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. Ian Davis
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Who to captain - Salah, Kane or Bruno?

    I’m currently on Salah, but now thinking Kane..

    1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Kane

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I had Salah since the last GW ended. Just shifted it to Kane.

    3. Dreaming of glory
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Bruno

  2. Cheeto__Bandito
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Watkins to Cavani -4 yes or no?

    1. HashAttack
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Prefer Firmino is you can find another 1.0m

  3. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Would u do iheanacho to antonio for -4?

    1. Cheeto__Bandito
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      if you have to play him yes

  4. bigdip
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Who are you guys bringing in for Jota?

    1. Hooky
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Keeping

  5. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Do we have an accurate leaked utd lineup?

    1. Tinkermania
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Yes. Billy from the pub says Bruno is rested.

      1. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Good old Billy, hope he’s right!

  6. Six Season Wonder
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Anyone playing their WILDCARD THIS WEEK?

    1. MightyGar
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Everyone's having a hard enough time picking their captain, a wildcard would be a nightmare!

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          WC would be much preferable tbh

      • Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        No

    2. Mr Ozil
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Any news whether Bruno is starting or not?

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

        Starts today.
        Rested at the weekend would make sense.

      2. Dreaming of glory
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        The guy they had to bring on at ht that one time they did rest him, in the final home game of the season, in front of fans, to secure 2nd place........

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Bench 3:
      A) Bamford
      B) Dallas
      C) Digne
      D) Raphinha
      E) El Ghazi
      F) Lingard
      G) Iheanacho

      1. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        E G D

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

        EFG

      3. Baron Penguin (FKA Hadebayo…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        EFG

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

      Aurier starts we reckon?

    5. MarcusAurelius
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Play which one?

      A) Bamford - SOU (A)
      B) Coleman - WOL (H)

      Have Raphinha

      1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Bamford

    6. Chandler Bing
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Play Dallas or Watkins?

    7. NoName
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Start Guaita or Martinez?

      1. ButterB
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Marti defo conceding more than 1

        1. NoName
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Thanks

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

      Ok last decision

      Captain Kane or Salah?

      1. TheSteel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Captain poll front page

    9. Nespinha
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      best midfielder to add until the end of the season (apart from son and salah)??

    10. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Any team news for Leeds and City?

    11. Zladan
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Will United fans get the game postponed again?

      Concerned Bruno captainer.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        No

    12. Pabster
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Start:

      A. Holding
      B. Coufal
      C. Castagne

      1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Coufql

    13. Jinswick
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A) Save FT
      B) Bale -> Greenwood
      C) Bale -> Lingard
      D) Bale -> Rashford

      B) & C) leaves enough cash for a nostalgic DCL -> Aguero in 38 if fit

      Pickford
      Trent, Digne, Dallas
      Salah, Son, Bale, Mahrez
      DCL, Antonio, Bamford

      Meslier, Coufal, ESR, Mitchell
      Bank 1.1m, 1FT

      1. aapoman
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        B

    14. Corona is not good 4 U
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Play Raphinha or Harrison?

      Thank you!

    15. TAT
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Should I do Son > Fernandes?

      Pickford
      TAA - Dias - Shaw - Dallas
      Salah - Lingard - Greenwood - Son
      Kane - Antonio
      (Button - Colgate - Jota - Davis)

      1. aapoman
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        No

        1. TAT
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Worry not owning Fernandes against Fulham, tbh. Decent fixture for Son too, of course.

          1. aapoman
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Bruno could get rested against Wolves. Son likely plays all games

            1. TAT
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              True, that's a risk. I'm also considering Jota > Raphinha, benching Lingard as another option.

    16. Muscout
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Anyone risking bringing in Foden as Jota replacement?

      1. Dreaming of glory
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        He has to play now or at the wknd or both otherwise he goes into the champions kg final next wknd having not played in almost 4 weeks.

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

        Just did that move.

        Got nothing to lose.

        Lost my mini league and or 120K

    17. aapoman
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Captain Bruno, Salah or Kane?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Bruno

      2. PascalCygan
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        So difficult. Might switch from Bruno to Salah

      3. Baron Penguin (FKA Hadebayo…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Kane

    18. jernej93
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Willock or Raphinha?

      1. Baron Penguin (FKA Hadebayo…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Raph

    19. ManUtdFan977
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Bench bamford or dcl

      1. Baron Penguin (FKA Hadebayo…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Bam Bam

    20. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      ESR or Willock? First to 4 wins!

      1. aapoman
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Esr

    21. Mooster
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Play Coleman, Rüdiger or Holding?
      Have Pickford as GK.

    22. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      How likely do you think is Havertz to play the next 2 games?

    23. Baron Penguin (FKA Hadebayo…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Start Forster or Martinez?

    24. Wılly
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Play
      A. Saka vs Crystal Palace (A)
      B. JWP vs Leeds (H)

      1. Baron Penguin (FKA Hadebayo…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Saka

    25. Slitherene
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Bench order good to go?

      Areola | Sanchez
      TAA Digne Shaw
      Salah Son Mahrez Foden Saka
      Kane DC-L
      ¦ Iheanacho Vestergaard Phillips