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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Gameweek 12

There’s a Friday evening deadline of 19:00 GMT – a good idea to set your bus team now (well, you never know) – and then come back for all the latest team news, opinion, and delights from Fantasy Football Scout

The headline from today’s pressers is that Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson has been ruled out of the mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash with Liverpool this Sunday.

Already a hot topic of discussion this week as Holly asked: “Are we overlooking Salah and Mané?” could the pair now be serious captain contenders… 

Even before the injury to Ederson was confirmed, Irbox felt there was an opportunity given that Man City need to press and win the game, and therefore could be exposed to the Liverpool counter-attack.

Pro Pundit Sam Bonfield, who finds herself pushing for a place in the top 5,000 in Gameweek 12, is trying to decide between Salah or Mané with concerns over Salah’s problematic ankle. The Egyptian was substituted early last weekend. And in this week’s Scout Picks it’s the Senegalese who makes the starting XI at the expense of Salah:

Sadio Mané is top of the charts among his colleagues for big chances afforded in the last four Gameweeks and you have to go back until Gameweek 3 for the last time he blanked at home.

However, there was better news in midweek for Salah’s declining ownership as the top-FPL-points scorer for the past two seasons completed the full 90 minutes in Liverpool’s win over Genk. Neale noted:

The Egypt international’s sharpness was also encouraging and in many ways, this could have been a Salah performance from at any point over the last year: dangerous, full of running, plenty of shots and ultimately a bit wasteful.

On the Scoutcast this week Joe revealed to great fanfare (a background of loud bangs from Tuesday evening’s firework displays) that he is considering a Liverpool double up of Salah and Mané. This would involve getting rid of Raheem Sterling. 

Fellow Scoutcaster and Pro Pundit Andy is considering selling Sterling in order to switch formation and bring in Jamie Vardy

With many contemplating a move away from Manchester City players as their run of nice fixtures comes to an end, and as Liverpool start theirs, Az asked what are managers looking to do with their City assets?

Although Wild Rover agreed with Question Time panellist Darth_Krid, who observed

I think ‘tough upcoming games’ doesn’t exist when talking about City’s attacking prospects. Yes, Liverpool away is their toughest fixture, but they’re perfectly capable of scoring in that game and will be coming up against Dejan Lovren. After that they have Chelsea at home who can’t keep a clean sheet for toffee, then they’re up against a temperamental Newcastle and a leaky Burnley.

City players continue to divide opinion. Greyhead, in his review of The Great and The Good, noted of Jules Breach – currently the best performing manager of this elite group:

Jules has been Sterling-less all season, will others follow as the City fixtures stiffen and the added jeopardy of the City star only being one yellow card away from suspension?

Who is the best FPL captain for Gameweek 12?

With Liverpool hosting Man City, the captaincy debate opens up this week.

David channelled his inner Rebekah Vardy when announcing that her husband currently heads the captain poll. He concluded in his Captain Sensible article:

[Arsenal] are also the division’s worst side for giving up chances through the middle in such encounters. That very much plays into the hands of Vardy, especially with so much of Leicester’s creativity in midfield also coming from the middle in James Maddison (£7.4m) and Youri Tielemans (£6.6m).

Meanwhile, in a members-only article, Neale examined the form of Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, who has been far more productive away from home:

It is very clear from the data we have analysed that Abraham has been unfortunate not to find the net more times at Stamford Bridge this season.

Could he be a viable armband contender for those without or unwilling to trust Jamie Vardy?

In Case You Missed It

The return of Anthony Martial has brought the best out of team-mate Marcus Rashford, and the pair were on good form last night in the Europa League. There was some debate about the importance to give Mark’s Wildcard but for those of us who value his insights, it’s notable that both United players feature in his fantasy team. 

One outstanding manager it’s good to see returning to the website following illness is former Hall of Fame number one, Kenneth Tang. A manager with five top 1,000 finishes over his career, he commented on Pro Pundit Zophar’s hot topic on how to predict clean sheets.

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995 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Zladan
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 17 hours ago

    Cantwell benched.

    1. FOO FIGHTER
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        Was not unexpected.

    2. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      13 days, 17 hours ago

      Good luck everyone especially the Antony Martail cappers out there. 🙂

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        GL my friend.
        Don't own Tony but would be delighted if he hals for you

      2. fr3d
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        I will always respect the opinion of Finnish FPL players

      3. FOO FIGHTER
          13 days, 17 hours ago

          🙁

      4. ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        NORWICH TEAM NEWS
        Team to face Watford: Krul, Aarons, Tettey, Godfrey, Lewis, Trybull, McLean, Buendia, Stiepermann, Hernandez, Pukki.
        Subs: Fahrmann, Byram, Vrancic, Cantwell, Drmic, Amadou, Srbeny.

        WATFORD TEAM NEWS
        Team to face Norwich: Foster, Janmaat, Dawson, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas, Capoue, Doucoure, Hughes, Pereyra, Deulofeu.
        Subs: Gomes, Mariappa, Deeney, Masina, Chalobah, Gray, Femenia.

        1. andres
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          13 days, 17 hours ago

          told ya 🙂

        2. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          13 days, 17 hours ago

          Deulofeu party!

      5. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        13 days, 17 hours ago

        ⚽ Team News 📰
        NOR: Krul, Godfrey, Aarons, Tettey, Lewis, Buendía, Trybull, Hernández, Stiepermann, McLean, Pukki
        Subs: Ralf Fährmann, Byram, Amadou, Vrancic, Cantwell, Drmic, Srbeny

        WAT: Foster, Dawson, Kabasele, Holebas, Janmaat, Cathcart, Doucouré, Capoue, Hughes, Deulofeu, Pereyra
        Subs: Gomes, Kiko Femenía, Mariappa, Masina, Chalobah, Deeney, Gray

        1. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          13 days, 17 hours ago

          Cantwell benched. Glad I benched him too now.

          1. FOO FIGHTER
              13 days, 17 hours ago

              Get rid of Blankwell. Simple.

              1. No Professionals
                • 2 Years
                13 days, 17 hours ago

                Not that simple. People are lucky if they have a transfer to use on a 2nd or 3rd sub, not bothered if he plays or not tbh.

        2. fr3d
          • 2 Years
          13 days, 17 hours ago

          Updated?

          1. Peter Ouch
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            13 days, 17 hours ago

            This page

        3. Regin
          • 2 Years
          13 days, 17 hours ago

          This game really exciting as a pukki and krul owner.

          1. Kip
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            13 days, 17 hours ago

            I dont envy you tbh

            1. Regin
              • 2 Years
              13 days, 17 hours ago

              Krul literally saved my GW 2 weeks ago when he got those 2 penalty saves.

          2. sminkypinky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            13 days, 17 hours ago

            Hope Pukki tears it up although I Sold him weeks ago.

          3. Amey
            • 1 Year
            13 days, 17 hours ago

            Definitely
            Watford Strikers have problems in the Radar 😀
            Always shoot but just wide or straight at GK

        4. Tamagotchi Massacre
          • 5 Years
          13 days, 17 hours ago

          Just capped Tony Martial

          What've I dun mum?

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            13 days, 17 hours ago

            Good lad me too

          2. Team Cruel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            13 days, 17 hours ago

            Look on the bright side, only 8 months until fpl 20/21 opens

          3. Zim0
            • 1 Year
            13 days, 17 hours ago

            Damn u got balls

            1. Tamagotchi Massacre
              • 5 Years
              13 days, 17 hours ago

              No other standouts

              Tis the season

          4. Hakim Ziyech
              13 days, 17 hours ago

              Me too 🙂

            • El Fenomeno R9
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              13 days, 17 hours ago

              I switch from Martial to Son 🙂

            • Zladan
              • 2 Years
              13 days, 17 hours ago

              Good luck, I also capped him.

            • Regin
              • 2 Years
              13 days, 17 hours ago

              I got him in this week but captained Vardy. Martial could score.

            • Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              13 days, 17 hours ago

              lol I was considering it, but ended up playing safe and keeping it on Vardy.

              1. Crystal Alice
                  13 days, 17 hours ago

                  I went Doherty over Vardy. Feeling ballsy

              2. FOO FIGHTER
                  13 days, 17 hours ago

                  You obviously own Sterling 🙂

                • Bury94
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  13 days, 17 hours ago

                  Wow, I thought I was being different going for Mane, good luck!

                1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  13 days, 17 hours ago

                  The King

                2. GARY AND JAMIE
                  • 6 Years
                  13 days, 17 hours ago

                  Canary express

                3. FOO FIGHTER
                    13 days, 17 hours ago

                    Ha ha

                4. GreennRed
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  13 days, 17 hours ago

                  Some weather these days..........

                5. Regin
                  • 2 Years
                  13 days, 17 hours ago

                  Go Vardy (c)

                  1. laGan1n1
                    • 7 Years
                    13 days, 17 hours ago

                    Firmino!

                6. Isco Disco
                  • 2 Years
                  13 days, 17 hours ago

                  Did Sterling > Mane for -8 in the last second.
                  Hope it doesn't backfire. Already have Aguero for City cover

                  1. Hulk Smash
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    13 days, 17 hours ago

                    If I could only pick one player to have in that game it would be Mane

                  2. DeadStar
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    13 days, 17 hours ago

                    That's only a -4 don't forget.

                  3. Firminoooo
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    13 days, 17 hours ago

                    I can hold your hand. Did Sterling to Mane for -4.

                7. sminkypinky
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  13 days, 17 hours ago

                  Sat on my hands and kept Mount and Wilson. Trip City, double Pool, no Vardy. Could go very wrong... again! 😀

                  Good luck all!

                8. Al Moon Yeah
                  • 5 Years
                  13 days, 17 hours ago

                  Why are people starting Lundstram v Spurs? Me no understand. Are they hoping for a clean sheet or an attacking return?

                  1. Viper
                    • 9 Years
                    13 days, 17 hours ago

                    Both 😉

                  2. TheDragon
                    • 1 Year
                    13 days, 17 hours ago

                    Either / both

                    If you’ve looked at Lundstrams stats you’d understand

                  3. Kip
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    13 days, 17 hours ago

                    Both

                  4. Zim0
                    • 1 Year
                    13 days, 17 hours ago

                    U can't bench Lord Lundy

                  5. DeadStar
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    13 days, 17 hours ago

                    I'd take just a goal this week.

                    1. HurriKane
                      • 7 Years
                      13 days, 17 hours ago

                      Id say he'd do one better over last gw with a hatty

                  6. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 2 Years
                    13 days, 17 hours ago

                    I'm doing it as a hedge against captaining Kane 🙂

                  7. Corgzzzz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    13 days, 17 hours ago

                    Spurs defence is very funny.......Lord Lund will cause havoc

                  8. GreennRed
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    13 days, 17 hours ago

                    Newcastle held them there and Sheffield United have more scoring threat than them.

                  9. HurriKane
                    • 7 Years
                    13 days, 17 hours ago

                    Both he's the top scoring fpl defender atm

                    Never doubt lord lundy

                  10. DA Minnion
                    • 7 Years
                    13 days, 17 hours ago

                    Why not both. Spurs are no great shakes.

                  11. sminkypinky
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    13 days, 17 hours ago

                    I benched but what do I know. 300k OR 😆

                  12. Releasebreaks
                    • 1 Year
                    13 days, 17 hours ago

                    As a Lund owner, i expect always 1 goal and 1 assist at least. Thanks for understand, regards.

                  13. FOO FIGHTER
                      13 days, 17 hours ago

                      Highest scoring 'defender' in the game.

                      Unless you want to start Maguire?

                    • Phlajo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      13 days, 17 hours ago

                      Both equally likely to happen

                    • I Member
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      13 days, 17 hours ago

                      I don't get it either. Neither look likely.

                    • Arse Biscuit
                      • 10 Years
                      13 days, 17 hours ago

                      He's a midfielder

                    • JJO
                      • 7 Years
                      13 days, 17 hours ago

                      cause most people here are lucky idiots
                      and -If you can't beat them, join them-

                      1. Al Moon Yeah
                        • 5 Years
                        13 days, 16 hours ago

                        Well, I've benched him for Aurier who's my VC so.... lol, but I've had played him for all his hauls. Let's see if I got it horribly wrong.

                  14. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 2 Years
                    13 days, 17 hours ago

                    PANTIES DOWN

                    1. dark91
                      • 3 Years
                      13 days, 17 hours ago

                      Too late. Hope it is not the case in real life 😛

                      1. Amey
                        • 1 Year
                        13 days, 17 hours ago

                        If it was, he wouldn't be posting here 😉

                        1. dark91
                          • 3 Years
                          13 days, 17 hours ago

                          Fair enough 😀

                      2. KAPTAIN KANE
                        • 2 Years
                        13 days, 17 hours ago

                        Never too late for that 🙂

                    2. Zim0
                      • 1 Year
                      13 days, 17 hours ago

                      Okayyyy

                    3. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      13 days, 17 hours ago

                      Giggity

                    4. FOO FIGHTER
                        13 days, 17 hours ago

                        Sloppy seconds.

                    5. twoplustwo
                      • 5 Years
                      13 days, 17 hours ago

                      TC Vardy, got a crate of WKD in for it

                    6. Dele
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      13 days, 17 hours ago

                      Pens down

                    7. Peter Ouch
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      13 days, 17 hours ago

                      Mane C

                      Sunday is even more exciting now!!!

                      1. KAPTAIN KANE
                        • 2 Years
                        13 days, 17 hours ago

                        Salah and Mane for Sunday 🙂

                        1. Peter Ouch
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          13 days, 17 hours ago

                          I hope it pays off!

                        2. Dele
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          13 days, 17 hours ago

                          I’ve gone down this road too

                    8. Daniel - The Veteran
                      • 10 Years
                      13 days, 17 hours ago

                      Deadline passed. Not updated yet ofcourse

                      1. GreennRed
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        13 days, 17 hours ago

                        That's right.

                    9. Hazz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      13 days, 17 hours ago

                      Judging from Twitter, both Norwich & Watford fans unhappy with the lineups 🙂

                      1. GreennRed
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        13 days, 17 hours ago

                        John Barnes failed a fitness test.

                    10. DeadStar
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      13 days, 17 hours ago

                      Good luck everyone. Time to get drunk.

                      1. Amey
                        • 1 Year
                        13 days, 17 hours ago

                        Wish i could 😮
                        Enjoy

                    11. Dele
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      13 days, 17 hours ago

                      Salah and Mane double for me... they are going to absolutely batter the hologram and John Stones.

                    12. TheDragon
                      • 1 Year
                      13 days, 17 hours ago

                      If this finishes 9-0 with Pukki getting all 9 then my decision to keep him for the last 7 weeks will be vindicated 🙂

                    13. DAZZ
                      • 5 Years
                      13 days, 17 hours ago

                      Lol at me starting Cantwell

                      1. Little Red Lacazette
                        • 3 Years
                        13 days, 17 hours ago

                        3 min cameo appearance.

                    14. PikeyMikey
                        13 days, 17 hours ago

                        AFTER this GW..

                        Sterling > Mane
                        KDB > Mane

                        And why?

                        1. GreennRed
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          13 days, 17 hours ago

                          Sterling. KDB is consistently class.

                          1. Phlajo
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            13 days, 17 hours ago

                            This

                        2. ZICO SENNA
                          • 8 Years
                          13 days, 17 hours ago

                          Because they are upgrades?

                          1. PikeyMikey
                              13 days, 17 hours ago

                              Why KDB or Sterling and vice versa, smart ass ****

                              1. ZICO SENNA
                                • 8 Years
                                13 days, 16 hours ago

                                you wot you plank?

                              2. ZICO SENNA
                                • 8 Years
                                13 days, 16 hours ago

                                Too dumb to see the answer in itself i see, brains on you lol

                          2. Tinkermania
                              13 days, 17 hours ago

                              For the season, Sterling, short term any of them would do. I am expecting Raz to have more points that KDB over the whole season. He will score a lot of goals, even though he isn't doing it now and less prone to injury.

                              1. ZICO SENNA
                                • 8 Years
                                13 days, 16 hours ago

                                and yet he isn't doing and likely won't

                                1. Tinkermania
                                    13 days, 16 hours ago

                                    Bookmarked! I am keeping Sterling for the season unless he gets injured.

                            • GreennRed
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              13 days, 17 hours ago

                              Does Lawrenson do many phone-in to radio football previews in UK? Must be minted.

                            • andres
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              13 days, 17 hours ago

                              Vardy party!

                              1. ZICO SENNA
                                • 8 Years
                                13 days, 17 hours ago

                                hat trick hero

                            • GARY AND JAMIE
                              • 6 Years
                              13 days, 17 hours ago

                              Ive brought in 3 Leics non defenders this week so apologies in advance for a bagel

                            • The Pope
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              13 days, 17 hours ago

                              Wish I had deulofeu for this game!!

                            • Bojaninho
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              13 days, 17 hours ago

                              Janmaat party anyone?

                              1. FPL Virgin
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                13 days, 17 hours ago

                                *** High Five ***

                            • ZoumasBloomers
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • Has Moderation Rights
                              • 2 Years
                              13 days, 17 hours ago

                              Still haven’t owned a Southampton, Watford, Palace or Tottenham player this year. Who’s yours?

                              1. Zladan
                                • 2 Years
                                13 days, 17 hours ago

                                Watford, Arsenal, Brighton, Palace, Newcastle.

                                Might get a Palace player soon.

                              2. fr3d
                                • 2 Years
                                13 days, 17 hours ago

                                Arsenal, Spurs, Southampton, Newcastle, Watford, West Ham, Brighton

                              3. bobby_bookah
                                • 9 Years
                                13 days, 16 hours ago

                                Watford, Newcastle, Arsenal, Wolves, Southampton