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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  1. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    PANTS DOWN!!! Good luck all, not looked at team all week and did a last minute -4:

    McCarthy & Kilman to Forster & Phillips (Liv):

    Martinez
    Cancelo | Dallas | Phillips
    KdB | Bruno | Son | Gundogan
    Kane (C) | DCL | Bamford

    Forster | Raphinha | Lowton | Rudiger

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Kaptain Kane 😮

    2. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I played Forster over Emi - the fear is setting in already

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

      🙂

      You put Rudiger 3rd bench! Nice to find someone else who fancies Palace to score this week.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Haha it was the benching last week that put me off, last thing I want is a one point cameo

    4. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Playing Dallas and having Rudiger 3rd on the bench is an interesting one!

    5. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      same Kane(C)

    6. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Good luck mate! Luck favors the brave.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Cheers all

    7. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Dodgy hit my friend

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        I know, last minute rush - was with the idea of playing BB at some point but not even sure Forster is nailed

    8. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      🙂 Nice first line!

      Unusual, but brave selections - bol!

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

    My body is ready for my rank to tank. It has been nice playing with you all!

  3. Kane and Ablett
      2 months, 11 days ago

      At 23k, could Lacazette (c) get me in the top 10k this week?

      1. Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Doubt it

      2. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        I had him captain but at the last min changed to Kane

        1. HashAttack
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          I bottled even giving him the VC - Just in case both Salah and Laca don't play

      3. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Don’t think he’ll start.

      4. DRIZ ✅
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        After his horror show yesterday, state of having him in the team

    • Vertigo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Crayons and milkshakes down.

    • Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Come on Jota! Good luck boys and girls!

      1. tinear
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Go Jota

    • Arteta
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Went for the sensible Vardy & Son rather than Lacazette & Sterling. Kind of regret it already.

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        I mean there's no competition this week but long term you made the right call

    • Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Iheanacho captain locked in, good luck all

      1. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Love that!

      2. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Wow good luck

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

        Nice call

    • Cruyff Turn
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Chris Wood (C) – Pray for me.

      1. DRIZ ✅
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Praying and laughing

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

        Nearly did that myself, to justify the -4.

      3. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Can't pray, too shocked 😆

      4. tbos83
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Bold. Go well sir.

        • Kane and Ablett
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Very brave

        • Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Wilson (c) here we go

          1. DRIZ ✅
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Just what i expected

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Not sure how you’d expect that one mate

          2. Well you know, Triffic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Tom Hanks?

        • Isco Disco
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Took Bruno out for Sterling on WC in the last minute and captained Raheem.
          Wish me luck!

          1. DRIZ ✅
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Wow sick to my stomach that call

            1. Qaiss
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Bruno with Pogba in the team isn’t the same

          2. Utopsis
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 11 days ago

            I'm with you!

          3. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            I captained Sterling so unlucky bro

          4. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            You'll need I'll.

          5. Firminoooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            +1.

          6. Isco Disco
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Good to know I got some company here.
            Time to grab a hatty tomorrow Sterling(C)

        • Arteta
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Too many close calls on WC so we're all gonna be in tears anyway.

        • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          My God. I forgot it was half 6 this evening. First time this season.

          1. DRIZ ✅
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Haha good joke there mate

          2. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Bus team to the rescue

        • el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          DMX.... 🙁

          1. DRIZ ✅
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            (C)?

            1. KUN+10
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Cant captain a dead man

              1. KUN+10
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                RIP

          2. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Crack is a hell of a drug

        • hullcityfan
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Jota captain

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            o/

          2. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Ditto

          3. yosim
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 11 days ago

            yip

        • hogree
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Cancelo captain here we goooo

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Haaaaaa surely not

        • sirmorbach
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Lads, still time for me here. Would you be kind enough to help my with (a) WC team and (b) starting XI for this week?

          Mendy
          TAA, Dias, Holding
          Salah, Bruno, Son, Gündogan, Lingard
          Kane, Wood

          Forster, Iheanacho, Rüdiger, Coufal

          1. sirmorbach
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Why, f—.

          2. DRIZ ✅
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            VPN does wonders

        • tinear
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Literally pressing WC 2 minutes before deadline. Hopefully it’s worth it. Good luck all.

        • The Mighty Hippo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Captain Kev. Genius move or foolhardy nonsense....we'll find out tomorrow!!

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            He’ll play

          2. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Just signed a new contract, could go ballistic ...

          3. KUN+10
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            I’ll take 60 mins of Kevin vs Leess

          4. Utopsis
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 11 days ago

            KDB - - > Sterling x3. Yes please

        • Firminoooo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          No Bruno on WC, but don’t care. Would want him to blank even if I owned him with EO over 100%.

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Good call not picking the best FPL player and top points scorer this season

            1. Firminoooo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Only for two GWs. Saka will cover his points......

          2. Bamford's Boot
              2 months, 11 days ago

              I dropped him on mine too. Punted on Sterling captain for this week instead.

          3. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Jota C

            Going for it

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Handshake

            2. Utopsis
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Good luck sir

          4. tbos83
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Nice to have a gw with no real 'nailed on' picks - hopefully will shake up the places a bit

            • Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Sympathy for Sterling cappers this week who will be rolling in the mud with 2 points

              1. Kane and Ablett
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  1 point cameos...

                • Super Saints
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Ha if he's benched again I'll cry!

                  Should be a goal fest though

                • Utopsis
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  🙁

              2. Railwayman
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                Wanted to make 2 FT right now and forgot about the 90min deadline 🙁 🙁 🙁 First time this season, just can't believe this. Wanted to do Sterling and Alonso in for Bale and Stones, total disaster...

                1. DRIZ ✅
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Haha stop teasing us

                2. HashAttack
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  I hit my WC totally forgetting that I had 2FT for the first time in at least 2 seasons

              3. Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                BB team for next week looks stunning, imagine I'll get at least six injuries and red cards this week though!

                LLORIS
                TAA Castagne Shaw
                Bruno SON Jota Lingard Neto
                KANE(C) Iheanacho
                Leno DCL Rudiger Coufal

              4. CoracAld2831
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 11 days ago

                Team for GW31:

                Areola
                Dunk-Digne-Cresswell
                Lingard-De Bruyne-Gundo-Fernandes-Raphinha
                Kane(v)-Wood(c)

                Johnstone-Watkins-Dallas-Mings

                Was it GTG?

                1. DRIZ ✅
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  6.5/10 g2g

                2. CoracAld2831
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Forgot to add:

                  KDB as c and Wood as vc.

                3. Tinkermania
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Does it matter?

              5. thegaffer82
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                Chickened out of Auba captain at the last minute.

                But, he’s enough of a differential that I really hope he ‘punishes’ me for that with a hatty.
                I actually think he’s a good punt this week after the Laca horror show performance in mid-week. Good chance Auba plays upfront against Sheff Utd

                1. Super Saints
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Haha bottled it big time, good call IMO though.

              6. Hiddenpaw
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                Pereira (West Brom) captain. Will lightening strike twice??? Doubt it haha!

                1. Super Saints
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  I was very tempted on him over Neto

              7. Gudjohnsen
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                Already regret my Jota captain punt

                1. thegaffer82
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  I’m feeling happy. Though I’ll definitely have the jitters when it’s approaching time for Pool teamsheet to be released

                2. The Suspended One
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  I dont

                3. Super Saints
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  VC for me

              8. tbos83
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  I captained prince philip. Please tell me no injury news I've missed..

                  1. DRIZ ✅
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    Sad

                  2. Pukki Blinders
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    Yikes

                  3. thegaffer82
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    Poor taste ( and I’m no champion of the Royals!)

                  4. tbos83
                      2 months, 11 days ago

                      Alright naughty step for me

                    • Yes Ndidi
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 11 days ago

                      I quite liked the D of E, but he's been flagged for most of the season so you've only got yourself to blame.

                  5. Good Times
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    Laca captain =S
                    Goodluck all

                    1. thegaffer82
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 11 days ago

                      Dropped after missing 27 chances in the last game 😉