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. lewis1290
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Pulisic or willian ?

    1. BrutalLogiC
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Think I'm going to go with Will

      1. BrutalLogiC
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        as below - purely based on ownership

    2. funnyoldgame
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      coin toss I think. I would pick Willian if you want a slight differential

    3. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Willian

    4. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      I got Willian last week, obviously had a good score but to be honest Pul looked far more dangerous

      Pulisic

      1. The Dance
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Both looked as dangerous

    5. DARE TO BISCAN
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      W

    6. james 101
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Both

    7. Noregretz
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Willian has the better of points in the last 6 game weeks

  2. funnyoldgame
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    is St Max to Foden for -4 worth it?

    1. mixology
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      st max is out, no? Fixtures seem to turn for newcastle as well. I'd do it personally unless you have another decent attacker on bench

      1. funnyoldgame
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Have Jimi

        Was trying to counter my rivals move as I'm sure he will bring in Foden

    2. Stupendous
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Long term probably yes if you play him every week.

      Today for -4 who knows. Might immediately pay off with a brace!

    3. BrutalLogiC
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      for me the frustration of him not playing outweighs than the joy of his haul

      1. funnyoldgame
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        the frustration of missing a haul is more worrying to me 🙂

  3. Stupendous
    • 7 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Doherty to Azpi for free?

    Have Patricio already

    1. funnyoldgame
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      I would play Doherty this week.

    2. reeceon
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      why rid of doherty? keep

    3. Stupendous
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      K

    4. Tcheco
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Wolves defensive double up looks good this week

    5. JoeSoap
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Probably wouldn't.

    6. DARE TO BISCAN
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Nah. Try for both next GW?

    7. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      interesting amount of support for double up. i'm actually benching to play Kiko (also have Patricio). Not sure on Chelsea defence. Aurier probably better shout

  4. JoeSoap
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    A. Rash/Guen>Green/Foden
    B. Rash/DCL>Green/Kane
    C. Salah/Guen>Son/Foden
    D. Salah/Guen/DCL>Antonio/Foden/kane (-4)

    Patricio
    TAA Saiss Holgate
    KDB Fernandes Martial Salah
    Rash DCL Jimenez
    Button Taylor Lacelles Guend

  5. Max City
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Salah to Sterling, anyone?

    1. reeceon
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      2FT to burn yes otherwise hold

      1. Max City
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        apparently 2FT is not a luxury I have

    2. PompeyUpNorth!
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Yes n captain him

  6. FPLShaqiri
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Save the FT? Tempted to do Salah -> Foden and then Nketiah to Vardy next week (would leave me benching Foden/Greenwood in future). Saving FT would give flexibility to get Vardy other ways next week.

    Pope
    TAA - Doherty - VVD
    Salah - Kdb - Fernandes - Pulisic - Martial
    Greenwood - Jimenez

    Martin - Holgate - Taylor - Nketiah , £1.5ITB

  7. reeceon
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    DDG & DCL > Patricio & Greenwood? (bench Jimi)

    Frees up funds for Jimi> vardy next week....

  8. yasmara
    • 9 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Feeling Good... Lacazette....

    1. Sgt. Schultz
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      elaborate

  9. ididnt
    • 8 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Salah > Kdb
    SMA > Soucek
    Jimi > Kane

    for -8

    Yay or Nay?

    1. reeceon
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      can you not just do salah>KDB for free?

      1. Max City
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Yes he certainly can

        1. ididnt
          • 8 Years
          28 days, 20 hours ago

          I mean, I could - but that wouldn't be nearly as exciting

  10. james 101
    • 8 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    What’s the conclusive argument for greenwood over rash?

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Goals

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Keep whoever you have, Greenwood if you dont have either

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        This

    3. grumpyman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      There isn't one.

    4. BrutalLogiC
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Cash saving

    5. mixology
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      rash owner here. more involved. like having him and not worrying about whether bruno or rash is taking the pen/fk. That being said greenwood is much better value, is getting better returns, and you can use that money elsewhere to make legitimate upgrades to your eleven. can greenwood keep up the returns? (seems to be overachieving)

    6. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Rash will outscore Greenwood over the season but the huge price difference and what you can do with the cash makes Greenwood the pick

    7. DARE TO BISCAN
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      There isn't one. Both have their own merits.

    8. james 101
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      If rash scores 2 and G blanks in the next game, will this change everyone’s mind?

    9. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      I want a bench fodder, thats why Greenwood.

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 19 hours ago

        you cant bench greenwood...

        1. Holmes
          • 6 Years
          28 days, 19 hours ago

          Its my team, isn't it? 😀

        2. grumpyman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 19 hours ago

          Agreed. You get a benching headache, but more squad flexibility. Last week benched KDB, this week I'll bench Jimenez. Greenwood in my first 11 every week now.

    10. matthewsimon22
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 19 hours ago

      I have Rash and want Greenwood but holding for this week... only swapping to free up cash

  11. GNev2
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Pope
    TAA Stevens Doherty
    KDB Mahrez Bruno Salah
    Greenwood Jiminez Rashford
    (Kiko, Lascalles, Cantwell)

    Do I do Cantwell > Foden and bench Jiminez?
    Also trip Capt KDB?

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      yeah i like that transfer

      and why the hell not.

  12. Nespinha
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    2FT - 0.6 ITB

    Robbo, Holgate, Doherty (Lascelles, Ngakia)

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

    1. PurpleMonster
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Is Holgate injuried?

      1. Nespinha
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        lascelles and holgate at 75%

        1. PurpleMonster
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 19 hours ago

          Perhaps A because you already have Doherty

  13. PurpleMonster
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Hi everyone.

    Play Pope (whu) or Henderson (WOL) ?

    1. Sgt. Schultz
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      I'd go Hendo

      1. PurpleMonster
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 19 hours ago

        Thank you!

  14. Shaw must go on
    • 7 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Quick question..bench jimenez or greenwood?? Thanks

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      jimenez, lower ceiling.

    2. tm370
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Jim

  15. Inter Family Special
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    A) TAA / Foden
    B) Egan / Fernandes -4

    1. tm370
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      A easily

  16. tm370
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Bottomed:

    This is my team
    Pope
    Trent, Maguire, Kiko,
    Salah, KDB, Pulisic, Saka, Fernandes
    Jiminez, Rashford,

    Martinez, Doherty, Nketiah, Justin

    I have two frees and 0.2 ITB and I'm thinking of one of three options.
    A Foden in for Saka and Justin for 4.0
    B) Maguire, Saka, Nketiah for Garcia, Foden, and Greenwood (-4)
    C) Maguire, Saka, and Rashford for VVD, Martial, and Greenwood (-4)

    I guess A is the most sensible?

    1. Inter Family Special
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      A with Lamptey?

      1. tm370
        • 6 Years
        28 days, 19 hours ago

        Thanks for the advice - this is my thinking at present.

  17. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Hi all would you change anything about this?
    1FT and 1.1ITB

    Martinez
    Kiko TAA Doherty
    Salah Bruno (c) KDB (vc) Pulisic
    Jimi Greenwood Rash

    Button Mahrez Robinson Lasc

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      wow benching Mahrez is a luxury. i'd start him over Jimenez.

      i'd save the FT.

      1. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 19 hours ago

        Thanks! Feel so sceptical about Peps rotation but you're probably correct just like the response below.

        Cheers man

    2. Jellyfish
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Nice, I would start Mahrez over Jimi though

      1. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 19 hours ago

        Thanks for the feedback! Same feedback above

  18. La Roja
    • 8 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    A) keep Jimmy
    B) sell for Kane -4

    1. WE GO FOR IT
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Worth if you're capping him imo

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        yeah only if you captain him

    2. TNB
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      I think Kane is due goal. I'm thinking of Kane for gw34 followed by swap for Vardy for gw35 - both playing Bournemouth

  19. WE GO FOR IT
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    RP

    Planning to do Salah + Traore to KdB + Foden for a hit.

    Is it worth it? I have Mahrez already. I'd have a benching headache if I did this though. Would have to bench one of the following:
    A. Greenwood
    B. Jimenez
    C. Pulisic
    D. Mahrez (since he is a risk to start)

    Or do I just do Salah to KdB for free and bench Traore?

    1. Pépé Pig
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Salah -> KdB is safest. Noone knows who's going to start for City (other than KdB) so it's probs an unnecessary risk to take a hit

      1. WE GO FOR IT
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 19 hours ago

        Cheers! 🙂

  20. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Captain Fernandes or KDB?

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      KDB for me.

    2. funnyoldgame
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 19 hours ago

      read the article

  21. cutch
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Repost with an extra option:

    A) Saka + Jiménez
    B) Sell Cantwell and Jiménez and get Fernandes and Greenwood (-8) (Saka would drop to the bench)
    C) Same as B, but waiting one GW (so only -4)

  22. FOO FIGHTER
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Want to get Dunk in after City. 36 to 38 look good for hauls from him.

  23. Mac90
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Posts got lost

    Guys help me out with keepers here.
    I want to transfer out McCarthy (Southampton) but for whom?

    Initially I wanted Ederson but seeing the watchlist maybe Pope / Patricio? Rivals have Pope

    Tempted to transfer Cantwell --> Foden too, but I have a good set of 11 players I'm confident of earning pts, but scared that TAA / VanDijk / Salah might get rested. Other players that I have that might get rested, maybe Aurier or DCL

    1. Sgt. Schultz
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      DDG?

  24. TNB
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Transfer IN --> pulisic, kane and michael antonio Transfer OUT--> Salah, Jimenez and Gendouzi (-4)

    YES OR NO?

    1. POLSKA GOLA
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      I’d do it

    2. Jellyfish
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      not for me

    3. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Who would you play over Goendozi?

      1. TNB
        28 days, 19 hours ago

        Pope
        Def- Aurier-Saiss-Kiko
        MID- pulisic - KDB- martial- B fernandes - antonio
        FW Rashford and Kane

        Bench: Ings and 3 dead woods

  25. reeceon
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Play Pulisic or Jimi?

    1. Orion
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Has to be Pulisic

      1. POLSKA GOLA
        • 6 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        This

    2. Sgt. Schultz
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      American Hazard

  26. Orion
    • 9 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Jimmy to Kane worth a hit?

    1. POLSKA GOLA
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      I think it is

    2. Sgt. Schultz
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Do this and Captain.

  27. Tmel
    • 9 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Start Jimenez (shu) or Greenwood (avl)?

    1. Orion
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Greenwood... On form

    2. POLSKA GOLA
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Greenwood

  28. Riedle Me This, Riedle Me T…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    Hey guys, exit Mount for either Pulisic or Willian this GW for a -4?

    1. POLSKA GOLA
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Can you not bench him? Who is your 8th attacker?

      1. Riedle Me This, Riedle Me T…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 20 hours ago

        Moutinho

  29. El_Gigante
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    What is a good week to play FH (other than GW38+) ?

    1. POLSKA GOLA
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Depends on your team really

      1. El_Gigante
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 19 hours ago

        I guess with no Chelsea and Everton coverage at the moment, it’s probably GW36+. The Manchester clubs have pretty good games that GW too though (have three from both). Looks like GW38+ is the best week after all

  30. H-SF
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 20 hours ago

    What do with Auba, fancy him tonight but he's a cash cow and downgrading him gives me several options, particularly for getting City in.

    1. POLSKA GOLA
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 20 hours ago

      Why not move him to Kane?

    2. Sgt. Schultz
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 19 hours ago

      Bloody Auba! I'm in the same boat. But considering going Kane on FT. Not sure yet!