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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+.

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4,610 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Champions united
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Gtg with this FH yes or no
    I have a doubt with Kdb returns

    martinez /3.9
    aurier pieters bardsley/3.9/3.8
    sterling ,kdb silva , salah, rice
    auba kane,green

    1. JoeSoap
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Looks good.

  2. JoeSoap
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    If you were joint leader in ML (no other contenders) would you chance TAA/Robbo (talk of rotation) or play safe with Aurier/Digne.

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      I would go TAA and Robbo. Expecting them to haul.

    2. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Depends on your rival. If he doesn't own then they are a good choice.

    3. DontPiqueTooSoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      I think TAA/Robbo more likely to haul. Robbo maybe safer in terms of rotation risk.

    4. JoeSoap
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Thanks all. He doesn't have either.

  3. Z3US
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Serious help needed please !!

    9 pts ahead in ML. Plan is to get a third City... ( Have KDB and Laporte)
    1FT..

    A) Vardy —-> Jesus
    B) Salah —> Sterling
    C) Bruno —> Dilva

    1. DontPiqueTooSoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Sterling

    2. buachaillbui
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      A or c are goin flips. B sideways move

    3. acidicleo
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      B if rival doesn't have Mo

    4. Disco Volante
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      I have an identical dilemma and am currently leaning towards option C but A is also very tempting!

  4. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    My final team of the season:

    Martinez
    TAA, Pieters, Aurier
    Dilva (v) Bruno, KdB, Salah (TC)
    Vardy, Rashford, Ings

    Dubravka, Douglas Luiz, Kiko, Lascalles

    All the best, everyone.

  5. jim0wheel
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Third City slot:

    Bruno -> Dilva or Mane -> Sterling

    Already have KDB and Mahrez

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Sterling. Everyone has him (except me)

    2. DontPiqueTooSoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Sterling

    3. buachaillbui
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Sterling

    4. Hairy Potter
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Dilva and Mane might outscore Bruno and Sterling, but I'm assuming you'd captain Sterling, so maybe he's the best pick.

  6. Sir France's Bacon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    How does this FH team look:

    Pope
    TAA - Pieters - Digne
    Sterling - KDB - Dilva - Martial - Antonio
    Ings - Kane

    Subs: Martinez, Greenwood, Lamptey, Williams

    1. Noah’s Ark
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Looks great

    2. DARE TO BISCAN
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Noice

  7. Triffic
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Good luck everybody today! I’m going to roll over my freehit and use next season!

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      If only

  8. tokara
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Can someone start Hot Topic on Captaincy???

    1. Andolini
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      this

    2. buachaillbui
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Sterling. The End.

  9. AD2110
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Which scores more?

    A) Aurier, Son
    B) Branthwaite + KDB

    Martinez, Martinez
    TAA, Pieters, xxxxx, Bardsley, Lamptey
    Salah, Sterling, D.Silva, Antonio, xxxx
    Kane, Ings, Greenwood

    1. Perthite
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      I'd trade one of the Martinez's out

    2. Perthite
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      And A for me

      1. Perthite
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Sorry - meant B

        1. AD2110
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Ta

  10. Alexanderjg23
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 5 days ago

    KDB, Salah or Silva Captain?

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      I have all 3, got it on Mo (TC) so probably better to go for one of the other two, as my captain picks have sucked lately.

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Wise choice imo.

    2. DontPiqueTooSoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Silva out of those 3

    3. Hairy Potter
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Have the same 3 and going for Salah

    4. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      If you don't have Sterling then Salah(C) is good choice.

  11. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    And another dilemma, which combo (chasing 20-30 points):

    1. Robertson Greenwood Aubameyang
    2. Aurier Martial Ings

    Cheers

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      1

    2. DontPiqueTooSoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      1

  12. Noah’s Ark
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Struggling between Salah or Sterling captain. City pushing for 100 goals and Norwich are terrible. Liverpool wanting time finish strongly, Salah has been very unfortunate and Newcastle riddled with injury.

    This is my team -4:

    Pope
    TAA, Doherty, Digne, Garcia
    Salah, Sterling, Kdb, Fernandes
    Ings, Greenwood

    Patricio, Fleck, Saiss, Gordon

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Has to be Raz, surely?

    2. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Raheem captain

    3. Hairy Potter
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      If I had Sterling I'd captain him, I don't so I'm captaining Salah. Both could get big hauls today.

    4. DontPiqueTooSoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Has to be Sterling. Liverpool have blown hot and cold since winning Prem. Turned up last game but still not fully at the races.

    5. Noah’s Ark
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Thanks folks. I just don’t think it is as straight forward as people are thinking between the two. I will stick it on Raz then.

    6. acidicleo
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Bruce may play 10 at tge back to avoid a mauling..

      1. Hairy Potter
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        We might have 3 centre backs of Krafht/Hayden (depending on fitness), Fernandez and Rose. Plus if Ritchie throws himself around at LWB light he did against Brighton there's going to be a lot of free kicks to defend from TAA crosses.

  13. FDMS All Starz
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Which one?

    A) Mane - Mahrez - Ings

    B) Martial - Jesus - Auba

    1. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      C. Martial Ings Jesus.

  14. Forever In Our Shadow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    GTG?

    Pope
    TAA Aurier Bardsley
    Salah KDB Sterling (c) Dilva
    Kane (vc) Auba Greenwood

    Fodder B Williams Doug Luiz Fodder 0ITB.

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      G2g and GL!

      1. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Cheers Units. You too.

    2. Noah’s Ark
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Gtg

  15. Kuzser
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Who to bench here guys?
    A) Willian
    B) Greenwood
    C) Jiménez

    1. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      A

    2. Hairy Potter
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      A

    3. Captain Haddock
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      A

  16. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    G2G?

    Martinez
    Aurier Bardsley Pieters
    Salah Sterling Mahrez Dilva Antonio
    Auba Kane
    Martin Greenwood Braithwaite Williams

    1. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Looks good.

    2. Noah’s Ark
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Very nice

  17. Will J 256
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Just a quick one guys. Hope you are nearly all set for the deadline! Which FH draft do you prefer? Still undecided between these two.
    1:
    Pope
    Trent, Aurier, Pieters
    Salah, Sterling, D Silva, Mahrez, Pulisic,
    Kane, Greenwood

    2:
    Pope
    Trent, Aurier, Pieters
    Sterling, Mahrez, D Silva, Martial, Pulisic,
    Kane, Ings

    You can just put a 1 or 2 in the chat! Good luck.

    1. Jässi
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      2 because Ings will definitely score.

    2. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      1

      1. Will J 256
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Thanks

  18. DARE TO BISCAN
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Anything worth a -4?
    Pope
    TAA Aurier Doherty
    Salah Bruno Dilva(TC) KDB Martial
    Greenwood Ings
    (Foster Saiss Ayew Lascelles)
    0.6 ITB

    1. Jässi
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Sterling is worth a -4 IMO.

      1. DARE TO BISCAN
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Guess the question is: is Salah > Sterling (TC) worth -4?

    2. Captain Haddock
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Gtg

    3. Emm7980
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Not worth a hit no, sterling is the obvious absentee but will prob take a hit

  19. Jässi
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Which FH team scores more points?

    A) 3-4-3 with Aubameyang & Pieters
    B) 3-5-2 with Martial & Alexander-Arnold

    1. Captain Haddock
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      A

  20. Captain Haddock
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    A) Son & Antonio
    B) Mahrez & Ings?

    1. Evasivo
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      B for me

  21. Jon Snow
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Thoughts on a Stanislas punt? Bournemouth needs goals

    1. Captain Haddock
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Good punt

    2. acidicleo
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Low ceiling i think.

  22. woodles
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    I’m almost set on my 2 moves for the GW, dependant on line ups.

    Should we hear that TAA is benched, would it be worth taking a further -4 to replace him and if so, who with? My only defender on the bench is Fernandez of Newcastle

  23. Champions united
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Is it too risky to go without TAA
    I m going with
    Martinez
    Aurier bard Pieters with kane +auba upfront

  24. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    I'm thinking of KDB + Son instead of Mahrez + Salah. KDB needs 2 assists and he is gonna get them

    1. acidicleo
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      If he starts he is more likely than not to get them..

  25. Saro0808
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Draft 1
    Pope
    Aurier Pieters/Williams Alonso
    Sterling Salah Mahrez Martial Pulisic/Dsilva
    Ings Kane

    Draft 2
    Martinez
    Aurier Taa Alonso
    Sterling Mahrez Martial Pulisic/Dsilva Son/Antonio
    Ings Kane

    Draft 3 (Currently on this)
    Pope
    Aurier Pieters Williams/Branthwaite
    Sterling Salah Martial Pulisic/Dsilva
    Jesus Rashford Kane

    (could drop pope to martinez and upgrade branthwaite to reece james/any burnley defender)

  26. hotine
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    I ultimately have the choice of KDB or Jesus which would you choose. I have sterling and Dilva

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Jesus

    2. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      KDB

  27. Evasivo
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Best 2 defenders with £9mil budget?

    Already have TAA, Pieters & Diop

  28. Mr. Clueless
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Leading ML with 6 points:

    2nd has:

    Henderson
    Tarkowski/Doherty/Fernandez/PVA/Holgate
    Salah/Dilva/KDB/Martial/Bruno
    Greenwood/Jimmi/Ings

    My team:

    Pope
    Pieters/AWB/Aurier/Doherty/Holgate
    Sterling/Mahrez/KDB/Bruno/Guendozi
    Greenwood/Jimmi/Vardy

    I think he has a stronger team pre-transfers. Also think he might bring in Sterling either by removing salah or taking a hit and downgrading another.

    Should I one:

    1) mahrez =>Dilva for cover
    2) KDB and Vardy => Dilva and Kane (-4)
    3) Other

    Advice is very welcome at this stage.

  29. Muscout
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 5 days ago

    A) TAA, Sterling, Mahrez, Jesus Greenwood
    B) TAA, Sterling, Dilva, Auba, Greenwood
    C) Azpi / 6.1m, Dilva, Mahrez, Jesus, Auba

    Which one looks better on FH?

  30. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Is Vardy to Kane worth a hit?

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      No

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      No

    3. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Cheers