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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. Z
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Do we know Arsenal back line??

    1. luke25
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      No, impossible to know any teams back line 3 days before the season starts

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I can give you a fairly good guess.
      Bellerin Saliba Holding Tierney AMN

      1. Deulofail
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I think 4.
        Bellerin Holding Saliba Tierney

        3 at the back relies on Luiz. I think Saliba's experience in a three is not in the middle. A lot of responsibility for a debut

  2. PogBruno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    What price Bruno could be come the GW3 deadline day?

    1. FF Dirtbag
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      10.7

  3. Lovemeapunt
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Which triplet is better
      A) Richarlson/ASM/Vinagre (18.0m) or
      B) Calvert-Lewin/Son/Mitchell (20.0)

      1. cravencottage
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        B-Richarlison over priced IMO, Vinage uncertain

    • cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Could use some advice:

      A) Davis, Greenwood, Doherty
      B) Martial, Bissouma, Justin

      1. Lovemeapunt
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Worried Justin won't hold his place :0

          But love Martial and Bissouma

        • TONY123
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I prefer B

      2. Bavarian
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Your thoughts appreciated..

        McCarthy
        TAA-Egan-Doherty
        Son-Salah-Aubameyang-Soucek
        Wilson-Werner-Mitrovic

        Nyland-KWP-Mitchell-Srephens

        Plan:
        Son- Doherty to Bruno and 4.5
        Auba to KDB

        1. Carlton P
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Why start with spuds and take out for a hit?
          Salah > Bruno imo
          Keep spuds for 8 weeks

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            ^agree

      3. OneDennisBergkamp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I need 2 x 4.0m defenders.... pick please!

        1. Lovemeapunt
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Dallas and Mitchell

            1. Vertigo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Dallas is £4.5m.

          • Longiss
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Bump

          • Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Mitchell, Amartey

          • Jullepuu
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Mitchell and Buur but I wouldn't advise anyone to pick 2 from that bunch

        2. Winston.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          If Havertz starts, A or B?

          A. Havertz + Egan / 442
          B. Armstrong/ASM + DCL / 343

          1. Lovemeapunt
              1 month, 14 days ago

              A

            • cravencottage
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              A by far

          2. ㅤRising
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            I always keep coming back to this draft. What do you think?

            McCarthy
            Justin TAA Dier
            Greenwood ASM Salah Auba Son
            Werner Mitro

            4.0 / Taylor / Mitchell / Davis 0.0 ITB

            First gw Mitchell plays instead of Greenwood

          3. HaffNanner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            343 or 433?

            McCarthy
            TAA / Doherty / Saiss
            Salah / Auba / Saint-Maximin / SON
            Werner / Adams / MITROVIC

            McCarthy
            TAA / Doherty / Saiss / ROBERTSON
            Salah / Auba / Saint-Maximin
            Werner / Adams / RICHARLISON

          4. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Getting ready for Fantasy again, looking forward to discussions and fun with you all in A new season!

            How’s she looking?

            McCarthy
            TAA, Davies, Ayling, Mitchell
            Auba, Alli, Salah
            Mitro, Wilson, Werner

            Subs: Nyland, Bissouma, Taylor, Greenwood

          5. Rolls-Royce
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            How about Mount for a short term punt?

            1. Carlton P
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Could lead to frustration when chelsea score 3 and he doesn’t have any involvement
              Would rather have barnes

            2. Dusty Donut
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Could lead to elation when chelsea score 3 and he‘s involved in everything 😉

              1. Carlton P
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                So you’ve gone for him then?

                1. Dusty Donut
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  No was just making the point that ‘could’ could precede any speculative statement. I think he’ll have point to prove though with all the new signings and I think Lampard will be keen to give him minutes after last season. I’ve certainly considered him but I have Havertz

          6. Bossworld
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Which set and forget captain?

            A) Aubameyang
            B) Salah

            Auba seems to have a better shot conversion and should play every game.

            1. Scout
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              A

          7. Ser Davos
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Buur and Vinagre double up...

            1. TONY123
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              And none of them will play.

              1. huwwilliams_
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                who do you think plays lwb?

                1. TONY123
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Traore on the right and Marcal on the left

                  1. Ser Davos
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    I think so too

                    1. huwwilliams_
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      why would you double up on buur and vinagre then

            2. huwwilliams_
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Doesnt Marcal take that rb spot?

          8. Scout
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Mane or bruno?

            1. Lovemeapunt
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Bruno

            2. Ole.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Just watched some Havertz youtube.... Err wow, almost brought a tear to my eye!

              1. TONY123
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Even Lingard looks good on youtube. But yeah Havertz is an amazing player.

                1. Ole.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Yea I know right, but yeah looks something else. Vid was a year old too.

            3. huwwilliams_
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Any saints fans on here have any idea who will partner Stephens at cb this year? Salisu after singing for £11m takes that spot? Or will Bednarek keep his place?

              1. Dybala10
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Back 3?

                1. Carlton P
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Plays 4-4-2 doesn’t he?

                2. huwwilliams_
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Southampton were playing well back end of last season, doubt they'll change formation going into the new season

            4. davies
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Anyone else waiting until GW3 to decide between Havertz/Pulisic?

              1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Yeah, I think all Chelsea can probably wait until GW3

              2. Carlton P
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                No. Pulisic and Werner from the off over United + other
                Did Pulisic not score/assist against pool last season?

              3. Old Man
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                No. I'm waiting until GW3 to decide whether I get both!

            5. FPL_ROTATOR
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Would be good to have anyones thoughts about the team below...

              McCarthy
              TAA / Saiss / Robertson / Doherty
              Salah (VC) / Auba (C) / ASM / Son
              Adams / Mitrovic

              Bench: Steer, Calvert-Lewin, Buur, Oriol Romeu

              GW2 - Salah out for Rashford
              GW3 - Auba out for KDB

              Leaves me 3m in the bank

              1. Hotdogs for Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Great but would look at Adams, Calvert-Lewin, Buur, Oriol Romeu

            6. SoapAFC
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Hi guys have a question, me and a few of the lads are arranging a cash league (I haven't participated in one before), what's the best way of securing payments beforehand? I've seen there's a few apps that facilitate this, but what's the best one?

              1. luke25
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Can't advise but word of warning FPL have changed their rules saying if they find a league thats running for cash they will shut it down I believe

                1. KujaliaFC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  How can they succeed at that? Surely the league administrator can look at the ranks of all the members to know who won?

                  1. luke25
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    I'm sure they can, I was just letting them know, they disqualified the winner last year for something outside of the game so never know. All it takes is someone doing bad in that cash league to report the owner of it

                    1. Andy_Social
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      We do know. It was racism.

                      1. Nightcrawler
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        He didnt say we dont know what he was disqualified for

                      2. luke25
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        Well aware what it was for, I never said I didn't know. Fully agree with the decision, I'm just saying that FPL don't necessarily look solely within the FPL game to make decisions regarding suspensions etc.

              2. SoapAFC
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Thanks for the advice guys

            7. Ninjaa
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Which one here lads???

              A. TAA Dier Ward-Prowse Wilson
              B. Robertson Ayling Soucek Ings

              .

              1. Hotdogs for Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                B

              2. Notorious
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                A just

            8. marzo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Jamal Lewis @ 4.5m then. Yes or No?

              1. Dybala10
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Yeeeeeep

            9. Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Crysencio Summerville is set to join Leeds from Feyenoord - as per
              @DiMarzio. Total agreement reached for the Dutch winger. Talks on for Rodrigo de Paul but Udinese don’t want to negotiate for less than €40m - still no agreement, Draxler is on the list too.

              @Fabri

            10. Lovemeapunt
                1 month, 14 days ago

                I'm having a punt on him

              • Weasel Boy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Would you be happy with this Defence?

                Ramsdale
                Taa Dier Davies KWP Taylor

                Thanks

                1. xiMoxiee
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Looks good to me mate

                  1. Weasel Boy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Thanks

                2. FF Dirtbag
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Taylor seems a bit pointless for now... First fixtures are mainly away

                  1. Weasel Boy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Yes good point but he's cheap and a long term pick, if he stays fit of course.

                3. Tamagotchi Massacre
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Wouldn't really recommend taking advice from anyone who is willing to give it without seeing the team as a whole

              • dshv
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Final two drafts, please pick

                A .
                Mccarthy(nyland)
                Taa davies justin (mitchell, bernardo)
                Salah armstrong auba son (bissouma)
                Werner miteo callum

                B.
                Mccarthy (nyland)
                Taa davies justin (taylor, mitchell)
                Soucek Salah Auba Son Asm
                Werner DCL (brewster)

                Final choose?

              • Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Nice time now to look back at the teams I built right after fixtures released...

                McCarthy Nyland
                TAA Saliba Vinagre Ayling Ferguson
                Salah Auba Maddison Soucek Bissouma
                Kane Werner Mitrovic

                That was my draft right after the fixtures released. Still looks okay honestly. Although Soucek, Vinagre and Saliba bandwagons have fallen apart.

                My team now looks like:

                McCarthy Walton
                TAA Dier KWP Justin Buur
                Auba Fernandes Son Havertz ASM
                Werner Wilson Vassilev

                ASM and Justin are the slots I'm unsure on. I'm starting to sour on Justin because he's such a short-term solution. I don't want to be spending transfers on defense. Ayling is nailed. Leeds have a good system and a few good fixtures but he really doesn't fit the rotation well. I need cover in GW1, 2 and 4 and he only covers 2 well because in 1 he has LIV and 4 he has MCI.

                ASM is best pick for first two weeks and then I can reevaluate (maybe Saka but a little too much uncertainty atm). Armstrong is a longer term pick, but he is less assured of a start and less explosive. Can always do ASM > Armstrong if I was wrong in GW3. So here we are.

                1. TONY123
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  I like that you're going without Salah, same route I'm taking. The Newcastle double up is a bit too much for me though.

                2. Winston.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Buur...getting minutes or not? Do you think Havertz will start? I’ve got Justin and Havertz currently...

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Buur is a speculative pick. Very likely Havertz starts. I think he will.

                    1. KGFC
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      Read on Reddit, Havertz is very likely to start while Ziyech is a major doubt. The guy claiming this is apparently has a good track record with Chelsea news & predictions. Also, Pulisic is within a shout. But if he is fit, I think he starts on the bench and probably will get some minutes later in the match to prepare for the Pool game next.

                3. dunas_dog
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Looks great. ASM to Podence might be one to watch for week 3- hope he is nailed into Wolves team by then!

                  Arsenal good fixtures 1,2,4 so if Luiz out as seems to being suggested maybe Saliba or Holding get place. Egan would also be good as rotates with KWP but need to find.5 m.

              • King Kohli
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Which one of these would you downgrade to a 4.5 (not KWP)?

                Egan
                Dier
                Lindelof

                Need to play 3 from 4 each week

                1. endy919
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Lindelof

              • Jacky boy
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Anyone heard rumours of reguilon joining tottenham?

                1. Lovemeapunt
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Isn't he off to United - But back clause is causing a stall in communication

                  • deebotron
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    sounds about as credible as Utd being told that he was available by Real, not sure if that makes him any more likely to go there.

                2. endy919
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  RMT

                  Ryan
                  Vinarge-TAA-KWP
                  Salah-Auba-Son-Puli-ASM
                  Werner-Metro

                  Button-Mitchell-Douglas-Brewster

                  1. endy919
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Mitro:)

                3. I Member
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  ASM vs Saka is a tough one for me. Think ASM is definitely the better long term pick due to being nailed on but could see Saka doing really well for the first couple weeks. For those going with a 5.5m midfielder who do you prefer?

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    It's a dead heat right now. Leaning ASM for nailed-ness and better long term potential. Even if best case scenario happens and Saka hauls, he then runs into the worst set of fixtures imaginable in liv SHU mci LEI mun. Could barely handpick worse ones. You'd have to remove him and probably for a hit.

                    1. Winston.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      What about Armstrong? I would prefer him.

                  2. Carlton P
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Armstrong has been my preference from the off

                  3. Dybala10
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Saka will do great but I don't want to be checking the line-ups in fear every game. ASM you know he's nailed.