Scout Picks

Gameweek 7 Scout Picks features left-sided assets with favourable match-ups

There is a left-sided theme to the Scout Picks for Gameweek 7 as many of our key assets face sides boast weaknesses on their right-hand side of their defence.

Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Spurs are all represented with a double-up, as we picked the best players for the next round of action from our most recent Scout Squad article.

We line up in the usual 3-4-3 formation for Gameweek 7, coming in at £82.1m, £0.9m under our budget of £83.0m.

Goalkeeper

Edouard Mendy (£5.0m) has made quite the impression since making his Chelsea debut and, in the most recent Scout Squad article, he earned top billing in this position from David, Neale and Andy. The Blues have always been a team that keeps their opponents at bay under Frank Lampard, they have simply lacked a quality goalkeeper to capitalise on that. In the last four matches, only one team has conceded more big chances than them, encouraging news ahead of a trip to Burnley, who have the second-worst goal conversion rate in the Premier League this season.

Defenders

While we have legitimate concerns about Liverpool’s defence this season, Andrew Robertson (£7.1m) looks best-placed to benefit from the slight chink in West Ham’s armour. Yes, they have been defensively strong during their tough run of games, but the Hammers have conceded nearly double the number of chances on their right-hand side compared to their left this season. 

João Cancelo (£5.4m) looks primed for a double-digit haul in Gameweek 7. With Aymeric Laporte potentially back this weekend, Manchester City’s clean sheet potential is about as good as it gets, considering they face a Sheffield United side with just three goals in six matches this season and the division’s worst goal conversion rate. Meanwhile, the Blades have conceded more chances down their right-hand side than any other team, perfect for whoever plays on the left for City on Saturday afternoon. Enter Cancelo, who has become a firm favourite of Pep Guardiola on the left-hand side of his back-four recently and has created more chances than any other Manchester City defender in 2020/21.

Kurt Zouma (£5.1m) is the second member of our Chelsea defensive double-up, mainly as one of the more nailed-on starters in Lampard’s defence. Ben Chilwell certainly got a lot of support in the Scout Squad article but we would be lying if we did not admit there is a chance of a benching, considering the fatigue he showed midweek and the fact that Reece James was rested. Zouma, meanwhile, has more shots on target than any Chelsea defender this season, Timo Werner the only player in the whole squad to have outperformed him in that department.

Midfielders

In keeping with the left-side theme of this article, Sadio Mané (£12.0m) has managed to earn a place in the Scout Picks over colleague Mohamed Salah. As already mentioned, West Ham’s right-hand side has proved twice as vulnerable as the left this season, which is perfect for Mané who, without penalties, has managed to best Salah for minutes per expected goal involvement (xGI) over the first six Gameweeks.

Son Heung-min (£9.5m) simply cannot stop racking up the attacking returns this season. One of the main reasons behind that is that no player has been afforded more big chances than the South Korean thus far. Against a Brighton outfit that likes to play expansive football with their full-backs bombing on, there is sure to be space for Son to be handed a few more high-quality opportunities by his colleagues on Sunday.

Phil Foden (£6.6m) fills in as our Manchester City representative once again, thanks to his value price and chances of a start. While he played 90 minutes midweek, the fact that Foden was benched for the Gameweek 6 draw with West Ham suggests that he may feature from the beginning against Sheffield United. The youngster also remains top of the charts or joint-top among Manchester City players for shots in the box, big chances and shots on target this season.

Jack Harrison (£5.5m) is yet another left-sided attacking asset to earn a place in the Scout Picks for Gameweek 7. This week really is the one for great match-ups on this side of the pitch, as Leicester have conceded 25 chances from the right this season, second only to Sheffield United. 

Forwards

Top 10k FPL managers and FFS poll voters disagree over Kane's captain credentials

Harry Kane (£10.9m) remains an auto-include for the Scout Picks considering he managed to come out of a cagey trip to Burnley with a 13th attacking return in six matches. The Spurs man is also still top of the league for shots on target and big chances created this season, highlighting his all-round appeal and potential for goals, assists and bonus in equal measure.

Raúl Jiménez (£8.5m) remains as reliable as clockwork this season, with attacking returns from four of his six matches thus far. He has found the net in two of Wolves’ three home matches while Crystal Palace have kept just one clean sheet all season, none on the road.

Callum Wilson (£6.5m) has largely crept under the radar this season but he has managed to score four goals and provide two assists in the first six matches. That has taken him into the top-five points scorers among forwards, backed up by the second-highest number of big chances among Premier League players in 2020/21. Wilson can certainly continue that form in Gameweek 7 as Newcastle host Everton, who are without a clean sheet since Gameweek 1.

Substitutes

Sam Johnstone (£4.5m) earned support from three of our Scout Squad pundits this week as West Bromwich Albion travel to Fulham. The Baggies have made improvements at the back over the last two Gameweeks, conceding the third-lowest number of shots in the box during that time. Meanwhile, Fulham have blanked in two of their first three home matches this season.

Surprise, surprise, another left-sided player makes it into the selection for Gameweek 7. Provided Liam Cooper returns to the side, Stuart Dallas (£4.5m) will share that side of the pitch with Harrison when Leicester come to Elland Road on Monday night.

Branislav Ivanovic (£4.5m) is another route into the West Bromwich Albion defence for Gameweek 7. Despite only playing two matches for the Baggies, the former Chelsea man is already second only to Grady Diangana for shots in the box among his new colleagues this season.

However, if anyone is going to find the net for Fulham, we are confident that Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) will have some involvement. In the last two Gameweeks, only four players have attempted more shots in the box than his total of five and, of course, he hit the post last time out.

THE CAPTAIN

Who are the best captain options for FPL Gameweek 36+?

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.

Here’s how we voted for Gameweek 7:

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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.

karsworde managed 40 points for the Community Champions in Gameweek 6 but the Scout Picks went 4-2 up for the season with a score of 45.

Riot takes us on for Gameweek 7, opting for a 4-5-1 line-up of Meslier; Chilwell, T Silva, Ayling, Dallas; Salah, Mané (c), Mahrez, D Jota, M Pereira; Werner (vc).

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1,761 Comments Post a Comment
  1. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Team for GW7 is:

    Martinez
    Robbo - Chilwell - Saiss - Dallas
    Salah - Son - Grealish
    Kane - DCL - Maupay

    Soucek - Mitchell - Hamez*

    2 FTs
    0.1 itb

    I am keeping both Hamez & Maupay.

    What to do here not to burn the FT..?

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Mitchell to Kilman?

    2. GE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Same team as me, I will do Hamez -> Zaha or Maupay --Bamford/Adams

  2. Vazza
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Who to captain this week -

      A. Salah
      B. Son
      C. Kane

      1. Luton_Fan
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Son

      2. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        B

      3. fr3d
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        c

      4. LewanGOALski
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        C

    • Tripleh123
        2 months, 27 days ago

        G2G?

        Martínez - (Steer)

        Taylor - Justin - Robertson (Lamptey),(Mitchell)

        Grealish - Zaha - Salah - Son (Burke)

        Ings - Calvert-Lewin - Kane

        Who to cap?
        1) Salah
        2) Son
        3)Kane

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          3

        2. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Surely start Mitchell over Taylor?

      • I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        The Chilwell rest talk is pure speculation right?

        1. Troll hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Rank Foulette is like Pep Roulette...

        2. Troll hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Check team news?

        3. Long ago I drew a walrus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Basically yeah. Doesn't mean it won't happen though.

      • Lukakus talking
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Morning all

        Martinez
        TAA – Saiss – Lamptey (Mitchell, Dunne)
        Son – Salah – JRod – Klich (Anguissa)
        Werner – Kane – DCL

        2FT 0.2ITB

        Worth doing a -4 of TAA, Klich, Werner → Masuaku (or other 4.5 def), KDB, Wilson?

        Or just Klich → McGinn and roll the FT for another week?

        Thanks in advance

      • RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Who to get?

        A) Bamford
        B) Wilson

        1. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          A

        2. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          B

      • Agamenmon
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Should I sell Hames for

        A) Zaha
        B) Grealish
        C) keep him

        1. Hansel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          I prefer Grealish over Zaha but really torn on whether to do Podence, Hamez -> Grealish, Zaha or just Podence -> Grealish

          1. Agamenmon
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Will I just keep Hames?

      • DagheMunegu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Best trossard replacement up to 6?
        Thought of Barkley but already have Watkins

      • waltzingmatildas
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        I really like my team now! Gtg?
        Mccarthy
        TAA James ayling
        Mane(c) Bruno son soucek
        Kane dcl Bamford
        (Button bissouma ctaylor Mitchell)

      • ZakyJ
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        So what to do with this team?

        Martinez Forster
        Robbo Saiss James Justin Mitchell
        Salah Son Rodriguez Grealish Podence
        Kane DCL Brewster

        £2.1itb 1FT

        1. Hold
        2. Podence > Zaha/Foden
        3. James > Chilwell
        4. Rodriguez > Rashford
        5 Rodriguez & Saiss > Bruno & Kilman(-4)

        1. Apwilkin
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Hold

          1. Apwilkin
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Sorry hold or James to Chillwell.

        2. Hansel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          3

      • Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Lost previous page

        Using 1FT and rolling the other. Maupay >

        A) Bamford (LEI, cry, ARS)
        B) Adams (avl, NEW, wol)

        ?

        1. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          A

        2. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          B

        3. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          A

      • iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Mendy
        TAA Justin Mitchell KWP
        Salah Sterling Son
        Kane DCL Watkins

        Steer Romeu Taylor Bissouma

        Choose one to cpt:

        A) Mo
        B) Kane
        C) Sonny
        D) Sterling

        Cheers amigos.

        1. Apwilkin
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Currently on Mo myself, but Kane and Son also pretty safe options. Sterling could be a nice differential.

      • Cak Juris
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Zaha still take penalty with Milivojevic & PVA presence??

        1. Black Knights
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Probably not.

          1. fpl_tp95
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 27 days ago

            If Milivojevic plays, then I think it's very unlikely Zaha takes a pen

            1. fpl_tp95
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Not certain he'll start though

      • fpl_tp95
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Martinez

        Saiss Kilman Ayling Lamptey Robertson

        Grealish Son Salah

        Kane (C) DCL

        Steer, March, Brewster, Hames

        1.5ITB and 1 FT

        Do I

        a) bank the free transfer
        b) Brewster to Bamford
        c) March to Bowen

      • Evasivo
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Start 1:

        A) Trossard
        B) Bednarek

        1. Luton_Fan
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Tross

      • Stimps
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Worth a hit??

        Rodriguez, Klich -> Pulisic, Soucek

        1. Hansel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          No

        2. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Yep

        3. Luton_Fan
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          No

      • G Banger
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        With J. Rod out, I'm looking at fielding the following 5 at the back:

        Kilman, Semeda, PVA, TAA, Chillwell

        Would you:
        a) Play all DEF
        b) JRod => 8.0 MID

      • Ha.
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Play Cresswell or Dallas?

      • corderz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Maupay to:

        A) Wilson
        B) Bamford
        C) Keep

        1. Hansel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          B

        2. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          A

        3. Ha.
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          A

      • aapoman
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Madness to sell Hames and DCL? Have 2ft so could make something dramatic

        1. Long ago I drew a walrus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Bold, could pay off, depends who you bring in

          1. aapoman
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Could bring in Rashford and Adams or Bowen and Werner

      • tissae
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Bamford of Wilson lads? What's your call?

        1. tissae
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          or*

        2. abaalan
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Think Bamford is flash in the pan. Wilson (or Mitrovic if you want to go differential) for me.

          I'm in same boat and will be going one of them.

      • Hazardous1983
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Podence out for who for a hit or stick

        1. Long ago I drew a walrus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Not for a hit

      • JJeyy
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Maupay to bamford to use one of two free transfers?

        Pretty shocking that brighton created 0.5xg against west brom

      • gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        My team is quite interesting.
        Pickford (8.1%)
        Robbo (19.4%)
        Kilman (10.8%)
        Sterling (7.3%)
        Fernandez (21.8%)
        Rashford (8.3%)
        Mane (9.9%)
        Foden (9.1%)
        Adams (2.1%)
        Wilson (12.7%)

        1. Vazza
            2 months, 27 days ago

            The upside is massive for your team. All the best mate

            1. gooberman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Very exposed as well though.

            2. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 27 days ago

              And so is the downside

        2. Vazza
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Who to captain this week please -

            A. Salah
            B. Son
            C. Kane

            1. Luton_Fan
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Son

            2. Warby84
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Salah

          • Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            No fires this week so a week punt for Podence to

            A Bowen
            B Barkley
            C McGinn
            D Harrison

            1. Luton_Fan
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Lookman

            2. Warby84
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              A

            3. Sir Alex Telles.
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              save the ft. If they are two do something else. i'd suggest phil Foden if you dont have. The above options are transfers out waiting to happen.

              1. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                I have 2FT...no other ideas...can't afford Foden sadly..

          • Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Who to bench out of Justin, Taylor or Bissouma?

            1. fpl_tp95
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Bissouma

            2. Hansel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Biss

          • PremKraut
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            What to do with HamezJamez?

            1. Luton_Fan
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Keep if u have gud bench

              1. PremKraut
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                I've got a terrible bench.

            2. Vazza
                2 months, 27 days ago

                Might be a good time to offload him and cash in

            3. Taegugk Warrior
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Play hamez or klich...?

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                The one that's not injured

            4. Sloane426
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 27 days ago

              (A) Rodríguez > Zaha
              (B) Save FT, start Mitchell/Taylor

              1. Warby84
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                A

              2. Apwilkin
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 27 days ago

                B