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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. mojoindojo
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    How's this FH team

    Martinez
    TAA Aurier Laporte
    Son Dilva Sterling Antonio Salah
    Kane Greenwood

    3.9 Pieter Long Branthwaite

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

      You really fancy Spurs today! I was considering dropping Kane for Auba.

    2. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      No Ings, try again

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

        Ings and start pieters?

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

      Great

    4. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      should be ok as pretty close to the scout picks.

    5. sandman58
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Template

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

      Cheers everyone..

    7. Donny_Rover
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Looks good but not sure about the Spurs triple up and think you have to have Ings. I’d sell Antonio for fodder and upgrade Long to Ings if affordable, or see who you could swap Son for to get Ings (punt on a Bournemouth mid like Stanislas?)

  2. Simon March
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Would you have:

    A: TAA & Bertrand
    B: Robo & Digne

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

      B

    2. trafalgarlaw
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      A for me

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

      B

    4. Gooner Kebab
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      A

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

    GTG?

    Martinez
    TAA Pieters Branthwaite
    Salah (vc) Sterling (c) Bruno Mahrez Dilva
    Kane Ings

    Martin Greenwood Williams Thomas

    £0.4m itb

    Upgrade Branthwaite to a 4.4? Who?

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

      Looks good

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

      He's alright. Bardsley or Diop maybe.

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

      If Bournemouth are to have any chance of staying up they need to score - they’ve looked a bit brighter recently so I’m not sure Everton will keep a CS. I’d double up on Burnley.

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

    Who must out, Bruno or Martial for Dilva ?

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

      I went for Bruno and Dilva.

  5. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 1 day 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. Is #3 the way to go for 3x City, even for a hit? Solid chance rival has both Dilva and Raz.

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

      Yes 3

    2. acidicleo
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      3

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

    GTG? FH

    Martinez
    Robbo Aurier Pieters
    Salah(vc) Sterling(c) KDB Dilva Trezeguet
    Kane Ings

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

      Looks great

    2. Loftus cheeky nandos
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Pope over Martinez if u have the capital, just don’t trust a side fighting to avoid relegation to not score vs Arsenal

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

    Pope
    TAA Doherty Masina
    Salah Martial Fernandes Mahrez Pulisic
    Greenwood Auba
    1 FT 1.3 ITB.
    Going with Bruno > Dilva
    Should I do Auba > Kane for -4?

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

      No way on auba to kane for -4 lol

    2. acidicleo
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Just Dilva move

  8. Klip Klopp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Kane or D.Silva captain?

  9. Loftus cheeky nandos
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    City defence, who will start?

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

      Walker Laporte Garcia/stones Mendy

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

    Can't believe how long this season has taken to get to the final gameweek. I became a Dad on the same day that gameweek 1 started and my son will be a 1 year old in a couple of weeks!

  11. Gunner Boy
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Triple captain Sterling or Auba?

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

      Sterling

    2. sandman58
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Raheem

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

      Sterling

    4. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Ster

    5. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Sterling

  12. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    16 points ahead in ML. I have FH. Opponent has TC. We both have Bruno.

    Do I sell Bruno for Antonio?

    1. sandman58
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Not if he has him

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

      Block him or martial

    3. Sasquatch Slayer
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      You are leading and on FH ? No need to make chaser moves . Leicester condede many penalties and united win many . Bruno despite his recent fatigue is still on them . I’d keep

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

    Best Southampton defensive assets if in case needed:
    A) Bertrand
    B) Stephens
    C) KWP

    1. sandman58
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Im thinkin Stephens

  14. Mac90
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Dayyum the scout picks has unexpected choices.

    Laporte making the cut.
    Jesus and Ings omitted

    Im guessing it might be because he might be rested

  15. markieffm
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Why is everyone so sure that De Bruyne is not gonna play?

    1. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Everyone?

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

      No one*

    3. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      If course he’ll play

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

      Wait for news

    5. markieffm
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 22 hours ago

      Triple captain then!

  16. Jellyfish
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Chances of Mahrez starting today?

    1. Sasquatch Slayer
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Good

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

      Most likely.

      1. Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Thanks

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

      Good

  17. Sasquatch Slayer
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Best day of the season !

  18. 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!

    1. KDB to Salah (c)
    2. Foden to Dilva

    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. Sasquatch Slayer
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      2

    2. acidicleo
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      2

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

      is that going to reduce the deficit? ML leader could easily block that move

  19. Zisssou
      3 months, 1 day ago

      7 points ahead in the league. I’ve got bench boost. Should I take a -4 to get Cahill out for Pieters?

      1. WE GO FOR IT
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        I'd do it

      2. acidicleo
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Yes

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

      Happy final day everyone! Given FPLRockstar has now gone private where are people getting their early team news from? Any reliable sources?

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

        Fpl scarface

    • Ed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Too risky going without one of Salah / Mane on FH?

    • Jon Snow
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      How does the FH look? Would have preferred to have Pope but got no more money

      Martinez
      TAA, Bardsley, Pieters
      Sterling, Salah, Dilva, Martial, Foden
      Kane, Ings

      Bench: fodder, Nketiah, Williams, fodder

      1. Ed
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Not sure about Foden

      2. Loftus cheeky nandos
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Foden won’t start

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

        looks ger except the uncertainty of Foden who plays every 2nd game and played the full 90 last game

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

          looks good*

    • Loftus cheeky nandos
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Captain ings or salah?
      (In the hope ings gets a hatrick for golden boot)

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

        Looking at their opponents Mo.

    • Sacked in the Morning
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      A) Salah + Greenwood
      B) Martial + Ings

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

        A

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

      Which City Triple option?

      1) KDB > Sterling
      2) Jesus > Ings + Fernandes > Sterling (4pt hit)

      Already have Dilva, KDB, Jesus

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

        I’m about £0.3m shy of doing 2, I’d be tempted if not. I’d wait until the last minute though - if Jesus & KDB start then I’d keep them. I know Sterling looks fired up but there’s very little difference overall in Sterling & Jesus’ points per minute.

    • Donny_Rover
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Will be keeping an eye on early team news and making a late decision on my team (TAA, KDB, Laporte, Jesus will all stay if starting) - assuming all do I’ve narrowed down to the following 2 transfers, both for a -4:

      1. Fernandes & Rashford -> Salah & Greenwood (assuming Greenwood starts, Adams or Nketiah if not)
      2. Rashford & Docherty -> Kane & Pieters

      Which one would you do?

      Full team right now is:
      Pope
      TAA Laporte Doherty
      KDB Martial Fernandes Pulisic
      Wood Jesus Rashford
      (McCarthy Boly Sarr Soyuncu)

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

        2 of those

    • Jellyfish
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Ings or wood?

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

      Would you rather have KDB or Salah today ??

      1. Sasquatch Slayer
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        I have KDB . I’d rather have Salah but not for a hit so Kdb remains

    • Pringle
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Read that FPL Rockstar will not provide any leaks today. Where do we expect it to come from?

      1. Sasquatch Slayer
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Scarface

    • Legohair
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      G2G? FH...

      Pope
      Tierney-Bardsley-Pieters
      Salah-Sterling-Bruno-Mahrez-Dilva
      Auba-Greenwood

      3.9,Nketiah, Branthwaite, Lamptey
      Still 1.2 itb