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:

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.

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. NoThomasNoPartey18
      2 months, 24 days ago

      1FT 0itb

      A) Castagne to zouma
      B) castagne/mitchell to chillwell/3.9def -4
      C) castagne/rodriguez to chillwell/grealish -4

      Martinez
      Saiss Targett castagne* mitchell* dunne
      Son salah foden fernandes james*
      Dcl kane brewster

      Bottomed, sorry

      1. wilsonito
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Same dilemma, think I might do C but to zaha instead as I’ve got Watkins

    • el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Tempted to go J Rod to Pulisic but I know I will want Columbian back for Fulham and will have to pay extra to get him since originally got him for a starting 6.5m price.

      1. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        If you have a solid bench it's worth keeping him. Many either don't have good bench options this week or have 2ft to burn.

      2. Sean
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Same, and its a transfer that has to me made at a time I want to be using them on bringing in city players..

      3. leo_messi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        true, but money is not everything in this game and if you buy Pulisic now you still can do Puli -> Hames in GW9 and keep like 0.4- 0.5 inb for the next moves

      4. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Decisions decisions, thanks all.

    • janlu0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      McCarthy or Martinez in goal?

      1. Neves say Neves
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Martinez

    • Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Who to start?

      A) Justin (lee)
      B) Soucek (liv)
      C) Brewster (MCI)

      1. Bubi
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        B

    • Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Am i the only one with sterling?

      1. GOTHAM City F.C.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Ya pretty much the only person.

        1. Luton_Fan
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Thought so thanks

        2. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          o/

      2. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        And me

    • corderz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Martinez Forster
      Robbo Chilwell Reguilion Dallas Mitchell
      Salah Son Rodriguez Grealish Soucek
      Kane DCL Maupay

      A) Maupay + Hamez > Bamford + Pulisic
      B) Maupay > Bamford (Hold Hamez and play Dallas)
      C) Maupay > Wilson

    • Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      No fires this week, 2FT and £1m ITB, so a week punt for Podence to ?

      A Bowen
      B Barkley
      C McGinn
      D Harrison
      E Lookman

      Can't afford Foden 🙁

      1. wilson007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 24 days ago

        B

      2. Dirtymeercat666
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 24 days ago

        I like A

        1. SmasherLagru
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Bowen n stick for ages

    • RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Who to get?

      A) Bamford
      B) Wilson
      C) Rashford

      1. Big Ronnie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        C

      2. SmasherLagru
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 24 days ago

        C

      3. Dirtymeercat666
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Rashford

    • The Yorkshire Pirlo
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Best move?

      A) Hamez > Grealish

      B) Hamez, Jimmy > Lookman, Kane -4

      1. Big Ronnie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        A

        1. SmasherLagru
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 24 days ago

          A

      2. GOTHAM City F.C.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        A

      3. Dirtymeercat666
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 24 days ago

        A

    • Jimjam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Is it crazy to consider Bowen over Foden as a JRod replacement?

      Should play 90 mins, hasn't played midweek, Liverpool without VVD and Fabinho...

      1. Drogba Legend
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Absolutely not. WHU look better, saves you money, good fixtures after LIV, etc.

      2. Puntillimon
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Good shout but might be a blank this week. Great after pool

      3. Pumpy Pro
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Foden may not even start. Bowen a better option from next week. Foden is tempting but what's point in risking 1 pointers . Let the a James owners make that mistake

    • Bishopool
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      What do you think, Podence will be benched or starter?.

    • Puntillimon
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Feeling a bit frisky and going trent capt. Anyone with me?

      1. Jay Arell
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Ballsy

        1. SmasherLagru
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Really

      2. William.gallant
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Here is me considering selling for chilwell

      3. Strongback2011
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        I like it!

      4. Puntillimon
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Seems like I’m going in this alone 🙁

        1. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Very tempted....

        2. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          I’m in

    • Jay Arell
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Anyone reckon Barkley could keeper up with Grealish or at least provide some good value at 6.0?

      1. Drogba Legend
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Some decent value at his price for sure. Solid fixtures as well.

      2. Big Ronnie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Think he'll do well value wise

    • Big Ronnie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Start one of Podence, Soucek or Justin?

      1. Jay Arell
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Justin or Podence

      2. Drogba Legend
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Podence

      3. William.gallant
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Podence

        1. Big Ronnie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Cheers all

    • Drogba Legend
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      I think I'm set on dropping my Brighton assets with my 2FT this week. Which is the better combo:

      Maupay + Ryan >

      A) Adams + Mendy/Fabs/Darlow
      B) Watkins + Mendy/Fabs/Darlow
      C) Bamford + Mendy/Fabs/Darlow
      D) Wilson + Meslier/McCarthy
      E) Something else??

      1. SmasherLagru
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 24 days ago

        B fabs

        1. Drogba Legend
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Cheers

    • William.gallant
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Sorry was bottomed.
      Can currently exactly afford;
      TAA + Hamez —> chilwell + Rashford
      And 2FT,
      Thoughts?

      1. Q
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Trent COULD do well against a depleted west ham but I see more points in your transfer

      2. GOTHAM City F.C.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Worth the punt Rash

    • CelticBhoy1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Best midfielder for 8.0 or under?

      1. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Grealish, Zaha, Ziyech

    • Machine_Gunnerz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Rashford as differential captain?

      1. William.gallant
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Don’t seem to trust much in your teams own defence aha

      2. Puntillimon
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Think he might do better against teams that don’t park the bus

      3. Konstaapeli
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Against the mighty gunners?

    • PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Getting cold feet about Jimenez > Kane.

      Definitely want Kane, just don't want to lose Jimi now... even though I've watched Wolves' past three games and they've not looked threatening.

      The alternative is TAA + Maupay > Coufal/other + Kane for -4.

      Should just do Jimi > Kane for free, shouldn't I?

      1. King Kun Ta
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Jimi out

        1. PascalCygan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Thanks. It has been my plan all along - just need to dispel those voices in my head suggesting otherwise!

    • Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Start one for Hamez cover:
      A) Bissouma
      B) Mitchell
      C) Taylor

      1. Taegugk Warrior
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        A

      2. Vazza
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Bissouma

        • PascalCygan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          C probably has the highest ceiling, chance of an assist and wouldn't rule out a clean sheet after watching Burnley v Spurs

      3. Vazza
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Who to captain this week pls -

          A. Salah
          B. Son
          C. Kane

          1. Konstaapeli
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            C

          2. Luton_Fan
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            How many times u gonna ask that?

            1. Vazza
                2 months, 24 days ago

                My apologies, I’m really confused about captaincy this week hence the repetition.

            2. Nellis1966
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 24 days ago

              B

            3. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Solahne

            4. TLF
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Only you can decide, they are all good picks, you can't go wrong, who ever you choose won't be a bad move with those 3.

              Go with your gut.

            5. Warby84
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Trent

          3. Konstaapeli
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Is james out o just Ancelotti mind games again?

            1. Vazza
                2 months, 24 days ago

                I think this time he’s being for real

            2. The Reptile
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Will Foden start?

              I was thinking of Jorginho to him or
              Mitchell to Cancelo as I have no ManCity

              1. Drogba Legend
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Should start I reckon

            3. Taegugk Warrior
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Play
              A. Killman
              B. Justin

              1. Bubi
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                A

            4. fc_skrald
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              I don't understand all the Rodriguez sellers - they want him back soon, wont they? I don't have him in my team but already planning for getting him next gw, so I will be happy of course if he is 0.1 million cheaper...

              1. Luton_Fan
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Same but gw9

                1. fc_skrald
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 24 days ago

                  Yes, maybe wait for gw 9

            5. Kip
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              With only 1FT and 0.0itb would you rather do:
              A) Antonio=> Bamford
              B) Jrod => Grealish/Zaha

              Both are confirmed out for the GW.

              1. Drogba Legend
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Tough call, I'd go B.

              2. Luton_Fan
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                A

              3. PascalCygan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Probably B, would want Antonio next week

                1. Luton_Fan
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 24 days ago

                  Antonio out for at least 4 weeks

                  1. PascalCygan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 24 days ago

                    Ah, didn’t realise. Thanks

            6. Flynny
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Am I good to save ft here? 1mitb. Rank 3.8m so desperate for a good week

              Martinez James saiss (lamptey Mitchell)
              Salah (c) son pulisic foden (burke)
              Kane dcl watkins

              Thanks

            7. Peekay
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Podence still guaranteed to start?

              1. Luton_Fan
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Nope but he was sharp last game so expect him to keep place

                1. Peekay
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 24 days ago

                  Thanks mate!

            8. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Play Mitchell or Justin?

              1. TNB
                  2 months, 24 days ago

                  Justin

              2. Nolberto Solano
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Jrod to Foden for a hit?

                1. Konstaapeli
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 24 days ago

                  Nope

                  1. TNB
                      2 months, 24 days ago

                      no

                  2. Bubi
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 24 days ago

                    Nah