Gameweek Guide

The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for Gameweek 37

Gameweek 37 sees the long-awaited return of fans to football stadiums and gives us plenty to ponder with appealing captaincy options and intriguing differentials.

To help you decide what’s best for your team, the Gameweek Guide covers the main talking points and the best nuggets of expert opinion.

We have an earlier cut-off time than normal with a Tuesday deadline of 16:30 BST today, before the final deadline of the season on Sunday at 14:30 BST.

The 12th Man

FPL relaunches with/without unlimited transfers for all managers

Up to 10,000 home supporters will be present at all matches for the final two Gameweeks – and no away fans are allowed. Will this galvanize the home team? 

Everton lost to Sheffield United at Goodison Park on Sunday evening but, with the crowd cheering them on, Joe feels it could boost their chances against Wolves tomorrow evening:

When they play the Z-Cars music, the roar at Goodison is absolutely huge, it takes your breath away, and that must have an impact on them, in a favourable way.

Joe, Scoutcast

And there are reasons to be hopeful: Nuno Espírito Santo’s side conceded five big chances in Gameweek 35, two more than any other side, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m) ranks among the top four players for such gilt-edged opportunities over the last six matches. 

Az is among the managers thinking of holding the Everton frontman for one more match before a final-day switch when the Toffees travel to Manchester City. 

Greenwood No 1 Jota Replacement

The bigger question facing Az ahead of Gameweek 37 is – what to do with Diogo Jota (£6.9m)?

The Portuguese had been red flagged for the remainder of the season with a foot injury, although comments from Jurgen Klopp today suggest that might not be the case:

Nonetheless, Mason Greenwood (£7.3m) would be the number one target for Az. The 19-year-old has returned in five of his last seven games, producing three double-digit hauls.

He’s even considered the second-best option for the armband by our Captain Sensible writer Jan, chosen ahead of team-mate Bruno Fernandes (£11.4m).

Az explained his decision: 

As my captain for last week’s chaotic Triple Gameweek he really delivered for me and now goes up against a Fulham side who are conceding a big chance every 27.7 minutes, the worst in the league.

– Az

And Scoutcast regular Seb had further words of encouragement:

Over the season, Fulham have conceded 87 chances from the centre … 84 from their right flank, but 118 from their left flank. If we think Greenwood starts, we think he probably starts there, and we know the type of goal he’s going to score, it’s not too dissimilar to the Mo Salah, come inside, try to put it across the goalkeeper, so maybe there’s a little edge for Greenwood there.

– Seb, Scoutcast

Seb wasn’t alone in highlighting the deficiencies in the Fulham rearguard, with David pointing out their decline over the last three matches – Scott’s Parker’s men conceded seven goals in that trio of games.

Fulham’s defensive statistics between Gameweeks 23 and 32 (left) compared with Gameweeks 33 to 35 (right)

Compared to their previous 12 matches, David observed that Fulham’s shots in the box conceded per game rose from 6.5 to 8.5, while their big chances conceded per game went from 1.7 to 3.0, and shots on target conceded per game increased from 3.0 to 5.0.

Greenwood may be Jan’s top pick from his beloved Manchester United, but our double-points maestro acknowledged that Fernandes, in the number ten role, has less competition for his spot and is the safer option of the two.

The Race for the Golden Boot 

Taking top billing in the captaincy is Golden Boot-chasing Mohamed Salah (£12.8m). The Egyptian is tied with Jan’s third choice for the armband, Harry Kane (£11.8m), on 22 goals. 

In addition to personal motivation, Liverpool have team motivation on their side – Alisson’s magnificent last-minute header keeps Champions League qualification in their own hands.

Salah, who has produced attacking returns in each of his last six starts, offers all-round attacking potential:

Not only did [Salah] record four goal attempts at the Hawthorns, but he also created four chances for his teammates as well as.

– Jan

Meanwhile, Kane – who will be performing in front of home fans – was unlucky to score only once against Wolves, hitting the post twice. As Neale noted, Tottenham Hotspur have become far more attack-minded under interim head coach Ryan Mason:

Spurs had 24 shots and 13 attempts on target in this match – both figures surpassed any amount they had in a single Premier League fixture under [Jose Mourinho].

– Neale

Their upcoming opponents Aston Villa endured a torrid time in the lunchtime kick-off at Selhurst Park, especially in the second half, conceding a Gameweek-high 15 shots from inside the box. 

Seb offered further insights on the Scoutcast, highlighting a potential opportunity for Kane’s team-mate Son Heung-min (£9.7m):

So looking at Villa for where they’ve conceded their chances: it’s 24 from central locations, 20 from the left, and 27 from the right, so that would be Spurs’s left, so maybe a Son Heung-min shout there.

– Seb

But, looking at recent form, Neale picked out Dele Alli (£7.4m) over the South Korean:

Since [Dele Alli’s] return to the starting XI in Gameweek 34, he actually trumps Son for shots (eight v five) and efforts in the box (five v three).

– Neale

A decision backed up by Tom in his differentials piece.

Alli is enjoying a decent run of form under Mason, and for those in search of a real midfield differential, could be worth a look.

Joe’s FPL Nightmare

The one player Joe doesn’t own that he fears the most is Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.7m). Understandably so:

Alexander-Arnold has been particularly good at converting his underlying statistics into points of late, scoring once and providing five assists in his last seven Premier League appearances. Over his last six, no player in the division has created more chances than him either (22).

– Jan

Joe’s co-host on the Scoutcast, Seb, tried his best to help him get a good night’s sleep but ultimately the glaring weakness down Burnley’s left flank isn’t going to dispel those bad dreams:

Trent Alexander-Arnold, firstly you need a clean sheet from Trent, to be a safe captain – Liverpool are ninth in the league for xGC over the last six with 8.07 expected goals conceded, so not great from that perspective. And Trent’s xGI is actually 2.49, which is pretty good for a defender, but the thing that caught my eye, if you really wanted to punt it, is that Burnley have conceded 82 crosses from their left hand side, which is the most in the league by a mile, and that’s where you’d expect Trent to be putting them in, so maybe there’s an assist there for him.

– Seb

Intriguing Differentials

Seb joined Az and Tom in praising Joe Willock (£4.8m), who, to quote Az, has “a rather incredible five goals in his last five games played, despite only starting two of them”.

With matches against Sheffield United and Fulham to come, he is a genuine contender for our starting XIs. Over the last two matches, he has more penalty area touches (eight) than any of his team-mates. And his budget price tag, as Tom pointed out, would allow more flexibility with transfers. 

While Willock remains an option for Tom’s side, potentially for Diogo Jota, his more likely switch is that of Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.2m) to Michail Antonio (£6.6m). 

Despite a blank against Brighton & Hove Albion, Tom was encouraged by his performance and underlying statistics. He noted that:

No forward with substantial game-time to their name has a better rate of expected goal involvement (xGI) per 90 minutes this season [than Michail Antonio].

– Tom

Community Competitions and Head-to-Head Fixtures

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RedLightning brought us his regular update on the community competitions.

In the Head-to-Head leagues, the relegation battles are hotting up as we enter the final two rounds of matches. Seven managers will be hoping to escape the drop in League 1 with six teams already relegated and four spots still to be determined.

At the top, there’s a three-way tussle to be crowned 2020/21 champion, with Meet the Manager guest Aleksander Våge Nilsen (aka AleksanderVN) in pole position.

The Head-to-Head fixtures for Gameweek 37 can be found below. 

The scores and tables update every night on the Head-to-Head Leagues main page so you can keep track of the action as the Gameweek unfolds. 

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1,348 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Footieboot
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Watkins to Antonio for -4?

    Also, Greenwood Raphinha or Dele as a Jota replacement?

    1. Ha.
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      No

      Raph

  2. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    A. Jota to Raphinha/Foden, start Coufal
    B. Castagne, Jota to Shaw, Greenwood for -4, means I bench Coufal

  3. Slitherene
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Start which keeper?

    A) Areola (mun)
    B) Sanchez (MCI)

    Have Shaw, Foden & Mahrez.

  4. 03farmboy
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Salah or Kane for Captain??

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      I have them & Bruno undecided

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Kane - one last hurrah in front of the Tottenhsm faithful

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

      Salah- no Pope, Dyche said Burnley “ on the beach” and Liverpool need to win last 2 and boost goal difference

      1. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        pope is touch and go no?

        1. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Sorry just read tweet again and you are right- still think Salah

      2. AutoFill 2021
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Salah never scored at the Turf.

    4. JBG
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      I have them and Bruno. On Salad.

    5. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      I have gone Mo

  5. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Kane C?

  6. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Jota to:

    A) Raphinha
    B) Willock
    C) ASM
    ..?

    1. Ha.
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      A

  7. smix
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Play Siggy or Bamford ?

    1. Ha.
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Bam

  8. Ha.
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Kane (c) to finish with a bang

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Yup - seems written he will score in is final home appearance in front of the fans

  9. MattysFantasyFooty
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Zaha to Greenwood worth a hit? or just play Zaha?

    1. Geriatric Unathletic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Play Zaha.

  10. Echoes
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Start one:

    A: Sanchez
    B: Martinez

  11. Zilla
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Mesiler
    Dallas KWP Shaw
    Bruno (C) Rashford Pereira Torres
    Kane Vardy Nacho

    Martinez | Lingard, Coufal & Coleman

    Right 11 and bench order?

    1. Noé Pamarot
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Very similar to my conundrum below? I would prefer Coleman in over KWP myself.

      1. Noé Pamarot
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        And the '?' there is meant to be a '!'

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

        Everton's CS record at home is atrocious but I think I will do the switch.

  12. DaftKing
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Boring, but which one would you start?

    Rudiger (LEI)
    Holding (cry)
    Coleman (WOL)

    1. Ha.
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Coleman

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

      Coleman

  13. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Any news on Pope or Mings?

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

      Pope "touch and go", but most likely won't start. Mings I don't know.

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Ta

  14. Taegugk Warrior
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Play watkins or foden..?

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Foden

  15. MGD
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Bale + Jota -> Mane + Raphina?

    Don't want to risk a no-show from Bale... Would do the transfer next week anyway..

    From the presser:

    Can Gareth Bale start another game so soon
    "I am not sure. Gareth was probably the best I have seen him all season at the weekend. He was sharp, he was running at players, he has that confidence back of playing in repetitive games and he feels confident in his body. He also knows his body. He is a question mark for tomorrow. We are not sure whether or not he is going to be ready. It is down to the player, he is experienced enough. We'll see. Like it was with Serge, if a player doesn't feel 100 per cent, I don't feel confident enough, we have enough players ready, enough players competing, that want to play. If a player doesn't feel 100 per cent and it is not right then he won't play."

    1. MGD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      for -4

  16. Noé Pamarot
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Saving my FT for the last GW, but absolutely no idea who to bench here. Any advice would be hugely appreciated at this late stage. Currently on:

    Martinez
    Digne Reguilon Shaw Dallas
    Son Greenwood Salah
    Kane DCL Antonio

    Forster; Lingard; ESR; Coufal?

    Correct? And correct order? Hate benching Lingard and Coufal against West Brom but can see the baggies scoring and Lingard hasn't looked great recently.

  17. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    For -4, Maguire/JWP --> Mitchell/Greenwood?

  18. BusbySwede
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Who to bench?
    A) Harrison
    B) Lingard
    C) Bamford
    D) DCL

    1. Sid07
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Tough d maybe

  19. Sid07
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Free ft
    1) guaita to meslier ( Forster is backup)
    2) jota to raphina ( bench lingard)
    3) Watkins to antonio
    4) Bamford to antonio

    1. Noé Pamarot
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      2

  20. FrankH
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Hi guys a simple one, Phillips or coufal? I can’t decide who to start this week

    1. b91jh
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Coufal

  21. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    No replies

    Guys sitting in 8.7k rank livefpl shows -5 from 10k so a hit is risky?

    Planning to do this

    A) siggy nacho to Antonio greenwood -4.
    B) siggy nacho to Antonio raph -4

    Is it OK? Suggestions needed guys.

    1. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 6 days ago

      I like B & I think you win back the 4 points over the next 2.

      On the other hand I'm 15k so maybe I'm giving you bad advice eh.

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

        Thanks mate.

  22. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    will Lacca start?

  23. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Foden, ASM or Raphinha?

    Have Bamford

    1. b91jh
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Like ASM as a punt

  24. b91jh
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Any early United team news?

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      some comments from Ole that James and Martial will probably start in GW 38

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

      DDG GK tonight it seems.

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        damn it as henderson owner 🙁

  25. Echoes
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Start one:

    A: Sanchez
    B: Martinez

    Captain:

    1: Salah
    2: Kane

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      A1

      1. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Thanks

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      A2

      1. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Thanks

  26. iL PiStOlErO
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Play one:
    A) Lacca
    B) Maddison

    Cpt:
    1) Bruno
    2) Salah

  27. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Watkins to Antonio or Jota to Greenwood?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Jota to Green

    2. Noé Pamarot
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Jota to Greenwood for me.

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        cheers lads. anyone else? I am worried that Greenwood won't play in GW 38

  28. Manani
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    save FT (and play Nacho/Lingard)
    or
    Jota > Wilock/Raph??

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Play Lings

  29. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Lamps to Palace seems to be on.

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Yeah. Zaha next season would be huge. I heard that news too

  30. Taegugk Warrior
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Foden to greenwod for -4..?

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      no