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. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    L0L @ fake news

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

    Mahrez or sterling?

    have KDB, Salah, Aub, Grelish, Jimmy

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Sterling if money no issue

    2. Taegugk Warrior
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Wow... how much your TV..?

  3. PL Ball
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Play 1:

    A) Nketiah
    B) Duda
    C) Lascelles

    1. Mike82
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      A

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

      Eddie.

    3. Skloppy Kops
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      B

    4. lilmessipran
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      a

  4. Van der Faart
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Thoughts please? For this GW only, using BB. 0.4 ITB

    A) Ederson, Grealish, Son
    B) McCarthy, El Ghazi, Mane

    Reina ***
    Saiss TAA Egan Lundy Ward
    Saka KDB Bruno *** ***
    Aguero McBurnie Jimi

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

      B

    2. waltres
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      A) for me, like the look of Grealish and Spurs got a lot to play for

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

    Alright let's all try to reply to others before spamming the same question lots of times

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

      Never!

    2. Van der Faart
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Agree

  6. Ceebes
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    A) Lundstram and Targett
    B) Basham and Saiss

    Thoughts appreciated.

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

      a

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

        Thanks.

    2. Ady87
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      A

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

        thanks,

    3. sunnyh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      A short term, B long term

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

        Just for this week, so A seems the verdict!

  7. sunnyh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Doherty or Mount on a FH? Last decision to make here

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

      doherty

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Doherty

    3. Ceebes
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Total toss up. Mount for me.

    4. Ady87
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I’ve gone Doherty.

    5. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Mount

  8. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Doherty is higher ceiling than Jota, right or wrong?

    1. Laurel and Vardy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Wrong, Jota can do miracles on his day. See his last few games before the pause.

    2. DF
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Yeah

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

      back to back hatties before break tells you enough

  9. Printing Mane
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    A or B?

    A. Sterling Jimenez Saka
    B. Mahrez Jota Pepe

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

      A

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      B but I want Sterling

    3. Ceebes
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      A

    4. Garth Marenghi
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      A

  10. Yip Jaap Stam
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    How do you get a profile picture on here? I don't see any option for it

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

      gravatar.com

      use G rated image i think

    2. MGD
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Gravatar

  11. WorldCup82
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Bench Boost for Wk 30 and then WC for Wk 31
    A. Doherty Mount Jimenez (25/27 possible total games)
    B. TAA Saka Jimenez (26/27 possible total games) and won't lose 0.3 in value
    C. Boly Saka Aubameyang (27/27 possible total games)
    D. Doherty Pepe Nkeitah (27/27 possible total games)

    which one?

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

      C

    2. Ceebes
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      A.

  12. mynameisq
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    So there was no verified leaks or anything like that? Other than the Sheffield injuries which were confirmed

    Cheers

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

      Sheffield paper say Robinson and Lundy start.

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

        Cheers man, keeping Lundy the

      2. SammoUK111
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        What about Fleck?

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

          Fit to start they say

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Was Fleck injury confirmed?

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

        Sheffield paper say he is fit to start

        Berge benched, according to them

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Cheers I have McGinn but considering FLeck instead

  13. CrouchDown
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Thoughts on this team? Playing BB this week and WC next

    Leno Henderson

    Baldock Targett Lundstram Cresswell Lascelles

    Grealish Sterling(C) Mcginn KDB Cantwell

    Auba Aguero Nketiah

    1. toerag
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      looks good, i cant make my mind up what to do...:roll:

      1. CrouchDown
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Cheers mate. Any particular decisions you're pondering on?

        1. toerag
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          notes below, not sure what to do

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

    How quickly after the deadline will BB'ers be looking to build their WC teams?

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

      Depends on setup - if your team is good enough for gw31 then maybe hold out and see how gw goes. If not at all ready for gw31 then probably immediately

  15. toerag
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    helllooo theeerreee
    couple of questions
    1. should i use UT or FH
    2. If i use UT should i bench boost

    UT team:-
    pope (button)
    TAA lund stevens (lascelles kelly)
    grealish KDB bernardo silva, traore fernandes
    Auba Kun (ings)

    FH will allow me to drop back to:-
    pope button
    TAA Lund Lascelles (kelly williams)
    salah mane kdb fernandes (traore)
    DCL ings Jota

    thoughts my fine friends

    1. Van der Faart
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Use BB

      1. toerag
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        hmm

  16. RamaJama
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Which option?

    A) Targett
    B) Saiss

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

      A for fun

    2. lilmessipran
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      a

  17. Rashford FC
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Why are people so sure Mahrez starts?

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

      https://twitter.com/FplLeaker or something

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

        Debunked.

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

      Nobody is

      It's a DGW and there's 5 subs
      He is cheap
      He was their in form wide player

    3. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Nobody is really sure of anything which makes it fun

  18. MGD
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Saka or Cantwell?

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

      both

    2. Mike82
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Saka

  19. Fancy Feet
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    If I make transfers now to set up for the rest of the season, can I still use free hit to pick a different team just for the double? Really really appreciate the feedback.

    1. Van der Faart
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      No. Team reverts to the way it was for GW38

      1. Fancy Feet
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        38?

        1. Van der Faart
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          29 then.

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

      No freehit resets your team before any transfers you make

  20. Whiskerz
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    McGinn & Saiss
    or
    Engels & Traore

    1. Mike82
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      a

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

    (1) Auba + Saka + Cantwell

    or

    (2) Nketiah + Pepe + Fleck

    Please help

    1. jaywills
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      1)

    2. Dr. Agabuse
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Fleck Not fit
      Not sure starter

  22. jaywills
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Lascelles or Targett?

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

      Lascelles I think - I don't see an Aston Villa clean sheet.

    2. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      The DGWer

  23. Darth_Newdar
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Rate my BB team:

    Henderson, Leno
    TAA, Doherty, Lundstram, Egan, Cahill
    KDB, Grealish, Mount, Barnes, Cantwell
    Augero, Auba, Jimenez

    0.1 ITB

    I'd love to fit in Fernandes, but he unbalances the rest of the team.

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

      Nice team.

  24. Dr. Agabuse
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Salah Nketiah Bournemouth Defender

    instead

    of Doherty Jota TAA

    a step too far?

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

      Yes.

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

    A) MOUNT

    B) WILLIAN

    Which one and why? Money don't matter here. Which one will get me most points?

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

      Most people on here seem to think Mount is slightly more likely to play (I have no idea really).

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

        Because Jorginho is suspended.

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

          I see

    2. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Mount and use the 0.8 saved

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

        Thanks guys!

  26. nadman89
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    i have lascelles egan and mings currently in and lundstrum on the bench trying to wait for team news . who do you replace him with . just feel newcastle will get a cs vs a tired sheffield on saturday . so do i swap lund with egan (using wc after this week )

  27. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Less than an hour to go an this Aguero news?!!

    1. MGD
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      ?

    2. lilmessipran
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      nice try

      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Not a try. I’m taking about benching rumours

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          It's a late kick off anyway so won't be any official team news then.

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

    Anyone think Pulisic could be worth a punt?

  29. royaljoe
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Which ST under 7.1?

    a) Ings
    b) Pukki
    c) Any others?

  30. dshv
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Hello my amigos

    BB ..

    Leno, henderson
    Stevens baldock saiss lascelles targett
    Grealish, sterling kdb cantwell bruno
    Auba kun nkiteah

    Need something good
    Kun captain?

    Opinions?