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

    Play Bamford or Rafina?

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

      Raphinha

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

    Mendy
    TAA, Dias, Rudiger
    Salah (c), Bruno, Jota, Lingard, Neto
    Kane, Iheanacho

    Forster | Vydra, Coady, Fofana

    Correct starting 11?

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

      Yes

  3. HD7
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    1. Do you think Ihenacho will keep his form and place for the next nice fixtures?

    2. Do you think Vardy doesnt play ao well because he isnt uses to play with another forward beside him?

    Still cant decide between the two of them.

  4. aardvark22
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    start Vydra or Phillips (Liv)?

    1. Mr. Funny Name
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Vydra all day

  5. Leeds-Utd
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Start which of
    1-Shaw
    2-Phillips
    3-Holding
    &
    A-Vydra
    B-Inheanacho

    1. Kay317
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      1, B

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

    Still can't decide on Jota, but there aren't many better options imho. Despite starting from the bench quite often he's still on 5.3 pts per game in FPL. You could argue that he quite overperformed (given his stats), but I don't see many better players to have at the moment. The only one I have in mind is Neto.

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

      I mean except Maddy and Lingard who I already have

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

        Raphinha maybe too. The next 2 or 3 GWs are quite tough, but the last couple of fixtures are great. And stats are there

  7. Lignja
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Keep Shaw on wc or swap for Fofana? ( Would bench this week anyway)

  8. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Last call on the start Martinez or Nipples question????
    A- Areola
    Or
    B- Martinez
    Best of luck everyone!!!

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

    Start Wood or Iheanacho?

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

      Wood

    2. Mr. Funny Name
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Would even captain wood if I had him

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

        I do, and I have

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

    Bench one:
    A. Nacho (wh)
    B. lingard (LEI)
    C. Vydra (NEW)

    1. Igz08
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      A or C

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

      C

  11. Igz08
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Start one:
    A) Iheanacho
    B) Saiss
    C) Perreira

  12. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Play DCL or DCL to Ihnancho for a hit??

    1. Igz08
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      DCL

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

      It;s not worth a hit imho

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

    Bench 1) Fofana or 2) Shaw

    bench a) vydra or b) Son

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

      1 a, would you keep Shaw on wc or swap jim for Fofana (bench this week anyway)

  14. Vazza
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Who to play

      A. Areola (WOL)
      B. Forster (wba)
      .

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

      I have never seen Vydra's name touted so often before. Madness!

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

        I didn’t even know he was playing

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

        It's crazy, people targeting Newcastle, forgetting its Burnley

      3. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Has he ever score a goal?

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

          Yeah two in the last four.

    • bangers and M*A*S*H
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      start Shaw or Coady?

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

      Best keeper to complete this defence

      A Mendy
      B Patricio
      C Schmeichel
      D Leno

      Forster *****
      TAA Alonso Fofana Rudiger Holding

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

        D

    • Long ago I drew a walrus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Any last minute changes to this WC?

      Leno (Martinez)
      TAA Rudiger Holding (Reguilon Phillips)
      Sterling(c) Jota(vc) Bruno Lingard (Neto)
      Kane Vardy Iheanacho

      Considering playing Neto ahead of Bruno as well...

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

        No, nice team.
        I don't see Wolves running riot at Fulham any more than Man U at Spurs, so I'd start Bruno myself.

    • Sam (Team Sam)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Surprised FFS suggests Gundo won't play.

      General consensus that he will? Or should I move straight to Son this week on wildcard?

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

        Honestly it's a guessing game for City.

        He may not play a minute but I've captained him.

        If on WC, I think that's a good enough reason to drop him. Could be benched next match instead, and blanks after.

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

        Good chance he plays IMO

      3. Long ago I drew a walrus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Gut feeling is that he'll play. Hard to say though

      4. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        City forums seem to be putting him at 50 50

        Source - https://twitter.com/FPLmeta/status/1380528447466901505?s=20

    • tabby98
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      A)Fofana/James + Coady
      B) Alonso + Holding

      Already have Rudiger

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

      Bench:

      A Son
      B Saka
      C Iheanacho (own Vardy too)
      D Lingard

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

        C

    • Hitthewall
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Bench Son or Lingard?

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

        Dawson/Masuaku or Veltman?

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

        Gundo or Mount to start?

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

          Gundo I hope

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

        OK FINAL WC. Yay or Nay??
        Will bench boost next week!

        Mendy
        TAA. Rudiger. Holding
        Salah(C). Bruno. Lingard. Jota. Gundog
        Kane. Iheanacho.
        (Forster, DCL, Coady, Shaw)

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

        Is this too much money in defense? Wouldn't make any changes to my front 8 until later with the extra funds. 0.4 ITB w/ this defense. Should I downgrade Fofana to Holding?

        TAA - Dias - Rudigier - Shaw - Fofana*

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

          Get rid of Dias. Likely he will only play twice in 4 gameweeks

      • Avery
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Vardy (c) going for it!

      • GCM0803
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Captain

          Bruno
          Kane
          Mount
          Lingard
          Jota

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

            Jota

        • Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          PLAY ONE
          1. AWB
          2. Lowton (Have Pope)
          3. Coufal

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

            Lowton. Its Newcastle after all......

        • VaVaVoom14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Start Bamford or Soucek?