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. Tricky FC
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Play two:
    bamford
    calvert-lewin
    foden

    looking at everton now, no coleman, no digne, no j.rod, no andre gomes, richarlison... surely that impacts DCL

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      there's no-one else you can drop?

      1. Tricky FC
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        teams solid this week
        midfield- foden, pulisic, grealish, sterling, son
        forwards- kane, dcl, bamford

    2. toerag
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      bamford and foden

  2. KennyKickIt127
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Trying to bring in a few differentials into my team (got 2 FT).

    One decision I am trying to make is which one of these do I get:

    a) Pulisic
    b) Havertz
    c) Ziyech

    Liking Chelsea's next 3/4 run of games.

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      A

      1. KennyKickIt127
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Thanks Defo leaning towards A.....but just wanted to send out feelers to see if anyone preferred the other 2

    2. Coolboy9191
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Ziyech for me.. Can explode any moment with goals n assists. On set piece as well. Havertz soon will be replaced with ziyech

      1. KennyKickIt127
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Thanks ... yeah the other one I would consider would be Ziyech but need him to defo start this weekend and apparently its not nailed on!

  3. Tonyawesome69
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Start Taylor or Bissouma for Rodriguez?

    0.4itb 1ft
    Martinez
    Robbo Ayling TAA Justin
    Grealish Salah(C) Son Rodriguez
    DCL Kane
    (Peacock Taylor Bissouma Vassilev)

  4. DycheDycheBaby
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    a) JRod/DCL --> Rashford/Adams for -4 (I have Ings as well)
    b) JRod --> Zaha

    1. Quan MisTaka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Neither

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        So what would you do?

  5. 03farmboy
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Would you do TAA and Harper
    To
    Robertson and foden for -4

    1. sthelenslad92
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Yeah good moves

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      no

    3. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      No

    4. Quan MisTaka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Nope

    5. toerag
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      not for a hit

  6. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Everton's 3 most creative players out. Genuinely tempted to bench DCL for Anguissa (vs WBA)

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Hmmm, could theoretically pay off, but wowzers!

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I'm starting Anguissa ahead of Soucek

    3. Better off with a pin and a…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      It's definitely a concern.

  7. wattalowz
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Are the following both nailed?

    Dias
    Reidewald

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      yes
      no

  8. huhhh
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Rodriguez rule out, still keep dcl, or sell dcl to jimmy since i gt one FT

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I have exact money to do DCL to Ings, but probably getting rid of Trossard (to Foden) instead.

  9. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 25 days ago

    I'd be bracing for a Chilwell benching this week

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      My defence a total mess if he is

      1. Boly Would
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Same here, too many non-certain starters

        1. Boly Would
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Uncertain, that's the word!

  10. TeddiPonza
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Don't want to burn a transfer and want to keep Jimi and Saiss at least one more week.

    What move is best?

    A. Sterling to KdB
    B. Burke to Bissouma
    C. Podence to Lookman/Klich/Harrison/McGinn
    D. Something else

    Martinez (Forster)
    Saiss KWP Justin (Mitchell Lamptey)
    Salah Sterling Son Podence (Burke)
    Kane DCL Jimi

    0,1m in bank 2 FT.

  11. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    -4 team... JRod out? Or WC? Or just hope Davies / Mitchell get some gametime?

    McCarthy
    Chilwell, Saiss, Justin
    Salah(C), Pulisic, JRod*, Son, Grealish
    Kane(v), DCL
    (Nyland, Davies, Mitchell, Davis)

  12. nadman89
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    have salah son ASM and bruno and gotta sub out james who would you go for

    a)zaha
    b)grealish
    c)bowen
    d)foden

  13. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Have 2FTs and wanna do Maupay to Bamford.

    What would you do with Hamez? Lamptey to Kilman and bench Hamez?

    Martinez
    Robo/Reguilon/Chilwell
    Salah/Son/Grealish/Hamez
    Kane/DCL/Maupay

    Martin/Lamptey/Mitchell/Stephens

  14. itsmeguneet
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    How about Foden or Zaha for next few weeks?? Foden will be the only city asset in my team. Can't opt higher due to budget issue.

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Foden probably.

  15. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 25 days ago

    JRod to:
    A) Grealish
    B) Zaha
    C) Pulisic
    D) Ziyech
    E) another player

    1. focaccia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      In the same boat - Foden also worth considering

  16. Eastman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    A. Mahrez > Zaha?
    B. Play KWP (av) or Kusin (lee) ?

  17. corderz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Have 0.3m value in James Rodriguez

    A) Keep
    B) Sell

  18. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Will Foden start tomorrow after playing the full game midweek? Looking for a James replacement.

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Should do, was on the bench for the two games before that.

  19. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Is hamez to foden worth a hit? Or keep and hope mitchell starts? I don't expect more than 2 pointers from other subs

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Can do ziyech too but is he gonna start?

  20. focaccia
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Pulisic / Foden / Grealish - pick one

    1. Jdpz
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Pulisic

    2. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Foden now. Grealish mid term. Pulisic long term

  21. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Rodriguez & Davis to Grealish & Brewster for free?

    Have to sell Davis as already have 3 Villa.

  22. Sarri-ball
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    2 weeks only
    Jrod to zaha when own double wolves or take gamble on a havertz/mahrez

  23. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 25 days ago

    McCarthy, Nyland
    TAA, Konsa, Justin, Tierney, Taylor
    Son, Bruno, JRod, Podence, Bissouma
    Kane, DCL, Ings
    1ft., 1.6M in the bank

    A) JRod to Pulisic
    B) JRod to Zaha and Podence to Grealish (-4)

  24. quayle99
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Get one

    A Harrison
    B H. Costa
    C S Maximin

  25. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Do we know who’s on penalties for Villa yet?

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      The set pieces on here suggest it’s Grealish as Wesley and El Ghazi don’t play?

    2. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Nope, could be Barkley.

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Nope

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Thanks both

  26. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Can’t decide what to do here!

    A) Maupay > Bamford or Adams (roll 1FT)
    B) Maupay, Puli > Bamford, Zaha (2FT)
    C) Maupay, Puli > Adams, Rashford (2FT)
    D) Stephens > Soucek (hold Maupay another week)

    I know Pulisic *could* come good and with Ziyech back... but he will be sharing any returns across a pool of Werner, Puli, Ziyech, Havertz so I wonder if it's better to shift to a player more likely to score/ haul - i.e. Rash or Zaha.

    2FT 0.5itb
    Martinez
    Robbo, Chilwell, Dallas
    Salah, Son, Pulisic*, Grealish
    Kane, DCL, Maupay*
    (Forster) (KWP, Stephens, Braithwaite)

    Frustrating that I’m 0.1 short of Rashford over Zaha in D because that’d prob be my preference.

    Thoughts?
    Cheers

  27. huhhh
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Start asm and bench dcl?

  28. The Fantasy Doctor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 25 days ago

    JRod to Pulisic or Foden (free)

  29. jam sandwich
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    a) Rodriguez to Zaha
    b) Maupay to Bamford (play Bissouma)

  30. CBS
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Zaha or Rashford?

      1. Gregor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Rashford.