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Scout Picks – Gameweek 32

We return to normality this week after the 15-match marathon that was Gameweek 31. Four teams – Everton, Chelsea, Southampton and Liverpool – supply our Scout Picks XI with a pair of players apiece, whilst a couple of Manchester-based options also get the nod:

Vito Mannone welcomes West Ham to the Stadium of Light on Monday evening, having kept two clean sheets in his last three home encounters. Sam Allardyce’s side are struggling for goals on the road and have netted just once in their last two away games, so another shut-out could be on the cards for the Italian, whose save-point appeal has helped him average five points per game to date.

Everton’s trip to Fulham brings Seamus Coleman into defence. The marauding right-back will be looking for his seventh goal of the season against Felix Magath’s strugglers, whilst the expected return of Phil Jagielka strengthens the Toffees chances of registering back-to-back shut-outs for the first time since Gameweek 14.

John Terry’s Fantasy owners will be confident of further returns as Chelsea travel to Crystal Palace tomorrow afternoon. The Blues have conceded just five times in their last 15 league matches and face an Eagles side that have scored once in their previous five. Terry’s threat in the box and ability to hoover us the bonus points keeps him ahead of his defensive team-mates in our estimations.

A home game with Newcastle hands Jose Fonte a spot in our back three. The Magpies have scored just once in the last five without the injured Loic Remy, whilst Fonte has found the net more times (3) and earned more bonus points (18) than any other option at the back for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Three double-figure hauls in the last four Gameweeks highlights the relentless form of City’s Yaya Toure. Granted, a trip to the Emirates is no easy task, but with the Gunners shipping eight in their last two and devoid of Laurent Koscielny at the back, the Ivorian’s set-piece and spot-kick duties will boost his quest to serve up the Fantasy points yet again.

Eden Hazard is drafted into this week’s Scout Picks for Chelsea’s trip to Palace. Tony Pulis’ side have just a single shut-out to their name over the last seven, and with 14 goals and 10 assists thus far, the Belgian will be confident of delivering his ninth double-figure haul of the season against the Selhurst Park strugglers.

The relentless consistency of Steven Gerrard could be key for Liverpool’s home clash with Spurs. Having already put five past their opponents at White Hart Lane earlier this season, Brendan Rodgers’ side will be optimistic of notching an eighth successive win and keeping their title tilt on track – a free-kick against Sunderland in midweek means the Reds skipper has now produced a goal or assist in nine of his last 10 Anfield appearances.

Having ended a six-game scoring drought at Spurs last weekend, Adam Lallana looks to have rediscovered his form ahead of the visit of Newcastle. The Southampton captain certainly seems to prefer home comforts – five of his seven double-figure hauls have arrived at St Mary’s – and he’ll be looking to plunder the points against a Magpies backline that has just shipped three to Everton in midweek.

David Moyes may have one eye on Tuesday’s Champions League game with Bayern but it seems highly unlikely he’ll be prepared to omit Wayne Rooney from his XI to face Aston Villa. The under-fire United boss is in desperate need of a morale-boost after some damaging home defeats to Liverpool and City, and with a knee injury keeping Robin van Persie in the treatment room, Rooney’s run of four goals in the last five look vital to the hosts’ chances of delivering against a Midlands outfit that were hit for four by Stoke last weekend.

Yet again, Luis Suarez is the overwhelming favourite in this week’s Captain Poll. The Uruguayan has already delivered 22 points against Sunday’s opponents Tottenham in the Gameweek 16 mauling that led to the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas, and with Tim Sherwood’s side conceding four in their last road trip, Suarez seems poised to take advantage of the visitors’ porous backline and could be in line for a fifteenth double-figure point-return of an incredible season.

Four goals in his last five in all competitions since returning from injury suggests Romelu Lukaku is in his best form of the season. Having racked up the returns in the Toffees’ double Gameweek, the big Belgian now makes his way to Craven Cottage to face a Fulham side that have leaked 12 goals in five matches since Felix Magath’s appointment.

A home game against Hull hands Stoke the chance to extend a run which has seen them taste defeat just once in their last eight. With the visitors scoring a mere 11 times on their travels all season, we call up Ryan Shawcross, whose threat in the box and ability to pick up bonus could come to fruition at the Britannia.

Moved to the bench in midweek as Gus Poyet went on the defensive at Anfield, Adam Johnson still found time to grab an assist as a second-half substitute. Sunderland need to go on the attack against West Ham on Monday evening and the wide man will surely be reinstalled to the starting XI for this proverbial six-pointer.

Wilfried Bony is a little unlucky only to make the bench for Swansea’s home game with Norwich. Goals against Everton and Arsenal in last week’s double continued the form which has seen the Ivorian score eight times in 12 appearances since the turn of the year – he looks vital to the hosts’ chances of clinching the points against Steve Bruce’s side.

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  1. Benjimaate
      2 years, 2 months ago

      Thoughts?

      Mannone
      Chester, Coleman, Olsson
      Lallana, Mata, Yaya, Hazard
      Sturridge, Lukaku, Suarez (c)

      Subs - Marshall, Shaw, Noone, Ward

      Cheers 😀

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      1. Heisenbergkamp
          2 years, 2 months ago

          I would start Shaw instead of Olsson. Rest looks good.

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        • jimski
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 years, 2 months ago

          Definitely Shaw over Olsson. By a long way.

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        • Benjimaate
            2 years, 2 months ago

            Thanks everyone :)

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        • Heisenbergkamp
            2 years, 2 months ago

            Stuck in selection.
            Boruc or Mannone?
            Barkley or Snodgrass?

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            1. Chrissy Waddle - 2015/16
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 years, 2 months ago

              I'm going Boruc.

              Snoddy. Barkley due a rest.

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              1. Heisenbergkamp
                  2 years, 2 months ago

                  are you sure that Barkley will be rested today? Because he is the one who looks in fine form.

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                  1. Chrissy Waddle - 2015/16
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 years, 2 months ago

                    Played twice in four days. Can't see him starting today. If you have Snoddy you have to play him for his plum fixtures before it turns horrible.

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                    1. Heisenbergkamp
                        2 years, 2 months ago

                        I think I will go with Snoddy then.
                        I also have Shaw as one of my defenders, so is it wise to double up by bringing in Boruc over Mannonne?

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                        1. Chrissy Waddle - 2015/16
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          2 years, 2 months ago

                          Ah if you have Shaw and intend to play him, I would play Mannone over Boruc. Don't double up.

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                          1. Heisenbergkamp
                              2 years, 2 months ago

                              That is what I thought too. I don't have the guts to double up my defence.
                              So I will go with Mannone and Snodgrass over Boruc and Barkley.

                              Ta.

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                  2. Nabs Kebabs 42
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 years, 2 months ago

                    Boruc, Snod.

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                  3. jimski
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 years, 2 months ago

                    Boruc, Snod.

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                • Pinoche
                    2 years, 2 months ago

                    Mannone

                    Coleman - Terry - Azpilicueta

                    Hazard - Yaya - Mata - Lallana

                    Sturridge - Suarez - Lukaku

                    Any good?

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                    1. Heisenbergkamp
                        2 years, 2 months ago

                        Doubling up on Chelsea defence? Wow, I really like your confidence. By the way, who all are your subs?

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                        1. Pinoche
                            2 years, 2 months ago

                            Sterling Chester Ward.

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                            1. Heisenbergkamp
                                2 years, 2 months ago

                                I think its a good team. Good luck AJ.

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                                1. Pinoche
                                    2 years, 2 months ago

                                    Thx

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                            2. Acquafresca
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              2 years, 2 months ago

                              Captain?

                              3 players different to me

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                              1. Pinoche
                                  2 years, 2 months ago

                                  As I said almost everyone has Mannone, Coleman, Chelsea def, Hazard, Yaya, Suarez, Sturridge and Lukaku so most people have 8 players in common. It's what you do with the remaining 3 players. Captain will be Suarez or Hazard not sure

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                              2. Pinoche
                                  2 years, 2 months ago

                                  SILVA* NOT MATA

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                              3. Lateriser12
                                  2 years, 2 months ago

                                  Mannone (Adrian)
                                  Baines Distin Ivanovic (Ward Olsson)
                                  Mata Silva Haz Sterling (Noone)
                                  SS Lukaku

                                  vs.

                                  Boruc (Adrian)
                                  Azpi Ivanovic Flanagan/Olsson (Dann)
                                  Silva Haz Yaya Nolan (Puncheon)
                                  SS Lukaku

                                  I am the first team and my ML rival is around 15-20 points ahead. How should i look at cutting that down? Important weeks ahead and its basically Mata Sterling and my Everton defenders vs. Yaya Nolan and Flanagan Azpi. Tempted to keep Mata this week because of the fixture.

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                                  1. Chrissy Waddle - 2015/16
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    2 years, 2 months ago

                                    Keep Mata. Get Nasri for him next week, or Eriksen if you believe the hype.

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                                  2. jimski
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    2 years, 2 months ago

                                    Yeah, keep Mata this week and probably shift next week.

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                                  3. Heisenbergkamp
                                      2 years, 2 months ago

                                      Sterling is my only concern. Rest looks good.But if he starts, then I think you have the advantage.

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                                      1. Lateriser12
                                          2 years, 2 months ago

                                          Hoping so.

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                                      2. pundit of punts
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        2 years, 2 months ago

                                        Mata+Silva+Sturridge>Yaya+Lallana+Aguero in the coming weeks

                                        Yaya limits damage and Aguero+Lallana could be great differentials for you to gain some ground on him.

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                                        1. Lateriser12
                                            2 years, 2 months ago

                                            Can only finance that through selling Baines.

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                                            1. pundit of punts
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              2 years, 2 months ago

                                              You short by how much?

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                                              1. Lateriser12
                                                  2 years, 2 months ago

                                                  1.1M

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                                                  1. pundit of punts
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    2 years, 2 months ago

                                                    Back to the drawing board then.

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                                        2. Costa Cafe De Laet
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          2 years, 2 months ago

                                          Can't face another 1 pointer from Sterling. Sterling to Eriksen?

                                          If it doesn't pay off, it guarantees a start for Sterling for everyone who keeps him. win-win for altruistic me.

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                                          1. jimski
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            2 years, 2 months ago

                                            Yeah, sounds wise. Eriksen doing well.

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                                          2. pundit of punts
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            2 years, 2 months ago

                                            Go for it.

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                                        3. Heisenbergkamp
                                            2 years, 2 months ago

                                            Doubling up on Chelsea defence? Wow, I like your confidence. By the way, who all are your subs?

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                                          • Van Dal
                                              2 years, 2 months ago

                                              Anyone starting Mannone over Boruc, apart from moi?

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                                              1. Chrissy Waddle - 2015/16
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                2 years, 2 months ago

                                                I may regret it. But on paper against a toothless Newc, I'm going Boruc.

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                                            • feizaiII
                                                2 years, 2 months ago

                                                Cech or Mannone?

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                                                1. pundit of punts
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  2 years, 2 months ago

                                                  cech

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                                                2. Arvin-ation
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  2 years, 2 months ago

                                                  Czech for sure

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                                              • pundit of punts
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                2 years, 2 months ago

                                                Noone or Molsson first sub?

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                                                1. Lateriser12
                                                    2 years, 2 months ago

                                                    Noone

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                                                2. Zep
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  2 years, 2 months ago

                                                  I would love it if Evra started today, got me a goal, assist, CS and 3BPs...

                                                  That would be the perfect departing gift...

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                                                  1. Acquafresca
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    2 years, 2 months ago

                                                    Cue Benteke brace and Villa 2-1 upset...

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                                                    1. Zep
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      2 years, 2 months ago

                                                      I would not love that...

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                                                    2. pundit of punts
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      2 years, 2 months ago

                                                      That aint a upset anymore.

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                                                  2. pundit of punts
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    2 years, 2 months ago

                                                    Benteke disagrees to the CS part.

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                                                3. Siva Mohan - TEAM (Oranje) …
                                                    2 years, 2 months ago

                                                    Nolan + 4
                                                    or Lallana

                                                    Thanks!

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                                                  • Acquafresca
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    2 years, 2 months ago

                                                    I got 99 problems but Suarez(c) ain't one.

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                                                  • Werkself
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    2 years, 2 months ago

                                                    Boruc
                                                    Coleman, Cahill, Zab
                                                    Yaya, Gerrard, Nolan, Haz
                                                    SaS, Dzeko

                                                    Mannone, Ward, Vlaar, Jedinak

                                                    1 FT, 1.0 ITB

                                                    Good to go?

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                                                    1. Boscombe Albion
                                                        2 years, 2 months ago

                                                        Upgrade Cahill to Terry?

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                                                    2. Clean Bandit
                                                        2 years, 2 months ago

                                                        Need to make one of these moves to sort 0.2 deficit:

                                                        Nolan > Mutch
                                                        OR Ward > Rosenior

                                                        which one?

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                                                      • panaisCy
                                                          2 years, 2 months ago

                                                          thoughts anyone??

                                                          Mannone
                                                          Cahill Davies Shaw
                                                          Mata hazard Snodgrass Mutch
                                                          Lukaku Suarez Dzeko

                                                          marshall-collins ward nolan

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                                                          1. Boscombe Albion
                                                              2 years, 2 months ago

                                                              Nolan for Mutch

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                                                          2. Boscombe Albion
                                                              2 years, 2 months ago

                                                              Appreciate thoughts/advice

                                                              Howard (Harper)
                                                              Coleman, Evra, Shaw (Chester, Collins)
                                                              Nolan, Ya Ya Toure, Hazard, Lallana (Livermore)
                                                              Lukaku, Suarez, Sturridge

                                                              Would like to bring in a Chelsea defender for Evra but only have 0.1 million

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                                                            • THEoZillian
                                                                2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                nasri->hazard for -4
                                                                Gtg?

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                                                              • mcgrejam
                                                                  2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                  Finall nailed it I think

                                                                  Howard
                                                                  Coleman, ivanovic, Cahill
                                                                  Gerrard, Yaya, lallana,hazard
                                                                  Lukaku, Sturridge, Suarez

                                                                  Thoughts?

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                                                                • goonerbyron
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                  Am I wrong to be benching Silva this week?

                                                                  Boruc
                                                                  Azpil / Distin / Bardsley
                                                                  Hazard / Lallana / AJ / Mata
                                                                  Suarez (c) / Lukaku / Bony

                                                                  McGregor / Silva / Chester / MOlsson

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                                                                • Blue Bombers CFC
                                                                    2 years, 2 months ago

                                                                    For anyone feeling sorry for themselves having Ward on the bench, it could always be worse;

                                                                    http://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/1604341/event-history/32/

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