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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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2,041 Comments Post a Comment
  1. TakingTheMkhi
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    A or B?

    A:
    Pope, Martinez
    TAA, Ritchie, Saiss, Doherty, Holgate
    Salah, Richarlison, Son, Fernandes, Hayden
    Rashford, Ings, Jimenez

    B:
    Pope, Martinez
    TAA, Lascelles, Saiss, Doherty, Holgate
    Salah, KDB, Son, Fernandes, Hayden
    Rashford, Ings, DCL

    1. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      The one with Ritchie

    2. Siggy in the Middle
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      B. Don't ignore KDB

    3. Hazardous Matarial
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      a

    4. TakingTheMkhi
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I can't ignore KDB as it has burned me before. Going for B!

  2. CHRISFF
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    VARDY bloody auto correct

  3. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    How many points are people expecting from Barnes this week?

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      -2

    2. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      2

    3. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I'd be happy with 6

    4. Collie01
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      3

    5. beric
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      1

    6. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      8

    7. The Sociologist
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      1 or 2

      1. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        thank you all. hope you are right

  4. Kane Lane
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Rival 80pts clear will take one of my strikers to block me for his injured Aguero should I FH or Keep team do Sterling to Salah free.

    Pope
    Taylor Trent Boly
    Mane *Sterling KDB Grealish
    Jimz. Vardy Nketiah

    FH Team

    Pope
    Trent Doherty Chilwell Aurier
    Salah Barnes Mane Bergijn
    Vardy. Jimz

    Thanks

  5. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    If I don’t own Son what should I do?

    1. Union_Jacks
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Yes

    2. jason_ni
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      get Son

    3. Holding Matip
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      relax

    4. BigBillyBass
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      B

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I was leaning towards A

    5. Collie01
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Relax and stay away from the transfers page for the next 15mins

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

      Relax
      West Ham don't usually ship that many goals vs. London teams from memory

  6. Andre_The_Giant
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Start

    A) Holgate
    Or
    B) Lascelles

    1. Scooby75
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I’m starting B

        1. Scooby75
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Have Holgate too

            1. Andre_The_Giant
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Norwich being particularly rubbish is making me lean Holgate

              1. Scooby75
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Villa not too good either.
                  Toon looked ok but that was against 10 men.
                  It’s hard!!

        2. Manani
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Sarr or Ings as my last starting attacker?

          1. Holding Matip
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Ings, Arsenal's defense is shot

          2. Hazardous Matarial
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            ings won't start every 3 days

        3. JoeJitzu +42
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Did anyone hear how long is Leno out for?

          1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            I think he's done

            1. Andre_The_Giant
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Put a fork in him

        4. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Repoat soz

          Ultimate decision sorry! Pick one fast

          A) Aurier, Rashford, Richarlison

          B) Holgate, Vardy, Martial

          1. SHOOTER MCGINN
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Prefer A

          2. JabariParkersEyelid
              1 month, 16 days ago

              A.

            • D.Glynn
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 16 days ago

              A

            • JoeJitzu +42
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Think just A too but damn it’s close!

              1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Cheers all

          3. Tony Martial
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 16 days ago

            GTG?
            Don’t really want to bench Justin though!.

            McCarthy
            Trent Doherty Lascelles
            KDB Bruno Martial Son (C)
            DCL Jimenez Vardy

            Leno Justin D.Luiz Lund.

            1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              is Martial gonna play?

              1. Tony Martial
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Yes ofc

              2. Paul Psychic Octopus
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Martial was poor vs. Spurs

          4. Dele
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Worth doing -8 in order to use my bench boost?

            Bench would be Pope, Saint-Max, Lascelles, Brandon Williams

            1. Gubbins94.
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              No

            2. jason_ni
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              first 3 look good. Williams not sure he will play, might get a few models.

              1. jason_ni
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                *minutes.. might get a few models,seeing as he's a young premier league player as well.

          5. Gubbins94.
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Safe to captain Salah or are we still having doubts?

            1. Paul Psychic Octopus
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Doubts

            2. SHOOTER MCGINN
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              I'm on it. Potentially big differential this week.

            3. Scooby75
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Still going Salah, Bruno vice

              • Hazardous Matarial
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                safe

              • Dele
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                I’m going Salah

              • jason_ni
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Got to be Mo, he'll be firing all systems, ready to go.

            4. ...al
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              5th defender slot...

              Current defenders

              TAA - Maguire - Doherty - Lascelles - 4.3

              A. Kiko
              B. Holgate
              C. Other
              D. 3.9 and bank the cash

              I don't see the 5th defender playing over Lascelles or Doherty in the next few

              1. Kane Lane
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                D mate

              2. JabariParkersEyelid
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Kiko

              3. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                I’ve just sold Salah for Bruno(C). I’m an idiot.

                1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Haha

                2. TheDragon
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Wow.....

                3. Collie01
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  As Salah(c) and non-Bruno owner, I hope that does prove an idiotic move!

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

                  Seems a odd move

                5. Lindelol
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  did this a minute ago

              4. Paul Psychic Octopus
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Double Newcastle, Double Watford, Triple Wolves.

                ...what is the world coming to?

                1. Dele
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Sensible

                2. Holding Matip
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  It's silly, there's only been one gameweek and people are knee jerking like there's no tomorrow

              5. goblin140
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Son or Jimenez captain?

                1. Hazardous Matarial
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  coin toss

                2. Paul Psychic Octopus
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Jimi

                3. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  I guess I'm going Son even tho he was awfull vs Utd. Mane or Bruno do not strike you as an option?

                  1. goblin140
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Bruno I considered, but I don't see them scoring a lot against Sheffield

                4. Tony Martial
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Son

              6. TheOneAndOnly
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                A) Pope, Lascelles, Kiko
                B) Martinez, Maguire, 4.0

              7. Hazardous Matarial
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Why does everyone have Guendouzi? Isn't he getting a retrospective 3 game ban for assault?

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

                  'Everyone'
                  Ctrl + F Guendouzi - one result (this post)

                  1. Legendary!
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    LOL! Mind games at its best. Trying to convince himself Guendozi is a good pick

                2. Siggy in the Middle
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Damn. Is he?

                3. Siggy in the Middle
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Googled. He avoided the ban

                  1. Hazardous Matarial
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    ah ok makes sense then

              8. The Red Devil
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                For next 2 GWs
                Barnes+nketiah
                Or
                Guendouzi + DCL
                Cheers

              9. Lindelol
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Had both but I have chosen Mane over Salah. Lets see

              10. The Yorkshire Pirlo
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                No one else here going with Kane? Mourinho’s presser could have him fired up

                1. Paul Psychic Octopus
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Looked very sluggish

              11. Ini
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Sarr --> Son worth a hit? Currently just holding to make the transfer next GW. Thx!

              12. Oggle22
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                G2G
                Patricio
                Aurier Soyuncu Saiss
                Salah(c) KDB Martial Bruno
                Jiminez Rashford Vardy

                Martin Choudhury Robson Simpson

                No Trent or son Is a bit worrying but 20 points behind my ML rival so need summat different and correct captain?

                Cheers

              13. D.Glynn
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Bench one,
                A) Sarr
                or
                B) Lascelles

                1. Luton_Fan
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  lascelles

                2. Collie01
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  B

                3. Yank Revolution
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  B

              14. Luton_Fan
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                martinez (button)
                doherty, TAA, aurier, (lascelles), (kiko)
                mane, bruno c, son vc, kdb (davis)
                rash, jim, dcl

                don't like my keepers but what can u do. hoping for some luck this gw.

              15. Sj3451
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                A) Son, Doherty, Rashford
                B) Robbo, Martial, Vardy

                Have TAA and Bruno

                1. Luton_Fan
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  A.

              16. huwwilliams_
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Best keeper option to replace Leno? Also got henderson

                1. Babelcopter
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Pope

              17. Sarri-ball
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                id go d) if usually play 3 at back depends what 0.4 could do 2 team

                1. Sarri-ball
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  reply fail

              18. Barnabus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                A) Martial + Jota (already have Bruno)
                B) Saint-Maximin + Jimenez for -4

                Worried about Jota's playtime and have a feeling Martial will be rotated/subbed a lot with Pogba back. Also, I like ASM as a differential pick, good fixtures for the next 3 weeks.

                thoughts?

              19. Reddonkeyham 42
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Any Leicester team news? Not sure which midfielder to nab

                1. Luka does it again
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  All i have seen is Vardy/Barnes starts, not sure the rest.

                2. George Agdgdgwngo
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Barnes starts