Scout Picks

Gameweek 34+ Scout Picks focus on Manchester clubs

The Gameweek 34+ Scout Picks has double-up on Manchester City attacking assets for their meeting with Newcastle.

We are expecting a reaction from Pep Guardiola’s men after their defeat at Southampton, which should produce big points for key FPL options.

As per usual, the editorial team have chosen this XI, this week lining up in 3-5-2 once more, coming in at £0.3m below our £85.0m budget.

Goalkeeper

Despite something of a blip against Arsenal in Gameweek 33+, Wolves’ defence is still one of the best over the last four matches, recording the lowest expected goals conceded (xGC) score in that time. For that reason, Rui Patrício (£5.3m) was an easy inclusion in the Scout Picks as Nuno Espirito Santo’s men travel to Sheffield United.

Defenders

No defender has created more chances than Cesar Azpilicueta (£6.0m) over the last four matches while Crystal Palace have conceded more shots in the box than any other side in the same period. Meanwhile, the Eagles have scored the fewest goals at home this season, potentially setting Azpilicueta up for a double-figure haul at Selhurst Park.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.5m) is our choice from the Manchester United defence as they hope to right the wrongs of conceding twice against Bournemouth. Aston Villa have lacked too attacking threat since they made the switch to a more conservative defence, while United have clean sheets in six of their last nine matches. Meanwhile, Wan-Bissaka has found some creativity recently, denied a third assist in as many matches by the offside flag in Gameweek 33+.

Craig Dawson (£4.8m) has registered the joint-most shots in the box of any defender over the last four matches and also tops this chart among all Watford players, including the attacking midfielders and forwards. That gives him the advantage against a Norwich side who still have not scored since the Premier League restarted.

Midfielders

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Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) and Liverpool may have struggled in their last two matches, but there were some glimmers of hope in the second half against Aston Villa. We’ve gone with the Egyptian as he tops the charts for shots on target and chances created among his colleagues over the last four.

Kevin De Bruyne (£10.8m) has delivered attacking returns in every match he has started since Gameweek 30+. In such outings, he has produced three goals, two assists, two double-digit hauls and an average of 12 points per game. Considering the rest he had at the weekend, the Belgian looks ready to start against a Newcastle side that could not keep clean sheets against Aston Villa, Bournemouth and West Ham.

Son Heung-min (£9.8m) forms part of our Spurs double-up against a woefully out-of-form Bournemouth defence. The Cherries have conceded more goals than any other side since the Premier League restarted (12), while Son was the more dangerous Spurs asset in their win over Everton.

Bruno Fernandes (£8.9m) has been on fire recently. Even handing a penalty to Marcus Rashford against Bournemouth, the Portuguese international was still able to make use of his direct free-kick and creativity abilities to score and assist twice. Since the Premier League came back, Fernandes has averaged 10.5 points per Gameweek, more than any of his colleagues. That’s why we have him down as the most likely Manchester United player to breach Aston Villa’s improved defence.

Phil Foden (£5.4m) also gets to face that brittle Newcastle defence in Gameweek 34+, the Englishman equally as dangerous as De Bruyne in recent times. He has returned points in every home game since the restart, racking up four goals, an assist, two double-digit hauls and 34 points.

Forwards

Harry Kane (£11.0m) may have put on a sub-par display against Everton, but that Bournemouth defence is too good an opportunity to turn down. Despite appearances, Kane has still been afforded the second-highest number of big chances since the Premier League came back. If the Cherries continue in their current form on Thursday night, he could be handed even more than usual.

Mason Greenwood (£4.6m) has quickly become an auto-include budget option for Fantasy managers. He has started the last three matches in a row, impressing in all of them. With his place in the side finally locked down, Greenwood’s two double-digit hauls in as many outings are enough to warrant inclusion even against Villa’s improved back-line.

Substitutes

Ben Foster (£4.9m) is an alternative route into the Watford defence as they prepare to host a toothless Norwich side.

Joe Gomez (£5.3m) is still a budget-friendly route into Liverpool’s defence that got back on track with a clean sheet against Aston Villa at the weekend.

Eric Garcia (£4.5m) is a cheap route into the Manchester City defence who could repay those who take a punt on Pep Roulette midweek. The Citizens have conceded the joint-fewest number of goals in home matches this season (12).

But Dwight Gayle (£5.0m) also offers potential even against Manchester City. Since the Premier League came back, he has received more big chances than any other player, registering a goal or an assist in each of his last three outings.

The Captain

The Scout Picks has a captain for the 2019/20 campaign.

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3,147 Comments Post a Comment
  1. MattysFantasyFooty
    • 7 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Good to go?

    Pope
    Van Dijk Saiss Aurier
    KDB C Mahrez Martial Bruno Saka
    Kane Rashford

    Patricio Alonso Nketiah Lascelles

    1. Sid07
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Captain kane ?

      1. Sid07
        • 6 Years
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        Sorry missed kdb looks good

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Nice, presume Alonso won’t play?

    3. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      I’d play Alonso over saiss

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Play Alonso, he either starts or gets 0

  2. Grounderz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Jesus.

  3. Hy liverpool
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Anyone not captaining KDB?

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Not many

    2. COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Some Kane owners with a sofa

      1. Studs Up
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        Sterling

    3. Spoox777
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      I'm on Fernandes but seems like everyone is going KdB....Gonna be a lot of disappointed FPL managers

    4. Men in green tights
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      I am going Kane chasing in ml

    5. matthewsimon22
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      KDB if not chasing... if chasing then have to go for a differential

  4. umerlfc
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    5/11, seems safe

  5. Hungry Singh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Who to bench?

    1. Alonso
    2. Doherty
    3. Laporte
    4. TAA
    5. Jimi
    6. Abraham

    Horrible decision

    1. FDMS All Starz
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      I’d bench Tammy, Giroud in good form and subbed early last game

    2. Sid07
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      6

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      1 or 6

    4. Saint Tim
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      my order of pref would be 6, 1, 5, 3, 2, 4

    5. matthewsimon22
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      1

  6. antis0cial
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    A) Save
    B) Mahrez Jime to Foden Kane -4
    C) Rash Jime to Greenwood Kane -4

    Pope
    TAA AWB Boly
    Salah KDB(c) Son Bruno Mahrez
    Rash Jime

    Robinson Nketiah Lascelles

  7. Sgt. Schultz
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Anybody still sticking with Auba around here? Kane best option with 1FT?

    1. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Yep, Leicester Tottenham Auba can get goals

      1. Sgt. Schultz
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        Thanks pal. Good luck !

  8. Sid07
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Who score more this week
    1) jiminez + 4
    2) foden
    3) kane

    1. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      3

    2. Saint Tim
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      2

  9. Godfrey
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    I have

    Rashford
    Fernandes
    Greenwood
    &
    Sterling
    KDB
    Mahrez

    Overkill?

    1. DannyDrinkVodka
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      same here, only Martial instead of Rashford

    2. Saint Tim
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      nope, i have the same man utd, and have kdb, foden and laporte

  10. DannyDrinkVodka
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Only 3/11 - this is the first time it's been so low

  11. RyanMK
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Bench Saka or Foden?

    1. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Saka

    2. matthewsimon22
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Saka

  12. LIARS POKER
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Any defenders (4.3 or below) worth bringing in for Lascelles? Holgate and Robinson also unlikely to play so could end up with only 2 defenders

    Leaning towards saving the transfer and taking a 0 if Holgate doesn't start as don't really like any of the options available

    1. Stoichkov#8
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Kiko

    2. Boxwoods
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Watford cheapie

    3. FourLokoLeipzig
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Kiko but ideally with early team news

  13. gomez123
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Martinez
    TAA Doherty Aurier
    Salah KDB (c) Mahrez Martial Bruno (vc)
    Jimmy Greenwood
    Nketiah Egan Lascelles Nyland

    GTG

  14. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Moves done. Captain picked. G2G? 🙂

    Martinez
    TAA • Doherty • Kiko
    KDB(C) • Salah(v) • Martial • Bruno • Foden
    Jiménez • Rashford
    (3.9, DCL, Holgate, Lascelles)

    1. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Yep you are good

    2. Annie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      looks good Rafa

    3. james 101
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Nice

    4. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Thanks guys! GL to you

    5. Stoichkov#8
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      G2G really hope for big points for you here 😉

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        You too 😀

    6. matthewsimon22
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      GTG

  15. Bobby_Baggio
    • 9 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    G2G or use my FT as its likely i'll only have 10 players playing? 0.6m ITB. Cheers

    Patricio
    Lascelles- Doherty - TAA
    Mane - KDB - Fernandes - Mahrez
    Greenwood - Jimenez - Rashford

    (Martin) - ASM - Holgate - Simpson

    1. james 101
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Should do well

  16. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Bloody hell why is Lascelles flagged again

    1. HUATSHOOTER
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      U starting him u mean?LOL

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        No 2nd on bench but still under a rigid plan of minimal hits ready for BB

    2. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      sore ankle

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      0 > -1

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      He's getting negative points..

  17. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
    • 11 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Scout pick curse for Burnley CS then

  18. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    I’m hearing rumours.....

    That Kane is going to punish his new buyers

    1. james 101
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Ha. Possible

  19. james 101
    • 8 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Can’t make up my mind!

    Bottomed

    Who would you prefer over the next few weeks?

    A. Sterling
    B. Mahrez
    C. Willian
    D. Salah

    Willian has outscored sterling and mahrez over the season and has better recent form too. But...?!

    1. james 101
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Rest of the team:

      Marty
      TAA Doherty Saiss
      KDB Fernandes XXX Martial Pulisic
      Rashford Kane

      Button Nk Taylor Robinson

      Thanks!!

    2. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      B

    3. matthewsimon22
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      D

  20. Duffy Dunk
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Which 1 would you bench between Doherty, Aurier, TAA, Azpi?

    1. james 101
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Very hard to bench any.

      1. wilson007
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        As a spurs fan, I'd say aurier.

    2. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Aurier as they will conceed

    3. JabariParkersEyelid
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Jesus why have you done this to yourself haha.

      Doherty or Azpi flip a coin?

  21. PaulParker
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Anything doing here? Traore to Foden maybe and 352 with Jimi dropping to bench?

    Pope
    TAA - Doherty - Aurier
    Salah - (K)DB - Pulisic - Bruno
    Greenwood - Rashford - Jimi

    Button - Traore - Lascelles - Robinson

  22. LIARS POKER
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    g2g? still got 1 ft left if anybody has a suggestion (0 itb)

    DDG
    TAA Saiss Holgate
    KDB Mane Mahrez Bruno Foden
    Rashford Jimenez

    Subs: DCL, Robinson, Lascelles

    1. Legohair
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Pretty good

    2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      I would prolly play DCL over Jimenez this week.

  23. davies
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Jimenez > Rashford -4?

    1. james 101
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Could be cost-neutral this week.

    2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Prefer Gwood. Then you can upgrade elsewhere with the money itb

  24. Legohair
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Last call?!??!?

    De Gea
    TAA-Holgate-Saiss
    KDB-Son-Bruno-Saka
    Vardy-Rashford-Jimenez

    Martinez, Taylor, Lascelles, Guendouzi

    1 FT 2.3 itb

    A. Vardy to Kane
    B. Vardy to Auba
    C. Guendouzi to Foden
    D. Lascelles to Laporte

  25. Tmel
    • 9 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Start one from each:

    a) Saiss
    b) Holgate

    1) Jimenez
    2) Holgate

    1. Legohair
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      B1

    2. StellaMan
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Saiss and Jiminez

  26. Miniboss
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Hi guys, reposting here.

    1.5itb, 2ft.

    Thinking on Richie->Aurier, save ft and bench DCL. Go for it or do you see some more pressing concerns?

    Pope
    TAA Doherty Richie* Maguire
    Salah KdB(c) Bruno Martial Foden
    Jimenez

    Button DCL Nketiah Kiko

    1. ClothedinSun
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Your team is good and Ritchie to Aurier is a logical move, I'd twist rather than stick! Best of luck.

      1. Miniboss
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        thanks mate

    2. matthewsimon22
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Richie to Aurier is a good move... then next week 2FT for a bit of a restructure if you want?

      But a good team imo

  27. HUATSHOOTER
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Start dcl or aurier?

    1. ClothedinSun
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Flip a coin - Aurier has potential but I always eer on the side of starting a forward over a defender...not always to my benefit though!

      1. HUATSHOOTER
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        Actually me too, but dcl.. argh, okay maybe i will jus go with aurier haha

    2. matthewsimon22
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Aurier... more ways to score points

  28. ClothedinSun
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    G2G here?

    Foster,
    Azpi, Doherty, VVD,
    Son, Bruno, Antonio, KDB (VC), Martial,
    Kane (C), Greenwood.

    Subs: Hendo, Jimi, Lamptey, Lascelles.

    1. AK_FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      G2G

  29. AK_FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    G2G? Bench correct? 1 FT, 0.1 ITB

    DDG
    TAA - Doherty - Aurier
    Bruno - Mane - KDB (c) - Mahrez - Foden
    Jimi - Rashford

    (Martin; DCL, Saiss, Lascelles)

    1. ClothedinSun
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      G2G my friend, bench order is fine - like the Foden pick too, he could haul big this GW! Best of luck.

  30. timmmuh
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    With Mees & Cork out ... playing at West Ham ... would it be crazy to bench Pope and play Martinez (LEI)? 3 consecutive clean sheets ...

    1. mixology
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      I’d back Leicester to score

      1. timmmuh
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        Leicester without Chillwell/Maddison? Aside from this past week, the previous 3 gameweeks were bleak for them ...

        1. mixology
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          i still think they will but definitely go with your gut. seems like you favor martinez so go for it . could go either way