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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. Deeney-is-a-god
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Do people think sterling will be rested or something? Why is so many suggesting him out, because I am looking to get him in this GW

    1. gaurava1216
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Probably to make way for Salah or Mane

      1. Deeney-is-a-god
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        I get one would like those players, but sterling might outscore both in the next 3 so just don't get why some people are suggesting hits to get him out.

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Anyone looking for dumb reasons to get Salah. He won’t be rested now

      1. Sloopy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        This

  2. gaurava1216
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Benching headaches.....

    Jota or Gray?

    1. OldBenKenobi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      im thinking Gray

  3. Demel
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Ryan
    TAA - Kola - Valery
    Son - Hazard- Sterling - Salah TC
    Origi - Aguero - Jimenez

    Leno - JWP - Duffy - Bednarek

    Laca/Tielmans > Origi/Hazard (-4) - Good moves?

  4. BRUCE THE MOOSE (F.K.A RAFA…
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Hopefully irrelevant but best Vice here? Thanks & GL all

    Ryan
    Laporte. TAA. Doherty
    Sterling. Mané[TC]. Eriksen. Son
    Agüero. Jiménez. Gray
    (Foster, Duffy, Højbjerg, Bednarek)

    1. Bullet Eder
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      I'm going TAA

    2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      I've been on Son all week - but TAA or Sterling are probably better options if you are concerned about Spurs rotation.

    3. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Son...

      1. BRUCE THE MOOSE (F.K.A RAFA…
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Haha! It’s Son or Sterling I think yeah

      2. BRUCE THE MOOSE (F.K.A RAFA…
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        P.s your famous now! Nice work in the article

    4. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Son

  5. Fagaazi
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Hello fellow fantasy friends, please help with my week picks.

      Ryan
      Robbo Trip(TAA) Duffy
      Jota KDB(BSilva) Son Eriksen(SALAH/MANE)
      Jimmy Kun Ings
      Subs - Fos Doucoure Valery Doh

      A - Bsilva for KDB + Salah/Mane for Eriksen & TAA for Trip. -8
      B - Bsilva for KDB + Mane for Eriksen -4
      C - Mane for KDB only - free

    • SomeoneKnows
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Now with Firmino rumours, which bench order should I use? (Please Ryan as goalkeeper)

      Ward-Prowse, Duffy, Valery?

      1. Bullet Eder
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        The same bench order you would have used originally?

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          But Firmino being out would almost certainly affect the way brighton and saints play..

          1. Homer21
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Lol

    • Lalrota
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Any chance we get the pool lineup before deadline?

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        very doubtful.

        you might get "itk" twitter talk but sometimes that can lead you astray

      2. Sloopy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Hope but don’t think so

    • Nightf0x
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Which??
      A) eriksen aguero -4 to salah rashford
      B) valery/bednarek/dunk eriksen -4 to vvd/robbo/laporte - jota/redmond
      C) roll ft

      1. Lazaretti
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Roll

      2. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        A could be great or awful. Not pushed on B at all tbh

        1. Nightf0x
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Longterm B is imp. As i need a reliable defender for the rest of the season

    • jaywills
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      BB Team G2G (no cash ITB)

      a) Lloris, Ryan,

      TAA, Doherty, Valery, AWB, Duffy,
      MAne (C), Sterling, Eriksen, Son, (Hudson Odoi = injured)
      Jiminez, Laccazette, King

      Or, -8 for

      b)
      Lloris, Ryan,

      TAA, Doherty, Valery, AWB, Duffy,
      MAne (C), Sterling, Delefeou, Son, Redmond
      Jiminez, Aguero, King

      c)
      Lloris, Ryan,

      TAA, Doherty, Valery, AWB, Duffy,
      MAne (C), Sterling, Delefeou, Son, Moura/ B.Silva
      Jiminez, Lacazette, King

      Cheers Chaps!

      1. jaywills
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Please someone put me out my misery 🙁

    • Tmel
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Trent likely to start?

      1. DA Minnion
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Yes very.

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Saw you comment on last page. What did the manager say about Ings?

          1. DA Minnion
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            I think he fancies Long in the form he's in at the minute. Said he took a knock at the end of the game but should be good to start this weekend. If he goes with one up could be ings on bench.

      2. jaywills
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        50/50 Ive got him but I doubt it.

      3. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        worth the gamble imo

      4. Deeney-is-a-god
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        think so. In my eyes more likely to be benched away to Barcelona, because Gomez is much better defensively

    • Niho992
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 28 days ago

      As Liverpool fan feally hope Firmino isnt injured. He is our best player after VVD and without him we re bad in attack and we have no chance vs Barca then..

      1. JONALDINHO
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        The glue in the team. I’d argue he’s more important than Van Dijk because he’s literally irreplaceable. 1st half against Porto we were without him we couldn’t string 2 passes but when he came on we ripped Porto to shreds

        1. Berbinho's Forehead
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          As good as Firmino is, van Dijk is by far our most important player.

          We beat Watford 5 nil without Firmino for example.

          1. Would Ed Woodward
              3 months, 28 days ago

              VVD is the player I'd most like at Utd from your entire squad, he's scary good and a leader.

              1. Berbinho's Forehead
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Might be bias but I think he's the best CB in the world at the moment. No weaknesses*

                *apart from when Babel is running at him.

            • Shackalackaboomboom
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              To think Celtic paid less than 1m for him.

          2. Niho992
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 28 days ago

            yeah i agree we dont have replacement for him..

      2. Bossworld
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Play Doherty, Duffy or Bednarek as third defender?

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Doh just over Duffy

          2. Halftime Lemon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Doherty

          3. Homer21
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            I'm thinking Duffy

        • HD7
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          G2G mates?
          Any changes you would suggest...

          Lloris
          Laporte Duffy Robbo
          Sterling Redmond Son Mane(C)
          Gray Aguero Jimenez

          Subs: Foster, Jota, Doherty, Valery

        • vityovics
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Lloris
          TAA - Doherty - Duffy
          Haz - Mané(TC) - Son - Erik - Jota
          Jimenez - Aguero
          (Foster - Gray, Bednarek, Dunk)

          A) G2G, Save FT
          B) Eriksen to Sane/Bilva
          C) Eriksen-Haz to Bilva-Salah(TC) (-4)

          Thanks gents!

          1. jaywills
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            C! Like that a lot!

        • TheSteel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Play Foster(WOL) or Etheridge(ful)?

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Etheridge

        • RealMenWearPink
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          A) KDB + Laca- Sterling + Zaha
          B) KDB + Laca- Salah + Rondon/ Ings

        • jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          TC is on Mane right now.
          Who gets VC?

          1) TAA
          2) Son
          3) Sterling
          4) Aguero

          1. gonzalocampos
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            I asked the same, probably Sterling.

          2. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            3 or 4

        • gonzalocampos
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Who is your VC? Sterling? Robertson? Van Dijk? (Mane TC).

          1. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Son

        • jp1719
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Ryan (Gunn)
          Laporte Trippier TAA (Cathcart, Kola)
          Deloufe Son Sterling (c)Mane (Jota)
          Jimenez Aguero Zaha

          GTG? Gunn instead of Ryan? Jota instead of Zaha? Cheers.

          1. Super Saints
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Sterling captain?

            1. jp1719
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Mane

        • AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Do I have my orders right?
          Ryan
          TAA Doherty Robbo
          Mane (TC) Son Sterling Jota Eriksen
          Jimenez Aguero
          Gunn - Llorente - Valery - Cathcart
          0ft 0.5itb

          A bit wobbly about Eriksen now, but it's not worth a hit or a benching I assume?

        • Lalrota
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          If Firmino is out does that make Salah a bad tc choice?

          1. DA Minnion
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            No not at all. Liverpool are gonna smash Huddersfield.

        • DAZZ
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          You’ve got to be kidding me, Firmino injury? He’s my TC. Sounds like he wont be in the squad if its as bad as people say

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            missed this, what's the story?

        • JoeJitzu +42
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Was all set to do Lacazette to Firmino with FT and now this stupid rumour....

          Anyone have anything concrete??

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            A guy with a blue tick said it now

          2. GARY AND JAMIE
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Don't do it, its only a game...

          3. Bertrand Ernie
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Lucky man, I did Lukaku to Firmino to TC about an hour ago

        • JONALDINHO
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Rate team /10
          Ryan
          Robertson | Dunk | Valery
          Salah | Mane | Son | Deulofeu
          Aguero | Jiminez | Wilson
          (Foster | Jota | Bennett | Feminia)

          Do I play TC and if so Salah/Mane? Also do I play Jota?

        • GARY AND JAMIE
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Hendo up top...get on board...

          1. JONALDINHO
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Call back Shelevy. He did a great job up top with Downing supporting him

          2. The 12th Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Just entered my draft team along side Matip.

        • Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          With firmino out is Salah and mane less good captain options? Imagine if origi gets a start up top...

        • KAPTAIN KANE
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Afternoon peeps! No idea what to do at all this week, transfers or who to start!

          How it currently looks:

          Ryan
          TAA | Doherty | Bednarek
          Salah | Mane | Hazard | Lucas | Fraser
          Aguero | Jimenez

          Boruc | King | Dunk | Peltier

          1FT, 0ITB

          Happy to take a few punts and risks and just have a bit of laugh now til the season close.

          Thanks!

        • Gassemannen
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Any suggestions on bench order?
          Currently 3-4-3.

          Ryan (Foster)
          Alderveireld - Duffy - Dunk (Doherty - Kiko
          Salah (TC) - Mane - Son - Delouf (Jota)
          Laca - Zaha - Jimi

        • ROYALNUTT
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Is a -8 for Salah madness? I will triple captain him.
          Losing erikson and Jimenez for bench fodder.
          Yes or no?
          Thanks

        • The Red Devil
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          GTG?
          Gunn
          TAA Duffy Vertonghen
          Mane Sterling Eriksen Son
          Jimenez Aguero Wilson

          Ryan Jonny JWP Valery