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Scout Squad

The Scout Squad picks for FPL Gameweek 13

The first of nine Gameweek deadlines in the space of 40 days is fast approaching and the Scout Squad panel have returned from their international hiatus to submit their Fantasy Premier League player longlists for the coming weekend.

In this recurring feature, our four regulars – editorial staff Paul, David and Neale plus community manager Geoff – each proposes an 18-man squad of Fantasy assets for the coming Gameweek and explain their notable inclusions/omissions.

The 72 nominations listed below will then be narrowed down to a squad of 15 (with the starting XI not exceeding a total cost of £83m) for the weekly Scout Picks selection ahead of the Gameweek 13 deadline at 11:30 GMT on Saturday.

There are requirements for at least one sub-£5.0m goalkeeper, at least one defender under £5.0m, at least one midfielder priced £6.0m or below and at least one forward priced at £7.0m or lower.

Each panelist is restricted to no more than three players from the same team, as is the case in FPL.

We will again be adding a captaincy to the Scout Picks, with details of that revealed on Friday.


 DavidNealePaulGeoff
GKNick PopeJordan Pickford Paulo GazzanigaJordan Pickford
 Bernd LenoBen FosterJordan PickfordDavid de Gea
 Mathew RyanNick PopeBen Foster Ben Foster
DFTrent Alexander-Arnold Trent Alexander-Arnold Trent Alexander-ArnoldTrent Alexander-Arnold
 Andrew RobertsonLucas Digne Lucas Digne Lucas Digne
 Lucas DigneToby AlderweireldDaryl JanmaatDavid Luiz
 Mason HolgateMatt DohertyFrederic GuilbertMatt Targett
 Calum ChambersMatt TargettJohn LundstramJohn Lundstram
MFSadio ManeSadio Mane Sadio ManeSadio Mane
 Raheem SterlingRaheem Sterling Raheem Sterling Raheem Sterling
 Anthony MartialRicharlison Richarlison Anthony Martial
 Theo WalcottAnthony Martial Anthony Martial Richarlison
 John McGinnMoussa DjenepoHarvey BarnesJohn McGinn
FWMarcus RashfordHarry KaneSergio AgueroMarcus Rashford
 Jamie Vardy Jamie Vardy Harry KaneJamie Vardy
 Alexandre LacazetteAlexandre LacazetteRaul Jimenez Harry Kane
 Chris Wood Tammy AbrahamJamie Vardy Gerard Deulofeu
 Diogo Jota WesleyWesleyWesley

Most popular picks: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Lucas Digne, Sadio Mane, Raheem Sterling, Anthony Martial, Jamie Vardy (four), Jordan Pickford, Ben Foster, Richarlison, Harry Kane, Wesley (three).

DAVID SAID…

I’ve gone for a double-up on the defences of both Liverpool and Everton for Gameweek 13.

I’ll start with Everton as they host a Norwich side that has failed to score in all of their away matches since a trip to Anfield all the way back in Gameweek 1.

Lucas Digne naturally carries more goal threat but the cheaper Mason Holgate also presents an interesting alternative. He has started each of the last three matches at Michael Keane’s expense and has assisted in two of those.

For one week only, I think owning two players from the Reds’ backline is a smart decision given Crystal Palace have scored just four times at home all season.

Meanwhile, over the last four Gameweeks, the Eagles have conceded more headed shots on goal than any other team – excellent news for Liverpool’s sensation crossing full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson.

That also bodes well for Sadio Mané who, over the same period is top for headed attempts on goal among FPL midfielders.

I fancy Raheem Sterling to punish his sellers in Gameweek 13 as Manchester City host a Chelsea side still without a clean sheet on the road this season.

While he has just one attacking return in his last four league starts at the Etihad Stadium, Gabriel Jesus is the only one of his colleagues to boast superior minutes per expected goal involvement (mins per xGI) over the last four Gameweeks.

I think Gameweek 13 could be when we finally see Sheffield United struggle to contain a top-six side as they welcome Manchester United to Bramall Lane.

They will do so without Dean Henderson, who is ineligible against parent club and potentially John Egan, who picked up an injury for the Republic of Ireland over the international break.

Given that Chris Wilder has preferred not to change his defensive line-up at all this season, being enforced to replace two members of the squad could have a detrimental effect.

Let’s not also forget that since Anthony Martial returned to the Manchester United team, he and Marcus Rashford have been recording some impressive numbers and I expect them both to benefit from some potential problems in the Blades’ defence.

Even though there’s some clamour for a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang captaincy in Gameweek 13, I’d rather have his colleague Alexandre Lacazette in my squad.

Over the last four Gameweeks, the Frenchman has registered more than double the number of touches in the box, more shots, more of them in the penalty area, more shots on target and more key passes – that’s despite playing just 261 minutes compared to Aubameyang’s 360.

Furthermore, over the period in question, Southampton are third-bottom for headed attempts conceded while only Jesus has managed more of these than Lacazette among forwards.

Meanwhile, Chris Wood looks the most likely to break down Watford’s recently improved defence at Vicarage Road. Over his last five Premier League starts he has five goals to his name.

Finally, I still believe that Diogo Jota can offer a cheaper alternative to Raúl Jiménez, despite the Mexican’s impressive form. Over the last four Gameweeks, the Portuguese international has a superior minutes per xGI compared to his more expensive colleague and he went close to scoring in Gameweek 12.

NEALE SAID…

A Gameweek with no stand-out captaincy choice doesn’t necessarily mean that the usual suspects have to be overlooked in the Scout Picks.

Manchester City v Chelsea may be off-putting on paper, for example, but Pep Guardiola’s defence hasn’t convinced ever since Aymeric Laporte was stretchered off in Gameweek 4 and the Blues have themselves shipped 12 goals on the road despite not facing any of the top six on their travels.

Jamie Vardy, Anthony Martial, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane also make the cut despite their respective clubs having far from straightforward away fixtures.

I’m banking on defensive injuries and ineligibility aiding the first two, while Palace’s reputation for being a tough nut to crack hasn’t stopped them from being ranked bottom for headed chances allowed and chances conceded from their left flank during an admittedly tough last four Gameweeks: weaknesses that Mane and Alexander-Arnold can potentially exploit.

Norwich’s travel sickness (one goal scored and 12 conceded in six away games) is reason enough to triple up on Everton, who quietly have conceded the joint-lowest number of big chances over the last six Gameweeks.

Lucas Digne is actually creating opportunities on a more frequent basis than he was last season, while Richarlison is third among FPL midfielders for shots in the box in 2019/20.

A Villa double-up is rooted in their own decent home form and Newcastle’s vulnerabilities: the Magpies are bottom for headed chances conceded and chances allowed from their right flank over the last six Gameweeks, which may be to the benefit of Wesley and Matt Targett.

While many of my weekly selections are more “logical”, statistically-sound picks, sometimes FPL is all about the gut choices.

There is little to further Moussa Djenepo‘s case for inclusion aside from a couple of early-season displays that caught the eye and he plays for a relegation-threatened side who are woefully out for form.

However, he was one of the few bright spots in the defeat to Everton last weekend and he ought to experience a bit of joy down the left flank against an Arsenal side who concede chances for fun, even on their own soil.

PAUL SAID…

I’m willing to overlook Chelsea’s form players away to Man City, although the hosts’ key attackers could still deliver big points against a defence that is particularly suspect on the road.

The arrival of Jose Mourinho at Spurs could also influence our thoughts – I’ve found a place for Paulo Gazzaniga and Harry Kane away to West Ham in my selection.

Among my differentials, Daryl Janmaat has been a big success in Watford’s recent matches.

Owned by just 2.1%, the wing-back has produced 34 of his 36 points in the last five Gameweeks.

Janmaat’s five key passes over Gameweek 8-12 sit joint-top with Gerard Deulofeu for the Hornets, while his five successful crosses were more than double any team-mate.

Watford served up three clean sheets over that period and could add another one against Burnley at Vicarage Road.

Away from home, the Clarets’ total of 16 shots on target is better than just two other sides.

Harvey Barnes offers a cut-price route into Leicester’s attack away to Brighton.

Costing £5.9m and sitting in just 1.2% of squads, the winger has supplied four of his five assists for the season in the last four Gameweeks.

Barnes’ six shots inside the box during that period sat second only to the 10 of Jamie Vardy for the Foxes.

And his four shots on target bettered both James Maddison and Youri Tielemans, who managed three apiece.

Aston Villa’s Wesley entertains a Newcastle side who have lacked resilience on the road.

The Magpies have conceded 14 away goals, more than any other side.

Crucially, they have also allowed their opponents a league-leading 42 headed attempts – a weakness that can be exploited by the Villa target man.

Owned by 2.5%, Wesley has already shown his potential against teams that struggle to defend crosses.

He produced two goals and an assist against Norwich in Gameweek 8, serving up his season-high haul of 14 points.

The Canaries have conceded 39 headers, a total better only than Newcastle.

GEOFF SAID…

I’ve tripled up on Everton assets, who host a Norwich side with only one away goal all season and none in their last five games on the road. Jordan Pickford gets a goalkeeper slot and the attacking threat from Lucas Digne makes him a strong defensive pick. My third Everton player is Richarlison, who has attacking returns in three of the last four Gameweeks.

While the Arsenal defence doesn’t fill me with confidence, their home fixture against Southampton could hand them their third clean sheet of the season. David Luiz has strong home form, with two goals and a clean sheet in his last three home games for a total of 23 points.

Turning to Sheffield United, John Lundstram was unlucky to come out of the Tottenham game with only two points, and with three goals and as many clean sheets in six home games should be a strong pick, even if he doesn’t keep a clean sheet.

In midfield I’m counting on Sadio Mane, Raheem Sterling and Anthony Martial to return big. Sterling is arguably the biggest worry of the three, but despite being the most-sold midfielder ahead of Gameweek 13, I see him profiting against a Chelsea defence who are without an away clean sheet this season and who have shipped 12 goals in their six away fixtures.

Up front, I’ve opted for Harry Kane to get back on track after one attacking return in five Gameweeks, with the expectation that his new manager will tell him to stay forward and not come deep to collect the ball.

Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy have every chance to continue their strong form, as does Gerard Deulofeu and Watford, who now have a win and three draws in the last five Gaameweeks. Deulofeu has 19 points over the last two Gameweeks.

THE COMMUNITY CHAMPION

In Gameweek 12, the Scout Picks beat Kadhai Paneer FC 96-80.

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.

Irfansheikh and AK’s 17-point winning margins from Gameweek 6 and 10 remain the current targets to beat.

Our Scout Picks article on Friday will have further details on who is representing the community this week.

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423 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Lignja
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    1 week only replacement for Cho up to 6.1m

    A. Barnes
    B. Perez
    C. McGinn
    D. McNeil

    1. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      McGinn

    2. TONY123
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      C

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      c

    4. Starky22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 22 days ago

      d

    5. Vasqujg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 21 days ago

      C

  2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Zlatan as Kanes backup. Insane?

    1. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Always good to have Zlatan

  3. st4rty
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Best GK going forward? It's finally time to shift Heaton. Thinking Kasper, have Madders/Vardy, no Soy.

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Gazza, Ryan, Henderson

  4. Goonerly
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Is this squad G2G? Captain choice as well?

    Pope
    VVD - Soy - Lundstram
    Mané - Tielemans - KDB - Sterling - Mount
    Tammy - Vardy (C)

    Button - Fredericks - Tomori - Greenwood

    1 FT. - 0.1 ITB

    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Looks good to me. Expect Vardy will be the popular captain by a fair push.

    2. GuenDoozy
      7 months, 22 days ago

      I think Sterling (c) is great this week. Playing at home and only 10% on the poll.

  5. Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    We're aware the website is having a strop and decided not to work, sorry about this!

    1. GuenDoozy
      7 months, 22 days ago

      All good now

    2. Dellman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Working in Chrome but not in Safari..

      1. Annie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 22 days ago

        try again

        1. Dellman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 22 days ago

          1. Dellman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 22 days ago

            Great all good

  6. MoManeTaa
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Wud u do Robbo to TAA this week ?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Yup if Robbo is ruled out.

      1. MoManeTaa
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 22 days ago

        Do u expect to get a definite news from klopp?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 22 days ago

          He has been pretty unreliable in the past... held on to TAA for 3-4 blank GWs cause Klopp kept indicating he was almost back

          1. MoManeTaa
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 22 days ago

            Yeah I agree

            I don't expect we get anything conslusive from klopp this time either

  7. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Who you eyeing up for over the Xmas period? Players who always seem
    to come alive for me are Kane, Son and Firmino.

    1. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Kane and Son certainly worth keeping an eye on. Son went crazy around this time last year.

    2. FortunesAlwaysHiding
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Zaha...needs to step up either way.

    3. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      yep. those 3 on my Xmas wish list.

    4. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Front 3 VAR, Salah/mane double up along with KDB - who should I lose to get either Kane or son ?

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 22 days ago

        Mane Son KdB Mount
        Vardy Tammy Jimenez

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 22 days ago

          That's my front 7 this GW. Thinking of upgrading Mount to Pulisic soon

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 22 days ago

            nice.

            I might opt for Mgcinn this week rather and then give Jimenez 1 more week.

        2. MoManeTaa
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 22 days ago

          So no liverpool triple up then?

          Having son for salah wud save 2.5 and I got nowhere else to spend those funds with front 3 of Lund Soy and TAA

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 22 days ago

            I might get Bobby F. Still not sure. Salah seems to be injured.

            1. MoManeTaa
              • 2 Years
              7 months, 22 days ago

              Mane son kdb mount
              Firmino Vardy Tammy

              This wud be gud ?

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 22 days ago

        VAR? Vardy, Abraham and Raul/Rashford?

        1. MoManeTaa
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 22 days ago

          Raul 🙂

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 22 days ago

            gracias

      3. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 22 days ago

        Kev, Salah, Rash, Tammy could all drop off

        1. MoManeTaa
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 22 days ago

          So Salah Jimenez to Kane Pulisic wud be gud ?

    5. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Andy ‘Christmas’ Carroll?

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 22 days ago

        Please tell me your original post was not just to set up that punchline 😉 😛

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 22 days ago

          😆 regret not including it in the main post!

  8. fish&chips
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Bench one:

    A) Lord Lundstram
    B) Chief Chilwell

    1. Roberachi
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Tricky choice there i would go with
      -B for me.

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      B

  9. Roberachi
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Guys which is the best golie to have in?

    A- Ryan
    B-Patricio

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      A

  10. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    How do we think Mourinho's arrival will impact Son? Am pretty confident he will be a popular player under Mourinho with his workrate but not sure this will necessarily translate into Fantasy points for Son if he is constantly tracking back.

    1. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Yeah u think so too - under poch he was almost playing as d lone striker

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Think the one to be on may be Erik

      1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 22 days ago

        I don't to be honest. He has great workrate but that's useless when he won't tackle at all. Lo Celso and Alli are much more Mourinho's type of player, more willing to get stuck in.

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 22 days ago

          Perhaps

          But I'm guessing part of his brief is to rehabilitate and he'll need someone to fire the bullets.

      2. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 22 days ago

        Oh, Lamela. I apologise and agree.

  11. HAMMERTIME107
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Help appreciated on this free hit please?

    Schmeichel
    Digne | TAA | Holgate
    Mane | Mcginn | De-Bruyne | Richarlison | Torreira
    Vardy | Aubameyang

    1. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      You need Everton and 2 free transfers next week to move them on. Good side actually.

    2. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Why free hit?
      Why Torreira?

  12. Pia06rc
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Thoughts on Richarlison captain??

    1. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      I should know troll of note. 1 week and then those fixtures! But he can go against the grain!

  13. FALSE PROFIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Martial to stay fit?
    He has the easiest set of fixtures you are likely to see up to GW22 only Spurs home and Citeh away are problems.
    Buy him now! (or after SHE this week)
    5 captain picks at 7.6 ain't bad!

  14. Lestat
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Best choice?? I already have Sterling.

    A - KDB, Mane, Mousset

    B - Mane, Maddisson, Jimenez

    C - Mane, Martial, Jimenez

    C - KDB, McGinn, Aubameyang

    1. Starky22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 22 days ago

      B

  15. Lignja
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Swap Aguero to Kane? Or keep one more week?

    1. Lestat
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      sell

  16. MC-HAMMERS-TROUSERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Mount to Ali ?
    Had told my self to roll over the FT this week.

    1. Lestat
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      roll over

  17. PortsmouthPirates
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Thoughts on Willian as the Chelsea midfielder to get in? Great returns lately and has been playing 90 mins most games yet no mention of him. Takes corners and some free kicks as well.

    1. Kay317
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 21 days ago

      I'm liking him. He's playing with confidence and very attacking so I think he'll return pretty steadily. He may be my CHO replacement

    2. Polka Wakey O'Dot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Look at his shots on goal and chances created for the last six...you might like him even more.

  18. RedWolf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Which one do I play this weekend?
    Abraham (vs city)
    McGinn (vs Newcastle)?

    Other attacking slots are taken by Mane, Pulisic, Maddison, KDB, Vardy, Jimmy

  19. HAMMERTIME107
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 21 days ago

    How's this for a free hit?
    Help appreciated!

    Schmeichel
    Holgate | Lovren | Chambers
    Mane | Mcginn | Sterling | Richarlison
    Aubameyang | Deulofeu | Vardy

  20. fplLAD
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 months, 21 days ago

    palace conceded the most headed chances and chances down their left flank in the last four gameweeks. TAA created the most chances in the last four... cheeky differential option?

  21. sthelenslad92
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    G2G?

    Pope
    TAA - Pereira - Lundstram
    Mane - KDB - Maddison - Traore
    Vardy - Abraham - Jimenez
    (Button, Mount, Rico, Tomori)

  22. UgoSmart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 19 days ago

    The Scout missed the mark again!