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Gameweek 38+ Scout Picks features Man City triple-up

The Gameweek 38+ Scout Picks features a triple-up on Manchester City.

Although this is unlikely to be a massive surprise, the configuration of our trio is perhaps a little different to most Free Hit squads.

For the first time since Gameweek 30+ we were able to make this selection using our traditional methods, starting with a Scout Squad piece earlier in the week, whittled down a final XI.

For the final time this season, we line-up in 4-4-2 formation, coming in at £84.8m, £0.2m under budget.

Goalkeeper

The entire Burnley squad looks committed to making sure Nick Pope (£5.2m) gets at least a share of the Golden Glove award. That would require a clean sheet against Brighton, certainly an achievable aim, considering the Clarets have kept eight shut-outs at home this season, the second-best total in the Premier League.

Defenders

Just five points shy of breaking Andrew Robertson’s all-time FPL points record for a defender, Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.7m) could register returns at both ends of the pitch against Newcastle. Not only are the Magpies third-worst for goals scored at home this season, but they are also vulnerable to crosses into the box from their left-flank. Music to the ears of Alexander-Arnold owners.

In the last four matches, no team has conceded more headed attempts than Norwich. That bodes well for Aymeric Laporte (£6.3m) who found the net against Watford and looks set to keep another clean sheet against the toothless Canaries’ attack on Sunday afternoon.

Crystal Palace have still scored fewer goals at home than any other side this season (14) and have drawn a blank in five of their last six matches. Serge Aurier (£5.1m) looks poised to capitalise on this, throwing in some attacking potential and no Patrick van Aanholt to watch out for on the counter-attack.

With Charlie Taylor out injured, Erik Pieters (£4.3m) offers the best value route into the Burnley defence for our double-up at that end of the pitch. The left-back also provided an assist during the Gameweek 37+ win at Norwich and, thanks to recent outings in midfield, has a penchant for more crosses into the box these days.

Midfielders

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We are backing Mohamed Salah to end the season with a bang at Newcastle. He has been exceptionally unlucky not to score in any of his last three matches, and over the last four, he ranks best in the league for shots in the box, big chances and shots on target. That is rather ominous ahead of a meeting with Newcastle, who have been hit with a nasty injury crisis in defence recently.

Raheem Sterling (£12.0m) is an exciting midfield choice for Gameweek 38+. He is in exceptional form with four double-figure hauls in the last six matches and a say in the penalty conversation as he chases a 20-goal season. During that period, Norwich have conceded 14 times.

David Silva (£7.5m) completes our Manchester City triple-up ahead of his final home league game for the club. In his last four Etihad Stadium appearances, the Spaniard has racked up six attacking returns, averaging 10.5 points per match there since the restart.

Aston Villa’s defence has done a decent job of containing their opponents in recent weeks, but we think the form of Michail Antonio (£7.1m) will be enough to break it down at least once on Sunday afternoon. It turns out his underlying numbers from the Norwich game were no fluke, the West Ham midfielder inside the top three for shots in the box, big chances and shots on target over the last four matches.

Forwards

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Harry Kane (£10.9m) is our marquee striker for Gameweek 38+ as he prepares to face a porous Crystal Palace defence. In the last four matches, the Eagles have given up 13 big chances, only Brighton conceding over that period. Meanwhile, Kane has double-figure hauls in each of his last two, scoring four goals since Gameweek 36+.

Thanks to his budget price, Chris Wood (£6.2m) has been rewarded with a second-straight appearance in the Scout Picks. The Burnley man has now scored in back-to-back Gameweeks and is at home to a Brighton side who have conceded plenty of attempts from set-pieces over the last few weeks.

Substitutes

Emiliano Martínez (£4.4m) has been bringing in tidy scores in recent weeks and offering decent value. Since taking over from the injured Bernd Leno, the Arsenal goalkeeper has made 30 saves in eight appearances, averaging four points per match.

Jarrad Branthwaite (£4.0m) offers a budget price, a likely start in the Everton defence in a fixture with high clean sheet potential. Bournemouth have averaged less than a goal a game away from home this season.

Mark Noble (£4.9m) is flourishing in his new advanced number 10 role for West Ham. He has created more chances than any other Premier League player over the last three Gameweeks although has not registered a shot on goal in that time.

Olivier Giroud (£6.7m) has been enjoying a run of games in the Chelsea team and has registered 13 shots in the box over his last four matches, good enough for the top five in the division.

The Captain

Who are the best captain options for FPL Gameweek 36+?

The Scout Picks has a captain for the 2019/20 campaign.

This skipper is chosen using the conclusions of the latest Captain Sensible article and a four-way vote between David, Neale, Paul and Geoff.

Because the use of Fantasy Football Scout data is used so heavily in this process, the captain we choose each Gameweek is usually known only to those who have signed up to Membership for the 2019/20 season and revealed to the public only when the deadline has passed.

Here’s how we voted:

The Community Champion

Each week, one of the Fantasy Football Scout community takes on the Scout Picks by pitting their chosen XI against ours.

The community member who beats our picks by the biggest margin over the campaign will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Moderators and Contributors League for the following season.

Our last champion, PoldervogelsUit, lost 77-88 to the Scout Picks all the way back in Gameweek 30+.

gwitbrock‘s winning margin of 23 points in Gameweek 25 is the target to beat.

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4,610 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gunners n' Roses
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    A little left side Free Hit team, chasing 30 points so need the sort of differentials

    Martinez (Stekelenburg)

    Pieters - Garcia - Bardsley (Williams Diop)

    Sterling - Mane - Dilva - Antonio (Guendo)

    Kane - Auba - Ings

    Just ignore the subs honestly. I have Diop in case Garcia doesn't play. Not your typical team you'll see on here, but really going after the big hitters so hopefully they'll fire.

    Mane and Antonio are my doubts rn. Martial and Vardy are the ones I'm looking at.

    1. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      I’d leave it as is.

  2. shawsyuk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Fernandes to Dilva
    or
    Martial to Dilva

    ?

    1. Gunners n' Roses
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Bruno

      1. shawsyuk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Cheers

    2. treez
        3 months, 1 day ago

        2

    3. LFC4EVER
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Play one:

      A) Stephans (vs. Sheffield)
      B) Wood (Vs. Brighton)

      Cheers.

      1. Gunners n' Roses
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Wood

      2. treez
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Wood

      3. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Too risky to cap Salah regarding Klopps comments about starting with fresh feet?

        1. Vertigo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          No. He was hooked in the 78th minute the other night.

          1. sminkypinky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Good point. Cheers mate!

      4. AfriKan OddLegZ
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        The next one hour is quite crucial to FH players this GW.

        Any reliable links to gossips on predicted lineups for today’s matches??

        3pts behind in ML

        Any help will be appreciated.
        Thanks

        1. odannyboys
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Watch out for the false injury news or claims that a player has been dropped.

      5. JenkinsUtd
          3 months, 1 day ago

          What to do with Vardy? Keep him or sell him for Kane (-4)?

          1. Zio
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Leicester vs Man U probably a lower scoring game but unless Kane hauls not worth it. Depends if you are ahead or behind.

            1. JenkinsUtd
                3 months, 1 day ago

                chasing 18 points

          2. WZRD542
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            a.) Rashford,TAA,--> Kane , Coleman
            b.) Rahsford , TAA---> Kane, Gomez
            c.) Rashford TAA ---> Kane, Aurier
            d.) Rashford , TAA , Egan ---> Kane , Aurier, Gomez

            1. WZRD542
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              d.) is a -4 hit and I am chasing

            2. Pies Have Come
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              C, by a whisker from A.

          3. Vertigo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Surprised more managers aren't plugging for Son over Kane.

            1. WZRD542
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              There are better options in midfield and not many strikers in good form

              1. Vertigo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                He's OOP, £1.3m cheaper and earns more per goal.

          4. konrad.sygula95
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Best Captain ?
            A) Auba
            B) Salah
            C) Kdb
            D) D. Silva
            E) Jesus

          5. AC Yew
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Who is more likely to keep a CS Burnley or Everton?

            1. WZRD542
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Burnley

              1. AC Yew
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Thanks. GL

            2. Shipstontrev
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Burnley I hope!

              1. AC Yew
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Thanks. I have double defence so hoping so! Gl

          6. therealebs
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Hey guys, I need some advice if people could chip in:

              MF is Willian, KDB, Silva, Pulisic, Fernandes. The other City player I have is Jesus and I have 3m in the bank.

              Willian is likely going to be replaced, but I am not sure where / how to move.

              Options I am thinking of are:

              A. Willian to Antonio for Free C either KDB or Silva
              B. Willian to Sterling and Jesus to Greenwood -4 C Sterling
              C. KDB to Sterling Free C Sterling
              D. Willian to Mahrez, KDB to Sterling and Jesus to Greenwood -8 C Sterling

              Or are there better alternatives? Like trying to get Mane, or Salah in?

              I am leaning towards A and B, probably more B than A.

              Much appreciated!

              1. Mingo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                I'd say probably A unless you hear that one of your City players aren't starting.

            • Aripi pitesti
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Any news on man city vs Norwich ?

              1. how now brown cow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                You're the first to ask

                1. Old Man
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  If you told him you'd be the first to answer ...

            • PScholes18
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Which three to start?
                TAA | Pieters | Tarko | Aurier | Toby

                TAA might not start, but probably too risky not to play him. On the two Burnley defs now, but Spurs should get a CS as well.

              • Pique and De Bruyne
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Test.