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. Alli
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    A. Salah, Wilson > Bruno, Werner/Vardy
    B. Son, Wilson > Bruno, Watkins

    McCarthy - Nyland
    Zouma - KWP - Justin - Dallas - Mitchell
    Mané - Salah - Son - Zaha - Stephens
    Wilson - DCL - Jimé

    1. Alli
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      For free

    2. Gasa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      A - Vardy

    3. OleBall
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Bruno & Werner

    4. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      How are we all feeling about this gameweek?
      The worst I've felt about my team before a GW all season personally, but excited to have the PL and FPL back finally!

      1. Gasa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        The break indeed seemed long...

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        I like the games this gw

      3. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        have to agree, still thinking of doing a - 4 but then again lol , see my post below.

      4. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        The -8 doesn't help and I'm not convinced by Bruno (C)

    5. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Kane to Vardy

      A. This week for -4

      B. Next week for -4

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        If you're gonna do it for a hit I would do it now.

      2. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Vardy versus 2nd/3rd level Liverpool

        Or

        Kane versus a healthy MCI

        Vardy looks to haul this week, next week too

      3. caldracula
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Was in the same position and did it

    6. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      G2G?

      Martinez
      Chilwell, KWP, Coufal
      Grealish, Son, Podence, Rashford*
      Kane, DCL, Bamford

      Forster, Justin, Mitchell, Salah*

      0FT, 1.4itb

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Yup looks good

      2. BERGKOP
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        GTG

      3. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Cheers GL all

      4. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Good team, and good enough bench for this week. Nice team

        1. the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          still worried about not having Bruno but i suppose Rash will have to cover - cheers & GL

    7. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      A Gtg
      B Take hit on Saïss to Telles and play over Lamptey
      C Take hit on Podence to Jota

      Martinez
      Chilwell Lamptey Cancelo
      Son Bruno (c ) Ziyech Grealish Podence
      Kane DCL

      Forster Saïss Brewster Mitchell

      1. BERGKOP
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        A

      2. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        A.

    8. Mooster
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Any love for Telles this GW?
      Will he benched when Shaw is back?

      1. BERGKOP
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Don't rate Utd defence.

        1. Mooster
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          :,(

    9. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      G2G here bench order wise?

      Martinez
      Chilwell Zouma Robbo
      Bruno Son Rodriguez Grealish
      DCL Kane Bamford

      Forster Podence Lamptey Mitchell

      1. BERGKOP
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Yes. GTG

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Wouldn't get Pod and Mitch on my WC.

        1. BERGKOP
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Is it a WC?

        2. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          ... Oh, no WC. Looks good then.

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Ha no blew that a long time ago! Cheers

      3. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        All looks good

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Cheers

    10. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      1ft 0ITB

      Think I'll hold for this week. Can't see a convincing enough replacement for Salah. Any thoughts?

      McCarthy (Steer)
      Zouma - Cresswell - Konsa
      Grealish - Bruno - Son - Soucek
      Kane - Wilson - DCL

      Bench: Taylor - Mitchell - Salah

    11. Firmino
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      A) Play Mitchell
      B) Salah -> KdB -4

      1. BERGKOP
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Mitchell may not play so that's a tough one. Probably B

      2. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        B

      3. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        B

    12. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Why do I get a feeling Bruno will disapoint us the gw?

      1. BERGKOP
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Because Utd can be absolute shite at times

        1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          This

      2. FC Hakkebøf
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        United to win 3-1 I think

      3. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Cause you can’t follow the crowd and expect to win.

        I don’t have Vardy or Werner but I expect to get mauled by the holders

        Picking Bruno as captain is a defensive move - market performance

        But he’s a ball player, that’s the reason he’s popular

    13. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Martinez
      Robertson Chilwell Saiss
      KDB Son Ziyech Grealish
      Kane Watkins DCL (C)
      ____
      Forster; Lamptey Stephens 3.9

      2.1 itb 0 FT

      A) Son to Bruno (C) -4
      B) Saiss to Cancelo (-4)
      C) GTG

      1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        C

      2. BERGKOP
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        C

      3. ZimZalabim
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        A

    14. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Vassilev to Watkins worth a -4 to play 343? or stick with 442 for now?

      5.0itb 0ft
      Martinez
      Chilwell Taylor Cancelo Justin
      Grealish Son Rodriguez Bruno
      DCL Kane
      (Peacock Ayling Bissouma Vassilev*)

      1. FC Hakkebøf
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        I would do it.

        1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Start Taylor ahead of Justin in the 343?

          1. FC Hakkebøf
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Yes

    15. toonstar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 9 days ago

      McCarthy
      Coufal, Chilwell, Cash
      Fernandes (C), Ziyech, Grealish, Son
      DCL, Kane, Maupay

      Bench: Ryan, Bellerin, Jorginho, Justin

      Have £1.5m in Bank - already done FT Salah to Fernandes.

      GTG? Or should I move Son or Maupay on this weekend in a hit for anyone else?

      Cheers

      1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        I would look to move maupay

        1. toonstar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Who for on a -4 though? I'm probably looking at Vardy but that would include getting rid of Son too. Otherwise Wilson for a straight swap but don't think it's worth doing him this weekend for a hit.

          1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Watkins. Maupay is so poor. I think it's worth taking a hit to remove him out your team

    16. Gini's Wish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      In crisis mode
      Help

      A) Salah and Trent out -4
      B) Salah out
      C) TAA out

      1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        A

    17. JJeyy
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Play Saiss or Lamptey?

      1. wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Lamptey

      2. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Lamp

      3. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Lamptey is an offensive player, so Lamp

        Saiss is trash

    18. UshFPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      How's this WC draft?

      Martinez
      Cancelo Chilwell Lowton
      Mane KDB Ziyech Grealish
      Vardy DCL Watkins
      (Forster Lamptey Mitchell Gordon)

      1. BERGKOP
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Good. Lowton is an interesting pick.

        1. UshFPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Cheers, can see Burnley grinding out clean sheets with Mee back. Will swap Lowton to Taylor after price drop tonight

    19. wulfranian
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I can't decide.Rodriguez or Rashford?

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Rashford

      2. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        If you think JRod is healthy, then JRod

        You already have Ziyech? I wish I had Ziyech

    20. Werner Bros
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      WC GTG?

      Martinez
      Chilwell Coufal Lamptey
      (c)Bruno KDB Grealish Zaha
      Werner (v)DCL Watkins

      Forster Cancelo Mitchell Riedewald

      1. JJeyy
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        I have zaha he is a good pick still but is Ziyech over zaha possible?

        1. Werner Bros
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Not sure who to downgrade for that move. I'm keeping some money ITB to get Salah back and have Salah, KDB & Bruno in GW13

    21. Fantasyamateur
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Finalizing my WC - need some last minute advice:

      Martinez (Forster)
      Chilwell - Cancelo - Telles (Justin, Mitchell)
      KdB - Bruno - Ziyech - Grealish (Soucek)
      Watkins - Vardy - DCL

      Should I go Justin and Mitchell to Lewis and 4.3 (Kilman, Mitchell?)
      Or maybe even downgrade Soucek to someone like Bissouma so I can get Lewis and 4.7? If I go 4.4 for midfielder I can get Lamptey..

      In other words, 13.5M for the last three spots (1 mid and 2 def), whats the best solution?

    22. Gunner1290
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Vardy or werner on a wildcard?

      1. Werner Bremen
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Vardy

      2. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Party

      3. Werner Bros
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        I have Werner for GW9 will be switching to Vardy for GW10

    23. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Son to Mane (C) for -4?

      1. Werner Bremen
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        No

    24. POTATO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Martinez (Forster)
      Chilwell - Cresswell - Robertson - Kilman - (Mitchell)
      Zaha - B.Fernandes(c) - J.Rodriguez - (Podence - Salah)
      Watkins - Kane(vc) - Bamford
      0.4itb 0FT

      GTG?

    25. Werner Bremen
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Already on -4. Should I go Salah to Ziyech/KDB for another hit, to play someone instead of Kilman? (Only Bissouma on the bench)

    26. GarethJohn
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      hey guys, I've had a few good weeks with a rubbish bench and need to make some changes this week with 2 FT and 1.4 in the bank.
      any suggestions would be great:

      GK: Ryan, McCarthy
      DEF: Zouma,Chillwell,Saiis
      MID:* Salah, Son,Grealish,Zaha,Ziyech
      FWD: Kane,Wilson

      Bench: Mitchell,Dunne, Obafemi

      Thanks

    27. Will J 256
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 9 days ago

      KDB, Mane or Fernandes as a Salah replacement?

      Current midfield is:
      Ziyech, Grealish, Rashford, Zaha

    28. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Am I gtg? 1ft .5itb

      Save my free and have 2 next week AND not need to worry about bringing Salah BACK in. Maybe move on Son next week. Should have 11 easy this week now.

      Also even as a City fan, I think I can skip City lads one more week....

      Martinez
      Chilwell Cresswell Robbo Kilman
      Son Grealish(v) Hames Zaha
      Kane DCL(C)

      Martin Salah* Brewster Mitchell

      1. FC Hakkebøf
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Triple city?

    29. Nightf0x
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Which CPY def. To get, 4.5 ?

    30. ZimZalabim
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Hi guys

      Can any of u help me find 0.1 to get this team ?

      Martinez
      Chilwell, Coufal, Cancelo
      Kdb, Bruno, Grealish, Ziyech, Zaha
      Vardy, DCL

      Brewster, Lamptey, Bernardo

      dont want to do brewster to davis as ill have two non players then and dont want to do Coufal to Balbuena

      Is there any other option u can see here ?

      1. FC Hakkebøf
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Zaha to Jota/Barkley

        1. Camino Aleatorio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          This week? No

          1. FC Hakkebøf
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            I think it's a wc

            1. ZimZalabim
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              yes on WC

              I had Jota in earlier but he will lose his place within 2 weeks and although there is a chance that he goes by then I think I need someone in there that can last an extra couple of games.

              If not Zaha downgrade is there any other option u see ?

      2. UshFPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Martinez to McCarthy?

      3. caldracula
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Team looks great so would have to be Lampety downgrade

    31. Ray In Bruges.
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      McCarthy (Nyland)
      Chilwell Zouma KWP (Justin, Kilman)
      Fernandes JRod Grealish Son ASM
      Werner DCL (Brewster)

      G2G?

    32. HD7
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Bruno or DCL as C?

      Grealish is my other choice

      1. FC Hakkebøf
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        I would pick Bruno if I had him