Scout Picks

Sterling and Aguero tipped for big scores by Gameweek 5 Scout Picks

We have spent the big bucks on our Manchester City attacking assets this week as they face a Norwich defence in dire straits.

This week the Scout Picks XI features three players priced over £12.0m but we have still managed to stick to our £83.0m budget.

Our 3-5-2 formation comes in at £82.9m, £0.1m inside the limit.

Goalkeeper

Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian has an appealing fixture this weekend

Adrian (£4.6m) was not selected by any of our Scout Squad pundits this week, but we’ve brought him in as an enabler. There was overwhelming support for a double-up on the Liverpool defence but we only had enough in our budget for one of their premium options. With Alisson still out injured, Adrian should keep his place in goal.

Defenders

Alexander-Arnold remains our chosen Liverpool defensive option ahead of Gameweek 5

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.1m) was the most popular Liverpool defender among our Scout Squad pundits. David, Paul and Geoff all selected him as the best option in this price bracket, Neale choosing him in second place. The right-back heads into an appealing meeting with a goal-shy Newcastle side and three assists in his first four matches. The potential for a double-figure haul, made up from returns at both ends of the pitch, continues to be high for Alexander-Arnold.

The inclusion of Matt Lowton (£4.5m) was a way of granting the request from our Scout Squad for Burnley defensive cover. Nick Pope was a popular choice but we had to go with Adrian in goal. Lowton comes in based on Burnley’s clean sheet potential for a trip to Brighton, and having created more chances than any of his defensive colleagues so far this season.

John Lundstram (£4.2m) continues to make a useful budget enabler for Fantasy managers. Sheffield United remain one of the tightest-looking defences in the Premier League, having allowed just 22 shots in the box across the first four Gameweeks (fifth-best). Meanwhile, Lundstram himself is behind only two players in the top flight for big chances created.

Midfielders

Sterling should enjoy his trip to Norwich on Saturday afternoon

Despite a blank against Brighton, Raheem Sterling (£12.3m) is straight back in the Scout Picks. After the first four matches of the season, the Manchester City midfielder is still just one behind the current Golden Boot front-runner with five goals and during that time, no player has been afforded more big chances. Meanwhile, Norwich’s defence looks in tatters for Gameweek 5. They have conceded more than any other side so far and are likely to be without at least three centre-backs in Ben Godfrey, Christoph Zimmermann and Timm Klose this weekend. Furthermore, right-back Max Aarons has been ruled out, Grant Hanley is unlikely to be able to feature from the beginning and Tim Krul is also a doubt to start now.

Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) was the most popular midfielder for Gameweek 5, tipped as the best in this position by three of our pundits, David selecting him in second place. In both of his Premier League matches at Anfield this season, the Egyptian registered a double-figure haul and he will be fancying his chances against Newcastle. The Magpies might have the ability to frustrate top six sides, as they did at Spurs in Gameweek 3, but Salah still got three attacking returns against them last season.

Mason Mount (£6.4m) is one of a handful of mid-price midfielders who appear to have the ability to offer decent value this season. He has two goals so far and could have arguably had more than that. Ahead of a trip to Wolves, the Chelsea midfielder has registered the same number of shots on target as Sterling, and more than any other option priced at £6.5m or below.

The absence of some key personnel for Manchester United should both help Daniel James‘ (£6.1m) chances of starting and increase the need for him to deliver. In the last two matches, the value midfield option has had seven shots inside the box, the second-most in the whole division. With Leicester yet to keep a clean sheet on the road so far this season, James looks a good bet for more attacking returns this weekend.

John McGinn (£5.6m) is the final member of our value midfield trio as he prepares to face West Ham on Monday night. With attacking returns in two matches so far this season, the box-to-box option will fancy his chances against a Hammers’ defence that has conceded more big chances than any other side so far.

Forwards

We’re backing Aguero to have another enjoyable afternoon in Gameweek 5

Our Scout Squad panel was unanimous in selecting Sergio Aguero (£12.1m) as the best forward option for Gameweek 5. That decision was reached even before the Norwich defensive situation got worse on Friday afternoon. The Argentinian has scored in every match this season, currently leading the Golden Boot race, and is likely to deliver even if he has his minutes managed in light of Gabriel Jesus’ return from fitness simply because Norwich’s problems at the back are so bad.

Sébastien Haller (£7.5m) completes our line-up ahead of a trip to face Aston Villa on Monday night. Dean Smith’s men have allowed more shots than any other side so far this year, while Haller has three goals in his last two matches.

Substitutes

Nick Pope (£4.6m) was the most popular budget goalkeeper in our Scout Squad submissions but we had to bench him to accommodate our Liverpool defensive double-up.

We were also able to work in some Manchester City defensive cover so Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.6m) has to be content among the substitutes. With Norwich unlikely to park the bus against them, there is perhaps still a slight chance that they find a way through.

Manuel Lanzini (£6.5m) gets a place on the bench as a cheap alternative West Ham’s centre-forward. The midfielder has created more chances than any of his colleagues so far this season.

Ashley Barnes (£6.7m) has impressed in the early part of the campaign but we ran out of money to get him in the Scout Picks starting XI. 

The Captain

As we have mentioned many times since the season began, the Scout Picks now has a captain for the 2019/20 campaign.

This skipper is chosen using the conclusions of the latest Captain Sensible article and a four-way vote between David, Neale, Paul and Geoff.

Because the use of Fantasy Football Scout data is used so heavily in this process, the captain we choose each Gameweek will be known only to those who have signed up to Membership for the 2019/20 season.

It will be revealed to the public only when the deadline for the Gameweek has passed.

The Community Champion

Representing the community against the Scout Picks in Gameweek 5 is Warby84.

They have gone for a 4-3-3 of Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Otamendi, Maitland-Niles, Lundstram; De Bruyne, Salah (c), McGinn; Aguero, Haller, Vardy.

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 defeat for the Scout Picks in Gameweek 4 as InsaneFC won by a 75-64 scoreline.

That makes his winning margin of 11 points the new score to beat for the 2019/20 season.

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5,594 Comments Post a Comment
  1. learnedlizard
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 hours ago

    Pope
    lund TAA Digne zinc
    mount salah(vc) mcginn raz
    (k)un pukkiparty

    subs:
    button mings guendouzi greenwood
    gtg?

    1. Rihanovic
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 hours ago

      Nice.

    2. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 hours ago

      I would play Mings ahead of party

  2. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 hours ago

    Do you think at least 2 play out of Sterling, KDB and AWB?

    1. Lalrota
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 hours ago

      Dont know bout AwB . Sterling and Kdb definitely play

    2. Rihanovic
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 hours ago

      Nope.

    3. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 hours ago

      Yes

    4. Skull And Gnomes 9
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 hours ago

      66.6%

    5. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 hours ago

      Probably yea

  3. Lalrota
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 hours ago

    Pope
    Robbo Otamendi Coleman Montoya Lundstram
    Sterling (C) Salah KDB
    Rashford Haller

    Cantwell Dendo Wickham

    G2G?? No hits taken and WC intact.

    1. Rihanovic
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 hours ago

      Nice.

    2. Lav
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 hours ago

      GTG

  4. Amey
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 hours ago

    I have successfully avoided the lure of using FT during the IB & Rolling the FT this gw.
    It's very tough to save a FT 😀

    1. Dribbles
        1 month, 14 hours ago

        Blue Peter badge on route.

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          🙂

      • Rihanovic
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 hours ago

        Good for you.
        I did it too, by activating my WC

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          Ha
          Nice. I did WC las gw

      • Skull And Gnomes 9
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 hours ago

        3x drinking nights over IB _so 3 x-4 =-12 😯

        1. Skull And Gnomes 9
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          -12

          1. Klein
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Purple badge

          2. Amey
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            😀

    2. VardysParty
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 hours ago

      Start which one?

      Pukki
      Dedonker
      Greenwood

      1. Rihanovic
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 hours ago

        Pukki

        1. Lav
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 hours ago

          This

    3. Infected by ebolasie
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 hours ago

      Who to get:
      A) Mcginn
      B) James
      C) Ceballos
      D) Other (below 6.3)

      1. Rihanovic
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 hours ago

        B

      2. Lav
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 hours ago

        B C A

    4. Rihanovic
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 hours ago

      Sorry, bottomed.
      WC.
      Pope
      TAA(VC)-Ota-Lunds
      Salah-Eriksen-Pepe-Lanzini
      Aguero(C)-Abraham-Ayew
      Button-Cantwell-Prodl-Hanley
      G2G???

      1. Lalrota
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 hours ago

        You need a Sterling or Kdb

      2. Lav
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 hours ago

        No need to be fancy with Eriksen. Get KDB in

        1. Jeanz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          This

      3. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 13 hours ago

        Very unsure

        Do like Erik and Pepe. But Ayew Lund Cantwell even rotating for 2 spots with zero bench is a stretch.

        The only solution I see if you keep that midfield is to lose Mo for Mane or Lanzini for McGinn say to get a 4.5 defender anyway.

        But really if you want Arsenal then it should be Auba and KdB rather than Pepe Kun

        1. SirT83
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          Agreed

    5. Lav
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 hours ago

      The (c) switch done. GTG?
      1 FT 1.2m ITB

      Pope
      Robbo VVD Digne Lund
      Salah(vc) Sterling(c) KDB McGinn
      Pukki Barnes

      Button Diop Greenwood Dend

      1. Rihanovic
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 hours ago

        Good luck.

      2. Jeanz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 hours ago

        Yep g2g

      3. Abra Dubravka
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          We have the exact same squad except I have Wilson instead of barnes and Dunk instead of Rico. Hopefully GTG.

      4. Inazuma X1
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 hours ago

        Play who?

        1. Pukki
        2. Lundstram

        1. Rihanovic
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          Pukki

        2. SirT83
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          Lundstram

      5. Out of Position
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 hours ago

        Waiting for the Pep Roulette to strike tonight. When things become so obvious as in case of Man City v Norwich, there has to be a wicked twist.

      6. davies
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 hours ago

        Save FT & GTG? (0 ITB)

        Heaton
        VVD Digne Lundstram
        Salah Sterling (c) KDB Ceballos Dendoncker
        Kane Pukki

        Soyuncu Rico Greenwood

        Cheers.

        1. Rihanovic
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          GTG.

          1. Rihanovic
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Help above please.

      7. Rolls-Royce
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 hours ago

        Morning chaps. Excited?

      8. Sturridge Wars
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 hours ago

        WC gtg?

        Pope
        TAA / Dunk / Otamendi / Lund
        Salah / KDB / James / Son
        Pukki / Aguero

        Bench: Button, Ayew , Cantwell, Rico

        1. Jeanz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          Yeah I like it

        2. Rihanovic
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          Nice, help above please.

        3. Sahil.....
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          Ayew out lund in??? I wouldnt do that...

      9. Jeanz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 hours ago

        Pope
        TAA Zinchenko Digne
        Salah KDB Mount Ceballos
        Aguero Haller Abraham

        Button Lundstram Cantwell Rico/Kelly

        On wildcard, would you do Abraham and Rico -> Barnes and Soyuncu ?

        1. Rihanovic
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          Nice
          Yes, Rico won't start.
          Help above please.

        2. SirT83
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          No. I'd keep

      10. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 hours ago

        Where's the captain poll? Can't find on mobile.

        1. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          Found it.

      11. Podorsky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 hours ago

        Play Pukki or Lundstram?

        1. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          The goat

          1. We Will Klopp you
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Daniel Bryan? How much is he? Might get him in my WC team. 😉

            To answer the ops question, I'd start lundstram

        2. SirT83
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          Lundstram

      12. smix
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 hours ago

        Play 2 out of the below 3:
        A. Lundstram
        B. KWP
        C. Pukki

        1. Podorsky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          Leaning towards A and B

      13. rohaansunil
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          David silva worth a punt as a replacement for martial?

          1. Podorsky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Well rested and in form. A wonderful player to watch.

          2. Amey
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Definitely

          3. sunzip14
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Yes got him today. Have 3 City mids now though! Thought he would be a better option than the likes of Iwobi, Ceballos, McGinn etc as I already had Lanzini and Mount.

        • Sondre van Bank
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          a) Aguero + Greenwood
          b) Haller + Vardy (or upgrade something else)

        • maratus
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          Mount or McGinn

          1. SirT83
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Mount

        • Jeanz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          Best 4.5 defender going forward?

          1. Sondre van Bank
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Lowton?

            1. Jeanz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 hours ago

              Yeah I’m on him or Soyuncu

          2. Amey
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Soyuncu

        • Infected by ebolasie
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          How likely is a Ceballos start?

          1. JohnBlack
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            90%

          2. SirT83
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Imo very high

        • kidzac
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 hours ago

          Henderson
          Digne matip vvd lundsturm zinchenko
          Sterling(C) mane kdb mcginn
          Haller

          Pope ayew pukki trossard

          0 itb
          Already on a - 4 switching out jota rico for ayew matip. Trossard injury means one less benching headache. Not hoping much from ayew and pukki as I see 2 pointers from both.

          To replace trossard, I've got either gudmunsson/mcneill from Burnley or Harry Wilson from Bournemouth. Who would you guys go for?

          1. ManofKent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            McNeil

          2. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Interesting set up

            Don’t see either of those being a minus 4. Wilson I do like though from next week.

          3. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Just spotted double SU defence - bold

        • rohaansunil
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Otamendi or zinchenko?

          • schwing
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Is there a direct link to the FFS H2H leagues?

              1. schwing
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 13 hours ago

                Cheers

          • steven8991
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            A. Mount, James, Vardy

            or

            B. McGinn, Cantwell, Aubameyang

            1. mrpink32
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 hours ago

              A

          • smix
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Play KWP or Pukki ?

            1. sunzip14
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 hours ago

              KWP

          • sunzip14
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Gtg? 1FT, 0.3 itb.

            Heaton
            VVD, Digne, Montoya
            KDB, (S)terling, Lanzini, Dilva,Mount
            Kane, Rashford

            Button, Diop, Greenwood, Rico

            1. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 13 hours ago

              Rash to Haller in my book.

              1. sunzip14
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 hours ago

                Thought about it a lot. That would mean I have 2 WHM attackers. So, could not decide. Hoping that Mata provides good balls to Rashford. Could end up with Haller by the deadline though. Thank you for the suggestion!

            2. Legend of Rosický
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 hours ago

              Save

          • sea cucumber
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Please help on a WC:

            A. Otamendi, KDB, Pukki, Abraham
            B. Maitland-niles, d.Silva, greenwood , Aguero

            Rest of the team
            4.0 Adrian
            Soyuncu TAA Lund Pieters XX
            Geundouzi Salah Sterling Mount XX
            Barnes XX XX

            Thank you

            1. sunzip14
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 hours ago

              A

          • Legend of Rosický
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 hours ago

            Mane or Sterling (c)...cant believe I'm still undecided

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 hours ago

              🙂

              1. Legend of Rosický
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 13 hours ago

                Did you see salahs tweet?

            2. sunzip14
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 hours ago

              Raz

              1. sunzip14
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 hours ago

                I think he either plays or does not at all. I do not think his services will be required after 60mins against this Norwich team. Pep will give minutes for Cancelo, Foden and Jesus imo.