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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. GARY AND JAMIE
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    Will Milner start and block Mo pens?

    1. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 5 hours ago

      Yeah I think so

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

      Yes!

  2. Tshelby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    Change anything?

    1FT
    0.0 ITB

    Lloris
    Doherty, TAA, Kolasinac
    Salah (tc), Son, Moura, Deulofeu, Sterling
    Kun, Jimenez

    Foster,- Long, Duffy, Valery

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

      Gtg!

  3. AYLD28
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    Best defender up to 5.7 from now until end of the season

    1. TAA (own Robertson)
    2. PVA
    3. Digne

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

      1.

    2. Lumberjack
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 5 hours ago

      1

    3. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 5 hours ago

      1

  4. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    Doherty > TAA???

    Defense would then be Robbo, TAA, Laporte.
    Mané is getting TC this week.

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

      I would!

    2. Lumberjack
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 5 hours ago

      I would

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 5 hours ago

      Who you got? Erik is fit as a fiddle and Son is sure to start

    2. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 5 hours ago

      Due rest but will come one week too late for me as I sold based on the mins he was racking up..

  5. Lukakuna
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    Percent chance for Trent starting?

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

      85

  6. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    Gtg, right TC and right benching order?

    Lloris
    TAA, Doherty, Dunk
    Salah (TC), Mane (VC), Son, Sterling
    Aguero, Jimenez, Ings

    Subs: Foster, Valery, Højbjerg, Dunk

    1. Lukakuna
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 5 hours ago

      Sadly you've chosen the wrong triple captain, other than that you're good to go

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

        Cheers, can still be changed if you convince me 🙂

    2. Ruinenlust
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 5 hours ago

      Mane TC

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

      Gtg (2x dunk)

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

        Ah, first one Duffy

    4. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 5 hours ago

      No one wants two Dunks!

      Rest looks good. Not a fan of Ings

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

        I know, but playing him slightly over Højbjerg

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

      Great team.

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

        Cheers, good luck!

    6. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 5 hours ago

      So everybody thinks Salah is the wrong TC choice? Thinking freshest form, which shows for the 4 last games 1 assist/0 goals for Mane and 2 goals/2 assists for Salah.

      Both have the fixture, Salah has regained the form

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 5 hours ago

        Salah is the best option its just alot cant afford him so will say Mane..

        Mane owner here.

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

          Cheers!

  7. Lumberjack
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    Evening

    For a -4:

    A Eriksen Vardy to Mane Wilson
    B Eriksen Boly to Mane Peltier
    C Vardy Boly to Firmino WanB

  8. Indio
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    Hi all. What's my best route out of KDB in team below please: Mane in via GK downgrade (I've nothing in bank); or Bilva and Robbo in, with Duffy making way? (both for -4)

    Lloris
    TAA, Duffy, Doherty
    Salah (TC), Son, Eriksen *KDB*
    Aguero, Jimmy, Gray
    (Foster, Dunk, Hojbjerg, Valery)

  9. Swagat
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    Would u do Sterling>Salah and TC him? Or i can do Aguero>Long and Hojb>Salah for -4.

    What do u prefer?

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

      B

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

      dont really like either

  10. Pamijoe
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    Salah(TC) + Zaha or Mane(TC)+ Firmino for -4pts?
    Which pair looks better for the rest of the season?

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

      B

      1. Pamijoe
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 5 hours ago

        TY

  11. Merlinho
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    Start Ryan or Foster - leaning towards Foster - am I right?

    1. umerlfc
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 5 hours ago

      Um I'd start Ryan, Wolves more likely to score imo

    2. Lukakuna
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 5 hours ago

      I'm leaning towards Ryan

  12. umerlfc
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    Start one:

    A) Doucoure - WOL(H)
    B) JWP - BOU(H)

  13. Miro
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    Bench Jota or Llorente ?

  14. Demel
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    1 FT
    0.9m bank

    Ryan
    TAA - Duffy - Valery
    Son - Mane- Sterling - Salah TC
    Rashford - Aguero - Jimenez

    Leno - JWP - Bednarek - Connelly

    Kola/Laca/Tielmans > Connelly/Mane/Rashford (-8) Is this worth the hit?

    1. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 5 hours ago

      Nah, -4 at most.

      Can you do Laca + Tielemans to Mane + Delboy?

      1. Demel
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 5 hours ago

        Delboy?

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

    I am tempted to use TC on Sterling/Aguero GW 37, Home vs Leicster. Could be a slaughter, not that tempted this GW.

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

      Anyone else thinking the same?

      1. ACAB
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 5 hours ago

        Aye but on Mane at the mo. City might have it all wrapped up by then

  16. Champions united
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    Which To play
    1Ryan/duffy
    2Ryan/valery

    1. wijohnson85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 5 hours ago

      Probs 2 don’t trust Brighton enough

  17. reeceon
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    Which 2 to play?

    Valery/ Gray / Doherty / Hojbjerg/ Bedranek

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

      G+D

  18. CHARLIE HULL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    Was all set on rolling my FT and TC'ing Mane, but I think there's a good chance all my ML rivals will TC Salah (I'm currently ahead in all leagues).

    Can't find a good way of getting him in that I like, thoughts are appreciated (1 FT and 0.2 itb).

    Ryan Foster
    Robertson Laporte Doherty Duffy Valery
    Mane Sterling Son Eriksen Hojberg
    Aguero Jimenez Gray

    1. Big Hands Barry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 5 hours ago

      have to lose aguero or sterling and a hit.

  19. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    No City attack in scout picks!!

    1. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 5 hours ago

      Look again.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 5 hours ago

        Didn’t even register. Was looking for Sterling or Kun

    2. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 5 hours ago

      Bilva

  20. tucaoneo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    'The Magpies have allowed 155 chances in 2018/19 – the second most in the league.'
    True but they only conceded 9 in the last four. Only three teams did better. Isn't that more relevant?

    1. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 5 hours ago

      That's the problem with stats - can be bent around to suit varying arguments..

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 5 hours ago

      We look solid again. No Lascelles tomorrow of course. Fernandez should come in and do a job though. And they don’t score much anyways. Could be 0-0

  21. wijohnson85
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    Don’t want to start 2 Brighton, so any thoughts on best combo?

    A) Foster and Duffy
    B) Ryan and Valery (or Dougherty)

  22. vova
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    Play Gray or Dunk?

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 5 hours ago

      Gray

      1. vova
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 5 hours ago

        Thanks!

  23. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    Ryan over Alisson or Lloris this week is madness...

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 5 hours ago

      Money and Alison takes a pool spot

  24. Gooner97
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    Would you Triple Captain this GW or GW37 on City?

    Players to TC this GW:

    Mane, Deulofeu, Sterling, Aguero, Eriksen, Robertson?

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

      I'm doing it GW37 for sure and on a city player

  25. Lord Flashheart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    Best city player to bring for kdb:
    A sane
    B bilva
    C dilva
    D sterling for -4

  26. pjomara
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    Have TAA and Mane.
    I should do Vertongen to Robertson for free right?
    Spurs have nice fixtures though.

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

      I would!

    2. The Rock
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 5 hours ago

      Could be rotation for Spurs so i think it's worth it.

  27. The Rock
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    Ryan
    Trippier, Doherty, Duffy
    Mane, Eriksen, Son, Pogba
    Aguero, Vardy, Jimenez
    Ryan, Kolasinac, Bednarek, Hughes

    2 FT and 0 in the bank.

    I'm thinking of just doing Trippier to TAA. What do we think?

    1. tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 5 hours ago

      I have Mane + Robbo and I'm considering this. Trippier is always a risk.

  28. Misteak
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

    A) eriksen + aguero > salah + mitro/wilson (-4) ?

    b) TC mane

  29. Schwarzer
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 5 hours ago

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

    Cheers.