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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. Demel
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Without selling Sterling, Kun or Salah how do I get Mane into this team?

    1 FT
    0.9m bank

    Ryan
    TAA - Kola - Valery
    Son - Tielmans- Sterling - Salah TC
    Laca - Aguero - Jimenez

    Leno - JWP - Duffy - Bednarek

    1. JONALDINHO
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Laca and Tielmans to Mane and Llorente?

      1. Lazaretti
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        This, maybe Mitrovic if enough funds

    2. Internal Error
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Sell Laca and replace Son

      1. gaurava1216
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        replace son for what??

    3. merin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Laca an Tiel out for Wilson and Mané or someone cheeper than Wilson if needed

  2. OldBenKenobi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Crazy to do Trippier + Eriksen > Chambers + Salah(c) -4?

    Im now worried that both Spurs players may get a rest.....

  3. Five Season Wonder
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Eriksen + Jimenez OUT
    Salah + DCL IN??
    (-4)

    Yes or no please

    gives me this;

    Ryan
    Trent - Duffy - Doherty
    Salah(TC) - Mane - Sterling - Sonny
    Aguero - DCL - Llorente

    1. OldBenKenobi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Lose Jimenez before Fulham?

      1. Five Season Wonder
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        that's next week

        1. OldBenKenobi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          i know

  4. HurriKane
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Reports say Firmino for rest of season with ankle injury .

    Time to punt on Origi?

    1. Plymouth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Whaat...?

    2. OldBenKenobi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      what report? that one tweet or an additional source?

    3. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      What reports? Hopefully Salah upfront

      1. DA Minnion
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Mane up top. Four goals minimum.

    4. JONALDINHO
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      What reports??? If so there goes double hopes

  5. TheSteel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Play Foster(WOL) or Etheridge(ful)?

    Also, Mane(TC) a good shout?

  6. Bubbles1985
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Mane in for Eriksen for -4?

    Silly move or just TC Sterling/Aguero next week??

  7. Lalrota
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Eriksen Jimenez> Salah+ Llorente (-4) worth it?

  8. CHARLIE HULL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Bench 1 (playing Ryan):

    A) Doherty
    B) Duffy
    C) Gray

    1. Fnug
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      B

  9. Fnug
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Sterling to Mané for free, yes or no? Will cap Salah.

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      I did Sterling to Mane

    2. Bubbles1985
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Do you think Sterling will be benched?

      1. Fnug
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        No, it’s just the Huddlesfear

    3. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Sterling will probably outscore Mane so no

  10. dsc
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Which is better?

    A.) Sterling > Salah
    B.) Duffy > TAA
    C.) Valery > TAA

    Ryan, Foster
    Robertson, Laporte, Duffy, Doherty, Valery
    Sterling, Mane, Eriksen, Son, JWP
    Aguero, Jimenez, Llorente

    1. Lumberjack
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      C

  11. waltzingmatildas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    How's this look?

    Ryan
    Robbo Davies duffy
    Mane (c) son (vc) eriksen deulofeu
    Aguero jimenez firmino
    Foster camarasa Doherty valery

    1. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Looks good. Great Liverpool coverage

      1. waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Would love Salah, but just not keen on wrecking the rest of the team. Fingers crossed firmino is fit

  12. Pieterke30
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Who scores more points this GW?

    A. Ings
    B. Mitrovic

    (For my draft team)

    1. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Mitrovic

    2. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      B

    3. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      B

      1. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Front 3 is Jimenez Zaha Ings

        Ings has BOU (H) now and HUD (H) in 38.

        Jim has FUL (H) in 37.

        Zaha is in good form with EVE (H), CAR (A),...

        Would you switch one for Mitro? And if so, which?

        1. The 12th Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          That’s a tough one.
          I’d be keeping all those. Maybe dropping Jimenez for the last gw.

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Thought it was groin. Two injuries will be definitely hard to overcome

  13. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Do you think Poche will rest players ?

    1. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 27 days ago

      I hope not

  14. Redranger
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Worth doing KDB and Eriksen > Salah and Deulofeu for -4?

    1. jaywills
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Yes!

  15. Pete Price The Lizard
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    What option is best till the end of the season?

    A) Auba & Haz > Salah & Vardy

    B) Auba & Haz > Aguero & Mane

  16. jorgenoj
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    TC mane this gw or Aguero/sterling gw37?

    1. Bobby_Baggio
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      I'm doing the latter

  17. MadeinIreland
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Start JWP or Wilson?

    Thanks...

    1. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Wilson

  18. FantasyFiend
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Chances of Trippier starting against West Ham?

  19. Super Saints
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Are you using you triple captain?

    Yes or No?

    1. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Yes

    2. Bobby_Baggio
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      No

  20. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Have I missed something? Why is everyone selling Eriksen?

    1. Annie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      might be rested

      1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Oh okay - just caught up with the tweets.
        Presumably not worth selling for a hit, or benching for Llorente or Valery though?

        1. Annie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          I'd keep

    2. Jarvish
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Funding Liverpool players

      1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        That I do understand. Have tripled up already and still have Erik.

  21. Lumberjack
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Last one folks...to fund Mané, which of these:

    A - Jota to Brooks/Moutinho
    B - Boly to Peltier

    Thanks all

  22. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Hazard to Son for free worth it?

    1. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Id go with Mane or Salah funds permitting

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Have Mane.. maybe I'll just save a transfer. Need to use my FH at some point though

    2. Lumberjack
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Nah, you’ll want Hazard back anyway

  23. nico05
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Hello there, if anyone could help at all it would be appreciated as I'm trailing by 40 points.
    Llloris (Speroni)
    Doherty Valery Robertson (Dunk) (Kelly)
    Eriksen Son De Bruyne Pogba (Oriol Romeu)
    Aguero Rashford Firmino

    2 trasnfer and 0.1 to spend.

    Im drawn to trying to find a way to get Salah in my team/any other suggestions. Thanks for reading

  24. Lalrota
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Llorente should start?

    1. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Yes

    2. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      leave him on a hill just in case.

    3. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      ...the car

  25. Absolute VARce
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Who to start?

      A) Boly (Wolves havn’t kept a cleano away from home since Dec)
      B) Valery / Bednarek

      Cheers

    • Daghe Munegu
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Who to start?
      A) Gray
      B) Jwp

      1. nico05
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 27 days ago

        b

    • greggles
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Context: 74 pts behind in ML.

      This week’s transfer is KDB > Mane but TC Salah

      I have a benching headache so please let me know if you think I should change this.

      Gunn
      Valery / Dunk / Duffy / Laporte
      Salah (TC) / Mane / JWP / Son
      Jimenez / Aguero

      Subs: Foster / Llorente / Doucoure / Doherty

      1. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Valery > Doucoure

      2. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Not a huge fan of those defensive double ups so I'd bench Valery and Dunk, and play Doherty for his attacking threat.

        Then I'd bring in one of Llorente or Doucoure.

      3. greggles
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Thanks

      4. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Why get in Mane if chasing that many points ? Go hazard for diff imo

        1. Sloopy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Depends if rival has Mané!

      5. Sloopy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Dunk -> Llorente

      6. pjomara
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Dunk to Doherty.
        Toin toss between Duffy, Valery, Llorente and Doucoure. Maybe Llorente as you already have Gunn for Soton.

    • Effe
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Which one should I play?

      A. Doherty WAT (A)
      B. Duffy NEW (H)

      1. Bullet Eder
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        B

        1. gaurava1216
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Im Playing Doherty purely for attacking threat.

    • _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Shaqiri Sturridge Origi front 3 tonight will get the job done.

      1. BRUCE THE MOOSE (F.K.A RAFA…
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Behave 🙂

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Imagine the scenes on here 😀

      2. DA Minnion
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        What job is that?

        1. OldBenKenobi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          breaking peoples hearts

      3. Sloopy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Dream on!