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.

AA33 is the current leader, defeating the Scout Picks by a 53-point margin in Gameweek 2.

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3,825 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Vazza
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Which combo is better

      A. Chilwell, Sterling
      B. Robbo, Fernandes

      Already have KDB

      These moves will be for next week and beyond.

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

        Chilwell + Bruno

      2. Calculated Risks
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Chilwell and bruno

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

        Chilwell and Bruno. Too early to go aggressive in the City mid double up. Need to see some evidence to back it up

      4. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        A

        1. Homer21
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          I meant Chilwell & Bruno!!

    • Bennyboy1907
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Saiss to Creswell -4?

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          No, Saiss likely to play

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

            Do you have any sources for this mate? Because I have Saiss too and was contemplating benching for the trio (Chilwell, Justin, Lamptey) but ideally I'd want Saiss in there instead of Justin.

            1. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              For Kilman if he’s not playing because of father’s dearh, or for Coady who is in quaranteen

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

                Coady expected to be available https://twitter.com/BenDinnery/status/1329853875659091968?s=19

        2. Vazza
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Not this week

        3. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Bench

          A) Taylor
          B) Brewster?

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

            B

        4. F5jason
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Hi guys, having my worst year in FPL, and thinking of using my wildcard... Would love to know your thoughts...

          Current team:

          Ryan / Button
          Chilwell / Justin / Walker-Peters / Lamprey / Mitchell
          Salah / Son / Bruno / Zaha / Saint-Maximan
          Kane / DCL / Brewster

          Wildcard Team

          Ryan / Button
          Chilwell / Justin / Cancelo / Lamprey / Mitchell
          Ziyech / Son / Bruno / Grealish / Rodriguez
          Vardy / DCL / Watkins

          0.1 ITB

          1. Calculated Risks
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Its week 8 how can it be your 'worst year'

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              I’ve never been this low for so long.

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

            No Ryan on wc. And whom will you bench in that front 8? Downgrade someone.
            Using the wc isn't a bad idea in your case

          3. Homer21
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Wouldn't wildcard that team, couple of good transfers and captain picks and you'll be good

        5. 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? thanks?

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

          Who would like to own going forward. 8+ Gameweeks

          Grealish or Ziyech ?

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

            Jack

          2. Super Jack Grealish
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Super Jack

          3. Calculated Risks
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Not much in it, villas fixtures better but Chelsea can score v anyone. Grealish to keep up, Ziyech as a differential (for now)

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

            Both!

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

          Bottomed: Can we expect anymore news about Salah before price rises?

          1. Calculated Risks
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            No. Its 50/50 whether he makes Brighton

        8. Super Jack Grealish
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Martinez, Forster
          Robertson, Chilwell, Semedo, Dallas, 3.9
          Salah, Son, Zieych, Grealish, Stephens
          Kane, DCL, Bamford

          2 FT, 1.0 ITB

          A) Robbo + Son > Cancelo + KDB
          B) Son + Salah > Bruno(C) + KDB
          C) Son > Bruno (C)
          D) Salah > Bruno/KDB.

          1. Calculated Risks
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            C

          2. Bennyboy1907
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Almost identical team, clueless jus like yourself. What u leaning towards?

              1. Super Jack Grealish
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Leaning towards A or B

          3. TomSaints
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Who would you start out of:
            Lamperty
            Maupay
            Soucek
            Kilman

            1. Calculated Risks
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Always the striker

              1. TomSaints
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Thanks

          4. primal33
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            KdB or Hames?

            Can easily get KdB in next week after the Spurs game if I go for Hames.

            1. kennethrhcp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Do you keep hames next week?

              Who switches to kdb

            2. Calculated Risks
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Hamez. Plum fixture and city not setting the league alight

          5. Bennyboy1907
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Current team : 2FT’s 1.1ITB

              Martinez (Forster)
              Robbo Chillwell Lamptey (Saiss, Mitchell)
              Salah Son Zaha Grealish (Bisouma)
              Kane DCL Bamford

              How’s the plan:
              GW9:Son >>> Bruno
              Saiss >>> Creswell
              Salah >>> KDB (-4)
              GW10: Kane >>> Vardy

            • caldracula
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Need two in the starting XI from Saiss, Kilman + Lampety.

              1. kennethrhcp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Lamptey surely plays

                Then must at least get 1 point from 1 of the other 2

            • The_FF_King
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              TAA to:

              A)Cancelo
              B)Cresswell

              Leaning towards B just for naildness

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

                B ez

              2. kennethrhcp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                B just

                Coufal and use the funds?

            • Vazza
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Which one

                A. JRod
                B. Ziyech

                1. Hulk Smash
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  B

                2. Royal5
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Zi

              • TheBabyfacedAssassin
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Bench g2g?
                Martinez
                Chilwell, kilman, lamptey
                KDB, Bruno, Grealish, Zaha
                Timo, Kane, DLC
                Subs mitchell, konsa, biss

                1. TheBabyfacedAssassin
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  DCl*

              • kennethrhcp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Taylor and brewster to play this weekend ya?

                Dont want to take a -4 on taa or salah out

                1. Sir Edo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  You gotta love to take hits weeks like this, why not just remove TAA for the cash and invest them in Rich? 🙂

                  1. kennethrhcp
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    Haha might go with pva if I did take a hit

                    1. Sir Edo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      Bought him last week, classic move for us FPL veterans..

                      1. kennethrhcp
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        How easily influenced am I right now... pva it is 🙂

                      2. kennethrhcp
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        Cheers for the replies

              • Hulk Smash
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Yay or nay?

                This GW:
                Robbo to Chilwell
                Salah to Bruno

                Next GW:
                Son to KDB

                1. TheBabyfacedAssassin
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Sounds good

                2. Puntillimon
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  If late on chilwell train, maybe a differential like telles or PVA may be better

              • Bennyboy1907
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  2 transfer but clueless on what to do?

                  Salah >>> Bruno for one I’m guessing

                  Current team : 2FT’s 1.1ITB

                  Martinez (Forster)
                  Robbo Chillwell Lamptey (Saiss, Mitchell)
                  Salah Son Zaha Grealish (Bisouma)
                  Kane DCL Bamford

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

                    Roll the 2nd transfer and try get some City players for GW10.

                • iL PiStOlErO
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Mendy Steer
                  TAA Justin Mitchell KWP Taylor
                  Salah Sterling Son Romeu Bissouma
                  Kane DCL Watkins

                  0itb, 2ft

                  Salah + Bissouma + TAA to Bruno + Zaha/Grealish + Cancelo to -4?

                • Gudjohnsen
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Am I overthinking it captaining DCL instead of Bruno?

                  1. Hulk Smash
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    Yes. Captain Bruno.

                  2. Baps hunter
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    Probably

                  3. Garth Marenghi
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    No, Spurs barely beat west brom and Bruno tends to do better away.

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

                  Saiss>Coufal or Targett? -4 and then
                  Lookman>Jota -8

                  Coufal or Targett?

                  Worth -8?

                • Puntillimon
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Hi all, appreciate all comments.

                  How’s this for my wildcard team?
                  Martinez
                  Coufal cresswell chilwell
                  Bruno grealish ziyech Jota
                  Watkins DCL werner

                  Forster KDB Cancelo Mitchell

                  0 ITB.

                  I know bench is expensive, but think of it as money ITB kept for future transfers, but done early to save transfers.

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

                    You can’t bench Kdb

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

                      No one is unbenchable..

                  2. kennethrhcp
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    A lot of benching headaches there

                  3. Hulk Smash
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    I like it except you'll have at least 1 benching headache every week, maybe two.

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

                    Too many headaches. You could potentially have a lot of points on your bench.

                  5. Puntillimon
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    If we consider jota as a 2 week punt? I May rid him and Werner for a fodder and a premium soon

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

                    Shouldn't bench any of your premium players.

                    I learnt that lesson after Trent got 24 points away to Leicester last year. I had him on the bench and almost cried. Tried justifying it at the time as Vardy was on a hot streak and Leicester were winning games.

                    Always play your best players! 🙂

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

                    The same WC as me except I have a 4.5 instead of Mitchell, Justin instead of cresswell and Brewster instead of DCL.

                    I know my tv is crap but how are you affording that team!?

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

                      Hang on, I forgot the 2m I have in the bank to get Salah back 😀

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

                        Lol

                • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Sterling or Kdb?

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

                    Kdb currently

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

                    Lol I just asked the same. What's your reasoning for KDB?

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

                      On pens, puppet master. Sterling form has been poor

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

                        Pulled the trigger, hope he's still on pens after his latest miss and Kun back ...

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

                          Good luck

                • Kuzser
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Will appreciate your help guys: 1FT and 1m ITB. Happy to take a -4 too.

                  Martinez
                  Robbo - James- Saiss-
                  Son - Bowen - Grealish - Ziyech
                  DCL - Kane - Brewster

                  Salah - Mitchell - Justin

                  A) Salah > Bruno
                  B) Salah + Saiss > Bruno + Cancelo (-4)
                  C) Salah Saiss-> Rashford Cancelo (-4) and money itb for Son-> KdB next week
                  D) Brewster Saiss -> Bamford Lewis (-4)
                  E) anything else

                  1. BeWater
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      Salah to Bruno and Captain him.

                  2. The VAR Team
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    Is this worth a hit?

                    Son Maupay > KDB Watkins

                  3. Ninjaa
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    My wildcard team, think I'm settled. Thoughts please chaps

                    McCarthy Forster
                    Chilwell Cancelo Justin Coufal Targett
                    KDB Bruno Ziyech Grealish Reidewald
                    Vardy DCL Watkins .

                    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      Looks good - only thing is Justin may not be nailed after a GW or two as Ricardo Pereira playing with reserves next week and Castagne also back now;

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

                      Downgrade Justin to kilman. He is a transfer waiting to happen and you can use the funds towards mid in future transfer

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

                    KDB or Sterling?

                    1. Baps hunter
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      Kev

                  5. The Count of Monte Cristo
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    Planning to move Mitrovic onto either

                    A) DCL
                    B) Richarlison

                    Currently on DC, but is it worth trying for a slight differential in Richa? Latter hasn't played for 3 GW's and coming back from injury. Feel I've just answered myself...?

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

                    Get Bruno and captain him alongside rashford or get KDB alongside Rashford to avoid double United attack?

                  7. Royal5
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    Anyone know the latest on Wilson?

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

                      He's got a chance. Trained and felt good on Thursday but will only play if there's no risk according to Steve Bruce.

                      1. Royal5
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        Thanks

                    2. Sir Edo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      According to the Team news, he's been training for a few days, without discomfort,,

                      1. Royal5
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        Ty

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

                      Has been training and could be available. But any slight niggle and he won't be risked. Paraphrasing what Bruce said

                      1. Royal5
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        Thanks all. Not sure if if should sell for a hit :/