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. Ginkapo FPL
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Vardy, Ings or Jimmy this week?

    1. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      V

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        I'm wondering because Arsenal are tighter under Arteta and surely Everton shouldnt be rated 4 in the fixture difficulty for Saints.

        A month ago I would have said Vardy straight away.

    2. how now brown cow
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Vardy likes arsenal

  2. sully29
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Mane > Sterling a reasonable move if it lets me do DCL > Vardy next week?

    1. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Yep

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

      i would

    3. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      no, Sterling likely to be benched this week

      1. Tinkermania
          1 month, 6 days ago

          I did.

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

        Only if Sterling starts....

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

      Pope - (Martin)
      TAA - Saiss - Aurier - (Lascelles - Simpson)
      Salah - KdB - Bruno - Martial - (Guendouzi)
      Rashford - Jimenez - DCL

      A) Guendouzi --> Foden (Bench DCL)?
      B) Save FT?

      1. Traction Engine Foot
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        A

    5. Jonty Rhodes
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Start 1 of

      A) Aurier
      or
      B) Juimenez

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        the attacker

      2. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 6 days ago

        A

      3. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        B

      4. how now brown cow
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        B

      5. Oooo Matron
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Same dilemma. I'm leaning to Aurier, he's very advanced and Bournemouth are awful. Jiminez could get a goal, but I don't see they're being many goals in that game.

    6. Jet5605
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Who to start as GK? Already have Boly in defence:

      A Martinez (LEI)
      B Patrici (shu)

      1. sully29
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        B, I think.

      2. Sgt. Schultz
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Pat

      3. SAY MY NAME
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        B

      4. how now brown cow
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        B

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

      best option please

      A. Olivia Wayne
      B. Kate Riley
      C. Kate Abdo
      D. Sarah-Jane Mee

      1. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        C for me.

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

        A comfortably

      3. Jason M
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Can I have A and C?

    8. There's Always One!
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Play McCarthy or Hendo?

      1. how now brown cow
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        H

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

      cap :

      A foden(!)
      b kane
      C salah

      1. how now brown cow
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        B

      2. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        B

      3. Sgt. Schultz
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        B

    10. how now brown cow
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Evening. Got 2ft, 0.2 and a lot of flags...

      Pope
      TAA Femenia Doherty
      Salah KDB Son Bruno
      Rashford Greenwood Jimenez

      Button Lascelles* Holgate* Hayden*

      A - doc and hayden to foden and aurier (bench Jimenez)
      B - doc and lascelles to aurier and Saiss
      C - lascelles to a 4.5 only

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

        C

      2. Hotdogs for Tea
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        use one transfer to sort out a flag

    11. Oldie99
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      OK - ASM & DCL out to get the kids in (Foden & Greenwood) for a -4, for the following front seven:

      KDB Son Bruno Pogba Foden
      Greenwood Auba

      Bench: Jimi

      Y/N?

      1. Pépé Pig
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Y

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

        Who is ASM? Forgive my ignorance

        1. Oldie99
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 6 days ago

          SaintMaximin from Newcastle !

    12. Klip Klopp
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      HELP!

      Who to bench?

      A. Saka
      B. Greenwood
      C. Jiminez

      1. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        A

      2. There's Always One!
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        A

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

        Saka

      4. how now brown cow
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        A

    13. Dosh
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Keep or sell Mane?

      1. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Sell fir city mid

      2. Old Schoolᴼˢ “disa…
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Keep, most people on here don’t know what they are doing 😆

    14. KrisMCFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      (Bottomed)

      Patricio
      TAA, Doherty, Aurier
      KDB, Sterling(C) , Bruno, Foden
      Kane, Jota, Greenwood

      (Martin) pulisic, lascelles, Lundy

      Chasing ML leader by 100 points:

      1. Correct to bench Pulisic?
      2. Good captain differential?

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

        Id play Pulisic and bench Jota

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

        good captain punt. Could pay of big. nothing ventured...

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

          Locked in cheers!

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

      Don't own KDB so Pulisi(c) it is!!

      I'm going to need a massive sofa aren't I . . . . . . . .

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        You won’t if Pulisic hauls tonight

      2. Sgt. Schultz
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        no Kane or Bruno perhaps?

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

      Thoughts?
      A - Salah and DCL to Kane and Willian
      B - De Gea, Jiminez and DCL to Pope Greenwood and Kane -4

    17. Oooo Matron
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Play Aurier or Jiminez?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Aur

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

          Aurier ahead of Jimenez on the bench .... back 3 are TAA, Azpi and Doherty

    18. LordEllison
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      2 FT and 0.1 ITB, abit stuck any ideas?, Thanks!!

      Martinez Martin
      TAA Doherty Aurier Kiko Lascelles
      Salah Martial KDB(c) Fernandes Guendouzi
      Rashford DCL Jimenez

      1. Obi Wan Elokobi
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Rashford to Kane DCL to Greenwood?

    19. Prison Mike
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Who to start?

      A) Henderson (WOL)

      B) McCarthy (eve)

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

        A

    20. pundit of punts
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I’m all set.

      Ederson
      TAA - James - Kiko
      Mane - KDB(vc) - Mahrez - Martial - Fernandes
      Kane(c) - Greenwood

      Button - Connolly - Taylor - Reid

      Good luck all. 🙂

    21. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Kane or Son captain then?

      (Serious question)

      1. Nomar
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        I’ve capped Kane.

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

          Condolences

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

          Feel sorry for ya

      2. BIELSA
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Anyones guess mate, flip a coin. Personally id go kane

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

        Has to be Kane

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

        Gone for KDB with Bruno vice - Son and Kane in the team ... worried about travel and turnaround times

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Kane it is! Thanks all

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

      Repost, chat going fast.

      Chasing

      A Auba to Kane
      B Salah to Sterling / Mahrez
      C neither

      Thanks and good luck this week.

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

        B for free to Sterling

      2. BIELSA
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        A

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

          A one week punt

    23. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Captain Vardy or Fernandes

      1. sully29
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Fernandes.

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

          Thank you pal

    24. chelseabrad
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Pope (Martinez)
      TAA Doherty Saiss (Lascelles Chilwell)
      KDB Pulisic Bergwijn Bruno (ASM)
      Rashford Greenwood Jimi

      Good to save this week? 0.2 ITB.

      Or is it worth shipping out Chilwell/Bergwijn/Other?

    25. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Bench Jiminez, Pulisic or Mane

      1. sully29
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Jimi

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

        Mane if chasing, Pulisic if not

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

          I am chasing, interesting shout

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

        None if possible but Jimenez probably makes most sense

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

          Other forwards and Mids are Vardy, Greenwood, KDB, Fernandes and Martial

    26. QUEN
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Ooo interesting one

      Traore dcl to Foden and Giroud/Abraham

      Who starts giroud or abraham

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

        Giroud

      2. Jason M
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Got to be Giroud better form and Palace defence will be physical which suits Giroud not Tammy

    27. Best
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Aurier & Sterling OR Doherty & Mahrez ?

      Have KDB.

      First to three please gents.......

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

        B

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

          Who starts Alonso or James 🙂

          1. Jason M
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            James wasn't convincing enough for me against Watford so can see Alonso reinstated. Azpi back at RB

    28. timawflowers
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Which one
      A - sterling, kane and greenwood in for salah, Jimi and ings (8pt hit)
      B - mahrez and Kane in for salah and jimi (4pt hit)

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

        C- Hold

    29. orangepeel
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Captain Kane or KDB?

      Have TC available too just wondering if this is KDB's most nailed on starting fixture.

      Have FH too but thinking of leaving for last game as I'm chasing in my mini league with 10-15 points to make up.

      1. Pépé Pig
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        KdB

        1. Pépé Pig
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Worth a shout for TC yeah. Look at his scores after losses (pretty much all over 10)

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

        Never Kane, looks so unhappy under Jose

    30. Igzie08
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Alisson

      Azpi Digne Doherty

      KDB Bruno Foden Martial Willian

      Kane Vardy

      Pope Aurier Greenwood Taylor

      GTG???

      Am on wildcard, 0.6 itb.

      1. Igzie08
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        KdB (c), Kane (vc)

    31. More_Goals
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Nketiah to Deeney for a hit???

        1. Traction Engine Foot
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          No!