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.

This skipper is chosen using the conclusions of the latest Captain Sensible article and a four-way vote between David, Neale, Paul and Geoff.

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3,147 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Pick one for (C) please:

    A)Mahrez
    B)Bruno
    C)Rash

    1. Flynniesta
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Probably B

    2. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      B

    3. dylano21
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Bruno

    4. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      A

    5. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      B

    6. wanVwan
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      B

  2. Flynniesta
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Hi guys, thoughts on who to start out of the following please
    A)Femenia Watford home to Norwich
    Or
    B)Jiménez Wolves away time Sheff U
    Wouldn’t think twice but for their respective opponents

    1. Crunchie
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      B

    2. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      B but then again I'm starting both.

  3. Invincibles
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Bench one:

    KDB
    Foden
    Bruno
    Son
    Mahrez
    Vardy
    Greenwood
    Kane

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Damnnn thaz hard ._. Kane?

      1. Invincibles
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        brought kane in as a diff.. debating greenwood as I think everyone has him this week

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Maybe mahrez doesn't start?

    2. Balls of Steel
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Foden

    3. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Greenwood

      1. Invincibles
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        thinking this, Ive had him last two weeks when no one else did, reckon hes in 85% active teams this week.

    4. Flynniesta
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Very tough. Vardy for me

    5. Hart-ake
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Greenwood. So tough though.

    6. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Vardy

    7. skeeb14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Vardnaark

    8. Andy Ftw
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      GW

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I benched Vardy last GW. Bit me in the bum. Benching him again!

    9. Tinkermania
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Kane out of those or Mahrez as I am not sure he starts.

      • Firminoooo
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        No players tonight. Hmm

    10. michaelington
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Do you think VVD is immune from rotation?

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        is that the new Covid ?

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        yes

      3. WE GO FOR IT
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        He'll be the last to be rotated imo. But I don't think he's immune per se.

      4. Conor1
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I think so. Matip injured, Lovren still injured and not playing well. Young lads too inexperienced in that position. Unless Fabinho was to drop back beside Gomez but I don’t see it happening.

      5. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        No

      6. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Yup. And Gomez. no fit cover.

    11. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I miss suarez

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Such an easy captain pick

      2. OptimusBlack
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        And
        RVP

      3. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I miss Michu and Guy Demel.

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

          I miss Ronaldoooooooooo

    12. corderz
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Mad to be considering Son for captain?

      1. QUEN
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        He has my arm band

        Got some chasing to do in my league

      2. poulteren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        spurs are just so bad at mo

      3. Balls of Steel
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Looked the best of spurs attack v Everton, early benching so good shout

    13. Conor1
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Aubamayang to Harry Kane (-4 points) Kane would be a potential captain, KBD otherwise. Good move?

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I don’t think so

        1. Conor1
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Ok. Cheers. Probably going to stick with my team, just keep recalling the glory days of old when Kane basically won me a load of mini leagues and I will definitely bring him in before the end of the season.

    14. Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Who is gonna win Golden Boot and how many goals will they win it with?

      1. WE GO FOR IT
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Vardy has it locked imo. Might reach 25.

      2. Hotstepper
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Vardy 25

    15. Jinswick
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Digne, Mendy, Aurier or Dawson?

      1. La Roja
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Mendy

      2. Balls of Steel
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Aurier

      3. Conor1
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Dawson not a bad bet. Great chance of a clean sheet and very good at set piece attacks.

      4. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Aurier

    16. Sterling Frenzy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Mane & DCL > Martial & Kane (-4) ?

      1. poulteren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        no

      2. The Hoff
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        No - just do Mane-> Martial or wait a week. what would you do in my position (see below)?

      3. WE GO FOR IT
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I'd do it. If there's any week Kane's going to haul, it's this week.

      4. Deeney-is-a-god
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        why

        1. Deeney-is-a-god
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          martial is a sensible pick, but kane for a hit? 9th most transfered out...
          I have Kane and will keep him, but would not transfer in. Def. not for a hit

    17. The Hoff
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Would be very grateful for your thoughts on this…

      Which one should I bench?
      1. Saka (LEI)
      2. Foden (NEW)
      3. DCL (SOU)
      4. Jimenez (shu)

      Which one should I bench?
      A. Maquire (av)
      B. Kiko Femenia (NOR)

      Finally which goalie should I bench?
      X. Foster (NOR)
      Z. Martinez (LEI) (despite worse fixture Arsenal have kept a lot of clean sheets…)

      Thanks!
      (bottomed)

      1. mynameisq
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        1
        B
        Z

      2. Sterling Frenzy
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Ta. I'd do

        3AZ

      3. WE GO FOR IT
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        1
        B
        Z

      4. Dee Lixon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        1:1
        B
        Z

      5. CC22
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        1BZ

      6. Flynniesta
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Bench DCL, Fem & Martinez

      7. DAVESAVES
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        1BZ

      8. Pedersen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        1 B Z

    18. Pedersen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Jimenez to Kane for free and benching Ings or play Ings?

      1. mynameisq
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Play Ings

      2. The Hoff
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Only if you tehn (C) Kane.

        what would you do in my position (above)?

    19. CC22
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Are either of these worth a -4:
      a) Salah to Son
      b) ASM to Foden

      The second one would mean benching Jiminez to start Foden.

      1. mynameisq
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Not worth it for me

        1. CC22
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Think you’re probably right, in terms of the Salah one, I’m weary of no Spurs against a leaky Bournemouth!

      2. The Hoff
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Definitely not for a -4 (esp you won't captain Son or Foden I suspect). What would you do in my position (Above0?

    20. chelseabrad
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

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

      A) Chilwell > Aurier
      B) Chilwell & ASM > Aurier & Foden
      C) Other?

      1ft 0.2itb

    21. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Firmino captain let's go

      1. Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Go where? 😀

        1. mynameisq
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          To get some points!

      2. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Prefer a captain who assists and scores goals for himself. Maybe that's just me.

        1. mynameisq
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Just a gut feeling, he's certainly not incapable of hauling

    22. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Rashford will outscore Bruno this gw

      1. QUEN
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        That’s why I’m not selling

        Waiting for his hauk

        1. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Same here, next week Rashford to Vardy

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

        Hope so matey

      3. Balls of Steel
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Agreed

      4. BNMC
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Generally when I upvote comments they end up happening, so fingers crossed...

        • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          That's what they said last week too.

      5. Nightf0x
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Martinez
        Sais taa kiko (lascels taylor)
        Kdb mane puli son bruno
        Green rash (jimi)

        Which ?
        A) martinez to 6.6 gk
        B) puli to antonio/mahrez/foden (next gw son to 1 of them)
        C) roll FT

      6. wildnothing
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Patricio Martinez
        Doherty TAA Maguire Ritchie Aurier
        Pulisic Fernandes Son Willian Saka
        Kane Rashford Jimenez

        2.0 itb 1 ft.

        Rashford and Saka to Greenwood and KDB (c) for a hit or just Son to KDB (c)? Don't want to get rid of Son before Bournemouth but I can't be without KDB tonight right?

      7. Big Ping
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Didn't realise Jimmy's mrs was due...Worth playing Traore over Jimmy then?

        1. Rinseboy
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          ha she been due for about a month now

        2. Jellyfish
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          doubt she'll drop in the next few hours mate so you should be ok this week

        3. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Naa just play him. He won't be in squad if he having a baby

        4. Big Ping
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Thanks all

      8. cescpistols111
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Play Kabasele or Garcia this week?

      9. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        any of these worth it I feel like it is?.

        Jimenez ➡️ Ings -4?
        DCL ➡️ Deeney -4 ( would mean benching Jimenez)

        1. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          No way

      10. jorgenoj
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 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.

      11. SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Mane to son for free?

        1. Sterling Frenzy
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          I would

      12. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Why the hell did I transfer Greenwood in, now I have a benching headache. Who would you play out of Jimenez, DCL and Greenwood?Somehow I doesn't feel confident on playing neither of them...

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Play greenwood. Definitely bench DCL. Do what u want with Jimmy

        2. teneighty
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Not DCL if that makes it easier.

        3. Flaming Flamingo
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          I'd play DCL personally

      13. jorgenoj
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 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 and tjen Jimenez - > Vardy Next week

      14. Athletic Nasherbo
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Which one?

        A) DCL

        B) Cantwell > Foden -4

      15. jaywills
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Evening all, struggling on a decision.

        A) Rashford to Greenwood, Saka to Foden (-4)
        B) Rashford to Greenwood, Saka to Mahrez (-4)
        E) No transfers!

        Thanks!

      16. Nuno
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Remove Lascelles or Holgate?

        1. jaywills
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Lascelles

      17. Sun Jihai
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        GW34+ clean sheet odds %

        MCY: 60%
        MUN: 49%
        CHE: 47%
        WOL: 43%
        WAT: 42%
        LIV: 41%
        TOT: 38%
        WHU: 37%
        EVE: 34%
        SHU: 29%
        ARS: 28%
        BUR: 25%
        LEI: 24%
        SOU: 22%
        NOR: 19%
        CPL: 16%
        BOU: 16%
        BRI: 15%
        AVL: 12%
        NEW: 7%

        Not much in it for Pope vs. Martinez GK pickers

        1. Fit_to_drop
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Helpful - thank you

        2. Fit_to_drop
            1 month, 8 days ago

            This is my team with 2 Free Transfers and .4ITB

            Im chasing a 50 pt lead

            Patricio,
            TAA, Holgate, Doherty,
            Salah, KDB, Bruno, Martial, Saka
            Jiminez, Rashford,

            Button, DCL, Lascelles, Robinson

            I literally don't know what 2 moves to make!

            1. John Nerdelbaum
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Foden in?
              I'd swap Robinson for Lascelles on your bench