Scout Picks – Gameweek 34

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Four teams provide us with a pair of fixtures this week, though Sunderland’s dismal form has hardly been convincing. Our starting XI contains just seven double Gameweek options, with in-form Everton and City both supplying us with the full quota of three players apiece, as a certain Argentine makes his long-waited return up top:

Palace’s Julian Speroni welcomes Villa to Selhurst Park before Wednesday’s trip to Goodison. The Eagles approach their double Gameweek in impressive defensive form, with a single goal conceded in the last four and, although the Everton match perhaps looks unlikely to harvest a shut-out, Speroni’s save points could come to the rescue – his average of 3.7 points per game is greater than any Palace defender this term.

Seamus Coleman is drafted in ahead of Leighton Baines as our Everton defender of choice. The reasoning behind this is that all six of the Republic of Ireland international’s goals have arrived from open play, whereas Baines’s four goals have come from free-kicks or penalties. The Toffees’ chances of defensive points look good, too. First up, they travel to Sunderland, who have scored once in their last three home games, before hosting Palace in midweek – prior to their win at whipping boys Cardiff last Saturday, Tony Pulis’ side had scored twice in their previous six matches.

Two goals conceded in the last seven bodes well for Pablo Zabaleta’s prospects. Whilst we’re not expecting too much from Sunday’s trip to Liverpool, City’s home encounter with Sunderland looks a likely source of points at both ends of the pitch, as the Argentine looks to add to his five assists thus far. With so much uncertainty over the left-back berth, Zabaleta’s security of starts on the opposite side of Manuel Pellegrini’s back-four earns our faith.

We turn to Ryan Shawcross for Stoke’s home game against Newcastle. The Potters have conceded once in their last three home fixtures and entertain a struggling Newcastle side with a single goal in their previous five matches – Shawcross has earned a couple of bonus points in each of the last two occasions his side have registered a shut-out.

Roberto Martinez’ midfield rotation has been a real frustration for Fantasy managers in recent weeks but we’re willing to stick our necks out and hand Kevin Mirallas a place in our line-up. Having started just two of the last four, the Belgian’s acquisition doesn’t come without a degree of risk attached but, as he showed in a 23-minute sub appearance against Fulham recently, Mirallas can still deliver the points off the bench. Weekend opponents Sunderland have a single clean sheet in seven, whilst Wednesday’s visitors Palace will do well to contain a Toffees attack that has now scored three times in their last four fixtures.

Yaya Toure is impossible to ignore for City’s two matches against Liverpool and Sunderland. The Ivorian continues to deliver the returns at a relentless rate – having served up 31 points in double Gameweek 31, many will be looking to hand the 46%-owned midfielder the armband this time around, with the home clash against the Black Cats, in particular, looking profitable as he attempts to add to his 18-goal haul.

A trip to West Brom hands Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen the chance to pick up where he left off from last Monday’s sensational display against Sunderland. The Dane has delivered three goals, a trio of assists and five bonus points in three appearances since returning to the starting line-up and looks key to his side’s chances of breaching a Baggies backline with just a single clean sheet to their name since Pepe Mel took charge.

Southampton’s Adam Lallana is welcomed into our four-man midfield for the home clash against Cardiff. The Saints skipper has already served up six double-figure hauls at St Mary’s and, up against a defence that have shipped 12 goals in the previous three Gameweeks, could well be on course for another bumper return.

Back in contention for the first time in three months, we’re opting for Sergio Aguero as our City forward of choice. Given his lengthy period of absence, it’s by no means guaranteed he’ll even start both of the games against Liverpool and Sunderland but the Argentine has proven on many occasions that he needs little time to produce the points. Aguero has managed 90 minutes just four times this term yet has still plundered 15 goals from just 17 appearances – his return looks vital as Manuel Pellegrini searches for a pair of wins that would place his side firmly on course for the title.

Romelu Lukaku is a nailed-on option for Everton’s two fixtures. The big Belgian seems immune to his manager’s rotational whims and has delivered four goals and a pair of assists in six appearances since returning from injury – with some uncertainty surrounding the City strikers’ game time, Lukaku leads the way in this week’s Captain Poll, having racked up two sets of double-figures in the last three matches.

Typically, we’d look to fill our three forward spaces with double Gameweek options but Palace and Sunderland’s strikers hardly instill any degree of confidence. Instead, we opt for Luis Suarez as Liverpool go head-to-head with City at Anfield – the Uruguayan has either scored or assisted in every one of his 13 home appearances this term, and with a win set to take the Reds seven points clear of their visitors, Brendan Rodgers’ side will be relying on Suarez to deliver yet again.

Jose Fonte warms the bench for Southampton’s home game against Cardiff. The big centre-half has already notched three times this term and his threat in the opposition box looks likely to cause the Bluebirds concern – given that the visitors have failed to score in two of their five road trips under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Saints will be optimistic of racking up their thirteenth clean sheet of the season tomorrow.

Jason Puncheon makes the bench for Palace’s two games against Villa and Everton. The 5.0-priced Eagles wide man bagged a brace in last week’s vital win over Cardiff and is likely to be first in line for spot-kicks if Glen Murray is not on the pitch – with Tony Pulis’ side desperate to clinch survival before their remaining two home games against City and Liverpool, Palace – and Fantasy managers – will be looking to the Villa game in particular as a source of points.

A home game with out-of-sorts Cardiff affords Rickie Lambert the chance to maintain his current form. The Saints may be missing top scorer Jay Rodriguez but Lambert – with three goals and a trio of assists in the last four – looks likely to plunder the points against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dire defence.

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  1. hazard > Mirallas (-4) obvious transfer?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Obv if you hate points. I'd rather Lallana/Erik even with the SGW

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Yeah but don't be surprised if he only plays a total of 90mins. I chose Lallana for that reason.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  2. Any1 here have Ki and are starting him?

    I can just feel a Stevie G 2pointer this week...

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Considering the no of penalties given this season....I feel 3-3 all six penalties scored by gerard and yaya..:D

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Feeling a 1 pter for me.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. Go for it, not like Stevie has scored many points this season...

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  3. Worth selling Gerrard for a SGWer?

    Have a feeling he will only score 1 point including a card.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. I wouldn't, big game player, on penalties, scored against them plenty of times before.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Who you thinking? Lallana?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Possibly. Would be for a hit so makes it tougher. Guess it would only be for 2 weeks with Mata nearly.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. Nah wait a week then get Mata.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. If he gets suspended.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
      2. *2 weeks Mata has Everton away next week

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    4. Nope. Thought about it all week and ditched Hazard instead.

      Captain of a side out to win the title, playing at home, on penalties behind two in-form strikers that are hard to stop.

      Though he is a YC magnet and I know nothing for certain.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    5. For a hit?

      I'm tempted to go Gerrard ➡ Lallana for -4

      Hazard has put a spanner in the works regarding the Gerrard out move

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. I think I and many others are going to regret very soon selling Hazard.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
      2. Yeah. Makes me think. Outside pens, Gerrard doesn't seem to offer much again.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. Yeah that's the problem

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
  4. Suarez(c) anyone?

    Form > Fixtures

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Hard to captain in a DGW.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. meh... live a little. Gerrard? 😉

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  5. Bottomed out on last page :(

    Team this week!
    Only 6 DGWers though :(

    Coleman, Ward, Zabaleta
    Yaya(vc), Gerrard, Lallana, Eriksen
    Lukaku, Agüero(c), Suárez

    (Adrián, Koscielny, Azpilicueta, Noone)

    Any changes for -4 worthwhile? Hate that I don't have Baines or Silva.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Looks good

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Solid SGW players, minus Boruc (who's a doubt)

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Yeah I don't think he's worth a hit to replace with Speroni or Mannone.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. Looks good

      People underestimate sgw'ers

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Thank you. You I like 😀

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. 😀

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
    4. Azpilicueta in ward out
      and interchange the armband......just a thought...

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Not a fan of Pulis's chances of a CS or two?

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  6. Is it worth it to sell sturridge? Or should i wait for next GW and sell Lukaku :S

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  7. You're chasing 100pts in your mini league, and he hasn't brought in Aguero. Who do you captain?

    A. Baines
    B. Lukaku
    C. Aguero
    D. Silva
    E. Yaya

    As a last throw of the dice it's got to be Aguero, no? Or is having Aguero differential enough?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. If would captain Baines in your case u less he has him too

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Unless*

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
      2. He's got Baines, Yaya, Nasri & Lukaku. 😕

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. Kun is your man then

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. 😀

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
  8. baines aguero or lukaku captain? on baines atm i can see him scoring a peno

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. I can't do captaining defenders but baines is the best bet. Personally feeling Lukaku but he has burned me before..

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Your predictions for liverpool vs Man city... i think its gotta be a high scoring match....

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. I do as well. I think the energy will be really high and will translate into goals.

        This might be the best game of the season right here..

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  9. Mannone (Adrian)
    Zabaleta Coleman Ward (Fonte Azpi)
    Yaya Nasri Gerrard Eriksen (Noone)
    Suarez Sturridge Lukaku

    1FT 3.9 ITB

    Good to go?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. sturridge to aguero?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Already have 3 city

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. my bad. then you're good to go then.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. Thanks

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
  10. kind of a strange one. You think it would be easy but..

    Punch or Eriksen this week..

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
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  11. Mannone (adrian)
    Azpi dann distin (dummet chester)
    erikssen silva rosicky hazard (nolan)
    aguero lukaku suarez

    no FT.
    should i sell nolan for a dbl gw?


    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. YES!
      Nolan > Puncheon

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. but who would i drop? rosicky?

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. Hazard very unlikely to play. 2% chance I'd say given Chelsea schedule and his crook ankle.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. thanks friend.

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
  12. Off to bed.

    Best of luck everyone :)

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Good luck Acqua

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Night night

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. all the best Acqua

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  13. A) Aguero, Lallana and Salah


    B) Lambert, Silva and Eriksen

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  14. Your predictions for liverpool vs Man city... i think its gotta be a high scoring match....

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. 9-7 To City

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. 3-2 to the pool

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. make it 3-3.....injury time own goal by skrtl 😛

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. 2-2
      Studge & Gerrard, Suarez x 2 Assits
      Nasri & Kun, Silva & Nasri Assists

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  15. Morning campers!

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  16. si
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    City have West Brom at home next week so we may as well take the hit to get Kun in now if you can? I am even contemplating Silva out to allow this. This talk of his ankle problem and a near fit squad may give him the chance to rest v Sunderland. That said, I cannot see Kun starting at Anfield but a home start v Sun is enough alone to want him now. And possibly captain him.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. He will start at against Liverpool.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. This. Md not to start him if declared fit.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. My question is can pelligrini afford to not start him against liverpool?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. No he can't. Big game will need all the best players on the paddock. Could decide the title this one.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  17. The big question:

    Play Nolan or Bardsley?

    I'm struggling this week.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Neither in form.
      Take a hit perhaps??

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Just looked at your side. I think that you need to get another couple of DGWers

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  18. Any Indians around. I'm still in India. Is their Premier League coverage this weekend on Star Sports 2 or 4?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Sunderland vs everton today is on starsports 4

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. SS2:southampton vs cardiff SS4:sunderland vs everton

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  19. The past few days I've been carefully deciding on who to to transfer in for Hazard. It was always between Ramsey and Lallana. My choice was Ramsey because he is the cheaper option so I went to make the transfer...

    Unfortunately, my team is now sitting with Marko Arnautovic in it and I can't stop asking myself why.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
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      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  21. Morning all, already on a -4:

    Mariappa Baines Coleman Ivanovic
    YYT Silva Eriksen
    Suarez Lukaku Aguero
    Subs: Boruc Hazard Mutch Chester

    Like the look of Lallana's next 2, but is it worth Hazard to Lallana for -8?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Takes me so long to write a post on this phone that this inevitably happens.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  22. I hope Sturridge outscores Aguero this DGW :)

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  23. Boruc...Best option to deal w/ the gk drama? thnx

    was leaning speroni..but some here tend for manone

    1--keep boruc and hope for the best & risk no gk (no hit)
    2: -4 for Speroni + future fixtures
    3: -4 for Mannone (bet on numerous saves i gather...) + future fixtures
    4: -4 Gazzaniga

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  24. Bardsley or Ki for Sunderland?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  25. Hi guys. What do you think of this? I'm chasing guy who's 40 points away so am thinking of captaining Kun. I also can't decide between Eriksen and Barkley, bench-wise. Any thoughts much appreciated. Cheers!


    COLEMAN WARD Shawcross


    AGUERO (c) Suarez LUKAKU (v)

    Bench: Ruddy, BARKLEY, Azpi, Flanagan

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  26. who to start?

    Mutch away to southampton
    Sterling home to city

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  27. what about Schurrle to Hazard?

    My team so far
    Cahill Ward Shaw
    Snoddgrass Lallana Eriksen Hazard??
    Lukaku Aguero Suarez

    Already change Mata for Lallana...which one is worth a -4pts?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  28. What does everyone think?

    Ruddy (mannone)

    Distin fonte Cahill (Johnson)

    Yaya Nasri Gerrard mirallas (mutch)

    Lukaku dzeko Sturridge

    Any changes?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 38

  • Schmeichel
  • Terry
  • Ivanovic
  • Coleman
  • Young
  • Silva
  • Bolasie
  • Walcott
  • Aguero
  • Ulloa
  • Lukaku
  • Vlaar
  • Mahrez
  • Benteke

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Last updated: 19 May, 2015 8:10am
Player Club Factors
No Change Ospina ARS B, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Schmeichel LEI A, Vs, £
No Change Pantilimon SUN C, VsX, £
No Change Howard EVE B
No Change Adrián WHM B
Down Harper HUL B, VsX, £
Up Myhill WBA A, VsX, £
Up Krul NEW C, £


Last updated: 19 May, 2015 8:11am
Player Club Factors
No Change Koscielny ARS B, Vs
No Change Morgan LEI A, Vs, £
Up Kolarov MCI B, Rest, £
Down Ivanovic CHE C, Vs
No Change Cresswell WHM B
Up Smalling MUN B, Vs
No Change Coleman EVE B
No Change Van Aanholt SUN B, VsX, £
Up Vlaar AVL C, Vs, £
Down Skrtel LIV C


Last updated: 19 May, 2015 8:12am
Player Club Factors
No Change Sánchez ARS B, Vs
Up Silva MCI A
Down Hazard CHE C, Vs
No Change Ramsey ARS B, Vs
Up Bolasie CPL B
No Change Albrighton LEI B, Vs, £
No Change Grealish AVL C, Vs, £
Up Mata MUN B, Vs
Up Sigurdsson SWA B
Up Mirallas EVE B, Rest
Up Sissoko NEW C, Inj
Down Coutinho LIV C


Last updated: 19 May, 2015 8:12am
Player Club Factors
Up Aguero MCI A
Up Lukaku EVE B
No Change Benteke AVL B, Vs
Up Murray CPL B, £
Up Gomis SWA B, Inj
Up Ulloa LEI B, Vs, Rest, £
Up Pellè SOT B
No Change NDoye HUL B, VsX, £
Down Giroud ARS C, Vs
Up Ayoze Pérez NEW B, Inj

Selection Factors

A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

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