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. Jones Kusi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Which option?
    A. C.Wilson, Maddison > Vardy, Adama Traore
    B. C.Wilson > Jimenez and save 1 transfer

    1. cpo001
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      B

    2. RashFraud
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      B easy

    3. Manani
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Did B myself

    4. Jojo1
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      B.

      Does it worth to transfer in Jimenez over C. Wilson for -4 hit?

  2. Chris_White
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Is it true that Chelsea will have a blank after MCI?

    1. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Why?

      1. Chris_White
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Just overheard someone chatting about it earlier, can't see how myself

        1. Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Is there cup matches scheduled or something?

  3. cpo001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Bench 1:

    VVD vs Man City
    Soyuncu vs Arsenal
    Lundstram v Spurs

    Currently on VVD

    1. mattyb09
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Soy

      1. cpo001
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        My thinking is that Liverpool simply cannot keep a clean sheet this year.

  4. Badgevilla
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Lundstram Benched and Aguero switched to Kane who i am going to Captain.

    High risk high reward....... (I hope)

  5. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Start 2?:

    A) Willems (BOU)
    B) Rico (new)
    C) Mount (CRY)

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Bench Rico

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Cool bro thanks. It’s what I was on.

        GL!

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          GL

    2. Bobby e Tony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Mount (start or rest I reckon) and one playing at home

  6. EltonCPT1
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I need to play 2 of the following:

      Soy
      Cantwell
      Dendocker
      Pieters (Pope in goal)

      1. cpo001
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Soy and Lundstrum. Similar dilemma above - any advice?

      2. Firefoxed
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Peiters soy

        1. EltonCPT1
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Pieters and Soy it is, unless someone can convince me otherwise...

      3. OptimusBlack
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        This important question foe me ..
        KDB+Sterling > Mané+ Martial
        For Free
        Yaaaaay
        Nope

        1. RashFraud
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Just Sterling > Mane for me

        2. Firefoxed
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Do it

      4. mattyb09
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Bottomed...

        Which 2 to start in GW 12?

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

        1. Bobby e Tony (Kanchelskis)
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          A, B still

      5. Firefoxed
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Would you do sterling and Connoly to maddison and Jim for a hit?

        Squads
        Ryan button
        Trent soy Rico lundstram lowton
        Mane sterling kdb mount cantwell
        Abraham vardy connolly

        1. mattyb09
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Not for a hit.

          1. Firefoxed
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Okay sure who to bench though

            1. mattyb09
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Soy, Cantwell, Connolly

      6. RashFraud
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Auba + Cantwell > Tammy + Martial worth a -4?

        1. Firefoxed
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Yes esp of you gonna captain tammy

      7. sumatera
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Mount to Maddison 4pt hit - worth it?

        1. Misteak
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Only if you have not so much value tied up in him

      8. Nespinha
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Pope,
        Robertson, Chilwell, Lundstram
        Salah (c), KDB, Buendia, Mount
        Aguero (vc), Abraham, Pukki

        subs: Lowton
        2FT for after the break

        Tell me im crazy

        1. Bobby e Tony (Kanchelskis)
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          You crazy.

        2. Bobby e Tony (Kanchelskis)
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Go for it. Good luck.

          1. Nespinha
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Im probably gonna be crying and drinking whisky after 10, screw it with norwich lol

      9. Manani
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        8 scout picks, a season high for me. Guess my backline selection is sorted as well, just gonna copy the scout's

      10. Delph & Safety
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Who is more disposable?

        Sterling or De Bruyne?

        1. Misteak
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Sterling. Value innit. Also KdB has proved much better this season. You might miss out on the unlikely haul with Sterling but if City haul then Kevie is usually involved

          1. Grievez
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Unlikely haul from Sterling? Unlikely that he won't haul.

            1. Misteak
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Yeah because Sterling's had SO MANY hauls this season and HARDLY ANY blanks

          2. Delph & Safety
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Oh how Sterling would love to score at Anfield this weekend though.

        2. Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          I agonised over this one. Got rid of Sterling in the end because

          A) Suspension tightrope for Sterling, could be rested again soon.
          B) Value tied up in KdB.

          1. Collie01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Also C) Sterling is 2mil more expensive so more money itb to upgrade elsewhere

          2. Delph & Safety
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Interesting, cheers.

      11. Bubz
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        GTG guys?

        Pope
        TAA, Rico, Tomori
        Sterling, Mane, Martial, Hudson-Odoi
        Vardy(C), Abraham(vc), Jiminez

        Button - Soyuncu, Janmaat, Dendoncker - 0FT

        1. Tcheco
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          G2g perfect front line

        2. Amey
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Same 9 as me
          KdB Lascells instead of Martial Tomori for me

      12. yanky
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        i need to play one of:
        Rico
        Soyuncu
        Lundstrom

        1. CroatianHammer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Lordstram

        2. mattyb09
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Rico

      13. Tcheco
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Haller to Jiménez for -4?

        1. mattyb09
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Yes

      14. CrouchDown
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        What to do with my FT? 0.9 itb but can't afford Mount - Martial

        Pope

        TAA Mendy Lascelles

        Salah Sterling Maddison Mount

        Pukki(C) Abraham Haller

        Subs: Button, Lundstram Stephens Kelly

        1. mattyb09
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Haller to Jimenez

      15. Grievez
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Sterling is going to brace on Sunday.

        AAAAAAAhahahahahahahaha

        BBBBBAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA

        1. Zico Senna
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          lol

      16. Jinswick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Reckon this is worth a -4?

        Mendy & Cantwell -> Aurier & JWP

        Ryan
        TAA, Digne, Mendy*
        Salah, Sterling, Mount, Cantwell*
        Abraham, Pukki, Wilson

        Button, Deondocker, Soyuncu, Lundy
        Bank 0.0m, 1FT

      17. Misteak
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Wildcard this? Or just do Sterling to Mane?

        https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/79495/event/11

        1. Dthinger
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          don't wildcard

        2. Zico Senna
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          fine that team mate just sterling to mane for sure.

      18. Dthinger
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        start CHO in a 3-4-3 or Janmaat in 4-3-3?

        1. Tcheco
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Cho

          1. Dthinger
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            why? think he'll start?

        2. Brimble82
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          CHO.
          Unless you want to have some interest in tonight’s game!

      19. BAMBAA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Going to wc after this gameweek. I think I will bring in Son for Salah/Sterling/Kdb for free. Which one goes out? Bought kdb @9.5m

        1. Misteak
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Sterling

      20. Dribbles
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Guys, i have a virus in my camp

        1. Bobby e Tony (Kanchelskis)
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Sounds nasty

      21. Henning
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Sterling to Son?

        Already have KDB.

        1. Zico Senna
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          yep, huge upgrade

      22. cruzex
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Vardy or Kane to buy?

        Money is not problem.

        TY

        1. Badgevilla
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          I went with Kane and Captained him. Sheff Utd won't keep this up and Spurs will hit form.. just hope it is this weekend....

        2. Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          It depends - do you want a sword or a shield.

          Vardy has huge EO amongst active players and is better value over the long run - no Europe or internationals to worry about either, Leicester flying with great fixtures too. But over a few weeks Kane could outscore him and be a great differential.

          I've gone for Vardy myself.

      23. Bartowski
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Starting to think I should have kept Pukki for one last party tonight...

        1. Dthinger
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          I did. Should I give him the armband?

      24. RoboVanBasten
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Is Mount going to start, given the knock he got midweek? Will CHO get the start instead? Lampard said he would have a late fitness test. Your thoughts?

        • cruzex
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Lundstram or Soy to play?

        • FIGO_777
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Start Mount or Rico?? Thanks