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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. huwwilliams_
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Anyone got a good idea who Leeds' back line will be next season?

    1. Surfeit of Lampteys
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Struggling enough with this season tbh. Very much depends on whom they buy and sell next summer.

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

        clown

        1. Surfeit of Lampteys
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          🙂

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

    Which combo is better:-

    A. Son, Ings/Jimenez

    B. Alli, Werner

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

      A with Jimenez

    2. Johnny 8
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Prefer A with Ings initially.

    3. thericeking
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

    4. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

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

    Solid squad?

    Ryan/Nyland
    TAA/Davies/Egan/Taylor/Mitchell
    Salah/Auba/Pereira/ASM/Doucoure
    Werner/Martial/Adams

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

      Only doucore pick bothers me

  4. Elskied
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Robertson & Doherty
    or
    TAA & Teriney

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

      A

    2. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

  5. Silecro
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    How is this for a Salah-less draft? Probably first of a hundred drafts that doesnt include using transfer in GW2

    McCarthy
    TAA/Coady/Davies/KWP
    Auba/Havertz/Son/ASM
    Ings/Jimenez

    Bench: Nyland/Martial/Mitchell/Bissouma

    1. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I like it

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

      It’s a great team in my opinion

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

      What's the game plan later? No United?

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

    Adams or Mitrovic??

    Don't like the penalty taker argument cause I don't expect Fulham to get that much penalties.

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

      Adams for no penalties then

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

        Saints look better in attack...

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

          If you are set on a mid price fwd i think adams the better. Personally would hold off as theres just too many options, unclear whos beat and all have good fixtures for a couple weeks but not exactly smooooth sailing.

          Invest the diff in def and hold out for info +-4

    2. Johnny 8
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Mitrovic. Nailed (and on pens) 😉

    3. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Adams

  7. Alex1995
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    McCarthy
    TAA Justin Davies
    Salah Auba Son ASM
    Werner Mitro Adams

    Steer Saiss Mitchell Gordon

    Any improvements to be made? Still have 1.0 ITB

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

      Whats your Manchester plan ?

      1. Alex1995
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Probably Salah to Bruno GW2, the dilemma I have is that I’d quite like Martial as well

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

      ASM to Foden and then bench him for Saiss GW1

      1. Alex1995
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Think he’ll play in GW2 despite being in the naughty corner? Think I might wait on him for now

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

        This. But not foden (just yet)

    3. Totalfootball
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Team looks good

    4. Tabasco
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      You sure there's 1m ITB?

      1. Alex1995
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Definitely

      2. Tabasco
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Ah yeah Davies is 5. I have a similar team with Doherty! Looks good.

    5. Alex1995
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Tempted to downgrade Saiss to a 4.5, then could do Salah and Mitro/Adams to Bruno and Martial in GW2 for a hit

    6. ㅤRising
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      What are your thoughts about Adams? Is he a first team player? Is 2 goals last game of the season clouding our judgement?

      1. Alex1995
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        This is one of the reasons I think I’ll downgrade Saiss to a 4.5, then can do Salah/Adams to Bruno/Martial in GW2, so he could be a one week punt

  8. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Havertz or Werner?

    1. Green Arrow
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Werner

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

      Werner for form. Havertz for punt and price point

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Both

  9. Green Arrow
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Is Batsuhayi nailed on to start once the loan move is completed?

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

      If I was him and benteke started ahead of me after the manager got me in on loan I’d think about packing it in

  10. Totalfootball
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Guys , is luke shaw a starter or williams is ?

    1. JakeTheRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Luke Shaw is the first choice left back. Williams plays some minutes here and there and will start the occasional game.

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

        Ok thx

    2. huwwilliams_
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      rumours united will sign reguilon from madrid. Will walk into the starting 11 if he signs imo

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

        Wow awesome

  11. Jullepuu
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    What would you change?

    McCarthy Steer
    TAA Davies Lascelles Justin Taylor
    Auba Salah Havertz ASM Bissouma
    Werner Ings Davis

    0.5 in the bank for Martial

    1. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Looks good

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

        Cheers

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

      Lascelles

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

        To who and why?

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

          Vinagre looks like he will take that lwb spot. Incredible fixures for one of the best defences in the country after gw3 and he will be playing more advanced than your regular full back.

          1. S.Kuqi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Isn't Vinagre off the Porto?

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

            Yeah not gonna touch Vinagre from the start. He will drop massively in price if he is off to Porto

    3. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Why Havertz over Son/ Alli?

      Looks good to me

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

        Not enough money for Son and I rate Havertz more than Alli

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

      Remind me who ASM is please?

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

        Saint-Maximin

  12. waltzingmatildas
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Best up to 7.0 mid to complete this team?
    Mccarthy nyland
    TAA dier saiss Bardsley ferguson
    Mane auba pépé xxx soucek
    Ings Adams mitro

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

      Barnes

    2. Galza-The Wanton Trader
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Pereira and have a mil on me... 🙂

    3. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Maddison if fit. If not, go with Barnes

    4. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Downgrade Bardsley and get James.

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

      Hmm not considered any of those, thanks!

      1. Jonnyb40
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 1 month ago

        You could go traore ASM Perez or Armstrong, all nailed and pretty decent.

  13. huwwilliams_
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Any opinions appreciated:
    McCarthy
    TAA Dier Salisu Vinagre
    Salah Auba ASM Havertz
    Ings Werner

    Steer Taylor Stephens Brewster
    Ings>Martial GW2
    Auba> KDB GW3

  14. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    A) Werner + Alli
    B) Ings + Havertz

  15. Champions League Varane
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Thoughts on Vardy??

    Would be for one week but I fancy West Brom to actually get a result!?

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A 4-3 result?

      1. Champions League Varane
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Hmmmm haha yeah

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

    Starting to think Alli at 8m will be better value than Son at 9m.

    1. Sergeant Slaughter
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Always thought so. We’ll see soon.

  17. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Who is likely to be on Pens for Chelsea?

    1. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Jorginho if he plays, otherwise should be werner.

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

      I'd guess either Werner or Havertz, so long as Jorginho doesn't play.

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

    Ryan or McCarthy? (have KWP).

    1. BobB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Both. Prefer rotating keepers to set and forget.

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

    Folks, be honest, how does this look?

    McCarthy
    Trent KWP Doherty
    Salah Armstrong Son Aubameyang Wilson/Antonio Werner Nketiah

    Button Taylor Mitchell Bissouma

  20. Machine_Gunnerz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Macarthy
    Robbo Justin Buur
    Auba Salah Puli Son
    Werner Adams Wilson

    Nyland Branthwaite Douglas Bisouma

    Love my mid and attack. Sacrifice on defense. Wat u guys think?

    1. zotter
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      You could get Alli for Son and get Trent and a 4.5?

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

        yes. good idea. But i feel son has higher chance of scoring.

  21. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Extended transfer window causing chaos.

  22. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Thoughts ladies?

    Ramsdale
    TAA Stevens Egan
    Salah Havertz Alli Bowen
    Werner Ings Adams

  23. Denniezy
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    McCarthy, (Ryan)
    TAA, KWP, Justin, (Vinagre, Taylor)
    Salah, Perez, Son, Auba, (Reed)
    Wilson, Werner, Mitrovic

    Any thoughts?

    1. interpolnyc
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Bruce just said Wilson was brought in to kick Joelinton into gear, so no guarantees on starter there. Might be safer with Antonio

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

        He's a key summer signing, not competition.

  24. JURGENAUT
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Thoughts?

    McCarthy
    TAA // Robbo // Justin // Mitchell*
    Aubameyang // Havertz // Alli
    Werner // Ings // Jiminez

    Bench: Steer // Soucek* // Johnson // Bissouma

    Soucek for Mitchell if he is eligible.

    1. zotter
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      What’s the United plan? Good otherwise though don’t like ings for too long at that price.

      Obviously the glaring salah omission could bite but you know that. Main risk is GW1

      1. JURGENAUT
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Yeah I could have just changed soucek to 4.5 and keep 0.5 to do Jimi/Ings to martial in GW2.

        Without Salah, my idea was the attacking TAA & Robbo double to keep up.

        But yeah, may need to revisit again aha. Thanks though mate 🙂

  25. zotter
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    How long is Ferguson injured for? Rather put him in if short term injury than Worry about a fifth defender transfer down the line

  26. Drip Doctor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Anyone concerned about what Mount/Abraham/Giroud will cut into Werner and Havertz gametime early on? I can see a few 60-70 minutes subs.

  27. unclesbasement
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Rate my team:
    McCarthy(Martin)
    TAA,Davies,Justin(Mitchell,Johnson)
    Ward Prowse,Auba,Salah,Havertz(Bissouma)
    Richarlison,Werner,Mitro

    Going to swap salah for bruno which will allow me to improve my defence and get martial if richarlison isnt doing well in the first few gameweeks.

  28. interpolnyc
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    doing a team without 2x 12 mils in mid, can't deal with the deadwood it creates.

    mccarthy
    TAA, VVD,Azpi
    Son, Perez, ASM, Aub (c)
    Mitro, Werner, Ings

    nyland, vin, douglas, stephens

    1.5 in bank

    GW 2 - son - bruno
    GW 3 - aub - KDB

    Thoughts?

  29. Tonyawesome69
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    How's the team looking? What do you think if I downgraded Wilson or Nketiah to a 4.5fwd and bank the extra cash to upgrade Armstrong or Bissouma?

    1.0itb
    McCarthy
    TAA Egan Buur
    Auba Salah Son Armstrong
    Werner Wilson Nketiah
    (Button Bissouma Lamptey Taylor)