Scout Picks

Gameweek 26 Scout Picks – Liverpool and Man United backed for big wins

We are backing Liverpool to return to winning ways in Gameweek 26 as Bournemouth come to Anfield.

That’s why defensive and attacking assets from Jurgen Klopp’s men make it into the Scout Picks this weekend.

We are set up in the traditional 3-4-3 formation for Gameweek 26, and at £81.3m we are £2.2m inside our budget.

Goalkeeper

With votes from three of our pundits, Crystal Palace man Vicente Guaita (£4.2m) gets the nod in goal this weekend. The Eagles’ home defensive record this season is still only bettered by Liverpool and Chelsea, while West Ham are yet to score an away league goal in 2019, their last one coming at Southampton back in Gameweek 19.

Defenders

Andrew Robertson (£6.8m) remains our go-to Liverpool defensive option ahead of Bournemouth’s visit to Anfield. The Cherries have been woeful away from home in recent months, losing their last seven road trips by a combined score of 20 goals to three. Just one of those goals scored has come in the last five of those, which bodes well for Liverpool in their hunt for a first clean sheet since Gameweek 22. With Bournemouth’s recent defensive struggles away from home, there could be attacking returns on offer for Robertson too. No defender has more touches in opposition penalty boxes than the Scottish international in the last four matches.

The Scout Squad are hoping that Matt Doherty‘s (£5.3m) FA Cup heroics against Shrewsbury Town were the warm-up for a star performance against Newcastle on Monday night. His prolonged presence in the final third continues to promise attacking returns, while the Magpies have been particularly shot-shy away from home. In the last four matches on the road, Rafa Benitez’s men are bottom of the league for goal attempts inside the box, efforts on target and total big chances. A second consecutive clean sheet at Molineux looks likely for Doherty and his defensive colleagues.

Sead Kolasinac (£5.0m) completes our trio of full-backs likely to earn points at both ends of the pitch in Gameweek 26. Arsenal travel to a Huddersfield side currently bottom of the league for big chances over the last four Gameweeks, with only West Ham registering fewer shots in the penalty box than them in that time. Meanwhile, left wing-back Kolasinac has the joint-second highest number of touches in the opposition penalty area among defenders since Gameweek 22.

Midfielders

Mohamed Salah (£13.6m) gets back into the Scout Picks once again, chosen as the best midfield option by three of our pundits. Peter was the only one to put him in second place. The Liverpool man should benefit from Bournemouth’s recent poor away form, as they have conceded an average of 2.85 goals per game in their last seven on the road. No team has allowed more big chances in the last four away matches as Eddie Howe’s men.

Son Heung-min (£8.8m) has been boasting remarkable consistency in FPL over a long period of time now. Since Gameweek 13, the South Korean has averaged 9.2 points per appearance. It has become impossible to ignore the Tottenham man now, especially as he continues to have his place in the side guaranteed by ongoing injuries to Harry Kane and Dele Alli. Leicester come to Wembley Stadium having shipped plenty of chances away from home recently, just three sides have allowed more in the box over their last four road matches.

Paul Pogba (£8.7m) looks set for a strong showing in Gameweek 26 as Manchester United travel to face Fulham. The Cottagers have not made many defensive improvements under Claudio Ranieri and are second worst for shots conceded in the box during their last four home matches. Meanwhile, Pogba is still joint-top of the league for shots on target over the last four Gameweeks, having registered more efforts on goal than any other player in that time. With some creativity to his name over that period too, goals and assists are both likely at Craven Cottage.

James Ward-Prowse (£5.1m) is our chosen representative from Southampton this week as they host a Cardiff side typically poor away from home. The Bluebirds are susceptible to set pieces too, in which Ward-Prowse remains involved for the Saints. He has three goals in his last four matches and has created more chances than any Saints player in that time.

Forwards

Alexandre Lacazette (£9.3m) comes into the Scout Picks for Gameweek 26, deputising at the eleventh hour for his colleague Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The latter was originally going to be included in spite of his recent illness but his absence from the training pictures on Friday have left enough doubt in our minds to select Frenchman Lacazette instead. As already mentioned, the Terriers have allowed a large number of big chances in their last four home matches, which should provide the right amount of opportunities for Lacazette to secure a points haul.

Marcus Rashford (£7.8m) completes a Manchester United double-up to fully capitalise on Fulham’s defensive frailties. We’ve already covered how vulnerable they look ahead of Gameweek 26, still the most scored-on team this season having shipped 55 goals. Rashford is joint-top of the league with Pogba for shots on target over the last four Gameweeks and has blanked just once since Gameweek 20.

Raúl Jiménez (£6.7m) looks set to continue his rich vein of form when Newcastle come to Molineux on Monday night. The Wolves man has four attacking returns in his last three outings, offering a healthy balance of creativity and goal threat. Meanwhile, the Magpies have not travelled well in their last four away matches. They are joint-bottom of the league for big chances conceded in that period, level with Bournemouth.

Substitutes

Jan Bednarek (£4.0m) still offers decent value for his owners and is worth considering for a place in the starting XI in Gameweek 26. Cardiff come to Southampton with the fewest away goals of any side in the league this season.

Pascal Groß (£6.7m) has jumped back onto the Fantasy radar in a big way after creating a whopping 10 chances against Watford last time out. With Burnley the next visitors to the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon, two of our Scout Squad pundits included him in their submissions.

Fernando Llorente (£5.7m) has had more penalty box shots than any other player in the Premier League in the last four Gameweeks, despite playing just 219 minutes in that time. We think he’ll be back in the starting line-up against Leicester on Sunday after improving Spurs from the bench in their win over Newcastle.

Community Champion

Representing the community against the Scout Picks in Gameweek 26 is Pep pig. They have opted for a 3-4-3 formation of: Ryan; Duffy, Kolasinac, Koscielny; Martial, De Bruyne, Son, Salah; Aubameyang, Firmino, Murray.

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 Double Gameweek 25, Joax2 winning by a 86-56 scoreline.

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

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4,069 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Monkey Hanger
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Was the strategy involved in bringing Kane in for GW8, any different from bringing Kun in for GW25?

    1. Syd.
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Strategy is overrated

    2. Lord in Wengerland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Just the outcome

    3. AllanM
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Very. Kane wasn’t a great idea on paper.

  2. Jurgen Flopp
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Digne to Kolasinac for -4?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Not for me, some may say yes.

      1. acidicleo
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Yes

    2. Sim Simma
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Sound move. Digne will blank soon

      1. circusmonkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Blank is quite good for him recently.

    3. Pierce34
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I have Kolasinac, but I've been warning people not to buy him right now because of a potential rotation risk, to varying degrees of success.

      1. jimmyabs1987
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Don’t think he will start? If I transfer in Kola for Digne over next 3 GW he will oitscore him BUT will a -4 on Kola get more points than Bed at home to Cardiff..likely not unless he scores/assist and clean sheet

  3. SALVA
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    A) Sane to Mane

    Or

    B) Aguero to Auba

    1. Jurgen Flopp
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      A

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      A

    3. acidicleo
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      A

    4. SAY MY NAME
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      a

  4. GBFC
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    GTG?

    Ederson
    TAA Doherty AWB
    Salah (C) Pogba Anderson Son
    Jimenez Aguero Rashford

    Button Ricarlason Luiz Digne

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Digne ahead of Luiz incase of a TAA no show

  5. Transferred Out
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Which combination of one GK and one DEF out of the below?

    Foster (EVE) Guaita (WHU)
    Bennett (NEW) AWB (WHU) Digne (wat)

  6. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Start :

    A) Ederson
    B) Fabianski

    Can see Chelsea scoring, despite higher CS odds for City over West Ham.

    1. Flynny
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Think I'm starting fab

      More save potential

    2. Jurgen Flopp
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      B. Will be low scoring.

    3. Pierce34
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I have Kolasinac, but I've been warning people not to buy him right now because of a potential rotation risk, to varying degrees of success.

      1. Pierce34
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Reply fail 😀

        But since I'm here, I would probably start Fabianski!

    4. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Thanks all. Agree, will start Fab!

  7. manu4life99
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    A) Hazard to Mane
    B) Save FT

    Fab
    Holebas Doherty Robbo Kola
    Pogba Son Salah Has
    Rashford Jiminez
    (Subs: Long,Rich,Digne)

    1. acidicleo
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      B

  8. tommohawk
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    A, Wilson to Jimenez
    Or
    B, Alonso to Kola

    1. acidicleo
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      A

  9. acidicleo
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    2 mins ago
    Sane to
    A) Mane - liverpool not scoring freely..already have salah
    B) Jota - good fixtures and form and spare cash
    C) Moutinho - same reason as B but less goal chance
    D) Save and play Sane

    Its for minus 4
    Cheers

    1. tommohawk
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      B

  10. wildnothing
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Play Jota or Llorente? Will also play Jimenez and Doherty.

    1. acidicleo
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Jota

  11. Psychobingo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Either Kolasinac or Manè worth the -4 over Holebas or Gylfi?

    1. Sim Simma
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yes in both cases

    2. Numb
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Mane

    3. acidicleo
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Kola ded not
      Mane maybe

    4. Psychobingo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Really? Liverpool aren`t exactly scoring all over the place, and doubling up seems kind of, meh. Watford also concede an insane amount of chances - albeit Everton are garbo. Kola temps me the most, honestly.

      1. acidicleo
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Wat cs good chance and holebas attacking returns too

        1. Psychobingo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Yeah thats my thinking too. Everton concede tons from set pieces, Holebas takes set pieces. Honestly idk about Gylfi, his stats are good but Everton are just so bad atm.

          1. acidicleo
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            So minus 4 not worth for kola

            1. Psychobingo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Prob not no, not convinced about Mane either

      2. jimmyabs1987
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Same for me but with a -4 will he outscore Bed at home bs Cardiff!? He needs a CS and Assists

        1. Psychobingo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          What? You can`t just cash in on Bednarek getting a cs, and if you did - then don`t take him out. Wtf.

          1. jimmyabs1987
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Elaborate? I mean a good day is Bed gets 6 points but I’m not convinced. If he gets 2 and Kola gets 6 only and no attacking return on top then it’s no gain or loss but if both get a CS only, I would have been better staying with Bed?

  12. The Real Salah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    1. Sim Simma
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      ?

  13. jimmy.floyd
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Which one to play?
    Sane
    Awb
    Bednarek

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Bednarek

  14. savory
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    JWP and Rashford in for DCL and Sane worth a hit?

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yeah I think so.

  15. madame shelly
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    A Sterling to son or
    B Kun to laca or
    C Siggy to Anderson

    Got 2 ft and need to use 1

    1. acidicleo
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      C > a

    2. No Leaf Clover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      A, just because of the blank

      1. madame shelly
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        They all blank !

  16. The Real Salah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    My comments are not appearing on here for some reason

    1. camarozz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      This one is.

      1. jimmyabs1987
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Lolz

  17. jorgenoj
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Bench order on these? Holebas, Lamela, AWB

    1. chilli con kone
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      AWB, Hol, Lam

  18. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    The Arsenal photographer has put up a pic of Auba (see pics in this tweet) - are the other two in the Auba photo Emery and Nketiah?

    https://twitter.com/Stuart_PhotoAFC/status/1093970601398726657

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Get in!

      1. diesel001
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        No - it could be an old photo from Wednesday. I need to know who the other guy in the photo is with Emery and Auba. That might help.

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      😯

    3. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Bib theory suggests a benching

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        No way mavropanos starts

  19. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Ederson ➡️ Guaita - 4

    Need cash.

    1. Syd.
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Decent move

  20. chilli con kone
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Play two:

    A. Sane (CHE)
    B. Digne (wat)
    C. AWB (WHU)
    D. Bednerek (CAR)

    1. House Frey Wedding Planner
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Sane deffo and you'd be okay going with either C or D

        1. chilli con kone
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Not worried about 1 point Sane cameo?

          1. House Frey Wedding Planner
              1 month, 10 days ago

              No one but Pep knows if Sane will be benched....drives us mad trying to pick how City will line up.

              But he's still capable of points and your expensive players should start

        2. Paddington Bear
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          BC

      • wildnothing
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Lloris 4.0
        Doherty Robertson VVD Digne AWB
        Salah Sané Sterling Pogba Jota
        Jimenez Llorente Rashford

        Would you do VVD and Sané to Kola and Mané for a hit?

        1. chilli con kone
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          No not with the VVD clean sheet incoming

          1. wildnothing
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            I've been thinking like that for a few weeks now.

            1. chilli con kone
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Can you not do the straight Mae swap I’m assuming?

              1. wildnothing
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 10 days ago

                No as I own Salah and Robbo too. But I can do Sané to Son.

      • Gruu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Which one would you choose?

        A) Sane >> Mane
        B) Sane Kamara >> Auba 4.3 (-4)
        C) Richarlison Kamara >> Auba 4.3 (-4)

        Pat
        TAA Doherty AWB
        Salah Sane Son Pogba Richarlison
        Jimenez Rashford

        (Fab Luiz Simpson Kamara)
        1FT, 4.3 ITB

        1. acidicleo
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          A
          Is TAA likely to start?

      • Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I could do Aguero > Kane for free next week omg

        1. chilli con kone
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          But but but...auba?

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Nah don’t like arsenal

        2. Syd.
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Have you looked at City's 3 fixtures after GW27?

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            I know that’s the thing but does Jesus then come in idk

      • Shabaaz
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Etherigde
        Doherty Bednarek Robbo
        Salah Jota Pogba Son
        Auba Rash Raul

        G2G?

      • Lukakuna
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Got Kamara, one FT and 6.9 ITB. Do I get Auba, or do I do something stupid like getting Firmino for one week?

        1. Syd.
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Auba is a doubt

          1. Lukakuna
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            True, but I'll want him for 27 anyway

      • CelticBhoy1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Aguero > Auba for free?

        1. CliveTilds
            1 month, 10 days ago

            If you want a bench player this week then go ahead.

        2. kj3llern
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Im overthinking the blanks and potential blanks in GW27, GW31 and GW33.

          Need help. I think I have to have Salah because he dont have any blanks. Overall rank:175,649. This is my team right now. I have 1 FT and 2.3 itb.

          Ederson (Hennesey)
          Lindelof - Wan Bissaka - Doherty ( Alonso - Schindler)
          Pogba - Hazard - Sigurdsson - F.Anderson (Fraser)
          Aguero - Murray - Mitro

          1. Aguero and Hazard for Salah and Lacazette (-4)
          2. Hazard and Ederson for Salah and Ryan (-4)
          3. Save FT

        3. madame shelly
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          There's a chance kun gets benched too this weekend. He looked knackered weds

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Good point, sold now especially after his ankle injury before the arsenal game

          2. Auboomerang
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            That seems like a coping mechanism to me. No chance he's rested for that game.

          3. danishdynamite
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            No chance imho

        4. trinzoo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          On WC I should surely get Laca over Auba, right ?

          1. danishdynamite
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Wrong

            1. trinzoo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Auba then?

          2. AllanM
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Who would you rather have over the next 3 weeks?

            Auba for me even with risk he’s benched this GW.

        5. Guti14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Fabianski, Button
          TAA, Doherty, AWB, Digne, Schindler
          Salah, Son, Pogba, Sane, Brooks
          Aguero, Rashford, Jimenez

          0FTs 0.5 ITB

          Is it worth doing..

          A) Aguero > Auba -4
          B) Sane > Manhe -4
          C) Digne > Kola -4
          D) Brooks > JWP -4
          E) other?

          1. danishdynamite
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Save