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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. Mr_Barbs
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    Play:
    A) Wilson
    B) Jota (playing Jimenez)

    1. kuzser
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      similar situation and I'm leaning towards benching Jimi
      To answer your question-A, no wolves double up

  2. RubberDucky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    Sticking the armband on Sterling.

    Mane will play less minutes
    Salah will hog the ball
    My OR is 135k, I have nothing to lose!

    1. OldBenKenobi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Good luck
      I might be joining you

    2. XabiAlonso
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Good luck

  3. kuzser
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    Last item to fix, who to play (2nd in a ML and rivals have Jimi)?
    a) Wilson
    b) Jimi

    Current line up is:
    Ryan
    Vertongen TAA Duffy
    Salah(TC) Mane Son Redmond Jota
    Aguero Wilson
    Subs: foster/ Jimi Doherty Valery

  4. The Pope
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    Anything worth transferring? (1FT)

    Foster

    Robertson TAA Doherty

    Mane Eriksen Son Sterling

    Aguero Wilson Jimenez

    Boruc, Jota, Kiko Femenia, Bednarek

  5. Gazza2000
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    Asked before but want more opinions as I am really tempted to do this, thoughts ?

    Eriksen and Son -> Salah & Redmond for -4

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Presume it was a no before

      1. Gazza2000
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        🙂 shouldn't do it I know...

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Follow your gut.

      I'd say no though

    3. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Not a fan but can work

  6. KANE-O-MANIA
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    Is worth transfer in these players for -4??

    KDB >>> Mane
    &
    Eriksen >>> B Silva

  7. Pete Price The Lizard
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    Right of to Anfield to watch my TC haul so have to post my team now GTG for the GW lads?

    Ryan
    Boly Dunk Valery
    Camarasa Pogba Salah (TC) Sterling (VC) Son
    Jimenez Vardy

    Subs: Foster,Kola,Success and Schlupp

    0.2 ITB no FT

  8. SPorting
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    Bench two:

    a) Dunk
    b) Yoshi
    c) JWP
    d) Llorente

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Maybe play the defenders but tough one, Llorente looked rubbish on tues, Brighton going for 0-0 to survive so like dunk, Yoshida is due a goal!

      1. SPorting
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Cheers Packie

  9. Geordie19
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    Does using a wildcard count as a transfer? Thank you

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      You don’t have 2ft the week after if that’s what you mean

    2. Boxwoods
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Believe the answer is no, but you will have only one FT in the next GW, even if you had accumulated when WCing.

    3. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Yes

  10. Perthite
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    Any chance on any comment if bench order and selection is ok?

    G2G on bench/order?

    Ryan (Foster)
    Robertson Doherty Valery
    Salah(c) Sterling Son Jota
    Firmino Jimenez Lacazette
    (AWB Bednarek Camarasa)

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      looks good to me

  11. Indio
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    What's my best move for team below please, A or B?

    A: KDB and Foster > Mane and cheap GK
    B: KDB and Duffy > Bilva and Robbo?

    Lloris
    TAA, Duffy, Doherty
    Salah (TC), Son, Eriksen *KDB*
    Aguero, Jimmy, Gray
    (Foster, Dunk, Hojbjerg, Valery)

    (Both would be for -4, nothing ITB)

  12. Reddevilz
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    Use TC chip week on Mane ?

    A) yay ( no more better game)
    B) nay (sterling next week better choice)

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      A

    2. Bobby_Baggio
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      B for me

  13. Nicoson
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    What's the opinion on Lucas Moura?

    1. AriseSirGiggsy
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      It’s strange he doesn’t have a proper Brazilian name

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Like Fred or Oscar?

        1. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 24 days ago

          🙂 haha

      2. Bobby_Baggio
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Lucas Rodrigues Moura da Silva

        Sounds pretty Brazilian to me

      3. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        maybe it is & we just don't know that it is... lucas leiva. that's 2 Brazilians that were in the Premier League with Lucas as 1st name :0

  14. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    Bench 2 please

    A) Jonny
    B) ednarek
    C) Doherty
    D) unk

    1. OldBenKenobi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      A+B

    2. Gazza2000
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      BA

    3. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      A and B

    4. Bobby_Baggio
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      A and B

  15. OldBenKenobi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    Do we think Trippier plays?
    Hes one of my better differentials and would hate for a 1 point cameo.

    Im considering Trippier + Eriksen > Chambers + Salah -4 if both are likely to be rested?

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      im gambling he plays

    2. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Hoping he plays

  16. estheblessed
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    Play

    a) Doherty (Wat, a)
    b) Wan-Bissaka (Eve, h)

    1. Boxwoods
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      I'm going for Doc.

    2. Bobby_Baggio
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Doh

  17. Sondre van Bank
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    A) Vardy and Eriksen ---> Salah and Zaha
    b) Vardy --> Firmino
    c) Duffy ---> Peltier (Have 2ft's. don't want to lose one for free)

    1. AriseSirGiggsy
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      B

  18. Here Comes The Son ★
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    Having a sod it moment and thinking about playing aggressive. I'm already on a -4 bringing Salah in... thoughts on Hazard > Mane for another hit? I guess the question is will Mane outscore Hazard with a -4 this week?

    1. AriseSirGiggsy
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Probably

    2. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      This week probably, next week no.

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Bringing in template players for hits isn't my idea of playing aggressive.

      1. mookie
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        this

      2. Here Comes The Son ★
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Maybe the wrong word but you know what I mean. Taking hits in order to score more points than you would without taking them.

  19. trustmeimpurple
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    Bench one out of Gray, Jota or Gray??

    1. trustmeimpurple
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Gray,Jota or Redmond**

    2. OldBenKenobi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      One of the Gray brothers

  20. Halftime Lemon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    Which one to play?
    Valery
    JWP
    Ings

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Ings

  21. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    Come on, shoot me:

    Thinking freshest form, which shows for the 4 last games 1 assist/0 goals for Mane and 2 goals/2 assists for Salah.

    Both have the fixture, Salah has regained the form

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 24 days ago

      What about freshest HOME form?

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Exactly, that’s the other side of it. But not the freshest stats as it’s over 8 GWs versus the last 4

    2. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      I'm going Salah as the talisman I think. May get a sniff of pens if Milner is off pitch. Won't get a better chance of getting ahead on the Golden Boot stakes...

    3. Halftime Lemon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      I've TCd Mane on the back of his home form.
      Not being able to afford Salah helped greatly in this decision

  22. SPorting
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    I said, bench two:

    a) Dunk
    b) Yoshi
    c) JWP
    d) Llorente

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Ab

      1. La Roja
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        What he said

        1. SPorting
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 24 days ago

          But he didn’t say what I wanted to hear!

        2. Halftime Lemon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 24 days ago

          Yup

  23. Lalrota
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

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

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Naaa, very close, don’t Think so

  24. DeVuk
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 24 days ago

    Hey guys
    Best replacement for KDB? Already got Son and Mane and don't want Eriksen as he was the one I replaced KDB with :/

    1. onceuponatyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Depending on who you already have, it's all about Milivojević for me.
      Played 90mins every game this season, three great fixtures, on set pieces, Palace play for pens.
      No brainer for me.

      1. DeVuk
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Good shout. What do you think about Bilva?

  25. Pépé Pig
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 24 days ago

    For those with both who are you going with for (C)?

    A) Salah
    B) Mane

    Literally can't decide

  26. Connor's Calling
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    To play:

    A) Foster + Duffy
    B) Ryan + Duffy
    C) Ryan + Kolasinac

    ?

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      B go all in! Brighton are trying to grind out 0-0 draws to survive

      1. Connor's Calling
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 24 days ago

        Thanks

  27. allaboutthemagic
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    whats peoples thoughts on best replacement for KDB? I have erik moura salah currently...

  28. palace ash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    A) KdB and Rashford to Salah and Long (-4)
    B) KdB and Lacazette to Salah and Long (-4)

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      B

    2. The Senate
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 24 days ago

      b

  29. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 24 days ago

    Liverpool to win 3-1 with Gini Hendo Milner goals

    TAA og

    1. JONALDINHO
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Ill take 3 Salah assists

    2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      If it means nothing for Mane, sure

  30. llmja
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 24 days ago

    Eriksen+Sterling to Salah(TC)​+ B silva (-4)
    Yes or No
    Already has Mane.
    Thank you

    1. SPorting
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      No thank you

    2. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 24 days ago

      Some crazy transfers and on here, I’d TC mane and save