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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Gameweek 36+

Welcome to the Fantasy Football Scout Guide to Gameweek 36+. Today’s deadline is at 19:15 BST – still time to consider those all important transfer and captaincy decisions.

Following a Gameweek in which many differential options scored well, managers are on the lookout for the next opportunity to help them climb the ranks.

The two outstanding bets appear to be a flutter on the Pep Roulette or a fired-up Chelsea against an already-relegated Norwich City.

A total of six players from these teams feature in the Scout Picks.

Pep Roulette

Since the restart, Manchester City have been creating by far the best chances of any Premier League side. Their expected goals total of 19.21 is way ahead of the second-best team for this statistic, Chelsea, on 12.73.

But we don’t need stats to tell us City are a good bet – the problem is picking the right player.

Joe stunned Az and Andy on the Scoutcast this week when the typically safe and unadventurous manager revealed he is looking to sign and captain David Silva.

And Joe is not alone in coveting El Mago.

Gran Canaria’s most successful footballing export is picked out by Pro Pundit Tom Freeman in his regular differentials piece. 

After being omitted from the starting line-up against Brighton, he is fancied to start against a Bournemouth side missing influential centre-back Nathan Aké

Since the restart, and bearing in mind he’s been limited to just four starts, Silva has had more opposition half touches than any other teammate. He also sits top for successful passes in the final third, and second for chances created and big chances created.

– Pro Pundit Tom Freeman

At under five per cent ownership, the Spanish playmaker looks to be this week’s standout differential.

However, in David’s Captain Sensible article, it’s the Brazilian Jesus who tops a number of key stats.

Over his last four matches, Az’s favourite player has taken 16 shots inside the box, including six big chances.

And while opponents Bournemouth have been better at the back in recent games than one might expect, that really shouldn’t put us off:

The four teams who have most recently faced Manchester City are all in the bottom half for this statistic, especially Brighton and Newcastle, whose xGC scores took a battering during a battle with Guardiola’s relentless attackers.

– David

Of course the big question is who will start for City?

As mentioned, David Silva is widely expected to be named in the starting XI but nothing is certain with Señor Guardiola.

To help us, site moderator Legomané has put together a useful colour-coded matrix:

Detailing the minutes played by each key asset, it gives us a clue about what we might expect against Bournemouth.

It’s also worth keeping in mind that following their outing against the Cherries on Wednesday, Pep’s troops have just two days rest before their important cup semi-final against Arsenal. A match in which the rotating Catalan is sure to name his strongest line-up.

Chelsea to bounce back?

Frank Lampard was fuming after his side’s defeat at Sheffield United.

They were better than us physically, in the mind and with the ball, so you lose the game. They were stronger than us. We don’t have crowds at the minute so you hear every voice and all I could hear was Sheffield United voices, so they were stronger in that sense.

– Frank Lampard

Fair to say we can expect a reaction against Norwich City.

And following Daniel Farke’s side’s capitulation at the hands of West Ham – and a delighted Michail Antonio in particular – the Blues are expected to profit.

Willian and Christian Pulisic would appear to offer the best routes into the Chelsea attack. David notes: 

If Willian is going to play, he seems the most complete Chelsea asset when weighed up across all the categories. He is the most creative, competes reasonably with Pulisic and the two forwards for shots in the box but gets bigger chances and is more accurate than the American.

– David

Managers could benefit from early team news ahead of today’s deadline, and that could bring Olivier Giroud or Tammy Abraham into the equation.

The pair have shared minutes since the restart. But a place in the first XI for either would surely mark them out as an enticing differential, albeit not one that would be a reliable starter for the remainder of the season.

And let’s not forget West Ham and Antonio. The out-of-position midfielder is thriving in the centre-forward’s role, and his promising underlying stats ahead of the Canaries clash persuaded well-known Scoutcasters to invest.

Greyhead was his usual puntastic-self in the latest installment of The Great and the Good. The chronicler of the FPL Rat Pack reported on the positive rank swings for Az and Andy, who both benefited from Antonio’s incredible haul. The Hammers’ talisman remains a differential at just 3.4 per cent ownership.

Scintillating Saints

Southampton scored the last goal of Gameweek 35+ to level the scores at Old Trafford. The Saints started strongly with Stuart Armstrong scoring the opening goal of the evening. 

But while the Scot has been putting in some excellent performances of late – producing attacking returns in four of his last six matches – the focus for many is on Danny Ings.

Still in the race for the Golden Boot – four goals behind Jamie Vardy – he has the backing of his manager Ralph Hasenhuttl. Speaking after the win over Watford in Gameweek 32+, the Saints boss enthused: 

I think anything is possible [with regards to the race for the Golden Boot]. We will play with him the last six games and then he will have six chances to score. If he gets the chance you can see how fantastic his finishing is at the moment. He seems fitter than ever. He was very hard working in the shutdown and that gives him now fantastic physical options.

– Ralph Hasenhuttl (speaking after victory over Watford in Gameweek 32+)

However, the demands of the fixture schedule is giving FPL managers pause for thought.

Pro Pundit Zophar updated us on the varying rest periods for Premier League teams in this latest offering. Southampton’s “harsh schedule” could make the six-time top 5,000 boss reconsider his planned move:

I was originally thinking of doing the Jamie Vardy to Ings move but the Saints’ congested schedule has me a bit worried. Ings has been a machine of late but his fitness issues in the past are well documented and will they possibly flare up again with matches so close? The Saints’ pressing style could suffer too with low recovery periods. Something to ponder.

– Pro Pundit Zophar

Vardy Party, Manchester Six and Misfiring Salah

Selling Jamie Vardy is a dilemma for many in the community.

Maximus Bonimus Pointimus sought opinion in a hot topic – Leicester’s fixtures and a number of first-team absentees could potentially see the Golden Boot leader shown the door.

Compared to Pep’s squad spinning, Ole Gunnar Solskjær is wonderfully reliable. The Norwegian named an unchanged side for the fifth game running against Southampton.

Although selecting the right three to own still requires some thought, with a number of options vying for a place in our squads. Pro Pundit Sam invited opinion on the ideal trio in the comments section.

Meanwhile, TheFantasyFreÆK shared his insights in his regular Gameweek review. Top of the agenda was just how unlucky Mohamed Salah-owners had been:

Salah recorded as many big chances as Sterling (two each) and in fact, fared better for shots in the box (four vs three) and minutes per expected goal involvement (66 vs 74).

– TheFantasyFreÆK

With impressive underlying stats – the Egyptian tallied eight shots in his previous outing against Brighton – Salah remains a contender for the captaincy.

Final checks

FPL relaunches with/without unlimited transfers for all managers

Don’t forget to check out the latest Team News and Predicted Line-ups brought to us by Neale and, as usual, G-Whizz has been kind enough to supply the best odds of a clean sheet.

Lastly, a heads up that the penultimate FPL deadline of the season is this coming Saturday at 16:30 BST.

Community Competitions

A full round-up of community competitions will follow this article.

The Head-to-Head leagues have been updated for Gameweek 35+, results and tables are currently showing on the main Head-to-Head page.

The fixtures for Gameweek 36+ are below:

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  1. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    START 1

    ALLISON
    ALEX MCCARTHY

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      McCarthy

      1. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Thanks and why?

  2. Muscout
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Who is more likely to start out of Giroud and Abraham?

    1. jomikijiq
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Giroud

  3. snowman
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    1.pulisic or
    2. sterling
    captain, first to 3 wins

    1. jomikijiq
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      2

    2. Jellyfish
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      2

    3. PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      2

    4. DARE TO BISCAN
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      2

    5. The Sociologist
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Sterling

    6. Genji3lade
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      1, Sterling too risky.

    7. Dele
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      2

    8. TimoTime
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Damn big love for Sterling, currently on him too but pooping my pants a bit

    9. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      1 if chasing, 2 if not

    10. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      2

  4. Strchld
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Mahrez > Dilva or Pulisic? Probably will captain whoever I pick.

  5. FPL Mentor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    RMT

    Pope
    Azpi AWB Doherty
    KDB Sterling Bruno (C) Martial
    Vardy Ings Deeney

    Button / Robinson / Lascelles / Guendouzi

    We good to go?.

    1. The Head-Ake
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Not sure about Deeney and Azpi tbf. KDB might be rested

    2. Rewenge
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      KDB a rest risk, and not sure why Deeney ahead of e.g. Giroud or a better 5th midfielder

  6. The Head-Ake
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    1) Martial and Ings
    2) Bruno and Giroud

    For GW 36and37

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      1

    2. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      2

    3. The Head-Ake
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Tie-breaker?

      1. Herculeez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        1

  7. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Pope
    Azpi, Digne, -----
    Sterling, Bruno, Pulisic, -----, -----
    Jesus, -----
    (martin; greenwood, saiss, lamptey)

    1) TAA, Willian, Dilva, Ings

    2) AWB, Salah, Foden, Giroud

    1. Steiger
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      1

    2. Silva’s Left Nut
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      1

  8. fuzzymike
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Tempted to TC Bruno against CRY, good or bad idea??

    1. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I am

      1. fuzzymike
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Are his minutes likely to be reduced with FA cup on weekend??

    2. bigdip
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Im thinking this as well

  9. JohannaAdams10
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Want to get Pulisic in but who to get rid of?

    Salah, De B, Foden, Fernandez or Martial

    1. Chucky
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      KDB

  10. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Play Cancelo and have Doherty first sub to be safe? 😀

    1. Chucky
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      on FH..

      1. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Oh yes do that

        1. Chucky
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          ta

    2. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Chucky how do you have Cancelo lol FH?

      1. Chucky
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        yep,he didn't start last game so it's very likely that he might start this one...

  11. T.Henry14
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    FH here

    A) Alonso + Bruno
    B) WBissaka + Willian

    Pope
    Azpili, Digne, ______
    Sterling, KDB, Pulisic, Antionio, ______
    Jesus, Ings

    1. slamdunk
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A if we hear early team news

  12. Lukakuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Team GTG? 1 FT

    Pope
    Virgil Digne Saiss
    Salah KDB Bruno Martial Pulisi(c)
    Ings Greenwood
    (Martinez - Vardy Taylor Lamptey)

  13. andymck
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Pick one, both for free:

    A) TAA + Mahrez > Taylor + Sterling
    B) Kdb + Mahrez > Pulisic + Sterling

    1. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A

    2. Lukakuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A

  14. NoSalah’d
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Is my team gtg?
      Pope
      TAA, Doherty, Taylor
      Mane, KDB (vc) Bruno (c), Pulisic, Antonio
      Jesus, Greenwood
      (Martinez, Jimenez, Lascelles, Robinson)

    • Ha.
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Captain Dalah or Dilva?

      1. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Dalah

    • Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Wonder what Pulisic's EO will be... 50-60%?

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Lower

    • BremerHB
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Which is better for this week on a FH:
      Digne or Doherty?

      1. Ha.
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Digne

    • Van der Faart
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Still struggling on this.

      A) Jimi to Ings
      B) Rash to Jesus, Jimi to Ings, Ederson to any keeper (-4)
      C) Salah to Sterling, Ederson to McCarthy (have KDB and Foden)

      Thanks

    • CelticBhoy1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Only thing about Pulisic captain is that he rarely hauls

      1. ElliotJHP
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        But that one hat trick is calling my name

      2. The Head-Ake
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        But will Sterling start?

      3. EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Early kick off too.

      4. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Antonio

    • TimoTime
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Chances of Sterling AND Jesus both starting?

      1. Dele
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        85%

        1. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 6 days ago

          I like your optimism

      2. Genji3lade
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Unlikely imo. He will choose one to start and that will be Jesus who he subbed off last game on 60 mins. Sterling to be benched and cameo

    • Thunder Warrior
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      captain Sterling or Puli?

      1. PLerix
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Sterling for me

      2. Dele
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        S

    • dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      If chasing down 44 point ML leader who I am sure is captaining Pulisic who would you captain ( I don’t think he owns any)

      A Foden
      B Sterling
      C Bruno

      1. DARE TO BISCAN
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        B

      2. Martial Matas
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Sterling

      3. Dannyb
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        B could be a gamechanger

    • Atwood
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      David Silva in a lot of FH teams. Seems a gamble in terms of minutes.

      1. BNMC
          2 months, 6 days ago

          He seems likely to start

      2. Gomolon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        With effective ownership in top 10k for KDB and Bruno at over 100% I'm basically required to captain one them if I don't want to drop rank, right?

        1. andymck
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Correct - e.g if their EO is 150% it means the average score goes up by 1.5 for every point they score so you'd still be falling behind if you own but don't captain.

          1. Gomolon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Thank you!! Bit of a shame, I would love to go Pulisic - looks like I'm going for Bruno then, the consensus seems to be KDB not starting

          2. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            its not correct

        2. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          You think those who capped Sterling or Antonio last week dropped in rank?

          1. Gomolon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            It's not every week a player scores a hat trick or better, to be fair

        3. Netley Lucas
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Wrong, if your cap beats them you do better.

          1. andymck
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Pretty sure he just meant in terms of that one player in isolation tbf

      3. HD7
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        G2G?

        Dea Gea
        Azpi(Alonso) Digne TAA
        Sterling - Bruno Foden Pulisic
        Jesus Ings

        1. HD7
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Sorry empty space is either Willian Martial Antonio or Salah 😀

          Havent decided yet

      4. DARE TO BISCAN
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Salah > Sterling (-4) and triple cap?

      5. Heiro
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Going with no Mane/Salah crazy? If i knew City line up it would be so much easier!

        1. Rewenge
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Been doing it for four weeks and it has served me very nicely - far better than rivals who have kept one. Really frees up a lot of cash

      6. Mattious8
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I want to use Triple C this week, who is the best choice?

        1. DARE TO BISCAN
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          I too, would like to know this

      7. Martial Matas
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Chasing 81pts. How many of their players to match in FH team? (Last week had 5 and lost 25 pts!)

        A) 2
        B) 3
        C) 4

        1. Sloane426
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 6 days ago

          You can’t win.

      8. Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Contemplating Dawson-> Alonso for -4.

        Ya or Na?

        1. Martial Matas
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Na