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

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3,147 Comments Post a Comment
  1. flipmode_1
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Afternoon all!
    Anything to change for this week or g2g?
    1FT 0.5ITB

    Pope
    AWB TAA Doherty
    KDB(c) Bruno Mane Mount Foden
    Jimi Greenwood
    (Henderson, Saiss, Ings, Lacelles)

    Thanks

    1. SpiritRising
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Would probably play Ings over mount Everton not looking great and saints are in form.

    2. flipmode_1
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Cheers

  2. Lord Flashheart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    salah to son or to sterling for free? yes or no and if yes who?

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 16 days ago

      No

      1. Gentle_Turks
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Why no? what's your thinking?

    2. Gentle_Turks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Am considering Salah to Sterling. Have doubts about Spurs form plus also aren't Bournemouth able to reinforce the defence now with some injury hit players back?

      1. Max City
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        agree

    3. Max City
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I wish I could do Salah >> Sterling

      1. Gentle_Turks
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Why can't do it? Don't own Salah?

    4. slamdunk
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I'm the same but with mane to either Foden or sterling.God knows.

      1. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        I'm considering same, but you could absolutely believe that Mane will score and Sterling/Foden will be benched

  3. Gentle_Turks
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Was set on Auba to Kane this week but now have doubts about Spurs. So -

    A. Salah to Sterling (have KDB but no other Man City)
    B. Auba to Kane

    Either transfer would be for free. Appreciate your help.

    1. Max City
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      finger crossed, I would do A

      1. Gentle_Turks
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Reckon Sterling starts?

    2. Sgt. Schultz
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      What have you decided. Auba is a real pain. Transfer and he scores!

      1. Gentle_Turks
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Can't decide. Auba at home, fighting Vardy for the golden boot...
        But I only have KDB for City at home against Newcastle. What would you do?

  4. Champions united
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Stevens >aurier/tark/Mendy
    Or save ft and play soy

    TAA awb soy saiss stevens
    Son kdb salah bruno,cantwell
    Jimmy rash,colly

    1. wijohnson85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      United vs wolves got 0-0 written all over it?

  5. eamonhegg
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    HELP!! Bench 1 of these players

    A - Mane
    B - KDB
    C - Foden
    D - Jimi
    E - Vardy
    F - Greenwood
    G - Son
    H - Fernandes

    1. wijohnson85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Maybe vardy given arsenal defense has been decent?

      1. eamonhegg
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Once vardy gets goings he usually keeps going

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Correct

        2. wijohnson85
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Who else do you drop then? Foden on fire as is greenwood. Maybe greenwood then, tough Brighton defense and he (surely) can’t keep having a 100% hit rate with shots and assists

    2. JJO
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      C or F
      Your choice

      1. eamonhegg
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        500k people bringing them in and you would bench them?

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      D

      1. eamonhegg
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Yeah to me its looking the best option

  6. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Budget team with a team value of less than 101. Need some luck but ready

    Martinez

    TAA Saiss Aurier

    Son Salah Bruno Martial KDB

    Greenwood DCL

    1. Jellyfish
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Looks decent

  7. JJO
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Bench 1:
    Doherty
    Taa
    Aurier
    Kiko

    1. DARE TO BISCAN
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      K

    2. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Aurier

    3. JJO
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Those are the two i cant decide from

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Bench aurier trust me. Bookmark this if u want

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Im onyk starting him becuz i have lacelles as 4th def

        2. JJO
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Hhaha thanks my man

  8. wijohnson85
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Thinking Salah to KDB this gw.

    Start Jiménez or Jonny from wolves?

    1. JJO
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Both tough choices

    2. super zlatan
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      has to be Jimi with pens and his consistent scoring

      Salah to KDB makes sense on paper, though the way this season is going it wouldn't surprise me to see a salah hattie and a KDB 2 pointer!

    3. AD2110
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Jimi

  9. Chip fat
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Cheers Cambodia, I'm now on all three, benching nketiah

  10. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Do we think Peps new boy Garcia plays ?
    Only young but keeping OTA/Stones etc out?

    1. Transferred Out
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Also considering Garcia. I think at 4.5 he is a sneaky way into the City defence and surely starts at least 50% of their remaining fixtures ?

  11. stu92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 16 days ago

    A) TAA, Saiss, Taylor (Holgate - Lascelles)
    B) TAA, Saiss, AWB (Taylor, Holgate)

    1) Jimi, Vardy, Greenwood
    2) Jimi, Vardy, Ings
    3) Jimi, Ings, Greenwood

  12. King Kun Ta
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Mahrez -> Foden for free? Not so sure about how many minutes Mahrez will get.....

    Martinez Ryan
    AWB C.Taylor Doh Holgate* Robinson
    Salah Mahrez KdB Pulisic Bruno
    Nketiah Jimi Rashford

    0.3 ITB 1 FT

    Ta for the feedback lads!

    1. super zlatan
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      would start Mahrez and roll the trade

  13. Legohair
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    De Gea
    TAA-Saiss-Holgate
    KDB-Son-Bruno-Saka
    Vardy-Rashford-Jimenez

    Martinez, Taylor, Lascelles, Guendouzi

    A. Guendouzi to Foden
    B. Lascelles to Aurier
    C. Vardy to Auba
    D. Vardy to Kane

  14. OptimusBlack
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    If you On FH would get all of
    Sterling Foden & KDB or just big two of them and whom ?

    1. super zlatan
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I would be tempted with a mid of

      Sterling. KDB. Son. Bruno. Martial

      if you can sqeeze them all in

      1. OptimusBlack
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Yes i can Dude .. Thank U
        What about those Defenders
        Azbi Doherty Dawson AWB
        Aurier
        Pick 3 to play or none of those to get .

        1. super zlatan
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Aurier, Doherty, Azpi and have two cheapies
          United still look a bit leaky for me

          1. OptimusBlack
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Cheers Mate

  15. Noregretz
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Rashford to Greenwood?

    I have jimi and DCL. I’ve got 3 United (AWB and Bruno). I’d prefer to get rid of DCL but no other Reasonable long term options within the budget of 9m.

    Could carry ft over

  16. Jellyfish
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    2.4 & 1FT

    DDG
    TAA Kiko Doherty
    Mane DDB Bruno Pulisic Foden
    Jimi Rash

    (DCL Holgate Lascelles)

    G2g or work needed?

  17. Snapes on a Plane
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Play Saiss and Doherty or bench one for Femina?

    1. Big Ronnie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I'm benching Saiss for Kiko

  18. Big Ronnie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Start Ings over Jimenez?

    1. super zlatan
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      toss up. I would start both personally

  19. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Any early team news or tasty tweets to be concerned about ?

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 16 days ago

      😀

  20. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Any news on Holgate??

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I got rid, Mina is back to fitness too.

  21. Lrf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Bench Jimenez, Pulisic or Foden?

    1. POLSKA GOLA
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Jimi

    2. John Nerdelbaum
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Jimi

  22. Stram Dunk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Captain KDB or Kane?

    1. POLSKA GOLA
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      If you’re chasing go for Kane, otherwise KDB

    2. Pellegrini Falcon
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Would captain Kane if I had him, I wouldn't be surprised if New keep it tight and concede only 1-2

      1. Stram Dunk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Cheers both.

  23. fplfansss
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    GTG?

    Pope
    TAA, Baldock, Saiss
    Salah, KDB, Bruno, Pulisic
    Ings, Jimenez, Rash

    Subs: McCarthy, Soy, Cantwell, Lascelles

  24. Pellegrini Falcon
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Patricio
    TAA Doc Maguire
    Kdb Foden Mahrez Salah Bruno
    Greenwood Raul

    Button Kiko DCL Lascelles

    Should I go Maguire to Azpi? Think Azpi is likely to score highly the next 3 and it opens up a spot for an extra united attacker.

  25. nadman89
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    need to choose 3 defenders who would you go with ?

    a) doherty (sheffield away)
    b) aurier (bou away)
    c) kabasele (norwich home )
    d) tarkowski (whu away )

    been a little indecisive

    1. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      bench d start the first 3

    2. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Bench d

  26. Rinseboy
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Save FT this week?
    Bench look correct?

    Pope
    TAA Aurier Maguire Doherty
    KDB Mahrez Salah Martial Bruno
    Jimi
    Martinez DCL Fernandez Nketiah

    1. nadman89
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      looks good to me would save too maybe put nketieh ahead of fernandez but doubt thatll even matter

  27. Bobby_Baggio
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Garcia worth getting in to alternate with holgate & lascelles?

    1. nadman89
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      prob is pep sometimes plays laporte 60 mins then takes him off

  28. John Nerdelbaum
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Play Henderson or McCarthy
    I have Doherty and Jimi but on Hendo atm

  29. boroie
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Start one:

    A - DCL
    B - Foden (Have Mahrez and KDB)

    1. Lumberjack
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      B

    2. John Nerdelbaum
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Foden

  30. Lumberjack
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Two FT - any thoughts?

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

    Cheers!