Scout Squad

The Scout Squad for FPL Double Gameweek 32

This regular precursor to the Scout Picks returns ahead of Gameweek 32, which happens to be the biggest Double Gameweek of 2018/19.

In this article, our four regular panellists each submit an 18-man squad of Fantasy assets, with the focus exclusively on the coming Gameweek.

The 72 nominations listed below will be narrowed down to a squad of 14 (with the starting XI not exceeding a total cost of £83.5m) ahead of the forthcoming deadline at 11:30 GMT on Saturday.

Paul, Peter, Joe and Az expand on their notable selections and omissions in the article below.

 

  Paul Joe Az Peter
GK Kepa Arrizabalaga Ederson Kepa Arrizabalaga Ederson
  Hugo Lloris

David de Gea

Ben Foster Ben Foster
  Ben Foster Ben Foster Mathew Ryan Mathew Ryan
DF Aymeric Laporte Cesar Azpilicueta Cesar Azpilicueta Cesar Azpilicueta
  David Luiz David Luiz Kieran Trippier

Jeffrey Schlupp

  Ashley Young Jeffrey Schlupp Jeffrey Schlupp Victor Lindelof
  Kieran Trippier Kieran Trippier Diogo Dalot Kieran Trippier
  Jeffrey Schlupp Shane Duffy Shane Duffy Sead Kolasinac
MF Raheem Sterling Raheem Sterling Raheem Sterling Raheem Sterling
  Eden Hazard Eden Hazard Eden Hazard Eden Hazard
  Paul Pogba Paul Pogba David Silva Paul Pogba
  Gerard Deulofeu Christian Eriksen Son Heung-min Diogo Jota
  Ryan Babel Luka Milivojevic Diogo Jota Luka Milivojevic
FW Sergio Aguero Sergio Aguero Sergio Aguero Sergio Aguero
  Harry Kane Harry Kane Marcus Rashford Romelu Lukaku
  Raul Jimenez

Marcus Rashford

Harry Kane Harry Kane
  Marcus Rashford Raul Jimenez Raul Jimenez Wilfried Zaha
  Michy Batshuayi Michy Batshuayi Michy Batshuayi Gonzalo Higuain

Most popular picks: Ben Foster, Jeffrey Schlupp, Kieran Trippier, Raheem Sterling, Eden Hazard, Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane (four), Cesar Azpilicueta, Paul Pogba, Raul Jimenez, Michy Batshuayi, Marcus Rashford (three)

Paul said…

For the number of managers intent on playing the Free Hit chip in Gameweek 32, my squad will have a familiar ring to it.

Seeking out differentials looks a tougher task for the biggest Double Gameweek of 2018/19, so I’ve thrown in a few snippets that might raise the allure of some of the players above.

Ashley Young has averaged a key pass every 52 minutes under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – the same as Paul Pogba. When it comes to chances created for Manchester United, Young is second only to the Frenchman (18 to 22) since Jose Mourinho departed.

Since being moved into midfield in Gameweek 25, Jeffrey Schlupp ranks among the top five FPL defenders for both shots and chances created, with ten apiece.

Ryan Babel has recorded seven big chances since making his Fulham debut in Gameweek 23 – only Sadio Mane, with eight, has managed more among FPL midfielders. Indeed, from that point onwards, the Dutchman has matched Raheem Sterling for shots on goal (18 apiece) and has fired just one fewer effort in the box (12 to 13).

Harry Kane has scored in three of his last four visits to Anfield. In Spurs’ last season at White Hart Lane (2016/17), Kane averaged a goal at home every 78.2 minutes. Yet in their temporary home at Wembley, those numbers tumbled to 112.7 minutes per goal last term and 162.7 this time around.

Joe said…

I’m not interested in single Gameweekers during this latest, bumper set of fixtures. The Scout Picks needs to be fully focused on those with the chance of playing twice.

Triple-ups for Chelsea (car, BRI) and Manchester City (ful, CAR) look near-essential in my opinion as they take on three of this season’s relegation scrappers.

For the Blues, I’m advocating a single attacker in Eden Hazard, who racked up a sensational 33 points across the reverse fixtures, and a defensive double-up.

Two clean sheets look a real possibility for Maurizio Sarri’s troops given that their opponents are the two worst sides this season in terms of on-target efforts.

My City trio includes this week’s two best captain picks, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero. David and I discuss at length on this week’s captaincy video and podcast why both of these players are surely must-haves.

While an attacking triple-up including David or Bernardo Silva is tempting, I prefer the value offered by Ederson who, as with the Blues’ backline, looks primed to collect two sets of shut-out points.

Thanks to Wolves and Watford’s focus on the FA Cup semi-final, Manchester United also have a favourable pair of ties. Paul Pogba should prosper but I’ve dropped him to third choice due to less-than-impressive underlying statistics of late, with just two big chances in his last four run-outs.

Whichever of Romelu Lukaku or Marcus Rashford is fit, should be included. If both are given the green light (which now looks unlikely) then the Belgian marksman gets the nod for me, given that he has scored four times from eight big chances over his last quartet of matches.

Elsewhere, Crystal Palace look the best side for enablers, with one great fixture against Huddersfield and a tough-to-call clash with Spurs.

Luka Milivojevic’s set-piece duties make him a great value pick at £6.3m and Jeffrey Schlupp‘s goal and three assists in his last six matches is also appealing. Michy Batshuayi has also impressed recently, with attacking returns in three of his six appearances.

I’ve included three Spurs choices too, even though they travel to Liverpool and have struggled against Palace in recent years. They lost 2-0 to the Eagles in the FA Cup in January and last scored more than one goal against the south Londoners in 2016.

The new stadium hype may drive up their performance, with Harry Kane the best option if the budget allows. His three goals in his last four league appearances and two for England over the international break should give his backers hope.

Az said…

In defence, the security of starts for Cesar Azpilicueta puts him above any other defender for me – and you’ve got to think clean sheets are likely given that Chelsea play Cardiff and FA Cup semi-finalists Brighton (yay).

Other than Jeffrey Schlupp, who seems to be in every Free Hit team I’ve seen, my other picks are a bit more left-field with set-piece specialist Kieran Trippier, marauding rotation risk Diogo Dalot and shots-in-the-box merchant Shane Duffy all posing intriguing differentials for people looking for something a bit different in their backline.

In midfield, things are a bit easier to explain. Raheem Sterling comes off the back of seven goals in three games. His captaincy appeal is dented by his international minutes but he surely is the first name on the teamsheet for anyone free hitting, given his form.

Eden Hazard is a close second. His stats are truly woeful and his head may be turned by Madrid, but these games are too good to pass on.

I’ve decided to ignore a City defender so I can triple up on their attack, and David Silva, given that he was well rested over the international break, could be a great shout.

Out of the Spurs midfield, I’m torn between Son Heung-min and Dele Alli, but feel that if Son can remain “out of position” then he should deliver the goods. Same logic for Diogo Jota, who is a bit of a risk with the semi-final looming but who is in great form for Wolves.

Up front, Sergio Aguero is an absolute no-brainer and will carry the hopes of many free hitters and triple captainers alike.

Marcus Rashford remains an injury doubt at the time of writing but Lukaku looks in even worse shape, so out of the two I think the Englishman is the most likely to play.

Harry Kane is pushed down to third spot. He’s an amazing differential but also a real bank-buster, so I think Son or Alli is enough with there being lots of good striking options.

Raul Jimenez and Michy Bathsuayi is my big 50/50 call in my own team. Obviously, Jiminez has the form, but will he miss one of the next two and be wrapped up for the semi-final? Batshuayi has Huddersfield, but then a tricky game at Spurs’ new stadium. I’m leaning towards Jimenez for now, but can see myself making the shift if I fancy going for someone a bit less ‘template’.

Peter said…

Ah, the inescapable lure of a double Gameweek. The pinchbeck perfection which causes many of us (particularly Free Hitters) to jettison great single week options from sides such as Liverpool and Arsenal to bloat our squads with that dream (or hallucination) of 22 (or more) potential matches.

In that cavalier spirit, all but one (Sead Kolasinac) of this week’s 18 selections have – in theory at least – two bites of the Gameweek 32 cherry. There is, however, no guarantee that any player will get 180 minutes under his belt, particularly with players returning after the international break and with four sides shortly competing in the FA Cup semi-finals. We will all be hoping for some nice transparent press conferences this week involving decisive comments like “Lukaku is fully fit and will definitely play both” or “we’ll keep our main players wrapped in cotton wool for the cup”. Maybe not.

Many of our squads will feature a trio of players from the two Manchester clubs and from Chelsea, with the Citizens and the Blues enjoying the best fixtures and United able to focus firmly on their battle for a top-four place, unlike both of their opponents – Wolves and Watford – who may have one eye on their FA cup semi-final.

Two City spaces are reserved for Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling and I’ve opted for the defensive pick (in both senses) of Ederson, although I do understand how some managers may prefer a Silva lining.

To the west side of the City, I’m hoping Romelu Lukaku can recover from injury to continue his recent good form (update: this is looking doubtful as of Wednesday) and I’m overlooking Paul Pogba’s recent dip in form. The speculation and excitement over Victor Lindelof’s fatherhood was “entertaining” and, although the Swede carries relatively little attacking threat, I favour his chances of starting both games against the cup semi-finalists.

My own Free Hit squad may well feature a Chelsea defensive double-up, but I’ve chosen Gonzalo Higuain in the Scout Squad (alongside Cesar Azpilicueta and Eden Hazard) because I can’t shake the fear that both Troy Deeney and Raul Jimenez – fine options in every other sense – may face reduced minutes. Chelsea’s inviting opposition – Cardiff and Brighton – also serve to mitigate the Blue’s own poor attacking form.

Watford and Wolves, with games against Fulham and Burnley respectively, represent a high risk and reward strategy which I personally have eschewed. Only Ben Foster and Diogo Jota make the cut.

Which brings us to Crystal Palace and Spurs. Serge Aurier’s injury on international duty gives me confidence that Kieran Trippier will line up against Palace, in addition to that daunting trip to Anfield, whilst Jeffrey Schlupp has a decent chance of continuing his excellent ‘out of position’ work in midfield.

Harry Kane and Wilfried Zaha are in decent form, which just leaves one midfield slot to fill. None of the Spurs’ options inspires me at present, despite impressing historically, so Luka Milivojevic takes the final spot with almost guaranteed minutes and the benefit of set-piece duties against Championship-bound Huddersfield.

The Community Champion

Before most Gameweeks, we nominate a Fantasy manager to challenge our Scout Picks with a starting XI of their own.

The Community Champion who has the best lead over the Scouts during 2018/19 will win a £100 Amazon voucher (currently we can only offer Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com vouchers).

In Gameweek 31, Trigg lost 20-30 to our Scout Picks with a 4-3-3 line-up of Boruc (2); Luiz (1), Robertson (2), Alexander-Arnold (2), Rice (1); Fraser (2), Hazard (2), Salah (2); Higuain (2), Vardy (2), Wilson (2).

fclackless’s Gameweek 10 victory over the Scout Squad crew by a score of 77-44 remains the deficit to beat.

The Community Champion for Gameweek 32 will be announced in our Scout Picks on Friday.

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  1. Cabellafan
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    A or B

    A) Kepa and Smalling/Young
    B) DDG and Luiz

    1. POLSKA GOLA
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      B

  2. NecuratuL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 25 days ago

    A>
    Ederson
    Azpilicueta DLuiz Lindelof Schlupp(maybe)
    Pogba Hazard Sterling Townsend (maybe)
    Aguero Rashford Batshuayi,
    my quetion is Townsend or Schlupp?

    B>
    Kepa
    Shaw Schlupp LaPorte
    Pogba Sterling Hazard Townsend
    Aguero Higuain Rashford

    all opinons welcome , critics also

  3. POLSKA GOLA
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Which one is better on FH?
    A) Mili+Jimi
    B) Bats+Jota

  4. akhilrajau
    4 months, 25 days ago

    A.Deeney(343)
    B. Deulofeu(352)
    C. Batshuai (343)

    1. POLSKA GOLA
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      I would say C if you don’t have Milivojevic. Otherwise B

      1. akhilrajau
        4 months, 25 days ago

        For C , need to lindleof-> dunk.
        I don't have milivojevic.
        Defence: Luiz, Lindelof, schulp
        Please suggest

  5. yer old da
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Which A or B?

    1A: Kepa and Laporte
    1B: Ederson and Luiz

    2. A or B?
    2A: Son and Zaha
    2B: Milivojevic and Higuain?

  6. olidooley
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Hey guys.....A or B here you fancy?

    A)
    Kepa
    Luiz Lindelöf Tomkins
    Sterling Hazard Pogba D Silva Son
    Aguero Rashford

    B)
    Kepa
    Laporte Lindelöf Schlupp
    Sterling Hazard Pogba Son
    Aguero Higuaín Batshuayi

    1. FPL Ultras
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      B

  7. Ragnar Lothbrok
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Any changes needed on this team? Going round in circles here:

    Kepa (Speroni)

    Schlupp / Lindelof / Azpi (Duffy / Peltier)

    Dilva / Haz / Pogba / Sterling (Camarasa)

    Bats / Rashford / Kun

    Thanks

    1. olidooley
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Is it a free hit team? If so, why have a bench?

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 25 days ago

        Well if you want Bats - as I do - then it’s not necessary to spend all the lolly even on quite s restricted TV. And more expensive doesn’t have to mean better

    2. JfA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 25 days ago

      You'll need to wait for the presser tomorrow on Rashford.

  8. PrincessPorkie
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Is it a week for the triple captain?

    a)Sterlin
    b) Augero
    C) Hazard

    1. FPL Ultras
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Hazard

    2. Moorinho
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      I'm starting to lean towards hazard... Oh no

    3. BraxterStockman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Yeah, I'm in the flip a coin between Haz and Ster as well 😐

  9. Brodsterm9
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Captain Sterling or Sergio....?

    1. Moorinho
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Sergio by a sliver

    2. BraxterStockman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 25 days ago

      I'm leaning towards Sterling.. but it's a close call, and both of them are superb candidates.

    3. loureiro
      4 months, 25 days ago

      I'd go with Sergio

  10. BraxterStockman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Worth taking a -4 doing Richarlison to Milivojevic for this GW?

    1. JfA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Not if he doesn't score a penalty.

  11. JfA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 25 days ago

    I got sick to death of changing again and again and again so pressed confirm FH today.
    Foster,
    Young Schlupp Lindelof,
    Sterling Dilva Hazard Pogba March
    Aguero Bats,
    massive risk with the two United defenders but hey ho.

  12. migas2k7
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    pick one (i'm chasing): Alonso, Luiz, Otamendi

    Also captain hazard for chasing? Big risk but everyone one top of me will either have sterling or aguero cap

    1. JfA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 25 days ago

      So it's Sh.. or bust then 😮

  13. koppo
    4 months, 25 days ago

    Ward-Prowse(vs BHA) or Rondon (vs ARS) ?

    1. loureiro
      4 months, 25 days ago

      Rondon

    2. JfA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 25 days ago

      I don't think we'll be getting much at Arsenal to be honest, he'll be poughing a lone furrow down there on Monday night, as much as I like him I'd go with Ward-Prowse, disclaimer if he bags the winner though 😮

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    4 months, 25 days ago

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  15. Pieterke30
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 25 days ago

    How can Higuain be mentioned just once over the four Scout Squads (and on the fifth position)???

    Makes no sense. Not saying he is a better pick than Aguero, Rashford (if Lukaku injured) or even Kane, but he is certainly better than Jimenez who is unlikely to start both games because of FA Cup semi.

    1. MINUS FOUR
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 24 days ago

      I AM saying he's a better pick than all of them bar Aguero. He's being criminally ignored for DGW. The stats are off the charts, and for me he even passes the eye test if it's a geniune FPL eye test, not an overall football-biased one. There are some cons to his game, but what you can't deny is that he gets himself into goal-scoring positions and shoots. We need to look beyond the raw numbers sometimes. I watched the Chelsea vs Fulham game and if you didn't see that you would just think 'oh yeah, 1 goal for Higuain, nothing special'. But he fired another great shot on goal that was superbly saved, he missed a massive chance with his head that another day he buries, and he only just missed a 4th big chance with the boot. It's not like he was awful and not involved; he was the clear and obvious threat for Chelsea in the game and he was a yard here or there from 4 goals in the first half alone.

      It's Cardiff and Brighton. I actually can't believe Higuain is going to have such a low ownership this GW. I can't wait.

      1. Blame it on Traore
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 24 days ago

        Yeah. I can see him doing well against Cardiff and Brighton too.

      2. Irbox ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 24 days ago

        Agree fully mate. This type of knowledge comes from watching games. The stats back it up to - apart from Salah I think he has the most shots of any player in recent weeks

        1. MINUS FOUR
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 24 days ago

          Yeah, this is where you simply can't beat watching football. It's so easy to look at FPL points and listen to a few people tell you "Higuain is unfit and useless!" then ignore him or form an opinion that he's a terrible pick.

          If you want the best chance of success in this game you have to look deeper than that. You have to try and recognise where goals and assists might come from next. Higuain is in the top 5 for shots at goal and chances created since arriving in the PL. He doesn't miss big chances forever.

  16. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 24 days ago

    There have been 3 times that Silva has had 2 weeks off (not through injury) and each time he played almost all of the next 2 matches.
    (& then missed most of the mins in following match!)

    1. MINUS FOUR
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 24 days ago

      Yep that's right, and he generally hasn't been playing the FA Cup as much as others either. There's a very reasonable chance he starts both games in DGW32. I'm expecting 150-180 minutes of Silva magic and then he can have a spot on the bench for the Brighton game. He's going under the radar a bit imo. I know I'll be more excited watching City play Fulham with Silva in my team instead of Ederson.

  17. gaurava1216
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 24 days ago

    A or B pls?

    A)
    KEPA (Speroni)
    Schlupp LAPORTE Lindelof (Connolly) (Simpson)
    Hazard Sterling Pogba Hudson Odoi ( STEPHENS)
    RASHFORD kane Aguero

    B)
    Ederson
    Schlupp LUIZ lindelof ( Connolly) (Simpson)
    Hazard Sterling Pogba Deulefue (Hudson Odoi)
    Bats Kane Aguero

  18. gaurava1216
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 24 days ago

    QandA time 🙂

    Ederson or Kepa
    Luiz or Laporte
    Bats or Jimi
    Prefered formation for this week?
    Touching any FA cup semi finalists from watford/Brighton/Wolves?
    Deulefue/Deeney/Jimi/Doherty/Knockheart etc?
    Is kane essential?
    WB or schlupp?

  19. MINUS FOUR
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 24 days ago

    If you're inclined to gamble, have a look at what the extra funds can for your team if you go with Martial instead of Pogba. I made some pretty significant upgrades. The injury flag is obviously a concern though.

    1. Kevin de Blanke
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 24 days ago

      His minutes as well as flag....

  20. skinner
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 24 days ago

    Which of Aguero or Sterling would you Triple Captain this week??

    The right call on this will probably win my season for me

  21. ChipsnGravy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 24 days ago

    Son or D Silva?

  22. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    Good to go ?
    Ederson;
    Lindelof, Azpilicueta, Tomkins, Luiz, Kolasinac;
    Sterling, Pogba, Pedro; Kane, Aguero.

  23. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 23 days ago

    A) Ederson Doh Haz

    B) Ryan Son DSilva