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.

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1,272 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Aguero owners should be relieved about Pep's statement. Now they might get 50 minutes instead of a benching.

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      He said that Kün wouldn't play 90 minutes ?

      1. Long ago I drew a walrus
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        "equal minutes"

        1. OptimusBlack
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Cheers

  2. joelsprylar
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Is it a stupid plan to play Hayden instead of Soyuncu and useless Diop?

    1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      It is

    2. Bob_the_builder
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I would go for Soy. It's not beyond them to shut out Arsenal given their form.

    3. teneighty
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I have the exact same players on my bench and I'm placing Soy first and Hayden second. Diop is placed in the naughty corner in the locker room. My first sub will most likely autosub for Mount.

  3. Marko1985
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Any news on Mount today?

    1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Yes. In squad, might play, might not.

    2. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Update tomorrow. Which in FPL terms is too late.

    3. Bob_the_builder
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Frank says Mount is in the squad but the decision to start will be taken tomorrow. Barkley is out confirmed.

    4. Marko1985
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Great so we are none the wiser then lol. Play A.Smith over Mount then?

      1. Bob_the_builder
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        I would say keep Smith as first sub and leave Mount in the line-up.

  4. LewanGOALski
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    A) Mount ➡ Martial (-4)
    or
    B) play Mount with Rico (new) first sub in case he doesn’t feature
    ??

    1. Mind över Mata
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      B

    2. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      C) play Rico bench Mount

      1. Marko1985
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Haha this

        1. Zladan
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          I reckon Mount comes on for 20 minutes at the end.

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

    McTominay to Jorginho worth doing? McT is flagged, and J is on penalties.

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

      NM, just saw he's suspended.

  6. Studini
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Would you consider TAA + Martinelli > Rico + Jimi for a -4?

    1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I would not.

    2. itsmeguneet
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Why would you sub out TAA? If enough funds then just Martinelli> Jimmy

      1. Long ago I drew a walrus
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Clearly not enough funds if he's doing TAA downgrade to release funds. Still no to the OP though.

    3. Studini
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Thanks all!

  7. Tinmen
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Folks, is Rashford or Martial on penalty duties ?

    1. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Beans.

    2. nadman89
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      rashford

    3. Zlatanzo
      1 month, 5 days ago

      rashy

    4. Bob_the_builder
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      In the current situation, the one on penalties is the one to avoid :p

      1. Wakanda
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        on point sir

  8. aapoman
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Does Sterling to Mane make sense? Have KDB and Salah already

    1. Mind över Mata
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Personally keeping Sterling

    2. ZICO SENNA
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      yep, huge upgrade

  9. Mind över Mata
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Unexpected benching headache, bench one of:

    A) TAA (MCI)
    B) Rico (new)
    C) Lund (tot)
    D) Soyuncu (ARS)

    1. SUPER MOKH
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Soy for me

    2. Kip
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Soy

    3. OptimusBlack
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      D

  10. SUPER MOKH
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Pope
    TAA Lund Cancelo Rico
    KDB Mane Maddison Mount
    Vardy Tammy
    (McGovern Connoly Cantwell Kelly)
    5.7m itb

    Would you take a hit to improve this team? Like Cantwell to some 10m mid?

    1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Yes. Martial? Pulisic?

      1. SUPER MOKH
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Pulisic, is he nailed? Fear his minutes shared with CHO. Not too keen on United assets as yet.

        1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          In super form, seems ahead of CHO in pecking order at the moment.

  11. JelliedSpark968
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Bench Rico or Tomori?

    1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Rico just

  12. MeatPieSausageRoll
    1 month, 5 days ago

    I will be announcing how many scout picks I have at 8pm - you may be surprised!

    1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Can't wait.

      1. MeatPieSausageRoll
        1 month, 5 days ago

        You have (but not for much longer)

  13. FOO FIGHTER
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Reckon having no Liverpool attack this weekend is going to hurt?

    1. Zlatanzo
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Don't you have no City attack also? This week it's no worry

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        1 month, 5 days ago

        No City at all. Did Dilva to Pulisic.

    2. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Maybe a bit. Can't see them running up a cricket score.

    3. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      TAA and Mane blanks confirmed by scoutpicks, so no.

      1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Salah haul for sure

    4. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Probably not. City are a solid side.

  14. rohaansunil
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Maddison or tielemans for dilva? Also bench one
    Mount rico tomori Lundstram

    1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Ticklemans if you can think of something useful to do with extra money.

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Maddison has more ways to get points.

  15. Marc Jobling
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Would you...

    A) play Lundstram (tot)
    B) play Cantwell (WAT)
    C) play Hayden (BOU)
    D) take a 4pt hit for Martial (BRI)?

    1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      A or D

    2. jonnybhoy
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      A

  16. Jellyfish
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Ok hows this lot guys?

    Pope
    TAA Rico Lundy
    Sterling Mane Yarmo Tielemans
    Jimmy Tammy Vardy (c)

    (Soy Ota Douzi)

    1Ft + 3.1m itb

    1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Bootiful

  17. OptimusBlack
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Who to play ?
    A- Pieters
    B- Soy

    1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Pieters (might be dropped anyway).

  18. ZeBestee
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Bring in 1

    A) Pulisic
    B) Son

    1. jonnybhoy
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      A

    2. korbendallas82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      A

  19. FOO FIGHTER
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Klopp made a mastermind move not playing Fabinho last weekend who is on 4 yellows. May not be an FPL option but absolute beast of a player on the pitch.

  20. AzzaroMax99
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Last dilemma for this gw:

    a) play Wilson vs NEW and save FT
    b) sell him and get Jimenez vs AVL

    1. jonnybhoy
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      B

  21. JustPark
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Bench two(it's WC team).

    Ramsdale(will be Hendo after GW13)
    TAA Robbo Rico Lundy Soy
    Mane KdB Maddison Mount
    Vardy Tammy Jiminez
    (Button _ _ Hayden)

    1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      19 man squad?
      Has to be 2 defs - Soy and Rico?

  22. OptimusBlack
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    What about Jiménez playes 90 minutes yesterday is he going to start v.s Villa ?

    1. Long ago I drew a walrus
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Yes

  23. jonnybhoy
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Is it mad to play Pieters over Lund and Soy- really fancy a Burnley cleanie?

    1. AuFeld
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Go with your gut. I got Pieters first on my bench and Pope between the sticks.

  24. HD7
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    On WC: Is TAA Robbo Mane best trio of Liverpool?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 5 days ago

      TAA Mane Salah

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      The one I am aiming for.

    3. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I'm just going with TAA and Mane.

  25. PMz
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Any changes required? No transferred made and 0.1 ITB.

    Pope (Button)

    Saiss / Soyuncu / TAA

    Maddison / De Bruyne / Mount / Mane

    Kane / Abraham / Rashford

    Subs: Rico Nakamba Lundstram

    1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      That'll do

  26. ItOnlyTook9Years
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Is this the correct order to put these in?

    Play: Mount
    First sub: Rico
    Second sub: Connolly

    1. itsmeguneet
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Yes

  27. mattyb09
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Which 2 to start in GW 12?

    A) Lundstram @ TOT
    B) Ward-Prowse v EVE
    C) Saiss v AVL

    1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      B and A

  28. itsmeguneet
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Anything will help 🙂 thanks

    Pope
    VVD- Soy- Lund- Dunk
    Salah- Sterling- Traore- Mount
    Vardy- Tammy

    Button, Greenwood, Dilva, Zinch

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      1 month, 5 days ago

      You might have not one player to sub Mount if he does not play.

    2. Long ago I drew a walrus
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      David silva out for any of Maddison, Tielemans, Martial, Pulisic for this week, Zinch out next week

  29. greasytwinkies
    1 month, 5 days ago

    First post here. In a selection dilemma. Montoya(mun) or Targett (wol)? Thanks in advance.

    1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Play Targett

      1. greasytwinkies
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Cheers.

  30. Jullepuu
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Is it stupid for me to do Otamendi to Robertson today after the deadline?

    I really don't want to get priced out but Robertson getting injured on sunday (or on international break) would be a real kick in the teeth.

    1. Long ago I drew a walrus
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      at least wait for later because atm Otamendi isn't going to fall and Robbo isn't going to rise, if it stays that way no reason to make the transfer today

      1. Jullepuu
        1 month, 5 days ago

        You sure? They are both getting quite near that 100 mark.