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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. ZoumasBloomers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Any love for Enda Stevens? Saints aren’t good at home

    1. sthelenslad92
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Think Ings will score though

    2. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      They are a much better team now. Don’t underestimate them. I see it being 0-0 though.

  2. niaz1982
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Leading mini league by 54 points
    Current team
    Pope
    Digne Doherty AWB
    KDB Puli Fernandes Antonio
    Rashford Jesus Ings
    1FT 0.7 ITB

    2nd place main attack includes Kane Son salah KDB Antonio Greenwood fernandes

    What changes should I make and is it worth taking -4 or -8 hits at this stage?

    1. niaz1982
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Thinking bring in Dsilva for foden

    1. FPL Kaka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      No

    2. THE WERNER DELUSION
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      the whole point in the early deadline is so people don't know who is playing, so technically they should move it yeah

      1. THE WERNER DELUSION
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        I don't personally care that much, I'd be just as happy with the deadline being the time of the first kick off

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

      I stopped at 1.27. Boo hoo.

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Didn't listen but absolutely should be earlier deadline

    5. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Yes

  3. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Play

    A) ddg (lei)
    B) martinez (WAT)

    1. tomasjj
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      b

    2. Tozier
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      B

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

      The better goalkeeper, so B

  4. Noah’s Ark
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    If Bournemouth are relegated, who goes where?

    Arsenal have been linked to Fraser for awhile now. Surely Callum Wilson ends up somewhere decent. If Stanislas can stay fit he is a fantastic player. Ake has been linked with Man City. King to go somewhere?

    1. niaz1982
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Fraser will join spurs

    2. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Only think i can answer is Stanislas can't stay fit.

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        This is true.

    3. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Wilson will be the type that goes to Spurs.

    4. Jet5605
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Fraser's deal is done. His new club told him not to play and get injured. Probably Spurs

    5. Young Lingard
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Ake - city , Chelsea, united (depending on price ) West Ham
      CWilson to spurs or Newcastle
      Brooks (difficult imo he has the most talent) Everton , Newcastle Leeds or staying
      Fraser - West Ham
      King - stay most likely or Leeds /
      Stanislas - Arsenal at a push, Leicester ; stay

  5. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    18 points behind ML leader who has FH... He's a dullard so he's capping Sterling 100% I think. He can't really block my players with FH because there are two other managers within 15 points of him who could also catch up with him and our teams are very different.

    Should I cap D. Silva for the hail Mary even though I think Sterling is the better captain pick? Or bank on the rest of my team being different enough to make up the difference?

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Take Sterling and use the rest of your team to catch him.

    2. sunzip14
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      If you think Sterling scores more, why risk with Dilva. Hope for the best with (C) Sterling imo

    3. camarozz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      100% I think. About how I feel bout my FH team at the moment 🙂

    4. Boywiththesoupdragontattoo
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Do you think your overall team will outperform the other 2 also? Any idea if they will captain Sterling?

      1. camarozz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        Either Kane or sterling I'd imagine

    5. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Thanks for the replies. I'm leaning Sterling,not a fan of making decisions based on what others are doing

      1. Young Lingard
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        What’s your three or four top options in your team
        I like Kane if you fancy a sure return

    6. Tomerick
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      I think you want to hope the rest of your tram comes good. I think not captaining Sterling will resign you to a loss.

  6. jonnybhoy
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Captain choice

    A) Auba
    B) Dsilva
    C) KDB

    1. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      B

    2. sthelenslad92
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      B

    3. quayle99
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      KDB. Auba maybe rested

    4. tomasjj
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      c

    5. Tozier
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      B

    6. Balls of Steel
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      A if chasing or B if leading

  7. _sidney_will
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Going with budget Defence on FH:

    Martinez

    Pieters Lamptey Branthwaite (Johnson, Williams)

    Salah Sterling Martial Mahrez D.Silva

    Kane Aubameyang (Connolly)

  8. Bobby_Baggio
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Pulisic or Antonio?

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Antonio for me

      1. Bobby_Baggio
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        Guts telling me ant

  9. quayle99
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Cap Kane or KDB?

    1. sthelenslad92
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Kane

    2. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Kane

    3. tomasjj
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Kane

  10. nickybwild
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    A) Pieters, Walker, Bruno
    B) Egan, Van Dijk, DSilva

    H E L P !

    1. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Can you do B but with Pieters?

      1. nickybwild
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        I wish! But would have to take a 4pt hit, which I can’t afford to do 🙁

  11. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Attack (A) or Block (B)?

    16 points ahead in my ML. Opponent has TC, I have FH.

    (* are players my opponent owns)

    A. Martinez, Lamptey, Pieters, Ings

    B. Pope*, Tarkowski*, Aurier, Greenwood*

  12. Drogba Legend
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Sitting 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?

  13. Willos Wanderers
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    1FT £0.0ITB

    Pope
    TAA - VVD - Aurier
    Sterling (c) - Martial - Bruno - Foden - Antonio
    Jesus - Ings

    Greenwood - Doherty - Lamptey

    No idea what to do with my transfer. What would you suggest?

    1. treez
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Bruno on Dilva

    2. JenkinsUtd
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Bruno to Dilva

      1. Willos Wanderers
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        Have 3 City

  14. JenkinsUtd
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    On BB, Chasing 18 points

    Pope, Marti
    Aurier, Saiss Pieters Egan Lamptey
    Salah, Martial, Dilva, KDB, Puli
    Vardy,, Ings Greewood

    Any thought on
    1. Vardy -> Kane (-4)
    2. Vardy -> Auba (-4)
    3. Keep Vardy on

    1. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      1

    2. Chucky
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      3. Keep,Vardy brace inc...

  15. ElliotJHP
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Instinct was to strengthen bench on FH if players are rotated.

    But you'd imagine they'd just come off the bench anyway? Trent for example

    1. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Yeah, bench isn’t needed with 5 subs

  16. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Keep Jimmy or get rid for Giroud/Ings or Laca? thanks

  17. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Okay I know this is risky..

    Martinez

    Robbo/Aurier/Pieters

    Sterling/Son/Salah/Martial/
    Antonio

    Jesus/Ings

    Have a bench.

    Chasing and he will have Kane/Salah and probably Sterling.

  18. Sid07
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

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

    Planning for (tc) Sterling or kane

  19. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    I am chasing and need to take a risk, thoughts on this?

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

    1. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Do it

  20. davies
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    A) DCL > Jesus (bench Greenwood)

    B) Bruno > Sterling (play DCL/Greenwood

    1. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      B all day long

    2. Traction Engine Foot
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      B play Greenwood

  21. Winston.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Still undecided...best of these in your opinion?

    A. Patricio —> Pope
    B. Greenwood —> Ings
    C. KDB+Fernandes —> DSilva+Salah, -4

    Thanks.

  22. masyuris
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    No early team news today... so sad...

    1. sunzip14
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      you mean not by now..or before deadline?

    2. FPL Egregious
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      From no one?

      1. masyuris
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 hour ago

        FPL Scarface deleted twitter account

        1. FPL Egregious
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 1 hour ago

          Was he the only source?

  23. Hits from the Bong
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Need a plan B. If KDB doesn’t start who would you swap him for? Already got Salah, Silva and Sterling

    1. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      Son

  24. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Dont think im C Sterling if we dont get any news. He could be benched easily

  25. PLerix
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Bruno, Lascelles, Saiss ->
    A) Dilva/Mahrez, Tarkowski, Pieters (-4)
    B) Son, Pieters, Long (-4)

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      A

  26. Tozier
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    This is for draft, hence why they're weird picks, please rank:

    A) Foden (assuming he doesn't start)
    B) Moise Kean
    C) Iheanacho
    D) Minamino

    Thanks!

    1. Ian & Zen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      I think Foden is more likely tho start than others.
      suspect Minamino might replace Firmino

  27. Ian & Zen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    a) KDB + Aurier
    or
    b) Mahrez + Robinson

    1. Tozier
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 hour ago

      A

  28. quayle99
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Bench Boost

    pope heno
    Azpi Egan Trent AWB Saiss
    Willian KDB Fernandes Mahrez Saka
    Kane Greenwood Jimi

    Any change worth a -4?
    Cap?

  29. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 hour ago

    Any chance the Lord Lundstram starts today?