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

    What time are price changes these days?

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

      Always the same time. 1:30 GMT.

  2. Dannyb
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Rp Salah to Ziyech or Mane?

  3. UshFPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Anyone else think Sam Johnstone could be a decent GK pick on WC? WBA have tightened up and they have nice fixtures

    1. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Not for me sorry.

    2. Utopsis
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Nah

    3. baines is god
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day 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!

    4. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Evening wise ones. Your help please? 1FT and 0.4m ITB. Happy to take a -4 too.

      McCarthy
      Justin - Konsa - Chilwell - Kilman
      Podence - Son - Hamez
      DCL - Kane - Vardy

      Salah - Lewis - Stephens

      A) Salah > Bruno
      B) Salah + Lewis > Bruno + Cancelo (-4)
      C) Salah + Podence > Rash + Grealish (-4) - 0.1m out from Bruno + Grealish.
      D) Save
      E) Anything else

      1. KDB4PREZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I’d go c

      2. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        C

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Foden worth removing for a hit?

      I have 8.1m available. (got priced out by Ziyech rise and Salah drop..)

      A) Zaha
      B) Rodriguez
      C) Keep

      1. KDB4PREZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I’d keep personally but B looks good also

      2. Dr Mulholland
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Not for a hit

      3. cravencottage
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        B for sure- excellent fixture this week

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

          I don't like Rodriguez longer term though. I feel like he will start to look like a weakness after just a week or two. But certainly huge upside possible for this week.

    6. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Which 1 to bench?
      A) Adams
      B) Targett
      C) Coufal

      1. Tony Martial
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        B

        1. Tony Martial
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          No wait C just about

      2. Dr Mulholland
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        B

    7. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Am I good to go?

      Martinez
      Chilwell Cresswell Zouma
      Son Ziyech Grealish Jota
      Kane D(C)L Bamford

      (Steer Salah Ayling Justin) 0FT 0ITB

    8. Strchld
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Bench two

      A) Lamptey (avl)
      B) James (new)
      C) Robbo (LEI)
      D) Bellerin (lee)
      E) Mitchell (bur)

      Not easy..

      1. Tony Martial
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        A D

      2. Bobby_Baggio
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        D E

    9. Fantasyamateur
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day 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?

      1. Utopsis
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Good team mate!

          With that squad you will likely be playing 3-4-3 most weeks so I wouldn't shell out on a 4th defender above 4.5. Even Justin is slightly too expensive to be bench most weeks, so I would defo go Kilman + Lewis

          1. Fantasyamateur
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            And Soucek? Not sure about Kilmans playing time all defenders available at Wolves. As of now I am on Riedewald, Lewis and Lamptey.. But not too sure about Riedewalds playing time either... haha

            1. Utopsis
                2 months, 1 day ago

                I would plan for how you're going to bring Salah back in for the Fulham game now and how Soucek affects that - if you can do it in 2 transfers with Soucek then keep him, if not Reidewald/Bissouma.

                If Kilman stops playing not the end of the world, he's your 3rd sub. Also Alt Nouri is unavailable for Wolves, and Coady might not feature.

                PS: good luck picking 3 out of those 4 defenders! 😉

        • Noah’s Ark
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Son to Ziyech is not worth a hit right?

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 1 day ago

            No

          2. Bobby_Baggio
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Nah

          3. FC Hakkebøf
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Nope. Unless you want to Captain Ziyech. Then it might

        • Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Telles or double City defence?

          1. Tony Martial
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Telles

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Biased.

          2. FC Hakkebøf
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Telles

          3. Noah’s Ark
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Telles

          4. boroie
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            For this week Telles, long term City defence

        • Reeker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Can do Robertson + Son to Chilwell + Fernandes -4.

          Already did Salah to De Bruyne...

          1. FC Hakkebøf
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            I wouldn't

          2. boroie
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            I would

          3. Royal5
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Only Rob

        • boroie
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          On wc... is it too risky to go with:

          A - 3 Villa players (Martinez, Grealish and Watkins)
          B - A bench of Kilman, Phillips and Reideweld

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Kilman to Lewis and you’re good to go

          2. POTATO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 1 day ago

            A - Villa have good fixtures and one extra match in the future so if you can take advantage of Martinez, Grealish and Watkins then go for it. As an owner of Martinez I'm a little concerned that Heaton is regaining fitness.

        • KDB4PREZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 1 day ago

          A) Bruno(C)&Rashford
          B) Rashford(C)&KDB

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            B

          2. FC Hakkebøf
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            B

          3. boroie
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            C - Bruno(C) and one of Rodriguez, Ziyech and Grealish if you don’t have them

            1. KDB4PREZ
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Can’t as own Rashford already Along with Grealish and Ziyech

              1. boroie
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Ah fair enough. Depends if you’re thinking long term or short term then. A is better for this week but B will score you more long term.

                1. KDB4PREZ
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Thanks guys was leaning that way

        • boroie
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          A - Rodriguez
          B - Ziyech

          Have DCL but not Werner...

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            B

        • Whats the Mata?
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Chances that Salah features in gw10?

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Depends on result of next test. If negative then good chance he plays depending on fitness level coming out of isolation

        • How I met your Mata
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          How long is Coleman out for and is kenny nailed for him?

        • boroie
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Start one...

          A - Cancelo
          B - Kilman
          C - Phillips

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            A

        • Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Salah on - 99.8

          Looks like he's going to drop tonight,

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Probably not, a lot of those on WC

            1. Utopsis
                2 months, 1 day ago

                WC doesn't affect price movements I've heard

          2. Whats the Mata?
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            A. Foden to Rashford (bench Salah and start Brewster)
            Or
            B. Salah to Bruno (will be stuck with Foden too)

            Cheers

          3. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Mark is tempting me...

            Salah to KDB (-4)?

            Was going to do Salah to Grealish (-4) previously.

            1. HuttonDressedasLahm
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Stick to your guns

          4. House Frey Wedding Planner
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Bench one.......

            a) Klich
            b) Brewster

            1. Original - Wolves Ay We
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              b

            2. Utopsis
                2 months, 1 day ago

                100% B

                1. House Frey Wedding Planner
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Cheers guys

            3. boroie
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              On WC... worried my bench is too weak... how can I improve it?

              Martinez
              Chilwell Cancelo Coufal
              Fernandes(C) Mane(VC) Ziyech Grealish
              Vardy DCL Watkins

              Forster; Kilman Phillips Reideweld

            4. OleBall
                2 months, 1 day ago

                McCarthy
                TAA* Chillwell Dallas
                SALAH* Podence Son Grealish
                Werner Adams Jimi

                Steer Justin Mitchell Bissouma

                Opinions please guys.

                1ft 2.4itb

              • C_G
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Werner or DCL?

                my attack:

                KDB Ziyech Grealish Bruno Riedwald

                Watkins Vardy

                1. Utopsis
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    DCL for me - I don't think Werner will go nuclear until he starts playing centrally

                2. dshv
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Mccarthy
                  Chilweell taylor justin lamptey
                  Bruno son sterling soucek
                  Watkins Dcl

                  (Salah mitchell, davis)

                  1.8 itb 1ft

                  1. Son to ziyech
                  2. Give son a last chance before rid

                  1. the dom 1
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    2 - son can haul against any team

                3. OLLY G
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Barkley to Grealish worth a hit?

                  100% using my FT to get in KDB next week.

                  Thanks.

                  1. the dom 1
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    nah too side ways.

                  2. HuttonDressedasLahm
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Nope

                4. the dom 1
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Bruno, Grealish, Martinez, Cancelo, Werner all look like rising in an hour.

                  Coufal & Kilman both on 99% also.

                5. youneedmorecavaleiro
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  How do I use my 2 FT?

                  McCarthy - Steer
                  Chilwell - Cresswell - Justin - Shaw - Ferguson
                  Salah - KDB - Rashford - Podence - Anguissa
                  Kane - DCL - Wilson

                  0.5 ITB

                  Thanks!