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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_
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

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

    1. Covid Martial
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

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

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

        clown

        1. Covid Martial
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          🙂

  2. Vazza
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Which combo is better:-

      A. Son, Ings/Jimenez

      B. Alli, Werner

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

        A with Jimenez

      2. Johnny 8
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Prefer A with Ings initially.

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

        B

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

        A

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

      Solid squad?

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

      1. thericeking
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Only doucore pick bothers me

    • Elskied
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Robertson & Doherty
        or
        TAA & Teriney

        1. thericeking
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          A

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

          B

      • Silecro
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days 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
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          I like it

        2. Vazza
            2 months, 23 days ago

            It’s a great team in my opinion

          • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            What's the game plan later? No United?

        3. linkafu
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Adams or Mitrovic??

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

          1. thericeking
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Adams for no penalties then

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

              Saints look better in attack...

              1. thericeking
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 23 days 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
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Mitrovic. Nailed (and on pens) 😉

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

            Adams

        4. Alex1995
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days 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
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Whats your Manchester plan ?

            1. Alex1995
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

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

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

            ASM to Foden and then bench him for Saiss GW1

            1. Alex1995
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

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

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

              This. But not foden (just yet)

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

            Team looks good

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

            You sure there's 1m ITB?

            1. Alex1995
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Definitely

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

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

          5. Alex1995
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days 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
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 23 days 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
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 days 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

        5. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Havertz or Werner?

          1. Green Arrow
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Werner

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

            Werner for form. Havertz for punt and price point

          3. FOO FIGHTER
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Both

        6. Green Arrow
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

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

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

        7. Totalfootball
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Guys , is luke shaw a starter or williams is ?

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

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

            1. Totalfootball
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Ok thx

          2. huwwilliams_
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

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

            1. Totalfootball
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Wow awesome

        8. Jullepuu
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 23 days 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
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Looks good

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

              Cheers

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

            Lascelles

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

              To who and why?

              1. huwwilliams_
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 23 days 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
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Isn't Vinagre off the Porto?

                2. Jullepuu
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 23 days 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
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Why Havertz over Son/ Alli?

            Looks good to me

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

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

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

            Remind me who ASM is please?

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

              Saint-Maximin

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

            Barnes

          2. Galza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Pereira and have a mil on me... 🙂

          3. linkafu
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Maddison if fit. If not, go with Barnes

          4. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Downgrade Bardsley and get James.

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

            Hmm not considered any of those, thanks!

            1. Jonnyb40
                2 months, 23 days ago

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

          6. huwwilliams_
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 23 days 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

          7. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 23 days ago

            A) Werner + Alli
            B) Ings + Havertz

          8. Tony Martial
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Thoughts on Vardy??

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

            1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              A 4-3 result?

              1. Tony Martial
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Hmmmm haha yeah

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

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

            1. Sergeant Slaughter
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Always thought so. We’ll see soon.

          10. Vazza
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Who is likely to be on Pens for Chelsea?

              1. ivantys
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Jorginho if he plays, otherwise should be werner.

                • Hiroku
                    2 months, 23 days ago

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

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

                  Ryan or McCarthy? (have KWP).

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

                    Both. Prefer rotating keepers to set and forget.

                • Tinmen
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Folks, be honest, how does this look?

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

                  Button Taylor Mitchell Bissouma

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

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

                    1. Machine_Gunnerz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      2 months, 22 days ago

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

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

                  Extended transfer window causing chaos.

                • FOO FIGHTER
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Thoughts ladies?

                  Ramsdale
                  TAA Stevens Egan
                  Salah Havertz Alli Bowen
                  Werner Ings Adams

                • Denniezy
                    2 months, 23 days ago

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

                    Any thoughts?

                    1. interpolnyc
                        2 months, 23 days 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
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 23 days ago

                          He's a key summer signing, not competition.

                    2. JURGENAUT
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      2 months, 23 days 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
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 23 days 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
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          2 months, 23 days 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 🙂

                    3. zotter
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 23 days 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

                    4. Drip Doctor
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 23 days 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.

                    5. unclesbasement
                        2 months, 23 days 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.

                      • interpolnyc
                          2 months, 23 days 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?

                        • Tonyawesome69
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 23 days 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)