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.

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. Dannyb
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 24 days ago

    Tc Aguero? Majority vote wins.

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

      Vote yes

    2. Bob Vrabkab
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 24 days ago

      No

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

      Yeh

    4. Warby84
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 24 days ago

      Yes

    5. Cookie Kid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 24 days ago

      No

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

      Yes

    7. sweglet
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 24 days ago

      no

    8. Shark Team
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 24 days ago

      No

    9. Amey
        4 months, 24 days ago

        Follow your gut !!
        If it says Yes my vote is Yes 🙂
        I'm going Sane TC.

      • Flapjack ✅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 24 days ago

        I’m on it.

        The chips overrated anyway.

      • Slitherene
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 24 days ago

        Yes

      • Dele
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 24 days ago

        Yes

      • Kiwivillan
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 24 days ago

        No

      • Punty McPuntface
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 24 days ago

        Do it do it do it

    10. Sultan-Gemy2121
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 24 days ago

      Allison
      Robertson...doherty...WB....laporte
      Salah...Son...Sane...Jota
      Deeny...Rashford
      Speroni...Auba...Bedn....Puncheon

      I am not feeling ok about benching Auba, play auba ir wb???

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

        Auba to Aguero?

      2. BEATaroundDEBUCHY
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 24 days ago

        Mad. Plau auba

      3. ChelseaB123
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 24 days ago

        Can't bench Auba

    11. Lord Voldemort
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 24 days ago

      Is Boruc now starting for Bournemouth, over Begovic?

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

        Looks that way

      2. BEATaroundDEBUCHY
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 24 days ago

        I baught him in for hamer to allow fab to be benched. Seems like hes got the place for now at least

    12. farmerfat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 24 days ago

      Bottomed. What time is breakfast club?

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

        Around 11am

      2. Capoue Propper Mings
          4 months, 24 days ago

          Always enjoy Brexit club.

      3. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 24 days ago

        Should i play jonny or digne over bednarek ?

        1. Cookie Kid
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 24 days ago

          Tricky. Jonny just

        2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 24 days ago

          Definitely jonny for me

      4. Whats the Mata?
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 24 days ago

        Captain Sterling over Sane?

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

          I think it's a better call, yes

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

          Yes I am on that currently. He could score big

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

          1 goal in 7 0 shots last game. What am I missing?

        4. Punty McPuntface
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 24 days ago

          Don't worry about it and go with your gut. No one knows

      5. Amey
          4 months, 24 days ago

          RP
          Fabs will play right ??
          OR go Maverick & get Boruc for Hamer (-4) ???
          Please share your thoughts.
          Thank you !!

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

            Hit for a keeper rarely pas off in the long term let alone in the same GW. If Fabs doesnt play, will you be w/o GK this GW?

            1. Amey
                4 months, 24 days ago

                Yes.
                Hamer second keeper

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

            This DGW is trap, I repeat A TRAP

            (or never mind me, I am just a sour non owner of city players)

            1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 24 days ago

              Hazard and Sane hatties

            2. Amey
                4 months, 24 days ago

                Don't say that mate.
                😉

            3. Moar Moura
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 24 days ago

              Hazard to Sane and TC, madness?

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

                Did e

              2. Ruinenlust
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 24 days ago

                Yes

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

                Lol i meant solid!

              4. Amey
                  4 months, 24 days ago

                  I just did exactly same !!

              5. Slitherene
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 24 days ago

                How many points do you expect from the following?

                A) Fabianski (LIV, cry, mci)
                B) McCarthy (bur, CAR, FUL)

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

                Sane or Son? I guess both will score

                1. ChelseaB123
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 24 days ago

                  Sane
                  But yeah, they probably will

              7. ChelseaB123
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 24 days ago

                A or B?

                A. Doherty (eve)
                B. Holebas (bha)

              8. Shark Team
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 24 days ago

                If you don't captain him now then when?
                Eden Hazard is waiting for you ladies and gentlemen...

                1. Eat my goal!
                    4 months, 24 days ago

                    That’s a little like saying this empty swimming pool is waiting for you to just dive in

                2. arndff_
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 24 days ago

                  Kola or Pereiras as a long-term Digne's replacement?

                  1. Wijnaldum FC
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 24 days ago

                    Kolasinac

                3. Wijnaldum FC
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 24 days ago

                  Rp for a few more replies sorry

                  Fabianski
                  Van dijk Robbo Shaw
                  Salah hazard Felipe Richarlison
                  Auba Rashford Jiminez

                  Button Bissaka Hojberg Bednarek

                  Haz + Felipe + Shaw to Sané(c) + Son + Bennett for a -4?

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

                    Aye looks good to me

                  2. ChelseaB123
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 24 days ago

                    Can you afford to not do the defensive swap?

                    1. Wijnaldum FC
                      • 1 Year
                      4 months, 24 days ago

                      Nope

                      1. ChelseaB123
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 24 days ago

                        I like it then

                4. Capoue Propper Mings
                    4 months, 24 days ago

                    Trap City Gw.

                    1. Forever In Our Shadow
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      4 months, 24 days ago

                      ^this

                  • Aubazette
                      4 months, 24 days ago

                      I'm in trouble with my squad - my GK: Button, Stekelenburg
                      Def: Kolasinac, AWB, Doherty, TAA, Digne -> so now I need replacements for Stekelenburg and Digne. With Kamara out, and doubtful Pogba, i have to take a hit. The best options to replace them? Thanks for any advices!

                    • CAPTAIN_WALES
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 24 days ago

                      Defensive issues... I am currently having to play; Doh, AWB and Bennet.

                      Digne to:
                      A) Lap
                      B) Trip
                      C) Luis
                      D) other up to 6.2m

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

                        B

                    • tbhogal
                      • 9 Years
                      4 months, 24 days ago

                      Guys, which one would you do?

                      A) Digne for Kola
                      B) Alonso for LaPorte
                      C) Save FT

                    • CALLOFDUTY 1 (2003)
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 24 days ago

                      Hi Guys - what is the general opinion on moving hazard out to sterling for free?

                      Thanks

                      1. Eat my goal!
                          4 months, 24 days ago

                          Why not?

                        • ClassiX
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          4 months, 24 days ago

                          It's the safe move, and alot of people will say go for it. As for myself, I've got Hazard(c) because after 200,000 sales, it looks like trolling weather...

                        • Killitzer
                          • 9 Years
                          4 months, 24 days ago

                          I’m debating the same thing but just can’t ignore that Chelsea are at home to Huddersfield and city have 2 tough games.

                          For my sins I’m keeping Hazard and will captain Sané.

                          1. CALLOFDUTY 1 (2003)
                            • 2 Years
                            4 months, 24 days ago

                            I was of the same opinion all week - however, hazard has had a series of easy fixtures of late and he has blanked in every single one...

                            1. ClassiX
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              4 months, 24 days ago

                              Which is exactly when he always comes back with a 17 pointer...

                              1. CALLOFDUTY 1 (2003)
                                • 2 Years
                                4 months, 24 days ago

                                Surely you’ve been telling yourself that for the last 3 Gameweeks?

                                1. ClassiX
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  4 months, 24 days ago

                                  Not at all - you don't expect him to haul merely because of 4 or 5 bad GW's - it's only after 5 bad GW's and 200,000 people sell him that you should have valid haul expectations! 🙂

                            2. Eat my goal!
                                4 months, 24 days ago

                                Exactly- Chelsea have real problems

                                Say he plays well and gets an assist or even a goal sterling could easily do the same against either defence he faces

                                Chelsea then away to city

                                1. CALLOFDUTY 1 (2003)
                                  • 2 Years
                                  4 months, 24 days ago

                                  There comes a time when after 5 blanks in a row...you have to stop making excuses for a 11 million pound player and move on - I feel this DGW offers a great excuse to do so.

                          2. Ruinenlust
                            • 1 Year
                            4 months, 24 days ago

                            NO

                        • Flapjack ✅
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          4 months, 24 days ago

                          I got a player named Valerie last night.

                          I was absolutely battered in Eastern Europe and got Valerie and Aguero. I think I meant to get Bednarek, or maybe I was smart. I dunno.

                          Is Valerie nailed on ?

                          1. Eat my goal!
                              4 months, 24 days ago

                              Maybe you were listening to Amy winehouse

                            • Athletic Nasherbo
                              • 2 Years
                              4 months, 24 days ago

                              I think so considering Cedric left the club

                            • Punty McPuntface
                              • 2 Years
                              4 months, 24 days ago

                              I actually think this is a good move...well done to you and the drink

                          2. FPL Ultras
                            • 1 Year
                            4 months, 24 days ago

                            On a WILDCARD:

                            Etheridge
                            Robertson, Wan-Bissaka, Tarkowski
                            Mane, Son, Sane, Richarlison
                            Augero, Aubameyang, Rashford

                            G2G ???

                            Thanks guys!

                            1. FPL Ultras
                              • 1 Year
                              4 months, 24 days ago

                              or would you prefer to see Sterling instead of Aguero?

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

                              You will have three blankers in GW 27. Hope your bench is strong. Best luck

                              1. FPL Ultras
                                • 1 Year
                                4 months, 24 days ago

                                I will save free transfer in next gw and make at least 2 the gw after. Hope this works!

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

                              Salah top GW scorer. Unreal you WC without him

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

                            Zouma or Keane?

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

                              Isnt Keane more nailed? I would go him.

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

                            Best option here please? (1ft, 1.4itb)
                            1) anderson-> richa
                            2) anderson->bilva
                            2) digne -> Doherty 
                            3) digne Anderson-> bilva/richa + any def below 4.7
                            4)save ft. play Pereira vs MU and have 2ft next week to do hazard kamara-> Auba 5.3mid

                            FAB, 4.0
                            Robbo awb Pereira (schindler digne)
                            Sane hazard Salah Anderson pogba
                            Rashford Jimenez (kamara)

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

                              3

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

                            status quo whatever you want ,needs to be a walk on team tune....

                          6. ronpateluk
                            • 1 Year
                            4 months, 24 days ago

                            Play 1:
                            A. Rash
                            B. Jiminez

                            Play 1:
                            1. AWB
                            2. Bennet
                            3. Bedare

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

                              3 is bednarek

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

                              Awb.help above pls

                          7. Athletic Nasherbo
                            • 2 Years
                            4 months, 24 days ago

                            How’s it looking? 1FT left still.

                            Fabianski
                            Alonso Robertson WB
                            Salah Hazard Sane(C) Pogba Richarlison
                            Rashford Jiminez

                            Button Doherty Digne Kamara

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

                              Alonso won't play

                              1. Jordan.
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 9 Years
                                4 months, 24 days ago

                                he might

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

                            Worth getting rid of begovic to Ederson for a minus 4 hit?
                            A.yes
                            B.no

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

                              no

                          9. Gashead9
                            • 4 Years
                            4 months, 24 days ago

                            Exact money for Digne > A Smith
                            + Martial > Son for free, Yes or No?

                            Heaton,
                            Robbo, Doherty, AWB
                            Martial*, Pogba, Hazard, Richarlison, Salah (C)
                            Auba, Jimenez

                            Hamer, Digne*, Bednarek, Kamara

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

                              yes

                            2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                              • 1 Year
                              4 months, 24 days ago

                              For free yes

                          10. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                            • 1 Year
                            4 months, 24 days ago

                            Anything on mendy?

                            1. Eat my goal!
                                4 months, 24 days ago

                                Day by day

                                Just like TAA

                                If he plays one game doubt he plays the other

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

                                  Mainly a q about sterling and sane, thank you though

                              • Punty McPuntface
                                • 2 Years
                                4 months, 24 days ago

                                Do it if you love a risk over a punt!