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Salah returns to Scout Picks for FPL Gameweek 19

Mohamed Salah (£12.2m) makes an immediate return to the Scout Picks team for Gameweek 19.

After a week off, the Liverpool man comes back to the team ahead of a trip to Leicester.

We have also selected a Sheffield United double-up and chosen two players who will feature at Villa Park on Boxing Day.

With such a tight turnaround between Gameweeks, there was no Scout Squad article this week.

Instead, the Scout Picks XI was chosen by the Fantasy Football Scout editorial team.

We line up in the classic 3-4-3 formation, coming in at £82.0m, £1.0m inside our budget £83.0m.

Goalkeeper

Dean Henderson (£4.8m) is the first of our Sheffield United defensive double-up. Over the last four matches, no side in the Premier League has allowed fewer big chances than the Blades while Watford are still in the division’s bottom three for shots in the box, big chances and shots on target in away matches this season.

Defenders

Djibril Sidibé (£5.3m) is our representative from the Everton defence as they host Burnley. The Clarets come into Gameweek 19 bottom of the league for shots on target in away matches this season. Furthermore, over his last four outings, Sidibé has played the same number of key passes as colleague Lucas Digne but two of these have led to big chances while none have come from the left-back. His propensity to fashion higher quality chances may be why Sidibé has three assists since Gameweek 11 while Digne has just one.

John Lundstram (£5.2m) completes our Sheffield United double-up ahead of Gameweek 19. We’ve already covered the clean sheet potential for the Blades but, as we know by now, there are always opportunities for returns at the other end of the pitch with Lundstram. He has produced an attacking return in three of his last four at Bramall Lane.

Martin Kelly (£4.4m) is our chosen representative from the Crystal Palace defence on Boxing Day, who also offers greater spending elsewhere. They have kept three clean sheets in their last five and face a West Ham side that has blanked in three of their last five road-trips.

Midfielders

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Salah looks ready to burst back onto the Fantasy scene in a big way in Gameweek 19. Over his last four matches, the Egyptian is top of the league for shots in the box, joint-second for big chances and second for shots on target. That impressive form has yielded back-to-back double-figure hauls and we could see something similar on Boxing Day. Leicester’s defence has done well this year but we saw in Gameweek 18 that they are capable of conceding a few times when playing elite-level competition – a category that Salah certainly falls into.

Kevin de Bruyne (£10.4m) has been in exceptional form over the last two matches, producing four attacking returns in that time. Even dropped back into a slightly deeper role on paper when Manchester City hosted Leicester, the Belgian often pushed up behind the front-three acting as a number 10. Having recorded the third-most shots on target in the league over his last four, as well as the second-highest number of key passes, de Bruyne is showing the sort of form that suggests he can still deliver against a mean Wolves defence.

Dele Alli (£8.8m) has become the go-to Spurs attacking asset after Son Heung-min’s ill-judged actions against Chelsea. While he blanked on Sunday afternoon, a home meeting with Brighton is the perfect opportunity for Alli to get back in the goals. The Seagulls come to north London having conceded at least twice in four of their last six away matches. Meanwhile, Alli is still averaging 6.8 points per game under Jose Mourinho.

Jack Grealish (£6.3m) has been a solitary bright spark for Aston Villa in recent weeks, adding his third goal in five Gameweeks in the 3-1 defeat to Southampton. Also in the mix for penalty kicks, Grealish faces a Norwich defence with one clean sheet in nine. Furthermore, in that time, they have conceded at least twice in all but two matches.

Forwards

Adding his 17th goal of the season against Manchester City, it’s getting harder and harder to leave Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) out of the Scout Picks. After rewarding us with nine points in Gameweek 18, the Leicester man receives our backing once again as Liverpool come to the King Power Stadium. Over his last four, Vardy is inside the top four for shots in the box, big chances and shots on target, suggesting once again that his form is sustainable. Meanwhile, Liverpool’s defensive potential may take a slight knock from the travelling required to participate in Qatar’s Club World Cup competition and they are still yet to keep a clean sheet against any other side in this season’s top four anyway.

Tammy Abraham (£7.9m) may have blanked in four of his last five starts but a home match against Southampton looks like a good chance for him to get back in the goals. The Saints come to Stamford Bridge without a clean sheet since Gameweek 5 and Abraham himself has registered 13 shots in the box over his last four, second only to Salah.

The Christmas party you attend this year could very well be hosted by Teemu Pukki (£6.6m) as he continues to show some resurgence. Over his last four, the Norwich striker is in the Premier League’s top five for shots in the box, big chances and shots on target, with two goals to show for it as well. On Boxing Day, Pukki faces an Aston Villa defence in disarray that has allowed more shots in the box and big chances than any other top-flight side in the last four Gameweeks.

Substitutes

Vicente Guaita (£5.1m) is an alternative route into the Crystal Palace defence.

Serge Aurier (£5.1m) could be an important outlet for Spurs against Brighton in Gameweek 19.

While Aston Villa’s defence has been hugely lacking in recent weeks, Matt Targett (£4.4m) has shown signs of offensive potential which could be brought to the fore against Norwich’s equally poor back-line.

Todd Cantwell (£4.8m) represents a cheaper route into the Norwich attack which we expect to have plenty of joy against Villa’s out-of-form defence.

The Captain

The Scout Picks has a captain for the 2019/20 campaign.

This skipper is chosen using the conclusions of the latest Captain Sensible article and a four-way vote between David, Neale, Paul and Geoff.

Because the use of Fantasy Football Scout data is used so heavily in this process, the captain we choose each Gameweek will be known only to those who have signed up to Membership for the 2019/20 season.

It will be revealed to the public only when the deadline for the Gameweek has passed.

Here’s how we voted for Gameweek 19: 

Community Champion

Representing the community against the Scout Picks in Gameweek 19 is FPL_SMR.

Their team will be confirmed in due course.

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.

Community Champion Mince n Tatties was defeated in Gameweek 18, the Scout Picks winning by a 49-39 scoreline.

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616 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gooner97
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Expecting Vardy to score more goals vs the big 6 now on

  2. Mr_Barbs
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Gtg? Is the bench good or Maddison/Mousset over Defender?

    Pope
    Taa, Aurier, Lundstram, Kelly
    Mane, KDB, Grealish, Cantwell
    Vardy, Rashford

    Button, Maddison, Mousset, Soyuncu

    1. beric
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Wouod definitely play maddy over kelly

  3. FPL_WILDCARD
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    TAA to Aurier on a free (for next 4-5 games?)

    1. Hits from the Bong
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Better option than Gomez do you think? Same price. I wouldn’t do it unless it allows a nice Son to Salah upgrade or similar

    2. Tcheco
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I'd go for Mendy

      1. Klein
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Hard to see him play games at quick successions with those knees.

      2. Hits from the Bong
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        No Man City defender is worth it, none are nailed and none can defend

    3. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Just keep TAA

  4. Lachkov
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Is Son dropping in price again tonight, or better wait until tomorrow before ditching him?

    1. Stef rocks
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      So far doesn’t look like he is dropping again, but there is plenty of time until deadline

  5. fridge
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Using wildcard next week so best 1 week punt?

    Pope
    TAA. Lundstram. Aurier
    KDB. Alli. Maddison. *Son*
    Vardy. Abraham. Ings
    Button. Donker. Montoya. Soy

    Son to: up to 11.9
    A) Sterling
    B) Grealish
    C) Martial
    D) Richarlison

    1. Stimps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      C

  6. beric
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Am I right in thinking everyone who suggests pogba is a united fan?

    1. Stef rocks
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      It is highly likely! Thus said I am united fan and I wouldn’t suggest you Pogba 🙂

    2. El Fenomeno R9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Nah,only he can break defenses in that team.

      1. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        but will he gain the points or will it be rashford and martial?

      2. FPL Pillars
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        When he can be bothered

    3. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Ah I Remember ronka capping him last game of the season, oh dear!

    4. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Or folk who are having a completely gash season and are looking for a potentially heavy scoring, low ownership Christmas miracle to shoot them back up the ranks.

  7. fc_skrald
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    1. When will the Son ban be confirmed?
    2. Ready to go?

    Guaita
    TAA, Aurier, Lundstram
    Salah, KDB, Grealish, Maddison, Pogba
    Vardy, Ings

    Martin, Greenwood, Kelly, Williams

    1. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Son's appeal has already been denied

    2. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      What made u take a punt on pogba btw?

      1. fc_skrald
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Thanks. Had Son - and think Alli was instead is too bahh, so just for the fun

    3. azambadboy
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      change Ings to Kelly..Palace will clean sheet tonight..

  8. Death Star
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Considering bringing in Aguero after Boxing Day as something different but who goes:

    A) Jimmy
    B) Tammy

    Have Vardy as the other striker.

    Cheers

  9. Jordan.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    son/dendonker
    to
    richarlison/grealish
    -4 done vardy benched

    gazzaniga
    trent / lundy / robbo
    mount / zaha / mane / grealish / richarlison
    ings / (k)ane

    martin / vardy / soy / rico

    merry xmas to all

    1. HUATSHOOTER
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Lol u jus buy 2 players that are one yellow card away to banned

  10. Tcheco
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Play Maddison or Cantwell?

  11. nerd_is_the_werd
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Am i going to regret selling Maddison? Will lose 0.3mil to 0.4mil of value.

      1. Chelsea Dagger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        yes

    • FPL_SMR
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 24 days ago

      No pressure

    • Nelly's Reds
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 24 days ago

      GW 19 team is: Guaita, Kelly, Lord Lundstram, Pulisic, Grealish, Mane, KDB, Jimenez, Vardy, Mousset. The plan is to hold a transfer to give the likes of Pulisic and Mousset a final shot as both have decent home fixtures. Bench: McGovern, Tomori, Fernandez, Son. Then in GW20 either do a double free transfer in or take a -4 and do a mini wildcard with three transfers.

      I’m toying with the idea of the below:

      Out > In
      A) Mousset, Son > Maddison, Ings
      B) Mousset, Son > Moura, Ings
      C) Mousset, Son, Pulisic > Maddison, Moura, Ings (-4)
      D) Mousset, Son, Pulisic > Salah, Maupay, Dendoncker (-4)
      E) Son, Pulisic > Cantwell, Salah

      Thoughts please?

      TIA

    • Drogba Legend
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      1 FT

      Pope
      TAA - Aurier - Lundy
      KDB - Pulisic - Grealish - Son**
      Kane (c) - Vardy - Rash

      Button - Cantwell - Soy - Rico

      A) Pulisic out?
      B) Son > Alli/Moura/city midfielder
      C) Save

    • Kay317
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Henderson
      TAA, Kelly, Lund
      Salah, KDB (vc), Maddison, Richarlison
      Tammy (c), Vardy, Ings
      (Button, Traore, Pereira, Rico)

      GTG? Bench order ok?
      Captain choice is driving me mad as usual. You think I have a better option?

    • NATSTER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Jimenez (MCI) or Cantwell (avl) for the last starting spot?

      Now starting Jimenez, but feeling more goals in a game at villa.

    • Gideons Rolling Another One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Jesus and Son to Salah and Abraham -4?

      Leaving me with

      Pope
      TAA, Lunds, Aurier
      Grealish, Salah, Alli, KDB
      Rashford, Vardy, Abraham.

      Can’t see any other way, other than Rashford to Jiminez or Ings?

      First route or the second? Any thoughts much appreciated!!

    • HUATSHOOTER
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      StArt cantwell or zaha?

      Or start cantwell bench vardy?

      1. azambadboy
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Zaha

    • smix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Gazza
      Digne Aurier Lundstram
      Mane KDB Alli Grealish(c)
      Vardy Rashford Abraham (vc)
      Roberto Kelly Soyuncu Dendo

      GTG? On a -4 already !

    • migas2k7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Maddison or ings for this gw?

      1. azambadboy
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Ings

    • azambadboy
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      can give opinion about my line up?

      Henderson
      Lund Baldock Aurier VVD TAA
      Grealish Mane(VC) Martial
      Kane(C) Rashford
      Sub: Pope Cantwell Traore Ings

      should i change Martial to Pulisic/Willian?

    • The Hairy One
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Play (A) Maddison or (B) Zaha
      Captain (1) Vardy (2) Grealish (3) KDB or (4) Dele

    • Stimps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      G2G? Bench OK?

      Guaita
      Aurier TAA Lundstram
      Mane KDB Alli (c) Grealish
      Vardy Ings Rashford

      4.0 Cantwell Soyuncu Montoya

    • AmroY
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Henderson
        Kelly Lundy TAA
        Grealish Alli (C) Salah KDB Cantwell
        Vardy Abraham
        Button Calvert-Lewin Soyboy Rico

        G2G? should I bench Cantwell for Calvert-Lewin?