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. FPL ElasticO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Hey guys, Who to start?
    A. Coady
    B. Son

  2. Carcetti
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    A) Saka and Ings

    B) Laca and Pereira

  3. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Mendy main GK

    A) Forster, Masuaku (5th def)
    B) Fodder, Veltman

    ?

    GL!

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      A matey. For sure. What you think below?

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Thanks mate!

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Look good below?

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Replied!

  4. Vazza
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Who to play -

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

    • DropkickMurphys
        1 month, 6 days ago

        For the armband:

        1- Lingard (LEI)
        2- Kane (MUN)

        3- neither

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          1

        2. funnyoldgame
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          2

      • tinear
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Help needed. On WC. Keep Gundo for this week or get Jota. Have Salah.

      • HD7
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

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

        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.

      • BigKeith
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Martinez or Sanchez?

        • TeddiPonza
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Bench Raphinha or Shaw?

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Shaw

        • dbeck
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Haven’t had time to listen to black box? What was marks WC looking like? Any insight?

          1. Rotation's Alter Ego
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Mendy (Sanchez)
            TAA Rudi Alonso (Holding Dallas)
            Bruno Jota Lingard Sterling (Raphinha)
            Kane DCL Ihean

            https://twitter.com/FFScout_Mark/status/1380559802707886083?s=20

          2. Goro Majima
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 6 days ago

            I don't think he is gonna WC now - Mark's team was to demonstrate what could be done without Salah, conclusion being not enough to go without him.

          3. Goro Majima
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Haha...then again

          4. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            5 minutes to copy

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

            Cheers, slightly validates my sterling (c)

        • RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Time is ticking.
          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)

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

            Nice

          2. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Yay. Looks great mate

          3. Il Capitano
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Yee

          4. Plagued by indecision
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Last-minute WC panic:

            Sterling(c) / Phillips or stick with TAA and Son?

          5. King Kun Ta
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Play Azpi & Alonso? Or Coady instead of Alonso...?

          6. HD7
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Philips Vardy
            or
            TAA Nacho

            1. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              PV

            2. Werner Bros
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              B

            3. cravencottage
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              PV

          7. Werner Bros
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            WC active GTG?

            Mendy
            TAA Coady Holding
            (c)Salah Bruno Son Jota Lingard
            (vc)Kane Nacho

            Forster Shaw Masuaku Davis

          8. Long ago I drew a walrus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Anyone benching Bruno?

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

            Fofana or Coady?

            1. ManUtdFan977
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Fofana

          10. TAT
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Play Son or Shaw?

          11. bruuuno
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Start Greenwood or Phillips?

          12. Slitherene
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            G2G?

            Areola ¦ Sanchez
            Dias Azpilicueta Coady
            Bruno Pepe Lingard Salah
            Kane Iheanacho Richarlison (c)
            | Saka Shaw Phillips

          13. PascalCygan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Owning Sterling for this week only but thinking of captaining Salah.

            Really tight call but wondering if owning Sterling is differential enough? Hard to say how Leeds will play.

            1. Utopsis
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 6 days ago

              You'll never be surer of a City player starting, and the opposition is perfect.

              Sterling.

              1. PascalCygan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Cheers!

                1. Utopsis
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Good luck mate - it's definitely a punt but pay off BIG!

          14. thegaffer82
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Anyone taking a (perhaps stupid) punt on Auba captain?

            Cant even believe I still own him to be honest... been a disaster

            1. Bury94
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              I'm taking a stupider captain punt on Ineanacho 😆

            2. Kane and Ablett
                1 month, 6 days ago

                A terrible shout, you should be boring and give it to Lacazette like me....and yet my fingers are still twitching

            3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              No aguero love?

              1. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                He’s my captain! Didn’t work out last week though as he looked rusty !

              2. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                I’d love to but... he’s not the same Aguero anymore

            4. Jam0sh
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Which duo you'd prefer on wildcard:

              A) TAA, Iheanacho on 3-4-3
              B) Shaw, Son on 3-5-2

            5. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Play Son or Neto?

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

                I went Neto

            6. ManUtdFan977
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              city midfielder for son for a one week punt???

              1. The Mighty One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Yes, Sterling!

                1. ManUtdFan977
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  i can't afford sterling so who should I go for gundo or bernardo

                  1. The Mighty One
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 6 days ago

                    Gundo more likely to just get 20 minutes. Go for Bilva if you must.

                    1. ManUtdFan977
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 5 days ago

                      thanks but i decided to stick with son in the end i've saved a transfer just in case there are blanks and doubles so I can plan for them

                      1. The Mighty One
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        Good move. Keep Son for the double in 32 and then drop. Best of luck!

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

              Got KDB (C), Bruno (VC). Do we see KDB starting?

              1. ManUtdFan977
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                no

            8. The Mighty One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Hi mates! 7.9 available for a striker! Who to grab:

              Adams
              Woods
              DCL
              Nacho

              Any tips??? Cheers!

              1. Plagued by indecision
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                nacho

                1. The Mighty One
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Thank you! Great Grav.

              2. The Mighty One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Just a one week punt before WC next week. Thanks!

            9. TNB
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Bench one

                1.GUNDO
                2. LINGARD

                1. Spoonhead
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  I also want to hear thoughts to this!

                2. Spoonhead
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  I've gone for #1

              • Lindelol
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Start Lowton or AWB??