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. Hitthewall
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Crazy to start Vydra over Son?

      1. Well you know, Triffic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        No

      2. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Yes

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

        Yes

    • Cheeto__Bandito
        1 month, 5 days ago

        The last time Salah scored an open play goal at home was gameweek 13 LOL! Best captain right guys??

        1. Well you know, Triffic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Lol

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

          Must be due another one then

          1. Cheeto__Bandito
              1 month, 5 days ago

              yup and Vydra due a hattrick hasnt had one in a while

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

                Let me guess, you don't own Salah...

          2. Original - Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            So he's due.

        3. Well you know, Triffic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Start White or Regulon? Thanks!

          1. Cheeto__Bandito
              1 month, 5 days ago

              white brighton easy 2-0

            • Jimmy Boy
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Reguilon, United might park the bus

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

              Probz Regu and hope for an attacking return or a 0-0

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

            Better duo?
            A) Ings & ESR (can bench Ings in 33)
            B) Diagne & Maddison

            1. Well you know, Triffic
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              A

          3. Rabb05
              1 month, 5 days ago

              1.DCL 2.Rich or 3.Laca with Kane up front for the next few weeks?
              Currently on Laca as better fixtures but is he nailed enough?

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

                prefer Ings if possible, Laca not nailed so will be a pain when benched. If you go for Everton option for starts i'd say go Rich

                1. Rabb05
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    Thanks. ings blank in 33 put me off. Got to decide between laca and rich i think

              2. McPollolocco
                  1 month, 5 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??

                • matiakez
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Start kasper or Forster?

                  Currently on Forster

                  1. Well you know, Triffic
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    Forster

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

                    stick with forster

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

                      Thanks

                • Flynny
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Who to start?

                  A...vydra at newcastle

                  B....son v United (in addition to kane)

                  Thanks

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

                    B i think only because he's son

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

                      Yeah think that it's a v brave manager that benches son

                • BurnMyBread
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    Start Raphinha or Watkins?

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

                      Raph

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

                      Watkins

                  • Park the bus
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    Start:

                    Forster or Lloris
                    Soucek or Watkins

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

                    Am I mad for wanting to captain Gundo over Salah?

                    1. Blue Moon Rising
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 5 days ago

                      Ye, not even guaranteed to start

                    2. mr messi
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 5 days ago

                      No, not a bad punt

                  • SomeoneKnows
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    Mount or Son just for this week?

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

                      mount

                      1. Rabb05
                          1 month, 5 days ago

                          Mount

                    2. Il Capitano
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        0FT - 5.2m ITB - Only TC remaining

                        Martinez
                        Stones Digne Azpi
                        Bruno Gundogan Lingard ESR Jota
                        Kane DCL

                        Fabri - Bamford Cresswell Targett

                        Captain:
                        A) Jota
                        B) Kane
                        C) Gundogan
                        D) Bruno

                      • Jimmy Boy
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        I've got both Bamford and Raphinha, need to start one of them. Who gets the nod?

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

                          I'm playing Raph

                        2. ...al
                          • 11 Years
                          1 month, 5 days ago

                          Same. Playing Raph due to dead balls

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

                          raph

                      • Lindelol
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        Pope
                        Cancelo Rudiger Lowton
                        Gundo Bruno Son Jota
                        Laca Kane DCL

                        Johnstone - AWB Coufal ESR

                        Good to go??
                        who to captain
                        1. Kane
                        2. Laca
                        3. Son
                        4. Bruno
                        5. Jota

                        Chasing 38 points in ML

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

                        Anyone captaining Bruno??

                      • Sgt Frank Drebin
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        1.9m still in the bank, thoughts?
                        Martinez
                        TAA - Digne - Rudgier
                        Salah - Son - Jota - Maddison - Lingard
                        Kane - Iheanacho

                        Forster - Welbeck - Masuaku - Johnson

                      • The Prophet
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        Lads, any major problems here...

                        Leno (Forster)

                        Trent-Alonso-Stones (Holding/Shaw)

                        Jota-Sterling(c)-Salah-Mount-Lingard

                        Kane-Iheanacho (Vydra)

                        Thanks in advance

                      • CoracAld2831
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        Team now:

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

                        Johnstone--Raphinha-Dallas-Mings

                        Used my FT's to Lingard and Wood.

                        What to do:

                        1: GTG
                        2: KDB -> Salah for a bit
                        3: Watkins -> Iheanacho for a hit
                        4: Other, what?

                        1. Prison Mike
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 5 days ago

                          1 or 2 if you think KDB doesn’t start

                      • Prison Mike
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        Anyone keeping Dias on wildcard?

                        Or will he be rotated a lot now with all the cup commitments City have?

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

                          Dias is the only one who’s looked rotation proof with Pep

                          1. Prison Mike
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 5 days ago

                            True! But with Laporte, Stones and now even Ake fit surely he will start to prioritise the cups now the league is pretty much wrapped up...

                        2. ...al
                          • 11 Years
                          1 month, 5 days ago

                          Dias only city D to get imo

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

                          I keep him

                      • HD7
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        Mendy, Forster
                        TAA , Shaw, Rudiger - , Holding
                        Salah, Bruno, Son, Jota, - ,
                        Kane, Nacho , Davis

                        A) Neto, Coady
                        B) Lingard, Masuaku

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

                        Captain Jota or Kane?

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

                          Jota from those 2

                      • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        On WC. Is no City problem here? Should I do Son to Mahrez or Gundo? Cheers!

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

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

                          Spurs have DGW next... So keep Son

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

                        How bad is Villa's attack lately? Tempted with a TAA (C) this week

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

                          No Grealish, no party! Traore the main outlet

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

                            Oh lovely, didn't realise he was still out, thought he was back. TAA is sub 15% ownership, in good form and with a good fixture. Looking forward to my -2!

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

                              Well this paid off well!! 22 points and up to 17k, FFScout welcome to hire me anytime lol

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

                        Play 1, and pick sub 1...

                        Raphina, Bamford and Watkins...

                        Currently have them in that order. Playing Raph, and benching Bam and Watkins...

                        Anything else to consider in that selection?

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

                          Bamford is on penalties, but seems a good order to me

                      • tabby98
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        Thoughts on final WC team?
                        Mendy, Forster
                        TAA, Dias, Rudiger, Fofana, Coady
                        Salah, Bruno, Jota, Lingard, Neto
                        Kane, Iheanacho, Vydra

                        £0.1m ITB

                        gtg?

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

                          It's the same as me but I have Coufal instead of Fofana because I have less money.

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

                          Ah actually I have son instead of neto

                          1. tabby98
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 5 days ago

                            Can't afford Son unfortunately unless I drop TAA or one of the other premium players

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

                              I think your team is good. Wolves have good fixtures.

                      • Spg76
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        KDB(C)

                      • FPLMACKEM
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        Start one?

                        A Vydra
                        B Iheanacho

                      • Wılly
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        Aubameyang
                        or
                        Jota

                        Captain?

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

                        Ok Coady or Saiss then?

                        1. Utopsis
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 5 days ago

                          Coady - Saiss at risk from Boly