Scout Picks – Gameweek 32

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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. Thoughts?

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

    Subs - Marshall, Shaw, Noone, Ward

    Cheers :D

    • 1 year, 27 days ago
    1. I would start Shaw instead of Olsson. Rest looks good.

      • 1 year, 27 days ago
    2. Definitely Shaw over Olsson. By a long way.

      • 1 year, 27 days ago
    3. Thanks everyone :)

      • 1 year, 27 days ago
  2. Stuck in selection.
    Boruc or Mannone?
    Barkley or Snodgrass?

    • 1 year, 27 days ago
    1. I'm going Boruc.

      Snoddy. Barkley due a rest.

      • 1 year, 27 days ago
      1. are you sure that Barkley will be rested today? Because he is the one who looks in fine form.

        • 1 year, 27 days ago
        1. 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.

          • 1 year, 27 days ago
          1. 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?

            • 1 year, 27 days ago
            1. Ah if you have Shaw and intend to play him, I would play Mannone over Boruc. Don't double up.

              • 1 year, 27 days ago
              1. 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.


                • 1 year, 27 days ago
    2. Boruc, Snod.

      • 1 year, 27 days ago
    3. Boruc, Snod.

      • 1 year, 27 days ago
  3. AJ.


    Coleman - Terry - Azpilicueta

    Hazard - Yaya - Mata - Lallana

    Sturridge - Suarez - Lukaku

    Any good?

    • 1 year, 27 days ago
    1. Doubling up on Chelsea defence? Wow, I really like your confidence. By the way, who all are your subs?

      • 1 year, 27 days ago
      1. AJ.

        Sterling Chester Ward.

        • 1 year, 27 days ago
        1. I think its a good team. Good luck AJ.

          • 1 year, 27 days ago
          1. AJ.


            • 1 year, 27 days ago
    2. Captain?

      3 players different to me

      • 1 year, 27 days ago
      1. AJ.

        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

        • 1 year, 27 days ago
    3. AJ.


      • 1 year, 27 days ago
  4. Mannone (Adrian)
    Baines Distin Ivanovic (Ward Olsson)
    Mata Silva Haz Sterling (Noone)
    SS Lukaku


    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.

    • 1 year, 27 days ago
    1. Keep Mata. Get Nasri for him next week, or Eriksen if you believe the hype.

      • 1 year, 27 days ago
    2. Yeah, keep Mata this week and probably shift next week.

      • 1 year, 27 days ago
    3. Sterling is my only concern. Rest looks good.But if he starts, then I think you have the advantage.

      • 1 year, 27 days ago
        • 1 year, 27 days ago
    4. 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.

      • 1 year, 27 days ago
      1. Can only finance that through selling Baines.

        • 1 year, 27 days ago
        1. You short by how much?

          • 1 year, 27 days ago
            • 1 year, 27 days ago
            1. Back to the drawing board then.

              • 1 year, 27 days ago
  5. 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.

    • 1 year, 27 days ago
    1. Yeah, sounds wise. Eriksen doing well.

      • 1 year, 27 days ago
    2. Go for it.

      • 1 year, 27 days ago
  6. Doubling up on Chelsea defence? Wow, I like your confidence. By the way, who all are your subs?

    • 1 year, 27 days ago
  7. Anyone starting Mannone over Boruc, apart from moi?

    • 1 year, 27 days ago
    1. I may regret it. But on paper against a toothless Newc, I'm going Boruc.

      • 1 year, 27 days ago
  8. Cech or Mannone?

    • 1 year, 27 days ago
      • 1 year, 27 days ago
    1. Czech for sure

      • 1 year, 27 days ago
  9. Noone or Molsson first sub?

    • 1 year, 27 days ago
      • 1 year, 27 days ago
  10. I would love it if Evra started today, got me a goal, assist, CS and 3BPs...

    That would be the perfect departing gift...

    • 1 year, 27 days ago
    1. Cue Benteke brace and Villa 2-1 upset...

      • 1 year, 27 days ago
      1. I would not love that...

        • 1 year, 27 days ago
      2. That aint a upset anymore.

        • 1 year, 27 days ago
    2. Benteke disagrees to the CS part.

      • 1 year, 27 days ago
  11. Nolan + 4
    or Lallana


    • 1 year, 27 days ago
  12. I got 99 problems but Suarez(c) ain't one.

    • 1 year, 27 days ago
    1. New Post
  13. Boruc
    Coleman, Cahill, Zab
    Yaya, Gerrard, Nolan, Haz
    SaS, Dzeko

    Mannone, Ward, Vlaar, Jedinak

    1 FT, 1.0 ITB

    Good to go?

    • 1 year, 27 days ago
    1. Upgrade Cahill to Terry?

      • 1 year, 27 days ago
  14. Need to make one of these moves to sort 0.2 deficit:

    Nolan > Mutch
    OR Ward > Rosenior

    which one?

    • 1 year, 27 days ago
  15. thoughts anyone??

    Cahill Davies Shaw
    Mata hazard Snodgrass Mutch
    Lukaku Suarez Dzeko

    marshall-collins ward nolan

    • 1 year, 27 days ago
    1. Nolan for Mutch

      • 1 year, 27 days ago
  16. 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

    • 1 year, 27 days ago
  17. nasri->hazard for -4

    • 1 year, 27 days ago
  18. Finall nailed it I think

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


    • 1 year, 27 days ago
  19. Am I wrong to be benching Silva this week?

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

    McGregor / Silva / Chester / MOlsson

    • 1 year, 27 days ago
  20. For anyone feeling sorry for themselves having Ward on the bench, it could always be worse;

    • 1 year, 26 days ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 34

  • Schmeichel
  • Ivanovic
  • Huth
  • Skrtel
  • Coutinho
  • Fábregas
  • Sterling
  • Hazard
  • Vardy
  • Aguero
  • Murray
  • Cresswell
  • Mata
  • Kane

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