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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. Siggy in the Middle
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Going either Bruno. Just can't squeeze him in unless I do Pope to Martinez and that seems like too big a downgrade. Gonna take Martial instead

    1. Siggy in the Middle
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Without*

    2. PLerix
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      try MArtinez imo.

      1. Eastman
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        This. Who else will Arsenal play?

    3. ShackledAce
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Surely there are others to downgrade? Bruno is must-have (says non-owner)

  2. Gentle_Turks
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Been away all day. Any news on whether Salah plays?

    1. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Following. Read something that did not say much from Pool home page

    2. Collie01
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Klopp said he's fully fit apparently

  3. LOLarov
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Really like the Fernandes or Rashford (C) option.

    SHU are without 3 of there DEF;

    Henderson - Huge part of the Def
    Egan
    O'Connell

    Fernandes (C) for me! LFG

    1. JONALDINHO
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      United struggle against teams who sit deep so I’m against captaining either. Can feel a stalemate

    2. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Fernandes (C), Rashford and Martial for me, United had better do well!

  4. JONALDINHO
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Is Trent a good captain option? Or do I go Salah or Son

    1. Geezer
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Son

      1. Scooby75
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Salah.
        West Ham try harder for this fixture!

  5. Sacked in the Morning
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    WC team g2g?

    Pope
    TAA Doherty Lascelles Holgate
    Salah KDB Son Bruno
    Vardy Jimenez

    (3.9, Douglas Luiz, Nketiah, 3.9)

  6. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Cap?

    A) Salah
    B) Vardy
    C) Jimmy

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      B

    2. Luka does it again
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      B) Vardy (is what i have done at least) 😀

    3. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      This seems to be really divided 😀 maybe I stick with Jimmy because of Bou

  7. Sailboats
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Hi Blumpkin

  8. tucaoneo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Jesus suddenly an option?
    Pope Peacock-Farrell
    TAA Saiss Lascelles Aurier Kiko
    Mane KDB Bruno Son Saka
    Jimenez Jesus DCL
    0.0 itb

    1. The Mighty Hippo
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      You don't see Peacock-Farrell in too many teams around these parts. Well done for having someone different.

  9. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Too much on the bench? Maybe down grade traore and upgrade elsewhere?

    Foster
    TAA, Aurier, Doherty
    Mane, Kdb, Bruno, Son
    Rashford, DCL, jimi

    Button, lascelles, kiko, traore

    1. QUEN
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Maybe upgrade keeper

    2. ShackledAce
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Great team, bench might prove handy

  10. Shark Team
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Armstrong or Grealish who to play thanks!

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

      Grealish

    2. DAVESAVES
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Grealish

  11. Nightf0x
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    If i wasnt on 0.0 i would have shipped out rah or bruno and get in richar or dcl for only this gw

  12. Rainer
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    OMG

    1. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Faster?

    2. JONALDINHO
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      On my grave

  13. FIRMINOLOOKGOAL
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    (V)ardy anyone?

    1. Nightf0x
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Bro whats your final WC team

      1. FIRMINOLOOKGOAL
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        The last one I posted

        1. Nightf0x
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Cheers good luck

    2. Luka does it again
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yes.

      1. FIRMINOLOOKGOAL
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Aye!

    3. Marko1985
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Just locked it in. Come on Vardy party!!

      1. FIRMINOLOOKGOAL
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Let's get the Vardy started!

  14. DAVESAVES
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    a) DDG & Aurier

    b) Pope & Maguire

    ??

    1. Ed
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      A

    2. timmmuh
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      C) Pope and Aurier

  15. smix
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Choose 1:
    A. Barnes
    B. Traore

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

      B

    2. Mr_Barbs
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      A

  16. Sj3451
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Sorry repost!

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

    Have TAA and Bruno

    1. Mr_Barbs
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      A

    2. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      A comfortably imo

    3. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      A

    4. Orion
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      A

  17. Mr_Barbs
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Play one:

    A) Saiss (playing Doherty)
    B) Lascelles
    C) Holgate

    1. timmmuh
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Lascelles to minimize risk/increase coverage

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

    Play Martinez or McCarthy

  19. Respect My Authoritah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Strange week this one, completely happy with my team for the first time in forever!

    1. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      What is it?

    2. Taegugk Warrior
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      If your happy with your team, it’s mean worried

  20. Taegugk Warrior
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    FH Team

    Pope
    TAA/Doh/Lascelles
    Mane(c)/KDB/Son/Fernandez
    Jimenez/DCL/Vardy

    Martin-Ngakia-Guendozi-Simpson

    Gtg....?

  21. AdamJ91
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    G2G?

    Martinez
    TAA - Saiss - Doherty
    KDB - Salah (c) - Bruno - Son
    DCL - Rashford - Jiminez

    (Button - Lascelles - Kiko - Guendouzi)

  22. Gentle_Turks
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Been away all day. Any news on whether Salah plays?

    Thanks and good luck.

    1. Lindelol
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      yes he is fit and available

    2. Wild Rover
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      He trained normally

    3. Gentle_Turks
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Thanks all. Probably captain him then, or maybe Bruno as - slight - differential? What are your plans?

  23. DIMITRIS
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Kane, Feranndes or Rashford for C ?

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Bruno

      1. DIMITRIS
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Cheers

  24. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Captain

    A. Bruno

    B. Jiminez

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Bruno

      1. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        BRUNO

  25. Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Jus 600 seconds left. Get that team finished. Also take a screenshot of your team so you don't end up asking "Did I do this, or that" 🙂

    1. QUEN
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Ha I do this always

  26. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Start

    A-Lasc
    B-James Justin

    Captain
    A-Son
    B- Bruno
    C-Jimenez

  27. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Captain, Salah or Bruno, GO

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      BRUNO BRUNO BRUNO

    2. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      bruno

    3. Orion
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Salah

  28. wantsharptv
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Is vardy starting????

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Wanna be Vardy starting?

  29. Miguel Sanchez
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Bench boost locked, good luck all!

    Krul (EVE)
    Barnes (BHA)
    Aurier (WHU)
    Fernandez (AVL)

  30. Arctic monkeys
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Panic station