Scout Picks

Scout Picks – Gameweek 33

Four teams supply our Scout Picks squad with a couple of players this weekend. Chelsea and Norwich feature twice in our starting XI, with plum home games against Stoke and West Brom on their respective agendas, whilst we also call upon a pair of options from City and Cardiff for their clashes with Southampton and Palace:

John Ruddy is our chosen stopper as Norwich prepare to face West Brom. The Canaries have conceded just once in their last six at Carrow Road, whilst the Baggies have blanked in two of the previous four – with Liverpool and Arsenal their final two visitors, tomorrow looks more crucial than ever for Chris Hughton’s side.

We welcome John Terry into the back-three as Chelsea prepare for the visit of Stoke. The Blues have toiled on their travels in recent matches but in front of the Stamford Bridge faithful it’s been a different matter, with five successive clean sheets accrued. Terry’s ability to bring home the bonus, allied with his threat in the opposition area, keeps him ahead of his fellow Chelsea defenders in our estimations.

Three goals in his last four appearances brings Steven Caulker into this week’s Scout Picks. Cardiff have been anything but resilient at the back under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but a home game against fellow-strugglers Crystal Palace suggests a clean sheet could be on the cards – Tony Pulis’ side have scored once in their previous six road trips.

Villa skipper Ron Vlaar comes into consideration ahead of a home clash with Fulham. The Dutchman has earned bonus points (a total of 12) in six of the eight occasions his team have registered a clean sheet this term and, priced at a mere 4.3, is a budget-friendly option against a Cottagers side with plenty of problems in attack.

Eden Hazard is a nailed-on option for Chelsea’s home game with Stoke. The Belgian – who has delivered five double-figure hauls in front of his own fans – has benefitted from spot-kick duties in recent matches and notched in three of his last four appearances at the Bridge; as Jose Mourinho looks for a response to back-to-back defeats on the road, Hazard seems the one reliable option for the London outfit.

David Silva may have stepped up in form for City but he has a long way to go before matching Yaya Toure’s relentless Fantasy season. Tomorrow’s visitors Southampton may put up a stubborn test but the Ivorian’s owners will be confident of further returns – he’s delivered 10+ hauls in three of the last four at the Etihad, and with Sergio Aguero still sidelined, has penalty duties in addition to set-pieces to help deliver the goods.

Back in the frame after a brief stint on the bench, Christian Eriksen served up a reminder of his talents in Tottenham’s previous home match with a brace and assist against Southampton. The Dane is handed the chance to pick up the points in front of his own fans once again as Sunderland come calling on Monday evening – at 6.5 and owned by less than 4%, he could be a deadly mid-price differential this week.

There’s no doubt Robert Snodgrass will be key to Norwich’s hopes of getting the better of West Brom this weekend. The in-form playmaker has scored or assisted in each of his last three at Carrow Road – picking up 26 points over that trio of fixtures – and faces a Baggies backline that has conceded in every match under Pepe Mel.

Luis Suarez earns his usual spot in the Scout Picks as Liverpool prepare for a trip to West Ham. The Uruguayan has already plundered a 15-point haul against Sam Allardyce’s side earlier in the season and, having delivered double-figure returns in each of his last three away appearances, there’s no surprise to see Suarez’ irresistible form has earned him top spot in this week’s Captain Poll once again.

Having bagged a brace in two of his three appearances since Robin van Persie picked up a knee injury, Wayne Rooney is starting to hit top form. With the Dutchman still stricken, Rooney looks likely to retain the advanced forward role once again, and with spot-kick duties furthering his appeal, he pays visit to an injury-hit Newcastle side that have conceded seven times in the last two Gameweeks.

Three goals and an assist in five appearances since returning from injury highlights Romelu Lukaku’s impact for Everton. Granted, a home game with Arsenal is far from straightforward and the Belgian hardly did himself any favours by blanking against Fulham last weekend, but with the Gunners still devoid of Laurent Koscielny and shipping goals at an alarming rate, Lukaku has the platform to pick up the points and bring himself into many a Fantasy plan for double Gameweek 34.

Hull’s home game with Swansea brings Curtis Davies onto the bench. The Tigers’ centre-half has notched four times in all competitions this term, and with attacking returns in each of his last two at the KC Stadium, he looks key to the hosts’ chances of clinching the win that would see them climb above Garry Monk’s side tomorrow.

With three sets of double figures in the last four Gameweeks, Jordan Mutch is more than a little unlucky only to make the bench. If Cardiff are to breach a Crystal Palace backline that has just kept Chelsea at bay, the 4.8-priced midfielder seems likely to play a part.

Edin Dzeko is also squeezed out of the Scout Picks starting line-up for City’s home game against Southampton. With Sergio Aguero still sidelined and Alvaro Negredo suffering a real form slump, the Bosnian’s three goals and an assist in his last three league appearances bode well for his prospects against a defence that has conceded three times in two of their last three road trips.

*Please Note – Since this article was written, United have confirmed that Wayne Rooney is carrying a toe injury which seemingly makes him a major doubt for the weekend trip to Newcastle*

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  1. Sess!
      2 years, 3 months ago

      From GW36:

      A) Yaya & Ramsey
      Or
      B) Silva & Mata

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      1. The Rock
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 years, 3 months ago

        A easy

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        1. The Rock
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 years, 3 months ago

          Sorry, i read Ramsey as Rooney - Long day! I'd go with B.

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          1. Sess!
              2 years, 3 months ago

              No worries, cheers mate.

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          2. Sess!
              2 years, 3 months ago

              Even though mata has two games in gw37 and Ramsey doesn't?

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        2. gers23
            2 years, 3 months ago

            Rooney to Dzeko the best move? No city cover lol

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            1. Mahatma Coat
                2 years, 3 months ago

                Yep.Certainly could get a cracking haul this weekend

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              • Sess!
                  2 years, 3 months ago

                  Get some city players in fast!

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              • Spike
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 years, 3 months ago

                Got no response to this earlier

                Gerrard to Silva free transfer or wait until GW34 ?

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                1. Sess!
                    2 years, 3 months ago

                    I'm doing Gerrard to Eriksen this week if it helps.

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

                    Good transfer next week, this one pretty equal

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                2. Whitman2013
                    2 years, 3 months ago

                    How does this seem lads for a -4
                    aj and Rooney - haz and ade\dzeko?
                    Leaning toward ade so I don't use up space for aggy
                    Not convinced aj will do a lot against spurs or dgw

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                  • RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
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                    2 years, 3 months ago

                    For those who missed my post at the bottom of the previous page, there is now a new article.
                    http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2014/04/04/united-confirm-rooney-toe-injury/

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                  • aehii
                      2 years, 3 months ago

                      I often try to sell my whole defence to try to make Aguero in. Then stare at Hazard for a bit. Back and forth. 'Aguero will just get injured again, the differential be NOT OWNING HIM ha!!'....

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                    • Jönny
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                      2 years, 3 months ago

                      Evening all. In a real head-spin as far as how best to cover City in their double weeks. Currently have Silva only... Considering Zabaleta and Yaya, by swapping out Mirallas and Evra, plus downgrading Sturridge. But Aguero is now messing with me.

                      If you've bothered reading this far and would like to help with my dilemma, my team is:

                      Mannone (McCrockedForTheSeason)
                      Evra, Azpi, Coleman, Olsson, Ward
                      Hazard, Silva, Mirallas, Sterling, Noone
                      Suarez, Sturridge, Lukaku

                      2ft, no cash.

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                    • Tinmen
                        2 years, 3 months ago

                        Who to captain folks? Sturridge or Hazard.
                        Im worried about Hazards minutes and chelsea having one eye on PSG. Hmm but then again

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

                          Sturridge

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                      • jonnybhoy
                          2 years, 3 months ago

                          Guys need help!

                          Bench one-

                          A) Mirallas (ARS H)
                          B) Chester (SWA H)
                          C) Mariappa (CAR A)

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

                            C, Cardiff will score

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                        • dberb9
                            2 years, 3 months ago

                            Hi guys,
                            need to replace Collins and Nolan
                            have 11.8 total for def and midf

                            my current team is
                            Mannone Boruc
                            Ward Coleman Azpi Bruce collins
                            Gerrard Silva Amalf Lallana nolan
                            SAS Rooney

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

                              Flanagan and Eriksen. Rid yourself Amalfitano too.

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                              1. dberb9
                                  2 years, 3 months ago

                                  Agree for Eriksen, its him or Ramsey, but will wait for ramsey until next week.

                                  Cant do Flanagan, already have 3 Liverpools.
                                  other ideas for def around 5 to 5.3 mlns?

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

                              Captain Suarez(whu), Bony (hull) or Carroll (LIV) this week?

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                            3. RugbyMadNut
                                2 years, 3 months ago

                                Mannone
                                Cahill
                                Coleman
                                Terry
                                Gerrard
                                Hazard
                                Yaya Touré
                                Huddlestone
                                Suárez
                                Dzeko
                                Sturridge

                                Adrian
                                Chester
                                Ward
                                El Ahmadi

                                Any changes to be made here?
                                Save my transfer?

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

                                  Decent. Not taken by Huddlestone though.

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                              • smash
                                  2 years, 3 months ago

                                  Who to start Baines or Ward?

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

                                    Has to be Baines if you own him.

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                                    1. smash
                                        2 years, 3 months ago

                                        Yeah was leaning towards him, hoping for a pen then!

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                                    2. Jafalad
                                        2 years, 3 months ago

                                        Baines. Never bench. Never captain. Never never.

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                                    3. jonnybhoy
                                        2 years, 3 months ago

                                        Guys need help before bed!

                                        Bench one-

                                        A) Mirallas (ARS H)
                                        B) Chester (SWA H)
                                        C) Mariappa (CAR A)

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                                      • cheeky_ash
                                          2 years, 3 months ago

                                          REPOST...Guys, Stick or Twist?

                                          I'm struggling to beat off my rivals in my works mini league - my main rival has been breathing down my neck for the last 12 weeks and it's been very tight although I think she may of made a couple of mistakes recently giving me a slight edge in points (26) - can you have a look my team and provide a bit of advice for the next couple of GW's: -

                                          My Team (1FT, and 5.3M in the bank)

                                          Boruc McGregor
                                          Cahill Ward Olsson Distin Coleman
                                          Yaya Touré Hazard Gerrard Lallana Mutch
                                          Dzeko Lukaku Suárez

                                          Main Rival (already taken 1 transfer this week spending 0.8M, and may have replaced Barkley, Nolan, Schurrle, Giroud, Smalling or Sturridge)

                                          Hart Kelvin Davis
                                          Zabaleta Azpilicueta Mertesacker Evra Smalling
                                          Yaya Touré Hazard Schürrle Barkley Nolan
                                          Sturridge Suárez Giroud
                                          Many Thanks

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                                          1. Jafalad
                                              2 years, 3 months ago

                                              A Citeh defender looks the answer. Good to see the girleez whipping your butt.

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                                          2. Gimli son of Gloin
                                              2 years, 3 months ago

                                              Start Mannone over Boruc?

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                                              1. Jafalad
                                                  2 years, 3 months ago

                                                  Mannone

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

                                                Dzeko or lukaku?

                                                Will keep for the double

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                                                1. Jafalad
                                                    2 years, 3 months ago

                                                    Ideally both really. Jecko if only 1 player with his xtra dgw.

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                                                  • Jafalad
                                                      2 years, 3 months ago

                                                      Jecko. Dgw x 2

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                                                  • jimski
                                                      2 years, 3 months ago

                                                      Should I start Evra or Olsson this week?

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