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. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 7 hours ago

    Guys any chance of kiko benching tonight?

    1. Jellyfish
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      I'm screwed if he is with Holgate and Lascelles on the bench

      1. Paul Psychic Octopus
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        I did Lascelles to Holgate earlier in the week!

  2. No Pirlo No Party
    • 10 Years
    28 days, 7 hours ago

    Afternoon All. Lost with what to do with this lot. 2FT available. Any ideas?

    DDG
    TAA - Doherty - Aurier
    Salah - KDB - Fernandes - Martial
    Jimenez - DCL - Nketiah

    Martinez - Saka - Boly - Holgate

    1. nico05
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      DDG & Nketiah - Pickford & greenwood.
      Captain KDB?

      1. Paul Psychic Octopus
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        Agreed get rid of DDG and get more Man U attack.

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Dcl - greenwood
      DDg - Ederson

    3. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Aurier over Boly is v interesting

      Clean sheet odds would strongly suggest starting Boly

      Bournemouth can’t defend but they can still score and spurs are terrible away.

      Thoughts?

      1. BrutalLogiC
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        go with the odds imo

  3. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 7 hours ago

    Salad + lunny + nketiah -> Foden + Aurier + Kane (-8) a good move?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        I wouldn't.

        Lundstram to someone pending how much cash you have.

      • COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        No

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        Three cracking differentials?

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

      Who to play?
      DCL - 343. Poor form but decent fixture
      Pulisic - 352. Form but Tricky fixture although Palace have conceded high % shots recently

      Thanks

      1. Only a Hazard of time
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        Pulisic - form over fixtures.

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

        Puli

    3. Nespinha
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      2FT - 0.6ITB

      Robbo, Holgate, Lascelles, Doherty, Ngakia

      Defense is a struggle this week, any suggestions? (I play 3 defenders)

      1. Bobby_Baggio
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        I am in similar position - tempted to not waste money and do Ngakia > Lamptey

        1. Nespinha
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          they play liverpool, I was thinking of just adding a watford defender and roll

          1. Bobby_Baggio
            • 9 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            yes to watford and get ngakia out

    4. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Help.

      A) Start Mount (cry)
      B) Start Saka (LEI)
      C) Sell Mount (-4) and get Son
      D) Other :/

      1. nico05
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        C

        1. Royal5
          • 8 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          Sick and tired of Mount. Defo considering this.

      2. Kuzser
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        Was in the same boat and didb't want to take a hit so went for Sarr.
        If I were you, I'd go C

    5. Only a Hazard of time
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Might sound crazy but Martial --> Mahrez (FT)?

      I ask only because I've got AWB, Martial and Bruno (and therefore can't get Greenwood) which is important because I currently have DCL and Ayew as strikers, so getting him seems important.

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

        I’d back city to score more than United but I’d like Martial going forward

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        No

      3. nico05
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        Tough one, if you are set on greenwood i think id lose AWB before Martial to make room

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

      Impossible bench conundrum. Tough this week with Foden likely starting. Thoughts?

      KBD, Foden, Mahrez, Martial, Bruno

      Vardy, Rash, Kane

      1. Bobby_Baggio
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        Foden

      2. FOO FIGHTER
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          Why do this to yourself?

          Triple City bound to get you at least one benching.

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

            I know. Planned to rotate Greenwood/Foden but chose to keep Rashford instead of getting Greenwood

        • g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          Foden

        • Only a Hazard of time
          • 7 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          Gut says Rashford purely because of form but then my head says Vardy. Vardy usually gets a goal against Arsenal too.

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

          Cheers all. Currently on Martial/Rash to bench . No right answer here

          1. FOO FIGHTER
              28 days, 7 hours ago

              I would bench Vardy. Least you will have a autosub if one of your City assets do not play. Martial and Rash will both play.

              Leicester are pants as well. Reckon Arsenal going to give them a hiding.

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

                cheers. I actually just brought Vardy in! Leicester seem motivated now every since Rodgers chewed them out at HT vs Everton

        • MartialMatas
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          Pogba to Martial?

          Alisson
          VVD Doherty Holgate
          KDB Fernandes Pogba mahrez foden
          Rashford Jimenez

          Martinez DCL Taylor Ritchie

          1ft £1.1m

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            Solid move

          2. SHOWSTOPPERRR
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            Yeah..

          3. Lumberjack
            • 5 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            Yep

        • g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          Any improvements with FT?

          A Save
          B Holgate > Garcia
          C Jimmy & Rash > Kane & Greenwood -4
          D Salah & Holgate > Mahrez & Mendy/VVD -4

          Pope,
          Trent, Aurier, Boly
          Salah, C KDB, Fernandes, Martial, Sarr
          Rashford, Vardy

          McCarthy, Jimmy, Taylor, Holgate#

          .2

          1. Major League Shocker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            A

          2. FOO FIGHTER
              28 days, 7 hours ago

              You do mot need your 3rd sub at this point.

          3. jdp219
            • 3 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            GTG? Bench order?

            Pope
            TAA, Doherty, Aurier
            Salah, KDB(c), Son, Pulisic, Bruno(v)
            Greenwood, Jimenez
            (Martin; Nketiah, Saiss, Holgate)

            1. Major League Shocker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              28 days, 7 hours ago

              Saiss first sub imo, Nketiah not guaranteed starter.

              1. jdp219
                • 3 Years
                28 days, 7 hours ago

                Much appreciated.

          4. The Yorkshire Pirlo
            • 4 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            Any help appreciated, thanks.

            Play one (already starting Jimenez and Doherty)

            A) Egan
            B) Saiss

            Captain one

            1) Son
            2) Kane
            3) KDB

            1. Lumberjack
              • 5 Years
              28 days, 7 hours ago

              B3

          5. IrishRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            Aurier seemed an obvious one for the Scout Picks imo. Why isn't he there? Rotation concerns?

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              28 days, 7 hours ago

              Don't want to look silly for tripling up Spurs? 😉

          6. Rodgers's CHARACTER
            • 5 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            A) Greenwood and Antonio
            B) Martial and Nketiah

            1. The Yorkshire Pirlo
              • 4 Years
              28 days, 7 hours ago

              A

          7. gmando2011
            • 8 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            Any news from the press conferences about Pulisic minutes?

            1. Holmes
              • 6 Years
              28 days, 7 hours ago

              Nope, just appreciation

          8. Jönny
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            How does this look for this week? Anything you'd change, with 0.0. in the bank, 1FT?

            Ederson (Martinez)
            TAA, Doherty, Saiss (Egan, Lascelles)
            KDB, Foden, Salah, Bruno (Norwood)
            Rashford, Jimenez, Deeney

            (I know Deeney is a bit random, last minute punt at the weekend – should have got Greenwood... but happy enough with Deeney vs. Norwich this week.)

            1. Lumberjack
              • 5 Years
              28 days, 7 hours ago

              Looks good to save.

          9. jorgenoj
            • 3 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            Guendouzi --> Foden (Bench DCL) or save FT?

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

          10. Lumberjack
            • 5 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            Two FT - any thoughts?

            A - DCL & Saka to Foden & Connolly (or similar fodder)
            B - DCL & Doherty to Ings & Garcia
            C - other

            Team is:

            Pope Martinez
            TAA Doherty Saiss Kiko Fernandez
            KDB Son Bruno Martial Saka
            Rashford Jiménez DCL

            Cheers

          11. DIMITRIS
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            Captain one
            1) KDB
            2) Mahrez
            3) Foden
            Should I chase points or play it safe with KDB ?

            1. AF90
              • 8 Years
              28 days, 7 hours ago

              Play it safe still 4 more GW's to take a risk

              1. DIMITRIS
                • 2 Years
                28 days, 7 hours ago

                Cheers

          12. The_FF_King
            • 7 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            Feel like I have to do Rashford for Greenwood. Don’t want to be that guy that postpones getting him in every gameweek

            (Can’t have both as already have Martial and Bruno)

            Anyone else thinking the same?

            1. Max City
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 7 hours ago

              I have Rash and Greenwood

            2. gmando2011
              • 8 Years
              28 days, 7 hours ago

              I did it this week

          13. fuzzymike
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            Pope or Lloris GKP for this week??

            1. Bobby_Baggio
              • 9 Years
              28 days, 7 hours ago

              pope

            2. linkafu
                28 days, 7 hours ago

                Pope

              • Major League Shocker
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                28 days, 7 hours ago

                Lloris, it's Bournemouth.

                1. Rinseboy
                  • 8 Years
                  28 days, 7 hours ago

                  exactly Pope.

            3. AF90
              • 8 Years
              28 days, 7 hours ago

              What move to make to get Bruno...?

              A) Salah & AWB -> Bruno & Azpi
              B) Salah & Rashford -> Bruno & Kane

              1. Rodgers's CHARACTER
                • 5 Years
                28 days, 7 hours ago

                A

              2. linkafu
                  28 days, 7 hours ago

                  You don't want to loose Salah

                  1. AF90
                    • 8 Years
                    28 days, 7 hours ago

                    Feel like Bruno is more important right now & rest of midfield is KDB, Foden, Martial, Pulisic

              3. linkafu
                  28 days, 7 hours ago

                  Sterling captain looks super good no?

                  1. Bobby_Baggio
                    • 9 Years
                    28 days, 7 hours ago

                    im on KDB

                  2. TheDragon
                    • 2 Years
                    28 days, 7 hours ago

                    Pep took him off in rage at 60 odd minutes last game....

                    Might be good though

                  3. Yozzer
                    • 2 Years
                    28 days, 7 hours ago

                    Will he start though?

                  4. Holmes
                    • 6 Years
                    28 days, 7 hours ago

                    I'm not even sure of Kevin, let alone Sterling 😀

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

                    yea think he'll play up front. jesus will be benched

                • Football Heaven
                  • 3 Years
                  28 days, 7 hours ago

                  What do you think of:
                  mane > sterling/mahrez, and if so which one? Thanks 🙂

                • Thomas M.
                  • 4 Years
                  28 days, 7 hours ago

                  Play Aurier or Jimmy?

                  Salah to:
                  A. Foden
                  B. Sterling
                  C. Hold. Would be a triple up.

                  Jimmy for a -4 to
                  1. Kane
                  2. Vardy
                  3. Hold

                  1. nico05
                    • 2 Years
                    28 days, 7 hours ago

                    C 1 for me

                  2. frogman
                    • 5 Years
                    28 days, 7 hours ago

                    B 2 for me

                • Lucas8406
                    28 days, 7 hours ago

                    Best transfer?
                    A) Guendouzi and Rashford to Martial and Greenwood play 352 DCL on the bench
                    B) DCL and Rashford to Kane and Greenwood

                  • Nightcrawler
                    • 1 Year
                    28 days, 7 hours ago

                    Bench one plz

                    DCL
                    Martial
                    Bruno
                    Nkeitah

                    1. Max City
                      • 3 Years
                      28 days, 7 hours ago

                      DCL

                    2. linkafu
                        28 days, 7 hours ago

                        Nkietah easy

                    3. Max City
                      • 3 Years
                      28 days, 7 hours ago

                      If you had only KDB as your MCI player and 2.0m itb, what would you do:

                      A) Salah >> Sterling/Mahrez
                      B) Duda >> Foden
                      C) Targett >> Laporte/Mendy

                      1. Team Cruel
                        • 4 Years
                        28 days, 7 hours ago

                        B no brainer

                      2. waltzingmatildas
                        • 9 Years
                        28 days, 7 hours ago

                        B

                    4. sneif4
                      • 7 Years
                      28 days, 7 hours ago

                      Worth Doherty to Aurier? I already have Boly

                      1. Lumberjack
                        • 5 Years
                        28 days, 7 hours ago

                        Not for me

                    5. Aikon123
                      • 5 Years
                      28 days, 7 hours ago

                      Evening all, any thoughts on what to do with this team? 2FT £0 ITB

                      Pope

                      TAA - Doherty - Saiss

                      Salah - KDB - Martial - Fernandes

                      Rashford - Jiminez - Ings

                      McCarthy, Lascelles, Saka, Cathcart