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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. onceuponatyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Am I the only person thinking Sterling for cap?
    Bound to start, whether Jesus plays or not he'll essentially be a forward...

    Pep roulette I know, but he didn't play a minute against Burnley.

    1. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      No way

    2. Bubz
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Nice punt

  2. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Repoat sorry

    Pick one to complete this sorry team please:
    A) KDB, Barnes, Rashford
    B) Bruno, Martial, Vardy

    Martinez, 3.9
    VVD, Doherty, Lascelles, Holgate, 3.9
    Son, Mane, Saka, __, __
    Jimmy, DCL, __

    1. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      B.

      Would go Ings instead of Martial for a couple of weeks.

  3. Berbs
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Ngakia leaving West Ham after tonight:

    https://www.claretandhugh.info/ngakia-gives-his-final-answer/

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Good signing for just about anyone really as a prospect.

  4. Catastrophe
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Three days of FH indecision has led to this:

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

    (Button, Aurier, Luiz, Simpson)

    A) Ings
    B) DCL

    1) DDG
    2) Patricio

    Cheers

    1. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Aurier should be starting

      1. Catastrophe
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Cheers, but cant drop any of the 11! Also no need for $ if I downgrade him

  5. Super Saints
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Quite happy with this, don't fancy Pope after watching him and Burnley yesterday.

    DDG
    TAA Doherty Aurier
    Mane KDB Son Fernandes
    Jimenez Ings DCL
    Martin Lascelles Guendouzi Simpson

    1. Keep Calm and Play On
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Very similar to my team, so naturally I like it! I downgraded Ings to Nketiah and got Martial in

      1. Super Saints
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Ings comfortably outscoring Martial!

    2. Catastrophe
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Looks good (assuming not FH)

    3. jim0wheel
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Have the exact same team except Rashford instead of Ings - are you not worried about having such a crap bench? I am a bit, but I like Lascelles fixtures and Guendouzi will chip in with 1-3 points at least.

  6. mixology
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Surprised so many are taking the armband off KBD. Had his rest, performs against the big sides.

    blank incoming i suppose

  7. Pickle juice
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    who scores more this week in order .....

    Vardy
    Rashford
    DCL
    Ings

    1. Keep Calm and Play On
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Rashford
      DCL
      Vardy
      Ings

  8. Saro0808
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Best goalie for the rest of the season (no budget issue, cant have ddg already having 3 utd players)

    1. teneighty
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I'm going with Patricio as a set and forget.

    2. evilfish
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I've gone for Pope but I think Patricio and Foster are good options too.

    3. Keep Calm and Play On
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Lloris or Patricio

    4. HashAttack
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I'm going with Dubravka and Foster as a backup ... no risk of needing three NEW or WAT slots elsewhere

  9. Louis Van Gaalstones
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    If United get a penalty against Sheffield, I wouldn't be surprised to see Rashford take it. He was 100% about to take the second one against spurs

    1. Stoichkov#8
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I think same but who knows. Maybe his turn is next pen in same game.

    2. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Knowing my luck this season that will happen as I have Bruno captain

    3. Bubz
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Agree. And they will get a penalty

    4. Keep Calm and Play On
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Would suck if he missed it then....

    5. KBFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      United? There are two Uniteds playing and who is this Sheffield team your on about? Sheffield FC? They dont concede many penalties in the non league.

      Manchester vs Sheffield United should be a good game though.

  10. Lukakus talking
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Another posting fail.

    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

  11. sunnyh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Who to play:

    A) Doucoure (bur)
    B) Lascelles (AVL)

    One with all to play for playing against a depleted team while the other in a good defensive team at home against Villa

    1. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      b

    2. Keep Calm and Play On
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      b

    3. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      B

  12. Miguel Sanchez
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Who scores more this GW :

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

    1. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      c

    2. JoeSoap
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      C

    3. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      C

  13. juho
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Really appreciate some help here

    A) Robbo + Grealish -> Saiss + Son (-4)
    B) Auba + Grealish -> Joelinton + Son (-4)

    Thanks

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      A

      1. juho
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thank you

  14. More Cowbell
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Bottomed.
    0.0 in the bank.

    Worth downgrading anyone to Son instead of Bergwijn?

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

    1. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      no, gtg

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I would say no , can't see where you can.

  15. Muscout
      1 month, 15 days ago

      A)
      McCarthy
      Trent, Ritchie, Lascelles
      Salah (c), KDB, Son, Fernandes
      Jimi, Rashford, Calvert

      Martin, Saka, Holgate, Jack Robinson - 0.2itb

      OR

      B)
      MARTINEZ
      Trent, DOHERTY, Lascelles
      Salah (c), KDB, Son, Fernandes
      Jimi, Rashford, Calvert

      Martin, GUENDOZI, 4.1M DEF, Jack Robinson

      1. Crump
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        B.

        I'd also swap Robinson for Ngakia, as he's more likely to play until the end of the season.

        1. Muscout
            1 month, 15 days ago

            legend, thanks mate

            any other 4.1M defenders likely to play?

      2. ididnt
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        play Jota (for a Wolves temple up)or Saka?

        1. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          jota

        2. evilfish
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Jota for me.

      3. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Hello all - how would you rate this? Changes?
        1.3 ITB right now.

        Pope (3.9)
        TAA Doherty Aurier (Lascelles 3.9)
        Mane KDB BrunoF Bergwijn (Guendouzi)
        Rashford Jimenez DCL

        Debating a couple things including:
        Pope v Foster
        Aurier v Holgate (latter allows Son+Rash)
        Rashford Berg v Ings Son
        5th mid - Saka / Foden / Guendouzi fodder?

        1. sunnyh
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Holgate mate

        2. GOTHAM City F.C.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Foster
          Holgate
          Son Rashford
          Guendouzi

      4. JoeSoap
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        A. Richarlison/Rash
        B. Son/Ings

        On WC

        1. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          a

      5. Hansel
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Is Davis a better pick than Guendouzi? Don't know who he is

        1. how now brown cow
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Playing up front for villa while guendouzi is wrestling.

        2. Bruno BaNani
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Playing striker for villa. Probably a higher ceiling. I’d prefer him.

        3. Stoichkov#8
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          both will give you similar points

      6. Bruno BaNani
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        A. Rash & Guendouzi
        Or
        B. Martial & Nketiah

        A or B?

        1. evilfish
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          B

      7. Kroos Kontrol
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Correct bench?

        Pope
        Trent AA / Boly / Lascelles
        Salah / Mane / Kdb / Bruno Fernandes
        Jimenez / DLC / Nketiah

        BENCH: McCarthy / Grealish / Soyuncu / Egan

      8. Mike82
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Free hit team GTG?
        Schmeichel 
        Robertson, AwB, Doherty
        Salah (C), B.Fernandes, Son, Barnes
        Jiminez, Rashford, DCL

        Button, Lacelles, Guendouzi, J.Robinson

      9. ididnt
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Taylor or Kiko? (already have Pope)

        1. Stoichkov#8
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Kiko

      10. Oggle22
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        G2G?
        Patricio
        Aurier Soyuncu Saiss
        Salah KDB Martial Bruno
        Jiminez Rashford Vardy(c)

        Martin Guendouzi Simpson Ngakia

        Cheers

        1. Oggle22
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Or are Son and TAA essential and could go
          Pope
          TAA Lascelles Saiss
          Salah KDB Son Bruno Traore
          Jiminez Rashford

          Fodder on the bench

          Cheers

      11. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        A) Rashford + Richarlison

        or

        B) Vardy + Martial

        1. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          a

        2. Bruno BaNani
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          A

      12. Pad Randa
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Play Williams (Fleck first off bench) or do Simpson >>> Aurier on a free?

      13. Paul Psychic Octopus
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Doing my head in tinkering with this WC team. Anyone got any comments? Don't want to be 100% template:

        Pope, Martinez;
        Docherty, Saiss, Justin, Lascelles, Kiko Femania;
        Mane, KDB, Fernandes, Son, Saint-Maximin;
        Jimenez, Jesus, Deeney.

        1. HashAttack
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Get rid of Mane - 8.5m will cover Richarlison, Pogba or Mahrez instead and gives you 4m to spend elsewhere

      14. Starky22
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Last minute WC wobble post Aguero news....

        A. Foster, Aurier, Jesus
        B. Martinez, Saiss, KDB

        1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          B for me

      15. corderz
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Drop one of these defenders:

        A) TAA
        B) Doherty
        C) Aurier
        D) Maguire
        E) Ritchie

        1. evilfish
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          D

      16. kamdaraji
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Keinan Davis for 4.3m an option on wildcard?