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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. Thomas M.
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Doherty -> Robbo (double with TAA)
    TAA+Martial -> Salah + Pieters -4 (close my FH rivals a little)

    1. Thomas M.
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Sorry for this top post

  2. Cruyff's Eleven
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Would you take a - 4 on Patricio to Pope?

    Defending a 20 point lead in my ML, he has Pope.

    1. Zen_Master
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Yes. Pope more likely to get clean sheet. On course to win the golden glove.

    2. Goooo Rickie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 1 day ago

      No

    3. Ragabolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      No

      1. Cruyff's Eleven
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Thank you sir, I value your opinion highly.

        I shall keep my precious points in the bank and trust Wolves to not concede too many ☺️

  3. KUNingas
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    A) Antonio, Digne
    B) Martial/Bruno, Pieters

    1. denial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      B martial

    2. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      B bruno

  4. BNMC
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 1 day ago

    I may as well make my transfers now and not wait for team news, right? Both of the players I'm bringing in are nailed enough.

    1. Ady87
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      No harm in waiting unless you think you might forget and miss the deadline.

      1. BNMC
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        True, but do I want to risk the site crashing? Has that ever happened on the final day due to excessive transfers being made right at the deadline?

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

      I mean if you've waited until now you might as well wait for the team news

      1. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Which may not materialise and then usual server issues from 2:45 😉

    3. Beatle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Yes but last day of the season and managers can throw curve balls with their selections

  5. aleksios
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Good morning all.
    Would you do Salah+Bruno+Abraham to Sterl+Dilva+Auba for a hit?

    1. BNMC
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Only the last two. Salah to Sterling seems way too sideways.

      1. aleksios
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Not enough money...

    2. denial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Possibly. Prefer kane

  6. LǝgleSs e|even
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Any thoughts on Jesus?

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Nice guy

    2. kalshot
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Our Lord and Savior!

      • Corgzzzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Only on Sundays.......

      • Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Decent pick, I prefer the City Mids personally but if you need a striker he's probably the best one this week

    3. Ady87
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Using BB, No FT or money. Am I okay to go? No Liverpool and only double City...

      Pope (Martinez)
      Tark Digne Saiss (Aurier Maguire)
      Pulisic Sterling KDB Son Bruno
      Ings Greenwood (Jimi)

      Anything worth a hit? 12 behind 2nd and 30 behind 1st, they’ve got no chips.

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

        leave it as it is

      2. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        GTG

      3. The Cloud Watcher
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Think I'd play Aurier over Saiss.

      4. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Good BB team - good luck.

    4. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

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

      KDB out
      1. Salah (c)
      2. Mane (c)

      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. Toby Lerone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        A

    5. otisss
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Start Foden or Doherty?!

      Not sure if Foden will start!

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

        Doh

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

        Wait for team news

    6. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Lallana will be a good buy for Brighton, but will they get any of the other Teletubbies though ?

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        🙂

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

        I expect Brighton to do well next season. Manager is settled now

      3. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Not sure Spurs would let Tinky Winky go

      4. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Po? unsettled at Utd

      5. bigbudgie
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        15pts behind is a hit warranted?

        Martinez
        Doherty Boly VVD
        KDB Mahrez Antonio Bruno Martial
        Rashford Jiminez (DCL)

        Doherty, Bruno and Jiminez > Aurier, Dilva and Kane -4?

        Then not sure who to captain still

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

          I quite like that as you're chasing, but of course it could backfire bigtime.

    7. denial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Before gets mad busy on here, best of luck everyone. It's been a tough, long, strange season. Enjoy the final day.

      1. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Same to you and will be nice to close this season down finally

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

        Cheers Denial, best of luck yourself 🙂

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

          Thank you for all the team news mate 🙂

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

            Apologies I haven't been able to do it recently. Combination of weird gameweek organisation and less free time did me in!

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

              You kind man 🙂
              I know must have been some issues.

              Cheers for the efforts !

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

        GL

    8. ol
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Best 6.0 or under mid? I've got a feeling Wijnaldum might do OK but is Grealish or other a better bet?

      1. denial
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Trezeguet?

      2. Goooo Rickie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Trezeguet

      3. The Cloud Watcher
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Trezeguet in form.

    9. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Would you

      A - TC Kane or Jesus?
      B - Bench Willian or Foden

      Pope
      VVD, Aurier, Doherty
      Mane, KDB, Willian, Bruno
      Kane, Jesus, Greenwood

      Martin, Foden, Luke Thomas, Jack Robinson

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

        Kane foden

        1. Homer21
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Tnx

    10. Smurf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      If all players start who’s the best option?

      A) Jesus and Son

      Or

      B) Kane and DSilva

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

        B

      2. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        I prefer A but not much in it and it can go either way

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

        B

      4. Garth Marenghi
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        B

      5. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        B methinks

    11. Ray In Bruges.
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      11 Points back of the leader - WC played

      0.1 ITB

      Pope (3.9)
      TAA Pieters Aurier (Williams, Tanganga)
      Pulisic Fernandes Martial KDB (Dendoncker)
      Kane Jimenez Jesus

      Thinking DSilva or Mahrez for one of the ManU lads. Any feedback appreciated.

      1. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Gtg, GL

    12. Jay Jay Okocha
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      On FH:

      A) Mane + Robbo
      B) VVD + Salah

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

        A

      2. Garth Marenghi
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        A

    13. marcus2704
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Rashford and Fernandez out for Kane and Antonio for a -4?

      1. tokara
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Dump 1

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

        No only need ManUtd to get a pen and youbhave a player. Wes Morgan starting?

    14. InterUranus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Play one:

      Foden
      Pulisic
      D Silva (-8)

      1. tokara
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        B

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

        B

    15. Kaptenen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Most boring question here but who do you prefer from budget burnley options, Bardsley or Pieters?

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Pieters

    16. tokara
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Scout picks wood over ings???

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

        It's certainly up for debate. Personally prefer Ings but you can make a case for either.

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

        Amazed myself too.
        Burnley are pathetic attacking wise.

        1. drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          brighton pathetic in defense also

        2. tokara
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Exactly, 1 goal max

    17. n14mul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Son and kane too much spurs?? I mean it is a jose team...

      1. tokara
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        I think so

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

        Value in Aurier IMO as second spurs pick

      3. Garth Marenghi
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Yeah

    18. gers23
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Wise to play it safe with no hits if only top of mini league by 38 points?

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Yeah

    19. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Salah to Sterling C worth it for -4?

      1. tokara
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Not for me

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

        Would you captain Salah if you kept him?

        1. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          No Dsilva

        2. tokara
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          No for sure

          Pool may play fringe players

    20. Shaw Manc Redemption
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Defence dilemma - thanks for your thoughts

      A. Tark and Pieters
      B. Stephens and Tark

      1. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        2

    21. ShackledAce
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Is dumping Salah AND taking a hit too much? On BB.

      Salah, Alonso, Nketiah -> Sterling, Pieters and Wood

    22. abaalan
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Any thoughts? (1ft, 0.2 itb)

      1) TAA + Doherty + Soucek + Jimenez -> Bardsley + fodder + D.Silva + Kane (triple Bur def!) -12

      2) Doherty + Soucek -> Fodder + D. Silva -4

      3) Doherty + Vardy -> Aurier + Kane -4

      4) Vardy -> Jesus

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

        3 or 4

        1. abaalan
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          If 3 who would you play out of Aurier or Soucek?

      2. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        B looks crazy if spurs go wild, anything can happen

    23. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Which move you suggest:
      A) KDB + Bruno > Dilva + Salah(C)
      Or,
      B) jiminez + Bruno > Greenwood + Salah(C)

      M chasing so wanna go differential Salah(C)

      1. abaalan
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        like Salah C, but wouldnt be getting rid of KDB. Therefore would say B..

    24. KIRA
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      I'm in a maze, help

      A - play 2 out of
      1- Nktiah
      2- Rashford
      3- Jimmy
      B - which 2 city players
      1- Debruyne + Mahrez
      2- D.silva + Mahrez
      3-Debruyne + D.silva

      1. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        23/3

      2. j1ves
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        A) 2&3
        B) 2

      3. Garth Marenghi
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        A23b2

    25. Moose™
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      My FH team. 0.3 left. G2G?

      Martinez (3.9)

      TAA Aurier Pieters (Bardsley) (BWilliams)

      Salah Sterling Mahrez Dilva  (Guendouzi)

      Kane Ings Greenwood

      1. ShackledAce
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        g2g

    26. Vazza
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Reposting. Please help out guys.

        Which one -

        A. Aurier, Bruno, Greenwood

        B. Dunk, Bruno, Dilva (-4)

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

        D. Doherty, Antonio, Dilva (-4)

        1. ShackledAce
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          a...but if you must have Dilva, then C