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Gameweek 36 Scout Picks – All eyes on Liverpool attack

The money is in midfield for the Gameweek 36 Scout Picks, with a big focus on Liverpool.

The Reds host Huddersfield at Anfield in what many expect to be a one-sided affair.

With the quick turnaround between Gameweeks in the last few days this week the Scout Picks were chosen by the Fantasy Football Scout editorial team without input from the Scout Squad.

We’ve gone for a 3-5-2 formation that comes in bang on our £83.5m budget.

Goalkeeper

Redemption for Mat Ryan (£4.4m) and his colleagues at the back came swiftly in Double Gameweek 35. They came close to earning two clean sheets at Wolves and Spurs with impressive defensive performances and were only breached by a late Christian Eriksen driver from range on Tuesday night. With Newcastle coming to the Amex Stadium there’s the potential for more defensive returns as the Magpies rank inside the bottom four for shots in the box and big chances in the last four away matches.

Defenders

It was a tough call picking a Liverpool defender, because the options all look so good, but we’ve gone Andrew Robertson (£6.8m) in the end. While Virgil van Dijk is probably the most nailed-on to start against Huddersfield, the Scottish international is not far behind. We think Trent Alexander-Arnold presents great attacking threat too, but Robertson has been the more reliable across the course of the season. Huddersfield remain the division’s lowest scorers and the Reds have more clean sheets at home than any other side this season.

As Manchester City bare down on successfully defending their Premier League title, their defence has once again become a key component. Pep Guardiola’s men have kept clean sheets in eight of their last 10 league matches, more than any other side in that time. As ever, Aymeric Laporte (£6.2m) is the most likely to start at centre-back for Manchester City as they travel to Burnley. In the last five matches, he has registered 35 points, more than any of his team-mates.

With Ben Davies (£5.6m) rested midweek, and Danny Rose likely to start at left-back against Ajax, it looks like the Welshman will get the nod to start in Gamweek 36. West Ham come to north London in the bottom five for both shots on target and big chances in the last four away matches. Furthermore, Spurs are yet to concede a goal in their new stadium.

Midfielders

Mohamed Salah (£13.2m) is the first of two Liverpool attackers to be included in the Scout Picks this week as Huddersfield Town come to Anfield. The Terriers have conceded 11 goals in their last four away matches and have allowed more shots than any other side in that selection too. Meanwhile, Salah is top of the league for shots on target over the last four matches and has attacking returns in three of them.

Sadio Mané (£10.1m) completes our Liverpool triple-up ahead of Huddersfield’s visit to Anfield. Obviously, we know that the Terriers will allow plenty of opportunities for the Senegalese international, as we’ve just read, but there are certain areas in which he looks even more likely to score than Salah. In the last four home matches, no player has a higher xG score than Mané who has is enjoying most often being on the end of Liverpool’s big chances.

Given that he is suspended for the first leg of Spurs’ Champions League semi-final with Ajax, Son Heung-min (£8.8m) is the most likely of his attacking colleagues to start against West Ham on Saturday. The Hammers have conceded more big chances than any other side in the last four away matches, which should play into the South Korean’s hands. He may have just two goal involvements in the last nine Gameweeks, but out of himself, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli, he has the most shots in the box over the last four matches despite playing the fewest minutes.

Since Kevin de Bruyne went off early with an injury in the first match of Double Gameweek 35, Bernardo Silva (£7.6m) has stepped up as the key midfielder for Manchester City. In the last two matches, he has created more chances than any of his colleagues and has double the number of shots and shots in the box of popular team-mate Raheem Sterling.

Nathan Redmond (£5.4m) may have disappointed his owners in Double Gameweek 35, but he should do much better back at home in Gameweek 36. The Southampton man is typically much more effective in front of his own fans, with only six players registering a better xG score than him in the last four home matches. Meanwhile, Bournemouth make the short trip to St Mary’s Stadium having conceded at least two goals in 10 of their last 12 away matches.

Forwards

Jamie Vardy (£9.0m) is still in great form going into Gameweek 36 with eight goals in as many league matches. This weekend sees him face an Arsenal side he has six goals in seven Premier League starts against so far in his career. The Gunners are hardly in decent form of late too, conceding three times both to Crystal Palace and Wolves in the last few days. Meanwhile, only one player has been afforded more big chances than Vardy in the entire of 2018/19.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.3m) may be a surprise inclusion for some, but there’s a good chance he could deliver against Cardiff City this weekend. Since they lost Sol Bamba to a season-ending injury in Gameweek 29, the Bluebirds have conceded more headers than any other side, which plays right into Mitrovic’s strengths. Furthermore, the Fulham striker is joint-level with Salah for the most number of shots on target in the last four matches.

Substitutes

Shane Duffy (£4.8m) continues to stay in the plans of Fantasy managers for Gameweek 36. We’ve already covered the defensive potential for Brighton this week against a potentially shot-shy Newcastle side but we still believe there’s some goal threat for the centre-back. Duffy has been a threat from set pieces this season, to which the Magpies have allowed 155 chances in 2018/19 – the second most in the league.

Ryan Babel (£5.5m) looks to have decent points potential in Gameweek 36, just like his colleague Mitrovic. He has three goals and two assists in his last seven matches, which could continue when Cardiff come to Craven Cottage desperately searching for the goals to keep themselves up.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.4m) completes our subs bench as he continues his run of decent form. The Everton striker has two goals in his last four away matches while Crystal Palace have conceded five times in their last two without James Tomkins.

Community Champion

Representing the community against the Scout Picks in Gameweek 36 is our Eliteserien writer Johannes. He has opted for a 3-4-3 of Ederson; Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, van Dijk, Laporte, Walker; Son, Hazard, Moura, Babel; Mitrovic.

The community member who beats our picks by the biggest margin over the campaign will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Contributors and Moderators League for the following season.

It was a win for the Scout Picks over TopMarx in Double Gameweek 35 by a 80-65. fclackless‘s winning margin of 33 points (77-44) in Gameweek 10 is still the current target to beat.

1,232 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Jealous Viper
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 19 days ago

    Thinking Gray to DCL for free and then bench Jota for him. Worth it?

    1. Rains of Castamere
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      I'd save and play Gray. Watford beaten Wolves 2-0 (a) and 3-2 (n) this season. No Wolves away clean sheet since September.

    2. FPL_PEP_TALK
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      Play Jota and keep FT

  2. KINGS
      6 months, 19 days ago

      Captain or Triple Captain Mané?

      1. Rains of Castamere
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        TC

    • Rains of Castamere
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      Play Ryan or Gunn? (Already have Duffy in my 11). Thinking I should spread the risk.

      1. KINGS
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Same situation here. But heck, is season end. Let’s go double or nothing

          1. YEAH PITCH!
              6 months, 19 days ago

              Doubles all round

          2. Larnell
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            Why spread the risk. Go for the one with best chance of points, Ryan

        • Grounderz
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          How’s it looking?

          Gunn
          TAA/ Vert/ Duffy
          Mane/ Sterling/ Son/ Jota
          Firmino/ Kun/ Jimenez

          Ryan/ Valery/ Camarasa/ Dunk

          Armband to Mane with vice on Son.

        • Codetto
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          B. Silva + TAA (-4), b. silva playing, Jota benched

          or

          Salah + Babel (-4), Jota playing, Babel Benched

          1. Codetto
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            got Robbo and Mane already

        • STRANGER INGS
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          TAA let's go!!

        • Team Cruel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Sterling...?

          1. RUUD!
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            Scout picks on a budget but I am surprised there is no Sterling

        • BBC_TF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          What is the best combo?

          A/ Vardy + Deulofeu
          B/ Vardy + Babel
          C/ Erisken + Calvert-Lewin

        • PlayPercentage
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Play which budget defender?

          Dunk (NEW)
          Valery (BOU)
          Cathcart (WOL)

        • RUUD!
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          With Pep saying "when it's long balls I prefer Vinny & Nico" does that mean Laporte LB or on the bench maybe?

          1. diesel001
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            He was being asked about Stones. He was basically saying he prefers Otamendi and Kompany to Stones when there is a long ball team. The quote is irrelevant to Laporte's position in the team.

        • RVP20
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Should I do Lacazette > Firmino for free?

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            why not.

          2. ninja
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            Yes

          3. coozie
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            Yes

        • ninja
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Who to bench here?
          Any transfers needed? 0.4m 1ft

          Ryan Patricio
          TAA Kolasniac laporte Kiko bednarek
          Sterling mane son delefou jota
          Aguero Jiminez Gray

          1. BuYaKasha
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            Bench Gray, Jota and Kola imo

        • BuYaKasha
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Play Jota or Llorente?

          1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            Jota imo

        • diesel001
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Got quite a lot of these scout picks (or a good alternative e.g. Vertonghen for Davies). Not good given the picks did so well last week.

        • jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Go ahead and do it?
          Doh > TAA

          Foster, Ryan
          Robbo, Laporte, Doherty, Duffy, Valery
          Sterling, Mane, Son, Jota, JWP
          Aguero, Jiménez, Wilson

        • Dele
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Wilson > Mitrovic?

          1. Patrick Bateman
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            Nah. Should be goals in the South Coast derby.

            1. Dele
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 19 days ago

              Not so sure.

        • Patrick Bateman
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Dew it

          1. Patrick Bateman
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            To @JDP219

            1. jdp219
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 19 days ago

              thanks

        • 007 [RoboKlopp]
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          96k now, target inside 60k
          Mane TC now

          Good luck all 🙂

        • Dave Dreamer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Bring in Gomez as 1st sub to cover TAA ?

        • coozie
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          what to go with?

          Sterling and Babel
          or
          B Silva and Son

          Thanks

        • 328345
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Im tof of ML.

          2nd is only a few pts behind, but has no TC, and will C Salah
          3rd is 40 behind but has TC, and will use it on Mane.

          I have both Salah and Mane, Who should I TC, Salah or Mane?
          Salah would push me miles away from third, and keep me within arms distance of second.

          Mane haul and TC him would see me win the league for sure.

          Flip a coin?

          1. 328345
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            top, not tof ha

          2. Larnell
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            TC Salah

          3. Absolute VARce
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 19 days ago

            Salah TC and keep the faith

        • melvinmbabazi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Thoughts? 1FT, 0.1 ITB:

          Ryan

          Robertson/TAA/Dunk

          (TC)Mane/Pogba/Son/Fraser

          Aguero/Laca/Gray

          Bench; Leno/Valery/Kolasinac/Hojberg

          Cheers

        • Runaway
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          One last time:

          A) Laca + Eriksen > Salah (TC) + DCL for -4

          B) Laca > Firmino for free and Mane (TC)

          I am 2nd in ML, 7 points behind the leader and 20 points ahead of the 3rd. They don't have either of Salah/Firmino/Eriksen/DCL and they will both TC Mane.

          1. Absolute VARce
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 19 days ago

            B

          2. Absolute VARce
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 19 days ago

            And TC. Firmino will bag the other 8points

        • rmt this, rmt that so i sai…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 19 days ago

          play :
          a. duffy
          b. pereira

          got ryan in goal

        • Waylander
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Laporte, Eriksen > TAA, Bernardo Silva (-4)

          A step to far here? Think city might concede and Eriksen a rotation risk?

          1. Duka
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            just take eriksen out

        • the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          last thing i need help with is which 2 to bench?

          a. Doherty
          b. Valery
          c. AWB

          1. Waylander
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            Play Doherty for attacking returns

          2. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            I'm confused between Doherty or Valery. It's a tough one.

        • wildnothing
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          What todo with this? Need some offensive Pool coverage and captain alternative. 1ft 1.8 itb.

          Lloris Ryan
          Doherty Duffy TAA Valery Kolasinac
          Sterling Eriksen Son Martial Jota
          Agüero Lacazette Jimenez

          1. Waylander
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            Eriksen > Mane (c)

        • Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Starting Ings over Jota. Madness?

          1. Schwarzer
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            Play Jota

        • dnesan
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Last decision of the week: Sterling and Lucas Moura or Salah and Redmond?

          I have Mane and Aguero already.

          1. Duka
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            very tough. sterling and lucas at gunpoint

          2. Schwarzer
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            B for sure