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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_
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

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

    1. Surfeit of Lampteys
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

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

      1. huwwilliams_
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

        clown

        1. Surfeit of Lampteys
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 11 months ago

          🙂

  2. Vazza
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Which combo is better:-

    A. Son, Ings/Jimenez

    B. Alli, Werner

    1. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      A with Jimenez

    2. Johnny 8
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Prefer A with Ings initially.

    3. thericeking
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      B

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

      A

  3. Aaa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Solid squad?

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

    1. thericeking
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Only doucore pick bothers me

  4. Elskied
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Robertson & Doherty
    or
    TAA & Teriney

    1. thericeking
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      A

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

      B

  5. Silecro
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 11 months 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, 11 months ago

      I like it

    2. Vazza
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      It’s a great team in my opinion

    3. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      What's the game plan later? No United?

  6. linkafu
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Adams or Mitrovic??

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

    1. thericeking
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Adams for no penalties then

      1. linkafu
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

        Saints look better in attack...

        1. thericeking
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 11 months 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
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Mitrovic. Nailed (and on pens) 😉

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

      Adams

  7. Alex1995
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 11 months 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
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Whats your Manchester plan ?

      1. Alex1995
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 11 months 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, 11 months ago

      ASM to Foden and then bench him for Saiss GW1

      1. Alex1995
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

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

      2. thericeking
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

        This. But not foden (just yet)

    3. Totalfootball
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Team looks good

    4. Tabasco
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      You sure there's 1m ITB?

      1. Alex1995
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

        Definitely

      2. Tabasco
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

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

    5. Alex1995
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 11 months 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
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 11 months 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
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 11 months 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
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Havertz or Werner?

    1. Green Arrow
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Werner

    2. thericeking
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Werner for form. Havertz for punt and price point

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Both

  9. Green Arrow
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

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

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 11 months 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
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Guys , is luke shaw a starter or williams is ?

    1. JakeTheRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

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

      1. Totalfootball
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

        Ok thx

    2. huwwilliams_
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

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

      1. Totalfootball
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

        Wow awesome

  11. Jullepuu
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 11 months 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, 11 months ago

      Looks good

      1. Jullepuu
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

        Cheers

    2. thericeking
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Lascelles

      1. Jullepuu
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

        To who and why?

        1. huwwilliams_
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 11 months 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, 11 months ago

            Isn't Vinagre off the Porto?

          2. Jullepuu
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 11 months 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, 11 months ago

      Why Havertz over Son/ Alli?

      Looks good to me

      1. Jullepuu
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

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

    4. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Remind me who ASM is please?

      1. Jullepuu
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

        Saint-Maximin

  12. waltzingmatildas
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 11 months 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
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Barnes

    2. Galza-The Wanton Trader
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Pereira and have a mil on me... 🙂

    3. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Maddison if fit. If not, go with Barnes

    4. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Downgrade Bardsley and get James.

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

      Hmm not considered any of those, thanks!

      1. Jonnyb40
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 11 months ago

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

  13. huwwilliams_
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 11 months 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
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    A) Werner + Alli
    B) Ings + Havertz

  15. Champions League Varane
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Thoughts on Vardy??

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

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      A 4-3 result?

      1. Champions League Varane
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

        Hmmmm haha yeah

  16. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

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

    1. Sergeant Slaughter
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Always thought so. We’ll see soon.

  17. Vazza
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Who is likely to be on Pens for Chelsea?

    1. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Jorginho if he plays, otherwise should be werner.

    2. Hiroku
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 11 months ago

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

  18. Jimjam
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Ryan or McCarthy? (have KWP).

    1. BobB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Both. Prefer rotating keepers to set and forget.

  19. Tinmen
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 11 months 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
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 11 months 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, 11 months ago

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

      1. Machine_Gunnerz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

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

  21. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Extended transfer window causing chaos.

  22. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Thoughts ladies?

    Ramsdale
    TAA Stevens Egan
    Salah Havertz Alli Bowen
    Werner Ings Adams

  23. Denniezy
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 11 months ago

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

    Any thoughts?

    1. interpolnyc
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 11 months 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. Monty the Magpie
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

        He's a key summer signing, not competition.

  24. JURGENAUT
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 11 months 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, 11 months 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
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 11 months 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, 11 months 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
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 11 months 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
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 11 months 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, 11 months 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
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 11 months 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)