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. mcmd11
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    How is this FH team looking?
    Henderson
    Egan Baldock Bellerin
    KDB Sterling Pepe Grealish
    Auba Aguero Ayew

  2. Riedle Me This, Riedle Me T…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    I'm gambling on McGinn. If I was Smith, I would play my strongest team with McGinn in it in arguably the most winnable of the DGW games v Sheff Utd tonight.

    1. POLSKA GOLA
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      He’s my only DGW punt

      1. Riedle Me This, Riedle Me T…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Good luck my friend

        1. POLSKA GOLA
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Ty, same to you too

  3. Talkaboutluck
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Alonso or Doherty? Who will have more points?

      1. Soto Ayam
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Alonso, if he plays

      2. Pépé sur le P…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Locked n loaded. FH of the century!
        Meaning, I'm gonna get 100 points!

        Henderson
        Alonso, Baldock, Lundstram
        KDB (c), Mahrez, Pepe, Ozil, Grealish
        Aubameyang (v), Aguero

        Button | Targett, Ngakia, Greenwood

        Targett to cover Alonso if necessary. Baldock over Stevens funds Targett as cover for Alonso if necessary, and seems sensible with Stevens perhaps having more defensive responsibility with O'Connell out.

        Other than that, it speaks for itself! I just hope my FPL Team Name isn't a bad omen: Pépé sur le Pew!

        1. FOO FIGHTER
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Surely have to cap Aguero?

            1. Pépé sur le P…
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Why would that be? I would bet on KDB getting more points.

          • Make Arrows Green Again
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Some bold picks as ever. I'm hoping that my bargain basements will match yours - gone for both Saka and Nketiah! Neither as part of a FH though. I'm saving it (for some reason).

            1. Pépé sur le P…
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              If you're BBing, I think they are great picks. I'm a little jealous, as I'd like to be cheering on the Arsenal youth.

              1. Make Arrows Green Again
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                BBing like the proverbial Baggie!

        2. Make Arrows Green Again
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Anyone else's ticker showing just 31+ onwards? No longer showing 30+

          1. Pépé sur le P…
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Yep!

          2. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Yeah. Deadine passed 13 mins ago. You weren't paying attention?

            1. Make Arrows Green Again
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Huh, I did wonder for a minute. TBH right now it would be a relief!

            2. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Sorry, couldn't resist 😆

          3. Riedle Me This, Riedle Me T…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Yep mine too

          4. Make Arrows Green Again
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Cheers all - will flag for mod attention

          5. RedLightning
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            You can push it back manually.

            1. RedLightning
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              (Click on Previous GW)

        3. mabz1303
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Whats is best to play?

          Bench boost
          Free hit
          Triple captain

          (Still wild card left)

          Thanks

        4. Team Cruel
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          So is Feck in or out?

          1. Rolls-Royce
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Feck it

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

            Father Jack says no

        5. Johnny too hotty
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          ive gone Stevens and Baldock over Lundy?

          should i swap one of them for Lundy?

          1. Soto Ayam
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Quite possibly

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

            Bottomed
            Mendy or Laporte?

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

              laporte

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

              Mendy

            3. Sun Jihai
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Mendy!

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

            Saka or cantwell?

          4. Big Col
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Which one?

            A) Auba & Mahrez

            B) Sterling & Jimenez

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

              A for me. 2 big hitters. B is a bit boring.

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

            Henderson or Leno?

          6. Kvnforthewin
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Quick one

              Ederson and lundstram/baldock
              Or
              Henderson and walker

              Decided to ask one more time

            • Ronny Sandstone
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              One week punt...

              Jiminez or Abraham

              (sorry if it's been asked to death this one)

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

                Abraham for me

                1. Ronny Sandstone
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  The answer I was hoping to hear, leaning towards him myself, cheers

            • Rainer
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Where’s Dusan when you need some reliable early team news?

            • chelseabrad
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              O'Connell flagged?

              1. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Where you been?

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

                Telegraph reporting he is confirmed injured for today's game

            • Miguel Sanchez
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              McBurnie - second most headed attempts of all players this season (Jimenez first).

              Aston Villa and Newcastle have conceded the most headed attempts this season.

              1. Riedle Me This, Riedle Me T…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Nice stat. Better value than Jimi this GW though?

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

                  Possibly, but also is he better value that the defenders too? Debatable.

              2. FPL Pillars
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Egan with the headed goal 🙂

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

              Pulisic worth a gamble? Nketiah first on bench

            • Nightf0x
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Quickly plz mates, have all chips what to do

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

                Open a beer

              2. Colonel Shoe 肝池
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Leaving it late dude

            • El Presidente
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Scout picks with 4 defenders, 5 mids and 4 attackers

                Nice.

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

                  I noticed that lol.

              • gryffsonofarthur
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Which of these are better?

                A) Lundstram Saiss Duda/Cantwell Mcginn

                Or

                B) Lundstram Targett Duda/Cantwell Mount

              • Seamus Goalman
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 18 days ago

                I wildcarded prior to everyone getting a free one, anyone know if I'll get it back or not?

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

                  no you will not

              • Tahoma
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                1) Leno, Robinson, Jiminez
                2) Henderson, TAA, Nketiah

                This week only. Cheers!

              • primal33
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Quick vote lads:

                A. Jota
                B. Samata on a free hit?

                1. Aguero
                2. KdB as captain?

                ???

              • Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Which is better?

                A) Ederson Doherty Boly

                OR

                B) Leno David Luiz Laporte

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

                  A.. I'd avoid double arsenal defence

                  1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Thanks but I chanced it. I just hit confirm on the double arsenal defence. Hoping for a luiz free kick in one of the games. He is the type of player.

                  2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    Well you were right! The last post I was thinking Luiz could either get a red or a free kick. Blanked out the negative!

              • Rolls-Royce
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Cantwell.. Saka.. Cantwell.. Saka.. Cantwell.. Saka.. Cantwell.. Saka..Duda Cantwell.. Saka..

                1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Cantwell for me capable of a big score

              • fkmzcgp
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                A) TAA, Lascelles, Mahrez + Samatta

                B) Robertson, Laporte, Fernandes + Nketiah

              • JackG55
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                What if we didn't use our wildcard? will we still have it after this GW?

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

                  Yes

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

                  What do u think?

              • Kip
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                Not a lot of love for Pepe in the BB teams. How come?

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

                  Cause he's crap

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

                  Man City away is just a single gameweek for Arsenal.

              • Sun Jihai
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 18 days ago

                FPL Leaker
                @FplLeaker
                ·
                45s
                Villa-
                Nyland
                El Mohamady
                Engels
                Mings
                Targett
                McGinn
                Nakamba
                Luiz
                Grealish
                El Ghazi
                Samatta
                FPL Leaker
                @FplLeaker
                ·
                5m
                To confirm- Arsenal - 442 diamond
                Leno
                Bellerin
                Mustafi
                Luiz
                Saka
                Xhaka
                Ceballos
                Willock
                Özil
                Auba
                Pepe

                1. chaser123
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  I like those line ups!

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

                  Reliable?

                  1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    No

                3. Railwayman
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  False !!! At one point, his "leaked" teams had 10 players 😀