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

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1,272 Comments Post a Comment
  1. STRANGER INGS
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 18 days ago

    Rico, tomori or soyuncu long term? Need tp to replace Ota

    1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 18 days ago

      Soy

    2. FlytzoBazooka
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 18 days ago

      Rico and invest in the others' teams

    3. Arse Craic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 18 days ago

      All good picks IMO

    4. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 18 days ago

      Rico of those.

  2. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 18 days ago

    Play Cantwell or Wesley?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
        6 months, 18 days ago

        Blankwell

      • pumpkinhead
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        Welsey - I'd rather risk him in a tougher fixture. Cantwells minutes are a mess.

    2. yer old da
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 18 days ago

      Martial, Maddison, Pulisic, or Tielemans?

      1. ToooooooOon
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        I was telling myself tielemans all week but just done martial at the last minute haha

        1. yer old da
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 18 days ago

          That’s where I’m at too - centre forward with proven pedigree difficult to argue with.

    3. yakirh
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 18 days ago

      Who to bench?
      A. Rico
      B. Lundstrum
      C. Mount

      Currently benching Mount

      1. Winston.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        A

      2. Lokako
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        B

      3. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        A

      4. Dthinger
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        B

    4. UnitedFan
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 18 days ago

      Bench order for these guys?

      A) Dendoncker (AVL)

      B) Soy (ARS)

      C) Greenwood (BRI)

      1. Arse Craic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        ABC

      2. NATSTER
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        C A B

      3. pumpkinhead
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        B,A,C

      4. Lokako
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        ACB

      5. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        Bac

    5. Jellyfish
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 18 days ago

      With Ederson out anyone out there brave enough to double up with Pool defenders?
      I'm v tempted

      1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 18 days ago

        Robbo and TAA are midfielders

        1. Jellyfish
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 18 days ago

          I stand corrected 🙂

      2. ElliotJHP
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        It's been my big call all week I havent pulled the trigger on Mendy -> Robertson

    6. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 18 days ago

      Long term who to get?

      A) Maddison
      B) Mount
      C) Both good picks - toss a coin.

      1. Viper
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        C

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        C

      3. FOO FIGHTER
          6 months, 18 days ago

          Depends if you have Tammy and Vardy.

          1. Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 18 days ago

            Both

        • Lokako
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 18 days ago

          A or B

      4. Kaiser123
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 18 days ago

        I think I need to play 532 this week. Does this look about right?
        Pope
        TAA Soy RICO Lund Cancelo
        KDB Mane(c) Sterling
        Tammy Vardy

        Button Mount Greenwood Cantwell

        1. SHOOTER MCGINN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 18 days ago

          I think you need to make a transfer. Cancelo may not play and even if he does I wouldn't expect much against Liv. Nothing on the bench really either.

      5. Nightf0x
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        Which in each?

        A) 1. Ota to wilems, gw13 kely -4 to taa
        2. Ota to taa, kely 5th def. May upgrade later

        B) 1. Get son, next gw get jimenez
        2. Get madison, next gw get auba

      6. Henning
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        Play Pope or Ramsdale?

        1. FOO FIGHTER
            6 months, 18 days ago

            Pope

          • Lokako
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 18 days ago

            Ramsdale

          • Dthinger
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 18 days ago

            Ramsdale

        2. Westfield Irons ⭐️
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 18 days ago

          Quick one - please choose!
          Daniel James v BRI (H)
          or
          Mason Mount v CRY (H)
          Do i go for rested James and small differential?
          Or risk a cameo appearance for the injury-doubt higher owned Mount?
          Thanks

          1. bench boost for every gamew…
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 18 days ago

            i´m benching mount and plays Maupay so i´ll say James but i do horrible this season so probably end of the wrong side of points either way, my thinking is Mount injured again in his ankle, a decent home game vs Palace, Lamps can afford to "rest" him on bench while still have a strong team out there. Also, i like to have one more player on sunday, prob stupid but Brighton attacks and United have some problems both in defense and midfield, ven if they manage to field McTominay/Maguire and Lindelof theuy would not be 100% fit and Young out means either young Williams or Rojo if the former mentioned plays, and they fielded at least 7 from start thursday that will start sunday, so i´l chance on Brighton to do a surprise. Very often i do this predictions right but knowing my luck it is Trossard that gets the goals...

        3. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 18 days ago

          G2G? Missed today’s press news.
          Thank you 🙂

          Pope
          TAA • Lunds • Tomori
          KDB • Mount* • Mané • Maddison • Martial
          Vardy(C) • Tammy
          (McG. Rico. Soy. Connelly)

          1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 18 days ago

            Looks great amigo.
            Mind helping me with my call?
            Got to decide between Son or Martial in for CHO. The former allows cash in the bank, but both allow Boly to Robbo anyway. Really like both options (can actually do both Mount and CHO to M & S for -4)

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              Tricky one. Both great picks. I’ve gone Martial as he’s a bargain at that price. I was stung by Son pre wildcard but I do love him as a player and especially as an FPL asset, so greedy. Get both. Just which one first 🙂

              1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 18 days ago

                Haha - that leaves me even more clueless Rafa. Coin flip time.

                1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 18 days ago

                  Yeah. I wasn’t much help haha. Both will score well, both are good long term picks. Both have amazing fixtures. Perhaps go Martial for his price point

            2. bench boost for every gamew…
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              i didn´t like poch comments today but i think Son starts (as he played only 70+ in each game) and it will save you a forced future transfer, Martial is a crock and i think people ought to look at Bournemouth, not Partizan or Norwich when they deem United assets. Brighton is much better than latter mentioned and prolly above same level as Bournemouth. Injuries to several players in Uniteds squad also could affect them a bit, and fixtures for Spurs are ok after IB. When i look at United first 11 and Brighton i lean towards the latter as the best one... and they are playing better as a unit too.
              Remove CHO now before a game he probably starts is not sure i would do but both CHO and Mount is perhaps little too much invested in Chelsea, and latter is more nailed. Do not sell both..

        4. kuzser
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 18 days ago

          Who to get rid of for Mane?
          1) sterling
          2) kdb

          Feels like I should keep sterling as he can score against any team, but I'm not gonna captain him in the next 7-8gw's so is it worth keeping someone for 12m?

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 18 days ago

            2

          2. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 18 days ago

            Oh, 1 then. Pointless if you don’t Captain

            1. kuzser
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              Cheers Rafa. Just don't want to go with a flow who is massively dumping sterling. ..

          3. bench boost for every gamew…
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 18 days ago

            KdB better to keep as you will not need another 2m elsewhere in your team and thereby weaken that position in the process and that 2m diff between Sterling and KDB is not reflected in points. Sterling might be more explosive but so far his highest score in a single gw is 20p vs KDB 17p but the latter has 3 double digit vs Sterlings 2. And he was a fluke touch away from another one, so should have had 4 in fact (Silva goal)

        5. Oggle22
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 18 days ago

          Who makes way for Martial Perez or Mount

          Cheers

          1. FOO FIGHTER
              6 months, 18 days ago

              I would not go Martial as yet.

              Both LEI and CHE more attacking returns than UTD.

              1. Oggle22
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 18 days ago

                Perez is poo though fuming with myself for knee jerking him in after his hatty

              2. yer old da
                • 10 Years
                6 months, 18 days ago

                Overall yes they are more attacking but difficult to look beyond Martial playing as a centre forward.

          2. Tucker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 18 days ago

            2FT

            (A) Sterling and Greenwood > Tielemans and Vardy

            (B) Sterling, Greenwood, Otamendi > Martial, Vardy, and Rico (-4)

            (C) Downgrade Otamendi > Rico and bank a transfer

            1. Kaiser123
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              6 months, 18 days ago

              B - fortune favours the brave

          3. Gideons Rolling Another One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 18 days ago

            Bottomed out:

            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!!

            1. bench boost for every gamew…
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              involving martial is a no from me unless you like to give yourself headaches next week when he crocks

              KDB out no

              i can see the urge of getting JImi and stats tells us also about the quality of player so in essence your prob right about that assumption (Maupay is not clinical enough on this level).

              I´m not sure i would do anything really, but if you must, maybe take punt on Jota instead? His numbers are level with Jimi and he has shown before he is capable of matching him. I´m not saying he is a sgood as an option, but you don´t lose KDB, and i have a feeling KDB and Jota is better than the ones you have in mind, and it is one transfer less

          4. THFC4LIFE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 18 days ago

            Play Lund Cantwell or Soy?

            1. AzzaroMax99
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              Lunds

          5. AzzaroMax99
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 18 days ago

            NEW haven't conceived more than 1 goal @home this season and I still have Wilson in my squad.
            4 gw in a row blanking. Only thing that is keeping him in my team is need to save FT. And the law of large numbers. 🙂

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              Law of large numbers, Newcastle conceiving 😆
              This be magic

              1. AzzaroMax99
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 18 days ago

                Hope dies last xD

                1. Debauchy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  6 months, 18 days ago

                  Aye, hope so

          6. Five Season Wonder
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 18 days ago

            Best Ota replacement please folks?

            Already have TAA, Soy, Lund & Rico

            1. AzzaroMax99
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              I did Ota to Tomori.

            2. Dthinger
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              Chilwell long-term?

            3. bench boost for every gamew…
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              i think Pep has the exact same thought as we speak

              having that 4 and with fixtures in mind, Lascelles as he covers you nicely in GW18.

          7. Legohair
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 18 days ago

            Chambers&Cantwell to Tomori&4.5 mid(saka?) worth to take hit?

            1. Dthinger
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              no

          8. NATSTER
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 18 days ago

            I'd start Mount and Cantwell ahead of Lund and Cancelo, then let the auto-sub do the job.

            1. FOO FIGHTER
                6 months, 18 days ago

                Why even have Cancelo lol.

              • Kaiser123
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                6 months, 18 days ago

                I can see Mount getting a cameo against a tough CP team.

            2. yer old da
              • 10 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              If you are Spurs preparing for tomorrow, having watched your opponents last week, who are you singling out for special attention? I’m sure Poch is thinking more about his own side, especially at him in a fixture they are big favourites in, but I definitely think he’ll be highlighting Lundstram and his runs from deep. That’s how good he’s been. Almost like Pukki earlier in the season with teams now realising he’s the dangerman and earmarking him. The conclusion? Bench Lundstram and play Rico instead.

            3. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
              • 8 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              Who to bench? Need to choose 2 from these 3

              1. Soyuncu
              2. Lundstram
              3. Rico

            4. ToooooooOon
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              Good 2 go?

              Gazza
              Trent - tomori - Willems - lundstram
              Sterling - mane - martial - mount
              Tammy - Aubamayang

              Subs button guendouzi greenwood ried

              1. ToooooooOon
                • 9 Years
                6 months, 18 days ago

                And who to Captain. Currently on Tammy

            5. Jellyfish
              • 8 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              Team ready to set sail....

              Pope
              TAA Rico Robbo
              Sterling Mane Tielemens Pulisic
              Tammy Jimmy Vardy(c)

            6. Lignja
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              1ft 0.3 tib

              Pope
              Taa, Lundstram, Rico, Soyuncu
              Mane, Kdb, Mount
              Agurto, Abraham, Vardy

              Cho, Dendoker, Kelly

              A. Gtg good bench order, save ft
              B. Start Cho instead of Mount or Soyuncu
              C. Cho to Barnes/James

            7. DS29
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 18 days ago

              Aguero+dilva to jiminez +kdb/son for -4
              Or
              Dilva to maddison/tielemans for free?
              Cuz if I get Maddison and want to remove aguero next week I can't get kdb into my team
              Thanks

            8. Bobby_Baggio
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              Afternoon all. What to do with 2FT and 0.1m ITB? Cancelo > ???

              Pope
              Cancelo - Robbo - Lund
              KDB - Sterling - Mount - James
              Kane - Abraham - Vardy

              McGovern - Rico - Soy - Nakamba

              1. kuzser
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 18 days ago

                Cancelo-> tomori/willems, sterling-> mane?

            9. Henning
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              If you hade Sterling and KDB would you get one of them out for Son?

              1. bench boost for every gamew…
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 18 days ago

                Sterling and bank the money, not sure i would buy Son before SHU home but fine fixtures after that