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Scoutcast Episode 343 – Are Liverpool and Arsenal players key to Gameweek 1?

FPL managers can tell when they are only a few days from the start of a new season because niggling doubts, worries and second thoughts about players start creeping in.

That’s certainly the case amongst the Scoutcasters Joe and Az, who this week are joined by Let’s Talk FPL’s Andy.

Manchester United fan Andy is even doubting the points potential of Red Devil’s midfield hero Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m).

Meanwhile, Az is looking to start the 2020/21 campaign with two bargain basement midfielders. And Joe has found himself with not one, but two £6.0m midfielders, much to Az’s derision.

In this lively season opener, the crew nearly come to blows over defensive strategy, with Liverpool and Arsenal assets taking centre stage in the discussion. There’s also some tough talking when they chat about midfield and attacking options.

The Blank Gameweek 1 for both Manchester clubs is also looked at, as the Scoutcasters consider the best strategy to cope with the absence of these teams, as well as the need to bring in their assets during September.

Fixtures over the next four Gameweeks are frisked and Joe takes his turn in the hot seat to pick a differential to help FPL managers take an early lead. Well, that’s the plan.

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  1. Think
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Hello therd

    1. Think
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Your suggestions please
      A) Doherty Egan Saiss
      B) Van dijk Egan Davies

      1. Soto Ayam
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        A

      2. Sandesh_
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        B

      3. Bam Saka Laca
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 1 month ago

        B

      4. Budweiser
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        There's no point in including Egan on comparisons like this

        1. Think
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Sorry for that too much confused, was going without pool defender but as deadline come closer want to include them.

      5. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Davies, Saiss bank the cash.

        1. Think
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Thanks for nice idea but team will be without any pool defender.

          1. Think
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Any suggestions on how to get pool defender in this team ?

            McCarthy
            Doherty Egan Saiss
            Salah Auba Son ASM
            Werner Inga Mitrovic
            (Nayland Stephens Mitchell Ferguson)

            1. Vertigo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 year, 1 month ago

              Ings to Adams.

              1. Weasel Boy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 year, 1 month ago

                This.
                Cool pic and name lol.

      6. Jimjam
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        B

  2. Cheeto__Bandito
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    A) Wilson, Son, Doherty
    Or
    B) Ings, Alli, Dier

    1. Fero1905
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

    2. Bam Saka Laca
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A for me

    3. Soto Ayam
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

    4. Manani
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      a

    5. Jimjam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

    6. Vertigo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

  3. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Lemina should start for Fulham shouldn't he?

    1. Fero1905
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Normally yes, but he has more injurytime than gametime

    2. F4L
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Probably won't be first choice straight away. Midfield 3 likely to be Reed and then 2 of Cairney/Onomah/Anguissa.

  4. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    What are people's thoughts on Wilson's chances of starting GW1. Likely?

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Difficult to say, he hasn’t played any pre season but a half fit Wilson might be better than joelinton or Andy carroll

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Likely.

    3. Demba Demba
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      More likely from the bench I think, or at least not the full match, Big Andy Carrol is fit and scored a few pre season

  5. SpagBol
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Hey guys,

    I think I am set and ready to go... what do you think?
    Cheers !!
    ____________________________________________
    McCarthy
    TAA Dier Vinagre Justin
    Salah Auba Alli ASM
    Werner Ings

    Steer | Mitrovic Bissouma Ferguson
    ____________________________________________

    PLAN:

    *GW2 --> Salah to Fernandes + Ings to Martial
    *GW3 --> Auba to KDB/Sterling

    1. socho
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Templhate

    2. Slouch87
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Same as many but safe.

  6. Soto Ayam
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Which pairing

    A)ings, soucek\noble +.5 itb for ings to martial gw2

    Or

    B) Che, Alli

    Thanks

    1. Bam Saka Laca
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

      1. Soto Ayam
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Interesting. Cheers

    2. QUEN
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B, hate the westham pick at start of the season with those fixtures.

      1. Soto Ayam
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Either players are great considering other options I'm the sub 5 mil mid category. West ham's problems are in defense more than attack. They'll be good for the few weeks. Nobles on pens and will start if soucek doesn't.

        1. Soto Ayam
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          And thanks

        2. QUEN
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Rather a 4.5 and use the .5 to get another defender in my starting.

          Heard lots of trouble/arguments at west ham atm and their fixtures are bad. Think Soucek is good option when fixtures turn and everyone’s calmed down at the club

    3. Jimjam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A for now

      1. Soto Ayam
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Yeah, for now

  7. ZakyJ
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    First Draft:

    Ramsdale
    TAA, Robbo, Vinagre, KWP
    Auba, Sala, ASM
    Werner, Mitrovic, Ings

    (Nyland, Mitchell, Biss, Lemina)
    1m itb

    Thoughts?

    1. dekikide
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      This is very similar to my team. The difference i made is Ings- Kane, and so I have Salah-Son and 1.5 ITB to go Son-> Bruno.
      I Also dont have Vinagre and GK, but that seems less important.
      I don't know.. I'm not feeling so comfortable with money ITB..

  8. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Scoutcast without Mark. Yawn. I thought they said he was back.

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I heard Mark is doing Beatbox with AZ.

      1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Mark looks like he would be more into indie music.

      2. Cok3y5murf
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        *Blackbox. Yeah, but Az was still on this too

        1. Az
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          I prefer Beatbox

    2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Is he the showman?

  9. Fero1905
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Mccarthy
    TAA Davies Buur
    Salah Auba Zaha ASM
    Werner DCL Ings

    Steer Bissouma, Mitchell, Ayling

    0.5 itb for Ings to Martial

    I am not sure about Zaha and DCL. I want to trist Zaha because he will play as a Forward i guess

  10. fplfansss
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    RMT pls

    McCarthy, Nyland
    Doherty, Vinagre, TAA, Taylor, Mitchell
    ASM, Salah, Stephens, Auba, Son
    Vardy, Adams, Mitro

  11. Strchld
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Any helps?

    McCarthy (Button)
    TAA - Davies - Coady - Egan (Taylor)
    Salah - Auba - Alli - ASM (Bissouma)
    Werner - Ings (4.5)

    Plan would be:

    GW2 Salah and Ings > Bruno and Martial for a hit -4
    GW3 Auba > Sterling or KdB
    GW4 Alli > Chelsea mid.

    How that looks? Dont like a hits but could see that Martial and Bruno will pay it back.
    Also could see both of them price rise before GW2.

    1. LC1
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Look like good moves to me!

      1. Strchld
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Thanks!

  12. Michelle Davin
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Squeeze me

  13. The Rumour Mill
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Great scoutcast, good to see Andy and Az pointing out Joe's hypocrisy! Joe very much on the back foot in this episode I thought lol

  14. Budweiser
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Lewis for 4.5m looks good but not sure he starts first game

  15. Neo-Viper
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Vinagre Digne Son Souchek Adams

    vs

    Dier Justin Alli Havertz Davis

    1. CROCosta
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A but dump Vinagre for another 4.5 (Justin?)

  16. Mahjongking
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Mccarthy
    Doherty taa egan
    Salah auba son saka asm
    Mitro werner

    Subs: nyland kwp justin davis

    Gtg?

  17. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    A) Ings ASM
    B) CWilson JRod
    C) Adams Havertz/Puli
    D) other

    cheers all x

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      are you still not finalized?

      1. Top Mark.S
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Oh hell no

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          sounds like most decisions on here is now just a lottery...just a matter of clicking on players and looking at shirts on teams changing and trying to match player combos.

          crazy.

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            ..ok?

            Any thoughts tina?

      2. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Mostly am - just those 2 slots plus the keeper are iffy. Didn't touch the team for a while as have been dealing with some stuff.

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Interesting, I thought C would garner most support

  18. Jimjam
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Anyone considering Podence over ASM?

    1. SpagBol
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Yeah possibly... fixtures from GW 3-7 look very very good

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Not from week 1 but may jump to him from ASM week 3.

  19. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Best 4.5 GK other than McC? Don't fancy the KWP double up

    1. Jimjam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Ryan

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Ryan, Johnstone slim pickings really

  20. asquishypotato
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    I’ve been tickling with these options to fill my squad:

    Kane and Pulisic
    Son and Werner

    I think b is more likely to start, but a could work long term? Both have their merits but can’t really decide between the two.

    1. Think
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Son & Werner

  21. Tinmen
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Which option folks?

    A) Armstrong and Wilson
    B) D.Jota and Adams

  22. SpagBol
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Will anyone be interested in Watkins if he comes in @ 6 mil?

    1. Top Mark.S
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Me

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Possibly

    3. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Not initially

    4. jeanrubeya
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Me

  23. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    I find building a team with Salah auba taa Werner and then planning utd players for gw2 with one move so difficult think I'm going all out gw1, possibly gw2 then wc.

    1. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Yeah, keep all options open

  24. davies
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    A) Doherty ASM

    B) Davies Wilson

    1. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

  25. Ziyech on the Bench
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Is wildcarding week 2 a terrible strategy?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Not at all.

    2. Top Mark.S
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Oh yes

    3. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Possibly, possibly not. If it feels right, do it.

    4. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Not necessarily but I wont do it. City Utd wont have played, transfer window still open for 3 weeks, too early to know what’s what in the other teams.

      So it’s actually possible I think it’s a terrible strategy.

    5. Vertigo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      It's your wildcard.

  26. Top Mark.S
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    100%

    1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      How much does Camzy love Havertz?

      1. Top Mark.S
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        😆

    2. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      +1

  27. Toothis
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    McCarthy Nyland
    TAA, Doherty 4.5 4.5 4.0
    Salah Auba Bruno 5.5 4.5
    Werner 6.5 4.5

    Too many big hitters for GW1?

    ATM it leaves me with a Brewster, Mitchell, Bissouma bench (most weeks), which doesn't feel strong enough but I don't really want to lose any of those names.

    mitro +0.5 for jumping onto bandwagons, or Wilson is a headache too...

  28. Fantasy Premington
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Anyone got any idea who plays at WB for Wolves?

  29. Klopp it
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    How's this looking? Pretty set on this team now, starting with alli then gameweek 2 guna take him out for greenwood, unless united have sancho by then, then gameweek 3 Abumayang will be replaced by kdb,

    Mccarthy
    Kwp, taa, egan
    Alli, Salah(vc), Abumayang(c) asm
    Mitrovic, ings, werner

    Bench, nyland, Vinagre, Gordon, Douglas

  30. Dybala10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    No Ziyech provides a small crumble of hope for us Ryan owners.

    Hopefully Havertz is only a sub and Lampard plays the likes of Barkley and RLC.

    3 points incoming!

    1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      You don't think McCarthy is a better option? I'd find the 0.5 to upgrade to Ramsdale rather than play with Ryan... Just my opinion of course.

      1. Dybala10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        KWP is enough Saints for me and I have Egan currently.

        1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Whatever you think. I've doubled that Saints defence.