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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.

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.

The Scouts were defeated in Gameweek 24, AK winning by a 48-46 scoreline.

fclackless‘s winning margin of 33 points (77-44) in Gameweek 10 is the current target to beat.

6,142 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rik Waller
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 24 days ago

    Guiata
    Robertson Doherty AWB
    Sane (c) Salah Pogba Rich
    Auba Jimi Rash

    Patricio, Digne, Hojberg, TAA

    0.4itb. 1ft

    Actually thinking of rolling the transfer, as none of the dgw players really appeal to me. Could do Auba > Kun hokey cokey, but not sure it's worth it.

    Thoughts...?

    1. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 24 days ago

      I’ve done the Hokey Cokey move this week for free. I’ll be doi got again next week. It’s a strategy I picked up from on here and it’s worked so far.

      1. Rik Waller
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 24 days ago

        It's effectively using 2 transfers which I value at 8pts. So you're looking at Kun needing to score 8+ points more than Auba this week. I'm not even sure he'll start both games. So for me, the hokey cokey is not worth it.

  2. Siggy Azalea
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 24 days ago

    Morning all, pick one!

    a) Pereya (BHA, a) or
    b) Lingard (Lei, a)

    Thanks

    1. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 24 days ago

      Close but a for me

  3. UKG
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 24 days ago

    I have played the FH chip this week. Which one of these do I need to try and get in:

    Son
    Richarlison
    Pogba

    1. BOATIES FC
        4 months, 24 days ago

        Rich

      • Sharkytect
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 24 days ago

        Free hit? Who are your other mids?

        Son and sane ideally

        1. Sharkytect
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 24 days ago

          Son and richarlison, even

      • Capoue Propper Mings
          4 months, 24 days ago

          Load up the doublers buddy.

      • The Hindu Monkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 24 days ago

        Hold Pogba or swap him for KDB

        Seems a major doubt

        1. XabiAlonso
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 24 days ago

          Would rather get sterling or sane

        2. Rik Waller
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 24 days ago

          Is he?
          I thought Ole said he should be fine?

        3. Houldsworth Hatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 24 days ago

          Hold

      • teknicolourfox
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 24 days ago

        Ahhh....

        Tempted to shift C from Sane to Salah

        Anyone else?

        1. el polako
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 24 days ago

          To be honest cant shake off the feeling that Salah may run riot against WHU in the same manner which Alexis Sanchez did few years back.

          It was a evening game at Olympic Stadium too.

        2. Rik Waller
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 24 days ago

          Don't forget how awful Arsenal and Everton have been at defending recently. Especially with Arsenal RB problems. Sane could run riot. Easy captain for me, possible TC

          1. teknicolourfox
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 24 days ago

            Would it away you if you were chasing pack?

            Well behind leaders and a differential could pay off.

            1. Rik Waller
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 24 days ago

              I don't like it. Just think the odds are against you and you're likely to drift further from the pack. Too early to really chase yet, unless you're over 100pts behind

              1. teknicolourfox
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 24 days ago

                79...
                It's depressing...

      • Hobolicious
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 24 days ago

        Most likely been asked already, but I will give it a shot. Who would you pick out of these two for TC?

        A) Sané
        B) Agüero

        1. BOATIES FC
            4 months, 24 days ago

            A

          • Dannyb
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 24 days ago

            B

          • Rik Waller
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 24 days ago

            a

        2. Disturbed
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 24 days ago

          Cap one

          A. Hazard
          B. Jesus
          C. Dsilva

          1. Salah'd Fingers
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 24 days ago

            Silva

          2. teknicolourfox
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 24 days ago

            I think Silva will only start one and not play much more than 90m over the two games...

        3. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 24 days ago

          Help with this guys?

          2 transfers, 2.5 itb

          Fabs
          Doherty, Pereira, AWB
          Salah, Pogba, Sane C, Son, Jota
          Auba, Rashford

          Button, TAA, Kamara, Digne

          A, Auba to Kun

          B defensive options?

          Ideas please?

          1. Houldsworth Hatter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 24 days ago

            A

        4. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 24 days ago

          What do you think about Fraser -> Son for -4?

          1. GreennRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 24 days ago

            Yes.

          2. Salah'd Fingers
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 24 days ago

            Not this week. Son not overwhelmingly likely get 5 points more than Fraser, which is what you’d need for it to have been worthwhile. Fraser’s fixture is very good

          3. Sgt Frank Drebin
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 24 days ago

            Cheers all

        5. balint84
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 24 days ago

          Sterling or Sane over Hazard?

          1. GreennRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 24 days ago

            Sane

          2. BOATIES FC
              4 months, 24 days ago

              Sane for the saving

            • supersham
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 24 days ago

              Sane

            • Salah'd Fingers
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 24 days ago

              Sterling. Mendy coming back will limit Sane’s Output

          3. supersham
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 24 days ago

            Firmino to Kun for free or hold?

            1. Make Arrows Green Again
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 24 days ago

              I'd hold. Both might get one game.

            2. nico05
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 months, 24 days ago

              Yes

            3. GreennRed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 24 days ago

              Yip.

          4. Make Arrows Green Again
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 24 days ago

            Why do I keep seeing it's TC Sané or it will have to be a Salah SGW?

            Surely we'll see better doubles for other players later?

            1. el polako
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 24 days ago

              Only 2 more confirmed DGWs so if you have all your chips need to think about whole strategy to play them.
              We may get 3rd DGW but its still up in the air.

              1. Make Arrows Green Again
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 24 days ago

                Fair enough. I'll have another look at Crellin's spreadsheet. I have a few hours to decide...

            2. supersham
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 24 days ago

              Always happens on first round of doubles

              1. Make Arrows Green Again
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 24 days ago

                It's usually me to be fair! But then, I've always wasted it 🙁

            3. BOATIES FC
                4 months, 24 days ago

                Because the most popular looking strategy this year is FH next DGW then BB one after that. Means might not be a chance to TC on another double

                1. GreennRed
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 24 days ago

                  Waste of a freehit. Try it for a doubler.

                  1. SPorting
                    • 7 Years
                    4 months, 24 days ago

                    But you WC for the doubler.

                  2. Fitzy.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    4 months, 24 days ago

                    Isn't that what he says he's doing?

                    1. Becks
                      • 1 Year
                      4 months, 24 days ago

                      This

                    2. GreennRed
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      4 months, 24 days ago

                      Apologies, I read that as FH next GW, not DGW.

                2. Sharkytect
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 24 days ago

                  FH on the blank, no?

              • GreennRed
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 24 days ago

                Depend on the form of some options then and their opposition in a DGW.

              • JT11fc
                  4 months, 24 days ago

                  I reckon auba will have a good dgw

                • rnrd
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 24 days ago

                  Because at this point If there are only 2 lors dgw, FH and BB will give you much more points than TC on these two

                • Westfield Irons ⭐️
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 24 days ago

                  I’m on that bandwagon because plan is DGW32 Wildcard, BGW33 Free Hit, DGW35 Bench boost, at the moment very unlikely to be another DGW to use TC

                • Make Arrows Green Again
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 24 days ago

                  Thanks everyone

              • The Red Devil
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 24 days ago

                Button/Fab
                TAA/Digne/Bennett/AWB/Kolasinac
                Richarlison/Pogba/Hazard/Salah
                Jimenez/Auba/Rashford

                1.4 ITB 2 FT,
                Which option??

                A- Digne & Hazard to Danillo & Sane
                B- TAA & Digne to Danillo & Zouma
                C-TAA Digne & Hazard to Danillo, Robbo & Sane (-4)

                1. paulfantham
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 24 days ago

                  C

                2. RamaJama
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 24 days ago

                  Or Hazard/Auba to Sane/Aguero?

                  1. The Red Devil
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 24 days ago

                    Just 3 fit defenders is scary

              • Taegugk Warrior
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 24 days ago

                A. Play fabianski
                B. Hamer > Boruc (-4), Play boruc and bench fab

                1. Houldsworth Hatter
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 24 days ago

                  A

              • XabiAlonso
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 24 days ago

                Pogba or Haz out for sane?

                1. McSlu
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 24 days ago

                  No

                2. teknicolourfox
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 24 days ago

                  Hazard yes

              • The 12th Man
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 24 days ago

                Just hit the TC button. Sane

                1. SPorting
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 24 days ago

                  Hit it again!

                2. Martial Mathers
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 24 days ago

                  Snap

                  Weak gooner defence
                  Looks the best opportunity
                  Expect them to get at least 6 goals in the two games and Sane to have involvement in at least 2

                  1. Amey
                      4 months, 24 days ago

                      Hopefully it's across two games too.
                      12-15 would be great for me

                      1. The 12th Man
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        4 months, 24 days ago

                        A goal(5)
                        Appearance (3-4)
                        Bonus (1 or 2)

                        Would be the minimum I’d be happy with from the 2 games. That’s without him having a really good game so hoping for more.

                  2. Amey
                      4 months, 24 days ago

                      12-15 score would be good enough for us buddy 🙂

                  3. paulfantham
                    • 8 Years
                    4 months, 24 days ago

                    Play:
                    A. AWB
                    B. Ings

                  4. el polako
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 24 days ago

                    Mendy is still bit broken, Sane looked energetic and key for offensive City play in last few games(especially Wolves) so I may just roll the dice and go with my TC on German.
                    For the brexit !

                    1. Capoue Propper Mings
                        4 months, 24 days ago

                        Brazilians always score in the snow.

                    2. fish66
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      4 months, 24 days ago

                      (a) Fabianski -> Ederson for free
                      (b) Holebas -> Laporte for free

                      1. RamaJama
                        • 6 Years
                        4 months, 24 days ago

                        A

                      2. GreennRed
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        4 months, 24 days ago

                        B

                    3. RamaJama
                      • 6 Years
                      4 months, 24 days ago

                      So Aguero best potential to haul, but Sane more nailed.

                      Sane a safer captain option than Aguero?

                      1. Kiwivillan
                        • 5 Years
                        4 months, 24 days ago

                        Salah will play 90 mins against one of the leakiest teams atm that Liverpool have scored 4 against last 4 meetings

                      2. paulfantham
                        • 8 Years
                        4 months, 24 days ago

                        No one is “nailed”, NO ONE

                      3. Rik Waller
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 24 days ago

                        I think Sane has hauled more than Kun this season. Kun had a lot of 6/7 pointers on account of being pulled at the 60/70 min mark a lot

                    4. aleksios
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 24 days ago

                      Bench one

                      Rash
                      Jimenez
                      Fraser

                      Thanks.

                      1. Big Fella
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 24 days ago

                        Jimenez

                    5. fc_skrald
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 24 days ago

                      Is Pereira still playing as a forward/wing for Leicester or is he now back to the defensive jobs?

                      1. Becks
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 24 days ago

                        Wing

                    6. Wish you were me
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 24 days ago

                      Do you think fabianski will start?

                    7. Eric Banternaaa
                      • 5 Years
                      4 months, 24 days ago

                      Really Struggling this week. Would appreciate your input lads.

                      Only 1 DGW player. 2FT 1.3ITB.

                      Fabianski / Hamer
                      VVD / Digne / Shaw / Bednarek / WanB
                      Salah / Pogba / Richarlison / Hazard / Billing
                      Auba / Jiminez / Rashford

                      Thinking Digne Fab > Keane Ederson

                      1. Gringo Kid
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 24 days ago

                        Auba to Kun Hazard to Sane

                        1. Eric Banternaaa
                          • 5 Years
                          4 months, 24 days ago

                          Digne needs to go.

                    8. NoName
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 24 days ago

                      Anything worth a hit?

                      Foster
                      Pereira AWB Bednarek
                      Salah Sane Sterling Pogba Jota
                      Firmino Rashford

                      (Speroni, TAA Digne Kamara)
                      0FT 2ITB

                      1. TorresMagic™
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 10 Years
                        4 months, 24 days ago

                        nah

                    9. wycombewanderers
                      • 6 Years
                      4 months, 24 days ago

                      Would you to Schlupp or Christensen for a 1 week punt in a draft?

                      1. SUPER 11
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 24 days ago

                        Rather will play Danny Rose as a 1 week punt

                    10. Big Fella
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 24 days ago

                      Which 3 to play out of this ;
                      A) Clyne
                      B) Robertson
                      C) Van Dijk
                      D) Duffy
                      E) Wan Bissaka

                      1. Magic Bean Hunter
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 24 days ago

                        first three

                    11. SUPER 11
                      • 1 Year
                      4 months, 24 days ago

                      Niasse (C) as a differential?

                      1. teknicolourfox
                        • 5 Years
                        4 months, 24 days ago

                        Crazy talk

                    12. Markus10
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 24 days ago

                      Current team
                      Patricio
                      Robbo Luiz awb Shaw
                      Salah sane(c) haz pogba jota
                      Rashford
                      Bench: button ings digne long
                      1ft 3.1m itb
                      Need some advice on what to do:
                      1. Start ings instead of shaw/awb?
                      2. Use ft digne-> van dyke or Laporte
                      3. Haz + long -> richarlison + Kun for -4
                      4.gtg

                      Cheers all

                    13. SPorting
                      • 7 Years
                      4 months, 24 days ago

                      Start

                      1. AWB (FUL)
                      2. Holebas (bha)
                      3. Digne -> 5.2m

                      1. NoName
                        • 4 Years
                        4 months, 24 days ago

                        1