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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.

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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. Up Your Gills
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Who to play:
    A. Bennett
    B. Bednarek

    Fabianski
    VVD Bednarek AWB
    Salah Hazard Son Richarlison
    Aguero Rashford Jimenez

    (Hamer, Bennett, TAA, Ward)
    0 FT, still deciding capt, g2g?

    1. Zladan
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Similar to mine 3 XI diffs. I’m also stuck on Bennett v Bednarek:

      Ryan
      AWB Bednarek Clyne
      Salah Hazard Sane Richarlison
      Aguero Rashford Jimenez

      1. Up Your Gills
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Want a City mid but just cant pull the trigger on Haz.

        1. Zladan
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 16 days ago

          I was never losing Hazard at home to Huddersfield lol possibly his best possible fixture.

          Son (as a doubt for tomorrow through tiredness) would be the only makeweight in your team to facilitate that.

  2. GreenShark1
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Is this bench order correct? Thanks :

    Camarasa, Bednarek, Bennett.

    1. Zladan
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I have: Camarasa Digne Bennett

      I’m starting Bednarek. Which other defenders do you own?

      1. GreenShark1
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I'm starting van Dijk, Shaw and Wan Bissaka.

  3. Royal5
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Help.

    A) Nasri > Richarlison
    B) Auba > Kün (And start Digne)

    Got 1 FT

    (Only got Sane & Digne as dgw players)

    1. thunder_mike
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A

    2. FPL Opinion
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Digne can’t be regarded as a double gameweek player and you own Nasri?

      And go B

      1. Royal5
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Nasri turned out to be a poor punt. Meant as a rotation but my wh8le bench is flagged atm

  4. EgyptianKing
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Hi mates.

    Doherty likely to start this GW, in your opinion?

    1. Royal5
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Of course

    2. FPL Opinion
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Defo starts

  5. Klip Klopp
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I have 2 FTs and 4 injuries! Please help. I don’t mind a hit

    0 itb

    Fab*
    Robertson / Doherty / Bennet
    Salah (c) / Richarlson / Hazard / Pogba*
    Auba / Jiminez Rashford

    Bench:, TAA*, Puncheon, Digne*

    Please help!

    1. SAY MY NAME
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Pogba probably plays, fab might, but worth changing him anyway imo, maybe to ederson if you have the funds

      Digne only missing one game but could sell him for WanB maybe?

    2. FPL Opinion
      1 month, 16 days ago

      If 2FT then your sub gk to Boruc and carry one transfer

      Only TAA is really injured.

      I think pogba will play and poss fab too. Digne not injured and will play on Wednesday

    3. Zladan
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Digne to Bednarek.
      Pogba to Sane.

  6. jam
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Etheridge
    Rudiger Doherty Robertson
    Pogba Salah Sane Townsend
    Jiminez Aubameyang Rashford

    (Pat, AWB, Lingard, Digne, 0.3 ITB)

    I'm mulling over Digne to Stones or Lingard to Richarls, but it would mean taking out Doherty or Townsend and I know it would be a short term thing. Not much cover for the Dbl but thinking of rolling the FT so I can get Son in next week for Lingard (Rudi out). What d'ya reckon? Cheers.

  7. Runaway
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    With the team below which move makes more sense?

    A) Hazard > Sterling (roll the second FT)
    B) Alonso + Firmino > Aguero + 5.0 DEF (for free)
    C) Hazard + Alonso + Firmino > Sterling + Aguero + 4.6 DEF
    D) Other

    Fabianski
    Alonso Doherty AWB
    Salah Hazard Pogba Sane
    Firmino Rashford Jimenez
    Hamer Digne Puncheon TAA
    2 FT, 0.6 ITB

    1. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A

  8. Jon Snow
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Pick 1 for this GW? got 2FT:

    A) Just Aguero
    B) Aguero + Sane (but lose Hazard)
    C) Just Sane (but lose Hazard)

    1. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      B

  9. UptheBlues
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Should I do Hazard to Sane this week? will have no city or everton otherwise

    1. Stevie B
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      In this case yes.

    2. SAY MY NAME
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I did haz to sterling, so I'd say yes

  10. tbhogal
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Hi Guys, Which option is the best? 1FT £1.1M ITB..

    A) Digne for Kola
    B) Alonso for LaPorte
    C) Save FT

    Patricio(Hamer)
    Digne, Robertson, Alonso, (AWB,Bennett)
    Pogba, Sane, Rich, Salah (Hojberg)
    Rashford, Firminho, Jimenez.

  11. SAY MY NAME
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    anyone thinking that actually Salah is safest captain option considering risk of rotation for city mids?

    I have sane and sterling but even if either play both games, city points are often spread around, so still a good chance salah scores more against a rubbish west ham, just having sane/sterling/rich might be enough for me

    thoughts people?

    1. Goonsquad245
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      There will be people thinking that, yes

    2. Darth_Newdar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Yeah I think it's close. I've got Sané (c), am hoping he gets minutes in both matches. Salah could easily outscore him though.

      1. SAY MY NAME
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        my ml rival has salah but no sane or sterling so I think it might be safe route to cap salah, decisions, decisions 🙂

  12. Darth_Newdar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    After a lot of pondering... I'm thinking of saving my FT this week in order to get Auba in next week. Thoughts?

    Guaita
    Robertson, Alonso, Doherty
    Sané (c), Salah, Hazard, Pogba, Camarasa
    Rashford, Jiménez

    Fab, WB, Success, Digne

    1. Cookie Kid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I’m in similar position and doing same. Not sure about this dgw.

      I have 2 FT and just getting Ederson, captaining sane. Not that worried about sterling...

      1. Darth_Newdar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Thanks

  13. The Mighty Hippo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Captain:

    a) Sterling
    b) Sane

    1. Royal5
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Roy

  14. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Really don’t know what to do with Hazard....

    1. Darth_Newdar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I'm keeping. Good fixture vs. Huddersfield. Selling next week.

      1. FPL Opinion
        1 month, 16 days ago

        As above

        1. FPL Opinion
          1 month, 16 days ago

          And below

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      If you've not sold immediately after Bournemouth, then keep and sell after Huddersfield.

  15. Ole Trafford
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Best Digne replacement in your opinion:

    A) Emerson
    B) Danilo
    C) Ake
    D) Keane
    E) Zouma
    F) Clyne
    G) Tarkowski

    1. ⭐️Sonny ⭐️
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Kolasinac or Pereira

    2. Dthinger
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      well Tarkowski's in the scout picks so...

  16. Irbox ⚽
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Not sure those doing the Auba > Kun > Auba move is the right way to go.

    I consider each transfer to be worth 4 points so effectively that’s 8 points spent on transfers and only allows one more FT before blank in 27. If you also have Sane, Richarlison, Digne, Laporte etc. in your squad that’s a pretty poor line-up for the blank before factoring in hits!

    Auba could easily nick a goal against City and god forbid a brace in which cause its a horrendous move. Aguero would need three attacking returns imo to make it a worthwhile move and I just can’t see that transpiring

    1. Goonsquad245
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      All of this. Anything from Auba and it's a car crash.

      1. Goonsquad245
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Only scenario I would do it is if I had 2 frees and would burn one otherwise

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Agreed. If I had Aubameyang, I wouldn't be selling for Aguero and switching back for the Huddersfield fixture. Just keep Auba and get City midfielders.

    3. tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 16 days ago

      The only way this makes sense to me is Auba > Kun (C) > Auba (C) and each GW your captain delivers and the other guy doesn't.

    4. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      It depends on the rest of the team. I've just made that move with my only FT, but if GW 27 was tomorrow I could still play 4-3-2. Plus it allows me to avoid an uncomfortable Richarlison (c), which could well be worth 8 points by itself.

      For those who lack a good captain for GW 25 and have little reason to worry about GW 27, it's a bold but proactive move.

      1. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        😀

  17. SMOOTH
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    A. Hazard to Sterling (will need to use both FT for this)
    B. Auba to Aguero (straight swap and bank a transfer to do hokey cokey next week)
    C. Both for -4
    D. Neither (only have Sane as a DGW player, keep Hazard and Auba)

  18. UKG
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Auba > Kun
    Martial > Siggy
    Digne > Periera

    -8

    Will get Auba back in the next couple of GW's.

    or -4 and keep Digne, take the price drop and see if he plays the one fixture this week or not?

    1. FPL Opinion
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Digne will definitely play on wed, after GW 26 is a good time to say goodbye Digne, hello Leicester City

  19. AFC49
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Sané or Aguero captain?

  20. ⭐️Sonny ⭐️
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Alonso back into the team this weekend?

    1. Dthinger
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I think so

  21. #FPLBhuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Anyone seen any compelling cases put forward why one of sane or sterling is abetter captain choice this week than the other?

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Sterling for the tap ins, Sané for the assists. Don't know if the stats bear that out, but that's my perception.

      1. #FPLBhuna
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Sterling has quite a good record against both sides of late.. only problem is will he play both..

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          No, I don't think he will.

        2. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Sane's record is better than Aguero's and Sterling's against these two sides looking at minutes per both goal and assists

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Literally the opposite of late.

        https://twitter.com/FFScout/status/1091287509668106240?s=19

    2. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      It's 50/50. Sterling is less owned, so I'm TCing him as a differential

      1. evilfish
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Just using TC is a differential, no?

  22. Klip Klopp
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Exact funds for
    Fabianski + Hazard + Auba —> Ederon + Sane + Aguero for a -4?

    1. Darth_Newdar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Why not just Hazard --> Sané for free?

      1. Klip Klopp
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I have 2 FTs and Fab is injured no?

        1. Darth_Newdar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Fab to be assessed, so we're not sure.

  23. enrico.palazzo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    1) Fabs, Sane and Siggy
    2) Fabs, KDB and Siggy?
    3) Pickford, KDB and Rich (-4)

    Thanks

    1. thunder_mike
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Not (3), go with (1)

    2. enrico.palazzo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Thanks mate

  24. #FPLBhuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Also, thoughts on sterling(tc) worth it or too risky?

  25. Sancidino
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    How would you get City in this team with 2FT and 1.1 ITB?

    Patricio/Fab

    AWB Matip Holebas/ Cedric Digne

    Hazard Salah Eriksen Anderson Pogba

    Jimenez Rashford/ Ings

    1. thunder_mike
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Is Digne + Anderson > Bednarek + Sane possible?

      1. Sancidino
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Short 0.3...

  26. thunder_mike
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Guiata
    Robbo WanB Doherty
    Salah Sane(c) Richarlison Pogba
    Jimenez Rashford Kun(vc)
    Button Holebas Digne Camarasa

    GTG?

  27. Tmel
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Best Digne replacement 4.8 or under?

    1. tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Holebas

    2. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Burnley bois

  28. jimmy.floyd
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Will Alonso start,?

  29. DR0GBA
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Surely Sane and Sterling get rested in one of the games since they have Chelsea 4 days after the Everton game..?

  30. Bobby_Baggio
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Which one for free please guys?

    A) Anderson > Son
    B) Anderson > DSilva

    Would you also do the below for -4

    Digne > Stones or another 5.4m Def

    Fab
    Robbo - AWB - Pereira
    Sane - Pogba - Salah - Haz - Anderson
    Jimenez - Rashford

    Bennett - Digne - Kamara