Scout Picks

Spurs assets dominate Gameweek 5 Scout Picks

We’re backing Tottenham Hotspur’s form to continue, with the north London outfit supplying three of our Scout Picks for Gameweek 5.

Jose Mourinho’s men provide a player in each outfield position for their home encounter with West Ham. 

This week’s Scout Picks selection draws on the Scout Squad submissions by Geoff, Neale, Tom and Andy earlier this week.

The Fantasy Premier League XI lines up in a 3-4-3 formation and costs £82.6m, a total of £0.4m inside our allocated £83.0m budget.

Goalkeeper

Aaron Ramsdale (£5.0m) was the only goalkeeper to earn a vote from all four panellists in Gameweek 5.

The Sheffield United stopper hosts a Fulham side that have failed to score in each of their last three matches in all competitions.

Ramsdale also offers the chance of save points against the Cottagers – his 10 saves in the last two Gameweeks were bettered by only two rivals between the posts.

Defenders

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s (£7.5m) best chance of returns may well be limited to goals or assists as Liverpool visit their league-leading rivals Everton. 

Although he trails Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) for overall points, the right-back still has the edge, according to the underlying numbers.

Alexander-Arnold has produced more shots (seven to four) and created more chances (eight to five) than his Liverpool team-mate.

A promising debut away to Man United earns Sergio Reguilon (£5.5m) his debut in this season’s Scout Picks.

The Spurs left-back created four chances at Old Trafford, joint-top among defenders in Gameweek 4.

His raids down the left can take advantage of the Hammers’ weakness – David Moyes’ men have conceded 12 chances down their right flank compared with only seven on the left. 

Burnley’s visit to West Brom boosts the value potential of Kevin Long (£4.5m). 

The Baggies have allowed 20 efforts from set-pieces this season, more than any other side.

Sean Dyche will no doubt be aware of that, with Long and his fellow centre-back James Tarkowski (£5.4m) among the key aerial threats for the Clarets at the Hawthorns. 

Midfielders

Mohamed Salah (£12.3m) is our favoured Liverpool attacker for tomorrow lunchtime’s derby. 

The Egyptian has already delivered two sets of double-figure hauls in the first four Gameweeks, serving up 20 and 13 points against Leeds and Aston Villa respectively.

Salah’s fine start to 2020/21 is underlined by the statistics – his 19 shots, 15 shots inside the box and 14 chances created are all league-leading totals. 

He faces a defence that have conceded twice in both their home matches this term.

Son Heung-min (£9.1m) was the only other FPL midfielder to register four votes in the Scout Squad.

Similar to Salah, the Spurs attacker has delivered double-digits on two occasions already – he produced 24 against Southampton in Gameweek 2 and 18 points away to Man United in Gameweek 4.

His haul at Old Trafford has made Son the top target ahead of tomorrow’s 11:00am deadline, with more than 1.1 million managers bringing him in for the visit of West Ham.

Son has a fine record against his weekend visitors, scoring four goals and supplying four assists in his last six meetings in all competitions. 

Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) was picked by Geoff and Tom for Manchester United’s trip to Newcastle.

The Red Devils’ attacker scored in his previous away fixture, a win over Brighton in Gameweek 3.

Although Newcastle have conceded just five goals, the numbers show they’ve been somewhat fortuitous.

They have conceded 58 shots, 37 efforts in the box and 24 attempts on target – all those totals are among the bottom three sides respectively.

There’s also a chance that Rashford may be fielded up front, given that both Anthony Martial (£8.8m) and Edinson Cavani (£8.0m) are unavailable. 

Back-to-back blanks from Raul Jimenez (£8.6m) have persuaded us to instead select Daniel Podence (£5.6m) as a cut-price route into the Wolves attack.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side a visit Leeds outfit who have conceded a league-leading 49 shots in the box.

Podence has shown promise as a consistent source of returns, providing an assist in two of his three appearances.

Forwards

Harry Kane (£10.6m) was the top-ranked forward by all four panellists.

Three goals and six assists in the opening four Gameweeks suggests the Spurs frontman is back to his best for the visit of West Ham.

That theory is backed up by the statistics. 

Kane’s 19 shots are joint-top with Salah, while his 10 shots on target and six big chances created are both more than any other player in FPL.

He also has a prolific record against the Hammers. The Spurs forward has scored six goals in his five home meetings with the Hammers in the Premier League, netting twice on two of those occasions.

West Brom’s aforementioned set-piece weakness also points to a successful weekend for Burnley frontman Chris Wood (£6.4m).

The Kiwi international has been his side’s standout goal threat in their first three matches – Wood’s six shots in the box and four attempts on target are both at least double any team-mate.

Neal Maupay (£6.6m) heads to Crystal Palace on the back of four goals and an assist in the last three Gameweeks. 

The Brighton forward has 22 points in his two away matches this term, yet sits in just 5.6% of squads.

That marks him out as a big differential against a defence without a clean sheet in the last three, conceding seven goals in that run.

Substitutes

Brighton’s Mat Ryan (£4.5m) was name-checked by two of the four Panelists – he faces a Palace side with one goal in the last two Gameweeks.

George Baldock (£5.4m) offers all-round potential at home to Fulham. The Blades’ wing-back provided his first assist of the season against Arsenal in Gameweek 4.

Wolves’ weakness down the right could be good news for Stuart Dallas (£4.5m). The Midlands outfit have conceded 20 shots from that area, double the number of the opposite flank. 

Leandro Trossard (£6.0m) has mirrored his team-mate Maupay with attacking returns in three of the opening four Gameweeks. 

The Captain

We chose the Scout Picks captain using a four-way vote between our Scout Squad pundits.

Because the use of Fantasy Football Scout data is used so heavily in this process, the skipper we choose each Gameweek is known only to those with a valid Fantasy Football Scout subscription and revealed to the public only when the deadline has passed.

Community Champion

Each week, one of the Fantasy Football Scout community takes on the Scout Picks by pitting their chosen XI against ours.

The Community Member who beats our team by the largest margin will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Moderators and Contributors League for the following season.

In Gameweek 4, Gazpilicueta lost 43-32 to the Scout Picks to bring the season-long score to 2-2.

Warby84 takes on the Scout Picks for Gameweek 5, opting for a 4-4-2 line-up of Johnstone; Robertson, Stevens, Lamptey, Zouma; Salah, Son (vc), Sterling (c), Pulisic; Antonio, Jimenez.

AA33 is the current early leader, defeating the Scout Picks by a 53-point margin in Gameweek 2.


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886 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    So does Pulisic start?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      My guess is yes, two weeks of full training i think.

    2. Seanigula
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Probably, unless there is a preference to start him mid week for some reason

  2. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Thoughts on WC?

    Martinez
    TAA Robbo James
    Salah Son Pulisic Soucek
    Jimenez Richarlison DCL

    Button Taylor Lewis Stephens

    1. Fer Fuch's Ake
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Ok for now but would rather have more diversified for long haul, or at least have a plan for MCI assets

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Not that good fixtures until gw10.

    2. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Would rather have Hamez over Richarlison, personally

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Cheers Richarlison is just one pf my favourite FPL players. Could go James, Brewster over Stephens, Richarlison i guess.

        1. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Why? He’s had a mediocre EPL career

          1. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Always look dangerous.

    3. Atwood
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I like Pulisic, just worried about him starting

      Double up on Liv defence? Not sure with Adrian in goal.

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Yeah it's a worry, i think Klopp sounded positive about Alisson return soon?

    4. FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 13 days ago

      You want to WC or this is the result of a WC?

      Dont like James, Jimi and Soucek much

      Not the double everton attack either for this week if its a WC

      You would losing playing a WC this week with that team i feel

    5. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      don't like the pulisic pick. Will ge even start.

  3. Fer Fuch's Ake
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Pick 2 DEF to start please:

    A- Mitchell (BHA)(H)
    B- Lamptey (CRY) (A)
    C-Gomez (EVE) (A)
    D- Dallas (WOL) (H)

    Cheers!

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      BD

    2. GenerationalTalent
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      BD

  4. Fernandito
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Martinez
    TAA James Saiss
    KDB Salah Son(C) Foden
    Watkins Jimenez DCL

    Steer Lamptey Mitchell Anguissa

    Already taken a hit this week

    A Play Lamptey or Mitchell
    B Take another hit for KDB to Mane/Pulisic/Bruno

  5. 7shadesofsmoke
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Not that my FPL team can be saved at this point...

    ...but Aubameyang and Sterling "injuries" - these hit worthy sale injuries or just hold tight for now?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I'd hold

      1. 7shadesofsmoke
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        cheers matey

    2. Seanigula
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I thought Auba was fine and in training

  6. MY DJ NAME IS PIMP CURRY
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Barkely vs Trossard?

    Have Maupay.

    1. BeWater
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Barkley as you have Maupay.

      • Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Trossard, having maupay is irrelevant

      • PastaConcerto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        I would go Barkley if you don't have Grealish

    2. Jdpz
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 13 days ago

      KDB to Bruno or Pulisic or another player under 11.7M?

      1. BeWater
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Have you got Son?

          1. Jdpz
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Yes

            1. BeWater
                3 months, 13 days ago

                I would probably do Grealish. He's in form and he didn't play much in the international break and you can keep him long term.

          2. PompeyUpNorth!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            I’m in same boat. Leaning to Bruno. On pens. Quality n guaranteed to start whereas Puli isn’t

        • Will J 256
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Who do you prefer?
          1. Mahrez
          2. Pulisic
          3. Rashford

          1. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            2

          2. Fer Fuch's Ake
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            3

          3. BeWater
              3 months, 13 days ago

              2, 1, 3.

              1. Will J 256
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Thanks!

          4. You've got red on you.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Is deciding whether to take a -4 to do KDB ---> Sterling/Pulisic/Grealish etc. as simple as predicting if that player you're bringing in will score 4 or more points than the player that will be autosubbed in? In my case Bissouma.

            Will Sterling score 4 more points than Bissouma?

            1. PompeyUpNorth!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              If he starts then yes I think so

          5. Sancidino
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Who replaces KDB? Sterling?

          6. Atwood
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Thoughts on this wildcard?

            Martinez - Steer
            Robertson - Dallas - Justin - Saiss - KWP
            Salah - Grealish - Son - Rodriguez - Bissouma
            DCL - Kane - Wilson

            1. BeWater
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Decent. But I would have Lamptey over Justin for the long term.

            2. KGFC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Keeping KDB or transfer out?
              Hope he is not Son 2.0 story... That burnt me quite bad 😥

            3. Karan14
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              6.3% owned Mane seems by far the best replacement for KDB imo!

              If he had played one more game he would be up there with Salah, Kane & DCL statistically.

              1. PompeyUpNorth!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Agreed, but Unfortunately I have Salah Robbo n Trent... I think you could be right though

            4. konrad.sygula95
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Would you WC this team ?
              Mccarthy/Nyland
              TAA/ Saiss/Holding/Douglas/Mitchell
              KDB/Salah(c)/Havertz/Podence/Stephens
              Ings/Werner/Mitro
              1 ft 0.4 itb

              1. Coys96
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                no

              2. Shineonme
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                No way

            5. FPL_trail_runner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 13 days ago

              All set. Happy to put my team where i feel the points will be. Could be wrong but much better than not doing my own choices

              Meslier
              Saiss Robbo TAA Justin Ayling
              Salah (c) Sterling Son
              Antonio Brewster

              4M Hamez , DCL, Bissouma

              1. jam sandwich
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                car crash

                1. FPL_trail_runner
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Im at 150k.

                  My early season choices of Hamez DCL Ayling Justin were also thought to be rubbish.

                  We will see 2mor. I reckon Liverppol win comfortable and with a clean sheet.

              2. GenerationalTalent
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Why bench Hamez and DCL when Adrian will be in goal still...

                1. FPL_trail_runner
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  The underlying stats show Liverpool defence are not affected much if at all by Adrian

                  People are reacting way too much to one bad game and a bunch of deflections

                  Liverpool have been elite for 2 years, Everton for the very good start they have had (i have had hamez and Dcl since before week 1 ended) are not on their level

                  I find it super odd people are willingly trying to bet against the house that Liverpool will continue to Struggle and Everton continue to fly.

              3. PompeyUpNorth!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Good luck to you tbh... could do well ..

              4. Seanigula
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Yeah, do that

                1. FPL_trail_runner
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  I understand it looks odd, but the opposite view is equally as unlikely - that DCL and Hamez will return in each game going forward. They will also blank occasionally.

                  They wont, i will play them both beyond today

                  Its still Liverpool, at home , who they havent beaten in 10 years or scored against in 4.

                  I see a 2 to 3-0 win for Liverpool. Klopp has shown he can adjust so their defence will be different, i expect them to boss possession and kill the game with control - thiago mostly.

            6. DA Minnion
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              I used to always look at predicted team news for good info but no good anymore. Night before games and not updated .

              1. Seanigula
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Yeah, that would be a lot more useful then much of the other content

            7. George James
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              GTG?

              Martinez
              James • Lamptey • Robertson
              Salah • Foden • Son (c) • Podence
              Kane • Werner • DCL

              Steer / Saiss / Bissouma / Mitchel

            8. MOZIL
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Scouts pick has no Chelsea player

            9. TNB
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Opinion on my WC team

                McCarthy (Martin)
                Castagne-Mitchel-Saiss-(Justin-Bernardo)
                Salah-J Rodriguez-Zaha-Son(Stephens)
                Jimenez-Kane-DCL

                0.1 itb

                1. Shineonme
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  very nice team

                2. Eightball
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    Prefer Grealish over Zaha. Not really sold on Jimenez personally. There are several good options around the 6-7m mark and that money can be pumped into strengthening other positions. Mitchell and Justin both a worry as they could get replaced soon which might leave your bench a bit light.

                3. FPL Kaka
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Who are Dallas and Ayling's direct backups?

                  Thanks

                4. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Hi lads, would you bench anyone from TAA Robbo or Justin for Lamptey?

                  1. Karan14
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    Justin

                  2. FPL_trail_runner
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    Bench your everton attacker.

                    1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 13 days ago

                      thanks guys Justin it is. cheers

                5. lordkippe
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Who scores most points over the next 4 gws :

                  A : Podence + 4
                  B : Pulisic -4
                  C: Rashford -4
                  D : Sterling -4
                  E : KDB +44

                  1. Coys96
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    It is as straight forward as KDB +4.. you would play someoen ahead of him each week.

                    I like B tho

                  2. Cancelo Culture
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    Pulisic

                6. Cancelo Culture
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Thoughts on this WC?

                  Martinez
                  Robertson Chilwell Siass Lamptey
                  Salah Son Rodriguez Pulisic
                  Kane DCL

                  Steer KWP Stephens Brewster

                  Probably play Brewster over a def but undecided

                7. AnfieldLad
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  I’m sat here debating Podence -> Pulisic for a hit and just discovered Podence is in the scout picks! Did not expect that

                8. Atimis
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Semedo or Reguilon as 3rd def?

                  Can’t really make my mind...

                9. Will J 256
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Is this set for GW5?
                  Martinez
                  Robbo, Saiss, James
                  Salah, Son, Pulisic, Grealish, Zaha
                  DCL, Jimenez

                  Forster, Lamptey, Brewster, Mitchell

                10. zdrojo187
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  KWP,Webster or Taylor?

                  1. Pukki Party
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    Taylor

                  2. Cancelo Culture
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    KWP

                11. Shrimpy
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Hi guys, Chilwell or Saiss?

                  1. GenerationalTalent
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    Chilwell. Semedo is also a really good pick in that price range

                12. konrad.sygula95
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Hi guys need some help here
                  Would you WC this team ?

                  Mccarthy/Nyland
                  TAA/ Saiss/Holding/Douglas/Mitchell
                  KDB/Salah(c)/Havertz/Podence/Stephens
                  Ings/Werner/Mitro
                  1 ft 0.4 itb

                13. Pukki Party
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Benrahma official