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Daily Scout Notes: 12 July

The Scout 12 Jul 2020
Daily Scout Notes: 12 July

The Scout looks at the lessons from Sunday's matches as Jimenez and Vardy deliver while potential bargain buys emerge

The Scout reviews every Fantasy Premier League fixture, whether it's noting player rotation or injuries, tactical observations or highlighting in-form differentials.

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Raul Jimenez (£8.1m) punished the 250,000 FPL managers who sold him by scoring his first goal in four Gameweeks in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ win over Everton.

The most-transferred out player in Gameweek 35+, Jimenez has moved into third in Fantasy's forward standings after converting a first-half penalty.

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo opted for a 3-4-3, handing starts to FPL midfielders Daniel Podence (£4.9m) and Pedro Neto (£5.0) either side of Jimenez up front.

And the pair took their chance by earning an assist apiece.

At the back, Wolves claimed an eighth clean sheet in the last 11 Gameweeks, a run which has coincided with the return of Willy Boly (£4.8m).

Wolves can continue rewarding investment in their backline over the next two matches, with matches against Burnley and Crystal Palace.

Still good for Digne?

For Everton, a number of injuries in defence meant Lucas Digne (£5.8m) started as part of a three-man backline.

But a half-time change of tactics allowed the Frenchman to return to his more familiar left-back role.

Digne had produced three assists in the previous four Gameweeks and has the schedule to extend that run of returns.

Everton host Aston Villa and AFC Bournemouth and visit Sheffield United in their final three fixtures.

Top scorer: Ruben Neves 9pts (TSB 4.4% £5.2m), Leander Dendoncker 9pts (TSB 8.5% £4.4m).
Bonus points: Ruben Neves 3pts, Raul Jimenez 2pts, Leander Dendoncker 1pt.

Next three Gameweeks

Wolves: BUR (A) CRY (H) CHE (A)
Everton: AVL (H) SHU (A) BOU (H)

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Trezeguet (£5.2m) claimed his season-high haul of 16 FPL points after scoring both Aston Villa’s goals.

The Egyptian’s display is a reminder that teams with everything still to play for in the final Gameweeks can provide FPL managers with major differentials.

He became the third of five attackers from relegation-threatened side to deliver double figures in Gameweek 35+.

Michail Antonio (£7.0m) led the way with 26 points in West Ham United’s win over Norwich City, Troy Deeney (£6.2m) earned 13 points in Watford’s victory against Newcastle United and Dominic Solanke (£5.1m) and Junior Stanislas (£5.8m) scored twice each for AFC Bournemouth.

All three players were owned by less than three per cent of managers heading into the Gameweek.

Reina offering value

In defence, meanwhile, Villa’s first clean sheet in six matches highlighted the value offered by Pepe Reina (£4.2m).

The Spaniard has recently reclaimed his starting role and is the cheapest regular goalkeeper in FPL.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace continued their poor form with a fifth successive defeat.

The Eagles face a testing final three fixtures against Manchester United, Wolves and Tottenham Hotspur.

Owners of their most popular players, Wilfried Zaha (£6.6m) and Jordan Ayew (£5.1m), should consider moving them on, with Southampton's Stuart Armstrong (£5.2m) and Burnley's Jay Rodriguez (£5.7m) having the form and fixtures to appeal as cut-price replacements.

Top scorer: Trezeguet 16pts (TSB 1.0% £5.2m)
Bonus points: Trezeguet 3pts, Pepe Reina 2pts, Ahmed El Mohamady 1pt.

Next three Gameweeks

Aston Villa: EVE (A) ARS (H) WHU (A)
Crystal Palace: MUN (H) WOL (A) TOT (H)

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More than 118,000 managers were made to regret their decision to sell Son Heung-min (£9.6m) after he played a part in both Spurs' goals in a home win over north London rivals Arsenal.

Restored to the starting XI following a rest against AFC Bournemouth, the South Korean played centrally behind striker Harry Kane (£10.9m) as Jose Mourinho opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Son’s goal and assist helped him to 13 points, his sixth double-figure haul of the season.

Now down to a 6.5 per cent ownership, he has the schedule to prove an explosive differential over the run-in.

Spurs will face Newcastle, Leicester City and Crystal Palace in their final three matches.

Lacazette hitting form

For Arsenal, Alexandre Lacazette’s (£9.2m) opener took his tally to two goals in the last three Gameweeks.

The Frenchman looks set to continue as the Gunners’ lone frontman as his strike rival Eddie Nketiah (£4.4m) is banned for the next two Gameweeks.

Although a Gameweek 36+ meeting with Liverpool limits the appeal of investing in Arsenal assets, they then face Aston Villa and Watford in their final two fixtures.

But it remains to be seen if Bukayo Saka (£4.7m) can offer managers a value option for those favourable matches.

He featured as a substitute against Spurs and has now started only two of their last four Gameweeks.

Top scorer: Son Heung-min 13pts (TSB 6.5% £9.6m)
Bonus points: Son Heung-min 3pts, Toby Alderweireld 2pts, Alexandre Lacazette 1pt

Next three Gameweeks

Spurs: NEW (A) LEI (H) CRY (A)
Arsenal: LIV (H) AVL (A) WAT (H)

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Solanke and Stanislas (£5.8m) both claimed their season-high hauls of 13 and 10 points respectively in AFC Bournemouth’s home success over Leicester.

Solanke scored his first and second goals of the season, while Stanislas recorded a goal and assist to give a huge boost to the Cherries’ hopes of Premier League safety.

Stanislas has now found the net in two of the last three matches, also scoring against Man Utd in Gameweek 33+.

Although a midweek visit to Manchester City will deter any investment, Eddie Howe’s side then face Southampton and Everton in the final two Gameweeks.

Having lifted their chances of avoiding relegation, AFC Bournemouth’s improving form suggests they may yet appeal to managers on the lookout for differentials.

Vardy's Golden Boot push

For Leicester, Jamie Vardy (£9.8m) extended his advantage in the race for the Golden Boot to three goals after scoring the opener at Vitality Stadium.

The second most-bought player in Gameweek 35+, the Foxes’ frontman was transferred in by more than 276,000 managers.

Vardy has now scored four goals in the last three Gameweeks ahead of a home encounter with Sheffield United.

But the Foxes will have to do without Caglar Soyuncu (£5.0m) for the remainder of the season after his sending-off.

The centre-back will serve a three-match ban, also missing matches against Spurs and Man Utd.

Top scorer: Dominic Solanke 13pts (TSB 0.3% £5.1m)
Bonus points: Dominic Solanke 3pts, Junior Stanislas 2pts, Jamie Vardy 1pt.

Next three Gameweeks

AFC Bournemouth: MCI (A) SOU (H) EVE (A)
Leicester City: SHU (H) TOT (A) MUN (H)

Also in this series

Part 1: Daily Scout Notes: 11 July (NORWHU, WATNEW, LIVBUR, SHUCHE, BHAMCI)

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