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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. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Auba Greenwood or Ings Puli?

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

      Obama/GW

    2. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Auba greenwood. Easy.

    3. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Ings and Pulisic

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

      Auba GW

    5. Dirtymeercat666
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Ings and Puli

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

    Dilva or Jesus?

    1. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Dilva

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

      Both

    3. Dirtymeercat666
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Dilva

  3. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Last minute advise needed guys!

    Martinez
    Pieters Beardsley Aurier
    Dilva Mahrez Sterling Salah
    Xxx Kane Greenwood
    Button xxx Lamprey Braithwaite

    Would you rather
    A. Martial and Vardy/Ings
    B. Auba and Antonio

    1. InSaneMan-e
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      this is almost my team on FH!
      Went pope instead martinez. Taa instead of Bardsley. Martial for 5th mid. Then non playing 3rd striker

      1. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Yeah. I'm a bit nervous going without TAA

    2. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      B

      1. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Thx Gaz

    3. Dirtymeercat666
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      B, just, I think

      1. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Thx! That's what I've got now.

  4. Drogba Legend
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    itting at 23k overall rank. What, if any, move(s) should I make. 1FT and playing TC chip on Sterling probably:

    Martinez
    TAA - Gomez - Aurier - Pieters
    Salah - KDB - Foden - Bruno - Sterling (TC)
    Jimenez

    Patricio - Nketiah - Greenwood - AWB

    A) Save
    B) Jimenez > Ings/Wood
    C) Bruno + Foden > Dilva/Mahrez and then 6.9 mid or less (-4)
    D) Jimenez and Foden > Dilva + JayRod or DCL (-4)
    E) Some other combination??

    1. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      C and play Greenwood

      1. Drogba Legend
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Over who?

        1. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Over For. No guarantee he starts. Or over Jimenez

  5. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Are u confident that main Liverpool assets will start today?

    1. Vazza
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Not confident at all

    2. Berbs
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Depends who isn't drunk

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

        I'm on a triple up & worried 😀

    3. Babit1967
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      No, have Salah on as captain and really hoping for some leaked team sheets

      1. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Im on FH and thinking to drop Salah

    4. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      No

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

      No, not at all.

  6. yer old da
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Would you rather keep Bruno and play Branthwaite, or downgrade Bruno to Pulisic or Antonio so you can have Aurier instead?

    1. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Downgrade

    2. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Downgrade.

    3. Dirtymeercat666
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Downgrade

  7. sandman58
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 3 days ago

    A) Pope & Holding
    or
    B) Martinez & Bardsley
    Already playing Pieters

    1. Siggy Azalea
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      B

  8. Siggy Azalea
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Defence good to go? On a FH?

    Pope
    Pieters - VVD - Aurier

    Thanks!
    Justin and Williams on bench

    1. Vazza
      3 months, 3 days ago

      V. Good

  9. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    GTG?

    Martinez
    TAA Pieters Bardsley
    Martial Salah Sterling Dilva(c) Antonio
    Kane Jesus

    Bench: Greenwood Diop Williams
    FH, 0.1m ITB

    1. Siggy Azalea
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      G2G

  10. Gazza2000
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Would you rather have Bruno or Rashford this week?

    1. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Bruno

    2. Siggy Azalea
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Bruno

    3. Dirtymeercat666
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Rashford

    4. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Cheers all

  11. fish&chips
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Bruno & Taylor-> Son & Braithwaite (-4)

    Gives me defensive cover as only Trent, VVD & Doc available

    Yes or no?

    1. Siggy Azalea
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      No

    2. Dirtymeercat666
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Yeah, only if you’re chasing though

  12. ChipsnGravy
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    If you can only get Sterling or Dilva this week.... who do you bring in.....

    1. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Sterling 100%

    2. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Sterling.

    3. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Raz

    4. Utopsis
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Sterling

  13. JollyGoodYellows
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Play Pulisic or Greenwood?

    1. allaboutthemagic
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Puli

    2. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Puli

    3. Dirtymeercat666
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Puli

    4. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Greenwood

    5. Utopsis
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Greenwood

  14. FFVirgin
    3 months, 3 days ago

    I'm 29 pts clear of rival (bro-in-law who will hate if I win) and need help, please. Neither of us has a chip left to play, he's suggesting he has taken FIVE hits in a bid to win, but I'm not convinced.

    Current team -

    Pope
    Doherty TAA Egan AWB
    Martial Sterling KDB
    Jimi Vardy Greenwood
    (Martin-Lascelles-Guendouzi-Hayden)

    1 FT, 0.5 ITB

    Thinking either Tarkowski, Pieters, Bardsley or Aurier for Doherty, Egan or AWB.
    Also maybe take a hit and ditch Jimi/Vardy for Ings/Jesus....

    Advice please, any help would be great!

    1. Utopsis
      3 months, 3 days ago

      If he's taken 5 hits, its likely you've already won. Big if though...

      I'd say Pieters for Egan/AWB and stick

      1. FFVirgin
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Thank you! Yeah, I think he could be at the wind-up. His team last week...
        Martinez
        Doherty VVD Lundstram
        Bruno Salah Martial Foden
        Auba Jimi Greenwood

        Hardly in need of 5 hits

    2. AngryNoob
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      I agree with Utopsis. I wouldn't do too much. Your team looks good as is, apart from the defence (this week). Maybe just try to fit Aurier or Pieters in and then sit back and whack Sterling as captain.

  15. masyuris
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Most wanted early team news for me:
    1. Manchester City (all players)
    2. Chelsea (punt for Alonso or Reece James)
    3. West Ham (Antonio play as striker or winger)

  16. allaboutthemagic
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Start patricio of McCarthy?

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      McCarthy.

  17. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Minamino!

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

      Ahead of Mane?

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 3 days ago

        No but I think he starts maybe in the mid-3 or the attacking trio

  18. Jambot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Is early team news gone?

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Believe so

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

      Yep, Scarface fella on twitter deleted his account. Rockstar account not visible.

      Get your team ready mate!

  19. Mini Mahouse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Ings or Woods?

  20. BrutalLogiC
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Mane & Salah

    Too much? already on the beach or what

    1. Bruno Commando
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Prob 1 is enough. You can spread the money around.

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

      If you are chasing then bang on the money.

    3. Utopsis
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Nah - better off with some City mids if you can predict Pep (I imagine they want some revenge after that defeat early on in season)

  21. Bruno Commando
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Is @ScarfaceFpl legit?

    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      No

    2. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Fake

    3. Bruno Commando
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Oh no FPL Rockstar is locked for me and this guy is fake..

  22. Kaz77
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    For those who are old enough to remember, in the words of Loyd Grossman, I have "deliberated, cogitated, and digested" and now with serious indigestion I have settled on the final FH team below. I am ahead in ML so no need to panic, however it would be nice to gain 3000 places to finish in the top 10k. Nothing in the bank and skeletal bench, however any holes or obvious flaws that anyone would like to help me out with?

    Pope
    Stephens, Walker, Pieters
    Salah, Martial, Antonio, Sterling (c), Dilva
    Kane, Auba

    I thought, considering it is the final week, best to spread the options and hope for goal fests!

    Thanks - best of luck to you all and glad we could enjoy a conclusion to this season!

  23. Reyson
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Sell bruno for mahrez for -4?

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Nah mahrez not starting, Bruno starting and on pens

  24. Pickle juice
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Who should i ship out for dsilva

    A.bruno
    B.antonio

    I already have martial and rashford

    Cheers

    1. sthelenslad92
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Bruno

  25. sthelenslad92
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    A) Robertson & Jesus
    B) TAA & Lacazette
    C) TAA & Firmino
    D) Aurier & Aubameyang

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

      A

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

    Firminho or Minaminho on Free Hit?

    1. sthelenslad92
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Firmino

    2. JurP117
      3 months, 3 days ago

      neither

  27. Vazza
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Which combo?

    A. Aurier, Bruno, Greenwood

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

    C. Doherty, Antonio, Dilva (-4)

    Please note that I already have Doherty, Bruno and Greenwood so am not actually bringing them in.

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      C

  28. Starky22
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    25 behind in mini league... leader has FH and bound to captain Sterling..:

    A. KWP, Davies, Sterling
    B. Bertrand, Robertson, Jesus

  29. Traction Engine Foot
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Who scores more?
    A Bruno
    B Son -4

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Bruno

    2. Utopsis
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Bruno

  30. Tonyawesome69
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Chasing 25 points in cash ML and need help on the transfer suggestion below. Midfield is a stalemate!

    KDB to Salah (c) the move to try and close the gap?

    My team
    1ft 2.5itb and no chips
    Pope Martinez
    TAA Doherty Aurier Saiss Taylor
    Martial KDB Bruno Sterling Foden
    Ings Wood Jimenez

    ML Leader - 1ft 0.7itb and no chips
    Hendo Martinez
    TAA Boly Egan Targett Tarkowski
    Martial KDB Bruno Sterling Hayden
    Kane Greenwood Jimenez

    1. JurP117
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Son and Antonio could be good differentials for you aswell