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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.

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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.

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6,142 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Pierce34
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Who would you put first on bench - Kolasinac or Chambers?

    Edging towards Kolasinac myself - Chambers has had his annual goal and both teams are going to concede anyway.

    1. Pierce34
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Wow pages going fast - I thought I was going to be middle of last page 😀

      1. Slouch87
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Yep . All the spongers arriving to be spoon fed.

    2. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Kolasinac more chance of attacking returns

      1. Pierce34
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        My thinking too.

    3. Only a Hazard of time
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Kola

  2. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    G2G lads?

    Fabianski
    Robertson Doherty AWB
    Salah Sterling(c) Sane Pogba
    Firmino Rashford Jimenez

    Hamer Kolasinac Hojbjerg Digne

    1ft 0.1m itb

    Cheers all and good luck

    1. Pierce34
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Looks strong. I have the same 4/5 defenders and also playing AWB ahead of Kolasinac - Fulham have found their shooting boots and that's a worry but I can't in good conscience play an Arsenal defender away at City!

  3. sergioaguero67
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Aguero or Sterling?
    Please help
    I already have Sane

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Tough, flip a coin

    2. Only a Hazard of time
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      What's the rest of your team?

    3. Pierce34
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Depends on who makes way in each scenario.

    4. The 5% Team
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Sterling

    5. HD7
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Good plan, mates?

      25: Success to Llorente
      27: Want to make Digne to Pereira in GW26 but 0.1 short :/ so...
      Will have to do it in with with ...Sane to Anderson
      (GW27 - bench Richa and play 4-3-3 with Pereira and Llorente)

      Team is:
      Fab
      AWB VVD Robbo Digne*
      Salah Pogba Richa Sane
      Rashford Auba

      Subs: Button, AWB, Camarasa, Success

      1. The 5% Team
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Sounds good, but why not Sane > Jota?

      2. Henning
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Hmm 4.2 m in the bank and 1 FT.
        Should i do Agüero in for Firmino ?

        Etheridge

        Luiz Wan-Bissaka Robertson

        Sane Salah Pogba Richarlison

        Jimenez Rashford Firmino

        Guaita Camarasa Bednarek Digne

        1. The 5% Team
            1 month, 15 days ago

            I personally think Firmino has two very good matchups the next 2 GWs

            I would keep and do Firmino > Auba in GW27

        2. manu4life99
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          A) Fabianski,Hazard
          B) Ederson,Son (-4)

          1. The 5% Team
              1 month, 15 days ago

              A

          2. storr84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            A - Jota > Rich
            B - Auba - Kun

            1. Dannyb
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 15 days ago

              B

          3. Fernando Torres
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            A) Firmino + Hazard
            B) Kun + Son (-4)

            1. Pierce34
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              A, but only because I don't like the uncertainty around Son - next week I would definitely get him after he's had more time to get in better shape.

              1. Fernando Torres
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Thanks

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

              B

          4. Winston.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Fabianski fit or not? Thanks.

            1. SweeSwee
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              I’d say he’s about 75% fit.

              Possibly with some sort of arm injury if my analysis is correct

            2. Prisoner B5160-8
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Forehead let's him down a bit.

          5. diesel001
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            The influx of non-French players into the Top 14 has really hurt the French national rugby union side.

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Similar comparisons can be drawn to the Premier League and the English national team

              1. Ser Davos
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Except us English were poor at international level for year prior to the formation of the Premier League.

                The day we start admitting we're not technically proficient enough is the day we can start making some actual progress.

          6. PL Ball
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Currently only have Rich and Aguero for DGW (getting rid of Digne).

            Got 2FTs. Which would you rather do?

            A) Digne + Holebas ==> Laporte + 4.1m Def

            B) Digne + Hazard ==> Laporte + Sane

            C) Neither

          7. Eriksen Maestro
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 15 days ago

            A) Digne => PVA?

            B) Start WB & save FT

            1. AuFeld
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              I am about to do A myself.

            2. storr84
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              B

          8. Mr_Barbs
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 15 days ago

            A) Hazard > Sterling/Son
            B) Digne > Laporte/Danilo/D.luiz
            C) Fab + Hazard > Ederson + Son (-4)

            0.8itb, 1FT. Any other thoughts?

            Fabianski
            Robertson, AWB, Doherty
            Hazard, Salah, Sane(c), Pogba, Richarlison
            Rashford, Jimenez

            Button, Digne*, TAA*, Kamara*

          9. SweeSwee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Mitro + Eriksen > Jota + Aguero (-4)

            Yes or No?

          10. The Mighty Hippo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            I genuinely don't have a clue what to do with my team this week, I've had 5 straight red arrows and can't think of a strategy that takes me through the double and blank weeks. Any clever suggestions?

            2ft / 3.6M itb

            Kepa - Harmer
            Robertson - Alderweireld - Doherty - AWB - Digne
            Salah - Pogba - Hazard - Richarlison - Fraser
            Rashford - Jiminez - Kamara

            1. Sondre van Bank
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Kamara + Hazard --> Aguero (C) + Puncheon

            2. Mork calling Orson
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Kamara has to go - Llorente?

          11. Dosh
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            I have Sane. Buy Sterling and double up or just get Son and plan for the future?

            1. The 5% Team
                1 month, 15 days ago

                I did the S+S double up

            2. Thunder Warrior
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Chasing 50 points, what you think about Arna and Salah to Kun and KDB?

              1. Dannyb
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 15 days ago

                No

              2. The 5% Team
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  risky but to catch up you have to take risks I guess. DGW so go for it

                • There's Always One!
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  If you sell Salah you're Chase will be over

              3. allaboutthemagic
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                50 points behind.. which one to triple captain sane or augero or wait?

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  think it's a wait

              4. Top Lad Dakes.
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                -Lads... was all set on Salah(c), but keep being swayed towards Sane. Thoughts please?

                -And roll the FT this week, or Hamer to Boruc(car) and start him over Fabianski(LIV)

                Fabianski*
                Robertson Alonso* Doherty AWB
                Salah(c) Sane(vc) Pogba Hazard
                Auba Jimenez
                — Hamer Camarasa* Bednarek Quaner

                Much appreciated as always

                1. Chasing Waves
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  If Fab is fit then keep, at least he’ll more than likely get save points. As for cap its a tough one. Im going Sane cap myself and own Salah. Good luck!

                2. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Seems stupid to say but who do you think will score points this GW? Maybe comes down to whether or not you think Sane will start against Everton midweek, if you do, I would go with him.

              5. A message to you Rudi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                2FTs

                A. Hazard, F.Anderson, Alonso 》 Sanè, KDB, Bednarek. 1.1m itb (Keep Pogba)

                B. Pogba, F.Anderson, Alonso 》Sanè, Siggy, Bednarek. 1.1m itb (Keep Hazard)

                1. Hernandez Lynam
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  If you have 2FTs don't take a hit

              6. HD7
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Anyone giving his faith to Llorent for next 3-4 games?

              7. Chasing Waves
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Evening all, big gw coming...

                Any thoughts on this team?

                Allison
                Wan Bis Luiz Doherty
                Rich Pog Salah Sane(C)
                Rash Ings Bam

                Skek McNeil Shaw Bennett

                1ft 0.9 itb

                Love any feedback

                Thanks and good luck all

              8. Hernandez Lynam
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Play Ings or Doherty? Really troubling me

                1. Robbo121
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Doherty. Everton have injuries in defence

              9. Lord Flashheart
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                How long is Ben Davies out for? Is it safe to do digne to rose or should I just get trippier?

              10. MARCELO BIELSA
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                If you had to triple captain one which is it

                Aguero
                Sane
                Sterling

                1. Dannyb
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Aguero

                2. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Sterling - yet I am captaining Sane, go figure

                  1. Sondre van Bank
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Sterling looked horrid last game tho

                    1. Robbo121
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Nearly scored didn’t he!!!

              11. LIARS POKER
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Don't understand the love for City defence on here just because they have a double gameweek (followed by Chelsea and then a blank).

                2 clean sheets in the last 13 and Arsenal and Everton don't exactly scream clean sheets to me

                1. Dannyb
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  I almost bought Ederson but don't trust City defence.

                2. Prisoner B5160-8
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Can't say I've actually seen much love.

                3. Ser Davos
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  The thing is, logic can often be chucked out the window when it comes to DGWs. Yes, there are some DGW traps and damps squibs, but the amount of times I've seen mediocre assets hit the nitrous button during these anomalies...

              12. RangerMouse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                A) Hazard - > Son
                B) Digne - > Periera (prep for 27)
                C) Neither this week.

                1. RamaJama
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  A

                2. PurpleMonster
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  I'm holding Hazard this GW, last chance..

                3. The 5% Team
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    C, unless you have 2FT or lose value on Digne, both can wait

                4. CrouchDown
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Hey guys would appreciate your help here.

                  Would I be mad to do this?

                  Digne + Haz + Auba > Laporte + Sane + Kun (-4)

                  Nearly considering Pogba > Son to make it -8

                  1. RamaJama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    A

                5. RamaJama
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Captain?

                  A) Sane
                  B) Aguero

                  1. Chasing Waves
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Sane

                  2. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    B if you are happy with 70 mins vs Arsenal and 20 mins against Everton

                  3. Dannyb
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    I'm on B, if I owned both I would still be on B.

                  4. Gregorini
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Same dilemma. Currently in Aguero because of how much he can haul. Sane will probably get more minutes, hence the dilemma.

                6. PurpleMonster
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Hi everyone, my team

                  Fabianski Stekelenburg
                  Robertson Digne Doherty Bednarek AWB
                  Salah Sane Hazard Richarlison Højbjerg
                  Rashford Jimenez Firmino

                  1FT

                  A. Ditch Digne for Laporte.
                  B. Save (Digne & Richarlison for 4.0 & Son next GW).

                  Thanks!

                  1. Chasing Waves
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Save

                    1. PurpleMonster
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Thank you