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

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3,147 Comments Post a Comment
  1. A piece of toast
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Play 1

    a) Taylor (whu)
    b) Rico (TOT)

    Already own Pope

    1. darko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Taylor

  2. Coys96
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Salah to Son/Sterling (free)

    Yes or NO

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Yes
      Sterling

      1. PompeyUpNorth!
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Agreed

        1. More_Goals
            1 month, 6 days ago

            indeed

      2. Flaming Flamingo
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        I wouldn't

    2. OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Score prediction for
      Arsenal v.s Leicester

      1. ZTF
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        1-1

      2. CostaCoffee
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        2-0

      3. More_Goals
          1 month, 6 days ago

          0-0

      4. fridge
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Foster
        TAA. AWB. Doherty
        Salah. Son. Bruno (c). KDB
        Jiminez. Greenwood. DCL
        Martins. Saka. Holgate. Lascelles

        1FT, 0.1 ITB
        A) Salah > Sterling/ Mahrez
        B) Salah & DCL > Kane & Pulisic (-4)
        C) save

      5. Dannyb
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Any help here guys?
        A - Salah and DCL to Kane and Willian
        B - De Gea, Jiminez and DCL to Pope Greenwood and Kane -4

        1. GOTHAM City F.C.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          I prefer A

          1. Crunchie
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            A

      6. Lord Flashheart
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        foden (C) or have i lost the plot?
        chasing

        1. JfA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Brave and a massive differential if you pull it off, but if KDB double hauls 😮

        2. Lecky Legs FC
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Not at all worth a go I'm chasing the leader by 40 pts so might tempt it myself

      7. Sotamendi84
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Play Saiss or DCL?

        1. Holmes
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Dominic

        2. nikornla
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Saiss

        3. DARE TO BISCAN
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Saiss.
          Play Saiss (& Doh) or Saka?

        4. Sotamendi84
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          saiss over saka as he might play at the back?

      8. kamdaraji
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Salah to punish sellers

        1. yosim
            1 month, 6 days ago

            will you captain?

            1. kamdaraji
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              no

          • Eastman
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Really hope so

          • Firminoooo
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Sellers to punish Salah.

        2. ajk1211
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          DCL/Son > Kane/Mahrez or Foden worth a -4?

        3. nikornla
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Who to C?

          A) Greenwood
          B) Sterling
          C) KDB

          1. A piece of toast
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 6 days ago

            c

          2. PompeyUpNorth!
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            B

            1. Eastman
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              C

          3. RamaJama
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            C

          4. More_Goals
              1 month, 6 days ago

              C

          5. Holmes
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Time to enjoy Fabianski's 2 pointers...

          6. Slitherene
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            No news on Holgate?

            1. Firminoooo
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              This is the new Watergate.

          7. lampsblues
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Patricio
            Doherty TAA Wan-Bissaka
            Salah KDB Fernandes Son Pulisic
            Greenwood Jiminez

            Subs: Aurier, Nketiah, Lascelles

            A) Salah ->Sterling
            B) Son+ Doherty-> Sterling, Garcia (-4)
            C) Save transfer

          8. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Salah > Foden (-4)

            Yay or Nay?

            1. Champions united
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              No

            2. Coys96
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Probably not unless funding another move in future.

              I'm thinking about it for free

          9. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            What have I done. I have Harry Kane still in my WC team and just 45 minutes until deadline.

            Anyone left trying to talk me out of it?

            1. Holmes
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              If the plan is to keep for one week only, then its fine.

            2. Andy Ftw
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              If I was on WC i’d probs have him! Not helping you i’m sure

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Not helping! But yeah I've had all morning talking it through, glazing through stats, trying to find a better use for the money and yet he's still there.

                He better deliver...

                1. Firminoooo
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  ..a penalty miss.

            3. DARE TO BISCAN
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Seems decent. Can always switch to Auba, if Spurs go full Mourinho

          10. Champions united
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Play soy or Stevens
            Or
            Stevens to aurier

            1. RamaJama
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              B

            2. More_Goals
                1 month, 6 days ago

                B

            3. JUNITED
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Who should I bench? Ings, Jimenez or Willian

              1. RamaJama
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Jim

              2. Slitherene
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Bb

              3. yosim
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  someone else

              4. HD7
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Salah DCL De Gea to Martial Kane Foster (-4) ?

                2FT; 0.0m Itb

                De Gea,
                TAA, Doherty, Fernandez
                Salah, Bruno, KDB, Son,
                Rash, Jimi, DCL

                Button, Taylor, Hayden, Robinson

                1. GOTHAM City F.C.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  I am not sure UTD will score a lot today, might trust their defense. DCL has a easy game at home, unless you want to cap Kane.

              5. Coys96
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                What do these score please:

                Kane
                Salah
                Bowen
                Foden
                Greenwood
                Son

                1. Mr. O'Connell
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  goals?

                2. More_Goals
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Kane - 6
                    Salah - 8
                    Bowen - 7
                    Foden - 7
                    Greenwood - 6
                    Son - 5

                  • Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Kane - 17 for a hat-trick
                    Salah - 0 benched.
                    Bowen - 2
                    Foden - 11
                    Greenwood - 5
                    Son - 11

                    ^won't ever happen.

                  • Andy Ftw
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    8
                    9
                    6
                    10
                    11
                    2

                  • Slitherene
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    13
                    6
                    7
                    1
                    5
                    10

                  • Hot Toddy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    5
                    3
                    2
                    1
                    5
                    5

                3. Silecro
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Hi guys, good to go? Will play 442 due to DCL being awful

                  Patricio
                  TAA/Maguire/Aurier/Taylor
                  Sterling(c)/KDB/Son/Fernandes
                  Jimenez/Rashford

                  Martin/DCL/Holgate/Guendouzi

                  1 ft for now, trying to save it

                  1. PompeyUpNorth!
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Lovely but bench Taylor n play DCL imo ..

                4. RamaJama
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  None of Mahrez/Sterling in the picks, because of their price?

                  1. More_Goals
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Have to keep it in budget

                    • Hazz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Less secure starters, I'd imagine. You can be more sure KDB & Foden will start after sub appearances last match.

                    • RamaJama
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Cheers, was considering Salah to Sterling for -4

                  2. More_Goals
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      My Team:

                      De Gea
                      TAA, Aurier, Doherty, Justin
                      De Bruyne, Mahrez, Pulisic, Bruno
                      Rash, Jimenez

                      Nketiah, Simpson, Guendouzi, Martin

                      FT done, is anything worth a -4 (2.7 in the bank)

                      A - Guendouzi to Foden
                      B - Jimenez to Kane
                      C - Justin to any other defender
                      D - Stick

                      1. GOTHAM City F.C.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Who will you bench if you do A?
                        D imo

                    • Nespinha
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      2FT - 0.6 ITB

                      Robbo, Holgate, Doherty (Lascelles, Ngakia)

                      A) Lascelles --- Dawson (two good home fixtures now)
                      B) Ngakia --- Garcia (to bench and have a backup player if Holgate doesn't start)
                      C) Robbo + Lascelles --- Gomez + AWB

                    • Mattador
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Rashford => Kane for free? Already have Bruno and Greenwood

                      1. Hazz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Nah, don't like that.

                      2. PompeyUpNorth!
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Only if u captain

                    • ZTF
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Fh team gtg?

                      Ederson
                      Aurier TAA VVD
                      Foden Son Kdb Martial Bruno
                      Kane Deeney

                      1. CostaCoffee
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Deeney has been shite and should be dropped if Pearson has balls

                      2. Flaming Flamingo
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Looks good 🙂

                    • Better Call Raul
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      If Lascelles injured I'll only have 10 players. So need to take out Lundstram for a hit.

                      Any thoughts on who to bring in?

                      4.8m budget

                      Garcia? But I already have Ederson

                      1. Slitherene
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Dawson

                        1. Better Call Raul
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Thanks

                    • boroie
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 6 days ago

                      Is this worth a -4?

                      Saka, DCL & Rashford
                      ->
                      Foden, Greenwood & Kane

                      1. Fit_to_drop
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Foden Greenwood and Sterling might be a better call

                      2. adavies33
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 6 days ago

                        Bench Jimi or Rash/Greenwood? Also have Bruno/Doherty starting for context

                        Nice 1

                      3. KDB4PREZ
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          A) Pulisic&Auba
                          B) Sterling&Jota

                        • Bookkeeper
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 6 days ago

                          Play Aurier or Doherty?

                          first to 3 wins

                          Thanks

                          1. Flaming Flamingo
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 6 days ago

                            Doherty