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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. FALSE PROFIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Already experienced "sever down" "try again in 30 seconds" Anyone else had this?

    1. acidicleo
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      FPL or FFS?

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        FPL. It came back after 5 minutes

        1. acidicleo
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Didn't try today as not on FH 🙂

    2. FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      No

    3. tokara
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Experienced ffs down before

    4. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      FFS will struggle today between 2:30 and 3.

  2. CONNERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Re the Auba vs Kane argument, not sure I agree with a lot of comments stating that Auba has the tougher game.

    Watford will have to push for a win which will inevitably leave more space for Auba and co, particularly on the counter attack.

    Palace are under no pressure and will likely play quite defensively in the hope of grinding out a result.

    1. gers23
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Agree with this

    2. tm370
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Watford having something to play for is the important thing. They cant and wont win by playing open football - I expect it will be a dogged type of approach with the hope of scoring on the counter. If they are drawing or losing at the end it will open up but Auba may be subbed by that point.

      1. Sasquatch Slayer
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        This makes a lot of sense

    3. Klip Klopp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Yeah but Auba needs to stay injury free for the fa cup final so realistically arsenal’s league position won’t mean much today. I wouldn be surprised if auba comes off at 65 mins

    4. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      What happened in the Villa match then?

    5. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Every team has its off days.

  3. Sid07
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    1) rashford + kdb to Ings + Sterling (-4)
    2) vardy + kdb to Ings + Sterling (-4)
    3) salah to Sterling
    4) rashford + vardy to kane + Ings (-4)

    Planning to (tc) Sterling or kane

    1. FISSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      1

    2. FISSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      But kdb could easily out score sterling.

      1. Sid07
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Will kdb take pens ?

        1. Bad Kompany
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Don’t think so

  4. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    3ple Burnley defence anyone?

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      1 goal and your crying

      It’s not like you can then look forward to possibly getting attacking returns

    2. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Very tempted, but I think there are a few other options which are just as likely to keep a clean sheet so seems logical to spread the risk. I'll probably go Aurier+double Burnley

    3. cianoc1999
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      That's what I'm going for but it's a big risk knowing just one goal knocks out almost your entire defence. The potential payoff is good but make sure you have a premium defender in there to offset some of the damage if Burnley concede.

  5. acidicleo
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Guys please help chose a move..

    A) Vardy to Kane
    B) Vardy & Bruno to Ings & Son (-4)
    C) Vardy & Bruno/Martial to Ings &Salah (-4)

    TIA

    1. andriyballack
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      A

  6. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Vardy > Jesus(-4) or hold Vardy?

    1. andriyballack
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I'd hold

    2. tokara
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Hold, leicester gg all out attack

    3. acidicleo
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I would hold

    4. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Our main man Vardy will want to skin Slabhead.

  7. Moose™
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    My FH team. 0.3 left. How to upgrade Martinez to Pope?

    Martinez (3.9)

    TAA Aurier Pieters (Bardsley) (BWilliams)

    Salah Sterling Mahrez Dilva  (Guendouzi)

    Kane Ings Greenwood

    1. andriyballack
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      1. Aurier --> Stephens
      2. TAA, Bardsley --> Robbo, Branthwaite
      3. Salah, Bardsley --> Mane, Branthwaite

    2. Lukakus Unit
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Swap Bardsley for Tanganga?

      1. Lukakus Unit
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Whoops, meant to say Branthwaite.

    3. Bad Kompany
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Would bardsley to 3.9 do it?

    4. umerlfc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      TAA to Robbo

    5. Moose™
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Thanks all! My team is sorted!

  8. what's my name
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    repost :

    1. what's my name
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      thx for replies
      play:
      a. awb
      b. lamptey

      1. acidicleo
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        A

  9. FISSH
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    A) Fernandes > Sterling
    Rashford > Greenwood and start Foden

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

    Lost on last!

    1. acidicleo
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      A

  10. shirtless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Sitting at 1,645 OR. About to do Dilva in for Pulisic. Chels-Wolves so difficult to call, so I'm moving out both my players. Have 2 FTs so Taylor out to fund it. Can't get Sterling without wrecking my team. Fancy Salah(c) v Danny Rose, he's been posting crazy numbers, it's got to turn.

    Ryan
    Trent Long Robbo
    Salah(c) KdB Dilva(vc) Fernandes
    Jesus Rashford Greenwood

    Boly Dendoncker Branthwaite

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Goodluck!

    2. andriyballack
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      All the best. Confident on Jesus making the starting XI?

      1. shirtless
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        If he doesn't 20 mins might be enough! Not confident on any City(c) though. Boly on standby!

    3. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I think Jesus will start. Pep will want to maintain his fitness and for him to grab a goal to build his confidence ahead of their CL game.

  11. gmando2011
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Is it crazy to take a -4 for Bruno & Lacazette to Antonio and Kane?

    Will lacazette start?
    Thought Bruno looked tired

  12. Amey
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    It's too late to ask questions guys ..
    Pages already flying 😀

    1. Bad Kompany
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like right before the deadline. It will be total mayhem. 🙂

  13. Bad Kompany
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Would going Moura be mad on fh?

    Palace is on the beach and I could see spurs scoring a bunch. He’s up against palace backup lb who’s barely played before

  14. Kiyoshi
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Trying to defend a 29 point lead. Second spot has got FH while I BB.

    Pope, McCarthy
    TAA, Aurier, Doherty, Pieters,Basham
    KDB, Pulisic, Martial, Son, Sarr
    Rashford, Greenwood, Jimenez

    I have 1 Transfer left (0.8 in the bank) and would want to get rid of Sarr (5.9)
    Who should I get?

    A: Trezeguet
    B: -4 and get David Silva
    C: keep Sarr

    Other ideas?

    1. andriyballack
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I'd keep Sarr as they desperately fight for survival. Would do Puli --> Dilva

    2. sandman58
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      B and stick the armband on him

  15. HD7
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Fernandez to Walker/Laporte -4?

    Newcastle will probably concede a few goals.
    *Dont have anyone on the bench

  16. Jönny
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    With the squad below, would you do...

    (A) Bruno, Foden, Egan -> Mahrez, McNeil, Aurier (4 points)
    (B) Egan -> Robertson
    (C) Bruno, Foden -> Mahrez, McNeil

    Pope
    TAA Doherty [Egan]
    KDB D.Silva Salah [Foden] [Bruno]
    Greenwood Jimenez

    1. FISSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      C

    2. acidicleo
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      C

  17. ajk1211
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Which one scores more?

    A) Auba, Antonio, Digne
    B) Wood, Salah, Tierney

    1. cianoc1999
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      A

    2. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      A

  18. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    (C)aptain out of those 3:

    A) KDB
    B) Mahrez
    C) Kane
    ..?

    1. FISSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      C

    2. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      B

  19. bigbudgie
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Captain 1
    A) Kane
    B) Martial
    C) Mahrez
    D) KDB
    E) Dilva

    1. FISSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      E

    2. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      C

    3. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      A

  20. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Play

    A) Nketiah
    B) Greenwood

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      No brainer !

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        B?

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Yeo

    2. umerlfc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      B unless you get some definite early team news about Nkeitah starting

    3. acidicleo
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      B

  21. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Bench boost for GW38+
    Pope Martinez
    TAA Doherty Mendy Lamptey Digne
    Bruno KDB Salah (C) Pulisic Dilva
    Vardy Ings Greenwood

    Last roll of the dice?
    A Salah to Sterling
    B Fernandes/Vardy to Antonio/Kane -4
    C Mendy to Aurier

  22. ZakyJ
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    What's the best way of finding early leaked teams if it happens?

    1. _sidney_will
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Twitter is where I find most leaks

      1. ZakyJ
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Thanks, although I worry there must be alot of fake ones too?

        1. _sidney_will
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Yeah there are sadly

  23. rokonto
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    De Bruyne to David Silva?
    Please help with opinions.
    Thanks.

    1. umerlfc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Touch and go
      I'd say yes if it's massively helping you upgrade somewhere else

    2. sandman58
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      No way
      Wasted transfer

  24. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Which one on FH?

    A)Aurier + Antonio
    B)Long(bur) + Ings

    *I also own Pieters Bardsley

  25. _sidney_will
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Sterling, D.Silva & Mahrez all likely to start?

    1. Burger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Probably, but really no one knows

  26. finnish92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    A) TAA + Ings
    B) Branthwaite + Auba?

    I already have Kane in my team

  27. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    1) pulisic + Fernandes +8
    2) d Silva + fernandes +4
    3) son + Antonio
    4) silva + pulisic +4

    1. ZakyJ
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      You can't get iDlva without taking a hit?

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        No

  28. Burger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Auba seems to have appeared from nowhere on the captains poll since yesterday, now 2nd in the list. What have I missed?

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Russian bots trying to manipulate the poll

      1. Burger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Sounds feasible.

  29. WE GO FOR IT
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Any leaked City line-ups?

  30. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    1) Vardy, Bruno > Kane(tc), Dilva
    2) Vardy, Bruno > Wood, Sterling(tc)
    3) Vardy, Pulisic, Bruno > Wood, Sterling(tc), Dilva (-4)
    4) Vardy, Pulisic, Doherty > Kane(tc), Dilva, Pieters (-4)

    Protecting 31 point ML lead. Rival has FH.
    #3 the way to go for 3x City, even for a hit? Solid chance rival has both Dilva and Raz.