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. Tabbara
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Who to bench:
    Shaw or Coady
    Thx

    1. Sailboats
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Coady

    2. bigdip
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Shaw

    3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Shaw

    4. Yes Ndidi
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      I would bench Shaw, but there's not much in it

    5. MidTableFantasy
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Shaw probably

    6. Ashleyajolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Shaw, he carring an injury and has Spurs.

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

    Feeling a late WC now, how does this look then? Will likely BB next week.

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

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Not bad

    2. Foé Fuchs Saka
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      No son next week?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Will take a hit if he looks good this week

        1. Corgzzzz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Can I have your help ...Which ONE to play ??.....

          Vydra.
          Nacho
          Holding

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Nacho easy

    3. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Nice team but I really dont like DCL, I would upgrade Neto.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Who would you upgrade Neto to?

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

        Back to Raphina?

  3. Sailboats
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Why is everyone buying Jota in their WC? Is he 100% nailed?

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      No

      1. Sailboats
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Do you think someone like Mount is a better option ? Double pool defense + salah + mount?

        1. Brehmeren
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Yes

        2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Possibly yes

          To be honest it’s too early to say with Liverpool

          Are they good to invest in? No idea. The arsenal result has made people lose their minds even though maybe we should be targeting teams who play arsenal

          1. Sailboats
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Thanks guys. I also think Jota is not a very good option as people think. Ima go with Mount/Maddison

          2. HashAttack
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            If anything the Arsenal result is a worry, it's the same as the Spurs result suggesting Liverpool can't be bothered when they are playing the weaker teams. They seem to be good enough when they are playing more serious rivals

    2. MidTableFantasy
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Still scores points off the bench

  4. Messiah Hazard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    If Shaw is out, should Dallas or Targett be my first sub?

  5. n-doggg
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Currently have the following on WC

    Mendy, Forster
    Taa, coady, rudiger, holding, massuaku
    Salah, Bruno, jota, SON, GUNDO
    Kane, nacho, vydra

    Rather than Son and Gundo, would you take a punt on Sterling and bench fodder this week and then get Son in for the double?

    A. Stay with Son
    B. Punt on Sterling

    1. Foé Fuchs Saka
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      B, and reverse it next week.

    2. Croaker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      A, because I think Gundo will play and score big

  6. E25
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Best 4th/5th choice 4.7m defender for the run in?
    (Not Lpool, Chelsea, Wolves or Arsenal)

    Currently on Coufal

    1. Gomolon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Holding/Brighton defender

  7. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Phillips gonna play?

    1. Foé Fuchs Saka
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Most likely

  8. Jones Kusi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

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

  9. bluee
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Anyone else going Gundogan (c) ?

    1. YEAH PITCH!
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Yes

    2. Messiah Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Yup me

    3. bluee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Do either of you also own KDB? Not sure whether to put the captaincy on beautiful kev or straight onto gundo, who I think has more chance of starting this week

  10. Genji3lade
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Start Cresswell or Shaw?

    1. Ashleyajolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Cresswell

  11. tomasjj
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Are people keeping Gundo?

    If not, who are they getting instead?

    1. Foé Fuchs Saka
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Sold for Jota.

      1. tomasjj
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Yes, I got him, and Lindz, Mount too.
        But wondering if he will be rotated too much.

  12. Foé Fuchs Saka
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Triple Chelsea with Alonso, Rudiger and Mendy?
    Or mix it up with Fofana instead of one of them?

    1. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Fofana

      1. Foé Fuchs Saka
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Cheers.

  13. iveseenitall
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Should I remove:
    A) Gundo
    B) Cancelo

    Thanks

    1. ChelseaGuy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      A

    2. Messiah Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Cancelo

    3. MidTableFantasy
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Cancelo

  14. ChelseaGuy
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Where's the pre deadline A or B HT

  15. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Who gets the last spot on my WC def?

    A) Veltman (EVE, che, shu)
    B) Masuaku (LEI, new, CHE)

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Rest of defence:
      TAA, Rudiger, Shaw, Holding

    2. iveseenitall
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Veltman

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Thanks mate

  16. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Vardy(c)? Why or why not?

    Or would you rather Jota/Gundo

    1. NateDogsCats
        1 month, 5 days ago

        No, 1 goal in last 17

    2. JenkoJunko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Sorry repost***
      Start two..
      A. Raph
      B. Wellbeck
      C. Johnstone
      D. Martinez

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

      1. iveseenitall
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        B, C
        3

    3. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Please blank Salah. At least for one week....

      He’s gonna wreck me isn’t he

      1. Messiah Hazard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        What if he’s rested to be fully fit for the UCL against Madrid.

    4. Mane Mane Mane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Does Moura get in ahead of any of these or have I got the right starting 11.

      Mendy
      Rudiger TAA Holding Coady
      Sterling (c) Son Fernandez Jota
      Kane Nacho

      Does Moura get ahead of any of them?

    5. JoeSoap
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Schmeichel or Mendy on WC? Have Rudiger.

      1. Amans94
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Same question for me, feeling Kasper to be a bit different.

          1. JoeSoap
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            It is the fixture this week that doesn't help for Schmeichel but nice four fixtures after.

            1. Amans94
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Can play Forster against WBA instead of Kasper this week?

                1. JoeSoap
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Good point though Southampton likely to concede as well.

                  1. Rabb05
                      1 month, 5 days ago

                      I've lloris on wc for the dgw then switching to kasper

                      1. JoeSoap
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        That is an option though not a great fixture this week either.

          2. MikeS
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Raphina to sterling -4?

          3. Zlatan F.C
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Chose two for this GW on a Wc

              A) Son
              B) Gundo
              C) Lingard

              1. iveseenitall
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                A and C

            • Lemongrab
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Play
              A. Martinez
              B. johnston

              1. Thomas Magnum
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                A

            • Oooo Matron
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Rudiger the best Chelsea defender after Azpi?

            • AC Yew
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Best defender for next 2 weeks.
              Currently got Stones Cancelo AWB Coufal and Konsa. Looking to replace one of Man City lads.
              Price not an issue

            • RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Fofana or Coady people? Thank you

              1. XX SMICER XX
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Coady

            • XX SMICER XX
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              A. TAA & Vydra
              B. Phillips & DCL

              Will be playing BB next week

            • Jones Town
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Bench Raphinha or Bamford?

              1. Lemongrab
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Bam

            • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              How's this lads? Gonna BB soon too, thabk you!

              Mendy,Forster
              Holding,Shaw,Coady,Fofana,Phillips
              Salah,Son,Bruno,Jota,Neto
              Kane,Iheanacho,Vydra

            • I Member
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Play Holding (shu) or Coady (ful)?

              1. JoeSoap
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                On Holding myself. Could go either way.