Monday night football has long been know to throw up some exciting games and goals, well last nights encounter between Southampton and Everton was certainly exciting, but unfortunately for fantasy managers there were no goals. Of course the lack of goals doesn’t mean that we didn’t learn a thing or two about both clubs so with that in mind here are our Managers Notes from last night’s action.
Toffee’s defensive resolve returns
After what can only be described as a disastrous season at the back for Everton, the Toffee’s look like they have finally sorted out their defensive problems after they picked up their second clean sheet on the bounce, which will come as some relief to David Moyes. Everton had not kept a clean sheet since round 5 prior to last week’s game with Swansea and with another under their belt last night against Southampton fantasy managers will be keenly eyeing up the Everton back line for prospects. Leighton Baines springs to mind in that vein and with 18 points in his last three outings it’s easy to see why investment in the England international looks imminent.
Fellaini falters again
Having been a fantasy favorite for much of the first half of the season Marouane Fellaini is beginning to fall off radar as far as fantasy potential is concerned. The Belgian international has not managed a goal in his last five appearances which is a worrying stat for both Everton and fantasy managers. It would seem that the renewed defensive resolve that we spoke about is coming at cost up front for the Toffee’s as David Moyes opts to deploy Fellaini is a deeper midfielder role forced by a tactical reshuffle as a result of an injury to Seamus Coleman. With Fellaini now playing in a deeper role the goal scoring burdon has now firmly fallen to Nikica Jelavic but he too seems to be struggling to find goals with the Croatian mustering up a solitary goal in his last 12 games. The next two home games will certainly offer the former Rangers man a chance to make a mends with both West Brom and Aston Villa set to make the trip to Goodison but after another poor display last night against the Saints there may be better value to be had in the striking department for fantasy managers looking for a differential.
Southampton’s unbeaten run continues
The new era at St Mary’s under Mauricio Pochettino got under way last night and in truth they should have been at least two to the good at half time where it not for the heroics of Everton keeper Tim Howard. The 0-0 draw continues the Saints unbeaten run to six games and ironically enough it is the first goalless draw they have been involved in all season.Pochettino made two changes to the Saints line up going into last night’s game with both Ramirez and Lambert coming back in, with Davis and Rodriguez dropping to the bench. The Saint’s unbeaten run will surely draw attention from fantasy managers but with both Manchester United and Manchester City to come in the next three that run may well be about to come to an abrupt end.
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