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FDR Analysis: Everton can build momentum

The Scout 21 Aug 2021
Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison, Everton

The Scout says Toffees have the schedule to reward their backers in both defence and attack

A favourable upcoming schedule can help Everton's key players deliver plenty of points at both ends of the pitch in Fantasy Premier League

The Toffees enjoyed a fine start to the 2021/22 season, winning 3-1 at home to Southampton last weekend.

Rafael Benitez’s team now avoid all of last season’s top 10 sides over the next four Gameweeks, giving them the chance to maintain that early momentum.

According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), each of their upcoming encounters with Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley, Aston Villa and Norwich City score no more than three.

Everton’s next four Gameweeks
GW Opponent FDR
3 BHA (A) 3
4 BUR (H) 2
5 AVL (A) 3
6 NOR (H) 2

In defence, Lucas Digne (£5.5m) was Everton’s standout performer in 2020/21. 

The left-back combined nine assists with nine clean sheets last season.

His 44 key passes and 11 big chances created both placed joint-top for the Toffees in the last campaign.

Penalties to boost Richarlison?

Forwards Richarlison (£7.6m) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.1m) were both on the scoresheet against Southampton in Gameweek 1.

The Brazilian also supplied an assist and earned three bonus points, totalling 11 points. 

He could also be Everton’s first-choice penalty taker this term. 

Encouraging numbers for Calvert-Lewin

While the versatile Richarlison occasionally plays on the left flank, Calvert-Lewin's goal threat is boosted by his role as a central striker.

His five shots in the penalty area versus Southampton were joint-top among all players in Fantasy in Gameweek 1.

Calvert-Lewin's 31 big chances and 16 goals were both more than double the totals of any team-mate last season.

Remember, the Gameweek 3 deadline is at 11:00 BST on Saturday 28 August.

Also in this series

Part 2: GW2 FPL stats: Lukaku outscores Salah and Fernandes
Part 3: GW2 Bonus points: West Ham duo add to scores
Part 4: FPL Saturday review: Mings leads dominant defenders
Part 5: GW2 Lessons: Jota can help you get Lukaku
Part 6: FPL experts: What to do with Tsimikas and Jota?
Part 7: GW2 Lessons: Dias can avoid Pep rotation

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