Scout Picks

Gameweek 25 Scout Picks – Man City and Everton players make the cut

We’ve included a decent sized contingent of Double Gameweek players in our Scout Picks for the weekend.

With Manchester City and Everton both playing two matches, that is reflected in our handpicked best XI.

This week we line up in a 3-5-2 formation, and at £83.4m we have come in just £0.1m under our budget.

Goalkeeper

We may have our doubts about Manchester City’s defence, but Ederson (£5.6m) still gets the nod in goal for the Scout Picks this week. If we’re looking for certain starters in Pep Guardiola’s team you don’t get much more secure than their goalkeeper, who has 10 more points than any of his defensive colleagues this season.

Defenders

Andrew Robertson (£6.7m) has the potential to benefit at both ends of the pitch against West Ham. The Hammers did not register a single shot in the box or on target against Wolves last time out with Manuel Pellegrini revealing he would have to go back to the drawing board with his team. Meanwhile, West Ham still have just clean sheets at home all season,

An ongoing groin injury to Ben Davies means that Danny Rose (£5.8m) looks set for another start in the Spurs defence against Newcastle. The Magpies come to Wembley with the lowest number of shots in opposition boxes over the last four away matches. Only two teams have recorded fewer big chances in that time than Newcastle while, Spurs have conceded the fewest since Gameweek 21. A clean sheet looks likely for Rose then, who has created a chance every 45 minutes in the last four Gameweeks, getting an assist against Watford.

James Tarkowski (£4.7m) is our representative from the Burnley squad this week as Southampton come to Turf Moor. The Clarets have two clean sheets in their last four at home, while the Saints come to Lancashire with just 19 shots on target in their last four away matches. Only Newcastle have fewer in that time.

Midfielders

Raheem Sterling (£11.3m) kicks off our Manchester City attacking contingent ahead of their Double Gameweek fixtures. The England international scored on his last league meeting with Arsenal, all the way back in Gameweek 1, and has four goal involvements in his last five outings. Having started the last six Premier League matches in a row, while Riyad Mahrez has been used heavily in the cups, we are backing Sterling to start at least one of City’s next two and play a decent number of minutes across the Gameweek as Guardiola’s men look to keep the pressure on Liverpool in the title race.

Leroy Sané (£9.7m) completes our Manchester City representation in this first Double Gameweek of the season. We believe he is actually more likely to start both matches than Sterling or Sergio Aguero, as Benjamin Mendy works his way back to full fitness following his latest long lay-off. The German international has two goals and two assists in his last four Premier League outings and has a higher expected assist score in that time than any other player in the division.

For the first time since the autumn, Sadio Mané (£9.5m) comes into the Scout Picks as our chosen representative for Liverpool. It has been a long time in coming but the Senegalese international is now outperforming Mohamed Salah statistically over the last four Gameweeks. He has had one more effort on target than his Egyptian colleague, 10 shots in the box to Salah’s seven, and 11 total efforts to his team-mate’s eight. They are pretty close for chances created too, Salah ahead by one. Therefore, we can justify saving £4.1m of our budget by picking Mané ahead of a trip to West Ham in Gameweek 25.

Mauricio Pochettino appears optimistic that Son Heung-min (£8.6m) will play a part in Spurs’ Gameweek 25 meeting with Newcastle on Saturday lunch-time, which is enough for us to include him in the Scout Picks. The South Korean is still on an incredible run of form that has seen him average nine points per appearance since Gameweek 13, while he has registered an effort on goal every 25.6 minutes in the last four round of matches. With Spurs’ key attacking men still out until March, the stage is set for Son to continue operating as their main man.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.4m) is our chosen representative from Everton as they play Wolves and Manchester City over the course of the Gameweek. Richarlison was in consideration after ending his goal drought against Huddersfield but with just two efforts on target in the last four matches, we had to look elsewhere. Sigurdsson has a superior accuracy (36% to 18%) and his role in set pieces means he has created seven more chances than his Brazilian colleague since Gameweek 21.

Forwards

Marcus Rashford (£7.7m) leads a cheap forward line for us this week as Manchester United travel to face a Leicester side that has struggled at home of late. They have lost all but one of their last four at the King Power Stadium, conceding six goals in the process. Meanwhile, Rashford is joint-top of the league for shots on target in the last four Gameweeks, notching attacking returns in eight of his last 11 Premier League outings.

Josh King (£6.4m) has been a hugely exciting resurgent figure in the last few weeks, relishing the role as Bournemouth’s key front man in the absence of an injured Callum Wilson. In the last four Gameweeks, only Paul Pogba and Rashford have had more shots on target, while the Frenchman is the only player to have registered more efforts in the box than King. As a very versatile player, the Norwegian also comes with seven chances created in that time, the exact same number as Pogba.

Substitutes

Patrick van Aanholt (£5.4m) gets a place on the bench this week ahead of Fulham’s visit to Selhurst Park. While Fulham have found their shooting boots in recent weeks, Crystal Palace still have three clean sheets in their last five home matches. Meanwhile, van Aanholt has played the same number of key passes as Pogba and King in the last four Gameweeks, taking six shots too, so could capitalise on Fulham’s woeful defence.

Ryan Fraser (£6.1m) will almost certainly enjoy his trip to the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday. The Bluebirds remain susceptible to set pieces, only two clubs allowing more chances from dead ball situations in their last four home outings. Fraser is currently joint top of the league for key passes played since Gameweek 21 and is a designated corner and free-kick taker for Bournemouth.

Glenn Murray (£6.3m) has the advantage of facing the leaky Watford defence this week. The Hornets have recently slipped to the foot of the table for shots allowed in the penalty box over the last four, only Fulham conceding more big chances in that time too. Meanwhile, Murray gets most of his work done at the Amex Stadium, with seven of his ten goals coming there this season.

Community Champion

Representing the community against the Scout Picks in Double Gameweek 25 is Joax2. They have opted for a 4-4-2 formation of: Alisson; van Aanholt, Laporte, Duffy, Trippier; Sané, Hazard, Sigurdsson, Sterling; Higuain, Ayew.

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.

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6,142 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Dacra
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    All good?

    Patricio (Speroni)
    Robertson - Lindelof - Bednarek (Bennett, Digne)
    Salah - Son - Sterling - Sane (c) - Pogba
    Ings - Rashford (Niasse)

    0ft
    1.4 Itb

  2. #FPLBhuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Anyone triple captaining sterling here? Or considering it

    1. Xabi
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      yup, got it locked in

    2. FPLGeezer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 15 days ago

      I'm seriously considering it now. Likely have Sane and Sterling and favour Sterling for gut instinct. Don't know else when id want to play it and chasing in mini leagues

  3. Xabi
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Triple (c) Keane

  4. The_FF_King
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Anderson to Son for free??

    1. Ready Player One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Solid yes from me

  5. Dele
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    No Aguero in the scout picks!!!

    1. Xabi
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      and one everton player, amateurs

      1. Vasqujg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Everton is garbage, they could lose both games 0-2 and 0-5

        MCI players are attractive because they are playing against Everton and even Jimi from Wolves went up in price.

    2. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      This and he is at home, albeit against Arsenal

    3. fr3ddy
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      They prefered players with a chance of playing both games

  6. Feeling_blue
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Who will score more points the reat of the season (includong FA cup matches):

    A Babel
    B Nasri
    C Brooks
    D Shaqiri
    E Kante

    This is for draft fantasy so price is irrelevant. Cheers!

    1. Xabi
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      F Salah

    2. Tsparkes10
        2 months, 15 days ago

        x

      • Tsparkes10
          2 months, 15 days ago

          c*

        • MottysBallacks
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Babel or Brooks. I'd go Babel - looks like he's gelling nicely with Mitro

        • Delph & Safety
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Thinking of Schindler to PvA and riding the DGW with just Sané and Rich.

        • S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Best part of the fpl season starts tomorrow. Dgws, blanks, chips, highs and lows.

          #dgwfever

          1. _figu
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Finally 🙂 had a horrible Xmas and teams are starting to look way too similar in my MLs.

        • Demí
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          When are ppl using their free hit chip? Or still up in the air

          1. _figu
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Depends a lot on Wolves FA Cup. 31 or 32, consensus here is 32 but that's mostly due to groupthinking.

            1. Demí
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Is this week a bad idea?

              1. _figu
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Think it will be more valuable later. If your link is correct and you have Sane and Richarlison, that should be plenty enough.

          2. S.Kuqi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            When there is dgw with multiple teams involved.

          3. Prisoner B5160-8
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 15 days ago

            How were you thinking of using it?

            1. Demí
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Use it this week, increase the lead in my mini league for the short term. I only have Sane, Richarlison and Alonso so the GW 27 blank can easily be navigated. Don't know whether im missing something though

              1. moment
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Feels like there’s likely to be more upside to it in later weeks

              2. Game Over
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                U crazy boi.

                Save it for a full dgw. If you use FH now you'll only get 6 players having 2 games.

                In gw32, for example, you'll be able to field all 11, potentially, playing twice.

        • SPorting
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Play Rich, Pogba or Fraser?

          1. Jᴀʀᴠish
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Surely bench Fraser

          2. Boss Hogg
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Rich

          3. Prisoner B5160-8
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 15 days ago

            That's a nice dilemma. Richarlison.

          4. Tsparkes10
              2 months, 15 days ago

              surely play Rich and Pog

          5. Delph & Safety
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Really want Son but can’t see anyone to get rid of;

            Salah Hazard Sané Richarlison Pogba

            1. Boss Hogg
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Pogba maybe?

              1. Delph & Safety
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Yeah but not prepared to take him out atm: purchased him at 7.8!

            2. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Hazard

              1. Delph & Safety
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Knowing Haz I will get horribly punished. He’s also on the goals and assist imminent tables.

            3. Funny Face
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 15 days ago

              I moved Hazard to Son last week. I think he will outscore him and there must be somewhere you'd benefit from the additional money.

            4. teknicolourfox
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Hazard.

              Bin that clown...

            5. Chief Brody
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Hazard's been haunting my team the last few weeks while other more urgent problems got addressed. Now I can easily get rid he's at home to Huddersfield. Hmmmm. But, I think we're judging Hazard on glories past, not as a member of a sulky team that lost 4-0 to Bournemouth and might well be playing to sack another manager.

              If I click...Haul incoming...
              If I leave....2 points and then watching city play twice.

          6. Mike132
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            A)

            GW25: Hold FT
            GW26: Haz + Alonso -> Son + Robertson

            B)

            GW25: Haz -> Sane
            GW26: Sane + Alonso -> Son + Robertson (-4)

            I already have Sterling. Thanks

            1. Cletus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              A - I’ve already made that move this week

              1. Cletus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Sorry, brain freeze - I meant B

          7. Boss Hogg
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Best defender under 4.7m?

            a. Duffy
            b. Taylor (Burnley)
            c. Bednarek
            d. Lejuene
            e. Someone else

            ???

            1. Tsparkes10
                2 months, 15 days ago

                c or even Jonny?

              • fc_skrald
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                If it is a bench player I would just go for the cheapest one so Bednarek

              • Merlinsnose
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Jonny

            2. Tsparkes10
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Gtg? 0ft

                Fab
                Alonso Shaw AWB
                Salah Sane Rich Son
                Aubam Jiminez Rash

                (Button, Brooks, Doh, Digne)

                Capt Sane?

                1. Boss Hogg
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Solid

                  1. Tsparkes10
                      2 months, 15 days ago

                      cheers

                2. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Anything worth a -4? 0.9 to play with.

                  Fab
                  Doherty • Bednarek • AWB
                  Sané • Rich • Salah • Son • Martial
                  Rashford • Aguero
                  (Button / Digne / Kola / Kamara)

                  1. Boss Hogg
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Digne to Laporte?

                3. Eric the King
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Right

                  A) Pogba > Sane
                  Or
                  B) Martial > Dilva / Bilva

                  Both for -4

                  What do we think??

                4. DA Minnion
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  A. Hazard to Son for free
                  B. Hazard and Ings to Brooks and Aguero for free
                  C. Keep Hazard for one more chance.
                  Cheers

                  1. Delph & Safety
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    C one last time

                  2. RamaJama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    A

                  3. teknicolourfox
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    A

                5. chilli con kone
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Did Pogba train today?

                  1. teknicolourfox
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Think he drove

                  2. Game Over
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Dunno but he's fit to play apparently. Google it.

                6. Slitherene
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Have Fabianski and Button.
                  Worth taking a hit for McCarthy?

                  25 McCarthy (bur) Fabianski (LIV)
                  26 McCarthy (CAR) Fabianski (cry)
                  27 Fabianski (FUL)
                  28 McCarthy (FUL) Fabianski (mci)
                  29 Fabianski (NEW)
                  30 Fabianski (car)
                  31 Fabianski (HUD)

                  Button - > McCarthy (-4)?

                  1. Merlinsnose
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Or just get Patrício for Fabianski?

                7. Pia06rc
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Start Rondon (tot) or Doherty (eve) this GW?

                    1. Jᴀʀᴠish
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 15 days ago

                      The Don

                  • Delph & Safety
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Is it bad I find it hard to understand Ben Crellins spreadsheets despite his colour-coordination and simple layout?

                    1. ZICO SENNA
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 15 days ago

                      i simply cannot understand any of them, all i see are colours lol

                  • COYR
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Tempted to hit the Wildcard button... Looks solid on paper but had no luck in ages (Fallen from about 80k OR to 460k)

                    Fab*
                    AWB, Doherty, Bennett
                    Pogba*, Hazard, Salah, Sane, Fraser
                    Rashford, Firmino

                    Hamer - TAA*, Digne*, Kamara

                    1FT - 0.3 ITB

                    A) Wildcard
                    B) Digne to Bednarek/someone else
                    C) Hamer to Boruc (if Fab out/too risky)
                    D) Any other suggestions

                  • Stevie B
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    What to do with this team?

                    Lloris, Speroni
                    Laporte, Doherty, Digne, Wan-Bissaka, Bednarek
                    Salah, Hazard, Sterling, Pogba, Richarlison
                    Rashford, Jimenez, Kamara

                    1 free transfer and 0.3 in the bank.

                    Thank you

                  • MottysBallacks
                      2 months, 15 days ago

                      Captain Salah or Sane?

                      1. Pia06rc
                          2 months, 15 days ago

                          Sane for me. Should play more minutes so more chance for points

                        • Merlinsnose
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 15 days ago

                          I’m captaining Sane and vice on Salah. I have Sterling too.

                      2. Tinmen
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 15 days ago

                        Folks just look some advice on this one as I haven’t been making good decisions of late

                        Fab
                        WanB Robbo Delph(I know)
                        Salah Haz Lingard Deulefeu
                        Firmino Aguero Rashford
                        Hamer Hoijberg Bednarek Digne.

                        A) Delph and Lingard to Jonny and Bilva
                        B) Haz and Lingard to Dilva and Son

                      3. pressdpm
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 15 days ago

                        Hazard > Sterling
                        Firmino > Aguero

                        Sound good for no hits?

                        1. teknicolourfox
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 15 days ago

                          Cracking

                      4. The_FF_King
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 15 days ago

                        I need to do

                        Anderson to son

                        And downgrade Alonso....but to who?? Have 5.6 to spend

                        1. Tsparkes10
                            2 months, 15 days ago

                            wh you got currently?

                            1. The_FF_King
                              • 6 Years
                              2 months, 15 days ago

                              Robertson, wan bissaka, Alonso, Bennet and Kolasinac are my current defenders

                          • Merlinsnose
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            2 months, 15 days ago

                            Doherty

                        2. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 15 days ago

                          Auba and Pogba to Aguero and Son still a good move?

                          1. Tsparkes10
                              2 months, 15 days ago

                              nah

                              1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                                • 3 Years
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                why not?

                          2. Geezer
                            • 8 Years
                            2 months, 15 days ago

                            Will Alonso start? 50/50?

                            1. Tsparkes10
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                yup

                              • Disturbed
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                Think he will

                              • _figu
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                Who knows so I'll just keep one last week and hope for the best. As long as you have a playing 1st sub, it should be fine.

                                I've marked him as my Pereira placeholder and doesn't seem worth doing it when Leicester has United/(Spurs)

                            2. Goat
                              • 1 Year
                              2 months, 15 days ago

                              (Repost as I put it under an old article)

                              Anyone here signed up to any patreon/slack channels you would recommend?

                              Preferably with discussion on BGW & DGW rather than RMT’s and gtg’s.

                              Is FPL General or Always cheating worth joining?

                              1. Delph & Safety
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                Hmm not sure, I did sign up to fantasy football monthly but haven’t got around to reading all of the January issue yet.

                              2. Game Over
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                There's a thorough Chip strategy discussion if you look at Hot Topics on here.