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Daily Scout Notes: 7 July

7 Jul 2020
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Willian and Christian Pulisic shine for Chelsea but The Scout sees fixture difficulties ahead for Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The Scout is reviewing every Fantasy Premier League fixture until the end of the season, whether it's noting player rotation and injuries, making tactical observations or highlighting in-form differentials.

Willian and Christian Pulisic (both £7.2m) each extended their prolific run of FPL returns in Chelsea's 3-2 win at Crystal Palace.

The Brazilian claimed his third double-figure haul in the last four Gameweeks, supplying two assists at Selhurst Park.

Willian has moved up to fifth in the midfield standings, with a total of 159 points his best-ever season in FPL.

Meanwhile, having scored Chelsea's second goal, Pulisic has now produced attacking returns in each of the Blues' five matches since the restart.

Double up?

Owning both midfielders now looks a very tempting tactic ahead of back-to-back matches against Sheffield United and Norwich City.

Indeed, Willian and Pulisic are the two most-bought midfielders for Gameweek 35+, brought in by 7,700+ and 6,200+ respectively.

Their appeal is further enhanced by the rotation concerns up front.

Olivier Giroud (£6.6m) started ahead of Tammy Abraham (£7.4m) but was replaced just after the hour-mark. Both strikers scored, suggesting they will continue to share minutes.

For Palace, left-back Patrick van Aanholt (£5.6m) supplied his second assist since the restart.

And a first goal since Gameweek 17 for Wilfried Zaha (£6.6m) also boosts his prospects as a short-term differential against Aston Villa this weekend.

Top scorer: Willian 11pts (TSB 9.6%, £7.2m)
Bonus points: Willian 3pts, Christian Pulisic 2pts, Patrick van Aanholt 1pt.

Next three Gameweeks

Crystal Palace: AVL (A) MUN (H) WOL (A)
Chelsea: SHU (A) NOR (H) LIV (A) 

Craig Dawson (£4.8m) scored his second goal in five Gameweeks as Watford overcame Norwich City 2-1 at Vicarage Road.

The Hornets' centre-back has now claimed nine and eight-point hauls in his last three home outings.

Dawson has been a major threat from the back since the season resumed.

His total of nine shots in the box from Gameweek 30+ ranks second among defenders in FPL.

And back-to-back matches against Newcastle United and West Ham United could help him get more goals.

Those two sides rank in the bottom five for headed shots conceded this season.

Wing wonder

Watford's short-term schedule can also favour Ismaila Sarr (£6.1m).

The Senegalese's assist against Norwich underlined his differential appeal with an ownership of only 1.7 per cent.

For Norwich, Teemu Pukki (£6.4m) was restored to the first XI after being benched against Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend.

But his goal drought continued, with the Finn having failed to score in each of the last 10 Gameweeks.

Facing Chelsea, Burnley and Manchester City in the final three matches, investment in Pukki and the Canaries looks best avoided.

Owners of the injured Todd Cantwell (£4.6m) should consider Phil Foden (£5.4m) or Bukayo Saka (£4.7m) as a cut-price replacement in midfield. 

Top scorer: Danny Welbeck 9pts (TSB 0.2%, £5.8m)
Bonus points: Danny Welbeck 3pts, Emiliano Buendia 2pts, Etienne Capoue 2pts.

Next three Gameweeks

Watford: NEW (H) WHU (A) MCI (H)
Norwich: WHU (H) CHE (A) BUR (H) 

The resurgence in FPL form from Jamie Vardy's (£9.7m) continued as he netted Leicester City's late equaliser at Arsenal.

The Foxes' forward has now scored in back-to-back matches for the first time since Gameweek 16.

Vardy has three goals and 22 points over his last two matches and could be a strong captain option against AFC Bournemouth this weekend.

He scored twice and supplied an assist in his last meeting with the Cherries, claiming 16 points.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m) was also on the scoresheet , getting his 20th goal of the season, two behind Vardy in the race for the Golden Boot.

But he faces a testing short-term schedule, with back-to-back encounters with Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool potentially limiting his points output.

Elsewhere in attack for the Gunners, Saka continues to excel as a budget option for FPL managers.

Having scored against Wolverhampton Wanderers in Gameweek 33+, he supplied the assist for Aubameyang's first-half strike.

Meanwhile, Alexandre Lacazette (£9.2m) looks set for a run of starts up front after his strike rival Eddie Nketiah (£4.4m) was sent off and will serve a three-match ban.

Top scorer: Jamie Vardy 9pts (TSB 26.8%, £9.7m)
Bonus points: Jamie Vardy 3pts, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 2pts, Kasper Schmeichel 1pt.

Next three Gameweeks

Arsenal: TOT (A) LIV (H) AVL (A)
Leicester: BOU (A) SHU (H) TOT (A)

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