Scout Squad

The Scout Squad’s best FPL players for Gameweek 31

The Scout Squad panel are back to champion the stand-out picks for Gameweek 31.

For those new to this feature, Fantasy Football Scout editor David, deputy editor Neale, video content manager Andy and Pro Pundit Tom each put forward an 18-man long-list of players and explain their notable inclusions and omissions below.

The assets listed will then be narrowed down to a squad of 15 (with the starting XI not exceeding a total cost of £83.0m) for the weekly Scout Picks selection ahead of the FPL deadline at 18:30 GMT on Friday.

In each writer’s squad, there are requirements for at least:

  • One goalkeeper costing £5.0m or less
  • One sub-£5.0m defender
  • One midfielder listed at £6.5m or below
  • One forward priced at £7.5m or lower

Each panelist is also restricted to no more than three players from the same team, as is the case in FPL.

We will again be adding a captaincy to the Scout Picks, with details of that revealed on Friday.

DavidNealeTomAndy
GKEdouard MendyNick PopeEdersonNick Pope
Bernd LenoBerno LenoEdouard MendyEdouard Mendy
Robert SánchezAlphonse AreolaBernd LenoBernd Leno
DFTrent Alexander-ArnoldTrent Alexander-ArnoldTrent Alexander-ArnoldTrent Alexander-Arnold
César AzpilicuetaMarcos AlonsoCésar AzpilicuetaMarcos Alonso
Luke ShawAymeric LaporteJoão CanceloCesar Azpilicueta
Matthew LowtonKurt ZoumaRob HoldingJoão Cancelo
Lucas DigneCedric SoaresMatthew LowtonRob Holding
MFMohamed SalahRaheem SterlingMohamed SalahMohamed Salah
Raheem SterlingDiogo JotaRaheem SterlingRaheem Sterling
Bruno FernandesBukayo SakaBruno FernandesPierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Diogo JotaLeandro TrossardDiogo JotaDiogo Jota
Mason MountRaphinhaBukayo SakaPedro Neto
FWChris WoodHarry KaneHarry KaneGabriel Jesus
Harry KaneKelechi IheanachoDanny IngsChris Wood
Matej VydraChris WoodJamie VardyDanny Ings
Danny WelbeckRicharlisonChris WoodHarry Kane
Kelechi IheanachoMbaye DiagneDanny WelbeckJamie Vardy

Most popular picks: Bernd Leno, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Raheem Sterling, Diogo Jota, Chris Wood, Harry Kane (four), Edouard Mendy, Cesar Azpilicueta, Mohamed Salah (three)

DAVID SAID

I personally think Chelsea’s 5-2 defeat to West Bromwich Albion was a blot on an otherwise impressive defensive copybook under Thomas Tuchel, so I have no qualms in selecting three of their players this week, including Edouard Mendy and César Azpilicueta. Over the last six matches, the Blues remain the Premier League’s best team for expected goals conceded (xGC) and, on Saturday, they face a Crystal Palace side who have registered the second-fewest shots on target during the same period.

Meanwhile, Trent Alexander-Arnold appears to be on the way back into fashion based on his recent performances. Over the last six matches, no FPL defender has played more key passes, created more big chances or recorded a higher score for expected goal involvement (xGI).

Luke Shaw is a close second on the key pass metric over the same period, while Lucas Digne ranks third. Ahead of facing a porous Newcastle outfit, Burnley right-back Matthew Lowton is joint-top with Alexander-Arnold for most big chances among defenders over the last six.

During that same period, Mohamed Salah is best among all midfielders for expected goals non-penalty (xG non-pen), which is particularly ominous considering he also takes Liverpool’s spot-kicks. I have doubled up with his colleague Diogo Jota, who always appears dangerous whether or not he starts matches for the Reds.

Selecting a Manchester City asset for Gameweek 31 was made harder by Pep Guardiola’s most recent Champions League line-up. I would love to have included Kevin De Bruyne considering his potential to expose Leeds from set pieces but I am concerned about his game-time now.

Raheem Sterling was an unused substitute against Borussia Dortmund and has started none of the last three Premier League matches. In any other team, that would be seen as cause to overlook such an expensive player, but it does suggest the England international starts against Leeds, probably on the left-hand side of a front three. Over their last six, Marcelo Bielsa’s men have conceded 20 chances down their right flank, which is more than they have allowed from the left and middle zones.

Chris Wood and Matej Vydra are two of my favourite forwards for Gameweek 31. The former has netted in each of his last three matches, while Vydra has two goals and one assist in his last four. This week, they face a Newcastle defence that has conceded at least two goals in nine of their last 13 Premier League matches.

Danny Welbeck has returned in each of his last three appearances and over the last six matches, is fourth-best in the entire Premier League for minutes per xGI.

NEALE SAID

As one of the few Manchester City players who hasn’t started a competitive match since the international break, Raheem Sterling looks well positioned for a run-out against Leeds this weekend. That’s half the battle with Pep Guardiola’s side: we know there’ll probably be a haul or two in the offing in any given Gameweek, it’s just attempting to second-guess who will be taking to the field on a week-to-week basis.

It’s not just the likelihood of starts that’s in Sterling’s favour, however, as he racked up an impressive 17 penalty box touches, five goal attempts and five key passes when these two sides met in the very open reverse fixture.

Raphinha is also included for Saturday’s game, as the City back four (or five) may well be disrupted again with one eye on next Wednesday’s return match against Borussia Dortmund. Ruben Dias never looks as settled when he’s alongside Aymeric Laporte as when he’s paired with John Stones, while I relish the prospect of Leeds’ chance-creating, trigger-happy Brazilian coming up against Benjamin Mendy (who was admittedly pretty good at Leicester) down the City left.

Just to cover all bases, I’ve actually plumped for Laporte as one of my defensive selections – although this is as much to do with his dormant goal threat and Leeds’ chronic inability to defend set plays as it is faith in City’s backline, who have conceded in each of their last four home league games.

Newcastle are another side who have a weakness in the air, which should be music to the ears of Chris Wood. I think the Magpies’ clash with Burnley will be more open than many are expecting, as Steve Bruce looks to be throwing caution to the wind (note their impressive expected goals tally of 4.03 against Spurs). With the typically profligate Joelinton up top and Callum Wilson still a doubt, the chances may not be converted into goals – and so Nick Pope could turn in one of his multi-save specials that have been in short supply of late.

I also think there could be goals at Brighton, with Everton potentially vulnerable through their injury-hit core.

Albion have been impressive from a defensive perspective of late but the Toffees’ away record is equally positive, with six wins arriving in their last eight on the road. Only an inspired Vicente Guaita stood between Richarlison and FPL attacking returns on Monday night, while no FPL asset has had more shots in the box than the Brazilian in their last six matches.

Mikel Arteta’s team selection on Thursday will likely dictate which Arsenal players make their way into the Scout Picks on the following day but after an injury-enforced three-week breather, Bukayo Saka will be champing at the bit for game-time. No Arsenal player has had more shots than the young winger in their last six appearances, while Sheffield United have the second-worst record for conceding chances from their left flank when filtered by the same criteria – let’s just hope that the versatile Saka isn’t covering for the injured Kieran Tierney at full-back.

TOM SAID…

Ederson and João Cancelo are my picks from the Manchester City defence in Gameweek 31. Predicting Pep Guardiola’s line-up is never usually a good idea but the goalkeeper should be nailed-on to start, while Cancelo’s rest last weekend means he could feature at right-back. Further forward, I’m not convinced anyone from Tuesday’s starting XI is safe, which leads me to Raheem Sterling, who makes the cut based on his recent breathers.

We could see a bit of rotation at Liverpool, too, but I’m not convinced there will be wholesale changes. Jürgen Klopp’s side are still in the hunt to qualify for the Champions League and a win against Aston Villa could see them move into fourth position before the sides around them play. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah are my top picks in their respective categories, while budget option Diogo Jota is getting hard to ignore. 

Meanwhile, Arsenal look a good team for bargain hunting this week. Despite a poor showing against Liverpool last time out, their form since Boxing Day has generally been good, with the Gunners winning eight and drawing four of their last 16 Premier League games, I’ve selected Bernd Leno, Rob Holding and Bukayo Saka, but their inclusion may well hinge on how many minutes they are afforded in the Europa League on Thursday. Calum Chambers and Martin Ødegaard are equally good alternatives if rotation does become a concern, though.

Elsewhere, Chelsea duo Edouard Mendy and César Azpilicueta, plus heavy-hitters Bruno Fernandes and Harry Kane, are obviously decent options this week, so I’ll dedicate a bit more time to some of my other picks.

Burnley have been very un-Burnley like in recent matches. They have been much more creative and attacking, and take on a poor Newcastle United side on Sunday. Chris Wood has three goals in as many run-outs, while Matthew Lowton ranks joint-fifth amongst all defenders for chances created over the last six Gameweeks.

I’m also backing Danny Ings, who gets another call-up following his inclusion in Gameweek 30. Just by having him and Theo Walcott back in the starting XI last weekend, Southampton looked like a different team. It’s hard to imagine West Bromwich Albion keeping him quiet, especially as they will have to commit bodies forward in an attempt to avoid relegation.

The squad is completed by forwards Jamie Vardy and Danny Welbeck.

ANDY SAID

I did consider putting Leandro Trossard ahead of Pedro Neto in this squad but looking at recent matches, Neto is ahead across the board with six shots in the box (versus two) and eight chances created (versus three). I’m still not sure how Trossard managed two double-digit hauls recently. Fulham have conceded 5.82 expected goals (xG) in that same time period, and I don’t think they’re as watertight as many others do. 

Even with Matej Vydra starting the last six matches, I can’t put him in as my budget option ahead of Chris Wood given that the latter is absolutely nailed and on penalties. He’s also had 13 shots in his last half-dozen appearances, compared to 10 for Vydra. The Czech international is a great Wildcard enabler, but not someone I’d choose over the tried-and-tested Wood.

You could probably make a very good case to include Kelechi Iheanacho over Jamie Vardy. Over the last six matches, there isn’t much that the latter wins out on. Iheanacho has had six more shots and three more efforts in the box, he’s created four more opportunities and he’s had four more big chances – all of that in 71 fewer minutes. Vardy, however, comes with guaranteed starts and penalties, so I can’t overlook him in this case.

Only an idiot would continue to try and second-guess Pep Guardiola, and that’s exactly what I keep on doing. With another important Champions League tie to come next week, there’s going to be more rotation against Leeds, which feels like a fixture we can’t ignore. With João Cancelo missing the Leicester game, and both Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling sitting out the first leg against Borussia Dortmund, they are surely near the top of the list when it comes to a start against the Whites. I can’t believe the reverse fixture ended 1-1 and feel this will be one of the highest-scoring games of the week, with whoever features in with a shout of a big FPL points total.

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612 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Mendy
    Dias Alonso Digne
    Bruno Gundo Jota (C) Raphinha Lingard
    Kane (V) DCL
    Meslier Bamford Coufal Veltman
    A) GTG
    B) WC

    1. Boxwoods
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Easy save.

  2. neonmoth
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Hey up everyone, advice on my WC team if you don't mind:

    Mendy / Martinez

    Rudiger / Shaw / Dias / TAA / Stones

    Gundo / Bruno / Lingard / Son / Jota

    Kane / Nacho / Wood

    Any thoughts? Think I have good cover, can switch Bruno to Salah if he picks up for the run in over decent fixtures. Should I switch Stones out for Dunk to give more money to make that move? Any thoughts are appreciated.

    1. Boxwoods
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Team is arguably TOO balanced. Benching headaches at every position. I would downgrade a keeper and a forward, minimum. Maybe a defender as well, especially if by doing that you can stretch Gundo to Salah now. Wouldn’t lose Bruno.

      1. neonmoth
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Aye, understood - thanks very much and good luck to you for the run in.

  3. Totti
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    on wildcard
    who to choose for GK

    A) johnstone
    B) sanchez

    1. Lionel Ronaldo
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Neither, really. Johnson if you have to, racks up save points.

      1. Lionel Ronaldo
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Johnstone*

  4. b91jh
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    On WC...

    A) Cresswell+Rudiger
    B) Alonso+Coufal/Dawson

    1. b91jh
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Sorry. Should be

      A) Castagne+Cresswell+Rudiger
      B) Castagne+Coufal+Alonso
      C) Fofana+Cresswell+Alonso

    2. NateDogsCats
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I'd be a little wary of West Ham defence right now, Rice out for around a month and when Noble's been in the team they tend to concede a few. Cresswell is also likely a CB now with Masuaku back.

        1. b91jh
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Agree with the Rice argument.

          But Cresswell plays as an overlapping CB in a 3 and still on set pieces.

          1. Gazwaz80
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            And corners, in fact, there’s only penalties he’s not on....

            1. b91jh
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              He may actually take penalties if Noble isn't here lol. Rice and Antonio out, Jesse missed the previous one.

          2. NateDogsCats
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Good point, I guess I'll see how they looks defensively against Leicester and decide whether to keep him or not later on, too many fires to put out right now!

              1. Gazwaz80
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 13 days ago

                He’s in my team until the end of the season from next week...

      • Freund88
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        100th WC draft here...any thoughts?

        Martinez Forster
        TAA Azpi Shaw Reguilon Coady
        Bruno Jota Mount Maddison JLingz
        Kane Wood FSilva

        2.4 ITB...possibly for Son but want to see how Spurs look

        1. STONEROSES
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Good but maybe overspent in Def. Think u might want to upgrade either wood or F Silva upfront

        2. MARVELLUS
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Too much of a benching headache I think.

        3. Biggsy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I like the Fabio Silva punt. Could be shrewd

        4. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Hope you enjoy Fabio Silva’s 1 pointers every week

        5. Zen Arcade
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I preferred draft 92.

        6. Lionel Ronaldo
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          5-4-1 or something? 😛

      • McSauce
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Thinking about one of the following?

        A) Bruno --> Salah (Captain Salah)
        B) Son --> Salah (Captain Salah & Reverse it next week for DGW)
        C) Bamford --> Vardy
        D) Martinez --> Mendy
        E) Veltman --> Rudiger

      • Babit1967
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Anyone with fh but no wc left and when are you using ur chips?

        Was planning on fh 33 but might just manage and bench Kane, son and Dias and use it for the double instead

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          yes, planning 33 if spurs can show form, if not I'll manage it and use it at the best opportunity during the rest of the season, maybe on villa Everton double seeing as I don't have any atm

          so it's a wait and see for me

        2. Kabayan
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Plan to use it on dgw

        3. NateDogsCats
            2 months, 13 days ago

            I'm stuck on this. Going to see what I can muster up for BGW33 without it and if I think it's good enough I'll save for the DGW

            1. footballcandy
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              WC 31
              BB 32
              FH 33 (probably)
              TC in any last double GW

        4. STONEROSES
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Last 3 spots on WC, which is better:

          A. Son*, Shaw, Holding
          B. Moura*, Reguilion*, Dias

          *has Double GW32

          1. McSauce
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            A) Without Question

            1. STONEROSES
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Because of the explosiveness of Son?

              1. McSauce
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                ye DGW Attacker

                1. STONEROSES
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Cheers

          2. MARVELLUS
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            A

          3. Lionel Ronaldo
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            (B) screams "nope"

        5. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Agueeroo? Jesus? or Vardy?

          1. McSauce
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Vardy

            1. Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Not Aguero for one last huurraahh?

          2. J to the T
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Considering Aguero (C) on the wildcard.

            Am I mad?

        6. DonBenzema
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Feels weird as a Real Madrid fan to be joining the Liverpool bandwagon after Tuesdays game but here I am...
            Which of these moves would you make ahead of the deadline?

            A) Watkins -> Iheanacho
            B) Struijk or Targett (which one?) -> Phillips
            C) KDB -> Salah (already own Jota)
            D) More than one option which would require a hit (which ones?)

            Your input would be greatly appreciated

            1. STONEROSES
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              But if anything Isn’t any ire you may have towards Liv further diluted by Real’s win?

              Maybe struijk for phillips

            2. Paul Psychic Octopus
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Strange what has happened to Liverpool and Tuesday's performance was poor. Domestically though, they've upped their game. If they exit the CL as many now expect, their focus and drive on the PL will increase.

              Have to get Salah, or Mane for more of a differential.

          • OptimusBlack
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Which is the best ??
            A - Play Antonio
            B- Play Gundo
            C- Antonio > DCL
            D- Antonio > Iheanacho
            E- Antonio > Wood
            C D E Cost -4 pts

            1. SmasherLagru
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 13 days ago

              D

            2. No Kane No Gain
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              B

            3. Lionel Ronaldo
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Do you absolutely have to do one? If you don't A. Otherwise D or even E.

          • BOATIES FC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Mendy Forster
            TAA Dias Shaw Coady Amartey
            Salah Bruno Son Jota Lingard
            Kane Ianeacho Brewster

            My wildcard as it stands. look OK? pretty template I guess

            1. ZoumasBloomers
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Very similar to mine although gone Sterling over Salah for this week. Pretty template indeed. Considered Alonso/Rudi over Shaw?

              1. BOATIES FC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Considering Rudiger over Shaw but leaning Shaw for naildness plus i have Mendy

          • George James
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            DCL + Raphina >> Nacho + Sterling (c) -4

            Worth it?

            1. Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              I'd keep DCL v Brighton for this week

          • L S P
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            FourFourTwo used to have a nice feature where they spotlighted some interesting facts and stats regarding form and/or specific matchups in their GW previews. They stopped doing it a while ago, does anyone know if there's any other site that offers this kind of thing?

          • ZoumasBloomers
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Anyone going for the Mendy/Alonso double? Thinking Chilwell gets UCL and MCI cup game so Alonso gets some minutes - plus if he’s benched then Mendy still covers

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Chilwell coming off a goal, Alonso coming off an absolute horror show who was partly responsible for the 5-2 v WBA. Not a game I want to play

            2. NateDogsCats
                2 months, 13 days ago

                I think Chilwell will play, can't see Tuchel wanting Alonso up against Zaha or Eze on that wing. Alonso does normally play against teams that sit in deep though so hard to know

              • Lionel Ronaldo
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                At this point Tuchel is playing the Pep Roulette. Anyone other than Mendy looks like trouble.

              • Pep bites Kun
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Not for me - lot's of wheels within shaky wheel scenarios

            3. Weeb Kakashi
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              I have Alonso. And i think he doesn't start.

              1. Paul Psychic Octopus
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Assuming Chelsea get to the CL semis and face the likes of Mbappe, Vinicious, Haaland, they would be wise to get pace in their backline. That might exclude two of Azpilicueta, Alonso, Silva, and they play the League games until Chelsea win the CL final.

              2. Lionel Ronaldo
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Living the dangerous life

            4. Zlatan F.C
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Anyone playing WC this week and still have your bench boost? who are your bench players?

                Thoughts on this team

                Mendy (Forster)
                Dias Rudiger Coady (Coufal Phillips)
                Son Salah Bruno Lingard Jota
                Nacho Kane (Antonio)

                0.0m in the bank

                1. footballcandy
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Yes, me! Yours look OK, if you BB 32 I guess? Antonio is a doubt tho...

                  My BB GW32;

                  Lloris - Forster
                  TAA - Rudi - Philips - Holding - Coufal
                  Son - Maddison - Bruno - Lingard - Jota
                  Ihenacho - Kane - Laca

                  Will have Raz (c) GW31 and switch to Son for 32.

                  No Salah means = Laca/Maddison
                  With Salah means = No TAA and a 5-6 ish forward with bad fixture 32

              • AppleDunk
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Which one is better?

                A) Soucek, Iheanacho
                B) Maddison, Vydra

                1. footballcandy
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  B

              • Pep bites Kun
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                The stars are aligning for a BB this week. Would you?
                I should note that my bench has been plagued by injuries since I played my 2nd wc. Looking for the best opportunity to pull the trigger.

                Forster v wba
                Phillips(FT for Mitchell) v avl
                ESR v shu
                Bamford v City (Could be Nacho for -4)

                1. footballcandy
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Not a top notch BB for actual returns, but for a playing bench with some hope it looks OK 🙂

                  1. Pep bites Kun
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    I'll take that - don't see a better opportunity to play

                    The biggest fly in the ointment, of many, is Bamford - I reckon his poor legs have been run off. Better to go with Iheanacho for the run-in & better fixtures or would you fancy Bam Bam man v Citeh?

              • Zlatan F.C
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Anyone going for Sterling on a WC this week?

                  1. DannyDrinkVodka
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    0/

                  2. footballcandy
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    So close to doing it.. might as well!

                    1. Gazwaz80
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      I am 🙂

                  3. Lionel Ronaldo
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    I doubt Sterling himself would go for him on a WC 😛

                • Oggle22
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Anyone else think jota is a trap will he get decent minutes on wildcard and this decision is annoying me

                  1. Holmes
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    What are your alternatives?

                    You can drop Salah instead, he is more likely to be a trap.

                  2. Paul Psychic Octopus
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    He's not a trap but he will share minutes with Firmino.

                  3. Pukki Blinders
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    If Jota is a trap then what’s Lingard

                    1. Alisson WondHaaland
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Trap squared

                  4. Biggsy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Liverpool have three first choice forwards. None are scoring regularly - Jota has as many goals since his return than Firmino, Mane and Salah have in their last 8 or so - all from Salah. With Liverpool still outside the CL places, you really think Klopp will drop Jota if he keeps scoring?

                • Oooo Matron
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  What do we think about Alonso?

                  1. Holmes
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Fun pick, wouldn't expect much

                  2. DannyDrinkVodka
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    too much of a rotation risk, especially with the blank looming in GW33

                • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Which combo on WC
                  A) Vardy+Phillips+Coufal
                  B) Iheanacho+TAA+Fofana/Castagne

                  Other defenders would be Rudiger,Shaw and Holding and I'll play 3 at the back most of the weeks...

                  1. DannyDrinkVodka
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    B, I've got the same back line w/Castagne

                • Alisson WondHaaland
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  I think I still have a grudge on Sterling from his -2 captaincy in GW 18

                  I cant stand the sight of him in my team

                  Is he really worth the one week punt on WC?

                  1. Pukki Blinders
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    No he’s not

                  2. footballcandy
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Big decision. If chasing MLs etc, it might be the best chance to do exactly this.

                  3. DannyDrinkVodka
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    I think he is..........there is no one stand-out captaincy option this week......the luxury of using your wildcard is that you can take a punt like this, use it!

                • Lionel Ronaldo
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Thoughts on Vydra as a cheap striker in a 3-4-3? Decent form, decent fixtures.

                  1. footballcandy
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    You're not the only one 🙂

                  2. Pukki Blinders
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Transfer waiting to happen.

                  3. Biggsy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Not in a 3-4-3. Maybe as third striker in 3-5-2

                    1. Lionel Ronaldo
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      I am poor, alas

                • footballcandy
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  BB GW32 looks good with this?

                  Lloris - Forster
                  TAA - Rudi - Philips - Holding - Coufal
                  Son - Maddison - Bruno - Lingard - Jota
                  Ihenacho - Kane - Laca

                  Will have Raz (c) GW31 and switch to Son for 32.

                  No Salah means = Laca/Maddison
                  With Salah means = No TAA and a 5-6 ish forward with bad fixture 32

                  1. Biggsy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Maybe BB32, but you have benching headaches in 31

                    But I think no Salah does lend a nicer balance to some of the midfields on here.

                • BENOIT
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  On WC.... a couple of dilemmas:

                  1) best punt for 3rd striker - Cavani, Wood or Ings?

                  2) best defender for 5.3 that isn't Chelsea or City?

                  1. gooberman
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    1) Wood
                    2) Shaw

                  2. footballcandy
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    1) Wood, cheapest (?)

                    2) Fofana, Leicester or Shaw, Utd

                  3. Hart-ake
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    1- I like Cavani as a punt! Should get decent minutes now.

                    2- Fofana?

                  4. BOATIES FC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    shaw?

                • as33
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Sanchez or Martinez this gw? and Cancelo>Azpi free move?

                • elpiratacordobes
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Hi Guys

                  On WC at the moment, which team do you like the most?:

                  Team A (1.5 ITB)
                  Mendy-Forster
                  TTA-Dias-Shaw-Coleman-Coufal
                  Jota-Bruno-Mount-Maddison-Lingard
                  Kane-Nacho-Ings

                  Team B (2.1 ITB)
                  Mendy-Forster
                  Phillips-Dias-Shaw-Rudiger-Coufal
                  Jota-Sterling-Mount-Salah-Lingard
                  Kane-Nacho-Wood

                  All comments appreciated, thanks.

                  1. Danstoke82
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    B but not a fan of Sterling. Son or Bruno in there IMO instead.

                    1. elpiratacordobes
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      Thanks.
                      Sterling is one week punt, then it will be Son for DW32.

                • Danstoke82
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Hi all, 2 questions feedback much appreciated!

                  A) Shaw or Castagne?

                  B) best Man city defender on a WC? Currently have Dias but is he too expensive?

                  Thanks in advance!