Scout Picks

Gameweek 38 Scout Picks built on Leeds and Liverpool triple-ups

Liverpool and Leeds are the two clubs with triple-ups in this week’s Scout Picks XI.

After David, Neale, Tom and Andy submitted their Scout Squad selections earlier this week, we have chosen our best players for Gameweek 38.

For the final team this season, we line up in the 3-4-3 formation and come in at £80.8m, £2.2m inside our budget of £83.0m.

Goalkeeper

Over the last six Premier League matches, no team has conceded fewer than the three goals let in by Chelsea. Knowing that a 1-0 win over Aston Villa will secure Champions League football next season, we are expecting Thomas Tuchel to keep things tight at Aston Villa, which is why we have included Edouard Mendy (£5.3m) in the Gameweek 38 Scout Picks.

Defenders

Who has the best and worst FPL fixtures for the Run-In?

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.8m) has produced three assists in his last six, more than any other defender. That sort of attacking potential could very well continue against Crystal Palace considering over the same period, he is top of the whole Premier League for key passes (21) and joint-second for big chances created.

This season’s current top-scoring defender Stuart Dallas (£5.5m) faces the Premier League’s worst defence in Gameweek 38, the perfect time to include him in the Scout Picks. The Northern Ireland international has found the net eight times this season, three of those goals coming in the last eight matches. Furthermore, only one Leeds player has scored more Premier League goals at Elland Road than Dallas. And in the last six, only Everton (four) have more clean sheets than the Whites (three).

Vladimir Coufal (£4.8m) looks poised to benefit from Southampton’s problems when defending the left-hand side of the pitch. Over the last six matches, only Sheffield United have given up more chances down that side of the pitch as Saints (27). Not only is Coufal best-placed to benefit, but no West Ham player has also registered more assists at home this season than the right-back. Meanwhile, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men have failed to find the net in seven of their last 11 away matches.

Midfielders

Ahead of facing a side he scored 16 points against earlier in the season, Mohamed Salah (£12.9m) is top among all midfielders for expected goal involvement (xGI) over the last four matches. Just two players have more shots in the box than him over the last six, suggesting he will be giving his all to win the Golden Boot race on Sunday.

Knowing that Liverpool have to win at Anfield to guarantee Champions League football next season, we are doubling up on their premium midfielders with Sadio Mané (£11.8m). Among Jurgen Klopp’s men, he is second only to Salah for shots in the box and xGI at Anfield this season and has attacking returns in three of his last four.

This season’s top-scoring Chelsea asset Mason Mount (£7.3m) looks set to be at the heart of their attacking capabilities as they travel to Aston Villa for a must-win game. Over the last six matches, no player in the Premier League can match Mount for big chances created.

Raphinha (£5.6m) should benefit from the party atmosphere as Leeds fans are finally able to watch a Premier League match at Elland Road. The Brazilian ranks second for minutes per xGI at home this season, scoring eight points the last time he faced West Brom.

Forwards

Can Jesse Lingard follow up on his West Ham debut FPL haul 10

Ahead of facing a Southampton side that has conceded at least twice in each of their last three away matches, Michail Antonio (£6.7m) has five attacking returns in his last six outings (three goals, two assists).

Patrick Bamford (£6.6m) is Leeds’ top goal-scorer at Elland Road in 2020/21 and comes into Gameweek 38 as top among all colleagues for minutes per xGI at home this season. Meanwhile, West Brom are the worst side in the league for conceding chances through the middle over their last six matches.

During that same period, no FPL forward has more attacking returns than Chris Wood (£6.5m). His total of five goals and one assist bodes well for a Gameweek 38 trip to Sheffield United, who have given up the third-most big chances over their last six. 

SUBSTITUTES

  • Alphonse Areola (£4.5m)
  • Federico Fernández (£4.7m)
  • Calum Chambers (£4.5m)
  • Joe Willock (£4.9m)

THE CAPTAIN

Who are the best captain options for FPL Gameweek 36+?

We choose the Scout Picks captain using a four-way vote between our Scout Squad pundits.

Because we use Fantasy Football Scout data so heavily in this process, the skipper we choose each Gameweek is known only to those with a valid Fantasy Football Scout subscription and revealed to the public only when the deadline has passed.

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2,637 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Guru Mediation
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Who wins please?
    A) Rudiger, Phillips, Nacho +6
    B) Holding, Son, Antonio

    Thanks community for all your help this season

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      A

      1. Guru Mediation
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        I hope so 🙂 this is my only mini league contest!

      2. Guru Mediation
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Thanks for the reply

    2. Rojo's Modern Life
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      B, sorry

  2. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Would you go for a differential cap if chasing a 9 point lead? Mane/ Taa over salah?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Yep depending on the rest of your players to theirs.

    2. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Mane

    3. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Trent for the brave hearted.

    4. HEADSY
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      I'm chasing 11 points and on mane, rival has salah so I know he will captain him.

      I have never been top of the league this season and looking to pull off a steal on last day

    5. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Nope, I'd keep Salah as captain and choose a few differentials elsewhere

  3. Sebbo29
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Which of these front 8 to bench?

    Foden/Son/Willock/Salah/Raphinha
    Kane/Antonio/Bamford

    Leaning towards one of Foden, Willock or Son.

    Foden may not start and get a 1-pter off the bench, but if he does start he could be involved in at least 1 goal
    Willock was fatigued, guess he'll start but will he be involved enough?
    Son might get some space coz LEI have to go for it but is more out of form than the others.

    Thanks for thoughts folks

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      It's tough on that selection.

      Any could succeed.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Will Son finish strong?

    2. HollywoodXI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Foden

    3. Rojo's Modern Life
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Leaning towards three options? Not much of a lean, buddy

      1. Sebbo29
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        OK, is 'swaying back and forth' better? 😉

  4. b91jh
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Anyone looking for Raheem Sterling as an ultra differential?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Normally Lateriser is.

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      I considered him to be honest.

  5. Daghe Munegu
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    G2G ? Start Pickford or Forster ?

    Pickford
    TAA Robbo Holding
    Salah Son Raphina Lingard
    Kane Antonio Bamford

    Forster Greenwood Shaw Fofana

    1. Abra Dubravka
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Gtg.

  6. Powers106
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Which one doesn't get picked? I just can't decide...

    a. Nacho
    b. Antonio
    c. Bamford
    d. Kane

    1. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Bookies have Antonio as least likely to score (c,a,d,b, their order) albeit close, and think his EO would be least, so him esp if got Lingard.

  7. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Given the option which game would you rather watch today?

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      I always watch my team play. Irrespective of how important the other games are.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Of course. Are you United?

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Arsenal

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Nice.

            Born in London and lived in the corner of Highbury Hill!

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 27 days ago

              Or on even!

              1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Wow! The place which gave us so many happy memories. Paid a visit in 2017, when I came for our opening game against Leicester.

    2. Galza-The Wanton Trader
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Leeds v Brom in front of the fans will be a good watch I reckon...

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Good call.

    3. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Will watch Leeds vs WBA as long as CS is intact, then switch to Liverpool vs Palace or Leicester vs Spurs.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        I guess most FPL will be on Liverpool.

        If Villa and Leicester perform could be a good day.

        Then Man City trophy after Aguero off the bench for 30 mins?

    4. claretparrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      We were asked this by the pub. Plumped for Liverpool as we've two fans but Leicester and Leeds games were debated

  8. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Just the 100 point lead to chase down today in my ML. Mane captaincy - 8 goals Sadio please...

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Minus 8?

      1. HollywoodXI
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        That’s probably more likely

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Good luck!

  9. Azathoth
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Do we know if Casilla gonna play again today?

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      He will. Confirmed

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Yes, confirmed by manager

    3. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      I bloody hope not

    4. FPL Pillars
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Yes

    5. Azathoth
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Thank U All.

    6. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      yes

  10. Abra Dubravka
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Play one:
    1) Holding
    2) Dias
    3) Shaw?

    Bench one:
    A) Greenwood
    B) Raph
    C) Watkins?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      2
      A

      1. Abra Dubravka
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Interesting. Dias over Holding. Cheers AC/DC.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Tbf Holding at home is more likely but I reckon Dias plays but Everton could well score.

          Back your self and good luck today.

          1. Abra Dubravka
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Cheers mate. You too.

  11. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Good Morning and a best of luck to all!

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Thanks Steve.

      Or should I say Spudy?

      Have fun

  12. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Play Holding. Bench Watkins.

    1. Abra Dubravka
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Cheers

  13. kysersosa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Managers, would greatly appreciate some advice please:

    chasing 4 points in ML for monthly prize and defending 46 point lead overall (rival has BB in his back burner).

    Martinez
    TAA, Holding, Dallas
    (S)alah, JWP, Raphina, Bruno*, Lingard
    Kane, Bamford

    Froster, Benteke*, Targett, Maguire*

    Options:

    A) Bruno to Mane/other
    B) Benteke to Wood
    C) Maguire to Chilwell (play over Bruno)

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      A.
      Wull chilwell start? Alonso can get sme min.

      1. kysersosa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Could do Rudiger to be safer or even Phillips. Your not wrong, as there is some roulette there. I just fancy his attacking returns, I don't actually think they'll keep a CS.

        1. Skloppy Kops
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          Hmm.. not seeing any CS around myself and I'm styck with Keane and Shaw. One wont play and the other might end up with negative pts

          1. kysersosa
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 27 days ago

            Id agree with the CS. Maybe a set piece return from Keane, but not worth a hit to change.

  14. Herman Toothrot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Urgh. Meslier out for a hit?

    Cant see many clean sheets today

    1. kysersosa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Agreed.

    2. Oz
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      I contrived to bring Meslier in last week. He didn't play that game and won't play this. Such is life and FPL. I am never convinced bringing in a keeper is worth it for a hit so am hoping Patricio plays (he didn't last week).

      1. Herman Toothrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Fabri is my backup. Fingers crossed Fulham rotate...a lot

  15. Predator
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Shaw to Coufal or Cresswell?

    1. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Cresswell

    2. Skloppy Kops
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Well.. Cress

    3. Abra Dubravka
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Cresswell

    4. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Cresswell surely being the more attacking option

  16. JUST ONE LOMBARDO...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Tied 3rd in cash ML looking for a differential.

    Don’t think Bale will play.

    A) Bale >> Torres
    B) Bale >> Mount
    C) Bale >> Harrison (already have x2 Leeds)
    D) Bale >> Son

    1. kysersosa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Torres is obviously the big differential

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      A

    3. Skloppy Kops
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Pulisic?
      Pepe?

    4. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Mount from those

    5. Grimlock
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      B
      Eagles!

  17. Skloppy Kops
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Any guess who will start for City? Apart from Kun and Ederson.

    Mahrez?
    Walker?
    Sterling?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      I'm punting on Mahrez unless there's any reliable leaks.

      Ignore rumours tho.

      1. Skloppy Kops
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Yep, waiting for some leaks myself with 2FT

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          I think Sterling, KDB, Torres all quite likely and maybe a Jesus to Aguero sub combo after an hour depending on his match fitness.

          If KDB starts maybe Gundogan is rested but they both played when fit.

          Pep said Aguero will play so he could start but it may be more fitting his career that he finishes?

  18. Grimlock
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    I'd go b
    Eagles!

  19. OLLY G
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Gonna bring in Lingard, do l double up with Antonio or go for Wood?

    Thanks.

  20. kysersosa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Probably Sterling of those 3.

  21. Burger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Any credible City leak twitter's to follow today?

  22. Nate01
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Hey all getting nervous now. Good luck all.

    Which combo scores more
    A. Cresswell Bamford
    B. Dallas Wood
    C. Dallas Bamford

    Cheers

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      C

    2. POTATO
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Dallwelll Woodford

  23. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Dias and Greenwood to Robertson and Pepe worth a hit?

    1. Nate01
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Na
      Brighton just beat city they won’t be a pushover for Arsenal.
      Robbo for free is good

      1. Burger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        To be fair City played for 80 mins with 10 men.

        1. Nate01
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 27 days ago

          True forgot about that but hey I hate Arsenal haha- Brighton for the win!

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Yes if we get teams news that GW isn't starting.

    3. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Cheers all

  24. Gandalf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Which would you choose from these please?

    A. DCL > Bamford (4-4-2 with Holding)
    B. Jota > Raphinha (3-4-3 with DCL)
    C. Both for -4 (3-4-3)

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      C

  25. sp1122
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Either worth a -4?

    A) Torres in for Greenwood
    Or
    B) Antonio in for DCL

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      A

  26. get_up_early
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    38 point lead in ML
    4 players the same as teams 2nd & 3rd and they don’t have any chips
    I have TC to play - currently on Salah

    Comfortable?

    1. Mainswitch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      You Good to Go

      1. get_up_early
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Fingers crossed

  27. Super Sharpe Shooter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Forster
    Trent-Digne-Holding
    Salah-Son-Bale-Greenwood
    Nacho-Kane-DCL
    (McCarthy-ESR-Dawson-Mitchell)

    Bamford or Antonio for DCL (coin toss)

    But would anyone also do Digne to Dallas for -4

    Or leave it and play him v City or Dawson v Soton?

  28. kysersosa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    "Agggguuuuuerrrooooooo'

    One of my favorite moments in PL history. Not a Man City fan, but thanks for the memories Sergio.

    1. #Swish41
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      Well said

  29. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    Morning dzz, Couple of quick questions

    1) Greenwood (with digne 1st sub) or Do greenwood >> 7.5m mid (-4)?
    2) Greenwood (digne 1st sub) or Get dallas (-4) and play 442

    1. Cojones of Destiny
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      2

      1. unitednations
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        thx

  30. Cojones of Destiny
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 27 days ago

    play:
    a. Greenwood
    b. Gundo

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 27 days ago

      B

      1. Cojones of Destiny
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        is he fit do you know ?