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. 

May your arrows be green!


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909 Comments Post a Comment
  1. AK_FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Start one:

    A) Son
    B) Shaw
    C) Vydra
    D) Fofana

    1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Vydra I guesa

    2. Muscout
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      A

    3. Ibralicious
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Don't bench Son

    4. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      A

  2. Muscout
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Start
    A) Raph
    B) Maupay

  3. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    GTG? Thx

    Mendy
    Holding,Coady,Phillips
    Salah,Bruno,Jota,Neto
    Kane,Iheanacho,Vydra

    Subs:Forster,Son,Fofana,Shaw

  4. McPollolocco
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 10 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?

  5. Alisson WondHaaland
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Auba or Sterling for one week punt?

    1. The Mighty One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Sterling!

    2. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Sterling by a mile...

      (Auba owner!)

    3. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Sterling by so far

  6. krishgorwani
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    On WC
    Is this correct?

    Mendy
    Taa rudiger holding
    Salah(c) jota bruno son lingard
    Kane ilnacho

    Forster vydra coady mitchel

  7. Corona is not good 4 U
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 10 days ago

    A) Dallas -> Holding for free
    B) Or save

    1. Ibralicious
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Save

  8. Super Jack Grealish
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Thoughts on wildcard draft, ended up 0.1m off it as had no rises or falls, best way to make up the money?

    Mendy, Forster
    TAA, Dias, Shaw, Rudiger, Coady
    Salah, Bruno, Son, Jota, Lingard
    Kane, Inheancho, Vydra

    A) Forster > Fabri
    B) Shaw > Fofana
    C) Coady > Veltman/Holding
    D) Vydra > Davis (have to play him in 33)
    E) Other

    1. Ibralicious
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Forster -> Fabri has least impact

  9. andres
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Lingard or Kane (c)?

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Kane

  10. Ibralicious
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    About to be the toughest GW yet in Last Man Standing with so many WCs being played

  11. Jebiga
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Who to bring in Kdb or Sterlo ?

    1. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Sterling more likely to start

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 10 days ago

      Sterlo I think due to less minutes recently but toss a coin!

  12. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    When is Ben Davies due back?

  13. Thomas Magnum
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 10 days ago

    Best defender up to 4.5 not Phillips?

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

      Lowton

    2. Finding Timo
        6 months, 10 days ago

        Dawson, lowton or Masuaku?

        1. Finding Timo
            6 months, 10 days ago

            Plus holding

          • Thomas Magnum
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            Yeah considering these is Masuaku nailed enough?

        2. Corona is not good 4 U
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Holding

        3. Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Veltman

      • Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        GTG?

        Mendy
        TAA Rudiger Shaw
        Salah Bruno Son Jota Lingard
        Kane Iheanacho
        (Forster Bartley Veltman Davis)

        1. Super Saints
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Immense

      • McSauce
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        Captain One;

        A) Kane
        B) Bruno
        C) Gundy

        1. Return of the FF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Own the 3, gone for Kane but not feeling great

      • SomeoneKnows
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        Wood or Bamford?

        1. GOTHAM City F.C.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          wood

        2. cravencottage
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Wood

      • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        Repost soz

        GTG? Thx

        Mendy
        Holding,Coady,Phillips
        Salah,Bruno,Jota,Neto
        Kane,Iheanacho,Vydra

        Subs:Forster,Son,Fofana,Shaw

      • ShEhZu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        My WC - Leno - Coady, Rudiger, Lowton - Salah, Fernandes, Jota, Son - Vydra, Iheanaco, Kane - Lloris, Neto, Coufal, Dallas

      • Flynny
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 10 days ago

        Good to go on this wildcard?

        Thanks

        Mendy forster
        Taa alonso holding (dawson shaw)
        Salah Sterling (c) son jota lingard
        Kane iheanacho (vydra)

        1. Finding Timo
            6 months, 10 days ago

            Alonso over rudiger ?

            1. Flynny
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 10 days ago

              Defo gambling on alonso

        2. thegaffer82
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Do we think Auba will start this GW?

          Think I’m gunna bite the bullet and captain him...

          Big risk, hopefully a big reward!

          1. RECKLESS
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            Never captaim Arsenal players

            1. thegaffer82
              • 10 Years
              6 months, 10 days ago

              Aye, you’re probably right!

          2. Halftime
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            I'm captaining him, might fail but going to risk it at this late stage in the season.

        3. RECKLESS
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Which are 2 matches still left to reschedule? Eve vs Avl and Soton vs?

          1. Rotation's Alter Ego
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            SOU vs CPL

        4. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Play Holding or Coady guys?

          1. funnyoldgame
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            Holding

        5. Plagued by indecision
          • 11 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          I wish I had a City attacker that I knew would start.

        6. DRIZ ✅
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Ings C anyone?

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            Would if I owned. Have gone JV on wildcard instead

        7. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Screw it, no more changes.

          Please don’t let me down Jamie Vardy

          1. cravencottage
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            Yes to Vardy!

        8. HollywoodXI
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          I’m captaining KDB. Who really knows with Pep. If he starts the upside could be massive and I’m chasing in my ML. YOLO.

          1. DycheDycheBaby
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            Same lol

          2. Spg76
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            If he played 20 mins he could still score 18 points. It’s Man City Leeds. KDB(c) and Kane(v) for me

        9. Weilong7
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          martinez or forster?

          1. cravencottage
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            Martinez

        10. G Banger
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Last min poll 🙂

          a) Son
          b) Sterling (to Son next week)

        11. Ibralicious
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Worth doing Forster-> 3.9 to upgrade Holding to Masuaku?

          1. cravencottage
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 10 days ago

            Not at all . Masuaku isnt even nailed

        12. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 10 days ago

          Re

          GTG? Thx

          Mendy
          Holding,Coady,Phillips
          Salah,Bruno,Jota,Neto
          Kane,Iheanacho,Vydra

          Subs:Forster,Son,Fofana,Shaw