Scout Picks

Scout Picks – Gameweek 20

With the deadline for the final set of festive fixtures looming at 11.30 am tomorrow, we opt for a late night reveal for the Gameweek 20 Scout Picks.

Our latest search for value between the sticks has us acquire Middlesbrough’s Victor Valdes (4.5) ahead of Leicester City’s visit to the Riverside Stadium in Saturday’s early kick-off.

In their nine road trips, the Foxes have mustered an unimpressive eight goals, which immediately promotes the short-term stock of the Middlesbrough stopper.

In addition, Claudio Ranieri’s men have mustered 39 goal attempts from outside the box away from home – joint top for that metric. That gives us the added security that Boro keeper may just add save points to his Gameweek 20 tally.

Swansea City’s dreadful form ahead of their visit to Selhurst Park has prompted us to welcome Crystal Palace’s Scott Dann (5.2) into the fold.

Dann has recorded more close range efforts than any other defender this season and earned an assist from a set-piece when the two sides last met in the 5-4 goal-fest back in Gameweek 13.

The Swans have also scored just seven goals on the road, indication that we may even catch sight of the lesser-spotted Eagles clean sheet.

Hull City share a similarly dreadful away record to the Swans, which has put West Brom’s Chris Brunt (5.0) on our radar ahead of the Tigers’ visit to The Hawthorns.

Owned by just 1.9%, we’re backing Brunt for another start and a role on the flank. From open play or from dead-balls, Brunt’s assured delivery can promise attacking returns and, given that Mike Phelan’s side have scored just five goals in nine away games, Brunt is a candidate for double-digits.

Completing our three-man back line is Manchester United’s Phil Jones (4.9), who looks assured of a start away to West Ham United, given that he was rested at home to Middlesbrough in Gameweek 19.

Alexis Sanchez (11.9) is one of three premium picks squeezed into our 84 million budget, recruited ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Bournemouth.

The Chilean’s peerless record on the road is behind his selection.

With nine goals away from home, more than any other player, Sanchez is simply too strong an option to ignore. Eddie Howe’s men seem likely to be driven forward by their faithful, Arsene Wenger will therefore perhaps resort to “plan A” and deploy Sanchez back in the central striker role.

To help fund the Gunners man, we have joined more than 106,000 FPL managers who have drafted in West Brom’s Matt Phillips (5.6).

He scored his fourth goal and earned his seventh assist of the campaign, away to Southampton on Saturday.

Granted he played the full 90 minutes in that encounter, but we think his relentless form should ensure that Tony Pulis once again turns to the winger for the visit of Hull City.

Although Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha (5.8) departs for duty at the Africa Cup of Nations after Swansea’s visit, we feel that he represents a convincing option for this Gameweek.

The 12.3% owned winger has eight assists and three goals to his name and, while Zaha has blanked in his last four, it’s the Swans’ obliging backline that convinces us. The Welsh club have leaked 13 goals in their last four Gameweeks; 18 in their last six.

As with Phillips, we are hoping that form can trump the fatigue factor and ensure that Adam Lallana (7.6) earns a start for Liverpool at Sunderland.

The 23% owned midfielder has been sensational in recent matches, racking up his seventh assist with a sublime cross in Saturday’s win over Manchester City, adding to a season record that shows the same number of goals.

Our heavyweight attack features the re-introduction of Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero (12.8).

Despite marking his return from a four-match ban with a tepid blank against Liverpool on Saturday, we just couldn’t overlook his stronger prospects of returns when Burnley drop by the Etihad Stadium.

The Clarets have shipped 18 goals in eight matches away from home, while the Argentine has scored 10 in his 12 Gameweek starts. In addition, Aguero has already put Sean Dyche’s side to the sword once this season, claiming a brace in City’s trip to Turf Moor in Gameweek 13.

Consistency drives our selection of Zlatan Ibrahimovic (11.6), who has now delivered at least a goal or assist in all bar one of his last eight Gameweek starts.

With Jose Mourinho recently referring to Manchester United’s talisman as “undroppable” , we feel that Ibrahimovic can also offer us security of start in a Gameweek that could be littered with rest and rotation concerns.

Swansea’s aforementioned defensive record sees us double up on Palace assets and welcome aboard Christian Benteke (7.6) in the XI.

The 9.2% owned Belgian will be hoping to join Spurs’ Harry Kane, West Brom’s Salomon Rondon and Middlesbrough’s Alvaro Negredo to become the fourth striker in succession to earn a double-digit points haul when receiving a visit from the Swans.

Speaking of Rondon (6.7), he claims a spot on our bench with Hull’s unenviable away record the key factor.

The striker was rested to the bench at Southampton on Saturday, but we expect him to start against the Tigers; five of the Venezuelan’s seven goals have arrived at The Hawthorns.

Middlesbrough’s Gaston Ramirez (5.3) claims our midfield bench role and is another player who will feel will outperform his price point in Gameweek 20.

The Uruguayan schemer, who has two goals and a pair of assists so far, looks a certain starter against Leicester City, given that he was only used from the bench against Manchester United in Gameweek 19.

Watford’s current cast of injuries and form that has seen them score just twice in their last four outings, has us turn to Stoke City’s Erik Pieters as our reserve defender.

The Dutchman is expected to take up the role of wing-back against the Hornets and, with Walter Mazzarri’s side nursing a list of casualties on their right-flank, he may even get some joy as the Potters look to build on an encouraging display at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Community Champion

The community member who beats our picks by the biggest margin over the campaign will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Contributors and Moderators League for the following season. The current champion to beat is Boris Bodega, who achieved a 33 point margin of victory over us in Gameweek 15.

The Gameweek 19 champion Game of Throw Ins opted for a 3-4-3 line up of: Heaton; Azpilicueta, Holgate, Valencia; Sigurdsson, Alli, Hazard, Lallana; Aguero, Lukaku, Carroll.

Ahead of Sunday’s games, the Scouts were trailing Game of Throw Ins 16 to 25.

Due to the tight turnaround of games the community champion contest is taking a break for this round of fixtures and will resume again for Gameweek 21.

Jonty Community manager, Scoutcaster and writer. Tweets stats and stuff via @FFScout_Jonty” Follow him on Twitter

4,723 Comments Post a Comment
  1. joey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Unusually for me I've given myself a bit of a benching dilemma. Finally got rid of Capoue for Phillips, need to bench one of Sanchez (bou), Hazard (tot), Lallana and Can (sun), Phillips (HULL), Kane (CHE), Ibra (whu) or Carroll (MUN). Currently on Carroll but idon't like to get him in. Any suggestions greatly appreciated!

    1. jdogg
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Can for me.x

      • Shinned it
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 21 days ago

        AOA?

        1. joey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Already wasted it. Am benching Can but not sure about it. Ho hum

    2. Shinned it
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Which 3 to play?

      A) alonso (tot)
      B) cedric (eve)
      C) holebas (stk)
      D) ake (ARS)
      E) de Roon (LEI)

      ??

      1. Dharav9o9
          1 month, 21 days ago

          ABC/ACE

      2. vinny240789
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Valdes (grant)
          Brunt pieters rose (ake and holgate)
          Sanchez (c) lallana alli phillips (de roon)
          Costa ibra (vc) and rondon.

          Any thoughts are appreciated. Still on wc. Got 0 mil in the bank.

        • All about that Baines
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Is rondon sure the start given Kanu's good form?

          • Majid Iqbal Ahmed
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Play 1 from these:

              Ake vs arsenal

              Prodl vs stoke

              De roon vs leicester

              1. FPL Fanatic
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  De roon

                  1. Majid Iqbal Ahmed
                      1 month, 21 days ago

                      Thanx

                • FPL Fanatic
                    1 month, 21 days ago

                    On WC, Appreciate any & every thoughts!

                    Grant (Valdes)
                    Brunt Baines Cahill (Ake Kingsley)
                    Sanchez Lallana Zaha Phillips (c) (Alli)
                    Costa Ibra Negredo

                    1. vinny240789
                        1 month, 21 days ago

                        You sir are a risk taker with that captain choice. But i love your team

                        Valdes (grant)
                        Brunt pieters rose (ake and holgate)
                        Sanchez (c) lallana alli phillips (de roon)
                        Costa ibra (vc) and rondon.

                        What do you think of mine?

                        1. FPL Fanatic
                            1 month, 21 days ago

                            Ours is almost identical ! Yours is awesome 🙂

                            I wanna go with Sanchez too being an Arsenal fan, but something tells me its Phillips day!

                      • GuillermoDickero
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 21 days ago

                        Alonso + anichebe ---> Evans + Rondon?

                        Seems a lil crazy to get rid of Alonso

                        1. FPL Fanatic
                            1 month, 21 days ago

                            Nah, too much WBA. Hold

                        2. vinny240789
                            1 month, 21 days ago

                            Rondon to...

                            1) negredo
                            2) carroll
                            3) gray
                            4) keep

                            Already have phillips and brunt on my team.

                            1. FPL Fanatic
                                1 month, 21 days ago

                                Negredo has 3 out of 4 home fixtures coming up, Defo him 🙂 WBA aint that good to own 3players, not yet anyway 😀

                                1. vinny240789
                                    1 month, 21 days ago

                                    Cheers. Im not sure about alli too. You reckon i should bench him and put de roon instead?

                                    1. FPL Fanatic
                                        1 month, 21 days ago

                                        Sounds like the Sane thing to do !

                                        1. vinny240789
                                            1 month, 21 days ago

                                            Was that a pun

                                        2. Dharav9o9
                                            1 month, 21 days ago

                                            No No..Alli has a chance of scoring even if it is chelsea but de roon normally is a cdm...not many scoring chances

                                            1. FPL Fanatic
                                                1 month, 21 days ago

                                                Anything is possible if you put it that way 🙂

                                                1. Dharav9o9
                                                    1 month, 21 days ago

                                                    Okay but look at alli's form...chelsea conceded 2 goals against stoke...and spurs are a better attacking team then stoke...plus alonso might not play...

                                        3. jamhot12
                                            1 month, 21 days ago

                                            WC played

                                            Valdes/grant
                                            Bellerin, Evans, Clyne, ake, blind
                                            Sanchez, lallana, Philips, Ali, Mika
                                            Ibra, teke, Barnes

                                            Bit light upfront I know but looking at a lot of 5man mid weeks what ya saying ?

                                          • Will
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            1 month, 21 days ago

                                            Play Allen or Siggy? Odds of both scoring seem the same.

                                            But Siggy on pens/possibly false 9 Vs Allen not playing for Swansea...

                                            1. Dharav9o9
                                                1 month, 21 days ago

                                                Still allen more reliable

                                                1. FPL Fanatic
                                                    1 month, 21 days ago

                                                    True, Stay away from Swansea. they are in shambles.

                                              • morgy11
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                1 month, 21 days ago

                                                Grant
                                                Alonso Mc Cauley Jones
                                                Sanchez(vc) Firminio Pogba Zaha Philips
                                                Costa Aguero(c)

                                                Bench
                                                Randolph Carroll Holebas Amat
                                                1.8 Million ITB

                                                G2G ?

                                                1. Dharav9o9
                                                    1 month, 21 days ago

                                                    Nice team!G2G

                                                    1. morgy11
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      1 month, 21 days ago

                                                      Thanks

                                                2. FPL Fanatic
                                                    1 month, 21 days ago

                                                    Repeat

                                                    On WC, Appreciate any & every thoughts!

                                                    Grant (Valdes)
                                                    Brunt Baines Cahill (Ake Kingsley)
                                                    Sanchez Lallana Zaha Phillips (c) (Alli)
                                                    Costa Ibra Negredo

                                                  • Fir-Ma-La-Nho
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    1 month, 21 days ago

                                                    Anfield Express ‏@AnfieldExpress
                                                    Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner; Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana; Mane, Sturridge, Firmino. #LFC

                                                  • surfer11
                                                      1 month, 21 days ago

                                                      Chambers or Friend? Friend more of an attacking threat but is he nailed?

                                                    • Simon F
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      1 month, 20 days ago

                                                      New user here. Would appreciate comments/suggestions on my squad:

                                                      Heaton/Foster
                                                      Azpilicuta/Walker/McAuley/Ake/Friend
                                                      Sanchez/Pogba/Alli/Lallana/Phillips
                                                      Costa/Kane/Barnes

                                                    • Boomstick
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      1 month, 20 days ago

                                                      I was checking Scout Picks and noticed that this game weeks community champion 'Game of Throw Ins' knocked my wife's team out of the FPL cup. Ha!

                                                    • Tommie
                                                        1 month, 20 days ago

                                                        PALACE 0-1 SWANSEA (Mawson, 42)

                                                      • Tommie
                                                          1 month, 20 days ago

                                                          lol Sanchez will be gone in summer!

                                                        • Tommie
                                                            1 month, 20 days ago

                                                            sanchezzzzzz

                                                          • AG13
                                                              1 month, 20 days ago

                                                              Good day to all! I'm a new user from Singapore.
                                                              Below is my current squad, would very much appreciate any comments or suggestions by anyone.

                                                              Heaton / Foster
                                                              Koscielny / Alonso / Lovren / Walker / Tarkowski
                                                              Hazard / Alli / Sanchez / Phillips / Capoue
                                                              Defoe / Ibrahimovic / Barnes

                                                              *0.3m left in the bank*

                                                              Thank you guys!
                                                              Cheers!

                                                            • Tommie
                                                                1 month, 11 days ago

                                                                WildCard- Help Please!
                                                                Heaton | Daniels | Cahill | Baines |Stanislas |Sánchez (C)
                                                                Eriksen | Lallana | Lukaku | Defoe| Costa
                                                                Bench...Forster | Phillips | McAuley | Holgate

                                                                1. Sir Edo Nygren
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  1 month, 11 days ago

                                                                  For more feedback, post in a more recent article where pepole still posting..

                                                                  1. Sir Edo Nygren
                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                                                    Apart from that, wait with WC for double gwks..

                                                              • Saleh.M
                                                                  1 month, 11 days ago

                                                                  Redmond in for Joe Allen?

                                                                • Tommie
                                                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                                                    Repost... WildCard- Help Please!
                                                                    Heaton | Daniels | Cahill | Baines |Stanislas |Sánchez (C)
                                                                    Eriksen | Lallana | Lukaku | Defoe| Costa
                                                                    Bench...Forster | Phillips | McAuley | Holgate

                                                                    1. Sir Edo Nygren
                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                                                      For more feedback, post in a more recent article where pepole still posting..

                                                                      Say What article for instance.

                                                                  • Tommie
                                                                      1 month, 10 days ago

                                                                      Big offers for Costa from China which also behind his drop apparently as well as argument with coach hmmm time will tell lol

                                                                    • Tommie
                                                                        11 days, 20 hours ago

                                                                        handball

                                                                      • Tommie
                                                                          9 days, 12 hours ago

                                                                          mings goal aguero assisst