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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. mad_beer ✅
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Good Sunday morning all and happy last day of FPL.

    (TC)DSilva. I'm going maverick!

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Kane TC here

      Letting it all hang out. Could have got Sterling in but decided to go Son Kane instead.

      Could easily double in rank at least :-0

      1. mad_beer ✅
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        GL dude!

    2. doy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Wow best wishes! A big day!

  2. Og
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    As that famous Italian plummer would say. Here we go!

  3. Vazza
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Which one -

      A. Aurier, Bruno, Greenwood

      B. Dunk, Bruno, Dilva (-4)

      C. Jack Stephens, Bruno, Dilva (-4)

      D. Doherty, Antonio, Dilva (-4)

      1. MFFista
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        4 bad options. Don’t fancy Bruno or Doherty today.

      2. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        D

    • YouReds
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Is it worth taking a -4 to replace any of these defenders?

      Pope
      Digne Doherty Egan (Saiss)

      I’m thinking bringing another Burnley defender?

      1. Og
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        nope

      2. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        No

    • HollywoodXI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      GTG?

      McCarthy
      TAA Pieters Williams
      Salah (S)terling Dilva KDB Antonio
      Kane Ings

      Martin Greenwood Branthwaite Justin

    • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Scout picks on board: Pope, TAA, Aurier, Raz, Dilva

      Non-scout picks on board:
      - Saiss (yuck)
      - KDB (wouldn’t go without)
      - Bruno, Martial, Rash (banking on Leicester’s defence conceding)
      - Jimmy (Kepa just let in another 5)

      1. POLSKA GOLA
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Not worried Trent is rested?

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          No point worrying, can’t do anything about that at this stage

          The big debate is Raz or Dilva TC!

          1. Vazza
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Why not? We could take him out and upgrade elsewhere?

              1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Taking TAA out is not something that will go well in FPL for the next 10 or so years more often than not 🙂

          2. beric
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            He got his rest v burnley

        2. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Just Mo Dilva Kane and possibly Wood here

          Like the Jimmy play.

          Odd to see a 4-4-2

        3. Connor's Calling
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Guess it’s worth remembering that they have almost £20m less to spend than most!

          1. Arn De Gothia
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            But no bench

      2. Eastman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        What to do with the below... 1 ft and 1.1 m itb. Thanks

        De Gea
        Tarkowski Saiss TAA
        KDB Mahrez Bruno Salah
        Jimmy Vardy Greenwood

        Martin Saka Kiko Lascelles

        1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          bruno to dilva is no brainer

          1. Eastman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Thanks. That's it then. Is Vardy to Kane worth a -4 too?

            1. MFFista
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Yes

      3. unitednations
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Morning dzz, Couple of quick questions

        1) Marital or Antonio on a FH?

        2) Auba/Greenwood or Martial/Ings

      4. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Any David Silva captains?

        1. Connor's Calling
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Will be if I decide to go without Sterling, but that feels a bit foolhardy

      5. Zambian FPL Addict
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        By far the worst Scout team I've seen in 2 years on this forum, I mean that respectfully ofcourse.

        1. The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Looks ok to me.
          One or two are debatable but you can’t put everyone who has a good fixture in there.

        2. Winston.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I would prefer 352 or 343 in this gw...

        3. The Mighty One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Agreed. LaPorte when you can have 3 City attackers...that’s foolish. Chris Wood scored 1 against 9-man Canaries. Wow.

      6. HollywoodXI
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Play Williams (MU), Justin or Branthwaite? Budget didn’t stretch to a decent third defender.

        1. Rodgers's CHARACTER
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Branthwaite

      7. FPL Pillars
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Morning all, goodluck 🙂

        Which one score more we think?

        A) Ings and Pieters
        B) Greenwood and Robertson

        Cheers

        1. beric
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          A

        2. Tommy Smith
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Both good but I think Robertson will do well today

        3. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          B

      8. Mikkyf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        2 FTs
        Walker -> Pieters
        Rashford -> Jesus

        Yes / No

        1. sunzip14
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Yes

        2. Grimes
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Nah

      9. sunzip14
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Am I gtg? Anything worth a hit?

        Pope
        AWB, Pieters, TAA
        KDB, Dilva, Bruno, Pulisic
        Rashford, (K)ane, Jimenez

        Subs: McCarthy, Foden, Saiss, Taylor

      10. MAXIMIN EFFORT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Interesting dilemma guys, what do you think:

        A) Doherty Rashford and +4
        B) Aurier Kane

        1. sunzip14
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          B

        2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          B

        3. Winston.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          B

        4. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Quite like Doherty this week for an attacking return but B is the one with the biggest upside likely

      11. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Any KDB captainers ?

        1. Zambian FPL Addict
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Yep

        2. Winston.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          No

        3. In and Out
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Real chance he won’t start today and great options across the board so not for me

          1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            The best player in entire PL this season will not start ? 🙂

            1. sunzip14
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              And chasing the assist record as well....but you never know with Pep

        4. Fozzyb34r
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Can’t decide between him and Salah. Maybe even Mahrez if we get early team news

      12. Francescoli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Final decision on FH:

        A) Robertson and Pope
        B) TAA and Martinez

        1. Winston.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          B

        2. Rodgers's CHARACTER
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          A

        3. Tommy Smith
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          A

        4. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          A

      13. Paratrooper
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Undecided on GK and DEF

        A. Ederson
        TAA, Auteur, Tarkowski
        Or
        B. Pope
        TAA, VVD, Aurier

      14. NoName
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        VvD Mahrez or TAA Dilva?

        1. In and Out
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Can’t see Liverpool keeping a clean sheet so would go TAA Dilva

          1. NoName
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Thanks. If memory serves me correct, VvD scored in this fixture last year. Newcastle injury ridden at the back.

            1. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I would love him to do so today (and also keep a clean sheet, but that's unlikely)

        2. Zambian FPL Addict
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          The Algerian today I fancy him

          1. NoName
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Thanks

        3. Mikkyf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          TAA DAA

          1. NoName
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            😀

      15. In and Out
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Wood or greenwood which would you start?

        1. Fozzyb34r
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Wood

      16. Eastman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        B if you have a Burnley def. A if not

      17. Fozzyb34r
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Lascelles + Jimi —> Tark/ Aurier + Kane (-4)?

        1. Zambian FPL Addict
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          If you will captain Kane yes, other wise not much of a points gain.

          1. Fozzyb34r
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Means I could bench Saiss and play Tark, would that change your mind?

        2. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Yeah sounds good move

      18. FPL ElasticO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Is this transfer worth doing for -4??

        KDB & Bruno >>> Sterling & Stanislas

        1. Zambian FPL Addict
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Nope, the omens look good for the Portuguese prince.

          1. nicksilver
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Agreed, think he’ll do well today.

      19. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I love this template FH tems, there is no:

        Vardy, Pulisic, Ings, KDB, and bunch of that teams dumping TAA and Mane...

        Good luck to all ! 🙂

        1. FPL Pillars
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Dumping Mane?

          Not seen much of that

      20. Alli's Dele
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        A) Jesus
        B) Kane (-4)

        thanks all

        1. Francescoli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Jesus

        2. Eastman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          A

      21. sunzip14
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        If leaked team news has Foden starting, would you bench any one of Rashford/Jimenez/Bruno/Pulisic in his place?

        1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Even if not start, he can score 10 points from the bench

          1. sunzip14
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Probably... but the question is, who would you bench instead then?

        2. Francescoli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Yeah definitely play him. Id bench Jimenez.

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            This

      22. Francescoli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Looks set to go?

        Martinez
        TAA Aurier Pieters
        Salah Sterling Dilva Mahrez Martial
        Kane Ings

        Stekelenburg; Branthwaite, Nketiah, Williams

      23. Michelle Davin
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Will we get any early line-up news?

        1. Francescoli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Yes. FPL Scarface is the one to follow on Twitter.

        2. Vazza
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Hopefully mate. There have been a lot of suggestions that TAA may not start..

            1. Eastman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Where has this come from?

        3. Vazza
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Which one -

            A. Aurier, Bruno, Greenwood

            B. Dunk, Bruno, Dilva (-4)

            C. Jack Stephens, Bruno, Dilva (-4)

            D. Doherty, Antonio, Dilva (-4)

          • greggles
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I need some help. On bench boost. Have some less than ideal players really. 2 FT, 2.7 ITB. Willing to take 4 pointer.

            Pope / Martinez
            Saiss / Doherty / Lascelles* / AWB / Aurier
            Salah / Mahrez / Willian / Martial / Saka
            Vardy / Greenwood / Jimenez

            A) obvious move to Lascelles > Pieters
            B) get rid of Willian or Mahrez for D Silva?
            C) get rid of Jimenez or Vardy for a big striker?