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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. Schwarzer
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Would you do
    A) KDB > Bilva (away to Burnley)
    OR
    B) Save the FT and play Wilson (sou)?

    Cheers

    1. Gazza2000
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

  2. Codetto
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Who gets more points:
    A) Eriksen + Jota + Dunk
    B) Salah + Jota + Dunk (-4)
    C) Eriksen + B.Silva + TAA (-4)

    1. Schwarzer
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

    2. zuggizaccardo
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B for certain

  3. Bluth Banana
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Any concrete news on Auba?

  4. fish66
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Play 2 (already playing Duffy)

    (a) Doherty
    (b) Dunk
    (c) Gray

    1. Schwarzer
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      AC

  5. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Starting Ings over Jota. Madness?

    Also Doherty or Valery/Bednarek?
    Could also do Doherty to Matip for free.

  6. Waylander
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

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

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

    1. Codetto
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      No way, i think laporte + eriksen matches if not does slightly better

  7. Tsssst
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Help?!

    A. Pogba > Babel & Rondon > Vardy (-4)
    B. Rondon > Mitrovic
    C. Bank FT, start Pogba & Rondon

    1. Schwarzer
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

    2. Pat Mustard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

  8. CFC1990
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Is Lacazette to Firminho worth it on a FT?

    1. Schwarzer
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Y

    2. ninja
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      100%

    3. Sloopy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Of course!

  9. MattSmitty
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Bench one:
    A. Siggy (palace)
    B. Jimenez (watford)
    C. Wilson (southampton)

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Difficult one. Wilson maybe?

    2. Halftime Lemon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Nice problem to have. I'd bench Wilson

  10. Deeney-is-a-god
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    play perez or king? Thinking king

    1. UnitedFan
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Yeah King for me

  11. masyuris
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Valery or JWP ?

  12. ninja
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month 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. FlashGilbert
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Would bench Pat, Kola, Bed and Gray.

      Gtg, roll ft.

  13. UnitedFan
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Bench one:

    A) Yoshida (BOU)

    B) Doherty (wat)

    1. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Never bench Doherty mate.

    2. ninja
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Play Doherty

    3. Ruinenlust
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

  14. Gazza2000
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Eriksen and Son -> Salah & Redmond for -4

    Yah or Nah ?

    Have Mane as well who has the armband atm but will be on Salah if I make these moves.

    1. Steiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Nah

  15. Hazardous1983
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    salah or firmihno for 3rd liverpool

    1. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Salah if you can get him, I've gone Firmino though because of my team

      1. Hazardous1983
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        I would.have to do son and jota out for salah and redmond

        1. Tempestic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 1 month ago

          How would you get Firmino?

          1. Hazardous1983
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Wilson out firmino in

      2. Hazardous1983
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Wilson out firminho in is the other option. 45 behind ml leader and he owns salah. He is waiting for me.ti make.my transfers so he can analyse my team

        1. Tempestic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Son and Jota are both good options, is it for a hit? I think I'd lean towards Firmino personally. You may fall further behind with no Salah but if you just copy him there's no chance you'll catch him.

          1. Hazardous1983
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Yep my thinking exactly. He will tc salah i feel also i have bench boost with duffy ryan hojberg and wan bissaka

          2. Hazardous1983
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Son and jota to salah and redmond is for a hit yes.

            Wilson for firmino isnt thats for free with 1.0m in bank left

  16. BIELSA
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    King out for Mitrovic? No other issues

    1. The_Fish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Decent punt.

    2. Legendary!
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I'd do it. Did it for my FPL draft team

  17. Hazardous1983
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    salah for -4 or firminho for free

    1. The_Fish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Depends who for.

      1. Hazardous1983
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Salah and redmond for son and jota

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Firmino for free but with risk

      1. Hazardous1983
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Its a massive risk with rival most likely to tc salah.

  18. pol
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    A- Vardy > Firmino
    B- Duffy + Foster> TAA + Fodder
    C- Save FT

    1. The_Fish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      C

  19. kuzser
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Need some help on who to play from each bucket:

    Pick a gk
    1.Ryan
    2. Foster

    Pick a def
    a) Duffy
    b) Doherty
    c) Valery

    Pick 2 attackers
    x) Wilson 
    y) Jota
    z) Redmond

    Current line up is:
    Ryan
    Vertongen taa Doherty
    Salah(TC) Mane Son Redmond 
    Jimenez Aguero Wilson
    Subs: foster jota Duffy valery

    1. FlashGilbert
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      GK - Ryan;
      DF - Doh;
      Att - Wilson & Jota

      1. kuzser
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Cheers

    2. The_Fish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      1bxy

      1. kuzser
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Thanks

  20. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Couple of quick questions:

    1) Mane TC36 or Kun TC37?

    2) Start Gray (WOL) or JWP (BOU)

    3) Who to start from Doherty (wat), Kola (lei), Valery (BOU)?

    1. FlashGilbert
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      1) Mane for me;
      2) JWP;
      3) Doh

    2. The_Fish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Mane
      JWP
      Doh

  21. Kroos Kontrol
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Good to go?

    Ryan (Foster)
    TAA Vert Coady (Duffy Valery)
    Mane(C) Sterling Sane Eriksen Son
    Jimenez Vardy (Ings)

  22. monzae
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Lloris (Foster)
    Robbo Laporte Valery (Duffy Dunk)
    Jota Mane(TC) Son Eriksen Sterling
    Vardy Jiminez (Ings)

    0.9m ITB 1 FT

    A: Duffy to TAA (thus benching Valery)
    B: Vardy to Firmino

    A or B? Leaning towards A atm as I plan to bring in Aguero for GW37 by downgrading a mid.

    1. SharkyJon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Both good options...I did B but I know it could burn me, but don’t want Vardy after this week so seemed a good option

  23. SharkyJon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Is Firmino captain ahead of Mane madness?
    Or is Mane the best option to cover all the TCs?

    1. Deeney-is-a-god
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      think mane is more explosive and also more likely to score points at all than firmino, personally would not do it

  24. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Best options till end of season:

    A) Sterling + Mane + Kun + Pogba
    B) Salah + Eriksen + Kun + Pogba
    C) Sterling + Salah + Zaha + Pogba
    D) Sterling + Salah + Kun + JWP

    1. The_Fish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      All good options. Don't think there will be too much between any of them by the end.

  25. Zlat-man
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Play one-
    A. Doucoure
    B. Jota

    Play one-
    X. Doherty
    Y. Valery
    Z. Bednarek

    1. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B X

      1. CFC1990
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        B So

  26. jbenny1107
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    GTG or need some Liverpool Peeps? Rivals in ML both have Firmino. 2 FT.

    Lloris (Foster)
    VVD Laporte Duffy (Doherty Valery)
    Sterling (C) Eriksen Son Jota Deulofeu
    Aguero Jimenez (Wilson)

    1. Steiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I'd definitely try and get some Liverpool attack. Even though I already have salah, I went Eriksen>Mane too.

  27. willevete
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Which 3 to start:
    A) Valery, Dunk, Kolasinac
    B) Dunk, Sokratis, Kolasinac
    C) Valery, Sokratis, Kolasinac
    D) Valery, Dunk, Sokratis

  28. CFC1990
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Play King or Jota?

    1. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      50/50 call.

  29. bring_on _the_fantasy
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Any other good games left to use TC? I only have firmino this week.

    Maybe Man City player next week V Leicester?

    1. Bullet Eder
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Aguero or Hazard next week if avoiding Liverpool this week

  30. Gooner97
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Play 1:

    A) Koscielny
    B) Doherty
    C) Alderweireld