Scout Picks

Gameweek 12 Scout Picks includes Liverpool double-up

We have included two Liverpool players in our selection for the Gameweek 12 Scout Picks.

Fantasy Premier League managers have been somewhat put off by Manchester City’s visit to Anfield this weekend, but we do believe there will be goals there.

After deliberating over David, Neale, Paul and Geoff’s Scout Squad submissions, we came up with an XI-man line-up.

This time we have deployed the troops in 3-4-3 formation, coming in at £83.0m, £3.0m inside our budget.

Goalkeeper

Burnley’s defence has come in for criticism of late but a meeting with West Ham is the perfect fixture to get back to their best

Despite conceding seven goals in the last two matches, Burnley’s defence is always worth considering when hosting a so-called lesser side at Turf Moor. So far this season, the Clarets are yet to concede to such a club in front of their own fans, having shut out Southampton, Norwich and Everton between Gameweeks 1 and 8. Furthermore, in all home matches of 2019/20, only one side has conceded fewer big chances than Burnley – hence why Nick Pope (£4.7m) gets a nice easy route into the Scout Picks XI.

Defenders

Not even a Gameweek 12 meeting with Manchester City could put us off including Alexander-Arnold

Even in the face of a daunting meeting with Manchester City, Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2m) still keeps his place in the Scout Picks XI for Gameweek 12. In the last four rounds, no player has played more key passes than the Liverpool right-back and only one has topped him for big chances created too. Furthermore, 30% of the league goals conceded by Manchester City in 2019/20 have come from set-pieces, in which Alexander-Arnold is involved for Liverpool.

Chelsea’s defence at Stamford Bridge has been a reliable route for investment this season, so Fikayo Tomori (£4.8m) gets into the Scout Picks XI. In all home matches played so far, no side has allowed fewer shots inside the box or on target than Frank Lampard’s men. This week’s opponents Crystal Palace have managed just seven big chances on the road in 2019/20, better than only two other sides.

Diego Rico (£4.3m) makes his second appearance in the Scout Picks XI this season ahead of a trip to Newcastle. The Bournemouth defence continues to surprise Fantasy managers with its recent transformation into one capable of producing clean sheet reliably, culminating in that 1-0 win over Manchester United last time out, the third shut-out in a row. Meanwhile, Newcastle are bottom of the league for goals at home this season and over the last four Gameweeks, no other side has conceded more chances from set-pieces, in which Rico is involved for Bournemouth.

Midfielders

Mané is our chosen attacking player from Anfield’s upcoming clash

We believe that there are goals for Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, even though it’s Manchester City coming to Anfield. In the last four away matches, the reigning champions have conceded 11 big chances, only five clubs doing worse than that. Manchester City’s opponents in that time were Bournemouth, Norwich, Everton and Crystal Palace. The fact that Ederson is also out injured also suggests that Liverpool could be handed plenty of opportunities in Gameweek 12. Sadio Mané (£12.0m) is top of the charts among his colleagues for big chances afforded in the last four Gameweeks and you have to go back until Gameweek 3 for the last time he blanked at home.

Anthony Martial (£7.7m) may have only been back a short time for Manchester United but has already shown his worth to the side. The Frenchman scored against Norwich in Gameweek 10 and netted a wonderful individual effort on Thursday night too. Meanwhile, Brighton’s defence has not been too impressive on the road recently. In their last four away matches, the Seagulls are joint-bottom of the league for big chances conceded (15), while centre-back Adam Webster has also been ruled out through injury.

James Maddison (£7.4m) is the first of two Leicester attackers in the Scout Picks XI for Gameweek 12. The former Norwich man should really enjoy facing Arsenal on Sunday afternoon for two reasons. Only Aston Villa have conceded more goal attempts from set-pieces than the Gunners since the season began while over the last four away matches, Unai Emery’s men have given up the joint-highest number of chances through the centre of the pitch. As a central midfielder who takes the set pieces, Maddison is perfectly poised to heap the pressure on Arsenal at the King Power Stadium.

We believe Christian Pulisic (£7.3m) has secured his place in this Chelsea side now and could be the key to victory when Crystal Palace come to Stamford Bridge. The USA international is currently joint-top of the league for shots on target over the last four Gameweeks, despite registering just 209 minutes of game-time during that period. His goal threat should bubble to the surface once again in Gameweek 12 as he continues to earn time on the pitch.

Forwards

Vardy topped our captain poll and gets into the Scout Picks XI with relative ease

Our Captain Poll winner was an easy inclusion in the Scout Picks for Gameweek 12. Jamie Vardy (£9.4m) is currently top of the Golden Boot charts with 10 goals this season and faces that brittle Arsenal defence which we’ve already documented the weaknesses of. It is their vulnerable centre that should prove the most exciting for Vardy owners as he thrives through the middle for Leicester.

Tammy Abraham (£7.9m) has been desperately unlucky not to score more often at Stamford Bridge this season and we believe Gameweek 12 is when he turns his fortunes around. In home matches this season, Abraham has been afforded more big chances than any other player and is joint-third for shots on target.

Raúl Jiménez (£7.3m) completes the Scout Picks XI ahead of Wolves’ Gameweek 12 clash with Aston Villa. This is a great fixture for the Mexican as Dean Smith’s men have been quite obliging this season. In the first 11 matches, no side has conceded more shots inside the penalty area as Villa, while Jiménez himself has four attacking returns in as many Premier League outings.

Substitutes

No team has conceded fewer big chances at home this season than Spurs. Therefore, we predict that Paulo Gazzaniga (£4.5m) should benefit from his side’s strong defence against a Sheffield United.

Serge Aurier (£4.8m) will also head into Gameweek 12 with similar clean sheet potential to his goalkeeper but with his more advanced positioning, does carry slightly higher points potential.

Matt Lowton (£4.5m) could provide a budget way of doubling-up on that Burnley defence as they host West Ham in Gameweek 12.

Norwich’s attack has underwhelmed in recent weeks but Emi Buendía (£6.0m) could be the man to spark it into life against Watford. The Hornets have conceded more chances down their left-hand side than any other club since the start of the season, and this has got worse since Quique Sanchez Flores arrived.

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.

Here’s how we voted for Gameweek 12: 

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Representing the community against the Scout Picks in Gameweek 12 is Kadhai Paneer FC.

They have gone for a 3-5-2 of Gazzaniga; Digne, Aurier, Tarkowski; Willian, Richarlison, Maddison, Son (c), Martial; C Wilson, Rashford.

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.

Tea & Busquets was defeated by a 63-57 score-line in Gameweek 11.

The current winning margin of 17 points recorded by irfansheikh in Gameweek 7 and AK in Gameweek 10 remains the score to beat.

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1,272 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Sondre van Bank
    • 6 Years
    13 days, 11 hours ago

    Bench one

    a) VVD (MCI)
    b) Rico (new)
    c) Lundstram (tot)
    d) Soyucu (ARS)

    ?

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 11 hours ago

      Söyüncü

    2. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 11 hours ago

      Lund I guess

    3. La Roja
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 11 hours ago

      D

    4. Arse Biscuit
      • 10 Years
      13 days, 11 hours ago

      Söyüncü

    5. Sondre van Bank
      • 6 Years
      13 days, 11 hours ago

      Thanks guys

  2. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 11 hours ago

    Who’s captaining Mane?

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 11 hours ago

      One's who don't want to Party 😉

  3. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 5 Years
    13 days, 11 hours ago

    Play Wesley or Cantwell?

    Is Mount gonna rest?

  4. Barnes Owl
    • 1 Year
    13 days, 11 hours ago

    Struggling with bench order...

    Soy
    Mendy
    Hayden

    Leave as is?

    1. DifferentClass
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 11 hours ago

      bench boost?

      1. Recklesss
        • 5 Years
        13 days, 11 hours ago

        Nah

    2. Arse Biscuit
      • 10 Years
      13 days, 11 hours ago

      As is

  5. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    13 days, 11 hours ago

    Blimey, Tammy ownership is up to 50%

    1. FOO FIGHTER
        13 days, 11 hours ago

        Will keep on growing.

      • Amey
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 11 hours ago

        Yep
        Shield now 😮

    2. akhilrajau
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 11 hours ago

      Sub one
      A. Chilwell
      B. Rico
      C. Lundstram

    3. BNMC
        13 days, 11 hours ago

        Ederson injured, part of me wants to captain Salah now. Worth it, or should I keep the armband on Tammy? I don't have Vardy.

        1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
          • 5 Years
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          Salah in such a bad form isn't he?

        2. NATSTER
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          I'm tempted to captain Mane too.

        3. bench boost for every gamew…
          • 2 Years
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          honestly don´t think the game will be decided by Bravo, he is a decent goalie. but it can make them more vulnerable with another change in the backline

      • PL Ball
        • 8 Years
        13 days, 11 hours ago

        I've had a miserable time owning Pukki for so long.. do I stick for yet another game or switch to Jimenez?

        1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
          • 6 Years
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          Stick

        2. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
          • 1 Year
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          Hold for Watford.

        3. bench boost for every gamew…
          • 2 Years
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          for me that´s a switch since t\you are buying an inform player and Watford better to defend than Villa. Also, price could be almost a million diff if you wait. Unless you have a good plan to make a mini wc next week with 2ft i would think yes to this one

        4. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          Defo hold for this one

      • jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 11 hours ago

        1) Ota > Tomori/Aurier & save second FT for IB
        2) Ota, Cantwell > Tomori/Aurier, 5.5
        3) Ota, Sterling, King > Chilwell, Martial, Vardy (-4)
        4) Ota, Sterling, King > Robbo, Madds, Vardy (-4)

        In squad already: Mané, KDB, Mount; King, Jimenez, Tammy; TAA, Lunds

        1. WE GO FOR IT
          • 3 Years
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          3

      • Misteak
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        13 days, 11 hours ago

        Sterling >

        A. Mane

        B. Tielemans

        Have Vardy and Salah

        1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
          • 6 Years
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          None

          1. Misteak
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            13 days, 11 hours ago

            I'm going to do one so just tell me which one.

        2. kuzser
          • 2 Years
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          A

        3. Arse Biscuit
          • 10 Years
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          Mane

        4. Rash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          Mane then switch Salah to sterling when fixtures improve

        5. bench boost for every gamew…
          • 2 Years
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          that really depend on how you plan your next moves, the latter will provide a lot of cash to invest elsewhere, first one doe snot but also then you can not have double pool def anyway, before that kind of game it looks iffy to transfer between premiums but if forced i´d say A. Buti think i would prefer double up def for pool in the coming fixturerun, but Tielemans is what it is, maddison instead

      • Weasel51
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 11 hours ago

        KDB to Mane for a hit?

        Need to make the move soon anyway.

        1. Yozzer
          • 2 Years
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          Tempting. KDB too deep

      • United2603
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 11 hours ago

        1st sub...

        Lundstram or Cantwell?

        1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
          • 6 Years
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          L

      • De Gea Van Dijk. 10
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 11 hours ago

        Otabendy>Bendy
        Next week.

        1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          Lmao

      • Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 11 hours ago

        Punt on Ozil?

        1. Misteak
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          Don't see why you would do it this week when Lester have been so good defensively

      • corderz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        13 days, 11 hours ago

        Play one:

        A) Lundstram
        B) Tomori

        1. Klip Klopp
          • 4 Years
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          B

        2. CONNERS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          I'd play Tomori if I had him, others will disagree.

      • CONNERS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        13 days, 11 hours ago

        Are people really expecting Lundstram to do well tomorrow? As good as he is, I just don't see it. Expecting a 2 pointer.

        1. lindeg
          • 1 Year
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          Playing lascelles and tomori over him

        2. theodosios
          • 2 Years
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          thing about Lund is even if there is no CS he can score or assist

          1. Dthinger
            • 2 Years
            13 days, 11 hours ago

            yeah, but so can the other defenders we all own, like Rico.

        3. Dthinger
          • 2 Years
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          I agree. I fully expect Spurs to finally get it together and score some goals.

      • Klip Klopp
        • 4 Years
        13 days, 11 hours ago

        Play Yarmelenko or Rico?

        1. Yozzer
          • 2 Years
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          I feel Yarmo will be benched . Just a feeling though

      • FOO FIGHTER
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          Man cIty defence this weekend...

          Bravo plus 10 parked outfield players.

          1. MeatPieSausageRoll
              13 days, 11 hours ago

              Theyre only playing Liverpool...

              1. FOO FIGHTER
                  13 days, 11 hours ago

                  Maybe Pep will go with Walker between the sticks.

            • Polar_Bear
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              13 days, 11 hours ago

              Do I play Ayew, Cantwell, Lundstrum or Soyu?

              1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                • 6 Years
                13 days, 11 hours ago

                Ayew

            • Sancidino
              • 2 Years
              13 days, 11 hours ago

              If you had free hit active who would you get right away?

              1. La Roja
                • 7 Years
                13 days, 11 hours ago

                lol

              2. FOO FIGHTER
                  13 days, 11 hours ago

                  Triple Pool

                • De Gea Van Dijk. 10
                  • 1 Year
                  13 days, 11 hours ago

                  Fleck knows.

              3. Adriano
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                13 days, 11 hours ago

                Which one would you play?

                A) J.Ayew
                B) Janmaat
                C) Soy

              4. OptimusBlack
                • 6 Years
                13 days, 11 hours ago

                Last Question and i think its a good moves ..
                Kün + Sterling + Mount >
                Kane + Mané + Marital
                For just -4 pts
                Yaaaaay
                Naaaay

              5. Firminoooo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                13 days, 11 hours ago

                Play 2 of Mendy, Soy, Rico, Lundstram. Will join TAA.

                1. Dthinger
                  • 2 Years
                  13 days, 11 hours ago

                  Rico Lund

              6. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
                • 4 Years
                13 days, 11 hours ago

                A. CHO to Son
                B. CHO to Martial
                C. CHO, Mount to both (-4), but delays getting Robbo by a week.

                1. CONNERS
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  13 days, 11 hours ago

                  Just A for me. Steering clear of Man U players.

              7. Magic Hamster
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                13 days, 11 hours ago

                I have exact funds for sterling to salah (already have mane). Given liverpools fixtures after City, salah and mane seem a good idea.

                So sterling to salah now for a -4 or wait and figure it out after IB?

                1. NATSTER
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  13 days, 11 hours ago

                  I probably wait if you don't lose value when Sterling falls in price tonight.

                2. Debauchy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  13 days, 11 hours ago

                  Wait , and yep

              8. Rustin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                13 days, 11 hours ago

                Sorry if this been asked but start Tomori or Soy many thanks and good luck all

                1. theodosios
                  • 2 Years
                  13 days, 11 hours ago

                  Tomori

                  1. Rustin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    13 days, 11 hours ago

                    Cheers mate on him at the moment

              9. Jellyfish
                • 7 Years
                13 days, 11 hours ago

                A lot of transfers in for Willems today!
                Looking to rise tonight

              10. FlytzoBazooka
                • 1 Year
                13 days, 11 hours ago

                Getting rid of Mount. Who to get? Martial, Tielemans or Pulisic ?

                1. theodosios
                  • 2 Years
                  13 days, 11 hours ago

                  Pulisic

                  1. NATSTER
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    13 days, 11 hours ago

                    +1

                  2. FlytzoBazooka
                    • 1 Year
                    13 days, 11 hours ago

                    Next up though is Man City. Was thinking to get him afer GW14. Tielemans is such eye catching. I like Martial's fixtures but I don't trust Man Utd as a team/

              11. Big Ronnie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                13 days, 11 hours ago

                Who to captain?

                A) Vardy
                B) Jimenez
                C) Abraham

                1. FlytzoBazooka
                  • 1 Year
                  13 days, 11 hours ago

                  A

                2. Spider
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  13 days, 11 hours ago

                  Jamie Vardy has scored more goals vs. Arsenal than any other club in his career.

              12. Gideons Rolling Another One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                13 days, 11 hours ago

                Maupay + KDB to Jimi + Martial/Tielemans

                Maupay's stats are as good as Jimi's but is the quality the same? Wolves fixtures are far better than Brighton's.
                Martial's fixtures are good, Brighton conceding away from home. Or Tielemans. I think he is quality.

                Ah, this is doing my nut! What do we think? Any help welcome!!