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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. Redranger
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Martinez
    TAA, Pieters, Aurier
    Sterling, Salah, Dilva, Mahrez, Antonio
    Ings, Kane

    GTG?

    1. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Very good

    2. DRINKWINE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Dont fancy another City asset?

      1. DRINKWINE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Nevermind...you got 3 already sorry

        1. Redranger
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Between Mahrez & Jesus. Knowing my luck neither will start.

    3. MGD
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Got the same but can’t afford TAA..

    4. tm370
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      The same as my FH team except ive got double Burnley.

      Looks good!

      1. Redranger
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Ideally I’d have Pope in goal but am just a little short. Who’s your captain?

  2. LǝgleSs e|even
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Free Hit Team.. GTG ?
    Pope
    Aurier Digne TAA
    Son Dilva Salah Antonio Pulisic
    Ings Greenwood
    Martin Egan Nkeitah Pieters

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      not my cup of tea

      1. LǝgleSs e|even
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Recommendations? Thx

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          more city attackers
          sell Digne

          1. LǝgleSs e|even
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Thanks.
            Mahrez or Foden in addition to Sterling?

    2. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      1 city attacker is not enough

    3. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I would be going all-in with 3 City v Norwich

  3. eririi
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    A) Martial and Jesus
    B) Antonio and Kane

    1. Redranger
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      B.

  4. JoeJitzu +42
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Where is the best place to get early team news? Thanks

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      here

      1. Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        If the servers stay up!

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          true
          Nirvana

      2. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 27 days ago

        There's another one 🙂

    2. joelsprylar
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Any good twitter account?

  5. Bushman
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    A) TAA, Pieters, Bardsley
    B) Robbo, Aurier, Braithwaite/Lamptney

    My ML rival and I are level points. He has TAA and double Burnley (Pope and Tarks). I have FH and he has TC. I think I have the edge so whilst I think B may score better, A blocks him to allow my forwards to bring home the money.

    1. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      A scores better imo

    2. ShackledAce
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      B, live a little

  6. Arteta
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Who is gonna be your last captain this season?

    1. Bushman
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Sterling

    2. Eastman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Salah

    3. FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Sterling

    4. LǝgleSs e|even
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Dilva

    5. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Sterling

    6. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Salah/Mahrez

      1. bigbudgie
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I'm thinking Mahrez punt too

    7. pitstop1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Salah

    8. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Sterling I think. Very tempted by Salah but I'm consolidating my position rather than chasing

    9. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Kane

    10. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I'm a sheep
      Raz

    11. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Salah or Sterling will decide at 14:58

  7. merin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Who do you think will get the most points this week of Mahrez and Martial?

    1. LǝgleSs e|even
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Riyad

      1. Eastman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Certainly hope so

  8. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Is FPL Rockstar still active on twitter ?

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      not today.

    2. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      FH in gw 36 then went missing

    3. FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      He won’t do early news, looks for FPL Scarface he said he would

      1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Is he a known good source ?

        1. FPL Pillars
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Seems in the know. He’s released reliable news for last few GWs

        2. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Best one

    4. BNMC
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Yes, he made his account private yesterday but still said there's no team news. Not sure what to make of it all...

    5. bigbudgie
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

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

      Reactions to that idea?

      1. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Looks decent if you trust spurs

      2. FISSH
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        It's so hard because both can score so well!

      3. andriyballack
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I like it. Should pay off.

      4. pitstop1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Looks profitable

      5. DAVESAVES
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Good

      6. bigbudgie
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Cheers guys

    6. andriyballack
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Current FH draft:

      Martinez
      TAA, Aurier, Pieters (Williams, Branthwaite)
      Salah, Sterling, Son, Silva (McCarthy)
      Kane, Jesus, Greenwood

      Should I
      A. Let it be
      B. TAA, Greenwood --> Stephens, Ings
      C. TAA, McCarthy --> Bardsley, Antonio

      1. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        A, solid team

    7. FISSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      A) Fernandes > Sterling
      Rashford > Greenwood and start Foden

      B) same as above but with -4 (Foden to David Silva)

    8. fcsaltyballs
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Best combo (I'm chasing 20-30 points):

      1. Pope Aurier KDB
      2. Pope Robertson Mahrez
      3. Martinez TAA Mahrez

      XXX
      XXX Bardsley Pieters
      XXX Salah Sterling Silva
      Kane Auba Greenwood

      Thanks, and good luck this final week...

      1. andriyballack
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        3

      2. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        A

      3. pitstop1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        2

      4. Respect My Authoritah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        1

      5. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        1

      6. n14mul
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        3 more explosive

    9. Jack Burton
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Morning all last one Martial or Son already have Kane thanks in advance

      1. pitstop1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Son

        1. Jack Burton
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Cheers mate GL

    10. Vpan
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      a) Vardy -> Kane

      b) Martial/Bruno + Vardy -> Sterling + Nketiah -4 (3-5-2)

      c) Martial/Bruno -> DSilva

      d) Get crazy! Vardy + Martial + Bruno -> Kane + Sterling + Trezeguet -8

    11. HD7
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Fernandez to Walker/Laporte -4?
      Newcastle will probably concede a few goals.

      *No players on the bench

    12. Lukakus Unit
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Free Hit Version 569:

      Pope
      Long - Pieters - Konsa
      Salah - Sterling - Dilva - Mahrez - Pulisic
      Aubameyang - Kane

      Bench: Greenwood - Branthwaite - Tanganga

      GTG?

      1. HD7
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Isnt it too much of Burnley defenders?
        Otherwise it looks good

        1. Lukakus Unit
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 27 days ago

          My other option would be to swap

          Long, Pulisic & Aubama for Aurier, Son & Ings.

          I'm trailing my ML rival by 60 points, but he doesn't have a free hit and has Ings.

          Basically, gambling on Burnley's D, Pulisic continuing his crazy form after being rested (even against Wolves) and Aubameyang pushing for the boot against Watford (who were miserable last week).

      2. pitstop1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Looks great although I think Wolves might keep Chelsea out.

      3. Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Not sure I'd triple on Burnley defence. I'd consider Pope to Martinez so you can upgrade Konsa. Otherwise it's very nice

    13. fpork
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      FH. How does it look?
      Martínez
      Aurier - Bardsley - Pieters
      Salah - Martial - Sterling (C) - David Silva - De Bruyne
      Ings - Kane
      Martin - Nketiah - Rico - Williams

    14. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Both CL aspirants games have potential to steal the limelight 😮

    15. SMOOTH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      A. Auba Martial Mahrez Aurier
      B.Jesus Martial Auba 4.4 def
      C. Jesus Martial Son Aurier
      D. Auba Martial Son Garcia
      E. Auba Son Mahrez 4.4 def

    16. manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Patricio in goal.

      Start Doherty as well or start Maguire?

      1. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Maguire against his old club. Destined to get his slab on something

    17. THEKID_88
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I'm 22 points ahead in my ML. My rival has Sterling which I don't have.

      Does Bruno to Sterling (C) for a hit makes sense?

      1. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Yes

      2. andriyballack
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Yup

      3. BIELSA
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Ye

        1. THEKID_88
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Cheers

    18. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Goals scored over the last 4 is interesting

      Liverpool 10
      United 8
      Spurs 8

      Double Spurs attack doesn't seem too much of a reach given fixture and that everyone was on double United at least in that stretch. Arguably Spurs had the poorer fixtures depending a bit on how you view Arsenal.

    19. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Pope McCarthy
      Bardsley Aurier Mendy TAA Doherty
      KDB Sterling Martial Bruno Saka
      Vardy Ings Greenwood

      On a bench boost, how many hits to actually field 15? Could need a few... What would you prioritise or just leave it and hope?

    20. andriyballack
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      A. Son + Jesus
      B. Mahrez + Auba

    21. XX SMICER XX
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Help, I’m stuck on the final piece of the Free Hit puzzle

      A. TAA, Mane, Greenwood 1.6 ITB
      B. TAA, Salah, Greenwood 1.2 ITB
      C. Bertrand, Son, Auba, O.8 ITB

      Pope
      BDavies, Pieters, XXX
      Sterling (c), DSilva, Mahrez, Martial, XXX
      Kane, XXX

      Randolph, Branthwaite, Williams, Connolly

    22. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Enjoy the mayhem today everyone and I hope you get your desired finishes. Personally trying to consolidate my place in the top 100 so I'll be playing it safe!

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Which city did you bring in?

      2. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        So many FHs so could be many swings today. Gl securing that great result!

    23. Valar(Keith)
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I'm sorry but Giroud and Wood over Ings is just weird.. chelsea took Giroud off and looked amazing with Abraham upfront last game. I'd be a worried Giroud owner for this game. And wood vs a 9 man Norwich just showed burnleys lack of attack if anything. Has to be Ings over both of em this week

    24. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I wonder how many people haven’t made a transfer yet

      1. Moose™
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Me.. Haha

    25. kysersosa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      How nailed on is Branthwaite??

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Enough for Tonight

    26. Puncheon Guly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Uber differential... Leighton Baines

      Likely to be last game at Everton, clean sheet, free kick, penalty potential!

      1. tucaoneo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Yes. Digne buyers should beware.