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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. Powers106
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Okay, I've finally done it, took the -4 to get Sterling in for TC with Salah v

    1. LFC4EVER
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Did the same!
      Good luck to us

    2. Utopsis
        2 months, 26 days ago

        I'm seconds away from pulling the trigger on this as well

      • Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Nice one, I am pondering Sterling in Bruno out ... haven't triggered yet

    3. 20 Timess
        2 months, 26 days ago

        I really really need that Liverpool and City team news!

      • Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Will Bardsley play today?

        1. FPL Virgin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Yeah. Lowton injured.

          1. Sgt Frank Drebin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Thanks Virg

      • JURGENAUT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Does rockstar only leak Chelsea, if at all?

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          He does them all

        2. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          I think he leaks all teams but today he won't be

      • RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Has no one else figured out Rockstars gif yet? Just me?

        1. Bubz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          ?

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            His gif. He’s blowing smoke. Surely people know the meaning of that? It is rather clever though

            1. Dele
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              No smoke without fire

        2. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Van shaken clips

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            *Van Halen

          2. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            His gif. He’s blowing smoke. Surely people know the meaning of that? It is rather clever though

      • Dele
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Doherty + Bruno >> Tark + Son sound good?

        1. NorwEagles
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Actually yeah. But a little risky.

      • LFC4EVER
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Play one:

        A) Stephans (vs. Sheffield)
        B) Doherty (Vs. Chelsea)
        C) Wood (Vs. Brighton)

        Cheers.

        1. Werner Bremen
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          C

      • FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        I'm furious with Triggerlips.

        No early team news from Scarface all because he was grumpy about having to get up early in the morning.

        You live in beautiful New Zealand with stunning views. Accept the trade off! 😡

        1. The Units
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Feel the rage.

        2. Bunk Moreland
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          What?

          1. Halftime Lemon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            He believes early team news is unfair because some people (himself) can't make use of it in their timezone

            1. Fitzy.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              He would have had to stay up until 2:00am - not that big of an ask for something you enjoy.

              1. Halftime Lemon
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Yeah. He has chosen to follow an overseas league after all. I find it tough to follow some American sports too, got to take the rough with the smooth.

      • Ruinenlust
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Helpppp

        A) TAA, KDB, Greenwood

        or

        B) Brathwaite, Mahrez, Auba

        1. KanteTouchThis
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Easy A for me

        2. Werner Bremen
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          A

      • Teror
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Salah or Kane?

      • camarozz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        A) TAA + no bench.

        B) Robbo + some sort of bench..

        1. Vazza
            2 months, 26 days ago

            B

          • The Units
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            A

          • FPL Virgin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            C) wait to see if Williams starts.

          • Marty McFly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Depends on the start security of your starting XI, but I think given Newcastle’s issues down their left side and free kick responsibilities, TAA.

        2. alfast1c
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          When is rockstar leaking team lineups ?

          1. Dele
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            September

          2. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Be around 15mins before deadline

            1. alfast1c
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              10x.

          3. chriscosta
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            he said he not giving team news this game week

        3. AC Yew
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 26 days ago

          How is my team looking on BB:

          Henderson
          Doherty Tarkowski AWB
          Salah Bruno Dilva(C) KDB (VC)
          Jimenez Ings Greenwood
          Mccarthy Egan Pietrs Foden

          How many points off the bench can i expect

        4. alfast1c
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Currently on FH.

          Willian or Pulisic and why?

          KDB or DSilva and why??

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Puli for sure. Dilva and spend elsewhere

            1. alfast1c
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              thinking the same. appreciate it.

        5. FPL Kaka
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          With the bombshell that we won't get team news today, do you think to play safe with likelyhood of starting, reckon this is it worth it?

          Jesus, Rashford, Bruno ----> Kane, Auba, Dilva

          I am chasing too

        6. The Legend Squad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Slightly different FH team... RMT. Backing Utd

          Ederson
          TAA AWB Stephens
          Son Fernandes Sterling KDB
          Kane Ings Greenwood

          McCarthy Saiss Cantwell Lascelles

          1. FantasyMug
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            I like it apart from AWB, can see leicester scoring. Maybe a Burnley defender instead of Saiss?

        7. Sid07
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          1) rashford + kdb to Ings + Sterling (-4)
          2) vardy + kdb to Ings + Sterling (-4)
          3) salah to Sterling
          4) rashford + vardy to kane + Ings (-4)

          Planning for (tc) Sterling or kane

        8. Qaiss
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          They need put the deadline 2 hours before the first match next season surely...

          1. Gregor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Or half an hour before...

        9. JURGENAUT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Lacazette or Vardy?

          1. FPL Virgin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Vardy. You know he will start.

            1. JURGENAUT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Do you think Vardy will score? I’m 9 points ahead of MIL rival but I expect him to do -4 and bring Kane in but he can downgrade a expensive bench to accommodate. Whereas I’d have to remove KDB to Mahrez to accommodate. With it without leaks, Should I take a -4 too?

            2. JURGENAUT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Actually he has 2FT

        10. Vazza
            2 months, 26 days ago

            FPL Scarface doesn’t exist anymore!!!

          • Fozzyb34r
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Scarface will reactivate his account at 3:45 and post some team news I reckon. All for a bit of final GW drama

            1. Bury94
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Well all know the teams at 3:45 so that'll be a bit pointless 😉

              1. Fozzyb34r
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Haha well pointed out! I meant 2:45

          • Hryszko
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Last dilemma of the week & season.. who to captain from this lot?

            1. Salah
            2. Sterling
            3. Dilva
            4. KDB

            1. Harry Ball Bag™⚽⚽…
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              1

            2. chriscosta
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              i gone with 1

          • LewanGOALski
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Been burned by both Kane and Auba this year already.

            Which one should get a chance to redeem?
            Auba or Kane?

            1. Harry Ball Bag™⚽⚽…
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Kane

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

              Get Kane

          • Harry Ball Bag™⚽⚽…
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Worth keeping kdb or swap to sterling?

            1. Amey
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Swap if for free & © Raz

              1. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                If not free?

          • Berbs
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Did something lead to FPL Scarface deactivating or just random?

            1. Bury94
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Triggerlips had a bit of a rant on Twitter, not sure if that contributed

              1. Amey
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Yes
                He had some with Rockstar tioy

              2. Berbs
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Imagine my shock..

            2. el polako
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Too much yayo

            3. Amey
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Apparatus an imposter account.
              He abused that account by saying Idiot..
              Twitter deleted both

              Only thing I've read so far

              1. Amey
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Apparently*
                FFS

              2. Berbs
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Oh dear. Hope he's OK, must be hard to cope with pressure from thousands of people.

                1. Amey
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  😀
                  As Bury94 said above, triggerlips was moaning too. Funny conversation with Rockstar.

                  Rockstar saying he helped others. Didn't take money he was offered by some

              3. FPL Virgin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Interesting. Hopefully a new account will reemerge soon ..... but which one will be real?!

                1. Amey
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Keep guessing 😀

                  I think Rockstar will do it again. He's doing this on purpose. Let's see

            4. THE WERNER DELUSION
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              I assume someone has told him off or he doesn't want the pressure, changed his other social media account back too

          • Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Loose KDB or Bruno for Sterling? Jesus DSilva the other MCI.

            1. Amey
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Bruno

              1. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Ok forgot to mention will loose Jesus ...

            2. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Bruno seems less risky

            3. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Bruno, because KDB is the best player in premier league this season, i might captain him as a "differential"

          • Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Should i play Foden or Greenwood ?

            1. jaywills
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Foden if he starts.

            2. Amey
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              GW

          • jaywills
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Really need help guys. Put me out my misery!

            I am -34 behind in my Mini League.
            He has Kane.

            My options are:
            A) Son, Jesus (both differential)
            B) Mahrez, Kane

            What would you do?!

            1. FantasyMug
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              A. 34 is too big a margin to go with Kane if he has him imo

              1. jaywills
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Thanks bro - is my thinking.

          • Spoox777
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Salah(C) or KdB? KdB more of a rotation risk so best to go with Salah...right?
            Don't have Sterling + can see Salah getting doble points vs NEW

            1. Spoox777
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              ....* getting double points....

          • stevowigan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Final permutations, I’d welcome anyone’s thoughts on

            Jesus & Robertson
            Or
            Auba & Walker

            Cheers

            1. BENOIT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              First one by a country mile