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Scout Picks

Gameweek 21 Scout Picks – A double-up on three teams

Another Fantasy Premier League Gameweek is approaching us at breakneck speed so we’ve again put our heads together to come up with a Scout Picks selection ahead of the deadline on New Year’s Day morning.

Our chosen 11 players for Gameweek 21 line up in a formation of 3-4-3, with three uber-premium players taking us right up to the £83.0m budget.

Because of the tight turn-around over Christmas, this line-up was assembled by a select few within the Fantasy Football Scout editorial team rather than the usual Scout Squad.

Goalkeeper

It seems like overthinking to ignore the appeal of Lukasz Fabianski (£4.7m) given that West Ham United take on far-from-prolific travellers in the form of Brighton and Hove Albion, but a dismal defensive display against Burnley in Gameweek 20 and one home shut-out in 2018/19 has influenced our decision.

Tom Heaton (£4.8m) gets our nod instead, with the Clarets taking on a Huddersfield Town side who have scored only four goals on home soil this season – by far the worst record in the division.

The Terriers have registered fewer big chances and scored fewer goals than any Premier League over the last six Gameweeks and indeed season, with neither Steve Mounie (£5.8m) nor Laurent Depoitre (£5.1m) having found the back of the net this campaign.

Not renowned for their impressive underlying defensive statistics, Burnley have nevertheless kept four clean sheets in ten meetings with sides currently ranked in the bottom half of the table and reduced the Hammers to a single big chance in their 2-0 win on Sunday.

Defenders

Lucas Digne (£5.2m) has recorded more key passes, big chances and crosses than any other defender in 2018/19 and hasn’t gone more than two Gameweeks without blanking since establishing himself in the Everton side.

While the Toffees haven’t kept a clean in their last seven Premier League matches they next face a Leicester City side who rank 18th for penalty box touches over the last six Gameweeks.

Only Huddersfield (three) have scored fewer goals than the Foxes (four) during that period and just three sides have attempted fewer shots in the box.

Matt Doherty‘s (£5.2m) record points haul this season came in Wolves ‘ 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in Gameweek 8 and the Eagles head to Molineux this weekend for the return fixture.

With assists against Chelsea and Spurs in recent weeks, the Irish wing-back has proven that he can bank attacking returns against pretty much any team in the top flight. No FPL defender has had more shots than Doherty this season.

He would seem to stand a decent chance of recording a rare clean sheet, too, with Roy Hodgson’s side having failed to score in their last two matches and ranking joint-bottom for shots on target over the last six Gameweeks.

Marcos Alonso‘s (£6.8m) stock has taken a tumble in recent months with the Chelsea left-back having not posted an attacking return since Gameweek 11.

Alonso’s underlying stats over the last half-dozen matches have flattered to deceive too, though the Spanish left-back has twice hit the woodwork over the Christmas period and just two FPL defenders have clocked up more touches in the final third over the last six Gameweeks.

He is also part of a Blues defence that has kept more clean sheets than all teams bar Liverpool in 2018/19.

Midfielders

Two midfielders who were rested to the bench in Gameweek 20 make the selection this week.

Ryan Fraser (£6.1m) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.3m) will surely return to their respective sides’ line-ups in Gameweek 21.

The Bournemouth midfielder has carved out more big chances than any other player in 2018/19 and the Cherries are up against a Watford side with only one clean sheet in their last ten matches.

The Hornets sit in the bottom six for big chances conceded and shots in the box conceded over the last half-dozen Gameweeks.

Sigurdsson meanwhile ranks fourth among FPL midfielders for shots on goal this season and has form against the Foxes, having scored against them in the reverse fixture in October.

Only two sides have allowed more shots from outside the box than Leicester in the last six Gameweeks, while 21 of Sigurdsson’s 47 attempts on goal this season have come from outside the opposition area.

Eden Hazard (£11.1m) was the first name on the teamsheet this week, with little concern over whether he’s farmed out to the left wing or deployed centrally.

Southampton have gone ten games without a clean sheet in the Premier League, with no other club in the division on such a barren run.

No FPL asset has created more opportunities over the last six Gameweeks, while the Belgian has himself been presented with more big chances than any other Premier League player over the last four matches.

Paul Pogba‘s (£8.2m) inclusion was a given this week too, with the Frenchman having accrued a remarkable 46 FPL points over the last three Gameweeks – almost half his season’s total.

Over one million Fantasy managers have bought the former Juventus midfielder in the last nine days, with Pogba having registered four goals and as many assists since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge.

During that time, Pogba ranks top for shots on target and joint-top for chances created among all FPL players.

Forwards

Raul Jimenez (£6.3m) has registered an attacking return in ten of his last 15 Premier League starts and provided the assist for Doherty’s goal when Wolves last met Crystal Palace.

Only Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.7m) has had more shots in the opposition box than the Mexican striker over the last six Gameweeks.

While Harry Kane (£12.6m) didn’t register a single penalty box touch in the defeat to Jimenez’s side in Gameweek 20, he nevertheless kept up a remarkable run of returning a goal and/or assist in each of his last nine Premier League starts.

The England striker has eight goals and four assists during that run.

Spurs tomorrow play a Cardiff side who, despite coming into this match off the back of successive clean sheets, have nevertheless allowed more attempts on goal and shots in the box than all other Premier League sides over the last two Gameweeks.

Alexandre Lacazette (£9.4m) completes our line-up, with budgetary restraints meaning we couldn’t afford Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.4m).

The Gabonese forward has had more big chances than any other Premier League player over the last six Gameweeks but he could be joined (or even replaced) in the Arsenal attack by Lacazette tomorrow, with the Frenchman having been rested to the bench at Anfield on Saturday.

Lacazette and Aubameyang scored 12 and 15 points respectively when the Gunners last met Fulham, though they can of course expect a rougher ride at the Emirates given the improvements the Cottagers have made over Christmas.

Lacazette has been involved in five Arsenal goals over the last seven Gameweeks, despite not lasting 90 minutes in any of those matches.

Substitutes

A bit of a gamble this one, but Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.2m) could well benefit from Mauricio Pochettino’s frequent full-back rotation when Cardiff visit Wembley tomorrow.

The budget defender registered three assists, a clean sheet and maximum bonus on his last league start and proved himself a capable deputy to Kieran Trippier (£6.1m).

The Spurs boss complained of fatigue affecting his side after the defeat to Wolves and would seem set to make a number of changes tomorrow, with Spurs having the joint-fewest number of rest days over the Christmas break.

No team has scored fewer away goals than the Bluebirds this season.

Bournemouth’s problems at right-back (their two regular options being sidelined for the rest of 2018/19) means that Jordon Ibe (£5.0m) could again get a run-out on that flank in Gameweek 21.

We’re backing Roberto Pereyra (£6.2m) to make hay down Watford’s left on Wednesday, with the Cherries having conceded more goals than any other Premier League club over the last six Gameweeks.

Only four midfielders have had more shots in the box than Pereyra over the last six Gameweeks.

Arsenal’s shambolic defensive display against Liverpool has persuaded us to take a punt on Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.7m) for Fulham’s visit to the Emirates.

The Gunners’ centre-back injury crisis shows no sign of easing, while Mitrovic has had more attempts on goal and shots in the box than any other FPL asset in the last six Gameweeks.

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822 Comments Post a Comment
  1. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Happy New Year folks, have a good one 🙂

  2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Wilson -> Jimenez

    For free, yes or no?
    Ta.

    1. Ole Trafford
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Yeah from me

    2. Ynwalfc
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Yes

    3. Jafoole_88
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Can see Wilson and Bournemouth coming back strongly against Watford. I'd keep

  3. waldo666
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Looking at different budget options to downgrade Laporte for Salah cash next week, three varying prices below to go with the following:

    TAA, Doherty, Digne, AWB.

    A) Shaw
    B) Bamba
    C) Bednarek

  4. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    How bad do we expect rotation to be tomorrow? Seems unthinkable that wing-backs like Digne and Doherty will play 90 mins in all 4 festive fixtures.

    1. Ruth_NZ
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Why not? It wasn't a particularly compressed schedule this year. Much too much was made of it.

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      they will have a rest in the cup

    3. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Spurs & Everton players at risk, Watford showed what can happen rotation wise, expect a few surprises 🙂

  5. lappingitup
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Was kind of hoping Rashers would be out

    Who to bench
    Salah sane Felipe richarlison Pogba
    Kane Jimenez Rashers

    1. waldo666
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Tough, Jimenez or Sane probably but yeah, proper headache.

    2. Kim Jong Kün
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      So he is available to start?

  6. lappingitup
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    I know what you’re all thinking

    “What a team”

  7. Four Season Wonder
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    2FTs

    Alonso and Snodders OUT
    4.5m def And Pogba IN

    1. waldo666
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Looks good although losing Alonso before Southampton might not be the best.

      1. Four Season Wonder
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 20 days ago

        Was only because it added up right that’s all...

  8. nygunner
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Gtg? No city or pool but what do you guys think? Subs?

    Fabianski
    Doherty • Kola • Digne
    FAnderson • Rich • Pogba • Martial • Hazard(c)

    Kane • Lacazette

    Subs: button, Locadia, Holebas, Duffy

    1. Four Season Wonder
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Team is brimming with fire

  9. Jacks Daddy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Play a) Robertson (city) or B) Bennett (crystal palace) I see city scoring that's all... Currently have robbo in

    Help guys! Thanks and happy new year

    1. waldo666
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      I'd probably stick with Robbo (playing TAA atm fwiw).

      1. Four Season Wonder
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 20 days ago

        Yeah stick with robbo attacking potential

  10. Four Season Wonder
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Apart from defence, Does this team look a bit flat? Likely that plenty get a rest...Need some inspiration (2FTs + 0.6 itb)

    Fab
    Alonso - Doherty - Digne
    Salah - Sane - Sonny - Snodders
    (K)ane - Rashford - Wilson
    ————————
    Subs: Button; AWB, TAA, Hoj

    Cheers in advance

    1. Rocky.007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Wilson to Jimenez/Arnie
      Sane to Hazard

      You can get Pogba when Son leaves

  11. Carpe Diem
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Fabianski Ryan
    Alonso Shaw Digne Bennett Schindler
    Hazard Martial Richarlison Pereyra Snodgrass
    Kane Aubameyang Quaner
    1.3 ITB 2 FT

    Any thoughts on what transfer I should make? Ryan is an obvious red flag but with Fabianski's fixture this week that can wait.

  12. The Duffy Dunk Shaw
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Felipe (BHA) or Richie (LEI)?

  13. GCHIKD2K16
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Not jumping on the wolves or ditch man city bandwagon just yet. Apart from brooks and delefou most 5 -5.5 rated MDF are just returning 2-3 points.

    Had this last week:
    Fab
    Alonso / Alderweireld/ Robertson
    Salah/ Hazard(c) / F.Anderson/ Richarlison/ torreira
    Aguero / Rashford /

    Hamer/ Bednarek / peltier /kamara

    Changed to this for this game week to get pogba in:
    Fab
    Alonso / Alderweireld/ Robertson
    Salah/ Hazard(c) / Pogba / Richarlison/ Neil or Maitlan-niles
    Aguero / Arnie /

    Speroni / Bednarek / peltier /kamara

    Thoughts on Out: F.Anderson, rashford and torreira
    IN: Pogba, Arnie, Neil

  14. Simply Loveleh
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Richarlsion or Siggy and why

  15. Woyofthewovers66
    6 months, 20 days ago

    RMT please

    Fab
    Trippier Doherty digne
    Salah hazard pogba fabianski
    Kane jiminez locadia

    Button Robertson AWB camarasa

    Thinking trippier to TAA in a week or so as he is a rotation risk

    1. Woyofthewovers66
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Felipe Anderson not fab in MF!

  16. UKG
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Chica to Raúl -4? Or hold for this week.

  17. UKG
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Play Zanka or AWB this week?

  18. Jellyfish
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Happy NY all

    Is Rashford worth holding or is it time to ship (thinking for Jimenez). Already have Pogba and Martial