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.

Because the use of Fantasy Football Scout data is used so heavily in this process, the captain we choose each Gameweek is usually known only to those who have signed up to Membership for the 2019/20 season and revealed to the public only when the deadline has passed.

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3,147 Comments Post a Comment
  1. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Got KDB and Foden.

    Salah to Sterling or Mahrez?

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Can’t see Sterling and Mahrez starting

      1. DMP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        I can. booth rested at 60 mins. Cant see other logic.

        1. Flaming Flamingo
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          I wouldn't call it a rest when they come off with the team losing.

          1. DMP
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Exactly. Even with the team loosing, Pep rested them. If he had to win, surely we wont sub Sterling and Mahrez.

        2. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          At 59' actually! So who you got?

        3. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          the were pulled off ... 60 one week, bench and 30 the next

      2. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Which is the better transfer for the rest of the season?

        1. DMP
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          KDB, Sterling and Mahrez here.

          In your case, pherhapps Sterling. Looks sharp after the break.

          1. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            OK thanks! Wish I could get them all, but I don't have funds.

        2. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          i think you have to chop a s change City mids

          1. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Roll of the dice then!

            1. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              i took Mahrez out for Foden, if Sterling or Mahrez are benched this week I will bring one in next week ... rinse and repeat

              1. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Ah, OK thanks. I think I'll just assess in the next two games and decide whether I'll jump ship.

            2. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Flipped a coin. Landed on Mahrez. Let's go!

  2. Conor1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Matt Doherty or Saka?

    1. Patron
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 24 days ago

      lol, Doc

      1. Conor1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Yeah probably will go that way. Just got burned at the weekend with Saka and 10 points on the bench.

  3. Miniboss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Captain?

    A) KdB
    B) Bruno

    1. Conor1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      A

    2. Hadebayor Mum
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 24 days ago

      A

    3. Disco Stu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Whichever one I don't, and right now, I'm on Bruno

  4. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    TAA EXPECTED TO BE BENCHED FOR WILLIAMS

    1. Cookie Kid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      WHO SAID THIS

      1. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Comment below...

    2. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 24 days ago

      HOW DO YOU KNOW MAN

    3. chelseabrad
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Expected by who?

    4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      ??

    5. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      I'll take some sauce on that please.

    6. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      WHY ARE WE SHOUTING?

    7. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      SAUCE?

    8. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 24 days ago

      TELL ME

    9. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      BAN

      1. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Oh no poor boy

    10. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Thisisanfield.com guys... This is the answer where I read it

      1. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        thats a predicted lineup, if its not Klopp predicting its not gonna be accurate, just guess work

        1. Tempestic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Its very possible but this isnt new news, we know Neco might start a game but done like this it very much looks like scare mongering b4 deadline

    11. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      CHICKEN NUGGIES

    12. Sid1891
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Good

    13. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Potentially yeh but source or ban

      1. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Read above comment

    14. Tinkermania
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Thought Robbo is the one who needs a rest after last time. He was awful!

      1. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        agreed but idk about Neco's first game starting in the prem playing him out of position

    15. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      it’s very possible

    16. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      NICE!! HOPEFULLY SALAH IS BENCHED TOO

    17. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      would be great

      1. Cookie Kid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        LOUD NOISES

  5. jason_ni
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Wish I had my all out attack chip this GW!

    Salah - Son - Pulisic - Foden - Bruno F
    Kane - Rsahford - Greenwood

  6. The Head-Ake
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Button - Patricio
    Soy - TAA - Saiss - Lascelles - Hanley#
    Salah - Pulisic - KDB - Gilmour - Son
    Auba - Greenwood - Jim

    1FT and 0.2 ITB. I have no clue what to do with my WC + all 3 chips and when to use them and for what. Currently chasing in ML. Appreciate any suggestions.

    Rather urgent. Would appreciate any help.

    1. chelseabrad
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Too late to use WC this week now. Team looks alright maybe Soy > Aurier/Azpi/Digne

      1. The Head-Ake
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Is it worth saving transfer?

        1. chelseabrad
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Don't see LEI keeping a CS vs Arsenal tbh and unless you want to bench him you may aswell ship now

  7. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Any leaked team news?

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Giroud starts according to sources on football london

      1. seanie3
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Not surprising tammy has been crud since restart

      2. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Pundits' opinions

  8. chelseabrad
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Bench order right?

    Martinez
    TAA Doherty Aurier
    KDB Bruno Pulisic Foden
    Rashford Greenwood Jimmy

    (Pope Saiss Bergwijn Lascelles)

    1. Hadebayor Mum
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Yes

  9. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    In order to maximise my pain: Now is the time I switch the armband from KdB to Kane, right?

    1. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Leave it 5 minutes.

    2. ⓙⓚⓙⓚ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      right at the deadline so that you dont know whether it went through or not

  10. 50mildownthedraintonymartia…
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    guys which 2 out of these would you start? Thanks
    a. gomez
    b. kiko
    c. christensen
    d. garcia

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      ac

      1. 50mildownthedraintonymartia…
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        thanks, sorry i need to start 3, so to rephrase which one would you bench?

        1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Probably Garcia. These tight schedules tend to sort out any benching headaches automatically.

    2. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      b

      1. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        this is to bench btw, i'm benching him also

  11. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Going without Spurs attack, hope they blank

  12. OptimusBlack
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Last Min Question if u have TAA
    would u get
    A- VVD
    B- Doherty
    C- Azbi
    PS: FH team

    1. zotter
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      why whats the story with TAA??

  13. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Any SCENES hanging about yet?

  14. Right In The Stanchion
      3 months, 24 days ago

      First to 5

      Kane or KDB captain? Am chasing a big score.

      Both on penalties. Help lads

      1. zotter
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        KDB

      2. ZTF
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Kdb definitely

      3. Sid1891
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        If chasing Kane lm afraid

      4. Teror
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        KdB. having Kane is enough of a diffo

    • Dont give a fuchs
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Start pope or henderson?

      1. chelseabrad
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Pope

    • zotter
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      a. Any news on Chelsea?
      b. Start DCL or Jiminez?
      c. Sell Salah for Sterling?
      d. Sell Pulisic for Foden?

    • Kane Lane
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Pick one to start

      A) Jimz
      B) Femenia
      C) Doherty

      Already got Foster in goal.

      1. chelseabrad
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        A or C

      2. Teror
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Doh

    • Reinhold
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      A) Son and Rashford
      B) Martial and Kane

      Final WC tuning guys!

      1. Sid1891
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        B

      2. chelseabrad
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        A

    • DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Any word on Watford line up?

    • The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Just took a -8. Lol.
      Maguire,DCL,Jimenez >> Azpilicueta,Vardy,Greenwood.

      Jimenez > Vardy probably could have waited another week but decided to jump early due to tightness of funds.

      1. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Gg

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Nice, Party time

    • Paddy Gooner
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      I need to Bench 2 from the following:

      A Taylor
      B DCL
      C Rice

      1. Sancidino
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Play DCL

    • Sancidino
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Just did Justin and Holgate for Cresswell(punt) and Garcia for a hit. Now bench boosting this:

      Martinez Lamptey Jimmy Cresswell

      1. Flaming Flamingo
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Good luck!

        1. Sancidino
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Cheers mate, you too

    • Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Harry Kane has 1 MORE POINT than Ayew.

      Let that sink in.

      11m Kane
      5.2m Ayew

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Massive fraud

      2. Pipermaru
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Also, Newcastle has more points away from home than Spurs 😉

    • Teriyaki 69
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Is Mane + SAKA to Sterling + foden for -4 a good move. Will bench Ings for foden.

    • ididnt
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      start two of:

      A. Doherty
      B. Jiminez
      C: DCL

      1. Sid1891
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        AB

      2. Flaming Flamingo
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Surely there's someone else you could bench instead?

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Holgate to Garcia

      Play Aurier, Trent, Garcia.

      Bench Boly/Taylor

    • King Mo
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      I see the kids have arrived for their trolling 🙂

    • TimoTime
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 24 days ago

      DCL > Giroud for -4?

      1. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Lol

    • Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 24 days ago

      DCL ➡️ Giroud-4?

    • Lucas8406
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Which one to play
      A) Taylor (WHU) (Have Pope)
      B) Femenia (NOR)

      1. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        B

      2. ididnt
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        kiko