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: 

Community Champion

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. Igzie08
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 5 hours ago

    What’s the best option?

    A) Mendy
    B) Saka
    C) Yarmo
    D) Kelly
    E) Transfer one out for -4

    Worth noting I have Liverpool attack and Burnley, Leicester defence in my team.

    1. Holding Matip
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      yarmo

      1. Igzie08
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 5 hours ago

        Bit worried about him. Hooked off after first half last week, always comes off early, and Burnley pretty solid at home

    2. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      A or C

    3. Lokako
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      B or D

    4. Igzie08
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      Transfers I’m considering Yarms-> Tielmans, Kelly->Rico

    5. One Wheels Enough
        6 days, 4 hours ago

        Wildcard...

    6. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      Captaincy. Some thoughts

      Abraham - is the ‘correct choice’ from an expected points perspective

      Vardy - is the ‘safe choice’ as his EO will be over 100% whereas Abraham’s won’t.

    7. Holding Matip
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      Play 2 out of 3:

      Rico
      Lundy
      Soy

      1. Forza Papac
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 5 hours ago

        Rico and Lundstram

      2. Jumpingjim
          6 days, 5 hours ago

          Rico ans Soy for me

        • Lokako
          • 4 Years
          6 days, 5 hours ago

          Soy and rico

        • Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 days, 4 hours ago

          A, B

      3. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 days, 5 hours ago

        So damn frustrating. Arsenal have such a great run ahead yet a loyal fan for many a decade just has no faith in the Emery way, what fn way, guy has taken every ounce of the Arsenal way away .

        1. Nightcrawler
            6 days, 5 hours ago

            Joke managar jokes fans joke club they deserve each other

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              6 days, 5 hours ago

              Well hmmm ok. Joke of late sure but will never be recorded as a club given their past .Wenger in his latter years was stymied by lack of spending. Yet and in almost every loss we suffered I was entertained with some great attacking footie.this guy us completely clueless

          • Igzie08
            • 2 Years
            6 days, 5 hours ago

            Am still clinging on to Aubs. Those gw13-15 fixtures ..

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              6 days, 5 hours ago

              Sell mate

        2. rohaansunil
            6 days, 5 hours 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

            .. .

          • Kun still the man!
            • 1 Year
            6 days, 5 hours ago

            Mount to Martial for a hit, might even give him armband as a differential captain?

            1. One Wheels Enough
                6 days, 4 hours ago

                I have, keeping until his next injury and swapping for Madd.

            2. Forza Papac
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 days, 5 hours ago

              Lundstram or Yarmolenko first sub?

              1. Kun still the man!
                • 1 Year
                6 days, 5 hours ago

                Lund

              2. Lokako
                • 4 Years
                6 days, 5 hours ago

                Yarm

            3. itommy
              • 1 Year
              6 days, 5 hours ago

              Gaz
              Rico Lund Tomori
              Traorè Sterling KDB Mount
              Vardy Kun Abraham

              Söy Sokratis Saka

              A) Kun & Mount > Jimenez & Mané
              B) Sterling & Mount > Martial & Mané
              C) Kun, Mount & Traoré > Jimenez, Martial & Son (-4 )

            4. BobB
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              6 days, 5 hours ago

              Makes little sense to ditch Mount. Even if he misses tomorrow )big if), after City away he has great fixtures. Short-termism.

              1. Oggle22
                • 2 Years
                6 days, 5 hours ago

                This was my thinking when deciding on Mount or Perez for Martial Perez went

            5. pundit of punts
              • 6 Years
              6 days, 5 hours ago

              Jota over Jimenez worth a shot?

              If it fails will switch to Ings.

              1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                6 days, 5 hours ago

                if it fails then ings can only get better

              2. GARY AND JAMIE
                • 6 Years
                6 days, 5 hours ago

                Who ordered Ings?

            6. Oggle22
              • 2 Years
              6 days, 5 hours ago

              Captian:
              Martial
              Vardy
              Abraham
              Jiminez
              Salah

              Cheers

              1. Kun still the man!
                • 1 Year
                6 days, 5 hours ago

                Martial could be a good punt

            7. masyuris
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              6 days, 5 hours ago

              Can we get leaked team line up for Norwich before deadline?

              1. GARY AND JAMIE
                • 6 Years
                6 days, 5 hours ago

                Canary Express?

              2. Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                6 days, 5 hours ago

                No , too easy, just sell the Cant

            8. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
              • 4 Years
              6 days, 5 hours ago

              Right, have to decide between the two options...
              A. Son
              B. Martial and a bit of cash.
              Either way I have something for Robbo in next week.

              1. Jumpingjim
                  6 days, 5 hours ago

                  Martial for me

                • Lokako
                  • 4 Years
                  6 days, 5 hours ago

                  A

              2. Jumpingjim
                  6 days, 5 hours ago

                  One week punt for draft :
                  A. Onel Hernandez (WAT)
                  B. Ox (MCI)
                  C. moutinho (VIL)
                  D. Lo Celso (SHU)

                • Kun still the man!
                  • 1 Year
                  6 days, 5 hours ago

                  Mount to Martial for a hit?

                  1. Debauchy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    6 days, 5 hours ago

                    Nope if you have a sub

                • thom830g
                  • 2 Years
                  6 days, 5 hours ago

                  Which transfer is most preferable from next round?

                  A) Ryan -> Schmeichel
                  B) Haller -> Abraham

                  1. Debauchy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    6 days, 5 hours ago

                    B by a margin

                  2. ResultatFar
                    • 1 Year
                    6 days, 4 hours ago

                    Just do B now

                • MoManeTaa
                  • 2 Years
                  6 days, 5 hours ago

                  Gazza
                  Robbo Soy Lund Peiters Kelly
                  KDB Sterling Mount Mane Donkey
                  Vardy Jimmy Tammy

                  For Liverpool triple up from next week

                  1. Sell - KDB or Sterling ?
                  2. Buy - Salah or TAA ?

                  KDB + Pieters ➡ Martial + TAA
                  Sterling + Pieters ➡ Salah + Rico

                  Thank you

                  1. DJGM
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    6 days, 4 hours ago

                    Depends if you have money tied up in KDB, if not I'd go him.

                    As a Salah owner id prefer TAA

                • rnrd
                  • 5 Years
                  6 days, 5 hours ago

                  Would you Mount —> tielmemans on FT knowing that I’ll probably lose 0.1 in mount selling price overnight

                  1. MoManeTaa
                    • 2 Years
                    6 days, 5 hours ago

                    Yes if u are no planning to bring him back

                    1. rnrd
                      • 5 Years
                      6 days, 4 hours ago

                      Well that’s the thing, I’ll probably bring him back shortly
                      This could be a -0.1 operation

                      1. MoManeTaa
                        • 2 Years
                        6 days, 4 hours ago

                        then no

                • DJGM
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  6 days, 4 hours ago

                  Playing my wildcard next week so planning a one week punt. Think Sterling will be the one to go because there's no value tied up there. Would like Pulisic but have three Chelsea.

                  1week punt.

                  Sterling to...

                  A. Martial
                  B. Maddison
                  C. Someone else
                  D. Burn the transfer

                  1. MoManeTaa
                    • 2 Years
                    6 days, 4 hours ago

                    Son

                • SAY MY NAME
                  • 2 Years
                  6 days, 4 hours ago

                  play one? currently on lundstram with soy first bench

                  a)lundstram
                  b)rico
                  c)soyuncu
                  d)cantwell

                  1. DJGM
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    6 days, 4 hours ago

                    I'd go with that but maybe Rico first sub

                • Baconfaen
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  6 days, 4 hours ago

                  One out:
                  1: KDB
                  2: Sterling
                  One in:
                  A: Son
                  B: Martial

                  1. DJGM
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    6 days, 4 hours ago

                    I'm facing something similar.

                    Depends if you have money tied up in KDB, if not I'd go him. If you do then I'd go Sterling and for Martial is where I'm leaning

                • SAY MY NAME
                  • 2 Years
                  6 days, 4 hours ago

                  GTG? correct bench order? thanks in advance...

                  Pope
                  TAA/Tomori/Lundstram
                  Salah/KDB/Maddison/Pulisic
                  Abraham/Jiminez(vc)/Vardy(c)

                  Button/Soyuncu/Rico/Cantwell

                • DJGM
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  6 days, 4 hours ago

                  Who to transfer out for a one week punt?

                  A Salah
                  B Sterling

                • james 101
                  • 7 Years
                  6 days, 4 hours ago

                  Last min check!

                  How’s this team looking - GTG / bench right?

                  Pope
                  TAA Lunds Rico
                  Mane KDB Pulisic Tielemans
                  Vardy Abraham Jimmy.

                  (Button Soy Mount Kelly).

                  1. james 101
                    • 7 Years
                    6 days, 4 hours ago

                    So not starting mount

                • Londongeezaa
                  • 1 Year
                  6 days, 4 hours ago

                  Taking D Silva out for next 3 weeks to give one of the following a run. Thoughts?

                  A - Son
                  B - Alli
                  C - Maddison
                  D - Martial

                • TheTeeGees
                  • 2 Years
                  6 days, 4 hours ago

                  Help!

                  Settled on WC squad.

                  But who to start? Can I really leave KDB on the bench?! And who to captain?

                  Pope Button
                  Soy, Tomori, Rico, Willems, Lund
                  Martial, Mane, KDB, Pulisic, Maddison
                  Vardy, Jimi, Abraham

                  Cheers!

                  1. DJGM
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    6 days, 4 hours ago

                    This is the WC team I posted a few days ago. I like it a lot. I'd bench KDB personally

                    1. TheTeeGees
                      • 2 Years
                      6 days, 3 hours ago

                      Aha perfect. Yeah it doesn’t feel right but can’t see who else to leave out!

                  2. Dosh
                    • 5 Years
                    6 days, 4 hours ago

                    Benching headache?

                    1. TheTeeGees
                      • 2 Years
                      6 days, 3 hours ago

                      Yep!

                • rohaansunil
                    6 days, 4 hours ago

                    Is it ok to not have city players for a few weeks?

                  • pundit of punts
                    • 6 Years
                    6 days, 4 hours ago

                    Pieters to start?

                  • dannyxfactor
                    • 1 Year
                    6 days, 4 hours ago

                    pope
                    robo/soyuncu/rico
                    kdb/sterling/salah/mount/tielemans
                    abraham(c)/pukki(vc)

                    bench: ryan/lundstram/greenwood/kelly

                    1 free transfer + 0.8 itb

                    got any idea guys?

                  • Totti
                    • 3 Years
                    6 days, 4 hours ago

                    who to put on bench first ?

                    A) lundstram
                    B) cantwell