Scout Picks

Gameweek 8 Scout Picks retains faith in Salah

We have kept faith in two of Liverpool’s most attacking players for the Gameweek 8 Scout Picks.

The visit of Leicester to Anfield has concerned some invested in Jurgen Klopp’s men but are still expecting a positive result.

The Scout Picks has been carefully put together using David, Neale, Paul and Geoff’s Scout Squad submissions from earlier in the week.

For this weekend we line up in a 4-3-3 formation and come in £0.5m under our budget of £83.0m.

Goalkeeper

Nick Pope has a favourable fixture this week as well as good form at home in 2019/20

Nick Pope (£4.6m) was a simple inclusion in the Scout Picks this week ahead of Burnley’s meeting with Everton at Turf Moor. The Clarets have already kept two clean sheets at home this season, against Southampton and Norwich, while Marco Silva’s men have found the net just once in three road trips. Meanwhile, Pope is currently fifth in the league for saves (24).

Defenders

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been a regular inclusion in the Scout Picks this season

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2m) remains a favourite of the Scout Squad panel, chosen as the best option in defence by three of them this week. Liverpool may not have kept a Premier League clean sheet at Anfield this season but they have conceded the fewest big chances of any side in the last four matches. Meanwhile, Alexander-Arnold remains the top defender for chances created in that period, fashioning eight more than any other player in his position.

Nicolas Otamendi (£5.5m) continues to be the most nailed-on Manchester City defender, which should see him do well against Wolves this weekend. The visitors had another exerting Europa League encounter on Thursday night and had to play nine of the players who beat Watford in Gameweek 7. That is far from the ideal preparation for a trip to the Etihad Stadium when Wolves have had troubles in front of goal this season. Only four teams have scored fewer goals than them on the road in 2019/20, while Manchester City have conceded the fewest number of shots in the last four matches.

Matt Lowton (£4.5m) joins the Scout Picks as part of a Burnley defensive double-up. We’ve already covered the Clarets’ clean sheet potential in Gameweek 8, why it’s the right-back getting the nod is his creativity. Erik Pieters may have more assists of any other Burnley defender this season but Lowton has created more chances than any other colleague bar Ashley Westwood. 

Despite graduating from the £4.0m bracket, John Lundstram (£4.5m) can still offer plenty of value in Gameweek 8. Watford remain in the bottom three for big chances this season while Sheffield United kept a clean sheet on their last away trip. Meanwhile, Lundstram continues to be a creative force for the Blades, only four players in the whole league fashioning more big chances than him in the first seven matches.

Midfielders

Salah has been reliable in home matches in all competitions this season

The Scout Squad have retained faith in Mohamed Salah (£12.5m), even ahead of a tricky meeting with Leicester City. The Foxes defence has been in good shape in recent weeks but Salah has done very well at Anfield this season. Every Premier League match there in 2019/20 has seen him produce attacking returns and if we factor in the latest Champions League outing, he has six goals in all competitions in front of his own fans this season.

A midweek rest for Raheem Sterling (£12.1m) should put him in a good place for the visit of Wolves to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Not only did the midfielder get most of the Dinamo Zagreb off, he also provided a goal and assist when he took to the pitch as a substitute. As already mentioned, Wolves have not had the best preparation for this trip and have conceded in each of their last two away matches. Gameweek 8 was another one in which we also like the prospects of Aguero but we could not quite squeeze him and Sterling into the line-up, the latter definitely a much more likely starter this weekend.

Two goals in two for John McGinn (£5.8m) has firmly placed the Aston Villa midfielder on the Fantasy radar once again. So far this season, only two players have registered more shots on target than McGinn, which bodes well for a trip to Norwich this weekend. The Canaries have conceded 15 goals in the first seven matches, only Watford have shipped more, and are yet to keep a clean sheet at Carrow Road in 2019/20.

Forwards

Fresh from a midweek rest, Aubameyang is back in the Scout Picks once again

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) is still yet to blank this season so it is hard to see his scoring run ending in a home match against Bournemouth. The Cherries have conceded five times in their three away matches this season and have historically struggled at the Emirates Stadium.

Tammy Abraham (£7.6m) looks in a good place to reward his owners’ patience in Gameweek 8. In the last four matches, he is behind only Aguero for shots in the box and tops the league for efforts on target. A continuation of that trend at a Southampton side without a clean sheet at home this season should see Abraham do well.

Gameweek 8 should be the week that Teemu Pukki (£7.2m) returns to the Fantasy conversation. While Norwich have struggled on the road this season, they have been full of goals at Carrow Road. Pukki himself has averaged 13.3 points per game there in 2019/20 while Aston Villa have conceded seven goals across their three away matches so far.

Substitutes

Given that we fancy Sheffield United’s clean sheet chances this weekend, it makes sense to include Dean Henderson (£4.5m) on the bench. He was selected by three of our Scout Squad panel.

Harry Maguire (£5.5m) came close to making it into the final XI based on Newcastle’s problems in front of goal this season. Ahead of hosting Manchester United, the Magpies are yet to score more than once in a match this season and have blanked twice at home already.

John Fleck (£4.8m) could be a tidy differential for anyone looking to capitalise on Sheffield United’s favourable trip to Watford. He is joint-top among his colleagues for chances created over the last four matches and is second for shots inside the box.

As we discovered earlier this week, Chris Wood (£6.2m) stands a good chance of continuing his scoring run when Everton come to Turf Moor. In the last four Gameweeks, only three players have been afforded more big chances than the Burnley striker.

The Captain

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.

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Representing the community against the Scout Picks in Gameweek 8 is Vobinho in Wengerland.

They have gone for a 3-4-3 of Dúbravka; Holebas, Schär, Alonso; Zaha, D Silva, Willian, Saka; Firmino, Aguero (c), Kane.

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It was a win for the Community Champion in Gameweek 7 as The Greenback Boogie won by a close 54-52 scoreline.

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Lessons Learned from Gameweek 7

5,269 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ben Marlin
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Pope, Button
      Otamendi, TAA, VVD, Digne, Diop
      Sterling, Salah, Mount, Cantwell, Dendocker
      Pukki, Haller, Greenwood

      2.7m, 1FT

      Any thoughts would be much appreciated

      1. Tamagotchi Massacre
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Buy a striker

        1. Ben Marlin
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Digne > Cheap defender
            Greenwood > Abraham

            Is that worth -4?

          • TheBrazilianRonaldo
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Part time Pukki delivers milk and Haller is an Ibra lookalike in Azarbaijan. In the rest of their work one might loosely describe them as strikers

        2. boroie
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Anything wrong here? Or gtg?

          Leno
          Otamendi Lowton Fredericks
          Mane Mahrez Mount Cantwell
          Auba(C) Aguero(VC) Abraham

          Button; Ceballos Rico Soyuncu

          1. Woy
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            g2g

          2. Balls of Steel
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            G2g

        3. Woy
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Bottomed,

          https://i.imgur.com/SA8mLZu.png

          Free hit used. All advice welcome.

          Thanks

          1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Free hit and no city attack? Is it 1st April somewhere else in the world?

              1. Woy
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Too risky for a 1 week where i want every player hitting hard

            • Tamagotchi Massacre
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Free hit and 5 away players

              Come on.

          2. oedyb22
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            A) KdB/Hayden -> Mahrez/Mount -4
            B) KdB/Ayew -> Mahrez/Pukki -4
            C) KdB/Ayew -> Dilva/Abraham -4
            D) Just KdB out and Son/Mahrez FT

            1. redsallstars
                1 month, 10 days ago

                D, prob mahrez great games for next 4

            2. Inazuma X1
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Winston Reid can replace anyone from the West Ham line up once he is back?

            3. Warby84
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Is there a website for xG for upcoming fixtures??

              1. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                xG is a retrospective stat. It doesn’t project future goal attempts.

              2. TheBrazilianRonaldo
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  XG is past not future predicted. It is based on what happened so o don’t think there is. You can take the XG and guess the goals though. 11v11 is good for seeing history if results between teams

                  1. Warby84
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Thanks

              3. Mr_Barbs
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Would you do
                VVD & Dendoncker > Tomori & Mount (-4)

                Pope
                TAA, VVD, Otamendi, Lundstram
                Salah, Sterling, KDB*, Cantwell]
                Abraham Pukki

                Button, Dendoncker, Greenwood, Aurier*

              4. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Aguero + Barnes -> Wilson + Vardy in the IB? Two nailed focal points for attacking teams with no European distractions vs a rotation risk and a turd on two legs.

                1. Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Also gives me some money left over to upgrade James to Maddison.

                2. Twisted Saltergater
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  I like those moves. Aguero needs to haul tomorrow to stop the temptation of moving to Vardy / Aubameyang.

                3. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Like it.
                  Takes away a solid © option though

                  1. Brosstan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Perma cap Salah was what I told myself I would go for all pre season. Of course I have ended up not doing it, and if I had perma capped Salah I would have been better off. So now Ill do it for real, force myself to do it by not owning any other captain options 😉

                4. Tamagotchi Massacre
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Hideous price points but theoretically good picks

              5. JollyGoodYellows
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Play McGinn or Bilva?

                  1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      McGinn for me

                  2. FOO FIGHTER
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      City lineup today?

                      Ederson
                      Walker Ota Fern Mendy
                      Gund Rodri Dilva
                      Bilva Kun Sterling

                      1. Twisted Saltergater
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Foden in for Gundogan would be my guess.

                      2. Balls of Steel
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Just Mendy >Zinchenkoand and that's it imo

                    • Luka - Man Like Serbia
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Have Sterling and Salah and (2 free transfers)

                      KDB to......

                      a) Mane
                      b) Mahrez (and upgrade a defender to TAA)

                      1. fylde2022
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        B

                    • fylde2022
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Am I GTG? Would you captain Mahrez, Salah or Aubameyang?

                      Pope
                      TAA Otamendi Lundstram
                      Mahrez Yarmolenko Salah Son
                      Abraham Aubameyang Pukki

                      Button, Soyuncu, Oriol Romeu, Rico

                      1. Balls of Steel
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Aubemeyang

                    • Tommy J
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Who to play:
                      A Lundstram
                      B Pereira
                      C Dunk

                      Currently on A

                      Cheers

                      1. Balls of Steel
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Lund

                        1. Tommy J
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Thanks

                    • mccormibar
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Heaton Button

                      Otamendi Sokratis Tomori Montoya Lund

                      De Bruyne Sterling Mane Pepe Mount

                      Abraham Haller Greenwood

                      For gameweek 9 I have 2 free transfers and Soyuncu is at 98% for a rise. I have exact money for

                      Heaton > Roberto
                      Montoya > Soyuncu

                      Should I just pull the trigger on this tonight?

                      1. La Roja
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Yeah

                    • rohaansunil
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Play lund or cantwell?

                        1. Deulofail
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Cantwell please

                      • Deulofail
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        3,948,447 🙁

                        1. CRO KLOPP
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Population in Croatia after joining EU

                        2. Balls of Steel
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Number of times you've thought about transferring out KDB this week....

                      • LC1
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Pope
                        Ota TAA Lundstrum
                        Son Sterling Mount Yarmalenko
                        Aubu(c) Abraham Pukki

                        Button Rico Dendo Soyuncu

                        2.3 ITB to do Pukki > Vardy next week and Son > KDB when he returns.

                        All looking good?

                        Thanks

                        1. Balls of Steel
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Fair dacent team

                          1. LC1
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            Thanks bud!

                      • pingissimus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Has the Scout picks challenge been and gone? Can’t find a hot topic

                      • boroie
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        A or B?

                        A - Tomori & Son
                        B - Otamendi & Mahrez

                        1. Sturridge Wars
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Long term A. Short term B

                          Can u get Ota & Son?

                      • Sturridge Wars
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Is Mahrez the best replacement for KDB. Or someone like Felipe Anderson or willian a better option

                      • MoManeTaa
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Is it worth taking a -4 hit to do KDB -> mahrez? Will bring back kdb in gw10

                        1. boroie
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Probably not but I’ve done it

                        2. twoplustwo
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          I've done it and captained

                        3. Sturridge Wars
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          I wouldn’t

                      • MaRooney 5
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        what to do with this:

                        Ryan
                        TAA, Digne, Lundy, Rico, Robertson
                        KDB*, Hayden*, McGinn, Salah, Sterling
                        Tammy, Greeny, Pukki?

                        1FT, 0.4m ITB
                        Got KDB at 9.9

                        Thanks in advance!

                      • andres
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Pope
                        TAA Pieters Lund
                        KDB* Sterling Mount Cantwell*
                        Kun Tammy Pukki

                        Ceballos*, Kelly, Soy, 1FT, 2.9M

                        A Kdb to Salah
                        B Ceballos to Yarmo

                      • dunas_dog
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Bit concerned with bench if Cantwell out. Still holding WC. Would you

                        A Play team and carry transfer
                        B Cantwell to Saka free
                        C Go B and KDB to Mahrez -4
                        D Any other suggestion welcome if was your team?

                        Pope
                        TAA Otamendi Diop Van Dijk
                        Salah Sterling (c) Mount Cantwell
                        Pukki Abraham

                        McGovern Rico Greenwood KDB*

                        1. andre_c
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          KDB - Mahrez

                      • Kasper the ghost keeper
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Start:
                        A: Rico
                        B: Cahill

                      • andre_c
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        KDB to Mahrez? Yes or No. May consider captaining Mahrez as well.

                        Pope
                        TAA, Otamendi, Lund
                        Salah (C), KDB, Mount, Yarmo
                        Aguero (C), Abraham, Pukki

                        Button, Cantwell, Rico, Soy
                        Cheers

                        1. pompeyupnorth
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Yes but capt Aguero

                          1. andre_c
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            ok thanks

                      • SUICIDE SQUAD
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Best kdb replacement short term????

                        1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          D Silva

                        2. pompeyupnorth
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Mahrez

                      • Erez Avni
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        The decision between Mahrez and Son is destroying me from inside

                        1. pompeyupnorth
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Ive decided Mahrez. Much, much better under lying stats n Spurs are is disarray v Brighton who are no mugs..

                        2. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Sounds painful

                      • Chucky
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        KDB to silva or Mahrez for free?
                        Rest of team
                        Kepa
                        VVD Otamendi Rose
                        Slash Son Mount
                        Tammy Pukki Wilson

                        Button Lundstram Rico Hayden * KdB *