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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Gameweek 33+

You’ve got to think for yourselves. You’re all individuals. You’re all different.

– Brian, The Life of Brian

The concept of the template has come under the microscope ahead of Gameweek 33+. But with managers agonising over differential transfers, Pro Pundits Simon and Andy reminded us that our teams – however template they may appear – are wonderfully unique.

Welcome to the Fantasy Football Scout Guide to Gameweek 33+.

An 11:30am BST deadline begins a sequence of Saturday-Tuesday cutoffs in FPL, as the season-end draws ever closer. 

Indeed with six Gameweeks to go, transfer decisions assume a greater importance for many:

Anyone I buy now will have to be justified as someone I am happy to have in my team until the end of the season.

— Pro Pundit Ash

No pressure then.

Conscious that home advantage was largely nullified in the Bundesliga, Pro Pundit Ash is treating the fixture ticker with caution. Although a reduction in home victories from 44.8 per cent to 41.7 suggests that Premier League teams still benefit from familiar surroundings.

Perhaps of greater significance will be the quickfire turnaround times between games, as rest periods between matches vary significantly. Pro Pundit Zophar was on the case this week, revisiting the findings he shared over the busy festive period.

Recent research has shown that muscle injury risk increases by almost 20% when recovery time is reduced from six to three days.

– The British Journal of Sports Medicine

So who are the winners and losers in the scheduling lottery?

Manchester United have the most favourable timetable, with Wolves the other victors.

Man City and Liverpool, in contrast, have particularly compressed schedules, while Everton and Spurs fare worst of all.

Bournemouth were absolutely terrible, they made Jonjo Shelvey look like Iniesta.

– Lee Bonfield, Scoutcast

Things are looking good for Man United. Not only the best rest periods between fixtures but an enticing encounter against Bournemouth to start things off. The question recently has not been whether to triple up on Man United assets, but rather which three should we buy?

Anthony Martial is the best pick according to United-fan Andy. The Frenchman has averaged 5.7 points per match this season, and David even selected him as his captain in the Scout Picks.

Writing in his regular Captain Sensible article, David revealed that Martial’s underlying numbers mark him out as the best candidate from the quintet of United attacking options (Fernandes, Rashford, Greenwood, and Pogba the other four).

The out-of-position midfielder averages a shot every 31.4 minutes and a big chance every 62.8 minutes, putting him ahead of his teammates.

However, there’s a split in the Fantasy Football Scout boardroom.

Still reeling from his last minute decision to switch the armband from Bruno Fernandes to Marcus Rashford before the Gameweek 32+ deadline, Neale is adamant he will select the Portuguese on this occasion.

His mind was made up when Fernandes was withdrawn early against Brighton, ensuring he is rested for this weekend’s encounter.

But TheFantasyFreÆK fears Neale could be setting himself up for further disappointment:

Will Fernandes continue to outscore Rashford and Martial? I would think the Brighton game was the exception rather than a new norm – past trends show that Rashford and Martial will be involved more regularly which is why I’m hesitant on putting the armband on a Man United asset this week fearing that points might be spread.

– TheFantasyFreÆK 

All three main attacking assets are included in the Gameweek 33+ Scout Picks

An alternative for the armband, if you find choosing between the Red Devils too dicey, would be Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mané.

Comments on Friday from Jurgen Klopp suggest Liverpool will be fielding a strong side against Aston Villa, who have tightened up defensively since the restart. But as David pointed out, that might count for little at Anfield on Sunday:

Facing a stiff defence is not always an issue for the Liverpool pair, Salah’s 11-point haul against a supposedly resolute Crystal Palace side in Gameweek 31+ proves that point perfectly.

– David

The Egyptian has seven goals and one assist across his last six home league matches.

Despite their compressed schedule, Manchester City have an appealing fixture run. Although picking the right players to take advantage of it is unlikely to be straightforward.

Kevin De Bruyne, following his recent exertions, is not included in Neale’s predicted line-up for the trip to Southampton. Whereas a midweek rest sees Riyad Mahrez handed a place in the Scout Picks XI. The Algerian has attacking returns in every match he has started since Gameweek 30+.

Another City player who is again being talked up is Phil Foden. Pro Pundit Tom Freeman was ahead of the curve when he picked out the Man City youngster as a differential back in Gameweek 29 and he is considering him now as a fifth midfielder.

Whilst many see Foden as a no 8 and David Silva’s long-term replacement, his versatility is appealing. We’ve seen him through the middle, coming in off the right against Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup final, and now on the left against Burnley.

– Tom Freeman

Among his three differential picks this Gameweek, Tom selects Allan Saint-Maximin. The elite FPL manager notes that the upturn in the Frenchman’s form has coincided with Steve Bruce’s decision to switch from a defensive 5-4-1 system to a more attacking 4-2-3-1 in Gameweek 28. 

Although when it comes to making transfers, Pro Pundit Simon March challenges the idea of template and differential. He argues that if you consider the specific combination of players in your team you’ll discover that it’s essentially unique, no matter how highly-owned the individuals are. 

However complicated we make FPL, it ultimately still comes down to picking the players who will score the most points. There is a potential benefit to a good differential, but it’s important to ask yourself; are they ‘good’, and not just ‘different’. Will they really outscore the more popular alternatives?

– Simon March

A player who is both good and different is 8.0%-owned Christian Pulisic. The American has impressed since the restart and did so again at the London Stadium on Wednesday night.

While the Chelsea winger is challenging for a precious midfield slot in our FPL squads, one player who has failed to live up to recent expectations is forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin. 

Three successive blanks is testing the patience of his loyal ownership – the Everton striker still features in 10 of the 12 squads among The Great and The Good –  but David suggests that their patience could be a virtue: 

The recent obliging nature of Spurs’ defence, which has conceded 31 shots in the box over the last four matches, could offer some last hope for Dominic Calvert-Lewin owners.

– David
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2,361 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Super Saints
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Apologies to all the Bruno cappers in advance!

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Come on
      I thought you were on Mane !
      😀

      1. Super Saints
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        I switched last minute because that always works out so well!

  2. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    TC Salah gang ?

    0/

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Me

  3. Berbs
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    So who did y'all captain in the end

    1. Kno
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      The Salad

    2. Ask Yourself
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Bruno of course. Will be fired up with something to prove after that altercation with Pogba

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        😆

    3. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Macolm Martial

    4. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Portuguese Magician

    5. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Salah

    6. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Had Rashford all week and changed to Salah 5 mins pre lockout

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Same

    7. POLSKA GOLA
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Last minute swap from Martial to Salah

    8. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      TC Salah 0/

    9. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Martial Art

    10. Dash4
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Martial

    11. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Decent stuff fellas good luck, see y'all at 3pm

      Ain't got time to watch Norwich bruv

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        I doubt even Norwich and Brighton fans are watching that.

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 7 days ago

          That's rude
          I'm going to watch
          Either enjoyment
          Or a nice nap 😛

    12. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Salah

    13. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Mo

    14. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Willian

    15. La Roja
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Algerian Messi

    16. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Salah, undoubtedly continuing my run of the worst captaining season ever.

    17. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Martial

    18. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Bruno as I expect United to score 4 and Bruno to get at least 2 attacking returns. Salah VC ...

    19. Iceball
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Salah. Last minute changes from Bruno

    20. Gunner Boy
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Sala

      1. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        He died unfortunately in plane crash 🙁

    21. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      The Egyptian

  4. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Was gonna start Duda but benched him in the end.

    Cue Duda goal on 24th minute.

    1. Ask Yourself
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      It’s annoying when the players I bench score. But especially when it’s the 24th minute

      1. Reg83
        1 month, 7 days ago

        why 24th minute?

        1. Luton_Fan
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Tumbleweed woooosh

    2. Dash4
      1 month, 7 days ago

      We can come back to this in 58 minutes

    3. JJO
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      You meant 34th min?

  5. Reg83
    1 month, 7 days ago

    cmon bruno (c)

  6. JustPark
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Norwich given up, haven't they? Those seagulls definitely shifting all over the place.

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Deeney [C]

    2. Gomolon
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      I wish you were a commentator

  7. Sancidino
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    If I wasn't on WC would have TC Bruno for sure... Anyone did?

    1. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      No

  8. pkrjoe
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Let’s go Martial! One time!!

  9. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Pope
    TAA VVD Doherty Saiss
    Salah KDB Fernandes Martial Pulisic
    Rashford

  10. Amey
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Finally have United triple up 😀
    Pretty excited to watch game later in the evening.
    Rashford Bruno AWBeast

    1. Gomolon
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Nice! I miss the days when I could safely double/triple up on Chelsea - enjoy it! I've gone for AWB Bruno and Greenwood 🙂

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Mason 🙂
        Nice

    2. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Triple attack for me inc Bruno(c). Say a little prayer for me Amey.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        I think we need to say prayer for Bournemouth tonight Sir 😀
        If United get in full flow, 5/6 goals are not out of question at all

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Maybe, but my natural reluctance to be over-optimistic in these situations is a self-defence mechanism. I fully expect to see a reaction from Bournemouth after their capitualation v Newcastle. 2-0 for me.

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Ha ha
            Leicester form is getting to your FPL moral too !
            Bdw what happened mate ??
            Tanks empty ??
            What happened to Leicester is something beyond my thinking tbh.

            I think Maddison form dip is costing you guys. Becoming one trick pony without his creativity IMHO

            1. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Yes - it's all gone tits up. Maddison is injured again and Palace are a bogey side. I fear a 0-1 with a Hodgson masterclass and PVA goal.
              A few weeks ago I predicted to my daughter's season ticket holding man that the last game of the season v MUN would be the decider. I am now resigned to 3rd/4th positions being beyond us. Vardy is getting no service.

              1. Amey
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 7 days ago

                He looks fit now
                Only needs service from midfield.
                I think United will takeover you guys in the table

      2. Gomolon
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Bruno captain here too - got Pulisic in as I wildcarded

    3. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Greenwood hattrick incoming tho :p

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Wouldn't mind that at all 🙂

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Same

    4. Firminoooo
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      I have Bruno(C), Martial and Greenwood.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Nice
        Attacking triple up.
        I'm counting on AWB assist now

    5. kopite65
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      had ddg, bruno rashford since w/c

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Cool

      2. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        I went for Bruno, Martial, Rash. Rash is the one I am not happy about.

  11. Holmes
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Let's go Greenwood 😎

    1. Essential
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      😎

    2. Firminoooo
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      +1

    3. wulfranian
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      captain?

      1. Holmes
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Nah, not that maverick

    4. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Jeez
      Don't tell me Holmes you used your English spot for Greenwood 😮

      1. Holmes
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Just for 1 week, will get someone else on WC.

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Good luck !

  12. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 7 days ago

    I can’t stop thinking about bringing big Troy Deeney in for next week

    1. wulfranian
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Nice differential.

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Hope he buys you dinner first.

    3. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Same

  13. SuperMane Returns
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Noises around Thiago Alcantara going to Liverpool.

    1. Bun Rab L4D3
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      For 30m which would be a steal.

  14. Right In The Stanchion
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Let’s have a yes or no poll who think Bruno and Pogba are both injured.

    Go

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      LoL

    2. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      No

  15. Right In The Stanchion
    1 month, 7 days ago

    New page

    Let’s have a yes or no poll who think Bruno and Pogba are both injured.

    Go

    1. Right In The Stanchion
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Fail

    2. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      ...

    3. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Try again 😉

    4. Ginkapo FPL
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Fail

    5. Gomolon
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      It's been proven to be a fake story from the website "Soccer on Saturday" - they do spoof articles which are really funny, no idea why the Mirror believed it

      1. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        To get clicks

        1. Tempestic
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          They've taken it down now as well

  16. The Dance
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    What on earth did i do last minute putting Jesus in! Lol

    Henderson
    TAA - Azpi - VVD
    Martial (vc) - Mahrez - Salah (c) - Pulisic - Bruno
    Rashford - Jesus

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      I have him too, I predict that he will score at least one goal before the end of the season.

      1. The Dance
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        I hope so man! 🙂

      2. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        That is bold!!!

        1. The Dance
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Agreed

  17. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Come on update

    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      It heard you

    2. vityovics
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Update what?

  18. Abraham & Cheese
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Is it worth holding on to Liverpool players? What do they still have to play for?

    I was really close to selling Salah this week after their 4-0 defeat, as I didn't think Pool still had much to play for now that they have won. I'm really glad I didn't now that I read the FFS articles.

    But one thing I still don't understand: now that the EPL title is wrapped up, why isn't Klopp resting his stars like Salah, Mane, TAA etc. to prevent injuries, which seem to be occurring more frequently since the restart?

  19. Luton_Fan
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Game Updated!!!!!

  20. Dont give a fuchs
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Updated

  21. Ginkapo FPL
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Yes or no

    Will Jamie Vardy ever party again?

  22. Dont give a fuchs
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Expected GW score for below leads

    Ryan
    TAA Gomez Walker
    Pulisic Martial Mahrez Salah (vc) Fernandes (c)
    Jimenez Rashford

    3.9 Maupay Pieters Lascelles

  23. Pépé sur le P…
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Oh that's just great. I have the Last of the Summer Wine theme tune stuck in my head.

  24. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    updated

  25. AC Yew
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Nobody in my league got Salah. Come on Salah (C) need a hat trick!!!

  26. fish&chips
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Willian owners, your in luck. my country leader who I've been trying to chase down for months and who also happens to be the most insanely lucky FPL player I've ever seen has put the armband on him so a haul is imminent.

    If you don't believe me, this guy captained lundstram for his famous 21 pointer.

    1. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      You're*

    2. Pépé sur le P…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      What country?

      1. fish&chips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Cambodia

  27. Right In The Stanchion
    1 month, 7 days ago

    The Mail and Mirror both said Bruno and Pogba were injured. OGS said there were a few injuries. I had better not have been duped

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Shaw & Matic will be rested i guess
      Williams & McTomnay coming in.
      Nothing more than that

  28. TakingTheMkhi
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Captained Mo. My ML has captained Bruno. I am already regretting this!! 🙂

    1. TakingTheMkhi
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      *ML rival that should say

  29. Be Water
    1 month, 7 days ago

    I played my bench boost this week...

    Pope
    Doherty TAA Fernandez
    KDB Fernandes (c) Martial (vc) Son
    Jimenez Kane Greenwood

    Bench: Patricio Aurier Lascelles Foden

    Had this week in mind for BB for a while but wasn't expecting Foden to play 90 v Liverpool. Ah well, what will be will be...

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

      Risky to BB this GW. I'm expecting a couple of my stating XI to be rested and my benchees to step up anyway. Mind you, the next GWs come thick and fast too, so I expect this will be the norm until the end.

      1. Be Water
        1 month, 7 days ago

        It's a nightmare trying to figure out starters with this number of games coming and Liverpool and City both having nothing to play for.

  30. Kaiser123
    1 month, 7 days ago

    My ML rival who is 45 points behind has FHbwith Salah Capt. I have TC Salah. I'm keeping my FH. I'm not sure who will be more pissed me or him.