January
17

Scout Picks – Gameweek 22

Filed under: Scout Picks - Posted by: Paul

We switch formations this weekend and turn away from the usual three-man backline to roll out a 4-3-3. We’re backing the top three teams heavily for Gameweek 22 – Arsenal and City supply us with a trio of players apiece, whilst we double up on Chelsea, with United’s two main forwards remaining on the sidelines for Sunday’s clash at the Bridge:

John Ruddy gets the nod for Norwich’s home clash with Hull. Steve Bruce’s side roll up to Carrow Road having scored just three goals in their last six road trips, suggesting the Canaries could well be on course for a first shut-out in five league matches.

Per Mertesacker is our Arsenal defender of choice as Fulham make their way to the Emirates. The Gunners have conceded a single goal in the last six in front of their own fans and, with two goals, an assist and 15 bonus points already accrued, the big German will be looking for his third home set of double figures against Rene Meulensteen’s strugglers.

We’re calling up cult favourite Aleksandar Kolarov into the Picks as City prepare for the visit of Cardiff. Having been used as a sub for the midweek cup win over Blackburn, we reckon the left-back will return to the starting line-up to face a Bluebirds side that has drawn blanks in three of the last four – with a goal or assist in four of his last six starts, the Serbian’s explosive potential is obvious.

A home game against United won’t deter us from bringing in John Terry. With Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie ruled out once again for the visitors, Chelsea’s chances of a fifth clean sheet in six have taken a turn for the better – like Mertesacker, his aerial threat in the opponents’ box has already helped him find the net twice.

Joel Ward is our fourth defender as Palace welcome Stoke to Selhurst Park tomorrow. Tony Pulis will be desperate to get one over on his former club and, with three clean sheets in five at home, the Eagles look a decent sheet for defensive returns tomorrow. Furthermore, Ward has already been handed a share of corner kick duties in recent weeks, boosting his assist potential.

Mesut Ozil’s superb home displays bring the Arsenal playmaker into consideration. The German has produced four sets of double-figure hauls in seven Emirates appearances this season and looks poised to plunder the points against a porous opposition defence that has shipped 20 goals in the last six Gameweeks.

Eden Hazard’s current run of form cannot be overlooked ahead of a home clash against United. The Belgian seems to be improving as the season unfolds and has now scored or assisted in five of the last six Gameweeks for Jose Mourinho’s side. Similarly to Ozil, he’s on the lookout for a fifth set of double figures in front of his own fans and is in the mood to torment David Moyes’ side from start to finish on Sunday afternoon.

Passed fit by Manuel Pellegrini earlier today after missing the midweek cup replay with Blackburn, David Silva’s trickery may well prove the undoing of Cardiff tomorrow. The Spaniard has averaged 5.9 points per game at the Etihad so far and looks a likely contender to improve upon a run of consistent displays which have harvested a goal or assist in five of seven home appearances so far.

The overwhelming favourite in this week’s Captain Poll, Luis Suarez has earned 100 FPL points in just seven Anfield encounters already this season. The Liverpool talisman squares up to a Villa defence with a single clean sheet in eight league matches and, with sidekick Daniel Sturridge set for his first start since Gameweek 11, Paul Lambert’s outfit are in for a testing time of it tomorrow evening.

It’s rare to see the word “consistent” and Olivier Giroud in the same sentence, but the Arsenal frontman has started to string together a series of displays which are worthy of our attention. The Frenchman’s strike against Villa on Monday means he has scored in back-to-back league appearances for the first time since September and, with an assist also accrued over his last three, he’s picked up a bandwagon of his own this week. Priced at 8.6, Giroud looks a decent alternative for those who refuse to spend over 10.0 on Ozil.

There’s no doubt Sergio Aguero is the most explosive option up top for City but with Manuel Pellegrini admitting he’s uncertain whether to start the Argentine after a recent calf injury absence, we’re backing Alvaro Negredo as a safer option at home to Cardiff. The Spaniard has reached double figures only once this season but, like Silva, offers a real consistency at the Etihad, scoring in each of his last six starts in front of the City faithful.

Phil Bardsley warms the bench as Sunderland square up to Southampton at the Stadium of Light. With a couple of goals to his name already, the versatile full-back offers the best chance of attacking returns amongst a rearguard which has produced five clean sheets in the last 11 Gameweeks.

Our budget midfield option is Ki Sung-Yeung. The 4.8-priced Black Cats midfielder has justified our recent Watchlist faith by racking up two sets of double figures in the last four Gameweeks and he looks in fine form ahead of the Saints clash.

Swansea’s home game with Spurs brings Wilfried Bony onto the Scout Picks bench. The Ivorian bagged a brace against City in his last Liberty appearance and has now notched five times in his last four home starts.

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  1. What time to price rises happen usually?

      1. Hour and a half left then for aguero to rise again. Loads of time

    1. About 1.30-1.45am. Totalfpl tells you on the updates tab

      1. Thanks guys

    2. boruc (v. sun) or krul (v. wh)?

      1. Krul...although boruc also is a great option

  2. Which three should I play

    Dawson
    Bardsley
    Ward
    Chester
    Clyne

    1. Ward, Bardsley & Clyne...

    2. i had a similar conundrum

      2 out 0f 4

      Dawson
      Chester
      gabiddon
      rat

  3. New page :lol:

    1. Pages are moving so .... slow :shock:

  4. Good to go folks?

    de Gea,
    Kosc, Gabby, Kolarov(vc),
    Hazard, Ozil, Silva, Sterling
    Suarez(c), Aguero, Ade.

    Rudd; Whitts, Rosenior, Burner.

    -4pts; £0.2m in the bank; 1 WC ready for use in GW 24 ;)

    Cheers in advance.

    1. Good team for this week, considering it's not a WC team. You could do with a DDG pen save though :lol:

      Do you think Sterling will start?

      1. ???

        United will easily keep a clean sheet at the Bridge ;)

        I reckon he will, Lucas & Coutinho more likely to be dropped.

        1. I'm keeping Sterling this week too. I'd be disappointed to see him benched, and I imagine most Pool fans would too.

      1. ;)

        How are you?

    2. Got the captain and vice the wrong way round ;)

      Looking good, will Sterling start?

      1. See above, fancy him to start over Lucas/Coutinho.

  5. Anyone seen Demi around?

  6. How is this for a WC for 102 SV, and trying to be a little different?

    Mannone, Boruc

    Evans, Ashley Williams, Kos, Chester, Ward

    Hazard, Navas, Eriksen, Sterling, Januzaj

    Aguero, Suarez, Negredo

    As mentioned earlier, I may do Negredo and Sterling to Ramsey and Bony as my next 2 moves.

    Bad? Good? /10?

    1. A solid 7.75 ;)

      1. It's my favourite draft so far. No Arsenal attacking cover, but I'm just going to have to risk it and hope they share the points out nicely against Fulham.

    2. Hmm different you say? I don't quite like Evans and Williams, as I just can't see them keeping too many CS over the season.

      I woud also get an Arsenal attacker instead of the 3rd City player.

      1. G-Ru over Neg, do you think? Can't afford to get Caz or Ozil.

        Swans and United have a nice little run of fixtures coming up, I'm hopeful of a few CS (and bonus ;) )

    3. The midfield is light. You could put together some funds by going with one keeper (Mannone to 3.9m), Williams to someone cheaper like Bardsley. Not keen on Evans either, could go cheaper or stay in the price range and get Kolarov as your 3rd City player instead of Navas. Bony is a good punt.

      1. The midfield is the problem area, going heavy in attack on a low TV is pretty restrictive.

        I'll have a tinker, and try to get Kolarov and a cheap defender in, see where that gets me. Cheers, Milanista.

  7. @Milanista

    Would you not rather Lallana and Eriksen to Silva and Ki?

    1. I've had this debate with myself all week :lol:

      I would really like to have Lallana but I'm not so convinced about the other 7m range mids. Using the comparison tool on Ki and Lallana produced interesting results and makes me a feel a bit better about the 3 big hitters with Ki/Noone rotating.

      In a few weeks I could do Ozil and Ki to Ramsey and Lallana depending on how things go.

      1. i have ozil and Ki at the moment. plan is to bring in ramsey and lallana for both in 2weeks

        1. Yeah it makes sense

      2. I've been debating it all week too. :lol:

        I was settled on Navas and Wilshere but am not risking Wilshere. Could get Silva and Sterling if I get Giroud for Sturridge.

        Might just go Silva and Ki though.

        1. With Ki it depends who your 5th mid is as you want someone that rotates well with him. With Lallana and Eriksen the 5th mid is bench fodder until rotation/injury hits. Silva is better as a 3rd midfielder than Lallana imo, hard to know how rotating two cheapies for 4th mid will compare against Eriksen.

          1. Well I'll be looking to offload Ki after SOT STK new HUL. Ozil, Ki > Ramsey, Lallana/Eriksen. Don't think I need someone to rotate with Ki for those 4 weeks.

            1. Noone/Kim are about as cheap as you can get for a 5th mid so you might want to consider them anyway if you end up keeping Ki longer.

              1. Have Alex Pozuelo atm.

    2. Why not both? :3

  8. Looks like I'll be moving back to the comfy, reliable SAS soon enough.

  9. Best Cheap GK partnership?

    1. Lrf

      How cheap?

  10. Who should I play
    Ward (STK H)
    Chester (NOR A)
    Oscar (MUN H)
    I don't think Oscar will do much and the other two might get clean sheets, which 1 do you think I should start??

    1. Lrf

      Oscar imo.

  11. Liv/Villa is on Sky. VICTORY

    1. Finally.

  12. Lrf

    Eriksen + Ward or Lallana + Parr?

    1. The latter for sure. Ward and Parr are basically the same for FPL except Parr is slightly cheaper.

      1. Lrf

        Thanks, but will he play as much?

        1. Parr is first choice, had been missing for some time due to injury.

          1. Lrf

            Thanks!

  13. Morning peeps,

    i have mucked about with my wildcard and have this as a team

    Mannone
    Zabaleta Distin Koscielny
    Cabaye Yaya Hazard Lallana
    Berahino Suarez Negredo

    subs - Davis Januzaj Chester Ward

    Only have 400k in the bank and yep Berahino is a risk, however Long has gone and he may get a run in the team

    thoughts?

    1. Lrf

      Would have downgraded the defence and upgraded Berahino.

  14. Does anyone know what's going on with the thresholds for price rises? It used to always be a certain threshold for rises that applied to all players. Looking on totalfpl, we have players like Mannone with 5k NTI today that is only worth 2.8% towards a rise and others like Mertesacker that have half the NTI today but have gone up 9.7% today. What's going on? This is costing me WC profit! :mad:

    1. It's a conspiracy!

  15. Okay, done some tinkering ...

    Mannone, Davis

    Kolarov, Kos, Chester, Ward, Whittaker

    Hazard, Cazorla, Eriksen, Sterling, Januzaj

    Aguero, Suarez, Negredo

    Then I can still do Neg to Bony and upgrade Sterling to an 8m mid in the next couple of GWs.

    Better?

    1. Yeah

      1. Cheers for the tips Milanista, who knew that downgrading a GK would actually give me a path to get Cazorla in!

  16. Ki's not going back to Swansea is he?

    1. Nah, that story disappeared pretty quickly.

      1. Lrf

        It's insane!

  17. Team for gw22

    Boruc
    Baines, Kompany, Kolorov, Mert, A. Cole
    Ozil, Hazard
    Suarez (c), Giroud (vc), Aguero

    Mannone, Ki, Januzaj, Noone

    I realise my defence is extremely excessive but that's my wc strategy. I see cs for all of my defenders this week. I hope the dt gods agree haha.

    1. Lrf

      Too much imo, but GL to you!

    2. looks strong all around.. Fair play!

  18. Lrf

    Adrian expected to keep the #1 for a while now?

  19. Lrf

    Going with an extremly weak bench until Ramsey is back (Ozil -> Ramsey and use money on my bench), but happy with my XI for the next couple of weeks (barring an unavoidable injury or two)

    Mannone (3.9)
    Kolarov, Kos, Coleman (Parr, Chester)
    Silva, Hazard, Ozil, Lallana (4.1)
    Sturridge, Suarez (c), Aguero (v)

  20. This place will be radio rental if Aguero doesn't get a start tomorrow.

    1. Lrf

      He might not, but expect him to get atleast 20 min. Could do some damage vs a tired Cardiff defence.

  21. Wait and see city get three early injuries to defenders or mids before aguero gets chance to go on

  22. A) Navas + Mertesacker
    B Silva + Kosc

    ?

    1. Id go A, but Navas + Kosc... and save some cash..

  23. Will Parr normally start?

    1. sorry missed posts above. Appears he will

  24. Start Boruc or Mcgregor?

  25. Hi,
    I made my mind picking Ward and Speroni over Boruc and Clyne for this week but can't decide for days now should i start Oscar or Rodriguez. What do you think?

    1. hmmm.

      If forced to pick one, I'd do Oscar.

  26. Which two to start out of these guys

    1) Januzaj (che) *scared united wont score and will get 2 points
    2) Ward (STO) *cpl seem very likely to concede but ward takes corners
    3) Chester (nor) *hull are unbeaten against norwich in their last 4 games
    4) Olsson (HUL) * norwich are at home and desparately need points

    1. Ward+Chester

  27. Navas or Silva??

    Team this week

    Boruc (Krul)
    Gibbs Ward Coleman (Chester, Whittingham)
    Hazard Wilshere Navas Cabaye (Oveido)
    Suarez (c) Adebayor Giroud (vc)

  28. Suarez or Negredo for the captains armband ?

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