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

    Richalison Hazard Sane Sterling Eriksen
    Rashford King Jiminez
    Whom to bench??

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      I’d bench Erik, as mental as that sounds.

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

        Jimenez or eriksen

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

      Tough one, Jim or King?

    3. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Tough call but probably Eriksen

    4. savory
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Rashford

    5. Brehmeren
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Jimenez

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

      Rashford

  2. Jealous Viper
      2 months, 15 days ago

      What's the current situation concerning blank gw 31? Who is likely to play, who most likely won't play and who is locked in to play

      1. Gregor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Check out Ben Crellin on Twitter.

      2. Hooky
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Crouch (TC) is all you need to know

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

        Ben crellin

      4. Capoue Propper Mings
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Pool Hudds Bmouth Shampton all play.

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

        Pull trigger or keep rich this week

        Digne , Richarlison to Bednarek, Son for free

        1. aleksios
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          no

        2. Gregor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Keep Ricky.

      6. mrpink32
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Auba out kun in -4?

        Y or N?

        1. aleksios
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Y

        2. Capoue Propper Mings
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Nay.

          • Homer21
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            For free yes, but not for a hit especially with Peps rotation tendancies

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

          Haz and Ings to Son and Kun for free?

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

          Fabianski —-> Ederson worryba -4?

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

            Worth a -4 even

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

            Not worth

        5. Capoue Propper Mings
            2 months, 15 days ago

            TC active.

            1. Westfield Irons ⭐️
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Who did you put the TC on?

            2. Capoue Propper Mings
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Siggy it’s snowing.

                Who else.

            3. Teomi
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Would you take a hit on an upgrade for this defense?
                1,1 itb
                Lloris
                Awb Shaw bednarek (kola, taa)

                1. Forever In Our Shadow
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Id save your points.

              • Forever In Our Shadow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Fabianski likely tonay on Monday?

                1. Forever In Our Shadow
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  *to play

                2. Gregor
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Yeah.

                3. Teomi
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    Yes

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

                  Should I play:

                  a. Foster, Watford away to Brighton
                  b. Boruc, Bournemouth away to Cardiff

                  1. Bexster90
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 15 days ago

                    I’ve backed foster

                5. Bexster90
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Sane or Kun captain ?
                  Do I dare TC ?
                  Thoughts please

                  1. Teomi
                      2 months, 15 days ago

                      Kun likely to play 120 minutes at best imo. The face Chelsea 3 days after Everton game

                      1. Teomi
                          2 months, 15 days ago

                          So I would go sane but no tc

                        • Bexster90
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 15 days ago

                          Thanks for the reply. The Man City roulette makes decision making difficult.

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

                      Are we overating TC chip ?
                      Lets be honest unless its used on a differental its not that powerfull, most people will use it on the same player in the same week.

                      1. XabiAlonso
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 15 days ago

                        I've never had more than 9 extra points from it in 3 years

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

                        Agreed. And it’s probably only worth c. 10 points anyway. Right?

                      3. Rocky.007
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 15 days ago

                        Surely we are, TC is not as powerful as people think it is.

                      4. Eat my goal!
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        2 months, 15 days ago

                        I’ve rarely seen it deliver tbh

                        1. Capoue Propper Mings
                            2 months, 15 days ago

                            90 points last season.

                            1. Eat my goal!
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              2 months, 15 days ago

                              30 points

                              1. Capoue Propper Mings
                                  2 months, 15 days ago

                                  4 goals 1 assist eye.

                          • Capoue Propper Mings
                              2 months, 15 days ago

                              Works if not many doublers or B.B.

                            • benbro
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              2 months, 15 days ago

                              All the more reason to stick it on, say, Aguero

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

                                Or even Richi

                                1. Cech-King MoSalah
                                  • 9 Years
                                  2 months, 15 days ago

                                  This, I am deliberating captaining Rich over Sane, with two home games and a great under-hand differential

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

                                    And the likely downside being 10 points.

                                    Also he is pretty much nailed for 2x61 mins right?

                            • Jealous Viper
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                Could be different this year. Opinion seems split on when to use it. As far as i can get double digits extra i.e 10 or more, I'd consider it successful

                            • AlpoShearer
                              • 1 Year
                              2 months, 15 days ago

                              GTG and save? 1FT 3,9 ITB
                              Next week Haz out and Auba in

                              Fabianski
                              Doherty-Robbo-WB-Laporte
                              Salah-Sane (C)-Haz-Pogba
                              Ings-Rasford

                              Hamer Brooks-Digne-Kamara

                            • Atimis
                              • 2 Years
                              2 months, 15 days ago

                              Keep FT this GW and next week Digne Hazard Sane to Robo Son Mane -4?

                              Who would you consider instead of Robo? Kola would be worth it?

                              😉

                            • RealMenWearPink
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 15 days ago

                              Best digne replacement?

                              1. Snapes on a Plane
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                Laporte

                              2. HurriKane
                                • 6 Years
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                kola/pereira

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

                                I like Duffy

                              4. The 12th Man
                                • 5 Years
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                I went Robertson

                              5. Cech-King MoSalah
                                • 9 Years
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                Holebas

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

                                  Kola atm. Could be a bubble but I like it.

                                  Wolves have nice fixtures

                            • Shaikh91
                              • 3 Years
                              2 months, 15 days ago

                              Is fpl down or is it just me?

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

                                You

                            • HurriKane
                              • 6 Years
                              2 months, 15 days ago

                              azaaaaaaaarrrrr just practicing to troll his sellers 😉

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

                                But hopefully there wil; only be 1 or 2 active players who still retain him. He'll have to score big to compensate for the lack of success over the past few weeks.

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

                              TWO to play please:

                              a. Jiminez
                              b. FAnderson
                              c. Doherty
                              d. Holebas
                              e. AWB

                              ???

                              1. FDMS All Starz
                                • 3 Years
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                A & B

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

                                  Have to pick 1 defender at least.

                              2. Lacasweat
                                • 7 Years
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                A D for me

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

                                A and C

                            • FDMS All Starz
                              • 3 Years
                              2 months, 15 days ago

                              How would you rather do the following moves?

                              A)
                              GW26: Deeney & Richa —> Auba & Jota (-4)

                              B)
                              GW26: Save FT
                              GW27: Deeney & Richa —> Auba & Jota (free)

                              C)
                              GW26: Richa —> Jota (free)
                              GW27: Deeney—> Auba (free)

                              1. Goonsquad245
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                I'd do both for -4 and get it out the way. If you have another forced transfer along the way it's a -4 anyway....

                            • Lacasweat
                              • 7 Years
                              2 months, 15 days ago

                              Can't decide between Aguero or Sterling.
                              Already have Sane. Anyone help me out here ?

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

                                Without knowing your demons (!) I've gone Aguero. They lost another two points in the title race during the week - Pep had both results and rotation previously, now he must have results. He will go strong, with tweaks where he has to in my opinion and that includes the reliability of Aguero over the on/off Jesus.

                                Hope it helps!!

                              2. ROLLING THE DICE
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                Who are you transferring out?

                                1. Lacasweat
                                  • 7 Years
                                  2 months, 15 days ago

                                  Hazard if Sterling
                                  Hazard and Mitro if Aguero

                              3. Hy liverpool
                                • 5 Years
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                raheem imo ... but it depends on your team tbh

                            • ROLLING THE DICE
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              2 months, 15 days ago

                              Sterling or Aguero Captain?

                              Currently on Kun.

                              1. Exeter Gently
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                Sterling, Jesus will play and sterling gets extra pts for goals and CSs

                                1. ROLLING THE DICE
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  2 months, 15 days ago

                                  Makes sense but Sterling not on form at all.

                              2. Elite FPL Podcast
                                  2 months, 15 days ago

                                  I have the exact dilemma, toss a coin!

                                • Grievez
                                  • 7 Years
                                  2 months, 15 days ago

                                  Kun TC locked.

                                  Sterling has played every minute of the last 6 games

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

                                Which keeper pairing should I have, going forward?

                                Currently have Fabianski and Button, with 0.4 to spend and a FT.

                                Considering Fabianski and McCarthy. Any other viable rotation pairs?

                              4. Exeter Gently
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                Haz C locked in. May the force be with you

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

                                  Love this

                              5. the dom 1
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                Guaita (Foster)
                                Robbo, Doherty, Luiz (AWB, Bednarek)
                                Salah, Sane, Pogba*,Son (Fraser)
                                Jimi, Rashy, Bobby

                                1ft left and 0.6itb

                                am I G2G or should I change out Bobby >???

                                Cheers

                              6. Champions united
                                • 2 Years
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                HVe i made a mistake bringing in son and not laporte
                                Scout team has lorente

                                1. Hy liverpool
                                  • 5 Years
                                  2 months, 15 days ago

                                  feck the scout team then

                              7. Keyser soze 4321
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                Beg/McArthy
                                Digne/wb/kol/doh/bed
                                San(c)sterling/rich/sal/pog
                                Rash/Jim/Kam
                                Gtg?
                                Or -4 mcarthy->Ederson?
                                Cheers!

                                1. Hy liverpool
                                  • 5 Years
                                  2 months, 15 days ago

                                  gtg
                                  raheem captain

                              8. Hy liverpool
                                • 5 Years
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                which one to start from

                                A. Doherty
                                or
                                B. AWB

                                i have pva if that matters

                                1. Keyser soze 4321
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  2 months, 15 days ago

                                  A

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

                                  A

                              9. Saint Luke
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                Got 1 FT

                                A) Haz > Sterling (already got Sane)
                                B) Keep FT

                                1. Keyser soze 4321
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  2 months, 15 days ago

                                  A

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

                                    Yep - thats what I'm thinking. Thanks 🙂

                              10. Forever In Our Shadow
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                Only got D Silva and Digne for DGW. Just not feeling any love. All I see is rotation from Pep and an inconsistent Everton side. Any opinions on whether I should or shouldn’t use my ft this week ?

                                https://imgur.com/gallery/0hbCqeL

                              11. Webbinho
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                2 months, 15 days ago

                                Do I start Dunk (WAT) or Doherty (eve)?

                                1. Hy liverpool
                                  • 5 Years
                                  2 months, 15 days ago

                                  Dunk