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Double Gameweek 34 Scout Picks – Brighton defence makes the final cut

The Scout Picks has gone for a double-up on Brighton defensive players for Double Gameweek 34.

The Seagulls face two appealing home matches over the next few days, inspiring our team selection.

We have looked over the submissions from our Scout Squad pundits Paul, Joe, Neale and Peter to come up with what we believe is the best XI for this round of fixtures.

The team lines up in a 3-4-3 formation and comes in at £83.4m, £0.1m under budget.

Goalkeeper

It was hard to look beyond Mat Ryan (£4.4m) for the goalkeeper position this weekend with Bournemouth and Cardiff both coming to the Amex Stadium in Double Gameweek 34. Brighton have two clean sheets in their last four at home, while Bournemouth and Cardiff both average less than one goal per away match this season. The Bluebirds especially look unlikely to score considering they are joint-bottom for big chances in the last four away games, and joint-second bottom for shots on target in such matches.

Defenders

Ben Davies (£5.6m) is our chosen representative from the Tottenham Hotspur defence before they face Huddersfield on Saturday lunch-time. The Terriers remain the division’s lowest scorers this season, and have the third-worst goal conversion rate over the last four matches too. Meanwhile, Davies looks likely to start against Huddersfield after Champions League action, with Danny Rose playing the full 90 minutes on Tuesday night.

Shane Duffy (£4.8m) was the overwhelming favourite defender for Double Gameweek 34 among the Scout Squad pundits. Not surprisingly, he was chosen as the number one in this position by all four of them. We’ve already covered his clean sheet potential when detailing the case for goalkeeper Ryan. Here we can bring you a bit about his goal threat. In the last four home matches, Duffy has registered 10 shots in the box, more than any other Brighton player or any other defender in that time too. Furthermore, Cardiff are the joint second worst for attempts from set plays conceded in the last four away matches.

Brighton aren’t the only side with a Double Gameweek this weekend, with Cardiff City also enjoying two fixtures. Sean Morrison (£4.7m) is our chosen representative from the Bluebirds for similar reasons to Duffy. Brighton are second-bottom of the league for big chances in the last four matches so a clean sheet is possible on Tuesday night. Prior to that Cardiff travel to Turf Moor to face a Burnley side that has struggled with set pieces this season.

Midfielders

Having featured only from the bench against Spurs, Kevin de Bruyne (£9.7m) looks the most likely Manchester City midfielder to start against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon. For that reason, we think he’ll do well against an Eagles side currently experiencing a few shortages at the back. In his last four appearances, de Bruyne has averaged a key pass every 18 minutes, better than any of his colleagues. He also scored in his last Premier League outing, averaging a shot on goal every 30.2 minutes.

Name-checked by all four Scout Squad pundits, Christian Eriksen (£9.3m) is the first of two Tottenham Hotspur midfielders chosen for Double Gameweek 34. Injuries to Harry Kane have historically improved the prospects of his colleagues in this position and the Danish international was a beneficiary last time he was out. Offering both goal threat and creativity, Eriksen has great points potential against a Huddersfield side with one clean sheet on the road since Gameweek 14.

Son Heung-min (£8.7m) completes the double-up on Spurs options for this match. Obviously, he will benefit from the same poor defence as Eriksen and although the Dane has looked more likely to do well in recent weeks, Kane’s absence could push Son back into a centre-forward’s role. On the subject of rotation worries, we believe that both the South Korean and Eriksen will start for Spurs. With Kane ruled out and Dele Alli unlikely to be risked with the Champions League looming, at least two players would have to come in for them. If we assume that these replacements are Fernando Llorente and Lucas Moura, that does not leave much room to also bring someone in for Eriksen or Son.

Victor Camarasa (£4.5m) is our budget midfielder for Double Gameweek 34 on account of his two fixtures. He has created more chances than any Cardiff player over the last four matches and is doing well for goal threat too. Compared to his colleagues, Camarasa is joint-top for shots in the box over the last four matches, and top of the pile for shots on target. Meanwhile, his role in set pieces could come in handy – Burnley are in the bottom three for attempts conceded from set plays in the last four home matches.

Forwards

We are expecting Sergio Aguero (£11.7m) to start against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon after he was withdrawn around the 70-minute mark against Spurs. Like de Bruyne, he will face an Eagles’ defence that will be missing James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho and given that only four players have managed more shots on target than Aguero in the last four matches, he is in a good place to capitalise. He has attacking returns in three of his last five away matches too.

No player has recorded as many shots on target as Romelu Lukaku (£10.8m) in the last four matches, who is also top for shots in the box and big chances. This weekend West Ham come to Old Trafford, with Huddersfield the only side to have allowed more shots in the box in their last four away trips. Meanwhile, Lukaku has an excellent scoring record against the Hammers, with nine goals in his last 10 Premier League meetings with them.

Jamie Vardy (£9.2m) is in the form of his life as Leicester chase down a European place in the final weeks of the season. He is behind only two players for shots on target in the last four matches, while Lukaku is the only one to have been afforded more big chances than the Leicester man in that time. With those underlying statistics, it would be hard to suggest his scoring run will end at home to a Newcastle side without a clean sheet on the road since Gameweek 17.

Substitutes

A clean sheet for the Red Devils, and Victor Lindelöf (£5.0m), seems on the cards given West Ham’s form of late. With little left to play for this season, the Hammers have not been offering much going forward. In the last four away matches, Manuel Pellegrini’s men are joint second worst for shots in the box, joint second worst for shots on target, inside the bottom five for big chances and bottom of the pile for goal conversion.

Abdoulaye Doucouré (£5.9m) looks to be the most reliable Watford midfielder for those putting together a squad for Double Gameweek 34. He has had more shots in the box than any of his colleagues in the last four matches, while Arsenal are still without a clean sheet on the road this season.

For that reason, Troy Deeney (£5.9m) also makes it onto the bench this week. Although not completely nailed on in the Watford side he has just one fewer shot on target than Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane in the last four matches and is level with Eden Hazard in that respect. Deeney can also offer decent creativity too, just two forwards playing more key passes in the last four matches than him.

Community Champion

Representing the community against the Scout Picks in Blank Gameweek 33 is Jazz. They have opted for a bold 4-5-1 formation of Ryan; Duffy, Dunk, Morrison, Vertonghen; Moura, Son, Martial, Sané, Sigurdsson; Lukaku.

The community member who beats our picks by the biggest margin over the campaign will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Contributors and Moderators League for the following season.

Circusmonkey was beaten 65-46 in Blank Gameweek 33. fclackless‘s winning margin of 33 points (77-44) in Gameweek 10 is still the current target to beat.

791 Comments Post a Comment
  1. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Those of you going Foster/Ryan, who are you going to play in GW37 ?

    1. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Flip a coin

    2. Merlinsnose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Transfer to get in Gunn or Leno.

  2. thunder_mike
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    A) Eriksen Deeney
    B) Moura Vardy/Lacazette

    1. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Not a fan of Moura

  3. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Rounding out the WC?

    1) Eriksen, Rashford
    2) Mane, Deeney
    3) Martial, Vardy

    Already have Sterling, Son, Aguero.

    1. Nomar
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      2

  4. Nomar
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Wondering if it’s worth having both Son and Eriksen?

    1. THEKID_88
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      I have

  5. Burger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Score predictions for the following:

    Trippier
    Son
    Eriksen
    Mane
    Sterling
    Aguero

    ?

    1. Burger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      I'll go first:

      0
      0
      0
      0
      0
      0

    2. DR0GBA
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      0
      1
      8
      2
      1
      2

  6. Peekay
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Best option for the next two gameweeks?
    a)Laporte
    b)Kolasinac

  7. micsway
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Would you rather...

    Sterling/Dunk

    or

    KDB/Laporte

    On a WC will BB next GW.

  8. Andrew
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Play Jota or Laporte this week?

    1. dark91
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Jota

  9. Brendan95
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Panicking over what to do here to complete the WC, sorry for re-posting similar posts - any help is appreciated...

    Foster/Ryan
    TAA/Doherty/Kola/Duffy/Valery
    Mane/Eriksen/Son/JWP/XXX
    Kun/Jimi/XXX

    A: Sterling/Deeney + 0.7ITB
    B: Deulofeu/Vardy(switch to Laca GW35 & Firmino GW36) + 3.2ITB to upgrade elsewhere or keep for any major changes in future GWs

    considered B because of Sterling doubt over starting GW34 and rotation risk in future GWs and Vardy/Laca/Firmino 34/35/36 offers great potential for hauls - but I'm really unsure of betting against Sterling and having so much MITB makes the team feel weaker

    1. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      B

    2. Laporte In A Storm
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      I personally think that if, 3 weeks after a wildcard, I still plan to switch the same position twice (GW35 and 36), thereby tying up 2 other free transfers, I would instead take the hit this week and just get my GW35 pick. So I would say go Laca now if you have your heart set on him for 35 - but then I wouldn't go double ARS as I think they are a trap generally. So switch Kola to Vertongen and go Deu and Laca. IMO anyway 🙂

  10. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    OK. Iv changed it again.

    Brought Vardy back for Kun with mitb to switch later.

    Vardy (c)??

    Also play

    A) Deeney
    B) Doherty??

    1. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Vardy or Son/Eriksen for captain and play Deeney

  11. Homer21
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Anyone think Martial would be a better shout over Pogba

  12. AndrewGaze
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Moura or Jota for next 2 gameweeks?

    1. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      I think Moura is more of a risk than Jota

  13. Laporte In A Storm
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    GTG?

    Ryan - Foster
    Laporte - Vertongen - Van Dijk - Dunk - Valery
    Sterling - Erikson - Son - Jota - Hojbjerg
    Kun - Jimenez - Deeney

    4.5mil ITB

  14. Alli
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    On a WC with 0.0 ITB

    Foster - Ryan
    Laporte - Robbo - Doherty - Duffy - Valery
    Sterling - Mané - Eriksen - Son - Stephens
    Kun - Jiménez - Deeney

    A) Valery, Stephens > Bednarek, Hojberg
    B) Laporte, Stephens > Kolasinac, JWP
    C) Hold

  15. Gentle_Turks
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Is Vardy hurting this wildcard team?

    Means no Kun. Plan is next week swap Vardy to Kun. Or would you get rid of Vardy for Kun now? (would also mean that Bednarek could be Valery)

    Foster, Ryan
    Robertson, Laporte, Bednarek, Doherty, Duffy
    Son, Erikson, mane, Jpota, JWP
    Deeney, Vardy, Jimenez

  16. Manani
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    correct bench order?

    Dohetry Jota Valery

  17. Brakos2k
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Play Deeney or JWP?

  18. wagner is king
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    johnny a good cover forwolves?

  19. MFDoom
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Really no idea what to do with my team. Any tips? I have 2 free transfers

    Alisson - Hamer

    Azpil - TAA - Laporte - Schlupp - Stankovic

    Sterling - Hazard - Pogba - Romeu - Fraser

    Aguero - Jiminez - Calvert-Lewin

  20. DARE TO BISCAN
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Who to play?
    a) Jota
    b) Doucoure

    1. The Nuttman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      A.

  21. Mitchstone
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Quick final call if anyone's got an opinion? as with most on WC and BB 35.

    1. Robertson & Camarasa (to JWP in 35)
    2. TAA & Jota (save a transfer in 35)

    Ta.

  22. Klaren
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Transfer in:
    A) Vertonghen
    B) Laporte

    Captain:
    A) Vardy
    B) Son

    Thanks in advance!

    1. The Nuttman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      A.
      B.

  23. The Nuttman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Odds of Sane getting good minutes for this game week?

    1. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Can't even bear to read that name beginning with S!

  24. Fred the Red
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Why no Murray in Scout Picks or any of the teams?

    1. Khaaan!!!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Great question

    2. Granville
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Last time I had him it was a DGW last season and he missed a penalty. I'm a sucker for more punishment

  25. Granville
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Who doesn't have a benching dilemma? Mine is Mane v Jiminez.

    1. Garlana
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Wow, how have you gotten yourself into that!?

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      JWP vs Wilson isn't quite on the same scale 😀

    3. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Playing them both here over Jota,Valery and Doherty

      1. Granville
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 10 days ago

        Benching Doherty is as bad.

  26. Sol
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    A) Jota Dunk (have Duffy)
    B) JWP Dhorthy

    Cheers