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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.

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  1. Salt'N'Pepe
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Taken a hit this GW:

    Wilson + KDB -> Babel + Aguero

    GW36 Team:

    Ryan
    Vertonghen Laporte TAA
    Eriksen Son Jota Mane Babel
    Aguero Firmino

    Foster Jiminez Doherty Valery

    Is the bench and starting eleven okay ?

    1. Halftime Lemon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Solid

  2. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    And like wildfire a rumour started by someone who can’t spell spreads

    1. Salt'N'Pepe
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      what rumour

    2. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Lol

  3. umerlfc
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Who to start?

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

    1. Salt'N'Pepe
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      B

  4. JRO093
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    1. Play A) Doherty or B) Duffy (would be double-up with Ryan)?

    2. Laca to Firm good for a FT? Y/N?

    1. Salt'N'Pepe
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      A and yes

    2. Halftime Lemon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      1. Im in the same dilemma
      2. Rumours Firmino injured, may or may not be true tho

  5. Five Season Wonder
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    many ditching Doherty... why tho?

  6. Demel
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Which player is called Delboy on here?

    1. La Roja
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Ashley Cole

    2. Nightf0x
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Deulofeu

  7. LSP
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Gtg?

    1 FT, 0.0 ITB

    Lloris
    Valery - Laporte - Robertson
    Son - Eriksen - Mane (TC) - Sterling
    Gray - Jiminez - Aguero

    Foster - Dunk - Bednarek - Hojbjerg

  8. real ale madrid
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Dilemma!!!

    Which game do i watch tonight??

    1.Liverpool v Huddersfield. I have TC on Mane, my nearest rival in my mini league has Salah and his TC intact (bound to TC Salah. gonna be a tight finish and money on the league.

    OR

    2. My son plays in the cup final of the East Berks league U18. Avoiding a 4.0 defeat in the last game of the season, his team could win the league and cup double.

    1 or 2 lol???

    1. Bobby_Baggio
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      3. Sack both off and watch avengers new film.

      1. real ale madrid
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        Good third option lol

    2. Maddamotha
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Is this a serious question? Always choose your family man. This is a silly game, family is forever. Please go to your son's game, and check updates on your phone.

    3. RED_ARMY
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Play one pair:
      a) Valery + Gunn
      b) Kola + Gunn
      c) Valery + Foster

    4. BC1 - Brazil Nuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      1 easily, and make sure everyone else in your house goes too, sorted.

    5. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      You have to ask yourself, what really matters.
      A stupid meaningless game which you won't remember in later years...
      ...or the smug mode you will enter once you have watched your TC storm you to mini league glory 🙂

      1. real ale madrid
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

    6. real ale madrid
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Considering your reply,s and the thought of what the wife may do to me if i miss my son's game!!!
      Good luck every one!!

  9. Aubamazette
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Need to gain 40 points in league, person at top is TC mane so do I just captain him to negate any big difference and then use my TC another week

    1. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      If you don't have Salah. I would triple cap Son

    2. real ale madrid
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      I feel with 40 points to catch, you need to do something different. TC GW38 for the big finish!!

      1. Aubamazette
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        I was thinking of doing this, I was asking do I go Mane(c) this week as-well to stop any big gain from him or do I go with someone else this week

        1. real ale madrid
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 23 days ago

          Mane this week.

  10. Taegugk Warrior
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Play kola or duffy..?

    1. Dee Lixon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Duffy

  11. Takamba
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    If you had to choose between...

    a) Maddison (ARS, mci, CHE) or

    b) Lingard (CHE, hud, CAR)

    ....factoring in Lingard's potential for rotation, which one would you go for?

  12. zinchenka
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    1. Ryan
    2. Foster?
    Start 2
    A. Doherty
    B. Duffy
    C. Valery
    D. Yoshida

  13. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Been out all evening here but have heard that KDB is def out so:
    A. KDB to Sane (-4)
    B. Bench KDB and play DCL (and get Hazard next week for the hit instead)

  14. MadeinIreland
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Play JWP or Wilson?

    Final decision for me I think...

  15. Oggle22
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Not very often I don't use my ft but may save this week
    Ryan
    Duffy Kolasinac TAA
    Mane Salah Son Sterling
    Aguero Jiminez Llorente

    Foster Valery Bednerak Hojbjerg

    Plus mini league rival has nave and van dijk so likely to captain Mane do I follow suit or chance going Salah?

    Cheers

  16. Viper
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    I'm going to press the button on Eriksen & KDB - > Salah & Redmond.

    Is there any rumours/news etc. not mentioned in the tweets that I should know before doing it?.

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      get babel instead.

      1. Viper
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        Definitely have considered him. Worried that Cardiff actually have something to play for

        1. Big Hands Barry
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 23 days ago

          they always have something to play for. they just suck

  17. jaywills
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Thoughts on this for a -8 (il explain my logic) - Im playing my BB this gw.

    Team: Lloris (Ryan)
    Doherty, TAA, Dunk, AWB, Valery
    Mance (C), Eriksen, Son, Sterling, Hudson Odoi (Injured)
    Lacazette, Jiminez, King.

    Transfer options:
    a) Eriksen and Laca out -> Delefeou + Aguero in (-4)
    b) Eriksen, Laca, Hudson Odoi out -> Delefeou + Aguero + Redmond in (-8)
    c) Eriksen + HO out -> Delefeou + Redmond in (-4)

    Am leaning towards B as playing my BB and Hudson Odoi set for no returns anyway.

    Are these options good? I think Eriksen will be rested against wham and lacca vs leicster (europe invovlement) hence the move.

    Also chasing and behind 50 points so need to be bold!

    Please guys need your help desperately!

  18. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Salah/Mane captain:

    Seems like most disagree with me on this, and weights 4 last home games over 4 last GWs:

    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. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      I’d go Mo if I had him 100%. He’s greedy and wants the personal goals accolades

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        Agree. As Mane is also even more greedy, far fewer assists than Salah

  19. La vida FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    A) Eriksen & Zaha
    B) Silva.B & Vardy

    ??

  20. Nightf0x
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Bench 1?

    A- wilson
    B- jimenez
    C- eriksen

  21. Dybala10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Goals - Van Dijk header and Mane outside the box - 150/1 could be tasty...

  22. Big Ronnie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Start Valery or Kola?

    1. RED_ARMY
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Same dilemma. Leaning towards Valery, as Arsenal are well you know.

      1. Big Ronnie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        Same, leaning towards Valery too. Relying on attacking points from Kola.

  23. Gooner97
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Would you Triple Captain this GW (Mane, Deulofeu, Sterling, Aguero, Eriksen, Robertson) or GW37 on City players?

  24. RED_ARMY
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Play one pair:
    a) Valery + Gunn
    b) Kola + Gunn
    c) Valery + Foster

    1. Dee Lixon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      B unless chasing, then A

  25. Jimbo-Jones
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Bench order ok?

    Ryan
    Robbo TAA Doherty
    JWP Son Mane Sterling
    Rashford Jimenez Aguero

    Foster, Jota, Duffy, Valery

  26. ritzyd
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Does anyone else have players that they just enjoy owning when they're in your team ireelevent of how productive they are?

    Brought in Zaha this week and he is a prime example, i just find it quite fun having him in my side when he is there. Same with Siggy. Other notable mentions are Baines from previous seasons and Drogba.

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Son. My favourite FPL player. Just always does well when I have him and is so so greedy. Great to watch as an owner

    2. Flapjack ✅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Any attacking wingback. Doherty this year

    3. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Always enjoyed owning Ian Harte

      1. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        He was quality!

  27. bring_on _the_fantasy
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    https://twitter.com/Johnjohano1983/status/1121789677306966016

    reading the comments looks like possible Groin injury

    1. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Who? Firmino?

  28. kuzser
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Last item to fix:
    Wilson or Jimi (2 in a ML and rivals have Jimi)?

    Current line up is:
    Ryan
    Vertongen TAA Duffy
    Salah(TC) Mane Son Redmond Jota
    Aguero Wilson
    Subs: foster/ Jimi Doherty Valery

  29. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Ruben Neves has scored more goals (4) than he's had touche's in the opposition's penalty box. Two of witch were penalties.

  30. Runaway
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    I think I will wait until “team bus news” at least. We will learn if Firmino is not there, right?