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

    Get Bruno in

    I’ve steadily been deleting my GW30 team.

    Vardy was first to go in 33 - hauled
    Son was next in 35 - hauled
    Tammy in 37 - well a goal is a haul for Tammy right?

    Bruno out this week

  2. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Aarrgh. I thought we were defo gonna get early team news but now it's not looking likely.

    A) Vardy > Kane
    B) Rashford + Foden > Ings + Dilva -4

    Those are the two options I was hoping to sort out with the team news.

    1. Winston.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      A

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        In essence it comes down to:

        A) Kane, Foden, Rashford
        B) Vardy, Dilva, Ings -4

        1. Winston.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Foden might play just 15, so it’s tricky...

    2. Dirtymeercat666
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 4 days ago

      A for me

    3. Utopsis
        4 months, 4 days ago

        A

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

      Is FPL Scarface’s Twitter down or is it just me?

      1. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        He is fraud.

    5. yer old da
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Keep or sell Bruno on a FH? Have Greenwood for Man U cover.

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        I sold.

    6. milanista10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      If you have DCL still, surely start him for a “supposedly” open game vs Bou? Or you think he will be sacrificed for Kean this last GW?

      So would you start DCL or Jimenez?

      1. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Jimi

      2. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Jimenez easily for mine.

      3. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Jimenez!

      4. Amsterhammer
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Jiminez

      5. 16ShimiC16
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        I think Ancelotti mentioned something like Kean could start if he's fit

      6. Dirtymeercat666
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Jimi

      7. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Sell him.wood is a better option.

    7. Pickle juice
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      For a -4 hit would you do any of the below ?

      A. KDB ----> salah (have no pool attack)
      B. Kdb ------> sterling (also have mahrez and dsilva)
      C. Rashford ----> kane (have martial currently aswell no spurs attack)
      D. None worth -4

      Appreciate the help

      1. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        C

    8. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Play 1
      A) Stephens vs Southampton Ings
      B) Doherty vs Chelsea

    9. LM00091
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Would you guys make this transfer?

      Laporte and Fernandes >> Dsilva and Tarkowski

      1. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Yes

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

      Starting Foden over Greenwood crazy? Foden has got around 30mins last 3 times he has been subbed on, against tired Norwich legs looks like a bgood bet, right?

      1. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Oh yes

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

          Yes crazy or yes start him?

      2. sully29
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        I would opt for Greenwood unless we hear Foden is starting.

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

          Cheers

        2. sully29
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          The ability of players to reliably score when coming on "against tired legs" is often overrated. Pick players who start.

      3. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        I'd start Greenwood.

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

          Ok thanks.

      4. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Go Greenwood. He is in form.

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

        Foden might yet start. If he starts he'll be a huge threat.

      6. Dirtymeercat666
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 4 days ago

        I’d start foden

      7. Winston.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Start Greenwood

        1. One Wheels Enough
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 4 days ago

          I'm starting both and benching Jimi...

    11. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Which one?

      A. Martinez + Ings

      B. Pope + Antonio

      *also own Pieters Barsdsley.
      Thanks a lot

      1. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        B

      2. ZakyJ
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        A

      3. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 4 days ago

        A

      4. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        It's more like Ings or Antonio and I prefer Ings.

        1. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          dont you think watford will have to score and they will do at any cost?

      5. Dirtymeercat666
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 4 days ago

        B

    12. gullibaldurs
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Silva, Salah, Ings vs. KdB, Antonio and Kane/Auba.

      Winning my ML by 35 points and my rival has Kdb and Auba but none of the others at this time.

      I have free hit and he doesn't.

      What we thinking?

      1. Deens
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 4 days ago

        IMO. Keep KDB and Kane/Auba.

        Still pick up Dsilva if possible

      2. Seamy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Both are good. Go with your gut

    13. Mr_Barbs
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      A) Vardy + Bruno > Kane + Silva
      B) Vardy + Bruno > Jesus + Son
      C) Bruno + Lascelles > Silva + Robbo/Aurier/Tarkowski

      Pope
      TAA, Saiss, Egan
      Sterling, Foden, Martial, Bruno, Pulisic
      Wood, Rashford

      Martinez, Vardy, Lascelles, Holgate

    14. Deens
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Leading ML by 40. Chasers have Triple Captain and FH to play.

      Already have KDB and picked up DSilva this week.

      Should I eat -4 point to pick up Jesus over Vardy?

      1. sunzip14
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        I would only take a hit to minimize damage from their TC chip on Salah or Sterling.

      2. Utopsis
          4 months, 4 days ago

          No hits - 40 points is a very solid lead

      3. CRO KLOPP
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        1 FT
        Bruno to
        A)Silva
        B) Mahrez
        C) Son

        1. Deens
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 4 days ago

          A or C. Personally I would go A

        2. Dirtymeercat666
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 4 days ago

          A, closely followed by c

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

        Does Liverpool official twitter still post lineup one minute before fpl deadline?

        1. shady4revr
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          help me pukki

      5. CrouchDown
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Any chance Button starts today?

        1. OptimusBlack
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Nooo

      6. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        A) Doherty and Wood
        B) Aurier and Ings

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 4 days ago

          B

        2. Dirtymeercat666
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 4 days ago

          B for me

        3. Winston.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          B

        4. waldo666
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Cheers all.

      7. shady4revr
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Okay mates i need help

        my apponent is 23 points behind me and his team is as follows:

        Mccarthy/Martinez
        Robertson Doherty Maguire webster Digne
        Foden KDB Willian(might be replaced with Dsliva) Martial Cantwell
        DCL Jesus Greenwood
        has no chip left to play.

        And now the champion, that is me, i have bench boost left but i am confused to play it or not
        help needed, my team

        Patricio/Button
        Stevens TAA Baldock Williams(Man united) Kelly
        Sterling KDB Antonio Martial Norwood
        Greenwood DCL Kane

        i guess williams will play, so if i play bench boost i will be having 13 players playing
        but i want dsilva should i take -8 hit to replace button and kelly as well and be 15 points ahead? or should i take -4 hit and replace keeper or kelly? i have 1.4m in the bank

        HELP and make me champion once again 😀

        1. Flaps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Minus 4 only

        2. Licky
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Confused about playing the bench boost chip in the last week?

          1. shady4revr
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Confused about taking -8 and losing.

      8. Vertigo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Is anyone banking on a shock result today?

        Watford to beat Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester to claim 3rd and 4th, etc?

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          no

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

          Wolves to beat Chelsea. United & Leicester draw.

          1. LFC
          2. City
          3. United
          4. Leicester

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 4 days ago

            There will be goals in LEI vs UTD

      9. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        I switched Auba to Kane last night so I was on Kane while he was 10.9m.

        But my gut is telling me go Auba. Kane has Palace away (surely not as easy as people say) and Auba is going for Golden Boot

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          both are equally great picks tbh

        2. Jonny HOW SON?
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          But Watford have to fight to stay in the PL, Palace are on the beach

        3. FOO FIGHTER
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Palace defence says hi...

          I would go Kane.

        4. Blzbobuk
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Both good but some doubt on auba minutes. Evening standard even have him not starting which I don’t believe.

      10. Jonny HOW SON?
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Transfers during FH doesn't count towards you're total of transfers at the end of the season right?

      11. CroatianHammer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        So, reading of Lukaku's brace in Italy, and of course now I'm wondering... do he and Sanchez come back for September? Do you think that they're likely to want to challenge again and in Bruno and Greenwood they see assets to help them get there?

        1. waldo666
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Lukaku was sold, don't see Sanchez coming back.

        2. Sasquatch Slayer
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Lukaku was sold not loaned was he not ?

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

          Luk is not on loan. SanChez is older and selling him frees up money. If SanChez plays well now it helps United get rid of him

      12. Heres hoping x 6
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 4 days ago

        1) Foden n Jimi for Dsilva n Rodriquez

        2) KDB n Jimi for DSilva n Kane?

        Have Sterling

        1. Gabhini Gupini
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          B

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

        Where would you upgrade if you were to downgrade Mane or Salah?

        McCarthy
        Aurier Pieters Digne
        Silva Mahrez Sterling Mane Salah
        Kane GW

        Will Tang Conn

      14. Valar(Keith)
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        More than worrying about team news leaking I'd be more worried about fake news being posted causing us to make wrong decisions later today.. happened last year and it may happen again.

        1. sully29
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          100%.

        2. Seamy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Certainly. Fortunately I will be driving just as the team news is due so I have to stick

        3. Utopsis
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Yep - time to make your own mind up (if only I could follow the same advice).

        4. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Think I'm just gonna save FT, good luck everyone.

          1. shady4revr
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHHA

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

            Lmao

          3. Vazza
              4 months, 4 days ago

              Can I have your FT?

          4. Atimis
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Auba Greenwood or Ings Puli??

            1. waldo666
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 4 days ago

              Auba Greenwood

          5. Seamy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            If we find out the team news and Mahrez starts...
            Would you do KdB -> Mahrez?
            On a FH FYI

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

              Yes

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

              No team news this week imho.

          6. Jet5605
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Best Holgate replacement? Already have Tarkowski but no Spurs

            A Pieters
            B Aurier

          7. ZakyJ
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            How does one find Man City teamsheet before the lock? How likely is it to come out early?

            1.Who do you captain not knowing:

            A: KDB
            B: Mahrez
            C: Salah

            2. Who do you captain if they all start: (above)

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

              Salah

              Still Salah.

              Unless you find a way to get Sterling for KDB. Then captain Sterling.