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FPL Gameweek 37 Scout Picks: Salah omitted after cup final injury

We have chosen our best Fantasy Premier League (FPL) players for Gameweek 37 ahead of Sunday’s deadline.

The final selection is partly based on the Scout Squad consensus picks but midweek minutes, budget and updates from the pre-match press conferences are all factored in, too.

Our ‘bus team’ featured the likes of Mohamed Salah (£13.3m), Andrew Robertson (£7.3m) and Ollie Watkins (£7.5m) – and suffice to say, none of that walking wounded are included here.

We line up in a 3-4-3 formation this week and, as ever, are limited to £83.5m for our first XI.

Our four substitutes, meanwhile, are always cherry-picked from the cheaper crop of players, not to serve as bench fodder or to make the budget up to £100m but rather to give some alternative, viable options who don’t cost as much as some of the names in our line-up.

GOALKEEPER

It always looked like a straight fight between Jordan Pickford (£4.8m) and Kasper Schmeichel (£5.0m) for a place between the posts in the Scout Picks. Schmeichel was the only shot-stopper who received unanimous backing in our preliminary Scout Squad discussion, with the Everton vote ‘split’ a la the Silly Party. The Foxes are now free of distraction from their European sideshows and whilst they do travel to Stamford Bridge in the second of their Double Gameweek 37 fixtures, a clash with Watford looks a great bet for a clean sheet: the Hornets are the division’s joint-lowest scorers since Roy Hodgson took charge and have an almost entire first team out injured or ill.

DEFENDERS

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Despite Pickford’s omission, we aren’t going without representation from the Everton backline. The Toffees are on home soil twice in Gameweek 37, which is good news based on their form at Goodison Park under Frank Lampard: clean sheets have been banked in four of their seven home fixtures since the change in manager. The switch to a 3-4-3/5-4-1 in Gameweek 35 has served the dual purpose of beefing up the rear while allowing Vitalli Mykolenko (£4.9m) a bit more freedom to get forward and he has registered five shots in the last three games as a wing-back.

Aston Villa also have a brace of home fixtures in Gameweek 37, both of them against sides in the bottom half. Why is this relevant? Well, since Steven Gerrard took charge, Villa have kept clean sheets in eight of their 15 fixtures against sides ninth or below in the Premier League table – and none versus the top eight. We were on a double-up of Matty Cash (£5.3m) and Lucas Digne (£5.0m) at one point but we’ve opted for just the latter in our final selection: the chance-creating Digne has registered more than twice as many final-third touches than his fellow full-back over the last two Gameweeks. A possible sentimental run-out for Ashley Young (£4.7m) can’t be discounted over the next week, however, just as a caveat.

The sight of Marc Guehi (£4.5m) in training this morning was a reassuring one for owners of Palace defenders, as much of their success at the back has been predicated on their two centre-halves. We have however opted for the other stopper, Joachim Andersen (£4.6m), for our Scout Picks, to be on the safe side. With six clean sheets in their last 12 matches, Crystal Palace boast one of the division’s most in-form rearguards. The Eagles also rank third among Premier League teams for fewest expected goals conceded (xGC) from Gameweek 25 onwards.

MIDFIELDERS

 

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3,739 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gazza2000
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    On FH

    Vardy or Kane?

    1. Zladan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Vardy

    2. Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Kane for me

    3. Stimps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I was on Kane but think I'll go Vardy for the fun of it

    4. Echoes
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Kane

    5. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I have both

      1. yousunkmybattleship
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 13 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Who third forward?

        1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Richarlison

    6. OptimusBlack
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Vardyyy

  2. Reinhold
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Anything you would change on this free hit?

    The ones I am uncertain about myself are Digne, Diaz, KDB vs Mahrez and perhaps Ings to an extent

    Pickford

    Mykolenko, Cash, Digne

    KDB, Son, Diaz, Zaha

    Ings, Richarlison, Vardy

    (KDH, Castagne, Andersen, fodder)

    1. Zladan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Pickford to Schmeichel
      Digne to Andersen

      Would really diversify risk. You’ve then got a chance at clean sheet from all decent double teams.

      Diaz is a risk given how much he played and LFC injury worries. Maybe they play Ox and the likes…

      Maybe Diaz to Coutinho/Madders

  3. Nightf0x
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Sch
    Taa alonso cancelo (laporte taylor)
    Salah son mads mount (gordon)
    Toney richar nketiah

    Will FH38, salah toney -4 to:

    a) diaz/jota vardy
    b) kane zaha/cout/buendia/7.8mid.
    c) kdb/zaha/diaz/jota ings
    d) salah to kdb/zaha/cout/bundia/jota/diaz

  4. PB-THE-VET
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Hi all

    Play sako or transfer werner to ings for -4??

    Also rich or son for captain? Head says rich but …… son going for golden booth. Will be triple capt

  5. FPL MAN 123
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    FH G2G?

    Pickford
    Cancelo | Cash | Myolenko
    KDB | Jota | Son | Maddison | Zaha
    Richarlison (C) | Vardy

  6. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Which 2 score more in your opinions this GW?

    a. Vardy & Cancelo

    b. Kane & Digne

    Cheers

  7. tjostolv
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Couthino or Saka?

  8. OptimusBlack
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Pick just one
    A- Richa
    B- Ings

    1. Mozumbus
        3 months, 4 days ago

        A if c, B otherwise

    2. Mozumbus
        3 months, 4 days ago

        FH.
        Diaz to
        A. Maddison
        B. Olisse
        C. Keep Diaz
        D. Any other option under 8.0 not Zaha
        Thanks

        1. OptimusBlack
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          A

          1. Mozumbus
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Thanks, done that

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

          Has KDB really scored 15 goals from xG of 5.8? Last season when we kept captaining him he was underperforming xG like crazy...

          1. Zladan
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Yes. He is scoring goals of serious quality.

            One of the flaws I think with xG. Players abilities (or better put past records) are not factored into xG, it’s so invariable.

            If a decent chance falls to KDB just inside the box, you’d fancy or “expect” him to score more often than say Kovacic, but xG would be the same.

            So in most cases top players should really be outdoing their xG. Provided they aren’t the type of striker to just shoot from anywhere at anytime and have a low conversion rate as a result.

            1. Sgt Frank Drebin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              And yet somehow he underperformed last season depsite having a great ability. The problem with xG is that there is still a lot of random variability in it and it's hard to tell whether someone is that great finisher or simply he has been lucky. Even Kane underperformed this season. For me there are only 2 players that I'm completely sure are such good finishers, that they will overperform on regular basis, and those are Son and Messi (even though Messi underperformed this season too, surprisingly). And I think it's just a myth that better players will overperform xG, but if someone will show me a study saying otherwise, I'm open to change my mind.

          2. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Yep. xG will tend to underestimate quality finishers like KDB and Son and overstate the likes of Benteke and Rondon

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

          So non fhers you are selling salah??

          1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Yeh. Was going to sell him for Son anyway, now I'll have 3 million copy-cats on my tail 😉

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

            Selling to Zaha

          3. The Reptile
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Yes already done to Diaz ( I have a good bench if he doesn't play)

        4. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          A) TAA + Richarlison
          B) Mykolenko + Vardy

          1. Lord of Ings
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            A

          2. OptimusBlack
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            B

          3. Sgt Frank Drebin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Mykolenko + Richarlison? If on a free hit.

          4. OptimusBlack
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Get VARDY YOLO

            1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              HOPO*

              * He'll only play once

          5. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            B

          6. NABIL - FPL otai
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            on B atm

          7. Jam0sh
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            B

        5. Kodap
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          If you’re on a FH, would you pick one of Jota/Diaz, or one of Maddison/Barnes?

          1. OptimusBlack
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Maddison for double

          2. TN
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 4 days ago

            hate to say it but probably Maddison on a FH got to get as many doublers as possible plus son/kane/Trent etc

        6. TN
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 4 days ago

          No replies so I'll ask again...

          I have Son (Salah replacement) and Kulusevski. This means I don't have a Liverpool midfielder. Should I do Kulu to Diaz to make a total -12? Or should I bring in Zaha for the dgw instead?

          1. Sgt Frank Drebin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            No...

            1. TN
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 4 days ago

              ...thank you, reasoning?

              1. Sgt Frank Drebin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Kulusevski out for a hit doesn't make sense for me unless he won't start or something. At least out for Diaz. For Zaha could be worth it.

                1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  He finished away to Norwich. Could free hit him out today but no way sell him.

          2. OneArseneWenger32
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Yes Kulu is sick and a doubt

            1. TN
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 4 days ago

              is he? The first I've heard of it....

          3. outernational
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Yes, but not necessarily to Diaz unless you think he's nailed on to start.

            1. TN
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 4 days ago

              I think he probably will be nailed on to start, subbed off early(ish) in the FA cup final and Salah out.

              But as people have said a -4 to take out Kulu might be a bit of a daft move so I am reconsidering...will probably get Diaz though haha

        7. Arteta
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Do you think Mount will even start against Leicester? Cheers for feedback.

          1. the dom 1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            nope

        8. 1justlookin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Bottomed -
          Do we think TAA plays on Tuesday?

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

            I think so.

        9. Qaiss
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Is Ings on penalties for Villa?

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Yes

          2. lilmessipran
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Should be

          3. Echoes
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            He's the man

        10. ManUtdFan977
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Who do I transfer out for zaha. Saka or mount

          1. TN
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 4 days ago

            potentially in a similar position, advice appreciated

            1. OneArseneWenger32
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Mount

          2. the dom 1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Mount imo

          3. ManUtdFan977
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Thanks guys

        11. jdogg
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Maddidon or jota?x

          1. NABIL - FPL otai
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            M

          2. Echoes
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Mad

        12. abcdef3
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Who's the better Salah replacement? (Already on a -4 this week)

          A) De Bruyne
          B) Zaha
          C) Take an extra -4 to get both

          1. OneArseneWenger32
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Zaha

          2. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            B

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

          Pope (Dub)
          TAA Cash Cancelo James (Alonso)
          Zaha Gordon Saka Son Kulu
          Jesus (Nketiah Pukki)

          If I do Pukki > Ings for -8 (another -4), who do I bench

          A) Jesus
          B) Saka
          C) Kulu
          D) James
          E) Not worth the extra hit

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

            Put Kulusevski on the bench.

        14. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Watkins may be starting today...

          https://twitter.com/FPLVillan/status/1525743857241055232

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

            Isn't Ings still a better option though?

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              I don't know. Not what I was posting.

          2. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            That's not today. If he only gets the 2nd game, I'm going for Ings.

            1. Horace Pike
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              It is today, he's responding to his old prediction with the update that he got buendia over Watkins wrong for today, based on his source

              1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Oh. Well I've got Ings and Watkins. I'll start both if Ollie is confirmed for today. Doubt we'll get news before the deadline though.

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

            He looked ok in the training pics yesterday. Let's not forget that Gerrard can be pretty unreliable too when it comes to injury news. Wasn't Digne ruled out for the season a week or 2 ago?

            1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Ahem. Yes, and i sold him. Could have done with leaving him on the bench for a couple.

        15. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Good Morning folks!!! Pick three….

          A- Kane
          B- Vardy
          C- Ings
          D- Rich

          Cheers everyone!!

          1. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            ABD is what im going for

            1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Nice!! I can’t decide mate!! On ACD currently but still unsure

        16. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Pick one on a free hit:
          a) KDB
          b) Barnes
          c) Coutinho
          d) Gallagher

          1. AC Yew
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Ive gone A out of those

        17. Lord Flashheart
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          A schar to digne and bench robbo -4
          B play robbo and pray no hit

        18. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Noble last game at home?

          Think should have him first sub

          1. Bruno Commando
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Not a bad idea. Mosts of us have too much funds ITB after selling Salah.

        19. FPL MAN 123
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Pick 2:

          A) Zaha
          B) Maddison
          C) Ings
          D) Other

          Pickford
          Cancelo | Cash | Myolenko
          KDB | Jota | Son | Maddison | Zaha
          Richarlison (C) | Vardy

        20. Bruno Commando
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Robbo or Cancelo for the premium SGW defender spot? Robbo probably tired but easier fixture...

          1. Echoes
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Tsimikas could play if City win today

            1. Bruno Commando
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Cancelo it is!

        21. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Digne or coutinho on fh? Have cash and Ings

        22. Dannyb
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Anyone help with this?
          A Watkins Rafinha and Saiss to Holgate Ings and Zaha - 8?
          B Rafinha and Saiss to Zaha and Holgate - 4.