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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. acidicleo
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 12 hours ago

    Who would you captain if you had them both?

    A) Salah
    B) Vardy

    Cheers

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

      Vardy 100%, reason: FUL

    2. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      I have neither unfortunately but deffo A

    3. JBG
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      B

    4. Orion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      I have Salah, and going with him probably... if it helps

    5. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 12 hours ago

      B

    6. Right In The Stanchion
        3 months, 12 hours ago

        Anyone keeping JRod and feeling optimistic about it? My last post got bottomed

        1. Right In The Stanchion
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            Fail

        2. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 12 hours ago

          B

      • stu92
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 12 hours ago

        Should I take a hit or stick?

        A) Barkley > Jota
        B) Targett > Dias
        C) Jrod > KDB (no funds for 2/3 weeks until I come bakc off KDB or Vardy)
        D) Stick

        Martinez
        Robbo - Zouma - Targett - Kilman
        Son - Bruno - Jrod
        Vardy - DCL - Adams
        (4.0 - Soucek - Barkley* - Lamptey*)

        1. Turns
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 12 hours ago

          Leave it a week

      • Gasa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 12 hours ago

        Is it worth a hit?

        Getting rid of Podence or Branthwaite for a hit?

        1. Gasa
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 12 hours ago

          1.8 ITB

        2. stu92
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 12 hours ago

          Only if you're going to have less than 11 starters I think. Depends on bench coverage.

          1. Gasa
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            Nice one.
            Branthwaite is the only dead one. Others just struggle with not that great fixtures.

      • ClaireT
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 12 hours ago

        Repost

        What would you do with this team?

        Martinez, Forster
        Chilwell, Lamptey, Coufal, KWP, Cancelo
        Fernandes, Ziyech, Grealish, Salah, Bissouma
        DCL, Watkins, Martial

        1 FT, 0.9 ITB

        1. Gasa
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 12 hours ago

          Definitely Martial to Vardy, but that you can only do with a hit.

        2. stu92
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 12 hours ago

          Martial to Werner maybe? Tbh I'd stick with that team for this week but Martial seems the odd one out.

        3. Gasa
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 12 hours ago

          could do Martian to Jesus, as well

      • Luton_Fan
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 12 hours ago

        playing Button (home to Sheff utd) hoping Sam Johnstone doesn't start (covid) and benching Martinez. too risky?

        1. BigKeith
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            Read that as Buffon and was really confused, I see this as a must win for shef so maybe a bit risky. But then again I can't read

          • Sarri-ball
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            If johnstone starts marinez will xome off bench anyway for you

            If ment in who more likely 2 get a cleanie i think neither but id go button

        2. Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 12 hours ago

          Would you change anything in this WC squad with 0.1m ITB?

          McCarthy (Forster)
          Chilwell Dias Justin (Kilman Douglas)
          KdB Sterling Bruno Jota (Riedewald)
          Vardy DCL Bamford

        3. FPLGeezer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 12 hours ago

          Masuaku or Coufal?

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            Coufal

          2. Turns
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            Toss a coin. Probs Mas as a bit of a differential

        4. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 12 hours ago

          Will Mahrez play?

          DCL or Bruno C?

          Cheeky Bamford C.

          1. Sco
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            DCL.

            Dunno about Mahrez. Doubtful.

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 12 hours ago

              Both got identical votes on poll!

          2. Turns
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            Bruno out of those

        5. Crunchie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 12 hours ago

          Hi Guys.

          Definitely doing Zaha to Jota

          A Son or Ziyech to KDB -4

          B Even Kane to Vardy for (-8) (for next 3 GW's)

          Thanks

          1. WE GO FOR IT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            Both not worth a hit!

        6. Rash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 12 hours ago

          Brewter or to Bamford for a hit worth it or hold?

          Martinez
          Chilwell PVA targett
          Salah grealish jota bruno bowen
          Kane DCL

          4.0 brewster mitchel lamptey

          2.8itb

          1. Turns
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            Hold

        7. AC Yew
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 12 hours ago

          We expecting a Man city CS? Thinking of man city defence over attack

          1. Turns
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            Maybe. I have Cancelo and KDB, but would prefer KDB if I had to chose

          2. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            For sure

        8. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 12 hours ago

          We should be excited...
          But Palace Newcastle....arghhhh

        9. Turns
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 12 hours ago

          First two hits of the season and it's this week:

          Kane, McGinn, Saiss -> Watkins, KDB, Cancelo (-8)

          Bad move or pay off in the long term?

          Ryan
          Cancelo - Chilwell - Justin
          KDB - Bruno - Son - Grealish
          Werner - DCL - Watkins
          ----
          4.0 - RJames - Soucek - Mitch

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            Don’t like Watkins, don’t trust KDB yet but it can and should pay off in the long term I’d imagine.

        10. The Yorkshire Pirlo
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 12 hours ago

          Coufal or KWP?

          KWP with the better short term fixtures...

          1. ChelseaGuy
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            Couf for me

        11. ChelseaGuy
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 12 hours ago

          Bench 1
          A. Chilwell
          B. Coufal
          C. Cancelo
          D. Justin

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

            Do you have Grealish? If so Coufal ...

          2. Jamizz
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            A or B

          3. Il Capitano
              3 months, 12 hours ago

              B

          4. Alisson WondHaaland
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            G2g?

            Mccarthy
            Robbo Chilwell Dias
            KDB (C) Salah Jota Grealish
            Vardy Bamford Watkins

            1. Turns
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 12 hours ago

              Yep

          5. Mufc202020
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            Bottomed

            Tempted for Brewster over Kilman this week? Could be finally the week he scores and Sheffield get the win? Thoughts?

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 12 hours ago

              Not nailed to start so I wouldn’t

            2. Brehmeren
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 12 hours ago

              I'm starting Kilman with Brewster last on my bench.

          6. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            Yes or no for a -8?

            Son, Rodriguez & Brewster
            To
            Sterling, Jota & Vardy

            0.1 off KDB, will captain Sterling or Vardy.

            Thanks

            1. Labile
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 12 hours ago

              My oh my yes yes yes

            2. Chucky
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 12 hours ago

              Just do it

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 12 hours ago

                Thanks both X

          7. Labile
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            Son ➡️ Sterling -4 it’s happening

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 12 hours ago

              Finally

              1. Labile
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 12 hours ago

                Hahahaha good luck to you TM

            2. Chucky
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 12 hours ago

              Would do it even for -8

              1. Labile
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 12 hours ago

                Yes Chucky that’s the spirit

            3. Luton_Fan
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 12 hours ago

              don't

            4. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 12 hours ago

              RIP

              1. Labile
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 12 hours ago

                ??????

                1. UNDERWORLD7
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 12 hours ago

                  I just despise him, wouldn’t go near him but wish you the best of luck man

                  1. Labile
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 12 hours ago

                    Thanks

            5. Mighty Wings
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 12 hours ago

              No way

            6. HashAttack
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 12 hours ago

              Just done Rashford to Sterling .... Just hope that Sterling plays

          8. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            Good luck everyone 🙂

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

              GL, taking hits or not?

            2. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 12 hours ago

              Cheers TM , same for you

          9. corderz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            Kane + Son > Vardy + KDB

            A) Yes
            B) No

            1. Luton_Fan
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 12 hours ago

              no

              1. corderz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 12 hours ago

                Reasons?

                1. Luton_Fan
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 12 hours ago

                  Keep one of spurs. Most inform attack in league

            2. Chucky
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 12 hours ago

              Big yes

              1. Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 12 hours ago

                he who dares hey Chuck

                1. Chucky
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 11 hours ago

                  😀

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

              Nice one if for free I would do, one this week one next week

              1. corderz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 12 hours ago

                It's for - 4

                If that's the case would you just do Kane to Vardy this week and then Son to either of KDB/Sterling next week?

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

                  Yes and I am doing it myself Vardy [C] this week KDB [C] next week

                  1. corderz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 12 hours ago

                    I'll copy then, strength in numbers and all that! Lol

            4. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 12 hours ago

              My moves , so yeah

          10. The Red Devil
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            Guaita
            Robertson kilman zouma
            Son Fernandes Ziyech grealish
            Watkins DCL Vardy

            Nyland Taylor burke dunne
            0 FT 3.8 ITB

            Options-

            A- son to kdb (-4)
            B- Ziyech to kdb (-4)
            C- None

          11. CelticBhoy1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            Captain DCL or Fernandes?

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 12 hours ago

              50/50

              Asked above

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

              Bruno, midfielder and on pens

          12. luk46
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            what would be your priority here?

            A - Kane > Vardy (c)
            B - Saiss > Cancelo/Cresswell
            C - Saiss + Son > 4.5m + KDB (c)

            A and C means I will play KWP

          13. Balls of Steel
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            Will Torres start for City this week?

          14. Wensink
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            On my WC. Any last minute changes or G2G?

            McCarthy (Forster)
            Konsa - Justin - James (Mitchell - Nkounkou)
            KDB - Bruno - Son - Salah (Soucek)
            Bamford - DCL - Watkins

            0 ITB

          15. Kudo Warrior
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            Mitchell still injured?

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 12 hours ago

              no

          16. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            A) Kane -> Vardy(C) for free
            B) Save FT, Salah or Jota (C)

            1. luk46
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 12 hours ago

              save, Salah capitano

          17. manu4life99
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            Son > Sterling/KDB(-4)?

          18. FPL-Albion
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 12 hours ago

            Best captain option?
            A Salah
            B KDB
            C Bruno