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The Scout Preview - Gameweek 38

Three of the top four clubs in the Barclays Premier League are on their travels this Sunday as the 2015/16 season comes to its conclusion.

Title-winners Leicester City bring the curtain down on a triumphant campaign by visiting deposed champions Chelsea. Tottenham Hotspur travel to newly-relegated Newcastle United with Mauricio Pochettino’s men seeking a win to secure a second-placed finish, whilst Manchester City roll up to Swansea City in Manuel Pellegrini’s final match in charge.

Elsewhere, Manchester United entertain AFC Bournemouth, with the Red Devils still harbouring hopes of a top-four finish. In-form Southampton seek a fourth straight victory as Crystal Palace make their way to St Mary’s Stadium, Arsenal entertain Aston Villa and Liverpool visit West Bromwich Albion just three days before their Europa League final against Spanish side Sevilla.

Talking tactics

Alan Pardew rolled out a 4-4-2 set-up for Crystal Palace’s home clash with Stoke City last time out. With Wilfried Zaha sidelined due to a hamstring problem, the Eagles’ boss moved away from his usual 4-2-3-1 formation and fielded Yannick Bolasie and Jason Puncheon on the flanks, with Connor Wickham partnered by Dwight Gayle up front against the Potters. Bearing in mind that the Selhurst Park side had notched just twice in their previous five league outings, Gayle – who bagged both goals in the 2-1 win – has given Pardew food for thought as his side prepare for a trip to Southampton and FA Cup final against Man United later this month.

A move up front has reignited Andre Ayew’s Fantasy potential over the last couple of matches. Fielded as Swansea’s lone striker in a 4-2-3-1 set-up for the Gameweek 36 home encounter against Liverpool, the Ghana international scored twice in a 3-1 win and retained his advanced role for last weekend’s trip to West Ham, as Francesco Guidolin opted for a 4-3-3 formation. Priced at just 6.6, Ayew bagged a goal and assist in a 4-1 victory at Upton Park and sits in less than 9% of Fantasy teams as the Welsh side prepare to see out the season with a home clash against Manchester City.

Guus Hiddink tinkered with his attack for Chelsea’s trip to Liverpool on Wednesday evening. With Diego Costa ruled out due to a hamstring problem, the Dutchman handed Bertrand Traore the lone striker role at Anfield, whilst Eden Hazard was shifted into the central support slot as Willian and the fit-again Pedro were stationed out wide. Although Hazard hogged the headlines by netting a fourth goal in as many appearances, Traore could be one to monitor ahead of a home clash with champions Leicester. With Costa expected to miss out again, the youngster –classified as a midfielder and priced at 5.4 – looks in line to retain his starting role for Sunday’s showdown at Stamford Bridge.

By the numbers

With the final round of fixtures now upon us, many Fantasy managers are seeking inspiration in their quest for mini-league glory.

The Scout assesses the top ten form “differentials” over the last 30 days, with each of our featured options currently sitting in under 10% of sides. No more than two players per team are listed in our analysis.

FORM COST OWNED POINTS
Dusan Tadic (SOU) 10.3 6.6 5% 41 points, four apps
Sadio Mane (SOU) 9.3 7.4 3% 37 points, four apps
Andre Ayew (SWA) 8.0 6.6 1% 32 points, four apps
Mark Noble (WHU) 7.2 5.6 7% 36 points, five apps
Lamine Kone (SUN) 7.2 4.3 12% 36 points, five apps
Antonio Valencia (MUN) 6.8 5.0 7% 34 points, five apps
Ashley Westwood (AVL) 6.8 4.2 5% 27 points, four apps
Patrick van Aanholt (SUN) 6.2 4.8 8% 31 points, five apps
Andros Townsend (NEW) 6.2 5.8 0% 31 points, five apps
Kelechi Iheanacho (MCI) 6.2 4.8 0% 30 points, three apps

Southampton midfield pair Dusan Tadic and Sadio Mane racked up the points across the last four BPL fixtures. Tadic played a part in eight of the Saints’ goals, courtesy of two strikes and six assists, yet sits in just 5% of Fantasy teams ahead of a home encounter with Crystal Palace. Mane – who is expected to recover from illness in time for the weekend – found the net on five occasions and produced a 20-point haul against Manchester City in Gameweek 36.

Swansea’s Andre Ayew served up three goals, an assist and six bonus points. The Ghana international delivered back-to-back double figure hauls against Liverpool and Tottenham in his previous couple of appearances.

Mark Noble produced two goals and maximum bonus points in two of his four outings. Costing 5.6, he sits in only 6% of sides as West Ham make their way to Stoke this Sunday.

Lamine Kone and Patrick van Aanholt helped Sunderland to safety thanks to three clean sheets in the last five matches. Kone netted twice in the Gameweek 37 win over Everton, whilst Van Aanholt chipped in with a goal and assist across the featured period as the Black Cats clinched their top-flight survival with one match to spare.

Manchester United right-back Antonio Valencia played every minute of the last five fixtures and produced two assists, three clean sheets and eight bonus points.

Kelechi Iheanacho has started each of the last three BPL matches for Manchester City. Priced at 4.8, the youngster is owned by less than 1% of Fantasy managers yet has produced four goals and an assist over that period.

Ones to watch

Antonio Valencia – a home clash with Bournemouth hands the raiding right-back a chance to pick up the points at both ends of the pitch. Priced at just 5.0, Valencia offers an in-form route into a defence that’s served up 12 clean sheets in 18 league encounters at Old Trafford this term.

Andros Townsend – Newcastle’s home meeting with Tottenham brings the winger onto The Scout’s radar this weekend. Townsend has delivered two double-figure hauls in his last three at St James’ Park and will be desperate to get one over his former club before dropping into the Championship.

Olivier Giroud – an injury to Danny Welbeck looks set to earn the Frenchman a start up at home to Aston Villa on Sunday. Owned by just 7% of Fantasy managers, Giroud has produced a goal and two assists in his previous couple of appearances as Arsenal look for a win that may yet help clinch second spot ahead of rivals Tottenham.

Shane Long – previously utilised out wide, the Southampton striker has benefitted from a move up front in recent weeks. Long has produced three goals and as many assists in five league outings ahead of a home clash with a Crystal Palace side that’s managed two clean sheets in the last 18 Gameweeks.

Christian Benteke – with Jurgen Klopp set to ring the changes ahead of next week’s Europa League final, the big Belgian looks in line to start as Liverpool make their way to West Brom. After emerging from the bench to grab a midweek leveler against Chelsea, Benteke has two goals and an assist in his last couple of league outings and squares up to a backline that’s been breached in each of the last six Gameweeks.

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Fantasy Premier League Scout review – Gameweek 38

The 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season came to a conclusion following Manchester United’s 3-1 victory over AFC Bournemouth on Tuesday night, with the Red Devils securing fifth place. On Sunday, Arsenal leaped above Tottenham Hotspur to finish second and Manchester City ended the campaign fourth.

Olivier Giroud helped fire the Gunners to their highest league positon since 2004/05, as the forward topped the final Bonus Points System table of the season.

Player Position Club BPS
Score
BP
GW38
BP
Total
Olivier Giroud FWD ARS 80 3 15
Wayne Rooney FWD MUN 62 3 14
Danny Drinkwater MID LEI 45 3 11
Georginio Wijnaldum MID NEW 44 3 17
Hector Bellerin DEF ARS 44 2 18
Sadio Mane MID SOU 42 3 16

Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

3: Olivier Giroud (ARS)

2: Hector Bellerin (ARS)

1: Nacho Monreal (ARS)

Arsenal defeated Aston Villa 4-0 at Emirates Stadium with Giroud securing back-to-back maximum Bonus Points (BP). The France forward netted a hat-trick to take his Barclays Premier League goal tally to 16 for the season.

Hector Bellerin supplied an assist, created a further big chance, produced a clean sheet, made three tackles and provided four clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI).

A clean sheet, an assist, six recoveries and a passing accuracy of 91% earned Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal a single BP.

Chelsea 1-1 Leicester City

3: Danny Drinkwater (LEI)
2: Cesc Fabregas (CHE)
1: Baba Rahman (CHE)

Chelsea and Leicester City played out a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge as Danny Drinkwater achieved three BP. The Foxes midfielder scored the equalising goal for the visitors and ended the match with 13 recoveries, four tackles, as many CBI, two key passes and a couple of open-play crosses.

Cesc Fabregas gave Chelsea the lead after tucking away a 66th-minute penalty. The Spain international also produced six recoveries, four CBI, as many key passes and three dribbles.

Chelsea defender Baba Rahman received one BP after amassing 11 recoveries, eight successful tackles, seven CBI and three dribbles.

Everton 3-0 Norwich City

3: Leighton Baines (EVE)

2: Kevin Mirallas (EVE)

1: Phil Jagielka (EVE), Jonjoe Kenny (EVE)

Leighton Baines secured maximum BP for the first time this season after scoring, keeping a clean sheet, making seven recoveries and producing five CBI during Everton’s 3-0 victory over Norwich City.

Kevin Mirallas struck shortly after half-time and, alongside four successful tackles and three key passes, earned a couple of BP as a result.

Everton defenders Phil Jagielka and Jonjoe Kenny shared one BP each as they helped the Toffees shutout Norwich. Jagielka contributed with 10 CBI, four recoveries and a successful tackle. Kenny registered an assist for Mirallas’ goal and made five CBI.

Newcastle United 5-1 Tottenham Hotspur

3: Georginio Wijnaldum (NEW)

2: Daryl Janmaat (NEW)

1: Aleksandar Mitrovic (NEW)

Newcastle United signed off their Barclays Premier League campaign with a 5-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur. Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum scored one in each half to claim three BP.

Right-back Daryl Janmaat set up Newcastle’s fourth goal of the match in the 85th-minute and then wrapped up the scoring himself in the next attack. Janmaat also created a further big chance and produced three tackles.

Aleksandar Mitrovic was sent off for the hosts but the 21-year-old forward still received a single BP thanks to an assist and his ninth league goal of the season.

Southampton 4-1 Crystal Palace

3: Sadio Mane (SOU)

2: Steven Davis (SOU)

1:Graziano Pelle (SOU)

Sadio Mane recorded his third maximum BP haul of the 2015/16 campaign as Southampton secured a spot in next season’s UEFA Europa League following a 4-1 win over Crystal Palace. The Senegal midfielder scored one, registered an assist, produced six recoveries, four CBI and completed a couple of dribbles.

Steven Davis followed up his Gameweek 37 brace with an 87th-minute strike. The Saints’ midfielder additionally recovered the ball 11 times, made five CBI, supplied two key passes and provided a couple of open play crosses.

A goal and an assist earned Southampton forward Graziano Pelle one BP, taking his tally to 16 for the season.

Stoke City 2-1 West Ham United

3: Giannelli Imbula (STK)

2: Mame Diouf (STK)

1: Ryan Shawcross (STK)

Giannelli Imbula scored his first home goal in the Barclays Premier League as Stoke City came from behind to beat West Ham United 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium. The Potters’ midfielder also made four successful dribbles and recovered the ball on 12 occasions.

Second-half substitute Mame Diouf grabbed a late winner for the home side to earn a couple of BP.

Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross received one BP thanks to two dribbles, six CBI, as many recoveries and seven successful tackles.

Michail Antonio grabbed West Ham’s goal but missed out on BP after being tackled three times and the 26-year-old fouled an opponent twice.

Swansea City 1-1 Manchester City

3: Andre Ayew (SWA)

2: Leon Britton (SWA), Kelechi Iheanacho (MCI)

Manchester City got the draw they needed for a top-four finish but Swansea City midfielder Andre Ayew achieved maximum BP for a third consecutive Gameweek. The 26-year-old netted on the stroke of half-time and he also accomplished a passing accuracy of 91%.

Swansea’s Leon Britton and Man City’s Kelechi Iheanacho picked up a couple of BP each. Britton registered an assist, three tackles, four CBI and nine recoveries, while Iheanacho scored the visitors’ only goal of the match.

Watford 2-2 Sunderland

3: Jeremain Lens (SUN)

2: Jack Rodwell (SUN)

1: Troy Deeney (WAT)

Jeremain Lens earned three BP as Sunderland drew 2-2 against Watford at Vicarage Road. The Netherlands international created the opening goal of the fixture and then scored the second of the afternoon.

Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell tapped in Lens’ assist to give the Black Cats a 1-0 lead at half-time. Rodwell also provided a pass completion rate of 88% and completed two successful tackles.

Troy Deeney struck from the penalty spot to score Watford’s second equaliser, recording a single BP as a result.

West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Liverpool

3: Jordon Ibe (LIV)
2: Jon Flanagan (LIV)

1: Salomon Rondon (WBA)

Jordon Ibe scored as Liverpool drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns. The 20-year-old cut in from the right to fire past the goalkeeper and the Reds’ midfielder also completed five dribbles to be rewarded with maximum BP.

Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan recorded an assist for Ibe’s goal, while a couple of tackles, eight recoveries and a passing accuracy of 87% gave the 23-year-old two BP.

West Brom forward Salomon Rondon put the home side into the lead after 13 minutes and could have got more than one BP had he not missed the target four times and been tackled on three occasions.

Manchester United 3-1 AFC Bournemouth

3: Wayne Rooney (MUN)
2: Marcus Rashford (MUN)
1: Antonio Valencia (MUN)

A goal, an assist, two further big chances created, a trio of key passes, as many successful tackles and 12 recoveries earned Wayne Rooney maximum BP as Manchester United defeated AFC Bournemouth 3-1 in the final match of the 2015/16 season.

United forward Marcus Rashford scored the second goal of the fixture after 74 minutes and the 18-year-old also completed two dribbles to receive a couple of BP.

Antonio Valencia achieved a single BP thanks to an assist, two tackles, as many dribbles, five CBI and a pass completion rate of 93%.

For a full breakdown of the Bonus Points System head to the Rules section.

  • Olivier Giroud
  • Wayne Rooney
  • Danny Drinkwater
  • Georginio Wijnaldum

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Veerendra Grandhi - Hazard of HurryKane

Prognosis: Having climbed the overall rankings in three of the last four Gameweeks, Veerendra is looking to freshen up his 15-man squad for the final round of fixtures. Up front, he is monitoring the fitness of Jamie Vardy, who sustained a minor hamstring problem during Leicester City’s 3-1 win over Everton last Saturday.

Treatment: If Vardy is ruled out of the Foxes' trip to Chelsea, Veerendra should consider bringing in Shane Long. Priced at just 5.7, the Republic of Ireland international has served up three goals and four assists in his last six appearances for a thriving Southampton attack. Elsewhere, Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez could come in for Eden Hazard in the centre of the park. Although the latter is in fine form, he faces champions Leicester City this weekend, whereas a home clash with Aston Villa makes Sanchez a more enticing captaincy option.

Chances of Recovery: The fixtures are very much in favour of both Veerendra’s new arrivals. Long welcomes a Crystal Palace side that’s failed to keep a clean sheet in their previous nine road trips, with the visitors likely to have one eye on their upcoming FA Cup final later this month. Sanchez, meanwhile, has scored or assisted in eight of his previous ten and hosts a relegated Villa outfit that’s picked up a single point in 12 matches.

Shantanu Kumar - Ek Do, CHA CHA CHA

Prognosis: Shantanu is prepared to take a couple of big risks in his quest to push up the rankings. He’s willing to part company with popular pair Riyad Mahrez and Harry Kane in order to seek out some lesser-owned “differential” picks for a final roll of the dice as the 2015/16 campaign comes to its conclusion.

Treatment: Southampton’s Dusan Tadic offers Shantanu a red-hot replacement for Mahrez, who has mustered just a single goal in his previous six appearances. Priced at just 6.6, the Serbian registered two goals and six assists in his last four outings, yet sits in just 6% of Fantasy teams ahead of a home clash with Crystal Palace. Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud could come in for Kane, who has failed to score in three of his previous five appearances. Owned by only 7% of Fantasy managers, the Frenchman has produced a goal and two assists in the Gunners’ last couple of fixtures.

Chances of Recovery: Having played a part in eight of his side’s last 11 goals, Tadic has become increasingly influential to Southampton’s late-season flourish as Ronald Koeman’s men go in search of a fourth successive victory. Giroud looks set to lead the line for Arsenal’s Emirates showdown with relegated Aston Villa as a result of a knee injury to Danny Welbeck. Given that the visitors boast the third-worst away defence in the top-flight, Arsenal Wenger’s side will fancy their chances of finishing the season with a victory that could yet see them overcome rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the race for second spot.

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