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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. ignis88
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    A) Jota -> Lucas (have Jimenez)
    B) D Luiz -> Robertson (have TAA)
    C) Aguero -> Firmino (to do Son -> Sterling next week)
    D) Save FT

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

      B fo sho

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

    Watch everyone C or TC Mane or Salah and.......
    .....Firmino bangs in a Hatrick - Chaos!

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

    Doing my head in
    Bench 1
    Jimenez
    Jota
    Llorente

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

      LLorente, will probably start with Lucas again

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

      Llorente

  4. Jambot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Do Liverpool still tweet line up 1 mom early?

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

      *1 Min

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

      Not any more.

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

        Shame! Thanks

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

    Start 1:

    A) Koscielny (lei)
    B) Doherty (wat)

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

      The one who plays for a team that can defend.

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

      B for me. Probably no clean sheets there so doc more likely to get attacking returns.

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

    Bench in the right order?

    Foster, AWB, Valery, CHO

    1. Win'dian
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Yes

  7. 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. Win'dian
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Kola, kiko, gray, patricio

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

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

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

      could backfire massivly

    2. Win'dian
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      No

  9. RUUD!
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Bernardo or Moura?

    1. Win'dian
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Former, if both not an option

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

      I went B.Silva but a close call

  10. nomanenomata
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Ryan
    Laporte TAA Duffy
    Mane(tc) Sterling Son Eriksen
    Aguero Gray Jimenez

    Foster Doherty JWP Valery .2 ITB

    I have 1 FT and would appreciate any ideas as to the correct subs bench or any changes to be made. I was thinking maybe Jimenez to Zaha or Mitrovic?

    1. Win'dian
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Nice team and bench, save ft

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

        Thanks

  11. davidpaulaitken
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Doherty, gray or jwp ???

    1. Win'dian
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      ??

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

        Who to play out of those 3 🙂

        1. Win'dian
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          You've got them in correct order for me

  12. Weilong7
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    For gw36.. salah mane or mane firmino? Probably sterling and carry out for a hit though. Thanks

    1. Win'dian
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Salah mane

  13. DR0GBA
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Who to play???

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

  14. Messiah Hazard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Mane TC yay or nay?

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

      Go for it

  15. OneDennisBergkamp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Hazard > Sterling -4?

    1. janowsc
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Nah imo

    2. Win'dian
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Yes

  16. janowsc
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Would you start Martial or Gray? Cheers

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

      Gray, not sure about martial's minutes

      1. janowsc
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Thanks dude, was leaning that way myself

  17. pelle9
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Play 1:

    A) Wilson - away to Soton

    B) JWP - home to Bournemouth

    Thanks guys.

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

      Wilson

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

      Wilson for me

  18. LǝgleSs e|even
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Did decent in GW35 without Bench Boost. Have 2 chips left, TC and BB and 2FT. Best GW to use chips ?

  19. pundit of punts
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    A. Firmino (HUD,new,WOL) + Gray (WOL) + Martial (hud,CAR) + 8 points

    or

    B. Mane (HUD,new,WOL) + Deulofeu (WHM) + Zaha (EVE,car)

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

      Has to be A.... maybe

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

    Bottomed with apologies...

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

    1. Win'dian
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Eriksen + laca to aguero+ Moura/deulo

  21. 1Banksy
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    A or B?
    A- Salah + Long in (Sterling and Murray)
    Would play 3-5-2
    B- Salah + Hayden (Erikson and Son)
    Would play 3-4-3 with Murray and buy Rashford GW37

  22. 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. Win'dian
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      F it

  23. Jimjam
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Fabianski, Boruc
    Alexander-Arnold, Kolasinac, Schar, Mepham, Wan-Bissaka
    Salah, Sterling, Son, Tielemans, Hayden
    Aguero, Jimenez, King

    1FT, 0.8 in bank

    A) King --> Zaha
    B) Mepham --> Matip
    C) Fabianski --> Guaita

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

      The amount of differentials!
      B I guess

    2. Win'dian
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B or roll ft

  24. DV8R
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    KDB + Eriksen -> Salah (TC) + Mili

    For a -4, yay or nay?

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

      yay.

    2. janowsc
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I did the same but got Babel instead, go for it

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

      Who else do you have?

      1. DV8R
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Lloris, Foster
        Robbo, Doherty, Duffy, Valery, Yoshi
        Mane, Eriksen, Son, Jota, KDB**
        Kun, Jimmy, Gray

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

      I decided against the hit and went Kdb-> Bilva

    5. 1Banksy
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Yay

    6. Win'dian
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Get it

  25. FiddySmith
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    High Team Value - G2G guys or any changes??

    Lloris (Foster)
    TAA Robbo Duffy Valery (Doc)
    Sterling Mane(C) Eriksen Redmond (De Bruyne)
    Aguero Jimenez (Wilson)

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

      Gtg

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

      Why keep KDB?

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

    Start Redmond (BOU) or Gray (WOL)?

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

      Redmond for me

  27. Daghe Munegu
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Chances of Moura starting?

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

      I think the most likely to miss out this weekend, without Son in first CL leg.. They will need Moura's pace

  28. Pukki Party
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Final decision, play two:

    A) Digne
    B) Doherty
    C) Duffy
    D) Camarasa

    Currently on ab

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

      A
      B

  29. Bob McMayday
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Duffy
    Jota
    Doherty
    Gray
    JWP

    Bench 3

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

    All set.
    Ryan
    Laporte Robbo Doherty
    Mane (tc) Son (vc) Eriksen Bilva
    Kun Wilson Jimenez

    Foster Jota Yoshi Valery

    Gtg right?

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

      Ooh... bottomed. Tough but fair! 😀