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. okan58
    • 3 Years
    4 days, 7 hours ago

    1FT:
    Bank 0.5

    Gazzaniga
    Lundstram - Van Dijk - Söyüncü - Robertson
    Mane - Mount - De Bruyne - Son
    Rashford - Vardy (c)
    Subs: Button, Kelly, Dendoncker and Greenwood.

    Any suggestions?

    1. ElliotJHP
      • 7 Years
      4 days, 7 hours ago

      Roll looks good

  2. Ha.
    • 4 Years
    4 days, 7 hours ago

    Best cheap mid punt for the week?

    Or Sterling > Mane?

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      4 days, 7 hours ago

      Whats your budget?

      1. Ha.
        • 4 Years
        4 days, 7 hours ago

        Cheap

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      4 days, 7 hours ago

      Peryera/JWP

  3. Never a FT
      4 days, 7 hours ago

      Sorry posted earlier and no replies

      Suggestions?- time to ditch Kun???

      Ryan,Button

      TAA,Lundstram,Rico,Kelly*,Hanley*

      Mount,Mane,Maddison,KDB,Saka*

      Kun,Abraham,Vardy

      Thank you!

      1. Kanchelskis
        • 2 Years
        4 days, 7 hours ago

        Yay. Could fix all those asterisks with the xtra.

      2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
        • 6 Years
        4 days, 7 hours ago

        Hold this week, you have Abraham and Vardy anyway plus Mane/Maddison.

        1. Never a FT
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            both true- unsure

        2. Birds of Prey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 days, 7 hours ago

          no i imagine he's on pens since jesus botch. Be more concerned about Mount. IMO GL

          1. Never a FT
              4 days, 7 hours ago

              thank you

        3. ZeBestee
          • 5 Years
          4 days, 7 hours ago

          Repost

          Whom to drop to the bench out of this lot?

          Pulisic KDB Martial Mane Maddison
          Vardy Abraham Jota

          1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
            • 6 Years
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            *facepalm* maybe Kevin

            1. ZeBestee
              • 5 Years
              4 days, 7 hours ago

              Can see city defending deep.

        4. Patrick.22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 days, 7 hours ago

          Play Soy or Rico?

          Do we think Mount will start?

          1. B.D.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            Rico

        5. Totti
          • 3 Years
          4 days, 7 hours ago

          if i have aguero and kdb
          sterling -> mane for free

          A) yay
          B) nay

          1. B.D.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            Yes

          2. Kanchelskis
            • 2 Years
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            A

        6. andres
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 days, 7 hours ago

          Do I play this team or use the cash to upgrade somewhere for a hit:

          A mount to martial (-4)
          B mount to pulisic (-4)

          Pope
          TAA Soy Lund
          Mane KDB Mount tielemans
          Abraham Vardy jimenez

          Pieters, Cantwell, Kelly 4.7 ITB

          1. Kanchelskis
            • 2 Years
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            Hold that

          2. B.D.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            Roll

        7. Chucky
          • 5 Years
          4 days, 7 hours ago

          Chances of Mendy starting?

          1. ZeBestee
            • 5 Years
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            Inverse of 0.0000001

          2. Amey
            • 1 Year
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            Hopefully he does.
            That flank with Taa Mendy will be fun to watch !

          3. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            Asking the same question. Are you starting him?

            1. Chucky
              • 5 Years
              4 days, 7 hours ago

              Yep with Rico first on bench...

              1. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                4 days, 7 hours ago

                I've got Lundstram and Soy behind Rico, so will start Rico and Mendy

          4. batfink
            • 1 Year
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            Wouldn't be surprised to see Angelino start. a) to rest Mendy given he has only just returned b) slightly more defensive. Pep won't want to lose on Sunday.

        8. Oggle22
          • 2 Years
          4 days, 7 hours ago

          Aguero/Perez/King to Vardy/Martial/Jiminez -8?
          Pope
          TAA Tomori Lundstarm
          Salah Sterling Mount Perez
          King Kun Abraham

          Button Rico Pieters Guendouzi

          Cheers

          1. Kanchelskis
            • 2 Years
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            Yeah. Go big or go home.

        9. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
          • 4 Years
          4 days, 7 hours ago

          Pope
          TAA Rico Lundstram
          Mount* Mane Kdb CHO*
          Vardy Abra Jimenez
          Button Soy Dendo Boly*
          5.7itb 1ft
          A. CHO to Son
          B. CHO to Martial
          C. Save ft.
          D. Other.
          Boly to Robbo next week btw.

          1. Kanchelskis
            • 2 Years
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            B.
            Is that same answer I have given before?

        10. Jinswick
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 days, 7 hours ago

          Bench order correct here?

          1. Lundy
          2. Soyuncu
          3. Deondocker

          1. B.D.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            Yep

        11. Jojo1
          • 3 Years
          4 days, 7 hours ago

          Does it worth it to transfer in Jimenez for C. Wilson for -4 this week?
          pls help

          1. JustPark
            • 3 Years
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            Don't think so.

          2. Dee Lixon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            Nope

          3. Jojo1
            • 3 Years
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            Thank you guys

        12. Bobby Digital
          • 2 Years
          4 days, 7 hours ago

          Teemu Pukki baby, Teemu Pukki woooah!

          1. B.D.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            😀

        13. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 days, 7 hours ago

          No Lundstram in scout picks ... I am starting him then!

        14. WE GO FOR IT
          • 3 Years
          4 days, 7 hours ago

          Planning to remove Sterling. Who to get in?
          A. Salah
          B. Mane

          1. mikess
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            B

          2. OptimusBlack
            • 6 Years
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            B

          3. KDB4PREZ
              4 days, 7 hours ago

              B

            • WE GO FOR IT
              • 3 Years
              4 days, 7 hours ago

              Looks like it is unanimous. Mane it is!
              Cheers everyone! 🙂

          4. mikess
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            Who do i benched from my defence?

            A) Mendy
            B) Lascelles
            C) Lundstram
            D) Rico

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              4 days, 7 hours ago

              Tough ... can't go wrong can't go right

              1. Dthinger
                • 2 Years
                4 days, 7 hours ago

                Mendy for me. Too much risk that he will come on for a cameo

                1. mikess
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  4 days, 7 hours ago

                  My thoughts

              2. mikess
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 days, 7 hours ago

                Indeed thinking Mendy vs Liverpool but i might be getting a little carried away

            2. Bartowski
              • 9 Years
              4 days, 7 hours ago

              If you have a Pool attacker A makes sense.

              1. mikess
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 days, 7 hours ago

                Mane and TAA

          5. Marty McFly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 days, 7 hours ago

            I’ve got 7 of the scout picks plus 2 alts in Salah and Mount. Going to be a bad week for me!

            1. mikess
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 days, 7 hours ago

              6 here. They do curse now and again

            2. Dthinger
              • 2 Years
              4 days, 7 hours ago

              yeah, I'm feeling good about only having 5 of them.

            3. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              4 days, 7 hours ago

              6 for me, not bad ... wanted less

          6. KDB4PREZ
              4 days, 7 hours ago

              Pick one to play
              A) Lundy (Spurs)
              B) Rico (New)
              C) Lowten (Whu)

              1. B.D.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                4 days, 7 hours ago

                B

            • Jullepuu
                4 days, 7 hours ago

                Bottomed

                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. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  4 days, 7 hours ago

                  Well, this is how I see it: you're selling a non-starter for him anyway. Ota is a must-sell even if he scores this GW, so his replacement getting injured isn't much of an issue. Yes, it would hurt (your ego)... But the risk involved doesn't outweigh the benefits of selling Ota and getting Robbo for that run

                  1. Jullepuu
                      4 days, 7 hours ago

                      That is a nice way of thinking about it! I personally have just thought that the reward outweighs the risk.

                      Will be a shame if 2 or more of my players get injured before gameweek 13..

                2. Dee Lixon
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 days, 7 hours ago

                  Expect Mount to only come on as a sub. Should I start him anyway or play Lundstram?

                  1. n-doggg
                    • 7 Years
                    4 days, 7 hours ago

                    Mount and role the dice. Fixture too good

                    1. Dee Lixon
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      4 days, 7 hours ago

                      Thanks

                  2. Dthinger
                    • 2 Years
                    4 days, 7 hours ago

                    I don't think he's the type of player that gets brought on as a sub. I think he'll either start or he won't play

                    1. Dee Lixon
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      4 days, 7 hours ago

                      Very good, thank you

                3. n-doggg
                  • 7 Years
                  4 days, 7 hours ago

                  Captain:

                  A. Salah (MCI)
                  B. Sterling (liv)
                  C. Jiminez (AVL)
                  D. Tammy (CRY)

                  1. Dee Lixon
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    4 days, 7 hours ago

                    C

                  2. Concrete
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    4 days, 7 hours ago

                    A
                    City are getting battered on Sunday

                4. Nespinha
                  • 3 Years
                  4 days, 7 hours ago

                  Tell me im a lunatic for keeping wilson and not getting abraham

                  1. n-doggg
                    • 7 Years
                    4 days, 7 hours ago

                    Might as well for this fixture

                    1. Nespinha
                      • 3 Years
                      4 days, 7 hours ago

                      with everyone jumping on abraham Im feeling that wilson might be a good differential

                5. Studini
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  4 days, 7 hours ago

                  Quick question, I think I know the answer:

                  Mount + Sterling + Martinelli > Pulisic + Martial + Jiminez

                  for a mighty - 8?

                  1. n-doggg
                    • 7 Years
                    4 days, 7 hours ago

                    Negative

                6. UKG
                  • 9 Years
                  4 days, 7 hours ago

                  Play 1. (Currently on Soy) First sub will be Rico to come in for Mount if he doesn't play.

                  Soy
                  Lowton
                  Rico

                  1. n-doggg
                    • 7 Years
                    4 days, 7 hours ago

                    Rico

                7. yer old da
                  • 9 Years
                  4 days, 7 hours ago

                  Martial or Maddison to free up Jimi funds and why?

                  1. El Fenomeno R9
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 days, 7 hours ago

                    The CF

                8. Jacky boy
                  • 3 Years
                  4 days, 7 hours ago

                  Sterling to salah for -4 madness?
                  Or do it next week for free?

                  1. Honest Abes Trusty Mount
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    4 days, 7 hours ago

                    next

                  2. batfink
                    • 1 Year
                    4 days, 7 hours ago

                    Absolute unabated madness

                  3. ZICO SENNA
                    • 8 Years
                    4 days, 7 hours ago

                    I would

                    1. batfink
                      • 1 Year
                      4 days, 7 hours ago

                      I don't think Sterling has ever scored v City (?) but I don't fancy Salah to get anything, so -4 doesn't help.
                      Don't fancy Salah at all at the moment tho.....mebby that's just me

                9. Honest Abes Trusty Mount
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 days, 7 hours ago

                  Start Mount or CHO? Currently on the latter..

                  1. Misteak
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 days, 7 hours ago

                    Mahnt

                  2. Zladan
                    • 2 Years
                    4 days, 7 hours ago

                    CHO unless you want a Mount cameo

                10. masyuris
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  4 days, 7 hours ago

                  Please bench one:
                  A. Sterling
                  B. De Bruyne
                  C. Cantwell
                  D. Aubameyang

                  1. OptimusBlack
                    • 6 Years
                    4 days, 7 hours ago

                    Kidding me 😀

                  2. _Ninja_
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    4 days, 7 hours ago

                    C

                  3. Chris_White
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    4 days, 7 hours ago

                    Really?

                  4. Honest Abes Trusty Mount
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    4 days, 7 hours ago

                    c

                11. OptimusBlack
                  • 6 Years
                  4 days, 7 hours ago

                  Till now I can't decide who out for those
                  A- KDB
                  B- Sterling
                  C- Kün
                  Alternative Are ( Martial - Mané- Jiménez)

                12. Snapes on a Plane
                  • 5 Years
                  4 days, 7 hours ago

                  Pick one to play?
                  A) Connolly (mun)
                  B) Lundstram (tot)
                  C) Montoya (mun)