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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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. Better off with a pin and a…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Help appreciated. Money tied up in JRod. 2FT, stick or twist and to who? Zaha? Or downgrade Maupay for the upgrade of JRod?

    Guaita,
    Robbo, Chilwell, Saiss (Dallas, Lewis)
    Son (c), Salah, Grealish, Bissouma (Jrod)
    DCL, Maupay, Kane

    2FT - 0.1 ITB

    A) JRod->Zaha
    B) JRod+Maupay->Bamford + Pulisic
    C) Bench JRod and do Maupay->Bamford, play Dallas

    Any other ideas welcome - cheers!

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

      As you have money tied up, and Ancelotti said he should only miss one game then I'd be reluctant to move him on yet especially with Evertons fixtures after the internation break.

      I like Maupay > Bamford/Adams this week and roll over 1FT until next week and decide after you watch another round of fixtures.

      1. Better off with a pin and a…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Thanks. It does feel like the safe option and I've got a playing bench.

    2. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      B for me

      1. Better off with a pin and a…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Thanks. Feels the most exciting move!

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

      I'm considering J-Rod to Foden

      1. Better off with a pin and a…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Thanks, also an interesting option.

  2. Disco Stu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Is Pereira worth keeping for his match against Leeds today or transfer to

    A. Zaha(Great fixtures starting next week)

    B. Foden(Great fixture this week)

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

      Meant his match this week

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

        Must be a luxury to transfer someone out who is playing against Fulham defence- I am thinking of transferring him in!

  3. Sc007
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Keep Werner or swap him out for
    Ings or jiminez?

    1. Big Ronnie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Keep

    2. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      keep

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

    maupay to:

    1 Wilson
    2 mitro (one week punt)
    3 bamford (tough schedule

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

      Wilson

    2. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      I like Wilson

    3. TB303
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Why get rid of Maupay. Just one bad fixture no?

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

        his form

  5. The 12th Man
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Exact funds for Rodriguez,DCL >> Rashford,Bamford-4.

    Yes or no?

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

      Yes

    2. Kryptonite666
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 27 days ago

      very interesting, you got me thinking

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

      Exactly what did .. so Yes

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

    Did kloppo mention anything about salah?

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      No, he was pictured in training yesterday though.

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

        Thank you.

  7. as33
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    G2G?
    Martinez
    Chilwell, Robbo, KWP
    Salah, Zaha, Son, Pulisic
    Kane(c), DCL, Watkins
    Kilman or KWP to start and why?

  8. Pulp Minion
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    JRod replacement

    1) Fernandes
    2) Rashford (+1m)

    1. moz_1983
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      1 is safer.

    2. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      1

    3. Kun Tozser
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      2 is bang in form

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

      Do you have son?

  9. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Should I do JRod to Grealish for free? Kinda don't feel like leaving that much funds on my bench tbh. Next one is United too and who knows if Everton will play again soon like they did few weeks ago. I think they gonna lose points in the next few GW's.

    1. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      I just did

  10. Reggie Nainggolan
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Tough captain pick

    A) Salah
    B) Kane
    C) Son

    1. Van der Faart
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Kane

    2. Tony Martial
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      I’m actually going with Son

    3. ajay_kl +42
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      I was on Kane. Switched to Salah this morning

  11. Van der Faart
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Repost:
    Rolling FT here to make 2/3 next week. Best choice?

    McCarthy
    TAA Coady Dallas (Bavies Lamptey)
    Salah Son Pulisic Podence (Bissouma)
    Kane DCL Adams

    1m ITB.
    Planned moves are TAA and Pulisic out to Sterling/KDB and a 5.2/5.1 defender. Considering a hit for Podence out too next week as third move.

    Any issues with this plan?

  12. nadman89
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    grealish or zaha is such a tough decision , feel like many are gonna have to make that call this week

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Tough call long term, but don’t really fancy Zaha at Wolves this week.

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

        Out of the two Zaha but Grealish this week

    2. grahamsetsfire
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Thoughts on Foden as an alternative to Zaha? I already have Grealish

  13. PLerix
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    DCL and TAA -> Kane and Kilman for free? Exact funds.
    A) Yes
    B) No

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 27 days ago

      No

  14. damiang2233
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Am i right in thinking your first wildcard needs to be played before end of december?

    Then you get a 2nd wildcard from January?

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Haven't you been playing 10 years?

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

      GW 16

  15. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Play
    A. Soucek (liv)
    B. Lewis (EVE)

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

      A

    2. Tony Martial
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      B

  16. Sotamendi84
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    puli to rashford or save?

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Save.

  17. pablo discobar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Is Milner likely to play, and if so will he be on the pens?

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

      If he plays, yes

    2. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Probably not, but they were both on the pitch when Salah took the penalty midweek.

    3. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      no, Salah is now on pens regardless it would seem.

      Howewer, if it was in the 95th min with the score at 1-1, I suspect Milner would step up (if on pitch obvs).

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

      salah will be taking pens from now on

  18. IRBOX ⚽
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    a) Bissouma
    b) Grealish (-4)

  19. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    I've owned Zaha FIVE TIMES already this season and missed all his hauls.

    Did Pulisic to Zaha two days ago and now want to do Rodriguez out and Puli in!!!

    What a season.

    Would be -4

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      you can't have owned him 5 times and missed all his hauls

      1. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Sorry in 3 times out twice. Fair point.

        1. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          yeah that's unlucky.

          put also shows the benefit of patience.

          he was flagged at one point, which is why i chose grealish over him (3 weeks ago).

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

    A. Castagne > Robertson
    B. Castagne and Rodriguez > Struijk (fodder) and KDB

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

      Or B with Robbo and Puli

  21. TB303
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Need to use at least 1FT

    Rod -> Zaha then leave Konsa on bench

    Anything obvious I'm missing??

    McCarthy
    Dallas- Robertson- Saïss - Konsa ALL AT HOME
    Grealish- Salah(c)- Son
    Calvert- Kane- Maupay

    Bissouma, Mitchell. Rodríguez* Ryan-

  22. Tshelby
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    I'm stuck.. going to go with the community opinion

    Ramsdale, Steer
    TAA, Webster, Taylor, Davies, KWP
    Salah, Son, Trossard, Soucek, Bissouma
    Kane, Jimenez, DCL

    1FT
    1.8 ITB

    A) TAA, Trossard -> Bruno, Coufal (-4)
    B) Davies -> Coufal
    C) Trossard -> Zaha

  23. AD2110
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Dallas to Coufal? (play Coufal next week)

    or burn the free transfer and keep Dallas? No other pressing issues really

  24. 03farmboy
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 27 days ago

    What free transfer would you use on this team?

    McCarthy, nyland
    TAA, Justin, Kwp, holding, Mitchel
    Salah, Son, Barkley, Harper, bissouma
    Kane, Werner, Calvert-Lewin

  25. TeddiPonza
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 27 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..

  26. Lord Flashheart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    how nailed is coufal?

  27. The Littlest Robbo
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    I want to move Zaha on as I don't think the next few fixtures are as good as they look on paper. Plus palace aren't exactly the most attacking side

    Which move looks the best over the next few weeks with 2FT's?

    A. Zaha & TAA to Bruno & Cresswell
    B. Zaha & TAA to Pulisic & Chilwell
    C. Zaha & Lamptey to Pulisic & Cooper
    D. Zaha & Lamptey to Pulisic & Balbeuna

  28. Rinseboy
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Best Chelsea mid to own at the mo?

    Pullisic Havertz or Ziyech?

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Havertz

    2. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Pulisic

    3. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Pulisic

  29. The 12th Man
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    A or B for -4?

    A) Rodriguez,DCL >> Rashford,Bamford
    B) Rodriguez,Jimenez >> Fernandes,Bamford

  30. damiang2233
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Chilwell or Zouma?