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Daily Scout Notes: 21 June

21 Jun 2020
Daily Scout Notes: 21 June

The Scout reviews Sunday's action, as Trent Alexander-Arnold extends his lead as the top-scoring defender and Matt Ritchie claims 18 points

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Starting in Gameweek 30+ The Scout will review every Fantasy Premier League fixture until the end of the season.

Whether it's noting player rotation and injuries, making astute tactical observations or highlighting in-form differentials, our Daily Scout Notes will provide an unrivalled breakdown on each match, reviewing while previewing, as we guide you through the hectic fixture schedule.

Matt Ritchie (£5.3m) is the Gameweek’s highest-scoring player, having claimed 18 points against Sheffield United.

Playing out of position first on the right of midfield for Newcastle United, then on the left in the second half, the defender in FPL scored, assisted and earned clean-sheet points.

Ritchie could be a big short-term success as Newcastle face three of the bottom four teams, Aston Villa, AFC Bournemouth and West Ham United, in the next three Gameweeks.

Jamaal Lascelles (£4.3m) and Federico Fernandez (£4.6m) are Newcastle’s value picks for that run.

Blades defence blunted?

It was a disappointing afternoon for a Blades defence backed heavily for their Double Gameweek 30+.

Dean Henderson (£5.3m) ended as their top-scoring player, with 13 points.

Managers with John Lundstram (£4.9m), who is 42.5 per cent-owned, may have to reassess their options after he was a second-half substitute and has started just two of the Blades’ last seven league matches.

Henderson cannot play against his parent club Manchester United in Gameweek 31+.

Also at the back, the Blades have John Egan (£4.6m) suspended after his red card at Newcastle and Jack O’Connell (£4.7m) is doubtful.

That raises the appeal of captaining Bruno Fernandes (£8.6m) or Marcus Rashford (£8.8m) for Gameweek 31+.

Top scorer: Matt Ritchie 18pts (TSB 0.3%, £5.3m)
Bonus points: Matt Ritchie 3pts, Allan Saint-Maximin 2pts, Isaac Hayden 1pt.

Next three Gameweeks

Newcastle: AVL (H) BOU (A) WHU (H)
Sheff Utd: MUN (A) TOT (H) BUR (A)

Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.9m) supplied the assist for both of Chelsea’s goals to earn an 11-point haul at Aston Villa.

The right-back has two goals and five assists this season, and needs to set up one more goal to equal his best attacking output in an FPL campaign.

A Gameweek 31+ match with Manchester City will limit his immediate appeal.

But a favourable schedule from Gameweek 32+ could warrant investment in the Spaniard and his team-mates.

Up front, Olivier Giroud (£6.6m) was preferred to Tammy Abraham (£7.5m) and justified his selection with the winner.

Giroud has returned points in each of the Blues’ last four matches, totalling three goals and one assist.

Christian Pulisic (£6.9m) will be pushing for a start after coming off the bench to score his sixth goal of the season.

Managers selling Grealish 

Managers are quickly moving on Jack Grealish (£6.4m) after his pair of blanks over Villa’s Double Gameweek.

His 55,000 sales are more than any other midfielder ahead of Tuesday’s 17:00 BST deadline.

Villa’s two matches did, though, highlight a pair of budget-friendly options. Keinan Davis (£4.3m), listed as a midfielder in FPL, started both matches up front.

And Orjan Nyland (£4.3m) is one of the cheapest starting goalkeepers in the game.

Top scorer: Cesar Azpilicueta 11pts (TSB 5.9%, £5.9m)
Bonus points: Cesar Azpilicueta 3pts, Olivier Giroud 2pts, Christian Pulisic 1pt.

Next three Gameweeks

Aston Villa: NEW (A) WOL (H) LIV (A)
Chelsea: MCI (H) WHU (A) WAT (H)

A 13th clean sheet of the season for Liverpool helped Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.8m) and Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) extend their lead as the top points-scoring defenders in FPL.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah’s (£12.7m) role as an unused substitute will have more than 1.1million managers relying on their vice-captains.

Among those who handed the captain's armband to Salah, Kevin De Bruyne (£10.6m) was the top vice-captain, selected by 138,000+.

Both Salah and left-back Andrew Robertson (£7.0m), who wasn’t included in the squad, are expected to be fully fit for the Reds’ Gameweek 31+ home match with Crystal Palace.

Salah’s 37.2 per cent ownership will be hoping his rest against Everton has now boosted his chances of a start for the meeting with the Eagles at Anfield.

The Egyptian has been prolific at home, scoring in six successive league matches there.

Holgate appeal on the rise

Everton’s clean sheet lifts the appeal of Mason Holgate (£4.3m) as a value pick.

The centre-back has combined four assists with four clean sheets this season and has started 11 of the Toffees’ last 12 Gameweeks.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side also have a favourable schedule for the run-in.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), seven of their final eight matches scores no more than three.

Top scorer: Alisson 10pts (TSB 9.1%, £6.2m)
Bonus points: Alisson 3pts, Jordan Pickford 2pts, Trent Alexander-Arnold 1pt

Next three Gameweeks

Everton: NOR (A) LEI (H) TOT (A)
Liverpool: CRY (H) MCI (A) AVL (H)

Also in this series

Daily Scout Notes - 17 June (AVLSHU, MCIARS)
Daily Scout Notes - 19 June (NORSOU, TOTMUN)
Daily Scout Notes - 20 June (WATLEI, BHAARS, WHUWOL, BOUCRY)
Daily Scout Notes - 22 June (MCIBUR)

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