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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. MadFinCha
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Mount or Foden to bring in. Have no Chelsea but have KDB

    1. Herculeez
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Mount this week, Foden going forward

  2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    C Salah or Bruno?

    1. Longlatini
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Salah

    2. Cricket_Badger
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Salah if chasing.

    3. Dele
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Salah

    4. _Ninja_
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Mo

    5. johnnymorrocco
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      both

  3. Releasebreaks
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    A - Doherty (ars) Saiss (ars)
    B - Doherty (ars) Egan (bur)

    Which one to go? double 'wolves defence ? or Doherty Egan ?

    1. MadFinCha
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I'd go A

    2. Cricket_Badger
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      A. Saiss good set piece threat v Arsenal

    3. JustPark
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Wolves better form.

  4. LLoris
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 1 day ago

    1.Get Mahrez in for Son
    2. Start Foden instead of Saiss

    1. MadFinCha
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Yes
      Yes

  5. johnnymorrocco
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Guys. WC week. Can 't decide on with Salah or Without. A or B?

    (A) (B)
    Pope BUR Pope BUR
    Martínez ARS Martínez ARS

    Lascelles NEW Ritchie NEW
    Wan-Bissaka MUN Wan-Bissaka MUN
    Williams LIV Alexander-Arnold LIV
    Digne EVE Digne EVE
    Saïss WOL Jonny WOL

    Foden MCI Foden MCI
    Salah LIV Willian CHE
    De Bruyne MCI De Bruyne MCI
    Martial MUN Martial MUN
    Fernandes MUN Fernandes MUN

    Connolly BHA Nketiah ARS
    Kane TOT Kane TOT
    Jiménez WOL Jiménez WOL

  6. Champ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Ok, I’m going to say this now and then run and hide under the stairs

    His last 5 games included vs:

    United
    Leicester
    Liverpool
    Chelsea

    Despite this, for that period he was still
    joint 2nd striker for shots on target
    joint 1st striker for shots inside the box

    His final 5 games are to include:

    Bournemouth
    Sheffield
    Villa
    Southampton

    And he’s now available for the cut price of 6.4!

    Go on...do it...dee sea elle

    1. Cricket_Badger
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Thanks for this. Still have him but benching him for Greenwood this week. Not confident on it though

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

      I have him and he ain't shown any signs of improving. Last chance then out,

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      It's the good stats that are making me hold. Let's hope he converts on them.

    4. Tempestic
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Yeh but he also had Norwich when I captained him and he blanked so I’m fuming at him.. last chance saloon

    5. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Ahhh, my namesake...On my radar, no doubt.

  7. Garlana
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Current team, pool heavy..hoping they go all I on villa:

    Martinez
    Taa, Lascellas*, Doherty
    Mane, Salah(c), kdb, martial, Bruno
    Greenwood, Jimi

    Button, holgate, nketia, kiko

    Should I be overly concerned about rotation? It's my main worry this week.

    1. Cricket_Badger
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I'd be a tad worried with KDB as well but I think all 3 will see some minutes (KDB the least of the 3) but Holgate and Nketiah decent bench cover

  8. TAT
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Get Rahford or Greenwood?

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

      Rashy

      1. TAT
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        That's probably the safe move, but if chasing, could Greenwood be worth it?

    2. Muscout
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Rash

        1. TAT
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I'm chasing though, so could Greenwood be worth considering instead?

    3. Lignja
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      2ft 0.0m itb

      Pope
      Taa, Doherty, Saiss, Lascales
      Kdb, Salah, Son, Fernandes
      Vardy, Jimenez

      Martin, Holgate, Guendouzi, Connolly

      A. Keep Vardy one more week burn ft
      B. Vardy, Guendouzi to Greenwood, Martial
      C. Vardy, Guendouzi to Greenwood, Mahrez

    4. Judders
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Auba and ASM > Greenwood and Mahrez?

      1. Judders
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        For a -4. Will give me power 5 mid of KDB, Martial (c), Fernandes, Son & Mahrez

    5. The Senate
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      3 questions:
      (A) is the Bruno rumour as much tabloid bullsheet as it seems?
      (B) good to bank FT? (0.4ITB)
      (C) Bench correct?

      Ederson
      Doherty AWB Egan
      Sterling KDB Bruno Mount
      Rash Jimi Ings
      (McCarthy - Donck Aurier Stephens)

      1. Judders
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        nice team mate. I'd bank the FT

      2. Jambot
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Bank and swap aurier and donk bench slots

    6. Lindelol
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Mane(c) anyone??

      1. Longlatini
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Possible, him or Salah for me, Liverpool to bounce back by giving Villa a proper thrashing, any points from Bruno a bonus

      2. Garlana
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Massive differential captain, he's been sold by alot and most seem to be calling Salah here.

      3. Stram Dunk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Here

      4. Pipermaru
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Great choice!

    7. The Yorkshire Pirlo
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      What to go with on a FH?

      A) Double City mids - Sterling/Mahrez

      B) Double ‘pool mids - Salah/Mane

      1. Visionaries
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I'm also on FH and have Salah, Mahrez & KDB.
        Reckon KDB is rested?

        1. The Yorkshire Pirlo
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Hmm yeah everyone’s put me off him 🙁 could massively backfire if he plays though...

    8. BellyKlopp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Start Taylor (SHU) or lascelles (WHU)?

      1. PascalCygan
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Taylor

    9. AD2110
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      ML rival is 40 points ahead and using his TC on Bruno (I think).

      We both have Bruno and Salah.

      Do I risk it and captain Salah, or reduce the damage and captain Bruno?

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

        Go for salah - it's a risk worth taking

      2. MattysFantasyFooty
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        I’d go Salah regardless if I had both

      3. Cech's Magic Hat
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Gamble!

      4. Pipermaru
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        It's unlikely for a player to have massive scores two weeks in a row, that's how it is if you check history of any of them, I would go for Salah.

    10. Muscout
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Martinez
        TAA, Doherty, Lascelles
        Salah (c), KDB, Martial, Bruno
        Rash, Jimi, DCL

        Martin, Guendouzi, Kiko, Simpson

        1 FT, 1.5m itb

        G2g and save transfer or replace DCL with someone up to 8M?

      • Oggle22
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        1ft 1.3m itb and BB remaining
        G2G
        Henderson
        TAA Saiss Egan
        Salah KDB Martial Bruno Traore
        Jota Rashford

        Martin Aurier Connolly Lundstarm

        Captain dilemma and debating Traore to foden

      • Alli
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Start 1
        A. Foden
        B. Saiss
        C. Lascelles
        D. Ayew

        1. MattysFantasyFooty
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          A

        2. PascalCygan
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Foden/Lascelles, with Saiss first bench in case Lascelles isn't fit?

      • PascalCygan
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        A) Lascelles to C Taylor
        B) Son to Mahrez
        C) Both
        D) Son & Guendouzi > Mahrez & ASM
        E) Other

        2FT 0.1ITB
        De Gea
        TAA Doherty Justin Lascelles*
        Salah (c) KdB Bruno (vc) Son
        Rashford Jimenez

        (Martin / Nketiah Holgate Guendouzi)

        Thanks!

      • KUNingas
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Greenwood (blocks AWB move later) or Nketiah?

      • MattysFantasyFooty
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Correct order for bench right?

        Saka Saiss Nketiah

        1. Tempestic
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Saiss first imo, more chance of a clean sheet then saka has of attacking returns

        2. OptimusBlack
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Yes

      • Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Last minute checks.. Am I G2G?

        DDG

        Trent - Doherty - Aurier

        Fernandes - Salah (c) - Pulisic - KDB

        Ings - Jimmy - Rashford

        Bench: Hendo, Saiss, Fernanez, Hayden

      • Tshelby
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Kinda late to the party here.. Any advise?

        Still have all my chips..
        1FT/0.9 ITB

        DDG, Button
        TAA, Doherty, Soyuncu, Aurier, Kiko
        Salah, KdB, Grealish, Fernandes, Hayden
        Ings, Jimi, Rashford

      • ChuckN
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        32 pts clear in my cash league and itching to take a hit and spend the 3.6 ITB. Hold fire or sell Aurier/DCL???

        DDG
        TAA Doc Aurier
        Salah Mahrez Bruno Martial Pulisic
        Jimi DCL

        Martin Nketiah Lascelles Kiki

        1. Pipermaru
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I would hold on to DCL, have a feeling he will come back with a bang soon. Don't see a point to take hits with that team, it's perfectly fine.

      • jimmy.floyd
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Play DCL or Aurier?

        1. ChuckN
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I'm currently on both but leaning DCL with Spurs rubbish performance last GW.

        2. Jambot
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I think you have to play DCL really

      • Aladdin Sané
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        A) Son to Mahrez
        B) Son + Saka to Pulisic + Antonio/Foden
        C) Son, Saka + DCL to Mahrez, Pulisic + Greenwood (-4)

        1. ChuckN
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          A

        2. KUNingas
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          C! Would you play Mason?

      • jblakes
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 1 day ago

        What would ppl do with Lloris aurier and son? All three in my side and spurs look terrible

      • DAZZ
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Is it worth benching DCL (tot) for Foden (sou) and Taylor (SHU) ?

        1. Superhoops
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I've got all 3 and currently benching Foden - but now having doubts

      • corderz
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        4m defender bench fodder:

        A) Jack Robinson
        B) Lamptey
        C) Neco Williams

      • Ejaaz11
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Any changes to this team?
        playing my FH 0.9 ITB

        Pope
        VVD, Azpli, Mee
        Martial, (S)alah, Mahrez, Bruno, Pulisic
        Kane Greenwood

        the rest is bench fodder