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. fkmzcgp
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    I have loads of value tied up in Hamez.. but have 2FT to use, should I do Hamez to Foden or just start lamptey/brewster?

    1. Quan MisTaka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Basically my exact same question...although mine would be for a hit.

      If i had a ft i would

  2. Quan MisTaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Are people getting rid of j.rod?

    Worth a hit this week if first sub is lamptey?

    1. Seanigula
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Well, Lamptey will probably get 0 or 1...and Jrod’s injury could linger

      1. Quan MisTaka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        I infer from your response you would. Who would you get in?

        8m itb have zaha, son, salah and burke

        1. AMP
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          I am planning Puli

  3. huhhh
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Help help start asm or dcl?

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Calvert Lewin.

      1. huhhh
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Even without hamez?

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          He scored plenty last season without him.

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      DCL

      1. Big Ronnie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        DCL

    3. toerag
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      dcl

  4. toerag
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Afternoon all

    sterling+DCL > Zaha+kane

    Yay or Nay

    Thoughts
    (i have foden)

  5. Big Ronnie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    McCarthy
    TAA, Dier, Saiss, Ayling
    Salah, Son, Rodriguez*, Podence
    Kane, Jimenez

    Steer, Soucek, Justin, Brewster

    £1.7m ITB and 1FT. Worried about Saiss being dropped but want to keep this week to see. I'm tempted by A & E below for a hit.

    A) Justin to Chilwell
    B) Dier to Chilwell
    C) Podence to Foden
    D) Rodriguez to Pulisic
    E) Rodriguez to Grealish

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      C

      1. Big Ronnie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Cheers Rafa

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Reckon below?

          1. Big Ronnie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Just replied mate, go for it

  6. HashAttack
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Just 2 players from the scout picks (Son and Kane) 🙂

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      That's good news for you

  7. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Time to WC? Chance that non of my defence start and I’m on a -4 already!

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

    1. thegame983
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      No

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Just play with 8 or 9?

    2. Big Ronnie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      I'd probably do it. Potentially 4 out of 5 def not playing plus JRod. Can set the team up for the next 6 weeks or so

  8. tim
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Kane or Salah for the armband?

    Leaning towards Kane!

    1. Quan MisTaka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Salaaaah

  9. Jdpz
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Podence to Foden for a hit?

      1. Oldie99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Surely not for a hit - give him one more chance

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

        Nah

      3. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        i think Podence is a waste of space, But Foden has a low ceiling, risk of limited minutes so certainly not worth a hit.

      4. toerag
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        hmmm. not for a hit. but hell get some pitch time and can change the game...

    • Oldie99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Aguero castagne for Werner chilwell for -4?

      Easy peasy?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Yep

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

        Looks good to me, would consider Ings also but depends on your preference.

    • Kryptonite666
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      A. JRod DCL to Rashford Bamford or

      B. JRod to Grealish or

      C. Jrod Watkins to Grealish Bamford

      1. Big Ronnie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        B

    • CRO KLOPP
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Can I get away with a save ft here?

      Martinez
      TAA James Saiss
      Salah Son Podence Grealish
      Kane DCL Maupay

      1 ft 2.3 itb

    • TeddiPonza
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 18 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

      1. Sarri-ball
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Burke to biss or mitchell to kilman

        1. TeddiPonza
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Already got 3 Wolves so Mitc to Kil not an option. But thanks 🙂

    • Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Do you think Chilwell will start?

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        no

        1. huhhh
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Lollllll

      2. Drogba Legend
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Yes

      3. Jack Burton
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        I've just bought him in he came off 10 min early i know its not long but I think it was to protect him for this game

      4. toerag
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        lol

      5. toerag
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        the need to ask is why im not getting him atm

      6. tinear
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Why not?

    • Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Captain who?

      1. Salah
      2. Son
      3. Kane

      1. wasp3000
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        I'm sticking with Salah cos if i switch i know i'll be burnt

      2. TB303
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Salah

    • wasp3000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      James Rod to

      A) Pulisic
      B) Havertz
      C) Ziyech
      D) Zaha
      E) Grealish (already have Barkley)
      F) Foden

      1. AMP
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        A

      2. Sarri-ball
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Iv took gamble on mahrez out them A)

        1. wasp3000
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          City have Lpool and Spurs after SUtd as well so thinking I'll go with Pulisic for a nice run of fixtures

    • Reeker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Have 2 FT. Was going to do Maupay -> Antonio then Antonio was out so the plan changed to Maupay + Bissouma -> Brewster and Zaha for free. Now with James Rodriguez out would it be best to do

      Rodriguez -> Zaha
      or
      Maupay + Bissouma -> Zaha + Brewster and play Brewster against Man City...

    • Henning
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      1. Rodríguez out for Foden -4
      2. Play Klich

      1. Quan MisTaka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Klich

        1. Henning
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Thanx.

    • Drogba Legend
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      ny help appreciated. 2FT:

      Ryan
      Robbo - Chillwell - Saiss
      Salah - Son - Grealish - Pulisic
      Maupay - DCL - Kane (C)

      Steer - Dallas - Stephens - Douglas

      A) Save 2FT
      B) Maupay > 6.5 forward or under
      C) Maupay + Ryan out for Adams+Mendy
      D) Pulisic > 8.3 mid or under
      E) Maupay + Puli > Zaha and 7.5 forward

      Cheers!

    • tabby98
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Mccarthy (Nyland)
      TAA, James, KWP, Justin (Mitchell)
      Salah, J.Rod, Son, ASM (Stephens)
      DCL, Kane, Jimenez

      1ft 0.3itb

      What do I do here?

    • 420king
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Martinez
      Robertson, Chilwell, Dallas
      Salah, Son, Rodriguez*, Grealish, Zaha
      Kane, Calvert-Lewin
      (Forster, Lamptey, Brewster, Ferguson)
      2FT 0.0 ITB

      A) JRod to Foden
      B) JRod and DCL to Rashford and Bamford (only have 0.1m tied in those each)
      C) Something more obvious?

    • Eastman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Soucek / Jimmy > Zaha / Bamford?

      1. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Jimmy first haul incoming

    • StayoutheSpiceZone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Any one got any rumours/twitter accounts that might be able to have an insight into the Wolves boys tonight?
      I miss the early leaks!

    • rubberdignerapids
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Hames > Ziyech(c)

      Ballsy differential move up the ranks or stupid?

      Also have Kane, Son and Salah as other (c) options

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Would be silly, might not even start

      2. Sarri-ball
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Could be gold . My only concern ziyech played 80 mins in russia and just back from a injury

    • Bishopool
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Help guys..

      a) Barkley to Foden
      b) Podance to Jota
      c) do nothing

      1. Jdpz
          2 months, 18 days ago

          c

      2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Hamez to Zaha or save and play Justin?

      3. Lord Flashheart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        so :

        A moupay to wilson for free
        B moupay to mitro one week punt for free
        C keep moupay

      4. carlosice
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Play Podence or Barnes?

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          sell both

        2. Jdpz
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Podence

          • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Barnes

        3. HonestBlatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Best budget striker under 4.7M for next three weeks?

          1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Brewster the only option..

            1. HonestBlatter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Thanks. I'll go with him then

        4. Pavsboot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Do I want to be boring with Hamez + Maupay to Zaha + Kane or ballsy by getting in Ings and Rashford. Don't particularly like Rashfords fixture tbh but he does look a fun pick and will probably be great post this week.