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Wolves and United double-ups in our Gameweek 31+ Scout Picks selection

Wolves and Manchester United are set for an appealing Gameweek 31+ according to our latest Scout Picks selection.

We have chosen two assets from both clubs for the midweek round of action, as well as a double-up from Liverpool.

Our best XI for the Gameweek was chosen by the editorial team of David, Neale, Paul and Geoff, and came in £0.1m under our budget of £85.0m.

Goalkeeper

Nick Pope (£4.9m) may have conceded five at Manchester City on Monday evening, but the Burnley defence is a completely different animal at Turf Moor. They have kept the joint-highest number of clean sheets in home matches this season (seven) and face a Watford side with just two goals in their last four away trips.

Defenders

Man United defence boosted by Bailly's excellent return

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.8m) looks like the obvious best option to consider from Liverpool ahead of Crystal Palace’s trip to Anfield. The Eagles remain one of the most goal-shy in the division, Norwich (25) the only team to have scored fewer goals than them this season – while Alexander-Arnold has produced a return (either offensive or defensive) in five of his last six at home.

Harry Maguire (£5.3m) may have been at fault when Manchester United conceded against Spurs in Double Gameweek 30+ but he could prove the hero when Sheffield United come to Old Trafford midweek. The Blades are yet to score since the Premier League restarted and will be susceptible in the air without John Egan and potentially Jack O’Connell too. Maguire has more headed attempts than any of his defensive colleagues so could exploit their atypical lack of height.

Matt Doherty (£6.4m) has been in scintillating form of late and looks set for another potentially explosive score in Gameweek 31+. Wolves have been one of the best defensive sides in the league since Willy Boly returned from injury, while Bournemouth offered nothing in attack against Palace. Meanwhile, Doherty has more shots in the box than any defender over their last five matches and has averaged 8.7 points per match over his last six.

Jamaal Lascelles (£4.3m) offers great value for Gameweek 31+ as Aston Villa come to St. James Park. Like Burnley, Newcastle are joint-top for home clean sheets this season (seven) while Villa’s recent defensive improvements appear to have tempered their attacking threat since the Premier League’s restart.

Midfielders

Sadio Mané (£12.5m) may have struggled against Everton but he remains a more reliable bet at Anfield. Since his return from injury in Gameweek 26, the Senegalese international scored 21 points across two home matches.

After a Monday-night rest, Kevin De Bruyne (£10.6m) looks more than capable of continuing his incredible 2019/20 form into a midweek meeting with former club Chelsea. He has more attacking returns against last season’s top-six than any other FPL midfielder thus far, producing four goals and four assists against such opposition, finding the net the last time he faced Chelsea.

Son Heung-min (£9.7m) has scored 73 points since Jose Mourinho took over at Spurs, more than any of his colleagues, averaging at an impressive 6.1 per game. That makes him an important asset for the Tuesday-night meeting with West Ham. David Moyes men have kept just one clean sheet since Gameweek 21, conceding at least twice in six of their last eight.

Bruno Fernandes (£8.7m) looks the most likely to benefit from Sheffield United’s defensive absentees in Gameweek 31+, which also includes Dean Henderson missing out as an ineligible player. The Portuguese international has been involved in six of the nine goals Manchester United have scored since his Gameweek 25 debut and also appears first in line to take penalties.

Forwards

Bournemouth’s defence has conceded at least twice in five of their last six and with just one clean sheet on the road since Gameweek 11. That bodes well for Raúl Jiménez (£8.2m), who has been the right kind of consistent in recent times. The Mexican’s goal at West Ham was his third in the last four Gameweeks, and sixth in the last eight.

Norwich have conceded more shots in the box than any other team over their last four matches, opening the door for Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£6.5m) to continue his excellent form. Only one player has registered more shots in the box than him over his last four matches, the Everton forward also ranking joint-fourth in the Premier League for shots on target in that time.

Substitutes

Martin Dúbravka (£5.1m) is an alternative route into the Newcastle defence, for those without the space in defence. He has made more saves than any other goalkeeper this season.

Those with enough spare funds, unlike us in this case, could consider upgrading Lascelles to Federico Fernandez (£4.6m), the former Swansea man besting his captain for shots in the box this season.

While Newcastle’s defence looks strong and Aston Villa’s attack lacking a little clinical edge, the prospect of an out-of-position midfielder playing up-front for Keinan Davis‘ (£4.3m) price is hard to turn down, especially for those on a Wildcard.

If he can get a full 90-minute outing under his belt, Diogo Jota (£6.4m) could match or outscore Jiménez in Gameweek 31+. Over the last four matches, he has recorded better scores than his colleague for minutes per shot in the box, minutes per big chance and minutes per shot on target.

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1,726 Comments Post a Comment
  1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    I’m doing it. Salah to Bruno(C)

  2. Alli
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    A. Pope, Maguire
    B. DDG, Aurier

    1. Cricket_Badger
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      B for me.

  3. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Any reason not to play the free hit now? Seems like a good week

    1. Devo-McDuff
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Depends on current team. I'm saving for 38.

    2. DARE TO BISCAN
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      If your FH team looks like it will significantly outperform your current team, don't see why not.

  4. Cricket_Badger
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    On WC and 1.3m ITB.

    Martinez - 3.9m
    TAA -- Doherty -- Lascelles -- [Holgate -- Robinson]
    Mane (c) -- KDB -- Son -- Fernandes -- St. Maximin
    JImenez -- DCL [Greenwood]

    A) Martinez -> DDG
    B) Robinson --> Maguire / AWB
    C) Other / Save?

    1. jim0wheel
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      A

      1. Cricket_Badger
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Thanks

  5. Ready Manager One
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    A non WC/Salah-Mane question

    Sarr or Lascelles? 🙂

    Not convinced that home form is that relevant in behind closed doors games, Sarr looked great going forward and Burnley looked terrible. Ofc Burnley may try to bounce back and be more committed for this game...

    1. La Roja
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Or concede 5 again

  6. 6ix9ine #1 on billboard
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Help needed here

    1.Pogba or Richa, have rash and bruno
    2. Ings or Dcl.

    1. Rasping Drive (BSC Small Bo…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Richarlison, Ings

      1. 6ix9ine #1 on billboard
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        May I know why please.

        1. Rasping Drive (BSC Small Bo…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Don’t trust United sufficiently to use 3 spots for their offensive players.

          Ings looks razor sharp

          1. 6ix9ine #1 on billboard
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Problem is if I get Rash and Bruno, you are damn sure it's going to be Pogba and martial in the points. Whichever duo I get, the other two will haul.

            1. Rasping Drive (BSC Small Bo…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Have faith, mon petit chou

  7. Kaiser123
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Having Martial, Bruno and Rash too much. Only alt gor Martial is Alli. Think Maryial outscores him

    • Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I'm torn. Would you free hit this team:

      Ederson
      TAA Doh Boly
      Grealish Barnes Mount KDB Bruno
      Jimi Rash

      1. Rasping Drive (BSC Small Bo…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I would not

        1. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Ok Ok, you're right... but damn that free hit team looks good

          1. Rasping Drive (BSC Small Bo…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Sorry, I may have misunderstood you. So this is your FH team, right? Looks great, go for it, might mot het a better chance than this

    • manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      GW31 only

      A) Maguire VVD DCL
      B) Rashford Aurier Lascelles

      1. Rasping Drive (BSC Small Bo…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        A

    • Scout15
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Bottomed...
      Who’d you pick?
      A) Vardy
      B) Rashford

      1. Luka does it again
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Vardy

        1. Scout15
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Cheers man, I’d go with him...

    • Luka does it again
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Bench..

      A) Saka
      B) Cantwell

      ?

      1. Rasping Drive (BSC Small Bo…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Cantwell

      2. Cricket_Badger
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Play Saka

      3. 6ix9ine #1 on billboard
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Cantwell. SAKA is a baller. Would have assisted thrice if not for Auba and Laca poor outing.

    • Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Anybody else? Thinking free hit this team: no?

      Ederson
      TAA Doh Boly
      Grealish Barnes Mount KDB Bruno
      Jimi Rash

      1. 6ix9ine #1 on billboard
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Is this you current or FH team?

        1. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          no this is the team i would be changing

          1. 6ix9ine #1 on billboard
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            The Grealish Barnes, mount trio of midpriced mids and the wolves Def double up not particularly appealing. Needs some heung min son, some pool attack.

    • Disco Stu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Play Nketiah or Lascelles?

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Lascelles

      2. Gasa
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Nketiah

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Have a feeling Pope and Burnley will tighten up again now

      1. Cricket_Badger
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Don't disagree but they need to have more subs / use more subs to keep people fresh surely?

    • Gasa
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      bench two:

      Holgate
      Laporte
      Nketiah
      Saka

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Laporte Nketiah

      2. Cricket_Badger
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Holgate and Nketiah.

        1. Cricket_Badger
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Yikes, actually I would bench Laporte actually.

    • Cricket_Badger
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      For rest of season:

      A) Martinez + Maguire

      B) DDG + Holgate

    • Teahupo'o
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Captain Salah or Bruno?

      1. Cricket_Badger
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        B (c)

      2. Gasa
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Salah

      3. Teahupo'o
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Thank you both.

    • Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Anybody else? Thinking free hit this team and make it awesome: no?

      Ederson
      TAA Doh Boly
      Grealish Barnes Mount KDB Bruno
      Jimi Rash

      1. 6ix9ine #1 on billboard
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        It's not a good free hit side.

    • bso
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Holgate or Aurier to start?

      1. La Roja
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Aurier

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Oh no... 10/11 of the scout picks for me. That’s not good

      1. keefyefc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I'm on a wild card & tried to get 10 of the picks but it's a bit pricey squad I've still got 9 of the 15 my defence is that good that I can't find a starting place for Lacelles . My other problem was not being able to afford both TAA & Doherty (went with Virgil instead )

    • Gasa
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      pick a capt:

      Fernandes
      Alexander-Arnold
      Jimenes

    • rowdog24
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Rashford and Jota to Kane and Greenwood? 2FTs

      1. Harry Ball Bag™⚽⚽…
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I think it’s better to keep rashford as greenwood will get rested more

    • ZAWAd25
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      DCL to Greenwood before price rises?

    • FALSE PROFIT
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Henderson (23)
      TAA (21) Gomez (213 Holgate (22) Sakha (18)
      Foden (20) Bellingham (17) (any ideas)
      Rashford (22) Greenwood (18) Sancho (20)

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I would put Sterling in but I can't stand him