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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. Valar(Keith)
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    I've suddenly ended up with Antonio and Alonso in my team 🙂 (Aurier and Alli OUT). Differential ally

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      GL! 🙂

  2. The SK
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    To buy SALAH or not to buy?
    What’s the general concensus on his prospect until end of season?

    1. JJeyy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      3 days rest a bit concerning

      1. Hitmonlee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        He’s an elite athlete that doesn’t drink.
        3 days rest is fine and he will have a point to prove.
        Great underlying stats too

    2. Hitmonlee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Hold if you have him. Not sure I’d look to buy.
      He’s my captain this week though

    3. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Going for Golden Boot so he will want as much game time as possible I'd say. 🙂

  3. KANTEnders
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Start :
    1) greenwood
    2) Foden

    Captain :
    A) Bruno
    B) mane
    C) mahrez

    Cheers!

    1. Sead’s Colossal Snatc…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 11 days ago

      1A

      I think Foden is more likely to be benched, and can’t ignore Utd for captaincy IMO.

      1. Sead’s Colossal Snatc…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Can’t decide between Martial or Bruno though. Or Salah!

    2. linkafu
        1 month, 11 days ago

        1B

      • DannyD
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        1A!

    3. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Pope
      VVD, Saiss, AWB
      KDB, Bruno, Pulisic, Salah
      DCL, Vardy, Jimenez

      McCarthy, Cantwell, Lascelles, Williams (Man U)

      0FT, 1.6ITB.

      G2G or is there a Hit that I need to do?

      Cheers

    4. FDMS All Starz
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Worth getting rid of Bruno with the training injury news? No value tied up

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Sounds fake to me

      2. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        fake news mate.

        1. Hitmonlee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Might be fake news but Ole did say he had some players with a knock. That certainly isn’t fake. Just a case of speculation as to who that is.

      3. FDMS All Starz
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Cheers guys

    5. Mikha In A Tutu
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      If you could get one player in for this gameweek who would it be?

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Maybe Rashford or Stirling?

      2. Hitmonlee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Toss up between Pulisic and Mahrez.

        I’ve gone for captain America

    6. LIARS POKER
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Mane or Bruno captain?

      Currently on Mane

    7. gers23
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      How my looking?

      Ederson

      TAA Maguire Seiss

      Kdb Mount Traore Bruno(c)

      Auba Jiminez Rashford

      Leno Cantwell Lascelles Lund

    8. Hits from the Bong
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Okay here?

      Pope
      TAA Doherty AWB
      Salah(c) KDB Son Bruno
      Jimenez Ings Greenwood

      Martin Fernandez Davis Simpson

      1. gers23
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Great team

    9. wonkeydonkey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      On WC this week so who is the best cheap def for GW34+ BB. Will sit 3rd on my bench so unlikely to play again:
      A) Diop (Burnley)
      B) Kiko F (Norwich)
      C) Holgate (Southampton) - I'll be playing Ings

      Any other alternatives??? Have £4.3m to spend

    10. RohanVaswani
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Willain or Pulisic?

      1. Hansel
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Puli

    11. hawkeyes
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      A) Vardy + Willian
      B) Kane + Foden
      C) Greenwood + Sterling

      1. gers23
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        A this week imo

    12. Smurf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      On Freehit.

      Correct bench order?

      1st - Connolly (nor)
      2nd - Taylor (SHU)
      3rd - Diop (new)

      1. gers23
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Yeah I'd say so

    13. Hotdogs
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Choose one to play on a FH (4-5-1 except for E)

      A) Doherty (ARS)
      B) Laporte (sou)
      C) Mee (SHU)
      D) Azpilicueta (WAT)
      E) Nketiah (wol)

      1. gers23
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        A

    14. King Kun Ta
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Pick Fernandez of C. Taylor on WC? Or other 4.6 defender?

      Ta and GL lads!

      1. gers23
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Taylor

    15. ddfc
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Got a horrible selection dilemma... I wanna play Foden but who do I drop??

      Pope

      AWB / VVD / Doherty

      Salah / Bruno / Mahrez / Pulisic

      Greenwood / Kane / Jimenez

      Bench: Button / Foden / Lamptey / Holgate

      1. Hansel
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Greenwood only option

        1. ddfc
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Is it mad to drop Jim?

          1. gers23
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            I wouldn't drop Jimi. Arsenal defence will struggle tonight imo

    16. Hansel
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Start Foden or DCL?

      1. Puzzle
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        I'd be ery tempted by Foden.

      2. ddfc
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Defo Foden

      3. gers23
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Foden

      4. Hansel
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Cheers, punting on Foden then!

    17. HD7
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      A)Son to Mahrez
      B) DCL to Gayle

      *one week punt

      1. Hansel
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        A

      2. gers23
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        A

    18. Puzzle
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      DCL -> Connoly (4,2) and Son -> Salah for -4?

    19. Raging wildcard
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Traore + Ings > Mahrez + Greenwood (-4)

        Is it worth it? I'm expecting Mahrez to get a fair few starts and City to have a strong finish but reluctant to take a hit

      • fantasydan
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        My mini-league leader and myself have Fernandes, and I believe they will captain him this week.

        They don't have Salah. Should I bring in Salah and captain him or play safe and captain Fernandes?

        Cheers

        1. gers23
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Many points is in it?

          1. fantasydan
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            About 80

      • Pickle juice
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        dcl to ASM for a hit

        Yah or nay

      • what's my name
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        lads pls , play :
        a. jota
        b. f. fernandez

        thx

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Jota explosive but gets tugged off

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Is there a better week to use TC now or later?

        1. linkafu
            1 month, 11 days ago

            City Bournemouth

        2. The Mighty I
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          On a WC, anything need addressing?

          Pope Button
          VVD Doherty Taylor Holgate Diop
          Salah Sterling Mahrez Bruno Foden
          Kane Greenwood Nketiah

        3. linkafu
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Help neded here

            A Pope Taylor

            B Henderson Robinson

            Burnley are without in form forward against the third best defense in PL

            But Pope looks like a no brainer..

            1. Weasel Boy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              probably A cos they play at home but wouldn't be surprised by a 0-0

          • KUNingas
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Son, Guendouzi, DCL -> Mahrez, Pulisic, Greenwood (-4)? Or Nketiah instead?

          • Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            I'm on a WC and with all these Rumours about UTD players, would I be safer with
            Martial and Greenwood instead of Rash and Bruno?

          • DAVESAVES
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            DDG
            TAA Saiss Robinson
            Salah Bruno(C) KDB Mahrez
            Rashford Jimenez DCL

            3.9 Aurier Hayden Lascelles

            1FT 1.3itb

            A. Save
            B. Hayden > Foden and bench DCL

          • ChickenTikkaMoSalah
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Martial or Bruno captain?