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Daily Scout Notes: 5 July

5 Jul 2020

The Scout sees the positive side from the disappointing returns of Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez

The Scout reviews every Fantasy Premier League fixture, noting player rotation and injuries and making tactical observations or highlighting in-form differentials. 

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Burnley were denied a 14th clean sheet of the season by a John Egan (£4.5m) equaliser in their 1-1 draw at Turf Moor.

The Sheffield United centre-back prevented the 20.4 per cent managers who own Nick Pope (£5.0m) from picking up more points thanks to the game's top-scoring goalkeeper in 2019/20.

But Clarets centre-back James Tarkowski (£5.2m) still enjoyed a successful Gameweek 33+ by scoring the opener.

Tarkowski has claimed 22 points in the last three Gameweeks.

Furthermore, he has the schedule to get more returns. Three of Burnley's final five matches score only two in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR).

Left-back Charlie Taylor (£4.3m) offers a secure, cut-price route into Sean Dyche's defence.

Up front, Chris Wood (£6.1m) could also be a handy differential for the run-in, returning from injury with an appearance off the bench.

Blades' blunt defence

Sheff Utd's defence continue to frustrate their FPL owners, having conceded in each of the last four Gameweeks.

The Blades' upcoming run of opponents suggests they may struggle for more clean sheets.

They face three of the top six sides in the next three Gameweeks.

Top scorer: James Tarkowski 11pts (TSB 3.6%, £5.2m)
Bonus points: James Tarkowski 3pts, John Egan 2pts, Ashley Westwood 1pt.

Next three Gameweeks

Burnley: WHU (A) LIV (A) WOL (H)
Sheff Utd: WOL (H) CHE (H) LEI (A)

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Michail Antonio (£6.9m) scored for the second successive Gameweek in West Ham United's draw 2-2 with Newcastle United.

Listed as a midfielder in FPL, Antonio continues to profit from a role up front, producing 19 points in his last two outings.

Owned by less than one per cent, his schedule suggests he could be a handy differential for the run-in.

According to the FDR, three of the Hammers' final four matches score only two.

Jarrod Bowen (£6.4m) and Tomas Soucek (£4.8m) provide further options in West Ham's midfield.

Bowen has supplied three assists in his last two matches, while the cut-price Soucek has scored in back-to-back Gameweeks.

Saint-Maximin's minimum haul

Newcastle's Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.5m) disappointed the 169,000+ managers who brought him for Gameweek 33+.

The winger was among the top 10 most-bought players on the back of two goals and three assists in his previous four outings.

But he managed only two points and next faces a trip to Manchester City.

While many owners will look to bench him in Gameweek 34+, Saint-Maximin's subsequent schedule can help him get back among the points.

Following Man City, he faces encounters with Watford, Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Top scorer: Jonjo Shelvey 10pts (TSB 0.7%, £4.9m)
Bonus points: Jonjo Shelvey 3pts, Tomas Soucek 2pts, Emil Krafth 2pts, Declan Rice 2pts.

Next three Gameweeks

Newcastle: MCI (A) WAT (A) TOT (H)
West Ham: BUR (H) NOR (A) WAT (H)

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Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) and Sadio Mane (£12.4m) both hit the 200-point mark in this season's FPL as Liverpool overcame Aston Villa 2-0 at Anfield.

Salah was the top captain pick for Gameweek 33+, having scored in each of his last six home matches.

But the Egyptian somewhat disappointed his 1.2million captaincy backers with just a single assist.

Mane’s opener helped him to his eighth double-figure haul of the season. The Senegalese is five points behind Salah in the FPL standings on 200 points.

At the back, Liverpool rewarded their Fantasy investors again with a 15th clean sheet of the campaign.

And they can continue to bring in points over their next two matches against Brighton & Hove Albion and Burnley.

Klopp drops rotation hint?

However, it remains to be seen how heavily Jurgen Klopp will rotate his XI now Liverpool have won the title.

His decision to start Divock Origi (£5.1m) up front perhaps hints at more changes over the remaining matches.

For Villa, FPL midfielder Keinan Davis (£4.3m) started his fourth match in five.

Playing as centre forward, Davis could be a useful enabler for managers looking to play a 3-4-3 formation.

Top scorer: Sadio Mane 11pts (TSB 23.2%, £12.4m)
Bonus points: Sadio Mane 3pts, Alisson 2pts, Virgil van Dijk 1pt.

Next three Gameweeks

Liverpool: BHA (A) BUR (H) ARS (A)
Aston Villa: MUN (H) CRY (H) EVE (A)

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A role on the bench for Kevin De Bruyne (£10.8m) had a significant effect on the FPL captaincy for Gameweek 33+.

The Manchester City player was the second-favourite captain pick, with 857,839 handing him the armband at Southampton.

But De Bruyne managed just a single point as a second-half substitute.

Phil Foden (£5.4m) suffered the same fate, to the disappointment of his 203,000+ new owners.

On the plus side, both are now favourites to start at home to Newcastle United in Gameweek 34+.

De Bruyne and Foden's home returns

De Bruyne has produced 14 points in each of his last three home starts, while Foden has 16 and 12-point hauls in his last two at the Etihad Stadium.

Riyad Mahrez (£8.6m) returned to the first XI but was withdrawn before the hour.

He has totalled just 90 minutes over the last two Gameweeks and could retain his start against the Magpies.

For Southampton, Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) made six saves to claim his second double-figure haul in five Gameweeks.

Despite upcoming matches with Everton and Manchester United, McCarthy could still prove a value pick when Southampton’s schedule turns favourable in Gameweek 36+.

Top scorer: Alex McCarthy 11pts (TSB 3.5%, £4.5m)
Bonus points: Alex McCarthy 3pts, Che Adams 3pts, Kyle Walker-Peters 1pt.

Next three Gameweeks

Southampton: EVE (A) MUN (A) BHA (H)
Man City: NEW (H) BHA (A) BOU (H)

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