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. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Start Rico or Lundy?

    Other starting defenders are Taa & Tomori

    1. Chris_White
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Rico

    2. B.D.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Rico

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Lund

    4. clodhopper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Lund

    5. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      50/50

    6. antis0cial
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Same defenders but have Tomori on bench, can’t decide!

        1. antis0cial
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Might be right there!

  2. Bohemian Rhapsody
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Pick one
    Lowton vs. Lunds

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Low

    2. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Lund

  3. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Is KDB Cantwell to Maddison Martial worth - 4 for the next run of fixtures?.

    Pope
    TAA - Lund - Rico
    Sterling - Mane - KDB - Mount
    Vardy - Tammy - Maupay

    Button Cantwell Soy Montoya

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Gives unnecessary benching headache

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Happy to bench Maupay

        1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Stats say nope

  4. Chris_White
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Mount to Maddison, would you?

    1. B.D.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Nah

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      No

    3. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Yes

  5. Super Jack Grealish
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Gaz
    TAA, Tamori, Lundy
    Sterling, Mane, KDB, Mount
    Vardy (C), Abraham, Connolly

    Button, Soyu, Rico, Nakamba

    1 FT 1.6 ITB

    A) Nakamba > Grealish/Mcginn/Trossard/Barnes
    B) Connolly > Jota
    C) Save (Play Soyu/Rico over Connolly)

    1. Bobby e Tony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A. Grealish or Barnes

  6. shapply
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    worth a hit?
    Greenwood + Mount -> Jimenez + 5.0 mid

    having such team:

    Pope, Button
    Rico, TAA, Lundstram, Tomori, Hanley
    Mane, Sterling, KDB, Cantwell, Mount
    Vardy, Abraham, Greenwood

    1. Bobby e Tony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Yes, if happy to play 4-3-3

  7. WE GO FOR IT
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Get in Jimenez for Wilson or hold for one week? Would probably do it for a hit.

    1. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Yes

    2. F0oTBall GuRu
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Do it

      • WE GO FOR IT
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Cheers both! 🙂

    3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days 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 booked for next week.

      1. F0oTBall GuRu
          2 months, 13 days ago

          C

          1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Really? Even with that bench..

      2. Viper
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Mount - > Tielemans?

        Can sell Mount for 6.5 (Currently 6.7)

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          No

      3. BBC_TF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Auba/Mount -> Vardy/Martial/1.2M (-4)

        Yay or Nay?

        1. Bobby e Tony (Kanchelskis)
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Y

        2. Viper
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Just Auba - > Vardy imo

        3. Zladan
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Auba to Vardy

      4. Greenbackbøøg…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Ederson > Gazzaniga is so tempting

        1. Zladan
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Lundstram can’t wait to play Gazzanigga

      5. Tomerick
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        The Scout has no City players. Sterling hat trick incoming!

        1. Zico Senna
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Hat trick of disappointment more like

        2. Misteak
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Considering he has zero goals against Liverpool in his career I wouldn't be so worried

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            He scored against them a few months ago.

        3. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          KDB brace would be great

      6. Neves say Never
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Do I:
        A - Sterling to Son/Pulisic or any other
        B - Mount to Pulisic
        C - Dunk to Williems
        D - Other
        E - roll FT

        0.7 in bank, 1 ft
        442 this week
        Pope
        TAA Lunds Rico Pereira (Dunk)
        Sterling Mane(vc) Mount KDB (Guendouzi)
        Vardy(c) Tammy (Connolly)

        1. F0oTBall GuRu
            2 months, 13 days ago

            E

            1. Neves say Never
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Thanks! So unsure what to do... as always!

        2. Honest Abes Trusty Mount
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Bench Mount or CHO?

          1. Bobby e Tony (Kanchelskis)
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Start Mount

          2. Zladan
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Bench mount

        3. TheDragon
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          You just know this is going to be another week of extreme variance based on who we bench.

          Liverpool defenders, city defenders, Rico, Lund, Soy, Tomori

          It’s a complete lottery!!

          1. Would Ed Woodward
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            lol yep, I'm tempted to downgrade someone to Reid to stop my head hurting.

        4. cruzex
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          1) How many points will do this GW?

          Gazza
          Soy Tomori Digne
          Mane Son Martial Mount
          Kane(C) Auba Abraham

          2) Kane is the best captain in my team?

          TY

          1. Bobby e Tony (Kanchelskis)
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            How many do you want?
            No

        5. Misteak
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          First sub Lundstram or VvD?

          1. TONY123
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Who are you starting? I'd play both.

            1. Misteak
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Rico, Soyboy and Tomori

              1. TheDragon
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Why the love for Soy?

                1. Misteak
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Can you count to 15?

              2. TONY123
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Tough call, but I wouldn't start Soyboy ahead of Lunds / VVD. Leicester will concede imo.

          2. Zladan
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Lunny

        6. TONY123
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Transfered out Son for a hit before his red card was rescinded. Who wants to bet he will score double figures in his next 3 games?

          1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            I think that seems likely tbf

          2. Would Ed Woodward
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Just hope he's rested away to West Ham after the IB.

          3. Zladan
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Why didn’t you wait? We knew they were appealing the decision.

            1. TONY123
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              I would've been priced out of getting Mané.

          4. CONNERS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            As a non-owner, I think he'll do well unfortunately.( I also reckon Lundstram's run will grind to a halt this weekend, hence on the bench this week.)

        7. OptimusBlack
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Till now I can't decide who out for those
          A- KDB
          B- Sterling
          C- Kün
          Alternatives Are ( Martial - Mané- Jiménez
          I have 2FT BTW

        8. akhilrajau
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Sel ct 2 players in 11
          A. Chilwell
          B. Lundstram
          C. Yarmolenko

          1. nico05
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            A & C

            1. akhilrajau
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 13 days ago

              K in the following who to play
              A. Lundstram
              B.Rico

        9. CONNERS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Hi all

          Has Lampard mentioned anything regarding Mount today?

          Thanks

          1. Hansel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Said he’s in the squad and Will be tested

          2. Bobby e Tony (Kanchelskis)
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Trained. Assess tomorrow.

          3. CONNERS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Ok thanks. Would have to be a Friday deadline!

        10. Hansel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Tammy, Vardy, Jimmy front like here. Jimmy C - have I lost it?

          1. TheDragon
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Anything you choose can’t be that bad given ownership

            Just pick who you want 🙂

          2. Zladan
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            I have that front 3 but I’m on Martial (c)

          3. CONNERS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Probably the best front 3 to own at the moment, especially considering fixtures.

        11. kongolord
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          start Mount or Lundstram?
          can see Mount coming on, if Chelsea get it tough against Palace...

          1. Bobby e Tony (Kanchelskis)
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Mount

          2. Zladan
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Lunny

        12. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          November and December is moving time in FPL imo , looking back on my previous seasons. Take a few risks to get ahead never die wondering. The herd dont make it at the end,never have. Dont ask the herd what to do, be bold , Richarlison in ...

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Safety has a place yes, in the run in though

          2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Nice

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Yep, do or die really

          3. Would Ed Woodward
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            I considered him this week but chose not to in the end because I'd want him out immediately after Norwich, love his next two though, good luck.

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Yeah will be out then, but a pretty good Cpt punt in 13 , need the odd punt to get ahead otherwise you just tread water

            2. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Cheers Ed

          4. Harper
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Did the same, good luck

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Cheers Gregg GL mate

        13. Zlatanzo
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Play one of...

            A) Lundy
            B) Soy
            C) Rico

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              C but Im forced to play A also

          • antis0cial
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Starting TAA, Rico and... who should third be?

            A) Lund
            B) Tomori

            1. Misteak
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Tomori

            2. Zladan
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Why Rico over Lunny?

              1. antis0cial
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                The article the other day convinced me: "Meanwhile, Bournemouth are now on a three-match clean sheet streak ahead of travelling to a Newcastle side that is bottom of the league for goals at home this season.

                That’s good news for Diego Rico, whose role in set pieces could come in handy to his owners. In the last four Gameweeks, no other Premier League club has conceded more chances from dead-ball situations than the Magpies."

                1. Zladan
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Nice. I may follow suit then.

                  1. antis0cial
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    I am tempted to start Lund over Tomori though so this could go horribly wrong!

          • smix
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Sterling to Mane for a hit worth it? Also own KDB

            1. Bobby e Tony (Kanchelskis)
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Obviously not.

            2. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Nope

          • AJK
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Bench two please...

            Chilwell
            Lundstrom
            Rico
            Tomori
            McGinn
            Tilemans

            Thanks

            1. F0oTBall GuRu
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Lundstrom Rico

            2. Nightf0x
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 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

            3. thepirates
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Start two of theese:

              a) mendy
              b) souy
              c) rico
              d) lundy