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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. Prawnsandwich
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Anyone know Salahs ownership in top 10K ?

    1. Bolivian Seaman
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      it was 22.8% last week

      1. Prawnsandwich
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 28 days ago

        hmmm might be a nice differential captain...Mane at 53% last week, a lot might go with Mane captain...

        1. Prawnsandwich
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 28 days ago

          *effective ownership

    2. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Was quite low, around 25% I think, last GW. I imagine that'll increase but Mane will still be more widely owned.

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

        You got the Mane TC locked in now ?

        1. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

          Yep I'm going for it mate!

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

            After much deliberation I think I am too. I like the idea of City v Leicester next Monday night but I think I'll play the odds with tonights match. Good luck 🙂

            1. avfc82
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              9 months, 28 days ago

              Same to you!

  2. Miniboss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Hi all! Where to go with this lot? Not afraid of hits.

    1ft, 0.4 itb.

    Ryan
    Robbo Vertonghen Doherty
    Mane Sterling KdB Son
    Aguero Jimenez Llorente

    Fraser Duffy Valery Hojberg

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      KDB needs to go. I was going to suggest Eriksen but you're already holding 3 x Spurs, maybe Bernardo Silva?

      1. Miniboss
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 28 days ago

        He’s an option, however would he maybe play as DM if Fernandinho is out?

  3. Ji-Sung Park
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Should i play Doherty or Duffy?

    1. dezille
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Would like some thoughts on this too. Currently on Doherty as he has more attacking threat, and playing Ryan in goal for cover.

    2. Manani
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      scout pick is swaying me towards Duffy

    3. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      I'd go Duffy. Wolves don't keep clean sheets away from home, so you're relying on attacking points. Whilst that could happen, I prefer Brighton against Newcastle without Almiron.

  4. Manani
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    start Jota or Redmond?

    start Dohetry or Duffy or Valery?

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

      Jota or Redmond is a tough one I have a similar dillemma.

      Duffy out of those imo.

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Jota on fire & Oop

      Doh or Duff for me.

      1. kuzser
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Agree

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

    Start Ings (BOU) or Jota (wat)?

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Jota has higher ceiling imo

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

      Jota

    3. Jumping Jurgen
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Jota

  6. United10
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Eriksen & Lacca to Sterling & Mitro -4?

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Nah

  7. coozie
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Help please.?

    Sterling and Babel
    or
    B Silva and Son

    Just not sure ahhhhh

    Thanks

    1. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      B

  8. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Ahhhh TC Firmino. I know I'm going to bottle it for Mane 🙂

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      I own both and am going for Mane. 7 double digit hauls vs 3 so far this season.

  9. Champions united
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

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

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Is Doherty relevant?

      B

      1. Champions united
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Yea im playing 442

  10. Claudio555
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Start Gray or Redmond?

  11. Goat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Start one?
    A) Duffy
    B) Ward Prowse
    C) Wilson

    Cheers.

    1. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      C

  12. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    TC activated good luck peps

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      peeps*

  13. AzzaroMax99
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    I have Salah (HUD, new, WOL), Sterling & Aguero (bur, LEI, bha) as triple cap choices. Not sure which one to use and when?
    I thought to use it on Salah tonight, but not sure if he is going to play 60+ vs Huds.
    Opinions are welcomed.

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      What better time than Reds V relegated Hudds who ship goals for fun ?

  14. vova
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 28 days 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 😀

  15. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    No wolves picks and I have 3.

    1. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Snap. Benching Jota though.

  16. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    No Sterling, no Salah. Hello couch my old friend.

  17. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    So last weeks Mane has the stats on his side, but only producing 1 assist and 0 goal.
    Salah has not the stats on his side the for last matches, but products more attacking points with 2 assists and 2 goals.

    Not an easy one, Who for TC?

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      *the last 4 GWs

    2. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Salah

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

      Just pick one and hope for the best. No clear answer for that mate.

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        Totally agree, A whole new game not influenced by the last 4,6,8 home or away games, good luck!

        1. Prawnsandwich
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 28 days ago

          Think you have to go for form...Salahs better over last 4, confidence back, ego massaged by recent NY jolly, both could score well though

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            9 months, 28 days ago

            Cheers, good luck, mate!

  18. Gooner97
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Start 1:

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

    1. Jumping Jurgen
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Toby

  19. DR0GBA
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Start one from each:

    A) Fraser (sou)
    B) Llorente (WHU)

    and

    1) Luiz (mnu)
    2) Jonny (wat)
    3) Cathcart (WOL)

  20. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Locking this in. GL all

    Lloris
    VVD c Robbo Laporte
    Mane Son Bilva Jota Redmond
    Kun Vardy

    Foster Jim Duffy Valery

    1. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Why Jota over Jimenez?

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

        Form.
        Both playing as a forward but Jota gets 5 for a goal and 1 for a cs

        1. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          9 months, 28 days ago

          True as well. Still can’t help but feeling I prefer Jimbo.

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

      Gtg.
      I’m doing the same with Jimmy.
      Think Redmond and Jota have a higher ceiling.

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        But Jim has been really reliable through the season.

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

          He’s still a good pick but everyone has a stacked bench from the Bench Boost so someone has to miss out.
          I’m reluctantly leaving him out to add a different player to my team in my ML.

  21. DV8R
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Play

    A) Gray
    B) Joa

    1. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Jota*

    2. Jumping Jurgen
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Jota

  22. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    You can get 48-1 on Huddersfield to win tonight on the betting exchanges... not even a correct score/win by X goals... just to win...

    I don't believe I've ever seen a premier league match with a team starting at basically 50-1... the bookies are expecting an absolute drubbing

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

      For a second I thought 48-1 was a score prediction:0)

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

        So unrealistic.

        On what planet are Huddersfield going to score?

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

          Imagine if that was the score tonight. Clean sheet wouldn’t really matter with all the assists and goals up for grabs for the defenders.

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 28 days ago

        50/1 odds is properly mental for a premier league game. To be fair most actual bookies have them around mid-30's, 40 at most... which is still crazy but the exchanges are up at nearly 50/1

  23. United10
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Start 1
    a) Lacca
    b) Rashford

    1. Jumping Jurgen
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Lacca

    2. what's my name
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 28 days ago

      rash

  24. Jumping Jurgen
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Thanks for the help earlier, another option to throw in the mix :

    A)Eriksen/Gray - Aguero/Deulofeu (-4)
    B)Eriksen/Gray - Moura/Firmino (-4)
    C)Laca - Aguero no hit

    Already have Son, Mane, Sterling...

  25. Athletic Nasherbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    If 99k and want to get top 50k would you recommend TC’ing Mane or wait for Hazard next week or another player?

    Can’t get Salah

    1. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      Still Mane imo

  26. waldo666
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Start Leno or Foster?

  27. chaser123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Who scores more:
    A) Vardy (-4)
    B) Moura

  28. ♤TeddyBear♤
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Play A - JWP or B - DCL?

    1. waldo666
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      B

  29. 404_FC
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    need help

    play 2 from each

    a) kolasinac
    b) bednarek
    c) duffy

    x) JWP
    y) Brooks
    z) Long

    thanks

    1. Jumping Jurgen
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 28 days ago

      A,C,Y, Z

  30. Ghost86
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 28 days ago

    Would you do this move for a hit?

    KDB & Eriksen to Salah & Deulofeu

    Or save FT play Gray and TC Mane