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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. Gooner97
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 5 hours ago

    Are you playing TC this GW? Or when?

    1. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      This

      1. Gooner97
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        Which player?

        1. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 5 hours ago

          Mane

    2. Jumping Jurgen
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      This gw

    3. Punty McPuntface
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      This week for the following reason...

      I'm going to the match tonight!

    4. Bobby_Baggio
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      Nope not this week but using it GW37 on city asset

      1. YEAH PITCH!
          7 months, 5 hours ago

          I was considering. Not sure Rogers is going to make it easy though.

          1. Bobby_Baggio
            • 8 Years
            7 months, 5 hours ago

            West ham put two past them - can't get much easier then that

      2. Bob McMayday
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        Salah tonight

    5. SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      Currently no salah mane firm

      Ryan

      Taa doh verto
      Son sterling eriksen jwp
      Kun Gray Jimenez

      Foster jota Valery Duffy

      1.3 itb..

      A) g2g
      B) eriksen to mane Tc free

      Suggestions plssssssssss

      1. Bobby_Baggio
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        B

      2. BuYaKasha
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        B

      3. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        B

      4. OldBenKenobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        I have the same team except Trippier for Vert.
        Team value has hit me hard at this stage.
        I really dont know what to do myself if im honest.
        Dont like losing Eriksen for Mane but might consider Duffy to Robbo/VVD instead?

    6. Dierk
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      Firmino or Vardy? Have TAA and Mane but fancy a bit of Vardy this week. Thx!

      1. Win'dian
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        Stick with Vardy

    7. Athletico Timbo
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      Who should I play and bench out of these please?

      Foster Ryan
      Mariappa Toby Valery Doherty Duffy

      1. Athletic Nasherbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        Ryan
        Toby Doherty Duffy

        Start for me

      2. The 12th Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        From those I’d bench Valery.
        Then it depends on whether you want to double up on Watford or Brighton or hedge your bets.

        Brighton,Newcastle could be tight especially now Almiron is out.

      3. Athletico Timbo
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        Thanks guys

      4. Win'dian
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        Bench foster, Mariappa, valery

    8. Ghost86
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 5 hours ago

      Would you do this move for a hit?

      KDB & Eriksen to Salah & Deulofeu

      Or save FT play Gray and TC Mane?

      1. Bob McMayday
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        Make the move!

      2. Patrick Bateman
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        TC Mane is fine

      3. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        Tc Mane and Kdb to Bilva for me.

    9. MeatPieSausageRoll
        7 months, 5 hours ago

        Big Dave

        Wan-Bissaka Lindelöf De Ligt Tierney
        Neves Herrera Pogba
        Sancho Rashford Martial

        If I was Ole

        1. AYLD28
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 5 hours ago

          Good thing you are not

          1. MeatPieSausageRoll
              7 months, 5 hours ago

              Dave the Save

              Awb Koulibaly De Ligt. F. Mendy

              Verrati Coutinho Pogba

              Dybala Icardi Sancho

        2. FiddySmith
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 5 hours ago

          High Team Value - G2G guys or changes?

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

          1. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 5 hours ago

            Yeah, G

        3. Internal Error
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 5 hours ago

          Search "Firmino" on twitter 🙁

          1. Athletico Timbo
            • 9 Years
            7 months, 5 hours ago

            Not on Twitter. He’s probably injured because I bought him last week.

          2. Berbinho's Forehead
            • 9 Years
            7 months, 5 hours ago

            https://twitter.com/Johnjohano1983/status/1121777183775760384

            So that's the source. He has been wrong several times before.

            1. Internal Error
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              7 months, 5 hours ago

              No idea who that is but hope he is as good as source as he is at spelling. Worried about Barce if true

              1. Berbinho's Forehead
                • 9 Years
                7 months, 5 hours ago

                That first sentence ffs.. lol!

              2. Internal Error
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                7 months, 5 hours ago

                and as good as my grammar is

        4. Bob McMayday
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 5 hours ago

          Duffy
          Doherty
          Jota
          Gray
          JWP

          Bench 3

          1. FlashGilbert
              7 months, 5 hours ago

              Duffy, Gray & JWP

          2. chaser123
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 5 hours ago

            Vardy or Moura, who scores more?

          3. llmja
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 5 hours ago

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

            1. estheblessed
              • 4 Years
              7 months, 5 hours ago

              no... May be just get Salah for Sterling?

          4. estheblessed
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 5 hours ago

            a) Mitrovic
            b) Zaha

            ?!?

            1. Sloopy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              7 months, 5 hours ago

              Zaha. Just.

              1. estheblessed
                • 4 Years
                7 months, 5 hours ago

                Thanks. I was already siding with him as he has 2 good home fixtures coming up.

            2. Win'dian
              • 3 Years
              7 months, 5 hours ago

              Zaha

          5. Perthite
            • 9 Years
            7 months, 5 hours ago

            G2G on bench/order?

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

          6. diesel001
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 5 hours ago

            Quite a lot of PL games on TV over the next two weeks. Usually only get 5 games a week, but we have 6 this week and 7 next week.

            1. FPL DONKEY
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              7 months, 5 hours ago

              And then zero the following week because they're all 3pm kick offs!

              1. HamezMace
                • 5 Years
                7 months, 5 hours ago

                That's why it's on a Sunday, will be televised.

          7. Lignja
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 5 hours ago

            Need to secure lead in mini league, rivals have Salah and Eriksen,but not Aguero should i swap

            A. Aguero for -4 to get Salah tc?
            B. Eriksen, Tripier -8 to get Salah tc and start Yoshida

          8. Pamijoe
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 5 hours ago

            Salal(TC) + Zaha or Mane(TC)+ Firmino for -4pts?

            1. sminkypinky
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              7 months, 5 hours ago

              First

          9. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 5 hours ago

            Mane triple cap let's do this people!!

            1. YEAH PITCH!
                7 months, 5 hours ago

                Triple the pleasure

                1. sminkypinky
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  7 months, 5 hours ago

                  Triple the agony

              • daitheboot
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                7 months, 5 hours ago

                I am debating this but have that feeling that it will be a a bit of an anti-climax with no goalfest and Mane / Salah subbed off when 2 up after 60. Feeling more like a City asset next week....

                But my gut (as big as it is) has not been tight that often

            2. bitars
              • 2 Years
              7 months, 5 hours ago

              Who will outscore who the last 3 gameweeks?

              Salah or Sterling?

              Aguero or Sterling?

              Lacazette or Eriksen?

              1. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                7 months, 5 hours ago

                Sterling
                Sterling
                Tough, I'd say Eriksen.

                This question helped me sort out my own plans for this GW, cheers!

            3. smix
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              7 months, 5 hours ago

              Eriksen to Salah enabled by :
              A. Vardy to Calvert Lewin (will play Jota in this case)
              B. Aguero to Mitro (will bench Jota in this case) ?

              1. bitars
                • 2 Years
                7 months, 5 hours ago

                So basicly Aguero or Vardy?
                I think you know the answer.

                1. smix
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  7 months, 5 hours ago

                  Vardy has an easy game against leaky gunners defence

            4. money face bandwagon
              • 6 Years
              7 months, 5 hours ago

              Mitrovic + salah in. Good luck all

            5. HD7
              • 2 Years
              7 months, 5 hours ago

              G2G?

              Lloris
              Laporte Duffy Robbo
              Sterling Redmond Son Mane(C)
              Gray Aguero Jimenez

              Subs: Foster, Jota, Doherty, Valery

            6. manu4life99
              • 9 Years
              7 months, 5 hours ago

              Bench 1:

              A) Jiminez
              B) Jota
              C) Zaha
              D) Redmond

              1. FlashGilbert
                  7 months, 5 hours ago

                  D

              2. Vlad Tepes
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                7 months, 5 hours ago

                Benching headache
                Start one:

                A) Jimenez
                B) Jota
                C) Wilson

                Cheers

                1. Bobby_Baggio
                  • 8 Years
                  7 months, 5 hours ago

                  A

                2. Vlad Tepes
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  7 months, 5 hours ago

                  Meant bench one sorry

              3. Bobby_Baggio
                • 8 Years
                7 months, 5 hours ago

                Afternoon all. Would you save below and have 2FT or swap KDB out? 0m ITB. Thanks all.

                Lloris
                Laporte - Duffy - Robbo
                Mane(C) - Son - Eriksen - Jota
                Aguero - Jimenez - Gray

                (Foster) - Bertrand - Valery - KDB

                1. Sloopy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  7 months, 5 hours ago

                  I would safe and look for Hazard next week!

                  1. sminkypinky
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    7 months, 5 hours ago

                    This would be wise. I went for Kdb to Bilva against my better judgement

                2. Bobby_Baggio
                  • 8 Years
                  7 months, 5 hours ago

                  Thanks both

                3. Vlad Tepes
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  7 months, 4 hours ago

                  Save

              4. Tmel
                • 8 Years
                7 months, 5 hours ago

                Start one:

                a) JWP (BOU)
                b) Llorente (WHU)
                c) Doherty (wat)

                1. Marcin the Pole
                  • 4 Years
                  7 months, 5 hours ago

                  Llorente for me.

                  1. Sloopy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    7 months, 5 hours ago

                    This!

                2. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  7 months, 5 hours ago

                  B

              5. Marcin the Pole
                • 4 Years
                7 months, 5 hours ago

                TC Firmino

                Am I mental?

                1. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  7 months, 5 hours ago

                  Not at all, but it's definitely riskier than Mane or Salah. His big hauls are few and far between

                  1. Marcin the Pole
                    • 4 Years
                    7 months, 5 hours ago

                    Fair points, cheers.

                2. Berbinho's Forehead
                  • 9 Years
                  7 months, 5 hours ago

                  See above. When in doubt, don't.

              6. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                7 months, 5 hours ago

                Any advice, opinions or gut feeling would be greatly appreciated. I've been around in circles all week. I'll TC Salah if I get him, otherwise Mane. Sterling would be captain next week.

                A) Salah, Aguero, Jota, Wilson (Camarasa)
                B) Sterling, Firmino, Eriksen, Jota (Wilson)
                C) Sterling, Aguero, Eriksen, Wilson (Camarasa)

              7. Whatever100
                • 3 Years
                7 months, 5 hours ago

                Mane seems to be most peoples pick on here as captain or TC. To be honest I am getting nervous a about Salah and would actually rather Mane this week.

                I know my only ML rival will bring on Mane this week and will captain. I will be annoyed if Salah doesn’t play but swapping Salah for Mane is risky but at the same time probably prudent.

              8. wolves_simmo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                7 months, 5 hours ago

                start Jota or Jiminez?

                1. Marcin the Pole
                  • 4 Years
                  7 months, 5 hours ago

                  Jimmy

              9. darth_valdes
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                7 months, 5 hours ago

                a)JWP or b)Jota (I have Doh and Jim playing but no SOU)

                Thanks.