bonus points and sits second only to Alexis Sanchez amongst midfielders for total attempts (99) on goal ahead of a trip to Stoke.

Yaya Toure took his tally to ten strikes for the season with a weekend brace at Swansea. The Ivorian has now managed five sets of double-figures and plays host to a Southampton side that have picked up one point from their previous six road trips.

Burnley’s Danny Ings looks poised for a summer move after racking up ten goals and four assists in his first season in the top-flight. Having scored the winner against Hull last weekend, the 5.5-priced striker will be hoping to breach Aston Villa’s backline in what could be his final match for the relegated Clarets.

Ones to watch

Aleksandar Kolarov – the Manchester City left-back has been in fine form at both ends of the pitch since ousting Gael Clichy from the starting XI. Kolarov has delivered two goals, an assist and three clean sheets in his last five appearances and has produced double-figure hauls in each of the previous two home matches ahead of this Sunday’s visit of Southampton.

Jason Puncheon – a converted free-kick against Liverpool took the Crystal Palace midfielder’s tally to two goals in as many matches last weekend. Having also netted from a dead-ball against Manchester United, the 5.5-priced Puncheon will fancy his chances of scoring again as Swansea pay visit to Selhurst Park.

Papiss Cisse – with their survival on the line, Newcastle boss John Carver could well be set to gamble on the Senegal international’s fitness. Cisse has failed to start since Gameweek 28 due to a seven-match suspension but, having scored in two of his previous four appearances in the Magpies first XI, his eye for goal could be key at home to West Ham.

Nikica Jelavic – back in the Hull starting line-up for the first time since Gameweek 29, the Croatian also looks vital to his side’s survival bid. With the Tigers needing a win against Manchester United to stand any chance of beating the drop, Steve Bruce will be looking to Jelavic to add to his eight-goal haul and fire Hull to safety.

Leonardo Ulloa – a home clash against Queens Park Rangers affords the Argentine the chance to continue his fine recent form. Ulloa has produced three goals and an assist in his last four appearances at the King Power Stadium and faces a defence that has conceded more times on their travels than any other side.

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Fantasy Premier League Scout Review – Gameweek 38

Mame Biram Diouf claimed his fourth maximum Bonus Points haul of the campaign as Stoke City beat Liverpool 6-1 in the final Gameweek of the season. The Stoke forward struck the first two goals of the match in the opening half at Britannia Stadium and provided an assist.

Arsenal 4-1 West Bromwich Albion

3: Theo Walcott (ARS)
2: Santi Cazorla (ARS)
1: Jack Wilshere (ARS)

Arsenal beat West Bromwich Albion 4-1 with Theo Walcott securing his first maximum Bonus Points (BP) haul of the 2014/15 season, after hitting a hat-trick within 37 minutes.

Santi Cazorla achieved a couple of BP for his excellent display in Arsenal’s midfield, which included four key passes. The 30 year-old provided two assists, created a further big chance, made seven recoveries and completed 91% of his 124 attempted passes.

Fellow Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere earned a single BP after scoring from a thunderous strike on the edge of the area.

Aston Villa 0-1 Burnley

3: Danny Ings (BUR)
2: Tom Heaton (BUR)
1: Jason Shackell (BUR)

Burnley ended their Barclays Premier League campaign with a 1-0 victory at Aston Villa. Danny Ings picked up maximum BP thanks to his headed goal after six minutes and eight recoveries.

Tom Heaton made sure Aston Villa could not get back in the match with a tremendous performance in goal. The Burnley goalkeeper produced 12 recoveries and five saves to receive a couple of BP.

Jason Shackell collected a single BP after achieving his 10th Barclays Premier League clean sheet of the season. The Burnley defender made 21 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) to help keep Aston Villa at bay.

Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

3: Loic Remy (CHE)
2: Eden Hazard (CHE)
1: Diego Costa (CHE)

Loic Remy collected maximum BP despite coming on as a substitute in Chelsea’s 3-1 win against Sunderland. The France forward replaced Juan Cuadrado in the first half and scored in the 70th and 88th minutes at Stamford Bridge before Chelsea lifted the Barclays Premier League trophy.

Barclays Premier League Player of the Year Eden Hazard picked up two BP after another thrilling performance. The Chelsea midfielder created an assist, completed nine dribbles, eight key passes and made six recoveries.

Diego Costa was another first half substitute to achieve a BP. The Chelsea forward replaced Didier Drogba on the half hour mark and scored from the penalty spot seven minutes later to net his 20th Barclays Premier League goal.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Swansea City

3: Scott Dann (CRY)
2: Marouane Chamakh (CRY)

1: Brede Hangeland (CRY)

Crystal Palace finished the season in the top half of the table after edging past Swansea City 1-0. Scott Dann contributed at both ends of the pitch as a clean sheet and six recoveries for the Eagles defender was accompanied by an assist and the creation of a further big chance.

Marouane Chamakh netted for the second time this season after the Crystal Palace forward struck a left-footed shot into the centre of the goal in the 57th minute following Dann’s flick-on from a set-piece.

Brede Hangeland’s first appearance since Gameweek 25 resulted in a second Barclays Premier League clean sheet of the campaign for the Crystal Palace defender. The 33-year-old contributed with 15 CBI, nine recoveries and two tackles.

Everton 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

3: Eric Dier (TOT)
2: Jan Vertonghen (TOT)

1: Federico Fazio (TOT), Harry Kane (TOT)

Eric Dier collected maximum BP as Tottenham Hotspur ended the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League campaign in fifth following a 1-0 win at Everton. The Spurs defender was rewarded with an assist, alongside a clean sheet and the 21-year-old additionally created a further big chance.

Dier’s defensive partner Jan Vertonghen also helped Spurs keep a clean sheet. The Belgium international made 12 CBI, eight recoveries and successfully tackled an opponent once.

Federico Fazio is the third Spurs defender to earn BP for his efforts in shutting out Everton’s attacks. Fazio picked up a single BP thanks to 10 CBI and a passing accuracy of 82%. Spurs forward Harry Kane also received one BP after scoring the only goal of the match.

Hull City 0-0 Manchester United

3: Marcos Rojo (MUN)
2: Victor Valdes (MUN), Phil Jones (MUN)

Manchester United held Hull City to a 0-0 draw at KC Stadium, with Marcos Rojo achieving his first maximum BP haul in Fantasy Premier League. Rojo, who completed 83% of his attempted passes, made sure Hull did not score after making 11 recoveries, six CBI and a successful tackle.

United duo Victor Valdes and Phil Jones were also at hand to secure a clean sheet for the visitors. Valdes made 17 recoveries and six saves in goal for his first BP of the season. Meanwhile, Jones produced 17 CBI, four recoveries and completed three tackles.

Defender James Chester was the Hull player who came closest to earning BP. Chester made three tackles alongside his clean sheet, but failed to produce as many CBI or recoveries as the United trio.

Leicester City 5-1 Queens Park Rangers

3: Marc Albrighton (LEI)
2: Joey Barton (QPR)
1: Jamie Vardy (LEI)

Leicester City completed their fantastic end to the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season with a 5-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers. Marc Albrighton scored after 43 minutes and the Leicester midfielder also produced five key passes, four open play crosses, three dribbles and two tackles.

QPR midfielder Joey Barton received two BP despite being on the losing side. Barton registered an assist, created a further big chance, made nine recoveries, four key passes, three tackles and two open play crosses.

Jamie Vardy celebrated his call-up to England squad with the opening goal of the match. The Leicester forward additionally contributed with three recoveries, two key passes and a couple of successful tackles.

Manchester City 2-0 Southampton

3: Eliaquim Mangala (MCI)
2: Pablo Zabaleta (MCI), Frank Lampard (MCI)

Eliaquim Mangala recorded maximum BP following Manchester City’s 2-0 final day triumph over Southampton at Etihad Stadium. The Man City defender registered his second Fantasy Premier League assist alongside a clean sheet, 10 CBI and two key passes.

Man City duo Pablo Zabaleta and Frank Lampard each collected a couple of BP. Zabaleta’s 11th Barclays Premier League clean sheet this season was helped by 12 CBI, six recoveries, two tackles and a pass completion rate of 90%. Lampard fittingly ended his Barclays Premier League career with the opening goal of the match and a passing accuracy of 89%.

Newcastle United 2-0 West Ham United

3: Jonas Gutierrez (NEW)
2: Moussa Sissoko (NEW)
1: Daryl Janmaat (NEW)

Jonas Gutierrez was the star of the show as Newcastle United avoided relegation from the Barclays Premier League with a 2-0 home win against West Ham United. The Newcastle midfielder set up the first goal of the match before ensuring victory with an 85th minute strike from outside the box.

Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko was the benefactor of Gutierrez’s assist. Sissoko’s second half goal set the Magpies on their way to victory and also earned the Newcastle midfielder a couple of BP.

Daryl Janmaat took his BP tally to 14 for the campaign thanks to the creation of a big chance, a clean sheet, seven recoveries, three tackles, as many key passes and two open play crosses.

Stoke City 6-1 Liverpool

3: Mame Biram Diouf (STK)
2: Steven Gerrard (LIV)
1: Steven N’Zonzi (STK)

Mark Hughes saw his Stoke City team claim a 6-1 victory over Liverpool at Britannia Stadium. Mame Biram Diouf scored twice in the opening half of the match and also contributed with an assist, three key passes and the Stoke forward created a further two chances.

Steven Gerrard played his final Barclays Premier League match in a Liverpool shirt and received two BP for his performance. The Liverpool captain scored a consolation goal after 70 minutes to make the score 5-1, created a big chance and completed 82% of his attempted passes.

Stoke midfielder Steven N’Zonzi achieved his final BP of the season after recording his second goal at Britannia Stadium in as many matches and contributing with a passing accuracy of 87%, six recoveries and three dribbles.

  • Mame Biram Diouf
  • Theo Walcott
  • Loic Remy
  • Jonas Gutierrez

The Scout Surgery - Gameweek 37

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Arjun Shenoy - Real 11

Prognosis: Having tumbled down the overall rankings in seven of the last eight Gameweeks, Arjun is looking to freshen up his side for the final round of fixtures.

Treatment: Arjun could look to part company with Tottenham Hotspur pair Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane, who have both scored just once in the last seven Gameweeks. With a trip to Everton up next, the duo could be shown the door in favour of Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon and Hull City’s Nikica Jelavic. Puncheon has scored in each of his last two appearances and now plays host to Swansea City, whilst fit-again Jelavic hosts Manchester United with the Tigers forced to seek out goals and three points in a bid to stave off the threat of relegation.

Chances of Recovery: Having scored against Manchester United and Liverpool in the last two Gameweeks, the 5.5-priced Puncheon offers Arjun an excellent mid-price option with set-piece duties boosting his appeal. Despite missing 12 of the first 37 Gameweeks, Jelavic remains Hull’s top scorer, with eight goals to his name, and looks the man most likely of firing his side to safety.

Patrick McCready - Van Persil

Prognosis: Patrick sits in second spot in his mini-league as we head into the final Gameweek and is looking for one last transfer to boost his chances of reaching the summit.

Treatment: Having fielded a 4-4-2 in the previous Gameweek, Patrick should roll out a 3-4-3 formation this time around, thus boosting his chances of attacking returns. Patrick should consider swapping out Queens Park Rangers’ Charlie Austin, who has produced just a single assist in the last five Gameweeks. Leicester’s Leonardo Ulloa looks a strong replacement - the Argentine plays host to QPR as the Foxes look for a fifth home win in six attempts. Alternatively, if Patrick is willing to gamble, he could consider Papiss Cisse, who could be set to start as Newcastle United attempt to clinch their survival at home to West Ham United.

Chances of Recovery: With three goals, an assist and four bonus points in his previous four home matches, Ulloa has flourished in front of his own fans. Visitors QPR, meanwhile, boast the worst away record in the top-flight, conceding 44 times on their travels to date. Magpies frontman Cisse has already netted 11 times this term, with his average of 104 minutes per goal bettered only by Sergio Aguero. He could be a pivotal figure in Sunday’s final day drama at the foot of the table.

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