Scout Picks – Gameweek 38

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We roll out the final Scout Picks of the 2013/14 season this morning, as Fantasy managers assess their final trades before tomorrow’s deadline. Unsurprisingly, we stock up on City and Liverpool options with the title still on the line, whilst we also turn to Tottenham as Tim Sherwood’s side look to clinch Europa League qualification:

Vito Mannone welcomes Swansea to the Stadium of Light off the back of three clean sheets in succession. Gus Poyet may have hinted at making some changes to his XI, but with the Black Cats’ tails up after securing survival, Mannone’s chances of another shut-out look strong against a Swans side that has failed to find the net in three of their last five.

Everton’s trip to Hull looks all the more promising after Steve Bruce rang the changes for the midweek meeting at United. The Hull boss clearly has one eye on the upcoming FA Cup Final, and with that in mind, we turn to Leighton Baines’ points potential at both ends of the pitch – the left-back has scored or assisted in three of the last four now, and with spot-kicks and set-pieces also in hand, could be set to prosper again.

A trip to relegated Cardiff offers Chelsea the chance to deliver their nineteenth clean sheet of the season. With John Terry looking likely to miss out according to his manager, we turn instead to Branislav Ivanovic as our Blues’ backline option – the big Serbian will be looking to add to his current tally of three goals and an assist against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s out-of-sorts side.

Pablo Zabaleta delivered an 11-point haul in his previous home appearance against Villa in midweek. As City look to clinch the title in style against West Ham at the Etihad, the Argentine’s raids from right-back could be set to flourish once again, and with Sam Allardyce’s side failing to score in two of their last three, a clean sheet could also be on the cards for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

The return of Daniel Sturridge saw Raheem Sterling shifted to the tip of Liverpool’s midfield diamond for Monday’s trip to Palace. Sterling served up an assist in the 3-3 draw, and with the Reds set to go on the offensive against a Newcastle side that has lost six of their previous seven, he looks a real value option at just 6.3.

Tottenham welcome Villa to the Lane still needing a point to clinch Europa League qualification. Tim Sherwood’s side have found the net 11 times in their last three home fixtures and, with three goals and five assists, Christian Eriksen has played a part in eight of those strikes – bringing his owners 18, 15 and 11 points respectively.

The relentless Yaya Toure is an obvious choice for City’s home clash with the Hammers. Having delivered his tenth double-figure return of the season in Wednesday’s 4-0 win over Villa, the Ivorian will carry the armband hopes of many heading into the final Gameweek as he look to add to his current Fantasy Premier League haul of 235 points.

Two goals, a pair of assists and seven bonus points in the last four Gameweeks underlines Marko Arnautovic’s strong finish to the season. Priced at just 5.1, the Austrian looks a real in-form budget option as Stoke roll up to face a West Brom side that have conceded three times in all but one of their last four at the Hawthorns.

Handed a role off the bench in last week’s disappointing draw at home to Norwich, Eden Hazard looks poised for his first league start since Gameweek 33 as Chelsea make their way to Cardiff. The Belgian has already delivered an 18-point haul against the Bluebirds earlier this season, and with their relegation already confirmed, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have no need to operate defensively – offering Jose Mourinho’s men the chance to return to winning ways on Sunday.

Runaway leader of the Captain Poll, Luis Suarez is expected to wreak havoc against Newcastle at Anfield. The Merseysiders look poised to take out their frustrations on a porous Magpies backline that has shipped eight goals in their last three road trips, with the Uruguayan, as always, the chief tormentor.

Five goals in his last three matches underlines the potential of Edin Dzeko. Whilst Sergio Aguero has been passed fit to face the Hammers, it’s uncertain whether Manuel Pellegrini will start with the Argentine – on the other hand, Dzeko looks certain of getting the nod and is far more likely to be handed the full 90 minutes to maintain his outstanding recent run of form.

Tottenham’s home game against Villa brings budget option Kyle Naughton onto the bench. The visitors continue to struggle without the presence of Christian Benteke up front and, with just two goals scored in their last four road trips, could hand the home side the chance of picking up another clean sheet to see out the season.

Jason Puncheon warms the bench as Palace make their way to London neighbours Fulham. Tony Pulis’ side will be on a high after Monday’s sensational comeback draw against Liverpool, and up against a backline that has shipped 83 goals this season, the Eagles wide man will fancy his chances of serving up the points again.

Harry Kane offers Fantasy managers a cut-price option for Tottenham’s home clash with Villa. Coming in at just 4.4, the youngster has found the net three times in five starts under Tim Sherwood and looks likely to get amongst the goals once again as the north London side go on the attack.

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  1. Rooney Coleman Mata > Studge Hazard Baines -8 fook it!

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. What about only Rooney + Mata => Studge + Hazard?

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. that's what im doing. I think

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
      2. To late!

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. ah well, looks like a great team anyways

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. My fellow Managers:
      My jackass brother is 4 points behind after GW 37. He wins every year....jerk. Would anybody take the 4 point hit in this situation to dump Ramsey and get Hazard. I do not think Ramsey will play much, but my lead is a scant 4 points. If I let go of the 4 points, the a-hole and I will be going head to head. The turd brother is reading this site, so please insult him, as he has won the last 5 years. I already made my my free choice, and cannot divulge what I have done due to,obvious reasons. Incidentally, he is an A-hole, and will read into this whatever he wants...wusssssssss. 4 point hit?

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. do it..!

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
  2. Mannone
    Kompany Ivan Baines
    Yaya Nas Haz Gerrard
    Ade Studge Suarez (c)

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  3. Hazard or Yaya Touré?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Yaya, Yaya Yaya, Yaya Yaya, Yaya Yaya Toure!!

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  4. Has aything been said on Mata that is making everyone think he won't play, or is it just based on not featuring in the last match?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  5. Chesney (Boruc)
    Shaw Ward Demichelis Sagna (Whittaker)
    Mata Eriksen Nasri (Januzaj, Mutch)
    Suarez Giroud Dzeko

    Who to captain? Dzeko or Suarez?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  6. Mannone or Mignolet?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Mignolet

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  7. Play Mata or Lallana ?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  8. Pod to Dzeko


    one of Ward Olssen to Zab

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  9. Guys Dzeko or Yaya for captain? Any suggestions?

    I have Nasri, Yaya, Gerrard, Mata, Whickham, Suarez and Dzeko

    My rival (36 points behind) has Ericksen, Sterling, Lallana, Silva, Sturridge, Suarez, Aguero
    He might captain Aguero or might as well buy Dzeko, he has 2 fts

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. I am guessing Suarez is also an option for captaincy...

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  10. Thinking more upside to Mata > hazard, than Aj > sterling?

    Yay or nay peeps?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  11. Need help - currently ahead by 3 points and can't tell what my rival has done. deciding whether to do

    a) Mata -> Schurle (FT)
    b) Mata -> Hazard, Olsson -> Bruce (-4)
    c) any other suggestions?

    Current team:
    Coleman, Ivanovic, Zabeleta
    YaYa, Gerrard, Ramsay, Mata
    Aguero, Borini, Suarez

    Bench: Davis, Olsson, Chester, Pozuelo


    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  12. Hi,

    Should I go for my forward? I currently have Suarez, RVP and Sturridge. Is it wise to change RVP for Adebayor? Should I bring in Dzeko for Sturridge?


    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  13. Cant decide between Sturridge or Dzeko? who do you guys suggest?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  14. Mannone

    Sagna Coleman Cahill Kolorov Rosenior

    Gerrard Salah Ramsey Eriksen Mata

    Suarez Dzeko Lambert

    Who do I sub basically? Im thinking Salah, Rosenior and Sagna?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  15. Cant decide between Sturridge or Dzeko? who do you guys suggest???

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  16. HAZARD (C) - Good choice?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  17. Which one?

    A. Barkley
    B. Sterling
    C. Puncheon

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  18. Mata or Ramsey???

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  19. What do you reckon, any changes?


    Zabaleta, Azpilicueta & Flanagan

    Sterling, Ramsey, Barkley, Eriksen & Hazard

    Suarez & Dzeko

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  20. Captain out of Yaya, Suarez, Aguero? :)


    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  21. Play Puncheon or Ramsey?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  22. Mata -).sterling (-4)


    • 1 year, 9 months ago

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