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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. tajulariff
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Captain Aguero or Sane?

    1. TONY123
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Coin toss imo. Could go either way and you won't find an answer here.

  2. JasonG123
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Sterling plays more centrally/advanced compared to Sane and seemed to do better than Sane when Kun has been fit this season.

    So why is everyone overlooking Sterling for Sane for the captaincy?

    1. Differential (c)
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Less cash.
      In form.
      Mendy out.

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

        Sterling's minutes more likely to be managed

      2. JasonG123
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Less cash not relevant if you have both?

    2. Whats the Huth
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Sane came off early last game. He’s more likely to play more mintures than sterling

      1. TONY123
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Disagree strongly. Sané being subbed off wasn't about him being rested. City were chasing, needed goals and Pep trusts Sterling more. Those 18 mins won't have any influence on either's game time this GW. I should mention I'm a Sane owner.

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

      I’m not

  3. Differential (c)
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Jesus to outscore Kun in this DGW.
    You heard it here first.

    1. TONY123
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      And last.

    2. SUPER 11
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I agree.

  4. TONY123
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    1 FT 0.4 ITB
    Patricio
    Robertson Shaw AWB
    Salah Sané(C) Son(VC) Pogba Hazard
    Rashford Jimenez

    Speroni Niasse Bednarek Digne**

    GTG? Want to do Haz+Niasse > Auba+4.6 mid for free next week.

  5. Lateriser 12
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Saving Transfer

    Patricio
    Doherty WB Bednarek
    Pogba Sterling(V) Richarlison Salah
    Rashford Sergio(TC) Firmino

    Hamer Hjojberg Yedlin Digne

    Good luck ladies!

  6. SUPER 11
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Its Benjamin Mendy time

    1. Whats the Huth
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I wish pep was more clear in his presser and I would’ve brought him in.

      As it is. I don’t think he will play any minutes unfortunately.

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

    I have two free transfers and I'm still unsure what to do:

    a. Digne -> Pereira (might as well do the change now)
    b. Speroni -> Boruc (will Boruc play or will Begovic be in goal again for Bournemouth)
    c. something else

    Foster
    Robertson, Bednarek, Doherty
    Pogba, Salah, Hazard, Richarlison, Sane
    Rashford, Jimenez

    Speroni, Digne, Kamara, Peltier
    2.9 million in the bank

    1. TONY123
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      B if you got nothing else to do - I'd wait on the Digne switch as he will probably be price locked for a while after his red flag removal today.

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

        Yes, thanks think I will just change the back up keeper

  8. tibollom
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Hey guys, only got 1 FT and 0.2 ITB.. do I take a hit to get Kun in or hold?
    do I captain Haz, Salah or SAne?

    Fab,
    Robbo Doherty AWB
    Sane Haz Salah(c) Pogba
    Rash Jim Mitro

    Stek, Pereira, Bamba, Camarasa

    1. SUPER 11
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I will go for Salah too

  9. Nightf0x
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Brooks replacement?

    1. TONY123
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Ward-Prowse

    2. SUPER 11
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Paterson

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

    Ah was just about to sell hazard, now not sure! Has to sterling/sane or pogba to d Silva?

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

      Why sell Pogba???

      1. Bobby
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        He’s my only possible midfielder (got rich and salah my others)

    2. SUPER 11
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Pogba is a must keep

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

        This IMO.

    3. Bobby
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Feel I need Man City cover but my team value means selling hazard - I prob need to just sell him

  11. Afghanistanislas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Which is the better move this GW:

    A) Digne > Pereira (would play Bednarek otherwise)
    B) Richarlison > Son (would do it next GW otherwise)
    C) Save FT

    1. TONY123
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      C

    2. ☠Cypress Chill☠
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      C

  12. Braddam
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I’ve got Sane and I need to replace Hojbjerg, I can only afford these two City assets, which one?

    A. Bilva -4
    B. Dilva -4
    I’ll be bringing in Son next week

    1. Esalman
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Dilva

  13. zizoo10
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Would love some advice - 1FT 1.7itb

    Etheridge
    Shaw - Digne - Robertson
    Salah - Haz - Pereyra - Pogba
    Firmino - Rashford

    Button - AWB - Bennett - Kamara

    1. Whats the Huth
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Bench digne. Play Bennett or AWB.
      Hazard to sane or sterling. Coin flip

  14. ☠Cypress Chill☠
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Who (1) to bench from : Rudi - VVD - Doherty ?

    Thanx

    1. SUPER 11
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Rudi wont play most probably

  15. fenixri
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Fabianski news?

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

        Ty Rainy

  16. Inazuma X1
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    For (-4)

    1. Dilva
    2. Son

    If 1, will switch to Son next GW for another (-4).

  17. The SK
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Play who?

    A) Kolasinac (mci)
    B) AWB (FUL)

    1. ☠Cypress Chill☠
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      AWB

  18. WE GO FOR IT
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Foster
    Robertson Luiz AWB
    Rich Sterling Sane Salah
    Jimenez Rashford Ings

    Patricio | Camarasa Kelly Digne

    1FT and 1m itb

    Pick one:
    A. Digne -> Coleman
    B. Digne -> Rose
    C. Anything else?

  19. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Aguero or Sane as captain?
    Good luck everyone!

    1. gmando2011
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I’ve swapped between the 2 atleast 4 times...waiting fir someone to convince me

  20. Keyser
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Auba or Firmino to score more in the next 3-4 games?

    1. Nomar
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Auba

    2. Trevez
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Auba

  21. Trevez
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Having a hard time trying to fit a man city player in only real option is FAnderson to Bsilva or just don’t worry about it what does everyone think?
    1FT 0.5 ITB
    Patrício Fab
    Bednarek Bennett Rob Luiz AWB
    Pogba Salah FAnderson Son Rich
    Barnes Auba Rush

    1. Nomar
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      You could do the Auba to Kun hokey-kokey that lots of posters on here are allegedly doing.

      1. Trevez
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Did think of that but think auba will score big man city needs points

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

      I’m considering Salah + Wilson to Aguero + ?

      It’s a -4 but I’m scared of kun

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

        Bananas. I have Aguero Sterling Sane yet C on Salah

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

      Don't bother

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

        I’m scared

  22. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Play 1 please :

    A) Peltier
    B) Bednarek
    C) Bennett (Double Wolves defense)

  23. fc_skrald
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Will Boruc be in the goal again for Bournemouth or is Begovic coming back? I have two free transfers but nothing to do except maybe Speroni -> Boruc...

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Boruc is my only hope of a playing keeper so I hope so!

    2. Nomar
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I had a similar problem, 2FT but no desire to load up on DGW assets (just going with Sterling) so I did Button to Boric.

      Fabianski is my main keeper so it was just a case of getting a cheap playing keeper to come off my bench in case Fabs is out of Mondays game.

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

        Yes, might as well do it, think I will play him too, Foster is my other goalkeeper.

  24. Inazuma X1
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Save TC for Auba in DGW32 or use it now?

  25. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Is there any Pogba news chaps? Daily express claimed yesterday that he didn’t train.

    1. The Overthinker
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Ole said he is fit what more confirmation you need?

  26. Fernando Torres
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    A) Bring in Rose for FT
    B) Play Luke Shaw

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

      play luke shaw

    2. SUPER 11
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Play Shaw

  27. Henning
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Good to go?

    2.1 m itb and 0 ft

    Etheridge

    Luiz Wan-Bissaka Robertson

    Sane Salah Pogba Richarlison

    Jimenez Rashford Aguero

    Guaita Camarasa Bednarek Digne

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

    Boruc or Etheridge

  29. Baby Face Nelson
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Richarlison or Siggy?

    1. Dream Killers 2.0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I went Sigurdsson.

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

      Sig for the home stats

    3. Baby Face Nelson
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      thx guys

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

      if Rich play on the wings, will go with Rich

  30. Santa Monica love
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Sterling Laporte for Alli Digne ??