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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. konrad.sygula95
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 20 hours ago

    Which is best ?

    A) Bruno & Rashford to D.Silva & Auba - 4
    B) Saiss & Bruno to Pieters & Son - 4
    C) Just Bruno to D. Silva
    D) Just Saiss to Pieters
    E) Something else?

    1. Siva Mohan
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      A if chasing

    2. Tomerick
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      A with Kane instead of Auba?

    3. Shipstontrev
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      C

    4. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      C

  2. Siva Mohan
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 20 hours ago

    hope FFS is ready with new pods/containers for peak hour traffic..

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      Not sure it scales well enough to be containerised.

    2. ALI_G
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      AirPods?

    3. Shipstontrev
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      Travel pods?

    4. FPLHaggis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      Pea pods?

    5. Blandiblub
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 19 hours ago

      Daniel Pod-ence?

  3. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 20 hours ago

    If early team news does creep in then depending on the situation I will be willing to take one hit.

    Other than that my team is set.

    Let's go.

    GL everyone!

  4. comeonspurs
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 20 hours ago

    martinez
    Aurier. Pieters alonso
    D.silva son Bruno sterling Pulisic
    Kane Ings

    McCarthy Nketiah Lamptey williams

    Very small ml lead and on freehit

    Just a few comments on it would be appreciated

    1. Davemc23
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 19 hours ago

      I had Alonso all along in my FH but shipped him last night. Lots of newspaper reports expecting Chelsea to go back to a back 4 with him being sacrificed. Wolves defence pretty strong too. Maybe switch to Digne?

  5. DF
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 20 hours ago

    2014 / 15 took a gw38 hit for Kane to Benteke. Missed out on the top 100 by 6 places. Without the move I'd have finished 82nd.

    Careful with the hits today everybody. Love your team - leave it be!

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      Those careers have gone in opposite directions since that day!

    2. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      imagine doing that move this season! Benteke is not the same player these days...

    3. Davemc23
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      You took a hit to get Benteke? Imagine where you would've finished if you weren't completely out if your mind!

      1. DF
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 20 hours ago

        We all did then, mate. It was the safe move and lacked ambition!

  6. SuperMane Returns
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 20 hours ago

    Bruno + Vardy to Antonio + Kane for a -4?

  7. Davemc23
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 20 hours ago

    Anyone relatively new to this, please be aware that there will be an abundance of fake team news here in the minutes before the deadline. Also, the servers are very likely to crash. Don't leave it till the last minute and rely on the news you see here. You could easily get burned!

    1. CFC1990
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      There will be fake news here probably too. Going to be a nightmare

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 20 hours ago

        This

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      Good advice

    3. Shipstontrev
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      Watch out for Alonso14

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 20 hours ago

        lol, I recall that evening.

        1. SuperMane Returns
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 19 hours ago

          What did Alonso14 do?

          1. One Wheels Enough
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 19 hours ago

            Hope so, the cheats deserve it...

  8. BOOM XHAKALACA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 20 hours ago

    A. Martial and Walker
    B. TAA and Pulisic

    A or B?

    1. Hand of Dog
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      B for me

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      B

    3. Davemc23
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      B

  9. Hand of Dog
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 20 hours ago

    A: Bruno to Silva

    Or

    B: Bardy to Jesus

    ?

    1. BellyKlopp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      A

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      Tough one.

      Flip a coin

    3. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      A

    4. Poison Apple
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      A

  10. How I met your Mata
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 20 hours ago

    A or B

    A Antionio

    B Pulisic

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      B

  11. Champions united
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 20 hours ago

    Gtg with this FH or any change req
    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

  12. BellyKlopp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 20 hours ago

    A or B?

    A) Vardy and Bruno --> Wood and Sterling
    B) TAA and Bruno --> Bardsley and Sterling

  13. El Lobito 10
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 20 hours ago

    Have a feeling Sterling will be benched. Might shift captain to Kane. Thoughts?

    1. ididnt
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      agree

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 20 hours ago

        Don’t have Sterling, but will be shocked if he doesn’t start.

        Even more shocked if he doesn’t haul.

    2. Shipstontrev
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      Don’t think you’re right about Sterling.

  14. ididnt
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 20 hours ago

    last decisions:

    captain Dilva, Jesus or KdB

    AWB to Aurier for -4?

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      Dilva.

      Yes.

  15. Bonus magnet
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 20 hours ago

    PUNISH them BRUNO

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 19 hours ago

      I would be more worried about those who ditched Salah tbf

  16. hshepherd
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 20 hours ago

    1FT, whats the best option here? Bottomed on previous post. Cheers!

    A) Doherty + Jimenez >> Jesus + Pieters (-4)
    B) Jimenez + Fernandes >> Jesus + Antonio (-4)
    C) Vardy + Fernandes >> Wood + Sterling (-4)
    D) Vardy >> Jesus
    E) Vardy + Doherty >> Kane + Pieters (-4)

    1. ididnt
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      D

    2. Siva Mohan
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      B

  17. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 20 hours ago

    Hey fam! Which option?

    A. DDG & Pieters
    B. Pope & Egan

    XX
    TAA Bardsley XX

    1. Siva Mohan
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      B

    2. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      B

  18. King Henrik
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 20 hours ago

    choose 1?

    Kane
    Salah
    Sterling

    1. Siva Mohan
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      Sterling

    2. El Lobito 10
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      Mo

    3. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 20 hours ago

      Raz

    4. Odin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 19 hours ago

      Sterling

  19. COLLIN QUANER
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 20 hours ago

    Salah (TC) locked in as I don't have Sterling. Was a tough choice between Salah and D. Silva

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 19 hours ago

      I chose Salah, so you probably made the right move there.

      1. COLLIN QUANER
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 19 hours ago

        Let's hope so! Good luck, fellow Salah captainer

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 19 hours ago

      Good choice and GL!

      1. COLLIN QUANER
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 19 hours ago

        Thanks! Good luck to you also, Foo Fighter

  20. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 20 hours ago

    Afternoon everyone!! Best wishes to you all!! A work of advice here would be delicious, I’m and 7K, never been in this situation before!!! Have my TC left!! Only 1FT, is a -8 to get Sterling in and TC him the right move?? What’s my best option to give me the best chance of staying in top 10K?? Mee to Pieters is an option ,Thankyou..... Team is....
    Henderson
    TAA Doherty Saiss
    Mané Dilva(TC) Foden Martial
    Vardy Jesus(VTC) Ings
    Sub- Nyland Bruno Fernandez Mee

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 19 hours ago

      All the best, mate.

      Just do Mee to Pieters, Dilva should get you decent TC points.

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 19 hours ago

        Lovely, thankyou!! I think he will too, I got him in last week with a view to use my TC on him, would you start Foden or Bruno mate???

    2. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 19 hours ago

      Just play Bruno over Foden, much higher upside
      Agree get Burnley defender

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 19 hours ago

        Thanks mate, just changed then round, will keep and ear out for any leaked news and if Foden starts(which i doubt) il switch them back!! Thanks again buddy!!

  21. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 19 hours ago

    Salah or Sterling (C) is bugging me

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 19 hours ago

      Raz.

  22. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 19 hours ago

    I am 19 points behind my rival and he confirmed he brought in Kane.

    Should I swerve my Kane plan and do:

    Bruno and Rashford ---> Wood and Salah (c)

    1. COLLIN QUANER
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 19 hours ago

      What if he is tricking you?

      1. shady4revr
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 19 hours ago

        haahhahah

  23. CFC1990
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 19 hours ago

    So which 3 City are you FHs on?

    I'm thinking Sterling, D Silva and Laporte.

    Scared about Jesus but would have to get rid of others I want to get him in

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 19 hours ago

      Only got 2, Dilva and KdB.

    2. COLLIN QUANER
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 19 hours ago

      Not on free hit, but have KDB, D. Silva and Jesus. Would have liked Sterling, however didn't want to take a hit.

  24. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 19 hours ago

    Does Jesus start? Yes or no

    1. CFC1990
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 19 hours ago

      No one knows until team sheets released.

  25. john25
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 19 hours ago

    Hey guys, how is Son this week as a pick? Considering between him or Martial or Richarlison.

    Cheers

    1. CFC1990
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 19 hours ago

      Think hes good option

    2. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 19 hours ago

      Decent. Fair record v palace too.

    3. COLLIN QUANER
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 19 hours ago

      He is my differential this week. I think he scores a couple

      1. Owenuk
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 19 hours ago

        What are your thoughts re Moura?

  26. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 19 hours ago

    Jesus or Mahrez?

    1. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 hours ago

      Or actually

      A) Kane + Mahrez
      B) Jesus + Son/Bruno/Martial

  27. SuperMane Returns
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 19 hours ago

    Hey folks,

    Foden/Patricio/Bruno to Dilva/McCarthy/Son for a -8?

    Thanks in advance 🙂

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 19 hours ago

      Not worth shifting keepers now.

      1. SuperMane Returns
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 19 hours ago

        I needed to cut 0.7 off someone tho FF to get the other 2.

  28. One Wheels Enough
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 19 hours ago

    Anyone else think that Dilva may not start as he will want to be on the pitch when the final whistle goes on his career, not up in the stands wearing a mask?

    1. El Lobito 10
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 hours ago

      Will play 90

    2. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 hours ago

      Could be

  29. El Lobito 10
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 19 hours ago

    Reason not to captain Sterling: he's the most transferred in player! It's a curse that strikes all the time

    1. One Wheels Enough
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 19 hours ago

      Reason not to have him... 🙂

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 hours ago

      I'm leading my ML. If I were chasing I'd captain a differential.

    3. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 19 hours ago

      I don’t have him because it’d meant an 8 point hit and I’ve got nothing to play for. Since everyone and his dog has him I wouldn’t really gain anything by having him really.

      If I could get him in for -4 I would have and triple capped him.

  30. potatoace
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 19 hours ago

    Is the chat of Williams starting over TAA still building , or has that faded now.

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 hours ago

      Dunno about chat, but surely it's a real possibility until team sheets are in.