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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. gauzah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Thoughts on this draft?

    Martinez 4.0
    TAA Justin KWP Taylor 4.0
    Salah Auba Son Perreira
    Vardy Wilson Mitro

    Any better combinations I can make with Son Perreira Wilson?

  2. Lovemeapunt
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Jimenez /Werner /Ings

      Good?

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 19 days ago

        A bit too good. To the point where you have probably compromised a lot in other areas of your team

        1. Vazza
            2 months, 19 days ago

            This

          • Lovemeapunt
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Mccarthy/Pope
              TAA VVD KWP Douglas Mitchell
              Auba Son ASM McNeil Stephens
              Werner Jimenez Ings

        2. Sloths
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Who is the best defender for £5M for set & forget purposes?

          1. TONY123
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Egan

          2. Vazza
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Dier/Davies/Saiss/Coady

            • Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 19 days ago

              You are not going to like the answer.... Coady. Played every single minute last season, club captain, Wolves have good defence. However, this guy has ZERO (0) attacking potential.

            • jomikijiq
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Dier

            • AuFeld
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Saiss or Egan

            • Sloths
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Thanks guys. I really like the Coady pick.

              1. Stormbringer22
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 19 days ago

                😀 Didn't think my suggestion would come out on top!

              2. SwissWavey
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                For set and forget he has to be the best choice

            • Guba
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Saiss or Egan for me

            • Winston.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Saiss, Egan

          3. TONY123
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Which combination do you prefer from GW2 onwards? (Different formations)
            A) Bruno + Pereira
            B) Martial + James Rodriguez

            1. jomikijiq
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              B

            2. Sloths
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 19 days ago

              A

            3. Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 19 days ago

              B is very punty, I like it

            4. KUNingas
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              B

          4. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Simple one:
            A. Egan and McCarthy
            B. KWP and Ramsdale

            1. KUNingas
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              B

            2. TONY123
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              A

            3. Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 19 days ago

              A

          5. KUNingas
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            A) Bruno + Mitro
            B) Rash + DCL
            C) Greenwood + DCL
            D) Martial + 8.0 mid (who?)

            1. Vazza
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Martial, Alli

                1. KUNingas
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  Thanks

            2. Vazza
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Which combo is better

                1. Alli, Fernandes
                2. Son, Rashford
                3. Alli, Rashford, 1.0m

                1. gauzah
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  2

                2. Stormbringer22
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  Son + Rashy is sexy

                3. jomikijiq
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  2

                4. Guba
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  2

              • davies
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Pick one:

                A) Ferguson Bissouma Wilson
                B) Saiss ASM Brewster

                McCarthy 4.0
                TAA Davies Taylor ***** Mitchell
                Salah Auba Alli ***** Soucek
                Werner Ings *****

                Cheers.

                1. KUNingas
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  B out of those

                2. Little Red Lacazette
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  B

                3. Winston.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  B

                4. Guba
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  B

              • Guba
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                So I think I've finalised my team for now, it's somewhat complicated but rotates through the first few weeks nicely.

                McCarthy (Nyland)
                TAA, Egan, Saiss, (J.Lewis, Mitchell)
                Auba, Son, Alli, Pérez, Armstrong
                Werner, Mitro (Martial)
                0.0 ITB.

                GW1 352
                GW2 rolled transfer, 343 benching armstrong (has spurs) for Martial. Bench Saiss (has city) for J.Lewis who has BH at home.
                GW3 Auba -> KDB. Alli -> Pulisic/Havertz if looking good. 343 benching Pérez (has city), armstrong fixture good again. Saiss back in.
                GW4 Pérez -> Bissouma + Egan -> Robertson (hit-4 if got Puli) for the fixture swing between SHU and Pool. 343 from there on.

                Gives a good playing bench, really like Lewis as a prospect and covers Wolves bad fixtures perfectly. Perez just a 2 game punt to cover Martial GW1 and Armstrong's bad Tot fixture.

                The main bad point is no Salah.

                Thoughts?

                1. Stormbringer22
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  Fecking love this. Well done mate. I am going without Salah to begin with myself. Let's see how that goes.

                  1. Guba
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 19 days ago

                    Thanks man, yeah I'll be hiding behind the sofa for the Leeds game. Thing is I wasn't captaining and planned to sell in gw2 for bruno so just thought really what's the point.

                    1. unclesbasement
                        2 months, 19 days ago

                        Perez is a weird one imo..rather go barnes or ward prowse

                        1. Guba
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 19 days ago

                          I'd have considered Barnes but don't have the 0.5 extra. JWP would be a bit counter productive as a reason for perez is I want to cover Armstrong's bad fixture. The alternative to Perez needs to have strong gw1 and 2 fixtures.

                      • Stormbringer22
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 19 days ago

                        Exactly mate. I've benched Bruno for your Martial, but still - same reasoning.

                  2. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 19 days ago

                    I like it well enough.

                    Why Egan over Dier? Spurs defense and fixtures are better imo. Rotates just as well.
                    Perez is a punt indeed. But it could work. You're almost hoping for a ton of people being out with Armstrong on the bench vs most people's Bissouma and Davis.

                    1. Guba
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 19 days ago

                      Cheers for the reply, I just don't fancy Spurs defensively at the moment that's all really. I like Everton's additions and they'll have a strong midfield, Southampton are an attacking side too. I may still change my mind on that one though. .

                2. unclesbasement
                    2 months, 19 days ago

                    Do you think its a bad idea selling salah for bruno for gw2?

                    1. gauzah
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 19 days ago

                      A lot of people will be doing that. Most people will want a man united option for GW3 captaincy.

                      1. unclesbasement
                          2 months, 19 days ago

                          Yeah im really tempted to do the same...gives me 1.5 also to work with which could allow me to upgrade my defence and get martial in also...however i feel wrong in not having salah.

                      2. Soto Ayam
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 19 days ago

                        No, but then I've been wrong in the past.

                      3. Guba
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 19 days ago

                        That was my plan. Decided though I preferred Martial to Bruno with the extra cash. Salah not great fixtures in 2 and 3.

                        1. unclesbasement
                            2 months, 19 days ago

                            I can get both

                      4. King Kohli
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 19 days ago

                        Rate these defences in order of CS potential for the first 8 Gws

                        SHU
                        Man Utd
                        Spurs
                        Wolves
                        Arsenal
                        Southampton

                        1. gauzah
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 19 days ago

                          Wolves
                          Spurs
                          United
                          Southampton
                          Sheff
                          Arsenal

                      5. xiMoxiee
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 19 days ago

                        Which team gets the most clean sheets this season (barring Liverpool, City, and Spurs)?

                        1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 19 days ago

                          Chelsea with Silva coming in imo

                        2. Little Red Lacazette
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 19 days ago

                          United.

                        3. jomikijiq
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 19 days ago

                          United

                      6. antoinehude
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 19 days ago

                        What about downgrading Van Dijk for Gomez?

                        1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 19 days ago

                          Aerial threat is worth the extra
                          Would just try get in Robertson though

                        2. Ser Davos
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 19 days ago

                          Don't do it

                        3. Little Red Lacazette
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 19 days ago

                          A very steep downgrade...

                      7. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 19 days ago

                        How will Pep line up his 6-a-side teams?

                      8. Little Red Lacazette
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 19 days ago

                        How is it (3-4-3)? 1.5M ITB. Son -> Bruno, Auba -> KDB later.

                        McCarthy
                        TAA KWP Justin
                        Salah Auba Son ASM
                        Werner Wilson Mitro

                        Nyland Stephens Mitchell Taylor

                        1. CONNERS
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 19 days ago

                          I like it- very similar to mine. Main difference is I'm going with Adams over Wilson as didn't fancy the Newcastle attack double-up.

                          Planning similar transfers too, but then I expect a few million others are doing the same...

                          1. Little Red Lacazette
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 19 days ago

                            I'm thinking ASM and Wilson will "boost" each other.

                        2. CONNERS
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 19 days ago

                          Yep, both could do well. I think I will wait and see how Wilson settles in first.

                      9. Vazza
                          2 months, 19 days ago

                          Bottomed

                          Which combo is better

                          A. Dier/Davies, Werner
                          B. Doherty, Ings/Jimenez

                          1. Winston.
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            2 months, 19 days ago

                            A

                          2. Little Red Lacazette
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 19 days ago

                            A

                          3. KUNingas
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 19 days ago

                            A

                          4. Guba
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 19 days ago

                            A

                        • vandebeek
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 19 days ago

                          How nailed is Maitland-Niles?

                          1. Vazza
                              2 months, 19 days ago

                              Not very mate. Probably best avoided

                            • Red Red Robins
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              2 months, 19 days ago

                              Luiz being out would force Tierney to stay as cb, meaning Maitland on carry on on left side id have thought

                          2. shalji
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 19 days ago

                            Ramsdale
                            TAA Mitchell Doherty
                            Mane Havertz Saint-Maximin Auba
                            Mitrovic Werner Antonio

                            Subs - Nyland, Bissouma, Vinagre, Taylor

                            Any thoughts?

                          3. CONNERS
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            2 months, 19 days ago

                            No matter how well I try to plan my team, a hit in GW2 has that feeling of inevitability about it.

                            I'm not one to chase price rises, but missing out on a transfer due to 0.1m is a tad annoying.

                            1. Vazza
                                2 months, 19 days ago

                                I’m set up to take a 4 point hit for GW2 and there’s nothing wrong with that

                              • Original Pirate Material
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                2 months, 19 days ago

                                Im happily taking a hit GW2 for both Bruno and Tony.

                              • circusmonkey
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 10 Years
                                2 months, 19 days ago

                                The prices could go crazy on Saturday evening for Manc players. Can you have one on your bench this week?

                              • CONNERS
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                2 months, 19 days ago

                                I think it's justifiable if there's enough of an upside.

                                My hit would involve doing Salah to Bruno and one of Mitro or Adams to Martial. (Have 1.5 ITB).

                              • CONNERS
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                2 months, 19 days ago

                                I could have one on the bench but that would involve losing Son and playing a 4.5 defender instead to avoid the hit.

                              • EmmetRyan
                                • 1 Year
                                2 months, 19 days ago

                                I'm keeping 0.5 spare, just can't risk missing out due to a 0.1 rise!

                              • Strchld
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 19 days ago

                                Im also getting Bruno and Martial in for hit.

                            2. Vazza
                                2 months, 19 days ago

                                Which combo is better

                                A. Son, Ings/Jimenez
                                B. Alli, Werner

                                1. Guba
                                  • 5 Years
                                  2 months, 19 days ago

                                  Really tough one, could go either way. I'd say B for for the first few weeks

                              • grennans2
                                  2 months, 19 days ago

                                  Thinking about this group...thoughts?

                                  May change out KWP for a Wolves defender (if a 4.5 is confirmed or by downgrading Robbo to VVD). Thanks!

                                  McCarthy – (Nyland
                                  TAA – Robbo – Davies – KWP – (Taylor)
                                  Salah – Auba – Havertz – Armstrong – (Bissouma)
                                  Werner – Wilson – (Davis)

                                • bobfredbob
                                    2 months, 19 days ago

                                    Most returns - Diangana or Peirera?

                                    1. ManofKent
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 10 Years
                                      2 months, 19 days ago

                                      Probably P, more assist potential

                                  • GreenWindmill
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 9 Years
                                    2 months, 19 days ago

                                    Anyone have any insight into how secure Reece James is in the Chelsea team and whether Luke Shaw is fit to start the season? Suspect it's guesswork from everyone but wanted to confirm...

                                    1. Vazza
                                        2 months, 19 days ago

                                        Yes it’s all guesswork at this stage. Even if they are both declared fit to play, there are still subject to rotational risk

                                        1. Vazza
                                            2 months, 19 days ago

                                            They are still*

                                        2. Stormbringer22
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 1 Year
                                          2 months, 19 days ago

                                          Reece will get minutes, but is defo second fiddle to Azpi. Avoid is my recommendation. As for Shaw, I am not sure

                                        3. xHaTr
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 2 Years
                                          2 months, 19 days ago

                                          James is not nailed unfortunately. He will share minutes with azpi at right back

                                        4. Guba
                                          • 5 Years
                                          2 months, 19 days ago

                                          Reece has just had to withdraw from England. He's also a risk because he'll only get minutes while Chilwell is out, and thats only a possibility with the alternative of Alonso.

                                        5. GreenWindmill
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 9 Years
                                          2 months, 19 days ago

                                          Thanks all, so James is too risky due to rotation and nobody has heard about Shaw. Sounds about right, just checking I hadn't missed anything 🙂

                                          Guess I need to play it safer then. Boooring!

                                      • FOO FIGHTER
                                        • 1 Year
                                        2 months, 19 days ago

                                        Ramsdale McCarthy
                                        TAA Stevens Egan Johnson Mitchell
                                        Salah Havertz Alli Bowen Gordon
                                        Werner Ings Adams

                                        1m ITB

                                        Completely different ain't it?

                                      • Lovemeapunt
                                          2 months, 19 days ago

                                          Good or does it need work?
                                          Mccarthy/Pope
                                          TAA VVD KWP Douglas Mitchell
                                          Auba Son ASM McNeil Stephens
                                          Werner Jimenez Ings

                                          1. Stormbringer22
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 1 Year
                                            2 months, 19 days ago

                                            It needs work mate, defo. Sort out the goalkeepers and downgrade the attack. Pump the money into midfield and upgrade that bench a bit

                                            1. Lovemeapunt
                                                2 months, 19 days ago

                                                Thank you bud! Definitely taking your advice

                                          2. jtreble
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 4 Years
                                            2 months, 19 days ago

                                            My WGTA **Zombie** Team. Improvement suggestions welcomed. TIA.

                                            Johnstone
                                            TAA ∙ Robertson ∙ Dallas ∙ Ayling
                                            KDB (C) ∙ Rashford ∙ Havertz ∙ Foden
                                            Werner (VC) ∙ Martial

                                            Button ∙ Taylor ∙ Bissouma ∙ Brewster

                                            0.0 ITB

                                            1. circusmonkey
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 10 Years
                                              2 months, 19 days ago

                                              Interesting to see you have got Foden. I am deliberating over him or Laporte on the bench in week 1, what do you think? It's an ok team.

                                              1. jtreble
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 4 Years
                                                2 months, 19 days ago

                                                Foden was my last pick. I though about Laporte but I decided to go with 10 attackers every week ...

                                            2. MosF94
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 2 Years
                                              2 months, 18 days ago

                                              Didn't realise WGTA are still running their Zombie league? Good to hear if so!

                                          3. Don Kloppeone
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 3 Years
                                            2 months, 19 days ago

                                            Which option looks best and does the rest look decent enough to get this season started?

                                            A) Son, Bissouma
                                            B) Alli, ASM

                                            0.5itb
                                            McCarthy
                                            TAA, Davies/ Dier, Egan
                                            Salah, Auba, XXXX, Soucek, XXXX
                                            Werner, Ings
                                            (Steer) (Mitchell, Davis, Taylor)

                                            0.5itb for Ings > Martial (probably)....

                                            Cheers gents 🙂

                                          4. Z
                                            • 3 Years
                                            2 months, 19 days ago

                                            A. Werner + ASM
                                            B. Havertz + Willson
                                            and
                                            C. AMN
                                            B. Egan

                                            1. Winston.
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 7 Years
                                              2 months, 19 days ago

                                              A and Egan

                                            2. Stormbringer22
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 1 Year
                                              2 months, 19 days ago

                                              A and D

                                          5. Winston.
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 7 Years
                                            2 months, 19 days ago

                                            Still undecided...

                                            A. Egan, Havertz, Alli (442) or
                                            B. DCL, ASM/Armstrong, Son (343) ?

                                          6. AuFeld
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 4 Years
                                            2 months, 19 days ago

                                            How accurate do you think is the whoscored predicted line up for Liverpool vs Leeds?

                                            Alisson
                                            Williams | VVD | Gomez | Robo
                                            Keita | Fab
                                            Salah | Firmino | Mane
                                            Minamino

                                            1. Z
                                              • 3 Years
                                              2 months, 19 days ago

                                              You think that TAA wont play?

                                              1. AuFeld
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 4 Years
                                                2 months, 19 days ago

                                                That's what they are predicting. Personally, I'm waiting for more info, if any at all.

                                                1. Z
                                                  • 3 Years
                                                  2 months, 19 days ago

                                                  Yeah...me too...but with TAA out with Manchester clubs, i am gonna play WC sooner then i wanted

                                                2. circusmonkey
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • 10 Years
                                                  2 months, 19 days ago

                                                  He played last night, 87 minutes, I didn't watch it. Was he alright?