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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. Riedle Me This, Riedle Me T…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Never bench KDB right?

    1. Keep Calm and Play On
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      If you're going to bench him you might as well sell, especially with all the options this week

      1. Riedle Me This, Riedle Me T…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Thing is I don't want to especially with that sea of green fixtures on the horizon...

    2. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      i recommend to log off

      1. Riedle Me This, Riedle Me T…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        If you've nothing constructive to say, then why bother say anything?

  2. The Red Devil
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Select a pair for next two GWs

    Mahrez+son
    Kdb+bergwijn

    1. Mufc202020
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Very tough, I’d say B

    2. Keep Calm and Play On
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Very tough indeed, I honestly would have to flip a coin. The only reason I'm keeping KDB for this week is because of the value tied up in him and his reduced minutes last match, next week he could easily be Mahrez or even Foden

  3. Oggle22
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Any early team news haha

  4. Garlana
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    My team value isn't as great as I'd hoped, so Martinez is as much as I could stretch to in goal, but I'm fairly happy with the rest of this WC team. Thoughts?

    Martinez
    Taa, Doherty, Lascellas
    Mane, kdb, son, Bruno
    Rashford, DCL, Jimi

    Button - holgate, Hayden, Robinson

  5. The Red Devil
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    DCL or Barnes?

    1. Mufc202020
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      dcl

    2. Bubz
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Isnt Barnes injured?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Harvey not Ashley

        1. Mufc202020
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Ohhh then id go Barnes

  6. Muscout
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Lascelles or Holgate on WC?

      Also I know it's limited but best Def 4.1m and under likely to play? Got Jack Robinson at the moment

    • Mufc202020
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Who would you rather start

      A) Hayden
      B) Soy
      C) Ali/Bergwijn (on a hit)

      1. CostaCoffee
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Soyuncu

    • MadFinCha
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      On wildcard. Thoughts please chaps?? Think I'm set????

      Pope Button
      TAA Doherty Aurier Fernandez Holgate
      KDB Salah Fernandes Sako Hayden
      Rashford Jiminez DCL.

      1. AlexDelPiero
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Drop fernandez to lascelles and upgrade aurier to maguire IMO

        1. Garlana
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Not sure I agree Aurier to Maguire is an upgrade though I do agree with the Fernandez to lasca is worth the swap if you can use the money elsewhere.

          1. AlexDelPiero
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 12 days ago

            I think based on fixtures and the relative stability of either defence I'd back Maguire, plus its 50/50 if Aurier gives a pen away or gets a red in any given game xD

    • bruuuno
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      This WC good to go or is the bench too weak?

      Patricio
      TAA Doherty Ritchie Aurier
      Mane KDB Fernandes Son
      Jimi Rashford

      Martin Guendouzi Greenwood Ngakia

      1. bruuuno
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        0.0 ITB

      2. Releasebreaks
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        You need good bench for the incoming weeks, will be rotating everywhere, so better invest more in bench

    • hogree
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Anyone looking at Jesus on a WC?

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Not even pep

    • Releasebreaks
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Anyonde with (c) Vardy ?

      1. YouReds
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Between him and Son...

        Wish I had Salah!!!

        1. Releasebreaks
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          I have Salah and Bruno, but could go Vardy for differential

    • Valar(Keith)
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      We are about to go through the craziest fixture congestion in epl history and yet all I see are benchless WC teams. The injuries and curveballs(a cancelled/postponed match due to any body in an entire team or staff getting covid etc) are going to pile up and there are barely any games left for hits to fix teams. Get a bench. Trust me.

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Interesting point about cancelled fixtures - so do you think triple ups are a no go?

        1. Valar(Keith)
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          You can predict which games so not against triple ups.. however I've made a backup keeper(Martinez) and a good bench (Ward, Lascelles etc) compulsory in my team. Even my attack has a good bench with Dcl and Mount both as my cheapest attackers. Splurging the cash on my bench since I am sure il need it. The injuries in Bundesliga have been crazy.

          1. Valar(Keith)
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            *can't predict

      2. HashAttack
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I was going to go really cheap on the bench, just 2 playing subs and spend my money on Salah
        Have now replaced Salah spot with Richarlison (who can become Pogba or Mahrez), leaving me lots of cash
        Bench is now : Foster, Aurier, Fernandez and Saka 🙂

    • Blue Gaffer
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Which WC combo is best?

      1. Ritchie, Armstrong, DCL, Rashford
      2. 3.9, Foden, Ings, Vardy

      1. AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I gotta go 1 between those

    • Lord Flashheart
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      best man u asset to accompany fernandes?

      A martial
      B rashford
      C mcguire
      D two of the above (who?)

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Ive gone with de gea and martial

        1. AK_FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          This is my other option, see below

      2. AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Currently on B and C, but considering Martial instead of Rash

      3. Jullepuu
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        B

    • Hansel
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Martinez Button
      Trent Doherty Saiss Lascelles Holgate
      Salah KDB Son Fernandes Guendouzi
      Rashford DCL Jimmy

      Thoughts on this? 0.2 ITB, not feeling great with Martinez but also not sure if I want to ditch Saiss for a non-playing defender to upgrade

    • CrouchDown
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Too risky to go without TAA on WC?

      Foster

      Saiss Holgate Lascelles

      Mane KDB Son Bruno

      Rashford Jimi DCL

      Subs: Button, Saka Cresswell Kilman

      1. Releasebreaks
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Dont do that

      2. Cesc Pistols
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I had something VERY similar to this, then decided to go with Alisson to cover Pool.

        TAA too expensive if you don't already own him -- especially with Pool not posing as that big of a threat up front recently.

        1. Fantasyamateur
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Recently... lol, 1 game played

    • AK_FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Finalizing WC team, which do you prefer?

      A) Rashford, Guendouzi
      B) Martial, Nketiah (+0.6M)

      1) Pope, Maguire
      2) DDG, Aurier

      1. Zilla
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        A2

    • Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Grealish to Bruno for a hit or just play Grealish?

      1. AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Just bring in Bruno

        1. Jullepuu
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Could do that for free next week

    • More Cowbell
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      0.0 in the bank.

      Worth downgrading anyone to replace Bergwijn instead of Son?

      pope, martin
      taa, lascelles, kiko, doherty, holgate
      mane, kdb, bruno, bergwijn. guendouzi
      jimi. rash, dcl

      1. More Cowbell
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Sorry Son instead of Bergwijn?

        1. AK_FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Probably not in the case - if so would do Doherty > Saiss, then maybe Rash/Guen > Martial/Nketiah

      2. tique
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Either you get son or someone else from a different team (not bergwijn). No point of spurs coverage in my opinion.

    • Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Who scores more this GW:

      A) Alonso (MCI)
      B) Azpi (MCI)
      C) Aurier (WHU)

      1. AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        C

      2. HashAttack
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Aurier - but play Alonso from next week onwards

    • Klaren
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Should I play Lascelles or Kiko?

      I had decided on Lascelles but with both Barnes and Wood being out and Watford's solid performance vs Leicester, I'm thinking maybe I should switch to Kiko?

    • Sid07
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      On WC
      1) son + mahrez
      2) bergwijn + kdb

      1. Bruno BaNani
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Son + Rich/martial

        City have fa cup on sunday. Will rotete heavily. You probably can afford to go without the next two gws.

        1. AK_FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          This, if not keeping KDB don't worry about about Man City coverage, just bring back in for good fixtures

    • Wigflex
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A or B please

      A - DDG and Mane

      B - Patricio and Salah

      1. Hansel
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        B

    • Bubz
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Have changed from Salah to Mane and back approximately 9 times now

      1. Wigflex
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Haha same, just settled on Salah!

    • Lukakus talking
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Pages flying so repost

      I think this is it for me. Poor defensive cover, but hopefully the starting XI make up for it:

      Martinez
      Doherty - TAA - Lascelles
      Son – Mane - De Bruyne - Fernandes
      Rashford – Jimenez – DCL

      (Martin – Saka – Robinson – Ngakia)

      Any last minute thoughts?

      Could downgrade Saka to Keinan Davis and upgrade the defenders?

      Thanks very much in advance

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Great outfield 10, the rest is horrible. Try to make Robinson or Ngakia into Holgate or Kiko for a bit if cover

        1. Lukakus talking
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Thanks, worth downgrading Saka to upgrade the defenders?

          Could do Saka to Davis and Ngakia to Holgate

    • DAVESAVES
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Hey guys, help me pick 1,2 or 3 Thanks!

      XX (Button)
      TAA XX XX (Lascelles Robinson)
      Bruno KDB Salah Son (D.Luiz)
      Jimmy Rashford DCL

      1: Pope Saiss Maguire
      2: DDG Saiss Aurier
      3: Martinez Holgate Doherty

    • Jellyfish
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      The inclusion of Davis in those picks is a suprise!

      1. how now brown cow
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        £££

    • tique
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      On free hit

      A) Vdijk and Ings
      B) Digne and Rashford

      Already have Bruno, TAA, Salah, richy and dcl

    • Nespinha
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Dubravka, Pope or Patricio and why?

      1. AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Everyone just looking for an answer, and you looking for an explanation. Depends on the rest of team, but head to head Patricio.

        1. Nespinha
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          never hurt anyone to ask bruh

    • how now brown cow
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A - pope, Doherty, nketiah
      B - Martinez, saiss, DCL