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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. Zilla
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Eriksen to Mane for a FT?

    1. fr3d
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Yes

    2. thischarmingman
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I think I'll do Eriksen -> Mane (TC)

  2. Genji3lade
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Anything here worth a hit or G2G? Only have 1 Liverpool player!

    Lloris
    Laporte Doherty Duffy
    Mane (C) Sterling Jota Son Redmond
    Aguero Jimenez

    (Foster, Gray, Valery, Dunk) 2.7m ITB

    1. Patrick Bateman
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Dunk to TAA and drop Doherty / Redmond to bench ?

      1. Genji3lade
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        sounds good, confident he will start yeh?

        1. Patrick Bateman
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Yeah mate. Klopp said twice he will not be rotating. That's enough for me. Otherwise I would of gone for more pricey VVD.

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

      TAA is still only 5.6 mill, I know scout picks have gone against Newcastle scoring at Brighton, but I have sneaky feeling Newcastle will get at least one, so maybe drop one of the Brighton guys to bring him in.

      1. Genji3lade
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        very much sold on the idea, who should I bench as a result?

  3. Jumping Jurgen
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    In a pickle, help appreciated 40 points behind ML so need a good game week:

    A)Eriksen/Gray - Aguero/Deulofeu (-4)
    B)Eriksen/Gray - Moura/Firmino (-4)

    Already have Son, Mane, Sterling...

    Any other suggestions welcome

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

      A) for me.

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

      Would do A

    3. what's my name
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      keep erik but if must id go b out of those

  4. The Yorkshire Pirlo
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    First to 3 I’ll play.

    A) Jimenez (playing Jota)
    B) Wilson

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

    Is sterling worth a hit this week? Would be removing an injured KDB (a lot of money on the bench) and a cheap striker, either perez, king or gray. Would replace the cheap striker with a bench fodder.

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

      Sterling if you want to follow a template, Bernado Silva for a good differential.

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

        Sterling is much more explosive though, and since there is only 3 GWs left I think a Sterling haul could have a big impact. Bernardo is not a bad shout though, and I could even do eriksen, KDB-> sterling, bsilva. Since I have son and spurs have CL this might be good

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

    Play 1:

    A) Koscielny (lei)
    B) Doherty (wat)
    C) Alderweireld (WHU)

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

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

  8. johnbarnes
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Start Duffy or Digne?

    1. mcsteely
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Digne

    2. 404_FC
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Duffy

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

        Duffy

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

      Digne

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

    Umm... 3-4-3 for Johannes??

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

      More like 5-4-1 innit?

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

    Please choose the starter:
    A. JWP
    B. Valery

    1. mcsteely
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      JWP

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

      A

    3. 404_FC
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

    4. 1966 was a great year for E…
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

  11. 404_FC
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    repost

    play 2 from each

    a) kolasinac
    b) bednarek
    c) duffy

    x) JWP
    y) Brooks
    z) Long

    thanks

  12. Nightf0x
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Loris
    Dunk taa doc (bednarek valery)
    Stelring mane delfo son (eriksen)
    Wilson aguero jimy

    Which?

    A) eriksen aguero -4 to salah rashford
    B) eriksen wilson -4 to firmino redmond/jota
    C) valery/bednarek/dunk eriksen -4 to vvd/robbo/laporte jota/redmond
    D) valery/bednarek/dunk to 4.4/4.3/4.7 def.
    E) eriksen to redmond/jota/other mid
    F) roll ft

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

      If you are wanting to use your TC on Salah, then A. Rashford has great last 2 fixtures although it's always risky getting rid of Aguero.

  13. mcsteely
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    What to do with this lot? 1FT, 0.7ITB

    Leno (Hamer)
    TAA, Duffy, Bennett (Kola), (Chilwell)
    Mane, Sterling, Son, Maddison, (Hojberg)
    Aguero, Laca, Jimi

  14. GerardoGarzon11
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    My team looks like this

    Lloris
    Doherty, Duffy, Bednarek, TAA
    Son, Mané, Eriksen, Sterling
    Agüero, Jimenez
    (Gunn | Hojbjerg, Massina, Success)

    I have 1 FT and 2.0 ITB. I'm considering:

    A) Eriksen+Success -> Jota+Firmino. (-4)
    B) Getting a LIV defender (Doherty -> Robertson)
    C) Saving the FT

    Thanks!

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

    Eriksen and Son -> Salah & Redmond for -4

    Yah or Nah ?

    1. mcsteely
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Nah

    2. 1Banksy
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I’m tempted by something similar. Would you start Redmond?

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

        Yes

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

      No

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

      Would be a nah from me, West Ham have been poor as of late, Spurs new stadium has been a fortress for them too so far since they started playing there.

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

        Cheers all

  16. what's my name
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    i just hope Mane don’t play selfish remaining gws and keeps passing and/or looking around for Mo giving him a chance to win GB award fingers crossed

    1. rdamjan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      What if Mane wants to win GB?

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

        This

      2. what's my name
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        will he? it’s better Mo to win rather city player , last three matches will defo define who’s the golden boy ))

  17. Claudio555
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Play Valery or Duffy?

    1. @FPLStrategist
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Duffy, easy one for me.

  18. @FPLStrategist
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Start Doherty or Duffy?

  19. 1Banksy
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    After days of agonising over my 2FTs (0.9 ITB) I have got it down to an A or B scenario.
    Lloris
    Dunk Duffy Doherty
    Erikson Sterling Mane Son Jota
    Augero Jiminez
    (Foster Murray Bednerak Kola)

    A- Salah + Long in (Sterling and Murray)
    B- Salah + Hayden (Erikson and Son)

    With route A I would probably buy Sterling back GW37.
    With route B I would start Murray and the buy Rashord for GW37.

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

    Play Yoshida or Doherty?

    1. @FPLStrategist
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Doherty.

    2. 1Banksy
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Doherty

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

        His away record isnt all that though..?

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

          But I have to agree he’s the more exciting option.

          1. Whatever100
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Yosh could get goal as dangerous from corners.

  21. ViperStripes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    1 Eriksen > Salah for a hit
    2 Moura > Mane for a hit
    3 Do nothing
    4 Both for 8pts

    1. @FPLStrategist
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Both.

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

      What did you use your FT on?

      1. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Dunk > TAA

    3. 1Banksy
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Tough one, i think 1 and captain him.

  22. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Gtg? 1.8 itb

    Lloris
    Val Robo Doh
    Son Lucas Jota Sterl Mane
    Firmino (TC) Jimenez

    (Foster, Gray, Kolas, Masina)

  23. Zilla
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Who would you prioritize?
    A) Robertson/VVD
    B) Mane/Salah
    C) Vardy

    1. 1966 was a great year for E…
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

    2. Istanbul 05
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

  24. 1966 was a great year for E…
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Would you play

    A) Doherty (wat)
    B) Duffy (NEW)

    Doherty has the attacking threat and Wolves are good away, but Brighton home to Newcastle looks like a better chance of a CS.

    1. Zilla
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

    2. @FPLStrategist
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Take a look at the member's defensive table and check the number of chances Newcastle have conceded down Doherty's side 😉

      1. 1966 was a great year for E…
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Doherty's playing Watford!

        1. @FPLStrategist
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Sorry yes Watford.

          1. 1966 was a great year for E…
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Those stats would be with Holebas at LB mainly, isn't he out?

            That could just make it worse, though! Think I'll go with Doherty anyway.

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

        Great info. Cheers mate.

    3. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      flip a coin mate - tough one imo

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

    With the upcoming game Vs Barcelona any captaines worried about mane firmino Salah being benched or coming off early tonight?

    1. @FPLStrategist
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Maybe early but it could be 4 or 5-0 at 65 mins.

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

      Klopp confirmed he isn't going to rotate.

      If they're coming off early, that means they've already done the business.

    3. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      see below. stop overthinking.

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

    Bench order correct (admittedly, unlikely to matter, as starters should play)?

    1. Yoshida
    2. Hojbjerg
    3. AWB

  27. Christina.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Just take Livp possible rotation on the chin.

    Sterling has had scores of

    21(64 mins)
    6(24 mins)
    16(73 mins)
    8(73 mins)

  28. Tictactoe
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    HELP! I’ve got TAA (c) instead of mane, salah - tell me that this is as nuts as I think it might be.

    1. 1966 was a great year for E…
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Could easily see a 12 pointer for TAA, but Mane or Salah could get 21.

    2. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      nuts

    3. weaver93
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      yes

    4. Tictactoe
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Thought so. I’m chasing and looking for differential c to catch up - might wait till next week but considering the gamble.

  29. vova
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Ryan
    Trippier TAA Laporte
    Sterling Mane (C) Son Jota
    Aguero (VC) Jimenez Gray
    Foster Doucoure Dunk Valery

    0.2 ITD
    1 FT

    Good to go?

    Thanks 🙂

  30. Champions united
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    To play
    1Ryan/duffy/doherty
    2Ryan/valery/doherty

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      1