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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Gameweek 37+

To borrow Andy’s fancy word and a pun from Greyhead – it’s the penultimate Gameweek of the season and everyone’s getting Wood. 

Welcome to the Fantasy Football Scout Guide to Gameweek 37+

Due to FA Cup action this weekend the Premier League matches are a little more spaced out than we’ve been used to recently – today’s deadline is at the unusual time of 16:30 BST

Although, frustratingly for Fantasy managers, both semi-finals kick-off after the FPL cut-off. And with their cup ties taking place before their Gameweek 37+ fixtures, players from both Manchester sides, Chelsea, and Arsenal come with a slight health warning.

But, as we all know from painful experience, this is not a reminder we need when it comes to City players. As so often happens, there were more losers than winners on the Pep Roulette in Gameweek 36+.

This is despite Joe’s astute pick on last week’s Scoutcast.

Our generous host singled out David Silva ahead of Bournemouth’s visit to the Etihad – but failed to heed his own advice! Thankfully others benefited from his foresight. 

Burnley Appeal

As hinted at in the opening, a certain Burnley striker is getting people all worked up. Yes, a Burnley striker. 

In truth, the reason for the attraction has almost as much to do with the opposition as it does with Burnley’s goalscoring.  

Norwich’s defence allowed yet another team’s centre-forward upwards of eight chances in a match.

– David

Owners of Oliver Giroud were a little unfortunate that the Frenchman didn’t follow in the footsteps of Michail Antonio when Chelsea played Norwich on Tuesday evening. A single goal from eight shots could easily have been more.

Chris Wood, like Giroud, is also strong in the air – a perceived weakness in the Canaries defence. Daniel Farke’s men have conceded 104 headed attempts at goal, only Newcastle United have a worse record.

TheFantasyFreÆK made an strong case for the Clarets’ number 11 in his regular review:

Chris Wood, who is Burnley’s chief goal and aerial threat, looks poised to take advantage. He has already recorded a brace against the Canaries earlier in the season and that goal vs Wolves should give him confidence. Burnley’s strikers are often underappreciated hence this might have gone under the radar but only Vardy, Jesus and Abraham have recorded more big chances in the league than Wood this season.

– TheFantasyFreÆK

Pro Pundit Tom Freeman agrees with the recommendation.

Ahead of the Wolves match in midweek – in which Wood scored – the five-time top 1,000 manager noted:

He’s Burnley’s top goalscorer this season with 11, and has accumulated 27 big chances so far this season.

– Tom Freeman

Tom has previously highlighted Wood’s strike partner, Jay Rodriguez, in his differentials article. But the former-Southampton forward was withdrawn early in the second half of Wednesday’s game with a calf strain. 

Although, as Neale reports in his team news round-up, he has been passed fit to face Norwich. Nonetheless, Tom favours the New Zealander this Gameweek. In fact, Wood even gets the nod over Danny Ings and Raul Jiménez, both good options in their own right.

And if fixtures against Liverpool and Manchester United put you off Pulisic, Willian or Antonio, consider Dwight McNeil as an alternative in midfield. His creativity was emphasised in Tom’s Pro Pundit article.

Tom was also on site for an hour-long Q&A yesterday lunchtime. Among the common questions and answers the Burnley defence was repeatedly mentioned.

James Tarkowski’s points potential at both ends of the pitch makes him the stand out option, especially with cut-price full-back Charlie Taylor ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Martial No. 1

And Tom has a lot of confidence in Anthony Martial. Even going as far to say:

Yeah, Martial would be my top pick in the entire game right now.

– Tom Freeman

High praise.

In his Scout Notes from Selhurst Park, Neale included a handy table detailing the performance of Man United’s main attackers since the restart..

Points per matchDouble-digit haulsBlanksGoalsAssists
Martial9.63264
Fernandes9.63155
Rashford5.71333
Greenwood5.62441
Above: The FPL record of United’s front four from Gameweek 30+ onwards

As mentioned, FA Cup participation puts a slight question mark next to Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side, and there’s also the reduced recovery period between matches to consider, which Pro Pundit Zophar detailed last week.

Bournemouth Improvement

Don’t ignore Bournemouth was one of the messages on the Scoutcast. While Joe’s suggestion of Dominic Solanke wasn’t met with much enthusiasm, Andy was more convinced of the potential of Junior Stanislas.

Indeed, the Cherries midfielder is the headline pick in Tom’s latest differentials offering.

Since Gameweek 30+, Stanislas leads the way at Bournemouth for shots, shots in the box, created chances and crosses, whilst his three goal involvements (two goals, one assist) is more than any other teammate.

– Tom Freeman  

Striking Options Can Profit

Danny Ings drew more praise from his manager following his goal against Brighton:

Now he’s fit and when Ingsy is fit, he can work hard and also play 90 minutes. Now, in this moment, I don’t need to sub him in the end, like in the beginning [of the season], when after 60, 70 minutes he was finished.

– Ralph Hasenhuttl 

After rotating against the Seagulls – including a rest for the impressive Stuart Armstrong – it is hoped the Saints will be back to near full strength for the trip to the Vitality Stadium.

Eddie Howe’s side remain without the influential Nathan Ake, who is sidelined with a groin injury.

Also hoping to capitalise on an injured-hit back-line is Raul Jiménez. On the scoresheet for the second successive match, the Mexican comes up against a Crystal Palace rearguard bereft of Gary Cahill and Patrick van Aanholt.

While Jimenez lacks explosive returns – only once this season has he scored more than a single goal in a match – his consistency sees him edging towards 200 FPL points.

How to Play Your Hand

Pro Pundits Simon March and Andy have both taken a look at the tactics you might want to employ over the final two Gameweeks.

Former FPL winner Simon focused on protecting a mini-league advantage. Outlining three potential strategies: ‘Follow the Follower’, ‘Playing it Safe’, and ‘Playing Your Own Game’. Worthwhile reading for those looking to hold off their rivals.

While Andy looked at ownership figures in the top 10,000 to determine who might be some of the best differentials going into the final two rounds of matches.

Looking ahead to Gameweek 38+, Liverpool’s premium pair could be worth considering. Finding themselves in a comparatively low number of squads, Salah and Mané face statistically the worst defensive team since the restart in Newcastle United. The Magpies have an expected goals conceded (xGC) of 14.02.

Since Gameweek 30+ only three players have a higher expected goal involvement (xGI) than Salah.

Expected goals is often a divisive statistic, with as many detractors as it has fans. But when revealing what’s brought him success in FPL, our Hall of Fame number three, Fábio Borges, credits the marmite metric:

Then, four seasons ago, I found out about xG. And since then it’s the only stat I use (along with xA) when making FPL decisions. Of course, it is not perfect but if the model is reliable – and you know how to interpret it – I believe it is, by far, the most useful stat for FPL.

– Fábio Borges

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Final checks

Don’t forget to check out the latest Team News and Predicted Line-ups which is updated throughout the day and, as usual, G-Whizz has been kind enough to supply the best odds of a clean sheet. Only three teams managed shutouts in Gameweek 36+ although they were all in the top five when it came to odds.

Finally, a heads up that the final FPL deadline of the season is on Sunday 26 July at 15:00 BST.

Community Competitions

A full round-up of Community Competitions will follow this article.

The Head-to-Head leagues have been updated for Gameweek 36+, results and tables are currently showing on the main Head-to-Head page.

The fixtures for Gameweek 37+ are below:

May your arrows be green!

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1,915 Comments Post a Comment
  1. jimmy.floyd
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    40 points ahead in ML, both rivals have Martial, only one has Bruno and none of them has Rashford.
    Captain one:
    A Bruno
    B Rashford

    1. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Bruno

    2. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 2 days ago

      RASH

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

    Wood captain if chasing??

    1. jimmy.floyd
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Sure

  3. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    wood to rodriguez??

    1. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Yup

    2. Jimmy Boy
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Why would you do that

      1. Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        somebody said wood benched.. but too late now

    3. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Joke?

  4. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Switched C from KdB to Sterling. Let s go

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Even riskier

      1. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I know

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          BOL!

  5. yalala
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    (C) Bale RVP Rooney?

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

      Drogba

    2. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Toure

    3. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Van Nist

    4. The Littlest Robbo
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Saurez

    5. Tinkermania
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Henry

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

      Sanchez

  6. Nightf0x
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Taa or grenwosd start

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

      GW

  7. FDMS All Starz
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Thoughts on B.silva? Got a hatty last time round vs Watford and is well rested for that game

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Nah

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

      No. Out of form.

  8. EMERGING STAR
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    BB ing with Martinez, Aurier, Ritchie and Gayle !

    1. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Lol

  9. Cheeto__Bandito
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Start basham or trent

    1. Pépé Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Bash

  10. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    time to fh?

    1. ALI_G
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      yeah abut 3 secs to do it. why not

  11. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Mahrez (c) let’s go

    1. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Bold. Hope works out as he’s in my team

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

    Chasing ML. Who to captain?
    A) Bruno (they have him)
    B) KDB (they have him)
    C) Kane (nobody has him but risky innit)

  13. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Good luck all. 🙂

    1. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      GL fella

  14. waltzingmatildas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Benching TAA over egan and pulisic. Stupid?

  15. GOTHAM City F.C.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Pants

  16. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Pants off!

    1. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      And wood out.

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

        Jimmy on

  17. ALI_G
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    C Salah

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

    Can start selecting FH team soon 🙂

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

    (C) Martial benched Foden

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

    Pieters starts

  21. King Kun Ta
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Rien va plus! Good luck lads!

    1. King Kun Ta
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Kevin de Captain

  22. Ross From Friends
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Salah ( C ) here we gooooooooooo

  23. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 2 days ago

    MartialC locked in. Good luck biatches!

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

      COME ON

  24. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    ⚽ Team News 📰
    NOR: Krul, Aarons, Klose, Lewis, Godfrey, McLean, Hernández, Cantwell, Tettey, Buendía, Drmic
    Subs: McGovern, Zimmermann, Famewo, Stiepermann, Rupp, Vrancic, Martin, Idah, Pukki

    BUR: Pope, Long, Pieters, Tarkowski, Bardsley, Brownhill, Gudmundsson, Westwood, McNeil, Rodriguez, Wood
    Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Driscoll-Glennon, Dunne, Goodridge, Brady, Benson, Thompson, Vydra, Joel Mumbongo

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

      Wood starts, LOL @ Viagra buyers

      Thanks Sim!

    2. Valar(Keith)
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Cmon Bardsley.. atleast I've got someone to watch tnite lol

    3. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Norwich goal please

    4. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Finally! Cantwell, Hernandez and Buendia all start as an attacking three. Looking forward to seeing how they play together.

    5. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Whatever happened to Pukki

    6. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Pukki better be leaving Norwich.

    7. FDMS All Starz
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Thought Long benched for Mee

  25. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Salah(C)!!

    1. ALI_G
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      same here

      30 points behind and rival doesn't have him so have to really

  26. Le _ Professeur
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Last minute Salah (c)

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

    I benched Foden oh god

  28. jimmyabs1987
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    I played Vardy over Greenwood, was that dumb? I’m just a cynical spurs fan and think he will score!

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

      think Spurs will have a hard time
      good choice

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

    Long headed goal please

    1. wulfranian
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      ouch

    2. Sasquatch Slayer
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      X2

    3. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Would love this. Brought him in and played him over TAA...

    4. The Red Devil
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Oops

  30. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Back to old faithful, Kane (C)

    PANTS DOWN