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. FPLShaqiri
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    If we get early team news and Fleck and Norwood both start who do you pick?

    I'd pick Fleck if both were fully fit as he's the more attacking player, but given the possible injury (possible early sub/rotation in second game) I'll stick to Norwood.

    1. Whats the Huth
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I have Norwood currently.

      But if fleck is confirmed as starting. I will get fleck in

      1. Whats the Huth
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Fleck doesn’t get rotated.

        If he’s fit. He starts.
        If he’s hurt. He’s benched.

    2. casual
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Where can we get early Sheff Utd team news from?

  2. Dilzy
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    If you only have FH and BB left, which one are you using this GW?

    1. Vlad Tepes
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      on BB atm and saving FH

      1. Barnabus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        same

    2. Whats the Huth
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Bb

    3. LE CHARO
      1 month, 18 days ago

      BB

      1. Dilzy
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Cheers guys!

  3. Godfrey
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 18 days ago

    I haven't checked other teams so I won't be influenced.

    Ederson | 3.9
    TAA | Wan-Bissaka | Fernandez | Stephens | Cathcart
    Salah | KDB | Bruno | Lucas | Saka
    Jimenez | Abraham | Calvert-Lewin

    What you guys think?

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      nice team for next week

    2. Cheesyzoot
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Joking right?

      1. Godfrey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        No, normally I see that people just copy eachother. I want to have my own team. Currently 63k so season is already over...

    3. Whats the Huth
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      What about for this weeks team?

  4. Hotdogs for Tea
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    thoughts ? 🙁

    1. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      11 Ozil's is a bit too much

      1. Tempestic
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        aha nice

      2. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Would you trust me if i say i didn't see your comment 😀

    2. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Pretty dizzy

    3. Rainer
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Best BB I’ve seen this week!

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        He must have Ozil *15 !

    4. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I need a vacation

    5. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      How can I see your team?

    6. Christina.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      looks excellent

  5. ToyBlader
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    A) Aubameyang, Mount & Söyüncü

    B) Doherty, Willian & Rashford

    Which one would you go with and why?

  6. Please Answer Me
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Thoughts on this team? I'm not convinced with Sterling/Mahrez or Pepe

    Ederson
    Egan Lund Basham
    KDB Mane Mount Grealish
    Aguero Aubameyang Jimenez

    1. LE CHARO
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Great team

  7. SAY MY NAME
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    deadline is approaching, restart about to happen, i'm ready for.....disappointment 🙂

  8. gryffsonofarthur
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Oh my god!!!

    After much deliberation, here's my FINAL BB squad........

    Henderson
    Lundstram Egan Bellerin
    KDB (C) Sterling Grealish Mount Cantwell
    Aguero Aubameyang

    Bench - Leno Targett Lascelles Samatta

    Thoughts?

    1. Villa Velour
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Nice. Considered Duda over Cantwell?

  9. disarrays11
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    bottomed, sorry:

    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

    1. Pickle juice
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      not sure how minutes Nketiah will get......don't understand the love for him apart from price tag

      1. LE CHARO
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Started the last 4 games for Arsenal, looked pretty good and even scored, and Arteta made some really encouraging comments. He'll definitely get at least 60 minutes.

    2. JelliedSpark968
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Mahrez, Pepe, Aguero, Lundstram all bad long term picks imo

      1. Tempestic
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Yeh hence why hes using an immediate wild card

  10. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Who scores more only for the next gw
    A)TAA + Bruno
    B)Robertson + Son
    *I own Rashford and I feel like Son is gonna explode Vs whu

  11. Jam0sh
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Which trio would you prefer:

    A) Targett, Sterling, Abraham
    B) Lascelles, Mahrez, Aubameyang

    BB active

  12. ebb2sparky
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Who is the best midfielder for this week only costing 7.4 or less? Will be WCing for next GW.

    Currently punting on ozil but have no idea how likely he is to play. Anyone heard any news about his chances of playing? Could go for Mount instead I suppose.

    1. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Decent chance he will play, not sure how many points he will get though

      Silva is also an option

      1. ebb2sparky
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Good suggestion but unfortunately already have 3 city players. I think I’ll take a punt on ozil but just wanted to check there hadn’t been any news suggesting he might not play since busy at work so not been able to spend much time checking

    2. Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      harvey barnes

      1. ebb2sparky
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I’ve got a feeling Watford will beat Leicester although probably odds are they won’t!

    3. manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I've gone for both Sarr and Mount over Ozil

      1. ebb2sparky
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        If it wasn’t a 1 week punt then 100% agree

    4. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      1.Grealish
      2.Sarr
      3.Mount
      4.Barnes
      In that order

      1. ebb2sparky
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I’d put mount above Sarr but thanks for the detailed response 🙂

    5. Orion
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I am going with Ozil, Pepe and Auba on a FH... But I am chasing also, so have to try 🙂

      1. ebb2sparky
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Good luck! I’ve gone without Auba. It was either him or Aguero. Just feels wrong to sell Salah when I’ll lose .3 buying him back tonight!

  13. Tonyawesome69
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 18 days ago

    FH GTG?

    Leno
    TAA Lundstram Egan
    Sterling KDB Grealish Mount
    Aguero (C) Auba Rashford

  14. stu92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Egan or Lundstrum?

    Egan less rotation risk, Lund higher point potential.

  15. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Is 9 dgw players enough (BB30 WC31)?

    I've gone for

    Leno Aubameyang
    Ederson KDB Kun
    Lund Stevens Egan
    Grealish

    Can't see any others who really appeal?

    1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      i only got kdb and egan so thats more than enough

    2. LE CHARO
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I'm only going with 8 and I'm perfectly happy with that.

  16. Cheesyzoot
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Biggest Q:

    A) Saka
    B) Cantwell
    C) Duda

    People, please put me out of my misery and give me an answer

    1. Pickle juice
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      same dilemma, gone with cantwell based on nailed ness and fixture and past scoring

    2. butt0n1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      went myself D

    3. Alli In
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Same dilemma. Is anybody worried about the random bad luck that the Norwich guy with the positive test could be B or C?

  17. PURPLE-RONNIE
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    On a FH lads, who would you rather have

    TAA or Doherty

  18. corderz
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Struggling to pick the final spots for this BB team

    Have 11.3m to spend

    Henderson / Leno
    TAA / Lunstram / Doherty / Stevens / *???*
    KDB / Sterling / Grealish / Mount / *???*
    Aguero / Jota / Nketiah

    Suggestions appreciated

  19. Pickle juice
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    (1)Fleck and Stevens

    or

    (1) Stevens and lundy/Egan

    already have hendo

  20. RECKLESS
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Help Pick one please
    a) Hendo + Laporte + Cantwell
    b) Ederson + Baldock + Elghazi

    Currently on b as it seems safer but Laporte is so good!

    1. linkafu
      1 month, 18 days ago

      a

  21. linkafu
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Robbo or Lundy for this GW ?

  22. FPL ElasticO
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Best 4.9 mil midfield option??

    1. Sarri-ball
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Saka if want double
      Cantwell or dudu for me

  23. Mitchstone
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Opinions please folks:

    These will be for GW30 and GW32 (plan to FH GW31)
    1. El Ghazi + Aguero
    2. Sterling + McBurnie (or any 5.8)
    3. Mahrez + Rashford (I have Bruno currently)

    Ta.

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

    Currently on BB + WC31:

    Leno, Hendo
    Egan, Lundstram, TAA, Laporte, Lascelles
    Grealish, KDB, El Ghazi, B Fernandes, Cantwell
    Aug, Aguero, Nketiah

    Would you pick Aug, Sterling or Salah?

  25. Crystal Alice
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 18 days ago

    1 week only, BB team

    A - Mount/Lascelles
    B - McGinn/Baldock

    already have Grealish, Lundstram, Egan

  26. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Is TAA worth 0.8 more than Robertson by the time I'm gonna WC in gw 33?

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      YES

    2. kamdaraji
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      no

  27. Munny Man
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Hi guys.
    I think this is it. BB team. I have 0.4 I. The bank. Any thoughts where I can improve this?

    Henderson. Reina
    TAA, Doherty, Egan, Lundstram, Fernandez.
    KDB, Marhez, Grealish, Barnes, Cantwell
    Aguero, jiminez, Abraham

    Thanks

  28. Reinhold
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    What's the reason for everyone choosing Stevens, when Baldock is cheaper and has more points?

    1. JelliedSpark968
      1 month, 18 days ago

      not sure about others, but I bought Stevens earlier and still hold value in him, they're both similar in output

  29. Whats the Huth
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Bench boost activated.

    Good luck all. Very excited.

    Leno. Henderson
    Laport. TAA. Boly. Egan. Fernandez.
    KDB. Mane. Grealish. Norwood. Cantwell.
    Aguero (C). Vardy. Jiminez.

  30. tjostolv
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    who is more nailed: Saka or Nkethia?

    1. Miro
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      neither but Nketiah likely to get more minutes imo