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

    Play one:

    Coufal (have Grealish)
    Chilwell (have Son)

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      B

    2. FPL ElasticO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Chilwell

    3. Salarrivederci
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Easy. Chilwell. Lol

    4. Pariße
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Chilwell, always play the better player.

  2. Return of the FF
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Any chance Joel Ward comes back in?

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

      No (palace fan)

      1. Return of the FF
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Ta. Really hasn't worked out bringing him in!

  3. Legohair
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Play Chilwell or Coufal?

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

      How is this even a question.
      Chilwell.

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

      Chillwell. Spurs always concede (usually)

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

    Bench one
    1. Semedo
    2. Mitchel
    3. Wilson

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

      2

    2. Pariße
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Mitch

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

    Kane to Vardy -8 too much?

    (would Capt) or just Capt KDB?

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

      Cap KDB .... keep Kane he loves scoring in London derby.....

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

      Just cap kdb, fixtures will fix city’s goal scoring back to last year’s level

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

        Thanks guys

  6. Muscout
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Sterling captain??

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

      Sure why not

    2. FPL ElasticO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      No too much inconsistencies

  7. WE GO FOR IT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Cancelo and DCL (Ferguson as last sub as well) are my only 2 players not playing against others from my team.

    Have 4 in the Villa-West Ham game (Grealish, Watkins, Konsa, Coufal - One will be benched)
    4 in the London derby (Chilwell, Ziyech, Son, Kane)
    My captain Bruno vs my Gk McCarthy
    My first sub Bissouma vs my reserve GK Ryan

    1. NateDogsCats
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I hate being in that position, so many ways it can go wrong, but just have to hope it plays out well for you, good luck!

        1. WE GO FOR IT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Yeah! I'm happy that I own players who are the main creators/scorers for their teams (Ziyech, Son, Kane, Grealish and Bruno). Hopefully, they get involved.

    2. DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Took a -4. Vardy blank incoming....lets go!!! Good luck everyone.

      Martinez
      Konsa, Cresswell, Chilwell
      Bruno, Son, Grealish, Jota
      Adams, Vardy, DCL
      Forster, Kilman, Saiss, Bissouma

    3. Tango74
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I hear no KDB in training pics on Twitter ??

        Crap 🙁

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

          What?

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

          Pep said he had the week off

        3. Salarrivederci
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Thank god I have Brewster first on bench then!

          Stop the last minute nonsense please 😀

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

          its twitter 🙂

        5. DycheDycheBaby
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Please wait until after deadline to spout this nonsense.

        6. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          he said he was tired in an interview last week

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

          neither on facebook

      • wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Which one to start?James or Targett?

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

          James, which ever it is

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

          Don’t Think so, but starting him over Taylor

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Reply fail

        3. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          James

      • Twisted Melon
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Captain
        A) Salah
        B) Bruno
        C) DCL

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          A

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

          B

        3. DycheDycheBaby
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          C

      • BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Mitchell likely to start?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          No

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Not even A slim chance?

      • J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Rashford likely to start? Just seen his flag?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Should be fine

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

        -12 done. Mane to Salah

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

          Salah to KDB now?

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

            You're not funny and never will be 😛

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

              🙁

        2. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          WhA

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

            I think he won't start

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

        Play 1.
        1. Semedo(ars)
        2. Dallas(eve)
        3. KWP(MUN)

      • Labile
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Mitchell or Targett to start ?

        1. It's 1879...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          targettttttt

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

        On a Rockstar post:

        @clund_80
        Got word of predicted lineup for tomoro, not sure how accurate but same guy got last weeks prediction spot on and the champs league too.
        Alisson, Neco, Philips, Fabs, Robbo, Gini, Milner, Minamino, Jota, Salah and Bobby lad

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

          Alisson
          Milner Phillips Fabinho Robbo
          Milner Gini Curtis
          Jota Bobby Salah

          Just my prediction.

      • Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Damn, I made transfers but not sure I made the right decision. Jota for -4 seems very risky. I don't know if taking a hit transferring Vardy in for Kane and Cancelo for Robertson wasn't a better choice (apart from KDB in). I guess I was afraid of Robertson backfiring. We'll see. I'm very afraid of Bamford and Vardy though. Everton's defence has been quite awful recently.

      • Futureform
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Last second.

          Kane > Barry?

          1. Futureform
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Ha. Autocorrect!

          2. The Red Devil
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Guaita
            Robertson kilman zouma
            Son Fernandes Ziyech grealish
            Watkins DCL Vardy

            Nyland Taylor burke dunne
            0 FT 3.8 ITB

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

            On C now

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

              C

          3. Kane Lane
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            I don't know if anyone done this before I asked my mothers advice on transfers and cap picks now. Last year advice saved my season I won my leagues, told me to remove Salah put on KDB who got brace last day off the season.

            Advice now take Salah off as cap put Fernandez don't put in Jota put Barnes in.

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

              haha 😀

            2. Balls of Steel
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              🙂 🙂 🙂

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

              Didn’t know Robbie Savage played fpl.

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

            Play:

            A) Coufal
            B) Kilman

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

              Pant down

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

              A

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

            PANTS DOWN!!

            Good luck all! Reckon I’m going to regret my -8 🙁

          6. Bury94
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Pants down

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

            The Pinky & De Bruyne Bruyne Bruyne Bruyne Bruyne. Too doo doo doo doo doo

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

            Here we go!

            On a -12

            1. Baines on Toast...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Eek

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

              May your risks be rewarded

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

              I bottled it but good luck

          9. KAALI_DAAL
              3 months, 10 days ago

              P3n$ D0wN

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

              panties down

            • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Locked in. No hits.

              Cmon Hamez

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

              Game still up?!

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

                ...aand locked

              2. Luton_Fan
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                Yeh lol

              3. goblin140
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                Yes, in 2020 they still have the intern to push the update button instead of automating it