Scout Picks

Gameweek 9 Scout Picks built on Chelsea and Everton attacking double-ups

Attacking double-ups for Chelsea and Everton form the spine of the Gameweek 9 Scout Picks XI.

They face Newcastle and Fulham respectively in two of the most favourable fixtures this weekend.

As ever, we have chosen our team from DavidNealeTom and Andy‘s Scout Squad submissions, released earlier this week.

We line up in the traditional 3-4-3 formation, coming in bang-on our budget of £83.0m.

Goalkeeper

Vicente Guaita (£5.0m) gets his first Scout Picks appearance of the campaign ahead of a Monday-night trip to Turf Moor. Will it prove to be his happy place? Well, Burnley remain this season’s lowest scorers after eight Gameweeks and, over the last four, are bottom of the league for shots on target (eight).

Defenders

During that same period, no club has registered fewer total attempts on goal than Newcastle (27), boosting Chelsea’s clean sheet chances in Gameweek 9. The Blues themselves have secured shut-outs in three of their last five while no Premier League defender can match Ben Chilwell (£6.0m) for key passes since Gameweek 5.

No team has conceded fewer big chances in the last four matches than Manchester United, which is why we’ve chosen Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.4m) for the Gameweek 9 Scout Picks. He stands in for Harry Maguire, who we initially chose but had to replace due to an injury doubt. Either way, Wan-Bissaka still stands to benefit from United’s improved defence and the fact that West Bromwich Albion are bottom of the league for big chances of their own since Gameweek 5.

Aaron Cresswell (£5.1m) went close to match Chilwell’s creativity output over the last four matches, registering just one fewer key pass than his Chelsea counterpart. A role in corners and free-kicks for West Ham is good news considering upcoming opponents Sheffield United have given up the most chances from set-plays and the second-most headed attempts since Gameweek 5.

Midfielders

Naturally, the Gameweek 9 captain poll winner Bruno Fernandes (£10.6m) makes it into the Scout Picks for a home match against West Bromwich Albion. Since Gameweek 2, no midfielder created more chances than Manchester United’s key man and he remains a persistent shooter, registering the third-highest number of shots over the same period.

Hakim Ziyech (£8.2m) has made a blistering start to life in the Premier League. In just two starts he already has four goal involvements, three of those assists. That output has looked sustainable too, considering that, in the last four matches, Ziyech is joint-top of the league for big chances created – and he’s only started two in that period. Meanwhile, he faces a Newcastle side in Gameweek 9 that has conceded the third-highest number of chances from set pieces in 2020/21.

James Rodríguez (£7.9m) could be back with a bang in Gameweek 9 as he faces a Fulham defence that has conceded at least twice in three of their four home matches this season. Crucially, no team has given up more headed attempts than them since Gameweek 5, perfect for Everton’s corner and free-kick taker.

Only Son Heung-min and Mohamed Salah have more points among midfielders than Jack Grealish (£7.5m) this season and we expect him to continue his impressive form against Brighton. The Seagulls’ possession-based style means they don’t give up many chances, but their susceptibility to the counter-attack means they still only have two clean sheets from a possible eight this season. Meanwhile, Grealish has created the joint-highest number of big chances in the last four matches and is joint-third for big chances of his own.

Forwards

Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) could benefit from Liverpool’s defensive shortages in Gameweek 9. The Reds are missing key personnel at the back right now while Leicester’s main man is joint-top of the league for big chances in the last four matches. On top of that, only two players have registered more shots on target than Vardy in that time.

Timo Werner (£9.4m) is really starting to find his feet at Chelsea. In the last four matches, just two players have boasted superior xG non penalty figures than the German international, who has recently secured spot-kick duty anyway. He faces a Newcastle side that has averaged two goals conceded per match since Gameweek 5 and who have given up more chances down their right-hand side than any other Premier League club in that time, 

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.8m) could have an enjoyable Gameweek 9 meeting with Fulham’s defence, which looks tailor-made to suffer at his hands. as already mentioned, the Cottagers have conceded the joint-most number of headed attempts in the last four matches, while the majority of Calvert-Lewin’s shots this season have come from the air.

Substitutes

Selected by three of our Scout Squad pundits for Gameweek 9, top-scoring FPL goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez (£4.8m) takes a place on the bench.

Matt Targett (£4.5m) is a cheaper alternative route into the Aston Villa back-line. None of his defensive colleagues has matched his five key passes over the last four matches.

Vladimir Coufal (£4.5m) is another way to invest in West Ham’s defence for a trip to Sheffield United. He is second-only to Cresswell for crosses among all Hammers players over the last four matches.

Diogo Jota (£6.5m) looks more nailed-on to start than ever with Salah absent from Liverpool’s Gameweek 9 plans. The former Wolves man has found the net in each of his last three Premier League matches at Anfield.

THE CAPTAIN

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

We choose 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 9:

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.

THFC4LIFE managed 62 points for the Community Champions in Gameweek 8 but the Scout Picks went 6-2 up for the season with a healthy score of 78.

claretparrot takes us on for Gameweek 9, opting for a 3-5-2 line-up of Guaita; Zouma, Cresswell, Wan-Bissaka; B Fernandes (vc), Rashford, Grealish, Richarlison, Ziyech; Calvert-Lewin (c), Vardy.

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3,825 Comments Post a Comment
  1. SomeoneKnows
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Martinez (Forster)
    Robbo, Chilwell, Saiss (Dallas, Mitchell)
    Salah*, Son, Ziyech, Grealish (Soucek)
    Kane, DCL, Bamford

    Which should I do with my free transfer?

    A) Salah > Bruno
    B) Salah > KDB
    C) Keep Salah and save FT

    Plan is to bring KDB + Cancelo/Cresswell next week for Son + Saiss

    1. Pickle juice
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Who you captaining if you do no transfer

      1. SomeoneKnows
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Probably DCL

        1. Pickle juice
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          I would probably do the same

          1. Pickle juice
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Save free transfer

  2. Snapes on a Plane
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Play C.Wilson or Saiss?

    1. DK_13
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Saiss. Wilson might score just 1 point

    2. Puncheon Guly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Is Saiss gonna play?

      1. DK_13
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Probably, coady could be out and kilman I heard his dad passed away but I don't know the latest on that..

  3. Pickle juice
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    My midfield is :

    Zaha Salah ziayek Grealish son

    Would you play son/Zaha or take a hit to get Bruno in for either Salah or son

    Please help

  4. HurriKane
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Bruno Fernandes has scored more goals (13)

    Scored more non-penalty goals (7)

    Registered more assists (11)

    Created more chances (60)

    than any other Premier League midfielder since making his debut in premier league in February.

    Wow. Just Amazing.

    Is he in your team?. If not whats the reason to ignore the Portuguese magnifico?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Poor home form

  5. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    I don't have any injury problems but have this urge to play my free hit chip. Really liking a triple up on Everton, Chelsea and United to gain some ground after a difficult start to the season... Maybe I should just stick the armband on Bruno and log out for the evening.

    1. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Dont waste your free hit, can gain so many points in a blank / double game week, trust me

      1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Yeah I've always played my FH for blank and double gameweeks in the past but I'm not sure I've had a worse start. Slight progress in the last few weeks so I'll probably leave it off.

        1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Cheers BTW!

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

    Start Lamptey or Coufal?

    1. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Couf

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Coufal

  7. Neves say Neves
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    When is salah expected to be back?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      When he's tested negative and back training

    2. Carefree Crew
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      It's all speculation at this stage. Until he obviously tests negative, which no one knows when that will be, he can't even return to training with his club yet alone play in matches.

  8. The_FF_King
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Thinking of getting Cancelo, but should I get Dias instead as more nailed?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Depends on the rest of your defence. If you have 3 other nailed defenders I would take the risk on Cancelo. Higher ceiling

  9. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    1) Kdb or Sterling?

    2) Captain DCL, Grealish or Bruno?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Sterling Bruno

    2. yakirh
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      KDB
      Bruno

  10. Ace Ventura
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Start 2 of Lamptey, Foden and Kilman?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Lamp Foden

    2. Black Knights
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      If you have two.

      1. Black Knights
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        To.

  11. Will J 256
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Mane or KDB in for Salah? Already have Rashford just incase people recommended Bruno!

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      kdb

  12. Rinseboy
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Pick 2 to start from
    Foden Saiss Lamptey Mitchell Brewster.

    Battle of the shitters. Thanks

    Martinez
    Chilwell Robbo
    Bruno Son Grealish Ziyech
    DCL Kane.

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      foden saiss

      1. Rinseboy
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        cheers Ben

      2. Mooster
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Saiss playing??

  13. The Wizard of Ozil
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Which one to bench?

    A) Kilman
    B) Lamptey
    C) Reguilon

    1. HurriKane
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      C

    2. thom830g
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      c

  14. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Prediction: Spurs beat City and Son and Kane look great making people think twice about selling for City players.

  15. Mo Mané No Problems
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Finally settled on a great WC team. Pretty excited about getting KDB, Bruno, Ziyech before a lot of people.
    The Salah dilemma works out well too, having Mane as a great differential for LEI and then bha, would allow me to get Salah with just one FT while not having to think about him missing bha as I can just keep Mane for that if Salah situation is still unclear. Thoughts?

    McCarthy
    Chilwell Cancelo Targett
    Bruno(C) Mane KDB Grealish Ziyech
    DCL Watkins

    Subs: Forster, Kilman, Brewster, Ferguson

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Great team on paper

  16. JURGENAUT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Start 2 from:

    A) Saiss
    B) Justin
    C) Lamptey

    1. Arctic monkeys
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Lamptey and justin

  17. MMN
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Decided to sell Salah, best replacement? 1 FT 0m ITB.

    A) Bruno
    B) KDB
    C) Ziyech
    D) Other?

    McCarthy
    Bellerin, Zouma, Chilwell
    Zaha, Salah*, Grealish, Son
    Kane, Wilson*, DCL

    Forster, Kilman*, Riedewald, Phillips

    1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Bruno imo. KDB another good one due to fixture swing for City, but Ziyech fixtures aren't terrific after Newcastle.

      1. MMN
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Bruno too with sou, whm, MCI after this week?

        1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Like United's chances vs Southampton playing balls over those CBs - Could also be good on the counter vs City too.

    2. thom830g
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      KDB in long run

    3. Carefree Crew
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      KDB based on fixtures & long term set & forget.

      City players returning from injury, attacking returns likely to be back to levels of the last 2 seasons.

      Not convinced on Man U or Bruno's fixtures.

      1. MMN
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Would you go KDB over Sterling?

  18. Davew88
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Start Cancelo or Coufal?

    1. Arctic monkeys
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Both ideally. Id start cancelo from those

      1. Davew88
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Digne & Chilwell taking up the other two spots in DEF so need to bench one. Was swaying towards Cancelo though so thanks

  19. Winners900
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Who would you start?
    a) Cancelo(Spurs A)
    b) Kilman (Soton H)

    Appreciated!

    1. thom830g
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Kilman

    2. Carefree Crew
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Cancelo offers attacking threat, you've paid the premium for him, I'd play him.

      Both could easily concede, so no CS for either, Doherty out too.

  20. thom830g
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    On this wildcard atm with 1,7 itb because planning to do bruno -> salah when salah is fit again.
    Should I spend the money instead?

    WC team is
    McCarthy - 4m
    Justin - Coufal - James - targett - Dias
    KDB - Grealish - Zaha - Bissouma - Bruno
    Kane - Bamford - DCL

  21. lordkippe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Is this a decent WC team ?

    Martinez - Button

    Chilwell - PVA - Telles - Cancelo - Williams(Neco)

    KDB - Sterling - Fernandes - Grealish - Jota

    DCL - Bamford - Brewster

    1. yakirh
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      I have a very similar team
      Vardy instead of Sterling, Justin & KWP instead of Telles & Williams

  22. boroie
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    On a wildcard, which one?

    A - James Rodriguez
    B - Ziyech

    1. JayKay1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      B, if you don't have Werner...

      1. Z
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        This

  23. JayKay1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Bottomed(ish)!

    So:

    Martinez | {McCathy}
    Kilman | Chilwell | Coufal | {Lamptey} | {Braithwaite}
    Bruno (C) | Ziyech | Zaha | Grealish (VC) | {Salah}
    Wilson * | Brewster * | Werner

    Already used my 2 FT for Son -> Ziyech and Mitchell -> Coufal...

    £2.9m ITB...

    So:

    A) Hold and hope I can put 11 players on pitch (Lamptey 1st bench will play, but Kilman a doubt)

    B) Brewster -> Watkins (-4), leaves me enough cash for Werner to Vardy GW 10, gives me cover if Salah out for another week against BHA, then shift Zaha for AN Other GW11 to remove benching headache / free up funds going forward?

    Decisions, decisions, help requested! ;o)

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

    Which one scores more in the next 5 weeks...

    A - Vardy
    B - Kane
    C - Jesus
    D - Werner

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Scores more than who?

      1. boroie
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Out of those 4 who scores the most points...

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Vardy or Jesus (if he keeps starting)

    2. House Frey Wedding Planner
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Vardy

  25. rozzo
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Martinez Steer
    TAA Chilwell Lamptey Johnson Mitchell
    Salah Son Rodriguez Grealish Anguissa
    Kane DCL Wilson

    1ft
    0.6itb

    A). TAA and Wilson to Kilman and Vardy -4
    B). TAA, Salah and Wilson to Cresswell, Bruno and Vardy -8
    C). Anything else

    Thanks

  26. Z
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Start Mitchell or Dier??

  27. Bennyboy1907
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Who to play

      Saiss or Lamptey

      1. Arctic monkeys
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Lamptey

    • boroie
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      A - Ziyech and DCL
      B - James Rod and Werner

      1. Z
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Coin flip....i have B

      2. Arctic monkeys
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Don't want to be taking that decision personally, so close.

        Mayba B

    • Nice to Finally Michu
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Can we expect anymore news about Salah before price rises?

    • Lignja
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      play Ayling or swap him for Kilman? need that 0.2m for next week move, do it this week or next?