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. gryffsonofarthur
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    On a wildcard. To keep Salah or not?

    My final choice was

    A) Keep. Cancelo, Salah, Brewster.

    B) Sell. Coufal, James Rodriguez, Werner.

    1. gryffsonofarthur
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Which one would you choose?

    2. Noah’s Ark
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      In A do you have to play Brewster each week? If so B

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

    DCL or Bruno captain?

    First one to three wins

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Bruno and no more overthinking

    2. Super Jack Grealish
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Bruno

    3. Thunderbahçe
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Bruno

    4. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Bruno

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

        Unanimous.

        Thanks and good luck!

  3. nkhoughton
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Mendy
    Saiss Chilwell Kilmen
    Salah Jrod Zaha Ziyech
    Bamford Kane DCL

    Nyland Mitchell Klich Justin

    Salah to Rashford for -4? Need a differential

  4. Pépé Pig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Play:

    A) Lamptey
    B) Bellerin

    1. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      B

  5. HellasLEAF
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Start Dallas or Mitchell.

    Or Justin

    1. Pépé Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Dallas, Arsenal create hardly anything (fan)

    2. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Dallas

      1. HellasLEAF
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Currently on Dallas yes but second guessed if Mitchell starts.

        Feel Arsenal should get a goal though but Dallas attacking returns.

    3. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Mitchell is a bench player, won’t play unless someone gets hurt

      Justin is a bench player, won’t play much anymore

      Dallas is a the only real player on the list. He’s offensive, he’s worthy

  6. FPLShaqiri
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    So what is current chances Salah plays vs Brighton?

    1. Gentle_Turks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Virtually guaranteed I’d say.

      1. SalahFingers
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        He hasn't produced a negative test yet, so I wouldn't say that.

    2. caldracula
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      More than likely

    3. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Very Probably

  7. BERGKOP
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Salah to Mane for free or play Soucek (shu)?

    1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Mane

    2. OleBall
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Mane for sure

      • BERGKOP
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Thanks both. Much appreciated.

    3. Super Jack Grealish
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 12 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. BERGKOP
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        C

      2. POTATO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 12 days ago

        B

    4. UpTheCherries
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      How should I find an extra 0.5m currently on WC...

      RMWCT

      McCarthy
      Chilwell Cancelo Coufal
      Mane Son Fernandes Grealish
      DCL Kane Watkins

      Forster Lamptey Bissouma Justin

      A - Justin -> Cheap Def 4.1 or less
      B - Mane to KDB
      C - Kane to Vardy

      An other ideas appreciated 🙂

      1. Firmino
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        C

      2. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        C

      3. gryffsonofarthur
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Mane to KDB
        SON to Bruno

        1. UpTheCherries
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Already got Bruno fella 🙂

    5. CelticBhoy1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Bench one:

      A) Lamptey

      B) Coufal

      C) Wilson

      1. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        A

      2. gryffsonofarthur
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        C

      3. SalahFingers
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        A

      4. KDB4PREZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 12 days ago

        A

      5. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Not B

        C is probably hurt

    6. Firmino
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Captain

      A) Mane
      B) DCL
      C) Grealish

      1. OleBall
          3 months, 12 days ago

          A

        • Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          A

        • KDB4PREZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 12 days ago

          A

        • Camino Aleatorio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          B

      2. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Ziyech or DCL captain?

        1. UshFPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Wondering the same. Leaning towards DCL for the goal threat but it's tight. I think Chelsea will win but not sure I can see them scoring 3 or 4

      3. Ray In Bruges.
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Bottomed.

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

        Am I G2G? Thanks all!

      4. SalahFingers
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Salah -> Fernandes (C) for -4?

        1. the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          depends on rest of your team

          1. SalahFingers
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Rest of the team is ok. With Salah out, I got Lamptey or Podence.

            I can always captain DCL or Son/Kane.

            1. the dom 1
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              same boat, im benching Salah and playing podence.

              i have DCL, Kane, Son, Rash, Grealish who i can slap C on too.

      5. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        who to put the C armband on?

        a. Grealish
        b. Rashford
        c. Kane
        d. DCL

        Cheers

        1. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          A imo although B is a great option with telles letting him come inside more

        2. BERGKOP
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Leaning towards A

        3. the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          currently on B with A (VC)

        4. KDB4PREZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 12 days ago

          I’m on B

        5. SalahFingers
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          I'm thinking Kane, then DCL from those.

        6. the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          thanks for the replies

      6. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Gtg? Anything for a hit

        Martinez
        Chilwell • Semedo • Masuaku
        Bruno(C) • Son • Ziyech • Grealish • Zaha
        Kane • DCL
        (Steer / Brewster / KWP / Dallas)

        1. KDB4PREZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Gtg gl

        2. the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          G2G lad

      7. Jared Dunn
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Hi Folks,

        WC team, 2.1 ITB for Bruno to Salah next week if eligible.

        Fabianski / Forster
        Telles / Zouma / Kilman (Coufal / Cancelo)
        Bruno / Grealish / KdB / Barkley (Bissouma)
        DCL / Vardy / Watkins

        Cheers

        1. KDB4PREZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Would go chillwell over Telles for now but love the idea. Wouldn’t treble up personally on villa, maybe Barkley>Jota? Nice team tho

        2. KDB4PREZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Act just seen you have 2.1 so if get Ziyech over Barkley for sure

          1. Jared Dunn
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Thanks, I was thinking that but just now I will want salah in so have left the money just incase. If I had enough in the bank I would have went Barkley to Jota.

      8. Alli
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Son > Grealish/Zyiech for -4 or save?

        McCarthy - Nyland
        Zouma - KWP - Justin - Dallas - Mitchell
        Mané - Bruno - Son - Zaha - Stephens
        Vardy - DCL - Jimé

        1. gryffsonofarthur
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Not for a hit

        2. KDB4PREZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Save imo

      9. Fantasyamateur
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 12 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), what's the best solution?

        1. KDB4PREZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 12 days ago

          I’d go 4.4 mid and Lamptey

      10. KDB4PREZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Help would be appreciated.
        A) Salah+Trossard>KDB+Ziyech -4
        B) Same as above but Bruno(C) instead of KDB and get him next week but no Ziyech
        C) GFY

        Martinez
        Chillwell Semedo Lamptey
        Salah* Trossard* Son Grealish Rashford(C)
        Kane Bamford

        Brewster Dallas 3.9

      11. Kasper the ghost keeper
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Richarlison over DCL on a wildcard? Will probably downgrade after 3-4 Gameweeks

        1. KDB4PREZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 12 days ago

          I would yeah

      12. Pachi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        On WC.. which options looks the best?

        A) chilwell and neco
        B) dias/cancelo and kilman

        Neco and kilman bench fodders

      13. GROBARI
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Salah out for Mane or Bruno?

          1. GROBARI
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Or keep him

            • Indio
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Bruno

          2. Indio
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            How would you fix this mess please?

            1. Salah > KDB; reassess next week
            2. Salah > Ziyech; then Son and Kane > KDB and Vardy next week
            3. Something else, maybe without KDB?

            Martinez
            Chilwell, KWP, Coufal, Cancelo
            Bruno, Salah*, Grealish, Son,
            Kane, DCL
            (Forster, Mitchell, Brewster*, Trossard*)
            No FTs; £0.5M ITB.

            Thanks all.

          3. Will J 256
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 12 days ago

            KDB, Mane or B Fernandes as a Salah replacement?

            Current midfield is:
            Ziyech, Grealish, Rashford, Zaha

            1. SalahFingers
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              I'm thinking Fernandes.

              Liverpool have a ton of people out, so not sure if I'd go Mane... but then again it could mean that Mane gets all the spoils?

            2. Indio
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              As you've got Rash, I'd go for KDB.

          4. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            This Saturday will be epic. Eight players playing and Bruno as captain in the last game.

          5. Dannyb
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Salah to Ziyech or Mane?

            1. caldracula
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              Z

          6. baines is god
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Ryan
            Target Konsa Chilwell
            Son Zaha Grealish
            Werner DCL Mitrovic

            Option A-Pick Mahrez

            Option B-Pick Lamptey

            Option C-Pick Mitchell

            Option D- Sell Salah for KDB (4 point hit and pick him)

            Any thoughts appreciated!

          7. VinMar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Play 2

            A.) R. James
            B.) Cresswell
            C.) Lamptey

            1. Thunderbahçe
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 12 days ago

              A and B

          8. Thunderbahçe
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            McCarthy

            Chillwell, Cresswell, Lamptey, Dallas

            Bruno (c), KDB, Bowen, Zaha

            Werner, Watkins

            Meslier, Wilson, JWP, Masuaku

            A) GTG
            B) Meslier over McCarthy?
            C) Wilson over Bowen?
            D) B and C?