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. Lindelol
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Johnstone
    Cancelo AWB Dallas Coufal
    Son Salah(C) Lingard
    Kane DCL Bamford

    Pope: ESR, Lowton, Jota

    Hello I am 8 points behind ML leader
    What should I do here?

    1.5 itb 1FT

    1. Save FT and use 2 transfers in the last GW
    2. Jota to Raphina/Greenwood/Willock
    3. Son to Bruno (and replace Jota in the final GW))

  2. Mac90
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    I want to captain Bale over Salah but am scared. Someone help me pls

    1. CloudSky
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Bale doubtful to play.

    2. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Don't go Bale. Kane I would understand

      1. Mac90
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Need to chase tho. 65 pts behind. Greenwood?

  3. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Play Digne or Rudiger? Have DCL too but no Chelsea players

    1. Mac90
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Digne

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Thanks Mac. anyone else? Chelsea have better CSs odds I think

    2. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Playing Digne. Have both.

  4. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    A. Shaw in a 4-3-3
    B. Raphinha in a 3-4-3

    1. Mac90
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Shaw

    2. Rains of Castamere
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      A

  5. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    ESR or Willock?

    1. Rains of Castamere
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      ESR for me

    2. iveseenitall
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Esr

    3. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Cheers both

  6. SomeoneKnows
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Martinez
    TAA, Shaw, Dallas, Coleman
    Salah, Son, Lingard, Greenwood
    Kane, DCL

    Bench: Wood, Coufal, Jota, Forster

    G2G? Coleman is in order to protect my mini league lead

  7. buttsy9
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Best Jota replacement?

    1) Greenwood
    2) Willock
    3) Gundo
    4) Torres
    5) ASM

    Team: Meslier, Cancelo, Coufal, Dallas, Son, Salah (c), Lingard, *Jota, DCL, Bamford, Kane.

    1. iveseenitall
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      1

      1. buttsy9
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Confident he'll start?

        1. iveseenitall
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          I would say so ive captained him as chasing, next week i think he may be rested

  8. Crazy RedDevil
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Whom to captain Salah or kane? My rival in ml has both and I'm leading by 19 points...pls suggest

    1. buttsy9
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Salah

    2. PScholes18
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 19 days ago

      The one you think he chooses of you want to play it safe. I'm going Salah. Liverpool is chasing top 4 and Pope is out.

      1. ButterB
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Is Pope confirmed out or are we hoping that "touch and go" means out

        1. PScholes18
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Late fitness test. Probably out tomorrow and back on the weekend, but nothing certain before after the test.

    3. Crazy RedDevil
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      But Salah's record at turf is not good 🙁

  9. PScholes18
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Right players on the bench?
    Mendy
    TAA - Shaw - Dallas - Coleman
    Salah - Bruno - Saka - Lingard
    Kane - Iheanacho
    Bench: Forster, Holding, Lacazette, Jota

    Worth to take -4 to get inn someone for Jota?

  10. iveseenitall
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Start one

    A) bamford
    B) lingard

  11. Traction Engine Foot
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Feels like Einstein's definition of insanity hoping for Everton to do something at home, yet I once again go into this gw with DCL and Digne...

    1. Hazz
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Join the club. We will be disappointed once more.

  12. RealSocialDads
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    First on bench:

    A. Vydra (LIV)
    B. Targett (tot)

  13. Hazz
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Martinez
    TAA / Shaw / Digne / Dallas
    Salah / Greenwood / Lingard
    Kane / DCL / Antonio

    Sanzhez // Bale* / Holding / Jota**

    Anything you would change?

  14. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Leeds news... anyone heard anything? Bamford starting?

    1. Boly Would
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Not heard anything but I'd be surprised if he didn't start

  15. PascalCygan
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Captaincy is TOUGH this week.

    Bruno, Salah or Kane.

    Chasing ML and just outside top 10k.

    Bruno was my bus team skipper but tempted by Salah now...

    1. aleksios
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Kane.

      1. PascalCygan
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Interesting, thanks!

    2. TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Tough indeed. Bruno seems like a differential amongst active players and has the easiest fixture of the three.

  16. aleksios
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Will Aurier start?

  17. Honourvolley
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Need to bench one. Very tough.

    A) Raphina
    B) Dallas
    C) Digne

    Thanks.

    1. aleksios
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Digne .

  18. West Hammered
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Pickford
    TAA Dallas Shaw
    Salah (C) Son Bale Foden Lingard
    Bamford Kane
    Stones Holding Brewster

    Bale out for -4 or leave it?

    1. aleksios
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      No need.

  19. Erez Avni
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    play one:

    A. Gundo
    B. Watkins

    1. aleksios
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      A.

  20. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    A Play Holding and have 2 transfers in 38
    B Jota to Raphinha and next week go Son to Mané for double up with Salah

    1. Boly Would
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      B sounds good

  21. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Will Grealish and Mings start against Spurs? If so might just captain Salah against Peacock Farrell

  22. winchester
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Hey lads, what to do here? Bring in a defender or midfielder? What do i lack for the upcoming two? Leading my ML with 50points. 1ft and 2,1m itb. Cheers lads.

      mendy
      rudiger coufal taa mitchell
      salah(c) bruno lingard zaha
      kane bamford

      forster jota lowton davis

      a) jota -> greenwood
      b) jota -> raphinha

      Bench
      1) mitchell
      2) bamford

      1. aleksios
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        A1.

        1. winchester
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Cheers!

      2. Noé Pamarot
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        One further try as no replies and deadline approaching...
        Saving my FT for the last GW, but absolutely no idea who to bench here. Any advice would be hugely appreciated. 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.

        1. iveseenitall
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Bench reguilon over lingard i think

          1. Noé Pamarot
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Cheers mate

        2. SIDHU_MOOSE_WALA
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Play lingard ahead of reguilon.. Spurs defense is nothing special while lingard does play west brom

            1. Noé Pamarot
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Many thanks, I will make the switch.

        3. Rassi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Who to bench?

          A Bale
          B Zaha
          C Benteke
          D Raphinha
          E Greenwood

          1. aleksios
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            B.

          2. matiakez
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Toss a coin on one of the Palace boys. Maybe Zaha

          3. Rassi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Thanks. I went Raphinha.

        4. matiakez
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Play one

          Coleman Rudiger Ayling

          Other defenders are Dighe and TAA

        5. McPollolocco
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 19 days ago

          My team:

          Martinez, Guaita
          Coufal, Digne, TAA, Reguilon, Rüdiger
          Greenwood, Salah, Zaha, Pereira, Mahrez
          Kane, Bamford, Antonio.

          Would play 3-4-3. Who should i bench??

          1. JabariParkersEyelid
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Coufal, Rudiger, Zaha.

          2. Noé Pamarot
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Similar conundrum to me above. Really tough week to know who to bench. At a push I would go Zaha; Coufal; Rudiger, perhaps

        6. dark91
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Salah (TC) it is. Not really that confident about it but let's see

          1. Avery
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 19 days ago

            i would wait till last game of season in front of fans!

            1. Keeptrying
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              This

            2. dark91
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Hmmm that is a very good suggestion actually although Burnley is an easier game than Palace as it would be Roy's farewell game.
              Also if Liverpool lose or draw today, they won't have much to play for in the weekend

        7. Wicked Weapon
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Would you rather do :

            A) Iheanacho > Antonio
            B) Lingard > Harrison/Raphina

          • GCM0803
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Martinez (foster)
              Rudiger taa Dallas (konsa castagne)
              Salah raph son lingard (Jota)
              Kane nacho wood
              1ft, 0itb
              1) jota, Castagne > greenwood, ?? (-4)
              2) Castagne > shaw/awb
              3) something else?
              4) leave it

              1. Wicked Weapon
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  Option 2, get Shaw

              2. tabby98
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Mendy, Forster
                TAA, Dias, Rudiger, Shaw, Coady
                Bruno, Salah, Lingard, Jota*, Saka
                Kane, Iheanacho, Vydra

                2FT

                What to do here guys?