Scout Picks

Double-ups for Arsenal, Man City and Sheff Utd in Gameweek 30+ Scout Picks

There are seven players with two Double Gameweek 30+ fixtures in our first Scout Picks team in three months.

We’ve gone with double-ups on Arsenal, Manchester City and Sheffield United although there are a smattering of single Gameweek options too in our selection.

After deliberating over the Scout Squad submissions made by David, Neale, Andy and Geoff, we picked what we believed to be the best XI for the next round of action.

This time we line up in 3-4-3 formation, the cost of our team coming to £84.2m, £0.8m inside our budget of £85.0m.

GOALKEEPER

Bernd Leno (£5.0m) was the most popular goalkeeper in the Scout Squad submissions this week and the only shot-stopper to be handed unanimous backing, with other routes into the Sheffield United defence preferred to Dean Henderson (£5.3m).

Only two clubs have kept more clean sheets than Arsenal this calendar year, while no Premier League has conceded fewer goals in 2020.

A shut-out away at Manchester City will be a tough ask but Leno could well compensate with save points: he has made more stops than all bar one Premier League goalkeeper this season.

DEFENDERS

For what it’s worth now, Matt Doherty (£6.3m) was in barnstorming mood before coronavirus stopped play in March.

The Irishman was FPL’s form player in Gameweeks 25-29, registering three attacking returns and four clean sheets over that period.

Top for shots in the box and big chances among defenders this season, Doherty next faces three teams who have kept just one clean sheet between them in 2020 – starting with West Ham United in Gameweek 30+.

Enda Stevens (£5.2m) and John Lundstram (£4.9m) form our defensive double-up on Sheffield United ahead of their appealing games against Aston Villa and Newcastle United.

No Bladesman has created more big chances than Stevens this season, while Lundstram’s well-documented goal threat has seen him rack up more shots than any other FPL defender in 2019/20.

The way that the previously £4.0m defender responded to losing his place in the Sheffield United team was particularly impressive. Lundstram came on to score the winner against Bournemouth in Gameweek 27 and upon his return to the starting line-up in Gameweek 29, Lundstram assisted, kept a clean sheet and secured maximum bonus for an 11-point haul.

Only Liverpool have conceded fewer goals than Chris Wilder’s side, who have kept ten clean sheets along the way.

Newcastle should be particularly obliging opponents as they sit joint-bottom for goals scored in the current campaign.

MIDFIELDERS

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The first pick in midfield for all four of our Scout Squad panel, Kevin De Bruyne (£10.6m) always looked to be a shoo-in this week.

Top for chances created and assists this season, De Bruyne has five double-digit hauls to his name at the Etihad in 2019/20 and registered a 19-point haul when City last met Arsenal in December, admittedly from a more advanced role.

While we can expect plenty of minute-management over the coming Gameweek and beyond, De Bruyne’s only benching in 2019/20 came in the early-season defeat at Norwich City and he even started every match during the busy December period.

Bruno Fernandes (£8.6m) is one of our favourite single Gameweek options for this round of action after his lightning-fast start to life at Manchester United.

Since his debut, the Portuguese international has been involved in five of the Red Devils’ eight goals in that time, more than any other team-mate.

A meeting with Spurs in Double Gameweek 30+ is certainly appealing for any attacker given how leaky Jose Mourinho’s men were in the lead-up to lockdown. Between Gameweeks 24 and 29, the only team to record a higher expected goals conceded (xGC) figure than Spurs was West Ham.

Jack Grealish (£6.4m) was practically an auto-include for the Scout Picks this week, with Aston Villa’s double-header against Sheffield United and Chelsea.

No Villan has been more central to attacking output than the talismanic captain, recording seven goals and seven assists this season. His chances of attacking returns may well be boosted to the widely-reported injury to Jack O’Connell (£4.7m) too, a man who had played every league minute for Sheffield United this season.

Mason Mount (£6.2m) completes our midfield quartet ahead of an appealing single Gameweek outing.

He and the Chelsea attack have the privilege of facing the obliging Aston Villa defence over the weekend, who have given up more shots in the box and big chances than any Premier League side this season.

FORWARDS

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Sergio Aguero (£11.8m), while likely to share game-time with Gabriel Jesus (£9.6m), has the best goals-per-90-minutes average (0.99) among active Premier League players this season.

Indeed, it’s a City one-two between Aguero and Jesus for shots in the box, big chances, efforts on target and penalty box touches when we apply the ‘per 90’ filter to premium forwards.

We can surely expect the Argentinian forward to get at least a full game’s worth of minutes over the two Double Gameweek 30+ fixtures, even if he gets a benching in one of the games.

Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.1m) takes up another premium forward slot, with Arsenal also playing twice in Double Gameweek 30+.

Despite a quick turnaround between clashes with Manchester City and Brighton, we expect the forward to play signficant game-time given his consistent involvement pre-lockdown.

Aubameyang is no slouch either, scoring 17 goals in the first 29 Gameweeks, behind current Golden Boot leader Jamie Vardy (£9.7m) by just two strikes.

Raúl Jiménez (£8.1m) completes the line-up ahead of that appealing trip to West Ham.

The Mexican was inside the top five for shots inside the box between Gameweeks 23 and 29 and a consistent starter in the Wolves line-up. During that period, he found the net five times and failed to complete 90 minutes only once.

SUBSTITUTES

Dean Henderson (£5.3m) came close to getting into the first-XI but just missed out on account of Leno’s propensity for saves. The Sheffield United goalkeeper could be well-paired with Arsenal’s shot-stopper in a Bench Boost squad though.

Jamaal Lascelles (£4.3m) offers great value for Double Gameweek 30+. Not only is he extremely cheaply priced, but the Magpies also kept four clean sheets from a possible seven between Gameweeks 23 and 29. Meanwhile, Sheffield United are among the lowest scorers on the road this season, their 13 goals better only than three teams.

Anwar El Ghazi (£5.5m) looks to be a relatively nailed-on additional route into the Aston Villa midfield for Double Gameweek 30+. He is the second-highest scorer in that position among Dean Smith’s men and featured heavily on the right-side of the front-three pre-lockdown. Meanwhile, El Ghazi’s manager has previously mentioned how much the player has impressed in training this season, suggesting he could actually benefit from the absence of fans.

Mbwana Samatta (£5.8m) certainly improved Aston Villa’s attack following his January arrival. Between Gameweeks 24 and 29, Grealish was the only Villan with more shots in the box than the new centre-forward, who could prove decent value with two fixtures in Double Gameweek 30+.

THE CAPTAIN

The Scout Picks has a captain for the 2019/20 campaign.

This skipper is chosen using the conclusions of the latest Captain Sensible article and a four-way vote between David, Neale, Andy (in for Paul) and Geoff.

Because the use of Fantasy Football Scout data is used so heavily in this process, the captain we choose each Gameweek is usually known only to those who have signed up to Membership for the 2019/20 season and revealed to the public only when the deadline has passed.

Here’s how we voted:

COMMUNITY CHAMPION

Representing the community against the Scout Picks in Double Gameweek 30+ is PoldervogelsUit.

They have gone for a 3-4-3 of Henderson; Lundstram, David Luiz, Saïss, De Bruyne, Sterling, Grealish, McGinn; Aguero, Aubamayang, Abraham.

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.

In Gameweek 29, Bilal7 beat the Scout Picks 48-40.

Community Champion gwitbrock beat our Scout Picks 86-63 in Gameweek 25 and as a result, their winning margin of 23 points is now the target to beat.

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1,714 Comments Post a Comment
  1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Chances of lunny playing both games?

    1. The_Fish
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Good.

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      50%

  2. wernerhedgehog
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    {A} JOTA and MAHREZ
    {B} JESUS and SAKA / McGINN

    How important is Jota tbh

    1. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Not that important

  3. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 21 days ago

    BB GTG?
    Suggestions very welcome!.

    Leno McCarthy
    Trent Doherty Lascelles Justin Lund.
    KDB Bruno Martial D.Luiz Grealish
    Vardy Jimenez Kun.

  4. FPL FREAK
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Mcginn or Elghazi? ?

    1. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      B

  5. n-doggg
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    A. Norwood
    B. Fleck

    1. Whats the Huth
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I’ve put Norwood in for now.

      But keeping an eye on any team leaks.

      If fleck is starting. Fleck is straight into my team

  6. hogree
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Any news on Villa keeper?

  7. Holmes
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Ryan Fraser used to be a good guy!

  8. the snazzy viking
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    play it safe or take the gamble??

    A) Baldock + Mount
    B) Ozil + Jack Robinson (should come in for O'Connell)

    1. the snazzy viking
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      thanks lads

    2. wernerhedgehog
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      idk why you'd bother with ozil, hasnt done anything this season.

      1. the snazzy viking
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        I went with A in the end

  9. Pad Randa
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Ah, fiddlesticks. Went for it.

    Hendo
    Doherty - Lord - Egan
    KdB (c) - Mahrez - Pepe - Grealish
    Auba - Kun (v) - Jimi

  10. Sarri-ball
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Chasing in mini league so tempted by a) crazy

    A) Jesus/taa
    B) Aguero/gomez

  11. Nabs Kebabs
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Transfers done and BB played.

    Leno Henderson
    TAA Doherty Stevens Lundstram Targett
    KDB Mahrez Grealish Mount El Ghazi
    Aguero Auba Jimenez

    0.8m

    1. Nabs Kebabs
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Can afford El Ghazi to Barnes. Thoughts?

      1. POLSKA GOLA
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        I’d do it, rate Barnes as a solid SHW option

        1. Nabs Kebabs
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Yeah I think it's a good idea, not convinced on El Ghazi's nailedness

    2. Christina.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I have 9 of those.

      GL

      1. Nabs Kebabs
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        GL Tina

    3. BoomXhakaLaca1
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Annoyingly good haha

      1. Nabs Kebabs
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        😉

    4. LeicesterA
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Some serious TV there. Good luck!

      1. Nabs Kebabs
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Cheers!

    5. Disturbed
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Must be some crazy team value. I’m 2m short of that team.

    6. Nabs Kebabs
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Yeah guys, TV was 109.7m before transfers. GW history is linked in my profile.

  12. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Already starting Boly, which other player to start?

    A) Saiss (whu)
    B) Lascelles (SHU)

    First to 3 votes will help me make the final decision.

    1. Brendan95
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      A

    2. jimski
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      B

  13. Sondre van Bank
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    FH template?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Scout picks? 😉

    2. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Henderson Leno
      2 Sheff defenders
      Sterling KdB Grealish
      Aguero Aubameyang Samatta

    3. Sun Jihai
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Leno/Henderson
      Lundstram xx xxx
      Sterling KDB Grealish xxx
      Auba Aguero xxx

      is the template I think

  14. Rising
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Pick one.

    A. Aguero & Saka
    B. Auba & El Ghazi

    1. Brendan95
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      A

    2. jimski
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      A - well it's what I've gone for anyway.

  15. Brendan95
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Any major concerns in this BB team or GTG? (Will WC or FH in 31)

    Henderson/Reina
    D. Luiz/Lund/Egan/Saiss/Lascelles
    Mane/KDB/Grealish/McGinn/Saka
    Kun(c)/Auba/Jimi

  16. Sun Jihai
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Thoughts on this FH team?

    Leno
    TAA Lundstram Robinson
    Sterling KDB Grealish Ozil
    Auba Aguero Abraham

    Button Lascelles Simpson Amertey

    Not sure about the Ozil pick tbh!

    1. Pad Randa
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I'd have Guendouzi for Amartey - may as well have a playing 4.2 sub. I was on Ozil for a while, but finally gave up and dropped Sterling for Mahrez to get Pepe.

      1. Sun Jihai
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Would have Guen but have 3 ARS already
        Coming round to switching Pepe for Ozil too

        1. Pad Randa
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Oh, duh, sorry about that - didn't see Leno 😀

  17. wolves_simmo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Which Option?

    A) Douglas Luiz & Jota
    B) Mount & Nketiah

  18. matthewsimon22
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Aug or Sterling?

  19. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Bruno or Pepe? This week only.

    1. Whats the Huth
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      For this week only. Has to be Pépé

    2. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Pepe

  20. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Final decision is Stevens or Lundstram for this week only.

    Have Egan.

    1. Pad Randa
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I went with the Lord. Ended up shoehorning Pepe (for Ozil) and Doherty (for Boly) in my team as result (and all I needed to do was drop Sterling for Mahrez :-D)

      1. Gonzola
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Exactly what I did. Good luck!

    2. The_Fish
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Lord

  21. Cech's Magic Hat
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Sheff utd team news is a headache! which combo is better for this week only BB team?

    A. Fleck and Egan
    B. Cantwell and Lund (gives me only 2 utd players)

    1. Sarri-ball
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Fleck is out

      1. Cech's Magic Hat
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Last news I saw said he was in!

  22. slamdunk
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Last spot if Flecks out?

    A-Saka
    B-Norwood
    C-Cantwell

    Many thanks

    1. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Duda

  23. NB23
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Hi, what’s the best twitter account for last minute Villa vs Sheffield team news?

      1. UpTheCherries
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 21 days ago

        FPL Rockstar

    • Jones Kusi
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      What do you think of this? Will BB.

      Leno Henderson
      Egan Lundstram Lascelles Doherty Targett
      Grealish Mahrez Kdb Mount Cantwell
      Jimenez Aguero Auba

      0.2 ITB

    • Tmel
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Final two spots on my BB:

      a) Robinson & El Ghazi
      b) Egan & Saka
      c) Egan & Cantwell
      d) Egan & Duda
      e) Stevens & Douglas Luiz

      1. Greyling
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        C

    • sthelenslad92
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Don't know which 1 to bench out of these:
      A) Fernandes
      B) Mount
      C) Saka

      1. ebb2sparky
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Saka

    • pablospicks
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      with the starting 11 on a different coach we expecting news before the deadline?

    • disarrays11
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Have I gone overboard with the DGW picks? Using my Bench boost and then immediate wildcard.

      Henderson (Reina)
      TAA - Lundstram - Egan (Targett - Sais)
      Mahrez - KDB - Pepe - grealish (cantwell)
      Auba - Aguero - Nketiah

    • FDMS All Starz
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Which combo will score more this week?

      A) Abraham & Targett

      or

      B) Pukki & Bellerin

    • Vlad Tepes
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      With O'Oconnel out, is Lord a must now?