Gameweek Guide

The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for Gameweek 31

On Fantasy Football Scout this week, a fab four from Liverpool have been causing a stir as the fixtures turn in favour of the Reds and the soothsayers have been playing Pep Roulette again – could Raheem Sterling (£11.3m) reward those bold enough to spin the wheel?

There’s a Friday deadline for Gameweek 31 and you have until 18:30 BST deadline to make any last-minute changes to your side. 

Mo, Trent, Nat and Diego

Top of the fixture ticker for the remainder of the season, Liverpool first take on an Aston Villa side shorn of their talisman Jack Grealish (£7.5m). Dean Smith confirmed that his latest injury flare-up “will probably put him back a couple of weeks”.

Mohamed Salah (£12.4m), Diogo Jota (£6.9m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.3m) are all selected in the Scout Picks‘ starting XI, while Nat Phillips (£4.0m) is Tom’s headline differential

Encouragingly for their backers, Villa have been struggling defensively.

As Captain Sensible writer Jan mentioned, they are the biggest over-performers in the Premier League and should have conceded at least three more goals over their last four matches.

And if we cast our net a little further back to Gameweek 21, no team has conceded more shots than Dean Smith’s side since then.

Jan and the Scout Picks selectors have handed Salah the armband for Saturday’s enticing encounter.

Golden Boot race motivation and penalty duties ensure Salah just edges out Jota in Jan’s estimation, while Pro Pundit Lateriser commented:

Salah has now scored in back-to-back matches and I’ve seen him play further forward in the last two games than he has for most of this season.

Meanwhile Jota was described by Az as “the number one target on the Wildcard”, which many are playing this week.

Such confidence is underpinned by an impressive 50 per cent goal involvement this season when he’s been on the pitch, as highlighted by both Jan and Lateriser, as well as Karam on the Scoutcast.

And although rotation remains a risk, there is comfort in the knowledge that the Portuguese has found the net in three of his six cameos off the bench and bagged a brace at Arsenal last weekend, as Neale pointed out when he delved into the stats ahead of Gameweek 31.

Both players seem excellent choices for our FPL teams but, as Seb advised us, captaincy is important when it comes to selecting Salah:

I do not plan on handing the Egyptian the armband and thus his value is seriously diminished. Salah is only worth his price if you plan on doubling those points.

– Seb

Otherwise the main decision when deciding on the ideal Liverpool trio appears to come down to a decision between Alexander-Arnold and budget defender Phillips.

The enterprising full-back costs £3.3 million more than his central defensive colleague – is he worth the extra outlay?

Last four matches

Over the last four matches, only two players have created more chances than the Liverpool full-back, namely Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m), who both cost considerably more. 

As Seb mentioned on the Scoutcast, Trent has been accelerating away from his fellow full-back Andy Robertson (£7.1m) in terms of underlying stats since Gameweek 24. And the Scot has created just three chances in his last four compared to the Englishman’s 11.

Defensively the signs are also positive. The return of Fabinho (£5.4m) to midfield makes a big difference to Liverpool’s prospects of recording a clean sheet.

Jürgen Klopp’s side badly missed the Brazilian as a number six, and look a far better side with him sitting in front of the back four.

– Tom

In the end the decision will likely come down to the needs of your FPL team. 

Phillips costs just £4.0m, and as one of the cheapest starting defenders in the game, could be a quality enabler for the remainder of the season.

– Tom

While Seb countered:

If I was on a Wildcard, I’d have definitely gone for the Liverpool right-back over the cut-price Phillips as I don’t like looking for value from the best teams with the best fixtures.

Planning Ahead

Digressing away from Liverpool for a moment, Leeds fan Seb backed up recent Meet the Manager interviewee Tom Stephenson’s plan to ‘save a transfer’ by including Raphinha (£5.6m) on his Wildcard.

If you can afford to keep [Raphinha] on the bench I think he provides a great sub and saves you a transfer for when you want him back for those aforementioned fixtures.

– Seb

Maverick Joe

According to Andy, “only an idiot would continue to try and second-guess Pep Guardiola” – and yet, here we are again. 

Speaking after the win over Leicester City on Sunday, Pep Guardiola promised that there’d be “fresh legs, more than ever” for the upcoming clash with Leeds.

Given that neither Sterling nor Gabriel Jesus (£9.2m) started the midweek Champions League quarter-final, they are tipped to make the first XI in what should be an open game against Leeds United. As Neale reminded us:

17 penalty box touches, five goal attempts and five key passes recorded by Raheem Sterling when Manchester City and Leeds United met in the very open reverse fixture of Saturday’s game.

– Neale

It’s even tempted Joe to consider an uncharacteristic one-week punt on the Brazilian, despite Seb’s warning that he’s a trap.

Joe’s plan on his Wildcard would be to switch out Jesus to Jamie Vardy (£10.1m), who is at a similar price point. 

Leicester City

James Maddison’s (£7.1m) return from injury could be good news for our FPL teams, although his price point is considered awkward by Joe.

Nonetheless both Az and Tom have been singing his praises, having picked up on an intriguing quote from the Leicester City midfielder:

Me, the gaffer and Jack, the analyst, sat down and looked at where I can get more goals. Playing a bit deeper, I was a No.8 today, and breaking into the box and getting beyond that last line and really, kind of, almost smelling where the ball is going to drop. It’s not an easy thing to do. Frank Lampard was the best at it, arriving late and scoring goals, and that’s what I did today.

– James Maddison

Tom went on to add that:

Personal motivation could be a key factor, too. If Maddison is to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the European Championship this summer, he will need to play a starring role during the run-in.

– Tom

Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.8m) was lauded for his clinical finishing on the Scoutcast and offers an excellent mid-price alternative up front.

There are concerns that he could drop out of the side for Maddison, having been replaced the Englishman against Manchester City. But, as Karam explained, Iheanacho played for Nigeria during the international break and only returned 48 hours before kick-off. 

For the time being, Neale has predicted that Iheanacho will start against West Ham with Maddison set for another appearance from the subs bench.

Community Competitions and Head-to-Head Fixtures

RedLightning provided us with his usual comprehensive round-up of the latest Community mini-leagues and competitions, which included a new section on a Community Manager of the Week. 

The inaugural winner was Kushral Pakhrel (aka Fantasizer), nominated by FPL Egregious for his impressive tally of 92 points scored in Blank Gameweek 29.

Kushral’s deft use of his Free Hit chip was underpinned by three Brighton players, who contributed 44 points to his total and helped him to a Gameweek rank of 620.

There are five rounds to go in our cup competitions with the finals set to take place in Gameweek 35.

This Gameweek, round six of the FFS Open Cup sees the lowest-ranked manager left in the competition, ronaldez, face Community regular Jarvish, who is aiming for his second top 10,000 finish in the last three seasons.

While Psyurmh, ranked 615,244 takes on 2018/19 FFS Members Cup runner-up Jambo17.

And in this year’s Members Cup, Torpedo will be hoping to overcome the odds when he comes up against FPLMAD, who is currently 1,876,860 places above him in the overall standings.

Neale reviewed the results from the previous rounds yesterday.

Finally, the Head-to-Head fixtures for Gameweek 31 can be found below. 

The scores and tables update every night on the Head-to-Head Leagues main page so you can keep track of the action as the Gameweek unfolds. 

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909 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Nespinha
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Any help appreciated:

    Leno,
    Kabak, Coady, Rudiger
    Salah, Bruno, Mount, Neto, Jota
    Kane, Vardy

    subs: forster, holding, fofana, davis

    1. XX SMICER XX
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Phillips over Kabak, saves £1M

      1. Big Al Stankovic
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        This

  2. The_FF_King
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Should I do
    Raph to Salah
    DCL to Nacho
    For -4?

  3. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Thoughts on this WC?

    Mendy
    TAA. Rudiger. Alonso
    Salah(C). Bruno. Lingard. Jota
    Kane. DCL. Iheanacho.
    (Forster, Raph, Holding, Fofana)

    1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Too much CHE def imo

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        What would you change? Go Shaw?

        1. Corgzzzz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Hi Mate, I assume Alonso is a 2 x GW punt ?? and for info, Shaw went off at half time in the Europe game, not sure why ?

          1. Gazwaz80
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 14 days ago

            He had a knock...

          2. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            See next page mate. What you reckon? Thanks

        2. CloudSky
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Schmeichel.

        3. Gazwaz80
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Shaw is flagged...

    2. tomasjj
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Lose Alonso. Not nailed enough.

    3. tomasjj
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Also Nachos, I am not sure about him and if he can continue.

    4. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Love it RAF but one too many Chelsea defence

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        See next page MS. Think I’m close to a team I can also BB next week! Please help!!!! 🙂

    5. Ashleyajolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Get a wolves defender for one of the Chelsea defenders, Saiss best points per match for them.

  4. Jones Kusi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Best option??
    A. Coufal, Shaw, Rudiger
    B. Coufal, Shaw, Coady (Got Mendy)
    C. Fofana, Rudiger, Coady

  5. Alisson WondHaaland
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Maddison or Mount?

    1. XX SMICER XX
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Mount

  6. Igz08
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    A) Coady vs Saiss
    B) Start Rudiger or Coady/Saiss

    1. Alisson WondHaaland
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      A) Coady but prefer Fofana
      B) Rud

      1. Igz08
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I got Perreira already

  7. GCM0803
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Play Martinez or Forster?

      1. Igz08
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Forster for me

        1. XX SMICER XX
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Agreed

    • HD7
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Masuaku or Diop for the last place on my bench?

      If Masuaku is back and starter, he has a bigger chance of attacking points?

      1. XX SMICER XX
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Mas

    • McPollolocco
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 14 days ago

      My team: don't be surprised e.g. about Ings or Bamford, play in a mini-league and can't take every player
      Martinez
      Digne, Rüdiger, Cancelo, TAA
      Maddison, Salah, Neto, Mahrez
      Ings, Kane
      Bench: Forster, Bamford, Pereira (WBA), Coufal
      Thoughts? Have some questions?
      a) Mahrez to Rodriguez
      b) Who captain?
      c) Who should i bench?

    • SomeoneKnows
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Start Fofana or Coady?

      1. XX SMICER XX
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Tight one. Probably Coady

      2. funnyoldgame
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Fofana

      3. Big Al Stankovic
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Coady

    • XX SMICER XX
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Quick one:
      A. Coady
      B. Saiss

      1. funnyoldgame
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        coin toss really

      2. tomasjj
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Saiss, for the goal threat.

        1. funnyoldgame
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Coady is actually more of a goal threat according to stats of last 6 games.

          1. tomasjj
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Maybe so - but Saiss has been the one getting the goals earlier in the season.

        2. bso
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Saiss if you want someone who gets a YC every week.

          1. tomasjj
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Ha! Then there is this ofc...

      3. XX SMICER XX
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Is Coady more nailed?

    • Legohair
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Saka to Neto worth to take hit?

      1. XX SMICER XX
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        No

    • Toughie
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Start one?

      A. Shaw (tot)
      B. Digne (bha)

      1. funnyoldgame
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        B

      2. Totalfootball
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Digne

      3. XX SMICER XX
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        B

    • Simmich
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Laporte to play both gw31 and gw32?

      • JenkoJunko
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Start two..
        A. Raph
        B. Wellbeck
        C. Johnstone
        D. Martinez

        Captain..
        1. KDB
        2. Kane
        3. Jota
        4. Bruno

      • G00LI0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Whose with me on the KDB(c) gamble?

        1. Andre_The_Giant
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          I'm about to transfer him out. Reckon he'll be benched

        2. DycheDycheBaby
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Currently my captain but debating whether to change!

        3. G00LI0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          KDB cap locked. And fingers crossed!

          Hoping Pep plays him to keep his rhythm. Then rests him midweek to have him fresh for the cup final.

          1. G00LI0
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Or semi final even

      • dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        A Schmeichel or B Leno as main keeper alongside Forster

        1. Dwotle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 14 days ago

          A

      • Orion
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Worth doing Auba&Antonio to Saka&Vardy for a hit? Yes or no?

        1. Dwotle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 14 days ago

          No if you can afford to bench Antonio. Auba will likely start and could haul against a terrible D.

      • Andre_The_Giant
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        One more call to the masses..

        A) Salah & Phillips

        B) Jota & TAA

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Jota and Phillips and spread the wealth

        2. PascalCygan
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Any way of getting Salah, Jota and TAA? I've gone for those three and sacrificed elsehwere.

          Otherwise, this is a tough one but would maybe go B.

          1. Andre_The_Giant
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Not on a WC unfortunately

            1. PascalCygan
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Ah, OK. Maybe B then.

        3. funnyoldgame
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          A. then get Jota next week

      • PascalCygan
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Who's everyone captaining then?

        Toss-up for me between Sterling and Salah.

        1. Big Al Stankovic
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Raz

          1. PascalCygan
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Nice, could be fun!

        2. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Gundogan or Mount.

          1. PascalCygan
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Interesting, like it!

        3. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Salah

      • Nespinha
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Pick A or B:

        A) Kabak, Mount, Neto, Vardy

        B) TAA, Son, Saka, Iheanacho

        1. RECKLESS
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          B surelym Can advice me below mate?

      • Chrisitis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Corret bench order?
        1. Coufal
        2. Bamford

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Bamford first

        2. RECKLESS
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          1 2 . can advice me below mate?

      • RECKLESS
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Is it madness to consider Perriera vs SOU over Son vs MUN on WC with exact money to get Son back for next gw? Or gives option to replace lingard too

        1. Chrisitis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          If no WC - big no
          You lose one transfer

          1. RECKLESS
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Then play Son or Vydra vs Newc? Above is actually on wc lol

            1. RECKLESS
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              As cant decide who keep between Perreira vs Lingard

        2. Croaker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Not mad. I can see Son doing nothing against MU

        3. Nespinha
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          nope. you can do that sounds good

        4. Vertigo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          I'm playing Son, fwiw. I'd play him against City too, if that were the scenario. Undumpable if fit, imo.

        5. Rabb05
            2 months, 14 days ago

            I'm playing periera over nacho this week. Think he might do well against the saints

        6. Vertigo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Bamford & Antonio > Wood & Iheanacho (-4)?

          1. RECKLESS
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Yes if you have plan to do something with extra funds left. Can advice me above bro?

        7. nadman89
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          play raphinha or watkins , weird one

          1. funnyoldgame
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Watkins

        8. Flynny
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Hi....am I good to go with this wildcard please?

          Plan is sterling to Bruno gw32. Thanks

          Mendy forster
          Taa alonso holding (fofana shaw)
          Salah Sterling (c) son jota lingard
          Kane iheanacho (davis)

          1. tomasjj
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Looks good. I would not have Alonso, but that's just me.
            Nacho with no third forward is also a worry.
            Now there is quite a lot of cash on your bench at the back.

            1. funnyoldgame
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Agree. Alonso to Rudiger. Davis to Vydra

              1. Flynny
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Thanks. I'm going for alonso - feels worth a punt - but totally take your point.

                I'm at 200k so all or nothing. Good luck

                1. Flynny
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  I can actually do fofana to dawson

                  Which gives me cash for vydra

                  Thanks!

        9. Forza Papac
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Bench one

          DCL
          Son
          Saka
          Havertz

        10. TNB
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Pick one on WC

            1.Vardy+Philips
            2. TAA + Iheanacho

          • HD7
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Mendy, Forster
            Philips, 5M, Rudiger, Masuaku, Holding
            Salah, Bruno, Son, Jota, Neto
            Kane, Vardy, Davis

            Best 5M defender needed, mates?

          • Reeker
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Accidently brought in Robertson instead of TAA because I wasn't thinking right

            1. RECKLESS
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Good choice regardless