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.

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

    Play Bennett or Digne?

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Bennett

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

      Bennet

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

      Cheers!

      1. zvalli1
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        You are joking around aren’t you? Dignes redcard has been successfully appealed

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

          1 game suspension.

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

    Triple or not?
    Sane or Agüero?

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

      Triple Agüero
      So close myself
      Got to be better than Salah in a single gameweek, or the risk is justified at least

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

        If Jesus plays 1 game instead of Aguero then Salah is better. Jesus probably plays one game instead of Aguero

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

      Save TC
      Sane

    3. JT11fc
      2 months, 15 days ago

      I wouldnt because of rotation. If i did id triple cap sane mainly cus hes up against the RH side of a stuffed arsenal def

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

      Same problem !!!
      At min I have TC on Sane.
      However it’s been on Aguero, Sane, off TC, back on Aguero now on Sane TC !!!

    5. The Hindu Monkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Triple Sane. Won't get a better shot. Anyone who says otherwise is kidding themselves or has already used their other chips.

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

        Cool story. In reality Newcastle game was better than the doubles and they choked

        1. The Hindu Monkey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          What? Newcastle defend deep and have a great record when on TV. Arsenal will play into city hands as attack, not defend. Plus they then have Everton after!?

          Idiotic comment.

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

            Great record when on TV. Idiotic comment. Do you read tea leaves as well?

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

        This^

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

      I still feel a triple is justified ... don’t see any other option better (even if Chelsea get a double). Obviously not worth it on sgw

      So the question is aguero or sane? Inclined towards Sane currently

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

        Agree

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

      Think if most people opt for DGW32 Wildcard
      BGW33 Free Hit
      DGW35 Bench boost
      and don’t opt for DGW25 Triple Captain, the Triple Captain won’t be much of a differential, don’t want to risk there not being another double and end up going for Salah in a single week when potentially so many people will give him the regular captaincy anyway....

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

        Downside is probably 10 points so go for the bigger differential imo.

  3. JT11fc
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Is it riskier captaining sterling over sane?

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

      Coinflip

    2. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Slightly imo

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

    Hazard, Firmino, McNeil —> Sterling, Sane, King (-8)

    Yes or no?

    1. JT11fc
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Very high risk, haz to sane/sterling imo

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

      if you get can get them out for gw27 i'd say do it

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

    bottom sorry

    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. Mee Myself and I
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Apologies for long post
    Fab
    Doherty robbo wan bissaka
    Sane sterling salah richarlison pogba
    Ings rashford
    Button digne TAA Kamara

    GW25: Already done Hazard to Sane

    Plan:
    26 - Sterling & Ings -> Auba & Jota
    27 - Digne -> pereira
    28 - Richarlison out (maybe to Maddison)
    29 - hold

    A - get Digne out now for -4 and save transfer down the line
    B - stick with plan

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

    Someone convince me I'm not insane to captain Salah - been on him since the deadline and now second guessing myself.

    1. Capoue Propper Mings
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Too early for Salah.

    2. JT11fc
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Me In my state of insanity thinks your not insane

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

        Im happy being insane providing i have people to be insane with. Im convinced.

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

      Stick with it now. West Ham could easily be destroyed by him.

  8. LewanGOALski
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    (C) or (TC) for Sterling?

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

      Am going to on sane/ ster

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

        Tc

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

      C

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

      Would C Salah Sane Aguero ahead of Sterling. Have all 4

  9. The Blackadder
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    I have a couple of questions if you please.....
    Would you play Fraser (car) over Pedro (HUD)
    And would you play Doherty over any of Robbo (whu) Alonso (HUD) AWB (FUL)?
    Thanks in advance

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

      Doherty over AWB Fulham will win. Ranieri has them playing well

  10. timawflowers
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Sterling or sane for captain (also have aguero)?

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

      Sane for me

  11. Özil
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Why is it so hard to resist triple captain temptation?!

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

      Two weak defences a team in need of points...

    2. Capoue Propper Mings
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Two home games against leaky defences.

    3. The Hindu Monkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Because if you have all your chips left there isn't a better time to use it.

      It's this or single Salah. Would rather have two bites.

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

      Because Salah this week more attractive than any City asset

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

        Don’t believe your not going to captain one of your city assets

  12. fridge
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Foster
    Robbo. AWB. Doherty
    Salah. Haz. Pog. Rich. Sane
    Jiminez. Rash

    Speroni. Bednarek. Digne. Kamara

    A) Digne > Laporte
    B) Hazard > Sterling
    C) Save

    1. Va Fa NGolo
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      I would B

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

    Bottomed. 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

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

      If you're not convinced by City assets, don't bother. Im with you really, saving FT and only have Sané as a DGW player. Captaining Salah.

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

    How’s she looking?

    Ederson
    Robertson Trippier Shaw
    Sterling(c) Sané Salah Pogba
    Rashford Jiminez Murray

    Speroni Doherty Bednarek Puncheon

    Could play Doherty ahead of Shaw?

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

    I haven't used any of my chips yet nor my January Wildcard, should I be using one this week???

    1. Capoue Propper Mings
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Could do if short on DGW players.

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

      TC maybe.

    3. BOATIES FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 15 days ago

      If u have Sane or Sterling it is a fair shout to TC if you are going to FH and BB in the other 2 DGWs

  16. J.Litmanen
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    What to do with this team? Already brought in etheridge, have one FT left. Thinking Davies has to go?

    Etheridge
    Davies - vvd - doherty
    Rich - Anderson - pogba - salah - sané 
    Auba - rashford

    Hamer, awb, schindler, kamara.

    A: save FT, bench davies for awb 
    B: Davies to Lindelöf
    C: Davies to Danilo
    D: Davies to Keane
    C: Davies/Pogba to Lindelöf/Son for -4

  17. Capoue Propper Mings
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Had to get King as has delivered past three seasons.

    Pick before Son atm imo.

  18. Pete Price Is A Lizard
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Who do I bring in for Brooks? Got £6.9 to spendw on the replacement

    A) Richarlison

    B)Milivojevic

    C) Lingard

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

      Why are you ditching Brooks?

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

        Out for 4 weeks

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

        Townsend?

        1. Pete Price Is A Lizard
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          I was considering him too

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

            He’s practically nailed on pens and good form

            1. Pete Price Is A Lizard
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              For Milivojevic was on pens?

  19. SPorting
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    GTG?

    Lloris
    Robbo, Doherty, AWB
    Salah, Sane, Pogba, Rich
    Kun, Rashford, Jimenez

    Button, Fraser, Holebas, Digne

    1. sweglet
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      points galore incoming, sane your captain?

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

      Sure, looking good. Captain?

    3. SPorting
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Sane it is

  20. supersham
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Firmino to Kun for free?

  21. sweglet
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    any indication whether trents coming back this week or out for longer?

    if so is trent to kola a smart move

    1. Pete Price Is A Lizard
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      No Klopp has ruled him & Gomez out

  22. SuperMane Returns
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Which is the most fruitful GW25 FH team here folks?

    (a) More Balanced...
    Ederson
    Robertson/Luiz/Tarkowski
    Son/Rich/Salah/Sane
    (K)un/Rashford/King

    (B) Power 5....
    Boruc
    Peltier/Bednarek/Jonny
    Sterling/Hazard/Siggy/Salah/Sane
    (K)un/King

    Thanks in advance guys 🙂

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

      A, for me. Haz money spent better

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

    Anyone captaining Salah at West Ham over Sane?

    (No other city in squad)

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

      I'm C Salah over Sane Sterling Aguero

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

        Interesting! I think it could work out nicely.

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

    2 FTs

    A) Hazard to Sterling, Digne to Danilo 0.6itb
    B) Hazard to KDB, Ings to Jiminez 1.2itb

    with a view to Firmino to Auba, KDB/Sterling to Son -4.

    A or B?

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

      *with a view to Firmino to Auba, KDB/Sterling to Son -4 in GW26...

  25. Nightf0x
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Ederson
    Lovren doherty awb (bednarek taa)
    Salah haz sand pogba brooks
    Auba rash (kamara)
    (Itb 0.5)

    Taking brooks out, should i take a hit to replace lovren or kamara?

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

    Pogba to sane for free?

  27. the grinder
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Play one out of: Doherty, Wan, F. Anderson & Fraser?

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

    I have Aguero. Can do Sterling to Sane for free - hold or swap?

    1. The Hindu Monkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      What? Hold.

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

      Keep him.

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

      Tc!

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

    What would you consider a tc success

    How many points?

    1. The Hindu Monkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      30 (10 x 3)

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

      10 + points before x3

    3. BOATIES FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 15 days ago

      10 or more x 3 would do me

  30. Garlana
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Reckon laporte plays both dgw fixtures?

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

      Yes