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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. fridge
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Morning all, I have just Sane from City

    Hazard > Sterling for free?

    1. fenixri
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      I think Sane is enough

    2. Ruinenlust
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 15 days ago

      No

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

      Hold. You’ll want rid again

    4. fridge
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Thanks all, will save FT

  2. Salah'd Fingers
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Is the huge lack of people opting for Sterling just because there’s a bandwagon here of biased Sane owners? Surely there’s almost nothing separating them? Sterling costs more for the higher chance of playing and longevity (Mendy coming back potential limiting Sane’s points).

    1. Eat my goal!
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Is Mendy coming back?!

        Get both be happy!

      • Robbo121
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        A lot of ppl seem to be going sane but I’m going sterling personally. Think ownership pays a big part in the sane bandwagon

      • fridge
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Im thinking Sane just for the next two games. Sane coming off early influencing me a bit

      • Dukes of Hazzard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        One of my reasons was sterling bit of a differential in my ml

      • BIELSA
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        I've opted for both and aguero. Limiting risk of missing huge haul at the cost of -4. No brainer IMO

    2. fenixri
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      I am really happy with my team. I think this dgw is huge trap so no City players. It was big dillema to captain Salah or Haz but decided not to risk it.

      Boruc
      Alonso Doherty Awb
      Salah(©) Hazard Pogba Fraser
      Auba Rashford Jimenez

      Bench: Fab, Kolasinac, GibbsWhite, Taa

      Gl to all!

      1. Martial Mathers
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Wheres the trap?

        The best attacking team against to two shabby defences

    3. kinghenry14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      anyone going TC kun? i'm very close...

      1. Martial Mathers
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        TC Sane this end

        Just think Jesus will get a start

        1. kinghenry14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          only have kun and sterling

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

          City fans agree with you, Jesus may even start this weekebd

    4. ZeBestee
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Who to go for from City defence?

      1) Laporte
      2) Danilo

      1. mikess
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Laporte more nailed if you can afford

    5. Robbo121
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Who plays more minutes this GW?

      A) son
      B) pogba

      1. mikess
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Same

        1. kinghenry14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          this

      2. SUPER 11
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Pogboom

    6. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      A) Digne > Danilo - 4 benching Doherty
      B) Just play Doherty

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

        B

    7. RamaJama
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Both Aguero and Sane have 19 attacking returns (11 goals/8 assists and 8 goals/11 assists in 24 matches) so Kind of equal chances for attacking returns.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Minutes needed for either

      2. Martial Mathers
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        But Sane get extra point per goal and clean sheet point so just edges it

    8. SPorting
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Start:

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

      1. SPorting
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Cheers NoName

      2. RamaJama
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        1

      3. Eat my goal!
          4 months, 15 days ago

          1

        • Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 15 days ago

          AWB

        • SPorting
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Clear.

          Cheers all.

        • La Roja
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          2

      4. Javra
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Triple captain Aguero time? Or save the chip for later?

        1. Martial Mathers
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          It as good of an opportunity as we are going to get

        2. Dukes of Hazzard
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Not brave enough good luck though

      5. NoName
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Bottomed.

        G2G?

        Foster
        Pereira AWB Bednarek
        Salah Sane Sterling Pogba Jota
        Firmino Rashford

        (Speroni, TAA Digne Kamara)
        0FT 2ITB

      6. SuperMane Returns
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Currently 4 red flags (*) with just Sane/Rich DGW....
        Etheridge
        Duffy/Doherty (Digne*/Kiko*/Trent*)
        Pogba/Sane/Salah/Rich/(Alli*)
        Ings/Rash/Firmino

        Should I do...
        (a) Alli/Ings to Puncheon/Aguero(c) for a -4
        (& saving Free Hit)

        (b) FH to
        Ederson
        Robbo/Luiz/AWB
        Son/Siggy/Salah/Sane
        Kun(c)/King/Rashford

        Thanks in advance guys 🙂

        1. UKG
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          I had similar issues and have used FH, got 5 doublers in and power 5 mid. Differential cap (in my ml) and it feels great.

          1. SuperMane Returns
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Cool. Thanks for the response UKG, what's your FH team out of interest?

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

          Digne and Alli to Laporte bilva/dilva

      7. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Firmino to Aguero for -4, yes or no?

        1. NoName
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          I was very close to doing it. The possibility of a Jesus start combined with the blank gw while Liverpool have two fixtures slapped the hand off the trigger.

          1. NoName
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 15 days ago

            *two good fixtures

          2. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 15 days ago

            Comforting, I am also reluctant

      8. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Surely Salah is a better captain option than Sane/Aguero?

        1. benbro
            4 months, 15 days ago

            ?

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

          Chances of Alonso starting tonight? Weak bench of camarasa, digne and balbuena, might need to take a hit to sort it out.

        3. Wish you were me
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Is fabianski out for liverpool game?

        4. Stoichkov#8
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Better combo

          a) Sane (c) + Hazard
          b) Sane + Aguero (TC) for -4

          1. Eytexi
              4 months, 15 days ago

              A

            • RamaJama
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              B

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

            Purely as a one gw play, who do you think wins here:

            A: Alonso (HUD) with Digne (mci) on bench if alonso doenst start + 4 points
            B: Laporte (ARS, eve)

            1. Eytexi
                4 months, 15 days ago

                A

            2. KenyaDigIt
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Does anyone have encouraging info about Kevin De Bruyne? What are his stats looking like over the last few GW's?

              I'm considering bringing him in for Martial for a -4 hit... Any KDB love out there?

              1. Kiwivillan
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Pass

            3. LewanGOALski
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Activating and deactivating (TC) on Sterling as crazy... 😐

              1. Pompel
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                But when to use it then?

            4. balint84
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              I have Ederson+Bilva

              would you still buy Sane ?

              1. KenyaDigIt
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Yes!

              2. Harry Ball Bag™⚽⚽…
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Ues

            5. The 12th Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              The wife has just made these moves for -4.
              Alonso,Anderson,Sucsess > Jonny,Sane,Jimenez

              Now asking start either AWB or Cook this week?

              1. Kiwivillan
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Bournemouth CS more likely imo

                1. The 12th Man
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  I’ll get the blame either way lol. Or she will take the credit.
                  Thanks

              2. rainy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Cook for me, as he loves a look at a set piece and Cardiff concede loads of chances from them.

                1. The 12th Man
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Thanks

            6. Harry Ball Bag™⚽⚽…
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 15 days ago

              Tc or sane or Aguero?

              1. Holteenderinthesky
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  My exact question. Currently on Aguero.

                  1. Harry Ball Bag™⚽⚽…
                    • 9 Years
                    4 months, 15 days ago

                    Sane seems safe but Aguero could haul!

              2. Gravless are for Kinnear
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 15 days ago

                Hazard to troll hard today

                1. drughi
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  thats what he does

                2. diesel001
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Unlikely IMO. Sarri is not changing his style and that is the underlying issue. Just put a man on Jorginho and Chelsea will struggle.

                3. Eat my goal!
                    4 months, 15 days ago

                    Yes you’re probably correct - all those who decided to keep faith!

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

                    I am selling after today and never buying again!!

                4. Sgt Frank Drebin
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 15 days ago

                  Do you think Sterling will get benched for one of the games of the DGW? He wasn't rested for a while and the Everton game is between clashes with Arsenal and Chelsea. Looks like a good fixture to bench him.

                  1. Eat my goal!
                      4 months, 15 days ago

                      Best team plays imo - chasing points

                      1. Sgt Frank Drebin
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 15 days ago

                        They've got 3 games in 7 days. Rotation is inevitable imho.

                  2. Holteenderinthesky
                      4 months, 15 days ago

                      Triple captain. Don't talk me out of it. I'm going for it. But who?

                      A) Aguero
                      B) Sane

                      1. LE GOD(C)AMERICAN DYCHO CHA…
                        • 5 Years
                        4 months, 15 days ago

                        Sterling 😎

                      2. Harry Ball Bag™⚽⚽…
                        • 9 Years
                        4 months, 15 days ago

                        Think Sané is safer

                      3. LE GOD(C)AMERICAN DYCHO CHA…
                        • 5 Years
                        4 months, 15 days ago

                        Na King Kun

                      4. Eytexi
                          4 months, 15 days ago

                          B

                        • Warby84
                          • 3 Years
                          4 months, 15 days ago

                          I’m going Sane TC

                        • Ruinenlust
                          • 1 Year
                          4 months, 15 days ago

                          Don’t do it

                      5. KINGVIZO
                          4 months, 15 days ago

                          Morning all

                          how does this look? taken a -4 to get sterling and sane.

                          Fabianski
                          Doherty/Bennett/Lindelof
                          Salah/Sane/Sterling (C)/Pogba/Richarlison
                          Jimenez/Rashford

                          0.6 ITB

                          Hamer/Solanke/TAA/Digne

                          Antyhing else to advise? or GTG?

                        • The Fed
                          • 3 Years
                          4 months, 15 days ago

                          Start two:
                          A) AWB
                          B) Doherty
                          C) Valery

                        • sweglet
                          • 4 Years
                          4 months, 15 days ago

                          g2g gents?

                          etheridge

                          robbo awb holebas

                          pogba salah rich son sane (c)

                          jimenez rash

                          llorente doherty bernadek

                          unsure whether to start llorente/jimenez /rashford

                        • onetowatch
                          • 8 Years
                          4 months, 15 days ago

                          I wonder why there isn’t as much love for sterling. I am triple captaining him. He has games againsy yo leaky defences and is explosive. Or have I gone mad? I had sane in my team too

                          1. Warby84
                            • 3 Years
                            4 months, 15 days ago

                            Go for it, I’ve gone Sane but don’t have sterling