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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. Riedle Me This, Riedle Me T…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    It shouldn't have to be this hard ladies and gents! Forward planning!!

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

    Oh god I don’t know whether it was Son or Bruno I captained

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

      Oh here we go 🙄

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

    Salah (c) is locked in. Good luck all.

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Same here good luck

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

    Team news....
    Iheanacho........ etc

  5. Kane Lane
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    I ask question no replies. Thank you all for being such great help.

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

      I’m here to help. What’s up? 🙂

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

      Questions were too hard.

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

      Not much point asking questions any time in the last hour to deadline, pages move fast!

      Post it outside of peak times, more chance.

    4. teneighty
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Almost impossible to get answers close to the deadline with the pages flying.

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

      Ask away. You've got our undivided attention now.

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

    PENS DOWN!

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

    Goodluck lads captained son

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

    Calvert Lewin captain it is... 😮

  9. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    ⚽ Team News 📰
    LEI: Schmeichel, Justin, Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, Iheanacho, Mendy, Maddison, Gray, Ndidi, Vardy
    Subs: Ward, Fuchs, Morgan, Barnes, Choudhury, Albrighton, Tielemans, Praet, Pérez

    BHA: Ryan, Webster, Dunk, Burn, Lamptey, Mooy, Mac Allister, Stephens, Bissouma, Connolly, Maupay
    Subs: Button, Montoya, Duffy, Schelotto, Groß, March, Pröpper, Trossard, Murray

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

      phew vardy is in

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Barnes ;(

  10. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    10 seconds late to see my man Barnes is not starting. Real FPL boys and girls, real FPL. I pray the fantasy gods now that he will stat benched 🙁

    1. Mike2795647
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Fingered crosses, I knew I should have got shot of him for Traore

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

      I saw your last message, wasnt sure if you were celebrating selling him?

      1. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        no, i was hoping he starts. last minute wrong call. I need to stop doing these last-minute switches. they never go right. also, maquire is hugely owned I should just protect the rank

  11. Duke Silver ☑
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Anyone else go with Son captain?

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

      Me!

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

      Good choice

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

      Yes here last minute switch from jimi & vardy

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Same. Bounced around a bit but landed on Son. Please let him reward us.

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

      Moi

    5. Animo et Fide
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

    6. jason_ni
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      With Son, hes not that highly owned, so any haul will be good even as a non capper.

    7. HashAttack
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Think he got a red card and -ve points last time I captained him

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

        That game won my head to head where only possible way I win was a son red. Good times

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

      Yep

    9. Garth Marenghi
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Almost

  12. dark91
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Went with Ri(c)harlison. Shouldn't be worse than Aguero (C) last DGW

    1. JabariParkersEyelid
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Same, time to pray.

      • TomSaints
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I got Richarlison over Pogba. Super nervous

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Gone for this on Free Hit, thoughts?

      Martinez
      TAA | Robertson | Lascelles
      Salah (C) | Son | Martial | Traore
      Kane (VC) | Vardy | Jota

      Button | Cantwell | Jack Robinson | Ngakia

      Thanks

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

        Good team.

        Robbo fit?

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Trained as normal apparently, took a few risks

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

      No Barnes

      Vardy starts

      1. Moose™
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Lets go!!! I dont know who my captain is.. Bruno or Vardy.. Lol!

    4. Moose™
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      GG.. No Salah, Son, Rashford.. Im going down am I? Hahq

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

        Who do u own?!

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

        I went no Salah or Rashford. I think Liverpool struggle v palace and lose at city

    5. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      FPL_Subscribe on Twitter said Barnes would start and he's benched. Ignore the fraud and report him!

      1. GOTHAM City F.C.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        tsk yes, trusted that, but dropped barnes anyway

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

          I don't own but it's just silly people lie about team news

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

            We know that people do it, if its not FPL_Rockstar, just ignore it is the best advice I can give.

            There is usually all manner of BS being spouted on twitter and here before deadline.

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

              Yup, Rockstar is the only one I trust.

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

        He used to be so reliable.
        Very disappointed

    6. Chenku╰☆╮
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Barnes C fail

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

      No Barnes, unfollowing that guy right away.

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

        Unfollowed already. I kept Barnes after seeing his tweet.

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

      I can now confirm the correct answers to this weeks quiz were:

      Bergwijn & Salah

    9. Bubz
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I thought Barnes was meant to be starting? FECKKK

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

        I ripped my WC team up last minute to bring him in.

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

      Who’s on your bench,

      Sarr
      Alonso
      Taylor
      McCarthy

      Seems a lot of cash when it looks like that?

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

        Good start then Barnes out Sarr in 🙂

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

        Martin, Greenwood, Femenia, 3.9m DF

      3. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Leno, Egan ,Basham and Nketiah.

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

        Foster, Alonso, Fernandez and Saka

    11. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Oh good. No Barnes. Fantastic start.

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

      Pens down

    13. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      vardy party?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Hoping so

      2. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Yes! Looking forward to the ‘OMG Vardy’ already!

    14. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      PANTS DOWN

    15. Chenku╰☆╮
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Screw you FPL subscribe

    16. Brakos2k
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      No Barnes...

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

      Swapped mount to Barnes last minute fs

      Great WC start

      Watch son and aurier benched next

    18. Tomerick
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      3206 in the world right now. My personal best is 9000 something and imposter syndrome is setting in. How’s this team looking?

      Pope
      TAA, Doherty, Boly, Fernandez
      Salah, KDB, Bruno, Barnes
      Rashford, Jimenez

      McCarthy, Lascelles, Cantwell, Giroud

      1. Jam0sh
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Giroud 😀

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

          I mean he’s scored in 3 of his last 4 games but sure he was a bit of a relic of pre-COVID when Tammy was injured.

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

        Not a great start with Barnes

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

          Haha yeah but I expect him to get some minutes.

    19. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Barnes doesnt start lol. That guy from twitter lost credibility.

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

        Unfollowed