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. GoonerSteve
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Anyone thinking of playing free hit this week?

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Yes

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

      Don't waste it mate. But plenty on here have used this week..

    3. Don Van Vliet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Save it, unless you're looking at a -12 or more.

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

    You think Rashford starts? Have 2ft and can get Ziyech instead

    1. Ponduskongen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      I think there is a possibility he would start, but i am not sure...

  3. OleBall
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Trent & Salah to who?

      Can afford literally anyone..

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

        So many answers for that

      2. Doctor Evil
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Mane & Robbo lol

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

      Kane or Vardy going forward?

      Contemplating triple Spurs out for

      PVA
      Bruno
      Vardy - 4(first hit of the season)

      1. Ponduskongen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Not a bad choise, but i think i would not swap the out all in one sweep. Would be intersting to see how they perform against harder opposition

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

          Havnt been preforming against weak opposition thats my worry.

          It's either this

          Robbo➡️PVA
          Son➡️Bruno for free.

          Or
          Reguilon/Son/Kane➡️
          PVA/Bruno/Vardy - 4

          Would rather have Robbo this wk than Reguilon and I still have Salah.

          1. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            B

    • fcsaltyballs
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Martinez
      Robertson Chilwell Saiss
      Salah Son JamesR Grealish Foden
      DCL Kane

      Forster Dallas Brewster Ferguson

      2 FT, 0.0 itb

      Is Salah >> Fernandes enough this week?

      1. Ponduskongen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Yes, looks good.

    • Ponduskongen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Team is plagued with injuries, still have the WC so that i and option besides the following .-12

      Alexander-Arnold, Salah, Podence, Wilson -> Cancelo, Fernandes, Ziyech, Vardy

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

        Would rather WC than take a -12.

      2. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Now is a decent time to wc I think don’t forget you’ll be getting United, villa, city assets anyway who will be the teams playing a DGW

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

        WC

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

      What keeper are you WCers opting for?

      I feel like Targett & Coufal/Cresswell are better options than Martinez. So other than him, nobody else really stands out. Might just stick with McCarthy and hope he continues to tick along

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

        Than Martinez and Fabianski that should read

        1. Kuqi Monster
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Sticking with McCarthy (getting Targett and Coufal as well)

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

            This for me

        2. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          I think on a WC I would go with Martinez. Are you keeping any LIV players on your wildcard?

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

            Not think Targett is better at .3 less? Yeah well I'm bringing Mane in and keeping .1 in the bank to move him back to Salah if need be

            1. Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              I am looking at Martinez's sweet fixtures. But Targett is a good shout.

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

        How about Schemichel?

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

          Can't bring myself to spend that much on a goalkeeper

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

            Ah nevermind, thought he was 5.0 for some reason.

    • zotter
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Trent to..
      A. Cancelo
      B. Dias
      C. Alex Telles
      D. Robbo
      E. Bellerin
      F. ???

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

        A

    • Manani
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Ziyech or Grealish?

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

        Ooohh. Jack. But close

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

        Grealish

    • LanMi
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Salah replacement?
      Jota vs Tielemans vs Ziyech

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Bruno
        Ziyech

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

        Ziyech

    • Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Already on a -4

      Martinez
      Coufal Chilwell Kilman Lamptey
      Grealish Son Bruno(C)
      Maupay Kane DCL

      Steer Dallas Bissouma Salah*

      A. Keep as is
      B. Salah -> KDB (-8)

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

        A

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

      Salat out for -4 for

      A) Ziyech
      B) Rodriguez
      C) KDB
      D) Bench Salah

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

        I'd bench, depending who u got coming in though

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

          Brewster or Taylor coming in

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

            I'd bench for sure then

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

              Thanks!

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

            Taylor could be a good option

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

              Solid you play Taylor over Brewster and Saiss?

    • OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Pick Two players to get for long term
      A- Ziyech
      B- Burno
      C- Vardy

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

        Bc

      2. Ponduskongen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Why chose two when you can have them all 🙂

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

          Hummm

      3. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        A/B long term.. C hop on then off

    • Sickboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Anyone considering Salah to Mane? Makes it easier for Liverpool’s Brighton fixture next week

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

        I did that move and I'm captaining Mane this week.

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

        Tempting

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

        I'm keeping Salah and doing Foden -> Jota to cover my bases (hopefully)

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

        Decent option and depending overall plan for next few. I do not include LIV in my plan for the next few.

    • Flynny
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      What to do here please? Already on - 4. Don't think I can resist bruno (c).....

      A....hold
      B...salah to Bruno (c) - 4

      Martinez
      Chilwell james cancelo lamptey (Mitchell)
      Son grealish ziyech (salah burke)
      Kane dcl watkins

      Thanks

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

        B

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

        Who will you be benching? Lamptey?

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

          Yes

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

        B

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

        I'd usually say A, but I am a long-time Bruno owner and capper this week...

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

          Cheers.....I think I'll male the move just so I can watch the United game tomorrow night without being too scared...

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

      No moves made yet. I keep looking at my team and logging out. Lol

      Martinez
      Bellerin, Ayling,Chilwell
      Salah,Son,Rashford,Grealish
      Kane,Wilson,Bamford

      Steer,Jorginho,Coleman,Ferguson
      1FT 2m itb.

      Feeling a hit is needed to sort it out but don’t know where to start.
      Maybe 2 of Coleman,Ferguson or Jorginho for -4 and bench Salah?

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

        Any transfer involving Salah will need to have idea for GW9-12 unless does not want to bring him back in

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

          Yeh. I’m thinking about holding and Sorting my non starters out to cover for Salah not starting.

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Coufal, Targett, Diaz all cheap.

        Jorg to Torres (not nailed but passes the eye test)

    • JBG
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      In other news.. Ben Arfa just scored for Bordeaux. Blast from the past.

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        What a fine player he was and what an up and down career he has had

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Still only 33, G-d how old does that make me?

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

            Hahaha.. He's a little older than me and I feel old(but only in years).

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

          Yeah, loved seeing him play when he was really on it.

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

      Taken -4.

      I think I'm going to hold Salah, even though I've briefly considered a -8 but nothing here obviously worth a -8 is there?

      0FT 0.8ITB
      Martinez
      Zouma Coufal Mitchell
      Salah* Son Bruno Grealish
      Kane DCL Maupay

      Steer Justin Struijk Reed

      Cheers!

      1. WALOR
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        I think Salah will only miss one week.
        Avoid that extra hit.

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

          Cheers

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

            As you already have Bruno id stick.

            I'm taking the - 8 for salah to Bruno

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

              Thanks

    • NejiHyuuga01
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      GTG?

      Ryan
      KWP Chilwell Dallas
      Son Ziyech Bruno (C) Zaha Rodriguez
      Mitrovic Kane.

      Subs. Forster Wilson Justin Dunne

      1. NejiHyuuga01
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        2.3 itb to do KDB next week for Son

        1. WALOR
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          GTG

          1. NejiHyuuga01
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Thanks! Good luck!

    • trasbash
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Simple question. Vardy or Kane this week?

      Currently have Kane and a free transfer and looking to get in Vardy next week for Kane anyhow.

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

        Bank the FT

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

        Next week Vardy

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

        save the FT, get Vardy next week

    • WALOR
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Eze or Benrahma for draft league?

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Ezee

        1. WALOR
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Cheers FNCF!

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

        Until Benrahma is starting regularly, Eze probably

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

      1. Anyone have any news on Coady? How many days has he been self-isolating?
      2. Any chance Mitchell starts RB maybe?

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Think I heard he thinks he'll play
        Only Uncle Roy knows

    • Manani
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Has Barnes lost his place?
      Not sure if I should ditch him or just stomach this one as he got some nice fixtures after liverpool

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        If you're not sure, keep

    • fcsaltyballs
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Is TAA >> Chilwell worth (-4) or hold and hope Coady plays and Konsa comes off the bench to cover TAA ?

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        I'd say so

    • Jolly Good
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Captain
      a) Werner
      b) Bruno
      c) Chillwell

      Was all set on c given new castle attack without Wilson, but with Thiago Silva out....

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

        A

      2. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Just do the obvious one

    • Kingtekkerz
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Who should i bench?
      A) Cancelo (Tot a)
      B) Lamptey (AVL a)
      C) Coufal (SHU a)

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

        Wow Lamptey probably

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

        C

      3. wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        a

    • Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      One to start and first on the bench?
      A. Justin (A vs LIV)
      B. Ayling (H vs ARS)
      C. Taylor (H vs CRY)

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

        C,B,A

    • Big_Bear
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Lascelles or Bissouma to play (who ever it has to get a Salah output

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Lasc more routes to points

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

        Bissouma

    • WALOR
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      difficult to advise -4 for any defender.
      Coady *may* be available, I'd probably hold fire and avoid the hit.

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

      Was hoping to use the fixture ticker to help me pick a defender but its not working!

      Need a replacement for Regulion?

      Martinez
      Lamptey chilwell PVA Regulion*
      Grealish bowen bruno zaha
      DCL Kane

      4.0 salah brewster mitchel

      1ft 1.2itb

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Cheeck the title of the most recent Tom Freeman article earlier today

      2. Kun Tozser
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        West Ham
        Or City