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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. CONNERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Cap pick a nightmare this GW.

    Who out of

    Salah
    Bruno
    Jimmy

    ?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Jimmy

    2. Neo-Viper
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Fresh Salah

    3. Keep Calm and Play On
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Bruno

    4. matthewsimon22
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Head says Bruno... my heart says Salah

    5. S.Kuqi
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      My heart says Salah but cos I'm a sheep armband goes to Fernandes

    6. Lionel Ronaldo
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Head says Salah. Heart says Salah.

    7. Zlatanzo
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Heart and head to bruno

    8. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Salah is 'due' a goal or 2 I suppose. Just don't think he'll get much more than 60 to 70 mins, whereas other two should get 80+.

  2. AlexDelPiero
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Captain son or jimenez?

    1. Herculeez
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Son

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Jimmy

  3. King Kun Ta
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    GTG with this FH team?

    Martinez
    Doh Lasc TAA
    Son Fernandes Rich Mane/Salah
    Vardy Jimi DCL

    Button Holgate Guendouzi Jack Robinson

    0.5 ITB

    Ta!

    1. Fit_to_drop
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Picking Dubravka or Patricio would give you a good shot at a 6 pointer in goals.

        1. King Kun Ta
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Thanks

    2. ZimZalabim
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      would u rather sacrifice

      A. Rash to Martial keep son (Martinez in goal )

      B. Son to Alli keep rash (this option i 4.9 for keeper)

      1. Shteve
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Prob martial but neither really, start again!

        1. ZimZalabim
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Current team

          Martinez (3.9)
          Taa, Doh, Ritchie (Kiko, 3.9)
          Mane, Kdb, Son, Bruno, Martial
          Jimi, DCL (Nketiah)

          Can do Nketiah to Connolly and upgrade kiko to holgate/Lascelles etc

          Where would u make changes ?

          1. Shteve
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            I wouldn't have martial tbh, looked very sluggish against spurs so can see his hand time restricted.

            I'm not a big fan of alli either though so not sure what to say..

      2. Lionel Ronaldo
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Hard one. B just for the keeper option.

      3. matthewsimon22
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I would do A - Martial and Son with Martinez in goal... it'll be the most fun to watch!

        That said, someone listening to their head might go for B?

      4. Bobby_Baggio
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I did B

    3. eamonhegg
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Jack robinson? Will he play?

      1. Boss Hogg
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        He’ll be benched quicker than you can say...

    4. htfcbrad
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Give the armband to Vardy or Salah?

        1. Keep Calm and Play On
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Out of those Salah but I'd look at the rest of your team, lots of options this week

          1. htfcbrad
              1 month, 10 days ago

              I know haha can't remember the last time it was this hard to choose! I'm free hitting too so could pick Jimenez, Son, Rashford etc...

        2. barcaa7
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          on WC
          a-Doherty , Martial , alli
          b-Saiss , Martial , Son
          c-Doherty , Sarr , Son

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

            C

          2. Lionel Ronaldo
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            B

          3. Fit_to_drop
              1 month, 10 days ago

              C

          4. Boss Hogg
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Points predictions...

            Son and DCL
            vs
            Grealish and Nketiah

            ???

            1. DARE TO BISCAN
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              11
              Vs
              3

          5. S.Kuqi
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            I'll be kicking myself for captaining Fernandes. Looks to be great irl and fpl player but not sure if captain material

            1. Catastrophe
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Salah (C), Fernandes (VC) for me

              1. Powers106
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Same here, hope it isn't a catastrophe

            2. Keep Calm and Play On
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              It's ok at least you won't be alone, but I think he will score well

            3. Shteve
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              The two usually go hand in hand..

          6. Wilf the Milf
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Playing catchup (going to use BB next week)

            My wildcard:

            Pope (Martinez)
            Doherty Maguire Aurier (Lascelles - Alonso)
            Son (c) Alli Fernandes Richarlison (Saint Maximin)
            Jimenez Rashford CalvertLewin

            1. Wilf the Milf
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              3.7 in the bank

              1. Crunchie
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Blimey Nice team (without Salah) Could go for a better keeping unless you want the freedom to put KDB back in (or even Salah/Mane

          7. Jullepuu
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Grealish to Bruno for a hit or just play Grealish? I have Rashford

            1. S.Kuqi
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Take a hit mate. Bruno is a must have imo

              1. Jullepuu
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Oof you are probably right. I was planning to get him in for free next week

            2. Team Cruel
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Bruno all day. Red hot form and rank killer

          8. EL tridente
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Crazy to captain Jimmy?

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

              No

            2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Nope, at least 6 decent captaincy options and he is one of them

            3. Bobby_Baggio
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Him, Mane or Rash for me

          9. Ceebes
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Comments appreciated:

            A) Martinez, Barnes, Salah
            B) Pope, Traore, Mane

            1. DandyDon
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              B Leno will no doubt come back at some point and arsenal defence is terrible!

          10. Catastrophe
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Almost there (FH):

            DDG
            TAA, VVD, Doherty
            Salah, Son, Fernandes, Richarlison
            Jimenez, Rashford, DCL

            (Martinez, Aurier, Saka, Simpson)

            A) Ings
            B) DCL

            1) DDG
            2) Patricio

            Cheers!

          11. 16ShimiC16
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Jimenez or Bruno for Cap ?

            1. Catastrophe
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Bruno for me (just)

            2. Ceebes
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Bruno the safe play.

              1. Bobby_Baggio
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                you mean Jimi the safe play?

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

                  Bruno leading the polls was my reasoning.

            3. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Think I'm goin Jimmy

          12. Lionel Ronaldo
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            (1) Patricio - Maguire [Wolves double-up]
            (2) Pope - Maguire
            (3) De Gea - 5.5 (Chilwell/Ritchie?)

            1. Bobby_Baggio
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              1

            2. DARE TO BISCAN
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              1

          13. Revival
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Last big decision on the WC.
            Son + Rashford
            or
            Auba and Berwijn?

            1. PascalCygan
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Son + Rash

            2. DandyDon
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              A easily

            3. Lionel Ronaldo
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              A. Not even close.

            4. Bobby_Baggio
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              a hands down

          14. Neo-Viper
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Captain who?
            Mane
            Bruno
            Rashford
            Jimmy
            Bergwijn

            1. DandyDon
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Rash or bruno

            2. La Roja
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Mane

          15. DandyDon
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Could do a team that upgrades the scout picks slightly

            lascelles to Ritchie. Pope to Patrício and mane to salah. Leaves 1.0 in the bank to do DCL toTammy when required. Would only have kiko, Obafemi and Hayden on the bench

            Sound Good or would you prefer to downgrade a player to fit in rashford or martial??

          16. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Martial or Richarlison? Got Bruno and DCL as well.

            1. Lionel Ronaldo
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Richarlison

          17. PascalCygan
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            How confident are we Salah starts?

            Tempted to captain Son or Bruno but Salah starting with what will inevitably be big captaincy backing...

          18. CelticBhoy1
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Will Salah start?

            1. Paul Psychic Octopus
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              You would think so given how inept their attack was. But if he isn't fit there's no need to risk him at all. I wouldn't start him if I were Klopp.

            2. PascalCygan
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Ha, good timing! Great minds!

          19. Paul Psychic Octopus
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            A. Doherty or
            B. Maguire?
            (already have Saiss)

            1. timmmuh
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Doherty, and not close for me

              1. Bobby_Baggio
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                this

          20. timmmuh
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            RM WC Team, I think finally done tinkering; went Saiss instead of Doherty to enable Son:

            Pope
            Saiss/TAA/Aurier
            Salah/Son/KDB/Fernandes
            Jimi/DCL/Ings

            Martinez/Fernandez/Saka/Robinson

            1. Over Midwicket
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Perfect.

            2. DARE TO BISCAN
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Very nice. Definitely Pope over DDG/Patreesh?

          21. The_FF_King
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Double up on VVD and Arnold a good idea on FH??

          22. Bobby_Baggio
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Which to (C) out of these 3 only please?

            A) Mane
            B) Jimi
            C) Rash

            1. timmmuh
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Jimi with Mane a close 2nd; If you are absolutely convinced that Mane will start/play significant minutes then maybe lean that way. More chance of a big haul with Mane v Jiminez; Jiminez more steady and reliable.

              1. Bobby_Baggio
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Yea my only issue with not putting on Jimi is he is steady and not explosive. Think mane will start but come off 65 min and that can be enough

            2. Lionel Ronaldo
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              On form, got to be B. But I see the merits of A and C.

              1. Bobby_Baggio
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                i know so hard.

          23. Mr. Mystic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Re-post:
            WC Team thoughts? (0.8m ITB)
            Pope (Martin)
            TAA Doherty Aurier (Taylor, Lascelles)
            Mane KDB Bruno (c) Son (Saka)
            Jiminez (vc ) Rashford DCL

            Any upgrade recommendations?

            1. DARE TO BISCAN
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Like it. Was on Pope for mine. But tempted by DDG due to number of ManU defensive picks round here. Talk me round to Pope again?

              1. Mr. Mystic
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Can’t justify the extra funds for DDG. I’d have Patricio over him if you wanted to. The extra funds I have will be useful for future transfer e.g. bringing in Vardy/Salah etc.

                1. DARE TO BISCAN
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Already have 2 Wol defs & Jimmi. Disregarding price, would you take DDG or Pope?

                  1. Mr. Mystic
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Pope cheaper and more CS’s and DDG isn’t brimming with confidence...

                    1. Mr. Mystic
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Regardless of price , still Pope imo

          24. A message to you Rudi
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Any news on Salah? How likely do we think he is to start? Currently have my armband on him.

            Is Salah 》 Mane a safer bet?

          25. jacklfc88
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            I'm stuck on when to use my FH...Leno getting injured, Egan getting sent off has really messed with my forecasted transfers this week of Auba/Sterling > Jiminez/Mane.

            Reserve GK is Reina :-S

            I need a goalie so I'm gonna have to use a transfer on that. Wondering whether I should just FH this week, based on current side:

            Leno

            Doherty
            Lascelles
            Trent

            Fernandes
            Grealish
            KdB
            Sterling

            Auba
            Ings
            Jota

            Thoughts?

          26. GuillermoDickero
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Any love for St Maxim on here? The guy has returned 10 in both of his last two but doesn't seem to be in many WC drafts.

            Guessing too expensive for a 5th mid?