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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Gameweek 31+

A quick turnaround as we head straight into Gameweek 31+ and once again we have a 5pm BST deadline.

While an earlier cut-off may be part of the ‘new normal’, one thing that hasn’t changed is that Pep Guardiola likes to rotate his players. As ever, predictably unpredictable.

Some interesting thoughts on how we could finally use that to our advantage in this Gameweek Guide, as well as enticing differentials and captain options.

To win the Pep Roulette, you need to play the Pep Roulette. It’s one of the biggest pots out there.

– LateRiser

Who else but our favourite upside-chasing manager LateRiser perfectly articulating the dilemma presented to us Fantasy managers by Manchester City. Thankfully, in his latest article, he offered us an intriguing option on how to play our hand. Could Phil Foden offer a less ‘all-in’ approach?

When it comes to Foden, I expect him to get a lot of minutes and I think he’s a really good option for your eighth attacker. What I would do with Foden is that if he is rested for a particular game, I would probably start him in my FPL team in the next game as we expect Pep to rotate and Foden’s upside is very high.

– LateRiser

To give our Pro Pundit some credit he did highlight Phil Foden on yesterday’s Scoutcast ahead of the evening kick-off. Although a bigger round of applause is reserved for Pep Pig, who not only brought him in for Gameweek 30+ but told us about it beforehand – twice! Unsurprisingly he still leads RedLightning’s January to July mini-league.

The big news that could potentially impact how we shuffle our City pack, is the injury to Sergio Aguero. As Neale report in the Scout Notes, Pep did not sound overly optimistic in his post-match interview:

He felt something in his knee. He was struggling the last month, some pain in his knee. It doesn’t look good for this season.

– Pep Guardiola

The two immediate beneficiaries are Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling:

The stock of Gabriel Jesus could be about to rise as we await a proper diagnosis from the City medical department, although it should be said that Raheem Sterling has operated as a ‘false nine’ in Guardiola’s various systems before and the Brazilian will surely not be starting week-in, week-out from now until Gameweek 38+ even if Aguero is sidelined.

– Neale

However with upcoming matches against Chelsea and Liverpool either side of an all-important FA cup tie against a resurgent Newcastle, looking elsewhere could be a viable option in the short term.

Manchester United and Wolves appear to be the golden ticket teams. The Red Devils take on a depleted Sheffield United defence with John Egan suspended and Dean Henderson ineligible to face his parent club – do check out the latest Team News ahead of the deadline. 

If you are considering one of Fernandes or Rashford for the armband, David’s dive into the stats is essential reading. His feeling is that Fernandes has the slight edge:

The fact he is a midfielder also gives him the edge over Rashford who, despite looking like an exciting option for Gameweek 31+, cannot capitalise on clean sheets and scores one fewer point for every goal scored, when compared with Fernandes.

– David

While in the debate between Rashford and Martial, TheFantasyFreÆK is leaning towards the Englishman:

Despite having his minutes curtailed by injury, Rashford has recorded the second highest number big chances at home of all forwards this season. Over the season, Rashford has registered 23 big chances compared to Martial’s 14 with both of them having played a similar amount of minutes.

– TheFantasyFreÆK

Manchester United and Wolves also have the best odds of a clean sheet after Liverpool, according to the bookmakers via G-Whizz.

But there are plenty of options for our teams this Gameweek. Neale highlighted Son’s potential earlier this month: 

Son’s shot accuracy in the Mourinho era has also caught the eye: an average of 1.53 efforts on target per 90 minutes is inferior only to Salah (1.61) when we look at midfield regulars in the top flight.

– Neale

While Pro Pundit Tom Freeman picked out the returning Dele Alli as one to watch in his differentials piece. An opinion backed up by David:

Dele Alli managed a total of 11 shots in the box over his last four, an average of 2.75. Crucially, that was achieved in his number 10 role, which he is likely to be dropped back into for Tuesday’s London clash with West Ham.

– David

There’s an enticing trip to Carrow Road for EvertonRicharlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin appeal:

The Everton pair have managed to record the joint-second-highest total for shots in the box over their last four, against Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool. That is incredibly ominous as they prepare to face Norwich in Gameweek 31+.

– David

In short, those who fancy an alternative to a Liverpool captain this week have plenty of options.

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  1. JollyGoodYellows
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Any last minute tinkering on this WC team?

    Martinez (Button)
    TAA Doherty Lascalles (Saiss Simpson)
    Salah KDB Bruno Son (Guendouzi)
    Jimmy DCL Rashford

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Lose Martinez

      1. JollyGoodYellows
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Who would I lose to fund a keeper upgrade?

        1. the snazzy viking
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Rashford to Nketiah, Guendouzi to Martial and then use those funds to upgrade Martinez

          1. Nightf0x
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Thought about this but i feel rash will bang upcoming fixtures so i turned it down

    2. Nightf0x
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      G2g similar team but doherty simpson salah dcl is taylor kiko mane vardy in my team

      1. JollyGoodYellows
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Cheers. Vardy is a great shout and surely due a haul tonight.

    3. Andre_The_Giant
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Exact same team bar Holgate & Robinson instead of sais & Simpson

      1. JollyGoodYellows
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Great minds!

  2. Nightf0x
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Pick me a 4.2 & 4.3 def. plz other than lascels currently on kiko & taylor

    1. Leo10
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Holgate for 4.3. Don't know about 4.2.

    2. DarkSideOfTheLoon
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I have both but Taylor out of those two.

    3. Sarri-ball
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I prefer holgate at 4.3 but taylor soild enough

    4. Nightf0x
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      All suggesting holgate but i dont like eve fixtures

      1. Leo10
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Me neither but 4.3's outside of Lascelles are slim pickings.

    5. Tempestic
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Is holgate actually nailed?

  3. DarkSideOfTheLoon
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Final question, Captain?

    1) Son
    2) Mane
    3) Jimenez

    Thanks

    1. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Son

      1. Royal5
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Scrap that.

    2. Nightf0x
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Really want to go with jimi

    3. The 12th Man
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I’m on Jimenez.
      Tempted by Bruno or DCL though.

    4. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      3

    5. Jonny HOW SON?
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      1

  4. The 12th Man
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Just done Leno > Patricio.

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Good move

    2. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Thanks for the update 🙂

      Good transfer though!

      1. The 12th Man
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Lol.

    3. DarkSideOfTheLoon
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Thats what I have.

    4. waltzingmatildas
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      For free, or -4?

      1. The 12th Man
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Free

  5. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    RMWCT
    DDG (Button)
    TAA Doherty Aurier (Lascelles)(Simpson)
    Mane KDB Fernandes Bergwijn (Saka)
    Jimenez Rashford DCL

    G2G?

    1. Liastro ⭐️
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Very similar to mine

  6. BrutalLogiC
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Left it late, 15 min WC attempt, any good?
    Pope Button
    TAA Doherty Saiss Lascelles Aurier
    Mane KDB Son Fernandes Guendouzi
    DCL Jim Ings

    Would like Rash but no cash.
    Saiss - he's good to start?
    Could swap Salah with Mane but I think they are much the same so thought would keep 0.2

    1. Zlatanzo
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      looks good

    2. reo19uk
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I thought same with Salah and Mane but then remembered Mane started last match and Salah didn't so if any rotation then Mane might miss out starting this game!

  7. Captain Haddock
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    A) Mane + Alli
    B) KDB + Son

    1. Zaruto
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      B) for me

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      B by far

  8. reo19uk
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Captain

    Salah or Bruno?

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Bruno

      1. reo19uk
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        That's who I'm on just praying doesn't come back to haunt me!

    2. Zaruto
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Bruno

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Bruno probably

  9. Atletico Junior
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Currently facing H2H mini league leader, and he will most likely Captain Salah... Should I captain him too or Bruno??

    1. AnAngryBiscuit
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Bruno imo

  10. Tempestic
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Huge decision on WC:
    Mane, Rashford, DCL vs Auba, Martial, Richarlison over the next 2 gw's?

    Sitting at 90k so tempted to punt on the Auba captain gw32 and maybe even a Richarlison this gw!

    1. Hansel
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      First

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Go for B then and whatever happens just smile, its only a game.

      1. Tempestic
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I do love the template A option but ur right, i think i'm gonna gamble on B

  11. milanista10
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Stephens to Saiss for -4 if playing BB this week?

    1. Zlatanzo
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      wouldn't bank on a wolves CS

  12. Zaruto
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Traoré or Chilwell?
    (4-3-3) or (3-4-3)

    1. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Chilwell

    2. Leo10
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Chilwell

    3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Chilwell, more nailed

    4. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Risk with Traore

  13. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    RMWCT
    DDG (Button)
    TAA Doherty Aurier (Lascelles)(Simpson)
    Mane KDB Fernandes Bergwijn (Saka)
    Jimenez Rashford DCL

    G2G right?

    1. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Nice

    2. Legohair
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Good team

  14. The Red Devil
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Barnes starting source?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Rodgers

  15. AK_FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    G2G on this WC team? 0.0 ITB

    DDG
    TAA - Doherty - Aurier
    Mane - KDB - Bruno - Son
    Rashford - Jimi - DCL
    (Martin; Saiss, Lascelles, Guendouzi)

    1. kysersosa
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yes, nice team. Whats your TV?

      1. AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        106.4 - was definitely a good year for TV

    2. the snazzy viking
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      don't really see the need of Aurier in there, if you're benching Lascelles and Saiss every week you'll be kicking yourself when they both get a clean sheet this week

  16. kysersosa
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Cahill to Aurier worth it, or pocket the cash?

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Worth

  17. Siggy in the Middle
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Bottomed previously.

    Last decision to make.

    A. Pope and Martial (current)

    B. Martinez and Bruno

    1. JoeSoap
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Need Bruno

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

    A. Son/Martial
    B Richarlison/Rash

    On WC

    1. Zaruto
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A. for me

  19. The Yorkshire Pirlo
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Panic stations. Any help, please.

    A) Kane, Martial, Martinez

    B) Rashford, Richarlison, any GK (who?)

    1. _sidney_will
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      B Pope

    2. disarrays11
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      B, Pope or patricio

  20. Blue Gaffer
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    1. Foden & Ings
    2. Barnes & DCL

  21. Tmel
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Better option to play every week?

    a) Martinez, Son, Greenwood/Lasc/Holgate
    b) DDG, Sarr, DCL

  22. La Roja
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Which option?

    A) Sarr Rashford Saka
    B) Martial Mahrez Nketiah

    1. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A.

  23. DAZZ
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Benching headache.

    Mccarthy
    TAA VVD AWB Lascelles
    Barnes Salah KDB
    DCL Jiminez Rashford

    Barnes/Traore > Bruno worth a -4?

  24. FDMS All Starz
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Thoughts on this WC team?

    Patricio
    TAA - Doherty - Aurier
    Mane - Fernandes - Son - Kdb - Richarlison
    Jimenez - DCL

    Subs - Martin - Conolly - Kiko - Simpson

    1. Arfaish
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Strong

  25. Arfaish
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Quick A or B:

    A) Pope, Boly, Ings
    B) DDG, Aurier, DCL

    1. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A.

    2. Sarri-ball
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      B

  26. Five Season Wonder
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    what are majority doing this week in terms of chips?

    I have all in tact (except BB)....

    advice appreciated with only 25 mins to go lol

    1. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      most are playing WC.
      Some are FH.

  27. Garam MOSALAH
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    WC team GTG ?

    Pope Martínez
    Doherty Maguire Aurier Lascelles Holgate
    KDB Son Bruno Traore Saka
    Vardy Rashford Jiménez

  28. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    CAPTAIN!?

    A) Vardy
    B) Salah
    C) Bruno

    Currently on A

    1. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      yep A.

  29. The Red Devil
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Barnes + nketiah
    Or
    DCL+ Guendouzi

  30. unitednations
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Why am i seeing so many bruno (c) compared to Salah.

    Have i missed something? did klopp say anything in the pressors

    1. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Nope, probably gut feeling and the fact that Palace defend well.

      I'm going Salah and haven't given it a second thought.

    2. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Klopp said Salah is fully fit

      - Liverpool are at home to Crystal palace (who have nothing to play for)

      - Liverpool only have the PL and will be desperate for a win so they can win the title in city game.

      - Liverpool squad is all fully fit

      Salah or Mane captain for me based on this ....

    3. unitednations
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Thanks gents