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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
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Hello therd

    1. Think
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

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

      1. Soto Ayam
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        A

      2. Sandesh_
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        B

      3. Stram Dunk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 23 days ago

        B

      4. Budweiser
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

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

        1. Think
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 23 days 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
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Davies, Saiss bank the cash.

        1. Think
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

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

          1. Think
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 23 days 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
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Ings to Adams.

              1. Weasel Boy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                This.
                Cool pic and name lol.

      6. Jimjam
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        B

  2. Cheeto__Bandito
      2 months, 23 days ago

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

      1. Fero1905
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        A

      2. Stram Dunk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 23 days ago

        A for me

      3. Soto Ayam
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        B

      4. Manani
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        a

      5. Jimjam
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        A

      6. Vertigo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        A

    • I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Lemina should start for Fulham shouldn't he?

      1. Fero1905
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Normally yes, but he has more injurytime than gametime

      2. F4L
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

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

    • Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

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

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 23 days 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
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Likely.

      3. Demba Demba
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 23 days 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

    • SpagBol
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days 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
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Templhate

      2. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Same as many but safe.

    • Soto Ayam
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Which pairing

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

      Or

      B) Che, Alli

      Thanks

      1. Stram Dunk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 23 days ago

        A

        1. Soto Ayam
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Interesting. Cheers

      2. QUEN
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

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

        1. Soto Ayam
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 23 days 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
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 23 days ago

            And thanks

          2. QUEN
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 23 days 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
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        A for now

        1. Soto Ayam
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Yeah, for now

    • ZakyJ
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      First Draft:

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

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

      Thoughts?

      1. dekikide
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days 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..

    • COK3Y5MURF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

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

      1. Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        I heard Mark is doing Beatbox with AZ.

        1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Mark looks like he would be more into indie music.

        2. COK3Y5MURF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

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

          1. Az
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            I prefer Beatbox

      2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Is he the showman?

    • Fero1905
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days 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

    • fplfansss
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      RMT pls

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

    • Strchld
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days 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
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Look like good moves to me!

        1. Strchld
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Thanks!

    • Michelle Davin
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Squeeze me

    • The Rumour Mill
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days 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

    • Budweiser
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

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

    • Neo-Viper
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Vinagre Digne Son Souchek Adams

      vs

      Dier Justin Alli Havertz Davis

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

        A but dump Vinagre for another 4.5 (Justin?)

    • Reyson
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Mccarthy
      Doherty taa egan
      Salah auba son saka asm
      Mitro werner

      Subs: nyland kwp justin davis

      Gtg?

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

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

      cheers all x

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        are you still not finalized?

        1. Top Mark.S
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Oh hell no

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

              ..ok?

              Any thoughts tina?

        2. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days 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
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        B

        1. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Interesting, I thought C would garner most support

    • Jimjam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Anyone considering Podence over ASM?

      1. SpagBol
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

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

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

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

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

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

      1. Jimjam
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Ryan

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Ryan, Johnstone slim pickings really

    • asquishypotato
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days 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
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Son & Werner

    • Tinmen
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Which option folks?

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

    • SpagBol
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

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

      1. Top Mark.S
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Me

      2. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Possibly

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

        Not initially

      4. jeanrubeya
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Me

    • Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days 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
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Yeah, keep all options open

    • davies
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      A) Doherty ASM

      B) Davies Wilson

      1. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        A

    • Eriksen Maestro
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Is wildcarding week 2 a terrible strategy?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Not at all.

      2. Top Mark.S
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Oh yes

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

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

      4. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days 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
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        It's your wildcard.

    • Top Mark.S
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      100%

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        How much does Camzy love Havertz?

        1. Top Mark.S
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          😆

      2. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        +1

    • Toothis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 23 days 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...

    • FPLinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Anyone got any idea who plays at WB for Wolves?

    • Klopp it
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days 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

    • Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days 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…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 23 days 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
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

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

          1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

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