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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Gameweek 10

Welcome to the Fantasy Football Scout Guide to Gameweek 10 ahead of today’s 18:30 GMT deadline

Is now the time to be getting Manchester City players? Is Diogo Jota (£6.7m) trustworthy? Should we all be backing Jamie Vardy (£10.2m) with the captain’s armband?

To help you answer those and other crucial questions, the Gameweek Guide draws on the best expert opinion, pertinent stats, and latest team news for the upcoming round of matches.

Form v Potential

The Manchester City conundrum. Two contrasting takes stood out in Neale’s Big Numbers piece encapsulating the dilemma facing Fantasy managers:

23-1 is the cumulative score of Manchester City‘s last six meetings with Burnley in all competitions. But 15.7 attempts on goal and 5.3 shots on target per game registered by Manchester City in the Premier League so far this season is the fewest they’ve managed in a single campaign under Pep Guardiola.

– Neale

The fixture is there, and the potential for them to do well is huge, but the form is lacking.

Pro Pundit Darren Wiles has decided to go with his gut:

I am hoping this is one of those situations where my instincts as a football fan outweigh what the stats are telling me. Memories of big hauls are rooted in my memory and I’m backing City to make a return to form in the run-in to Christmas.

– Darren

Darren is considering taking a leaf out of Lateriser’s book and committing to an uncharacteristic eight-point hit to triple up on City players. He’s looking to bring in both Raheem Sterling (£11.5m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6m), with the former his choice for the armband.

Sterling has already scored twice against Burnley this season, both of his goals coming in the League Cup when Ferran Torres (£6.9m) assumed an unfamiliar centre-forward role. But with Sergio Aguero (£10.3m) and Gariel Jesus (£9.3m) back in contention, Sterling could once again take up his favoured position on the wing. 

Both strikers are now fit and available, which solves the other issue: Sterling’s role in the team. With the forwards out, he was shoehorned into a false-nine role and robbed of the penetration he offers in wide areas. For that reason, I believe Sterling to be an outstanding pick for the Gameweek 10 captaincy.

– Jan

Brave words from Jan Sienkiewicz in this week’s Captain Sensible article, and at just 4.6 per cent ownership Sterling is an unfamiliar differential. Something Pro Pundit Sam Bonfield, in her look at the best assets to help you climb the ranks between Gameweeks 10 and 14, and Tom Freeman both picked up on:

The likes of Sterling and Aguero seldom class as differentials and as such, there has never been a better time to invest in terms of the potential upside that they may yield.

– Sam

Writing in his Differentials piece, Tom added:

England forward Raheem Sterling has gone from strength-to-strength during his time at Manchester City, netting 31, 25 and 23 goals in his last three seasons. He is yet to hit those heights this term, but has enjoyed a reasonably productive start, scoring five times in all competitions despite the Citizens’ well documented troubles in front of goal.

– Tom

But as the Scoutcast highlighted, Kevin De Bruyne is performing best in terms of expected goal involvement among City players – and was rested in midweek for their Champions League trip to Greece. Joe is contemplating adding the Belgian alongside Sterling in his line-up.

To add to their appeal, Burnley ‘keeper Nick Pope (£5.4m) could miss out:

Target Fulham?

Leicester City host Fulham on Monday, handing Jamie Vardy (£10.2m) an opportunity to fill his boots. No team has conceded more goals than Scott Parker’s team this season. But David struck a cautious tone on the Captaincy Video:

The results haven’t been as good as away from home. If you compare [Vardy] home versus away this season, he’s had 1.7 shots per game at home versus 2.6 shots per game away from home… until the Wolves game, he hadn’t had a single shot on target at home yet. So the dynamic of Leicester being the home team, and being asked to break down a team that’s going to sit behind the ball, is more challenging for them.

– David

Jan, however, was more confident, citing Vardy’s appeal as an alternative to a Manchester City player:

Since James Maddison (£7.0m) returned in Gameweek 6, only Harry Kane (£11.0m) and Patrick Bamford (£6.1m) recorded more attempts on goal than Vardy. When it comes to the xG, only the Leeds man’s score of 4.72 tops Vardy’s 3.98 figure in that period of time too.

– Jan

Swap back?

Those who made the move from Mohamed Salah (£12.2m) to Bruno Fernandes (£10.8m) ahead of Gameweek 9 were justified in their decision, with the Portuguese producing his first double-figure haul at home this season. 

On the face of it, Manchester United’s quick counter-attack should do well against Southampton’s high defensive line this Gameweek. But the Saints have improved since their capitulation to Tottenham Hotspur, although the recent visitors to St Mary’s included West Bromwich Albion, an Everton short of key players and Newcastle.

Do we think that it’s the opposition that is the reason why they’ve done so well at home or is it because they are in fact much better at home now than we thought they were when they played Spurs?

– Joe

Joe and David debated the chances for Fernandes and co:

McCarthy’s performance against Wolves, it was epic, it was one of the great goalkeeping performances we’ve seen this season. To get eight saves in that game and come away with seven points. Even if Southampton concede a heck of a lot of shots, McCarthy is going to be right there, making things difficult for Man United.

– David

However, Pro Pundit Fábio Borges is set to hand his fellow countryman the armband for the second successive Gameweek, reasoning:

I expect Southampton to play an attacking style of football (as they always do), which hopefully will benefit Fernandes’ potential for points.

– Fábio

This means he will forgo Manchester City attacking players for now.

Meanwhile Pro Pundit Andy, who already owns both De Bruyne and Marcus Rashford (£9.5m), is considering an immediate return for Salah:

It’s important not to overthink sometimes, and a fit Salah really should be in my squad.

– Andy

Although how will he feel after watching Liverpool’s below-par performance in their midweek Champions League defeat to Atalanta?

Get him while he’s hot

Diogo Jota (£6.7m) is the form Liverpool attacker: 10 attempts on goal, eight shots in the box, four big chances and six efforts on target over the last four Gameweeks – all totals that neither Sadio Mane (£12.1m) nor Mohamed Salah can better in that time.

Get him while he’s hot” was Lateriser’s advice. On the FPL Wire this week, Zophar, Neale and Lateriser sensed an opportunity for the former Wolves player, with midfielder Fabinho (£5.4m) set to deputise at centre-back for the foreseeable future:

To circumvent the lack of central midfielders, there’s going to be a lot more of the 4-2-3-1 formation, and I can see Jota getting a lot of game time over Christmas.

– Neale

Neale gave a wide-ranging interview discussing his role at Fantasy Football Scout and his FPL career. The Newcastle fan’s excellent work covering the press conferences and putting together the predicted line-ups has not gone unnoticed:

Fantasy Football Scout’s site they go into some depth on the latest news and manager news conferences which is a clear indication of the time and attention to detail that they put into their predictions and this is paying off with their results.

– Footstock

Finally, Patrick Bamford (£6.1m) appears to have seduced Lateriser, with the upside chasing manager considering selling Timo Werner (£9.5m) for the Leeds forward. 

Neale mentioned that goal conversion is an often overlooked statistic and it’s one that suggests Bamford’s form is sustainable: 

[Bamford’s] goal conversion rate is at approximately 20% right now which doesn’t seem very unsustainable to m.e

– Lateriser

Encouragingly Bamford is top for expected goals over the last four Gameweeks, and their attack continues to create chances:

97 attempts on goal and 70 shots in the box recorded by Leeds United over the last six Gameweeks, more than any other side has registered over the same period.

– Neale

And an injury to Lucas Digne (£6.1m) only heightens his appeal ahead of the trip to Goodison Park.

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987 Comments Post a Comment
  1. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Glad I have 1 player playing. Couldn't care less otherwise.

    1. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I havnt got a player playing till 3 tomorrow. Boring

  2. DA Minnion
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Wilson to punish me.

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

    Is Wilson on the wing here?

    1. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Nope. 4-4-2. My bad

  4. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    How many goals will Wilson score tonight?

    1. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I will be happy for any return

    2. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I'd even take an assist and run!!!

  5. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Mitchell not in the squad

    1. Daniel - WC Active
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      What?

    2. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Aye, as a result, I am fielding 10 this week

      1. The Rhino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Same

  6. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    My bench is Lamptey,Riedewald, Neco Williams. I am screwed for the Christmas period 🙂

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Transfer fix incoming

    2. Daniel - WC Active
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Think it on the positive side. The hit is only 2 pts for you 😉

    3. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Happy with Dallas, Bowen Konsa

  7. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Wilson about to end Guaita's career

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Don't you own Guaita?

  8. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Casuals in ML still starting Mitchell smh (all ranked above me)

    1. F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      More like casuals benching him. I started him because either he's going to play or not. A cameo was unlikely unless one of the wingbacks gets injured and the fixture was so much better than my other defender.

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Opposite. I played him because he had the highest probability of getting a CS among all my defenders. Dallas coming off the bench.

  9. Daniel - WC Active
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Still not updated

  10. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Quick straw poll while we're waiting for the game to restart.

    What do you prefer?

    A) Paper straws
    B) Plastic straws

    😉

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Paper. Don’t kill the turtles

    2. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      None really. Don't get the point of straws in general, but if I had to chose - paper. Save the planet and all that

    3. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Metal, I'm a tough guy

    4. Party time
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Hmmmm...

    5. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Paper gets soggy, but worth the "sacrifice"

    6. Manani
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      just drink from the cup directly. less waste and no complaining of soggy straw

    7. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Paper!

    8. lespaul
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      C Cheese

    9. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Depends if you reuse the plastic straws or not. Paper straw is lucky to last a cup. Plastic straw could last a lifetime

      Does the manufacturing process add value to the environment? If not, it's a fools errand.

    10. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Good point from STORMBRINGER22: Why do we need straws at all? Just drink from cups as we do at home. Why do we need a plastic lid in the restaurant - carry it a little more carefully

  11. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Im sure that im gonna sell Rodriguez but i dont know yet if i bring in Jota or Son depending on how they look this week cause i have a certain plan with 1 of the 2 players above?
    Would you risk and do the transfer today just and only for the 0.1m James price drop?\
    I think it's not worth cause i dont lose too much by this drop

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      No

  12. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    @hamza07__
    Mané rested tomorrow, rumours are true #LFC

    1. Daniel - WC Active
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Wow. Stop it please

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 10 days ago

      MANE TO SALAH -4 LETS GOOOOOOO

    3. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Ouch. He is very reliable aswell.

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Never reliable without a link to reputable source

    4. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Bench likely

    5. Party time
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      If Klopp sees this I bet he will change his mind & start him

    6. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Not surprising if true, looked way off it midweek, no rest for weeks. Jota rested

    7. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Jota starts then?

  13. Party time
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    What a terrible Friday night fixture

    1. Syd.
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Why?

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Bruce’s last outing?

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

      Could be a 6 goal thriller

    4. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Teams in Europe need a breather, what do you expect

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Liverpool laugh at this

    5. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      On prime if you want to watch

    6. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I hope you score tomorrow 😉

      1. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Sorry you are playing for Chelsea I forgot. Score on Sunday then

      2. Party time
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        😉

    7. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Oh just stop your caterwauling and just watch the game.

  14. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Updated

  15. Rash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Pva double digit haul please to kick start the week.

  16. stu92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Could not make up my mind whether to take a hit for Jota, KDB, Salah, Cancelo or Dias. In the end chose none and rolled, this could go one of two way.

  17. Christina.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    lol

  18. ivantys
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Joelinton starts, palace CS secured

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Mitchell and Zaha not in squad?!

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Nein

      2. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Bit late on the Zaha news, out with covid last week

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          So was Salah but the rules don't apply to pro footballers, if he had tested negative he could have played

      3. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Well we all knew about Zaha.

    • Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I'm fine with having one 4.0m non-starter, Mitchell can stay for now.

      He's helping the first XI be stronger, so he's doing his primary job...

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Just happy he got a few games.

      2. Kno
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Indeed, ppl expect too much from their 4.0 benchers these days. They are just there to save money

      3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I am moving him out for the 3.8

    • Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Mane will be rested tomorrow.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        There’s a good chance.

        1. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          wow - is he that reliable though?

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Think this was obvious

        1. Drip Doctor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Not going to ask me for a source this time? Glad you finally see me as an ITK.

    • Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Huge wicket. The biggest.

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Bairstow

      2. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Can't believe they're losing

    • Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Magnus Carlsen sold Dallas now for Dias. I'm planning to bring him in btw

    • davies
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Well that’s me down to 10 this week... regret not selling for Neco (-4)

      Who to sell first?

      A) Mitchell
      B) Dunne

    • fusen
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      The captains for the top 20 players in my main paid league is split like this

      5 Calvert-Lewin
      5 Vardy
      4 Salah
      3 Fernandes
      2 De Bruyne
      1 Kane

      Anyone else see similar? What a week to either make up points or horrible drop away :X

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Just 2 with Vardy including me. None above me have him as C. Make or break for me!

    • Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Would you be considering taking -4 hits to improve your bench for the busy Christmas period? Not keen on taking hits for defenders, let alone for bench fodder. What do you reckon?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Just slowly work towards it. Most have plenty of cash with the bargains up front.

    • Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Did people really think Mane would play? Obvious from recent minutes

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Wow, OR #2, 3 and 5 all went DCL (c). #1 went Bruno, no. 4 Vardy.

      Overall 9 out of the Top 50 managers have gone for Vardy as captain, Fernandes 8, Calvert-Lewin 8, De Bruyne 7, Salah 7, Kane 5, Rashford 1, Aubameyang 1, Sterling 1, Mané 1, Werner 1 and Foden 1

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

        Overall top 10k captaincy - a big spread!

        Vardy 21.1%
        Salah 16.1%
        Calvert-Lewin 15.7%
        Fernandes 14.7%
        Kane 14.5%
        De Bruyne 6.6%
        Mané 2.3%
        Son 2.1%
        Jota 1.5%

        1. Party time
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          KdB here we go

      2. Party time
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Cheers buddy. I love reading your stat analysis every gw 🙂

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Wish I captained Salah ffs

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        WHY DIDNT YOU?

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Vardy Party!