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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. Mini Mahouse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Pope
    Pieters Robertson TAA
    Mahrez Silva Sterling(C) Salah
    Ings Kane Greenwood

    3.9 - Branthwaite Williams Guendouzi

    G2G?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Yep

      Best triple LFC combo 😉

    2. Sanchit
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Pretty similar to mine

      I went :
      Salah Mahrez Ings -> Son KDB Martial

  2. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Nah, he'll start and come off early to raucous applause from ... er, the DJ!

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

      * reply fail re. Dilva starting.

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

    A) Saiss --> Laporte (if Saiss does not play I can only field 10 players)

    Or take the risk and:

    B) Vardy --> Kane

    C) Jiménez --> Jesus

    I'm leaning towards A. Thanks in advance.

    1. Sanchit
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      A

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Don’t see why Saiss won’t play, B for me

  4. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Final check guys, anything worth a hit?

    McCarthy
    Saiss | Pieters | Kiko
    Salah | KdB | Sterling | Martial | Antonio
    Kane | Ings | Greenwood

    Button* | Lascelles* | El Mohamady

    BB Active hence layout.

    0FT, 0ITB

    Thanks guys

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Anyone? 🙂

    2. Sasquatch Slayer
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      If bb active I’d take a hit to add some starters . Lascelles out to long or braithwaite an option. Button to Martínez even

  5. Sanchit
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    G2G?

    Pope
    TAA Robertson Pieters
    Sterling KDB Dilva Martial Son
    Kane Greenwood

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

      antonio is on penalties

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

        He's not, that was a one off, he said this himself.

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Yes, love the Son pick.
      Captain?

      1. Sanchit
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Sterling

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

    Patricio/Button
    Taa stevens baldock Williams(United) Kelly
    Kdb Stering Antonio Martial Norwood
    DCL Kane Greenwood

    i have bench boost available and i'm 23 points ahead of my rival plus 1.4m in the bank.
    1 free transfer.
    -4 hit or -8 hit or no hit?
    and whom to bring in

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Kelly to Digne

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Or Aurier if can’t afford

      2. shady4revr
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        can afford keane

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Would go for attacking potential in Aurier personally

  7. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 6 days ago

    My weapon of mass destruction -4 would be to do Doherty to Robbo and play him over Greenwood. Means 451

    Patricio
    Trent Dunk Robbo Aurier
    Salah Sterling Dilva Martial Son
    Jesus

    Will ponder this over the next 2 hours...

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Don’t think defenders are worth a -4

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Attacking fullback. Newcastle defence most likely will be in nomansland and Robbo on fire.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Stretch to TAA?

          1. Sanchit
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            He already has Trent

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              D’Oh!

    2. COLLIN QUANER
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      I'd save the transfer personally. I'm not one for taking hits though. Team looks nice 352 with Greenwood playing

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Save for GW1?

      2. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Yeah, I am also chasing someone with a 10 point lead so maybe should stick and let him take hits.

    3. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      I'd upgrade your other striker if possible, to many good looking options this week to take a hit for a defender.

  8. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

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

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      A

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

        Thanks Pep

  9. How I met your Mata
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Holding to start?

  10. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Is this worth a -8?

    DDG, Pulisic & Bruno to Pope, Mahrez & Son

    Gives me this team

    Pope
    TAA Egan Bardsley
    Salah Sterling(C) Son Mahrez Antonio
    Jesus Greenwood

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

      I wouldnt

    2. Sanchit
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Just Bruno to Mahrez?

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      DDG Bruno > Son Pope (-4) workable?

  11. vs175
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Pls help 1 point difference in league:

    Pope
    Dunk, Taylor, Cresswell, Saiss
    William, Sterling, KDB, Antonio, Bruno,
    Greenwood Jesus

    Subs: Martin, Robinson, Rashford

    Thinking:
    Rashford, Saiss, Creswell > TAA, DCL, Peiters? -4

    Also worried about missing out on DSilva & Salah.
    Would you have Dsilva or Jesus

    What to do?? Any advice will be appreciated

  12. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Salah but then again DSilva last game he might be on pens?

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

      Reply fail to above* VS175

      1. vs175
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Thanks but who to drop to get Salah in?

  13. binkx18
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Rashford - Ings for a hit???

    39 and 58 points ahead in ML - both chasers have Ings

    1. Sanchit
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      You have a comfortable lead.
      Rashford Vs Ings wouldn't be a 15-20 point difference for sure.

      I feel Ings sealing is more like 13 with a brace.

      Not worth the hit imo

      1. Sanchit
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Ceiling*

    2. COLLIN QUANER
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      I wouldn't. Unless they pull off a miracle, you should win both leagues comfortably

      1. binkx18
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        sound

  14. KP - FPL
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    My rival owns Kane and Sterling and is 15 points ahead, should I ....

    a) Get Salah and Wood and captain Salah

    b) Get Auba and Son and captain Sterling

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      B

  15. DandyDon
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    FH Team Which is Best!?

    A.
    Martinez*
    Bardsley TAA* Aurier - Williams Branthwaite
    Sterling DSilva Salah Antonio - Soucek*
    Firmino* Ings Jesus*
    0.3 in the bank

    B
    Ederson*
    Bardsley Robbo* Aurier - Williams Branthwaite
    Sterling DSIlva Salah Antonio Martial*
    Ings Kane* - Connolly*
    0.0 in the bank

    Punty Striker line up with 3 city attackers (could also throw Lacazette in for Firmino) OR Ederson with Kane and Martial?

  16. Vazza
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Chances of Foden starting

      A. 25%
      B. 50%
      C. 75%

      Chances of TAA starting

      1. 25%
      2. 50%
      3. 75%

      1. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        B
        3

      2. Gunners n' Roses
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        A 3

    • Vazza
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Who will score more points

        A. Antonio
        B. Greenwood

      • The Legend Squad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Sterling been in St Tropez, there is no way he starts right?!

        1. DycheDycheBaby
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Lol. Yeah I guess St Tropez is on the other side of the world..

        2. Cantonascollar7
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          No chance he won't be playing!

      • DycheDycheBaby
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        GTG?
        Pope
        Saiss, Doherty, TAA
        KDB, Sterling, Dilva, Salah, Martial,
        Ings, Greenwood

        1. Cantonascollar7
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Looks good to me!

      • konrad.sygula95
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Which option 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. Cantonascollar7
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          C!

      • Cantonascollar7
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Pick two if you will....

        A) Doherty
        B) Azpi
        C) Greenwood
        D) Jiminez
        E) Trezeguet

        Many thanks!

        1. InvertedWinger
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Cd

      • WZRD542
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        I'm 6 points behind in ML.

        Pope (McCarthy)
        TAA , Egan , Jonny , Pieters , (Tomori)
        Sterling(TC), KDB, Pulisic, Bruno, (Cantwell)
        Rashford, Jimi, Ings

        Considering the following:
        Rashford,TAA,-->

        a.) Kane , Coleman
        b.) Kane , Gomez
        c.) Kane, Aurier

        1. Cantonascollar7
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          C looks good to me!

      • ChipsnGravy
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        have KDB/Foden/Jesus/Martial/Bruno/Antonio

        A. Bruno/Jesus for Sterling/Wood (cpt Sterling) -4
        B. Foden/Jesus to Sterling/Wood (cpt Sterling) -4
        C. Leave (cpt KDB)

        have a 16 point lead in ML, 2nd place has KDB/Foden/Bruno/Salah/Dendonk

        1. Cantonascollar7
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Defo B! Foden might be on the bench!

      • Zio
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Branthwaite or Neco Williams for 4.0 mil defender?

        1. The hope that kills...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Branth if you want more certainty of a start

        2. Trane84
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Brandon Williams? Likely start although not guaranteed.

      • InvertedWinger
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Ings or Pulisic?

        1. Gunners n' Roses
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Ings

      • VTown
          3 months, 6 days ago

          5 points ahead in ML. Have already gone Bruno - Dilva.

          Is it worth a hit to go doherty - taa or AWB - Aurier/Digne?

        • Trumpeters FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Hi there - I'm 4 points ahead in my ml - have FH to play. Have KDB, Dilva, Sterling, martial and pulisic - too many man city eggs in one basket? Should I leave or change to:

          1)KDB for Son
          2) Dilva for antonio

          (Also have Kane, Ings greenwood, robertson, and aurier and pieters)

          Thank you!

          1. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 6 days ago

            I'd stick with that espcially as you are in front, you are proposing to move to more differential players, which I would recommend when behind not in front.

            Son isnt a bad option, but yea I wouldnt do it, KDBs owenrship far higher and your rivals likely have him, not Son

            1. Trumpeters FC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Thank you, thank you!

              How about pulisic vs antonio, if guy 4 points behind me has pulisic?

        • shady4revr
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          mid
          kdb sterling antonio martial norwood

          1.4 in the bank
          1 free t
          should i get silva? in place of whom?

        • _Freddo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          I'm 21 points ahead in my cash league, would you hit to take it down to 17 or run with what you have and let them take the risks?

          1. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Stick

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

              RMT has my team at 60 for context.

        • konrad.sygula95
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Best Captain ?
          A) Auba
          B) Salah
          C) Kdb
          D) D. Silva

          1. Gunners n' Roses
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Salah