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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

The Complete Guide to FPL Gameweek 18

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.

The current winning margin of 17 points recorded by irfansheikh in Gameweek 7 and AK in Gameweek 10 remains the score to beat.

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616 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Serge Aurier is £5.1m and not £4.8m. I hope the article gets changed

    1. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      He's also terrible

    2. Wassa Mata
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      grass

      1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        is cheap. For the £0.3m difference, you can get 300,000 square ft of grass. mEnough to relay most of Wembley stadium

  2. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    A: Pogba (NEW).....will he start? already have Rashford (c)
    B: Martial (NEW).....already have Rashford (c)
    C: Mahrez (wol)....will he start?
    D: Lucas (BRI)...will he start? already have Alli
    E: Zaha (WHU)
    F: Richarlison (BUR)

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      A: Yes
      B: No
      C: No
      D: Yes
      E: Yes
      F: Yes

  3. ljuta zena
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Set and forget for long term Christmas?

    Gazza
    Kelly, Holgate, Lundstram
    Richarlison, KdB, Grealish, Maddison
    Jimenez, Vardy, Kane (c)

    Ryan, Hayden, Robbertson, Ried

    Trying to set up Mane transfer next week, 3.9 ITB

    1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Set and forget for long term Christmas....but you’re trying to set up Mane transfer next week.

      Make your mind up.

      1. ljuta zena
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Only Mane, in case of suspensions, injuries etc. Just ignore

  4. DALEDOBACK
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Finding it difficult to make a decision this week. Am even considering transferring out rico, button and reid for a -4 and using bench boost. Have 3.4 in the bank so could bring in henderson, digne and tomori. After the gameweek and more info I can then use wildcard to redistribute funds bring salah in etc. If I didnt bother I Would just bring in a defender and bench maddison, soy. (want to start cantwell)

    Any help appreciated, apologies for the long post. Merry Christmas all.

    1. ljuta zena
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Try something else

  5. Liastro ⭐️
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    1FT, 3.9m in the bank - any glaring moves or should I save??

    Henderson Button
    Soyuncu Lundstram Mings Kelly Rico
    Sterling Mane Alli Grealish
    Vardy Jimenez Ings

    1. ljuta zena
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Rico for Everton defender

  6. Pia06rc
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Is Harry Wilson due back soon? Anyone considering him for Bou's great run of fixtures?

    1. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      He doesn't start regularly if I am not wrong

      1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        He only gets points when on my bench. I will be selling him as soon as I can

    2. Mintu
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      He already join his parent club Chelsea after dead league.So no chance of start for BOU.

      1. La Roja
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        His parent club is Liverpool

        1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          😆

  7. Mackans
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Son & Rashford -> Salah & Pukki (-4)?

    1. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      yeah I would

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Like it

  8. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Merry Xmas Eve all, captain here?

    A) Alli (BHA)
    B) KDB (wol)
    C) Richarlison (BUR)
    D) Salah (lei)
    E) Vardy (LIV)
    F) Abraham (SOT)

    1. Cheesyzoot
      2 months, 4 days ago

      F

    2. Make America Greta Again
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Happy holidays, my new rule is pick the best player, namely Kdb.

    3. ragnarlookbrood
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I'm going ri(C)harlison

    4. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Kdb

    5. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      B

  9. DS29
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Son replacement
    Alli or Grealish?

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Alli

  10. lindeg
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Really dumb to jump on grealish now with mcginn injured, he will play way deeper

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Will he?

      I can see Villa play Luiz and Nakamba in midfield and try to stabilise their leaky defence.

      1. Jafoole_88
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Agreed. He'll be playing soooo deep, he'll be found up Heaton's Jap's Eye

      2. lindeg
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Yes, with grealish at mcginns cm position and el ghazi at lw

  11. Player 1
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    On WC G2G?

    Ryan
    Lundstram Soyuncu TAA
    Salah KDB Grealish Mount
    Vardy Rashford Abraham(c)

    Button Cantwell Kelly Rico

    Thinking of
    TAA Mount > Aurier Willian ?

    1. ArseneAllTheWay
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Looks perfect to me

    2. Garfield1001
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Not tempted by Kane?

  12. ArseneAllTheWay
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    0.1m off this team, help!!

    Schmeichel (Button)
    Gomez, Soy, Lund (Kelly, Rico)
    Salah, Kdb, Mane, Grealish (Cantwell)
    Jimi, Vardy, Abraham

    1. ArseneAllTheWay
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      On a wildcard!

      1. Player 1
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Gomez nailed ?

        1. ArseneAllTheWay
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Apparently!

    2. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Schmeichel to Ryan.

    3. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Jimi or Abraham to Ings?

      Or Schmeichel to someone cheaper?

    4. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Dump Schmic

  13. JJeyy
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Rashford to Pukki captain yes or no?

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I feel like Pukking

      1. JJeyy
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Seems good but which striker u ditching

    2. lindeg
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Just about any striker is better than rashford, so why not

      1. Dele
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        This

  14. Nightf0x
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    2 ft before gw20 WC, which? ( 1 gw transfers)

    1) Son to:
    A) ali or moura
    B) richar or sigy
    C) cantwel
    D) puli or mount (have tamy)

    2) buton to:
    A) hendo (have lund)
    B) pickford (if A) alli cant get him)
    C) guaita (have kely)

  15. Daniel Son
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Who captained Rashford against Watford and is willing to do the same again, against Newcastle?

    1. SomeoneKnows
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Guilty

    2. Dele
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I’m getting rid for Kane

  16. Erez Avni
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    bench one:
    a. tomori
    b. kelly
    c. maddison
    d. zaha

    1. lindeg
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Kelly, west ham to score

  17. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    RMWCT GW19

    Henderson £4m
    Lundstram Tomori Soyuncu Kelly Rico
    Salah Maddison KDB Alli Cantwell
    Vardy Kane Pukki

    Opinions appreciated!

    1. lindeg
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Decent, just personally dont fancy salah at all, all recency bias with his two goals at watford, would have mane or sterling above him

    2. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Think I'd have rams dale for the fixtures... Good luck

  18. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Still no idea who to shift Son and Jota to :). Likely to be a Christmas drunk decision at this rate. Fun atleast I guess

  19. MoManeTaa
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Who to start? (Guaita GK)

    A) Kelly
    B) C Taylor

    1. Player 1
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      A

  20. Player 1
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    On WC G2G?

    Ryan
    Lundstram Soyuncu TAA
    Salah KDB Grealish Mount
    Vardy Rashford Abraham(c)

    Button Cantwell Kelly Rico

    Thinking of
    TAA Mount > Aurier Alli ? Spur doubleup worth ?

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Better than Chelsea double up.

  21. JohnRoss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Just logged on to wish one and all a very Happy Christmas. As if I'd log on to ask advice on who to captain... 😉 (I would!)

    1. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      am going with salah but not feeling confident about it...

    2. popcoin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      tough. for me it's between Vardy, Tammy, Rashford and Lundstram. Think I'm going Tammy

  22. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Is she looking fine for boxing?

    Guaita
    Kelly Lundstram TAA
    Grealish Alli KDB Maddison
    Kane(c) Vardy Rashford

    McGovern* Dendoncker Söyüncü Rico*

    Saving FT to bring Mane or Salah next GW

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 4 days ago

      GTG

    2. Beavis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Tasty.

  23. SomeoneKnows
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Bench one...

    A) Cantwell
    B) Maddison
    C) Jimenez

    1. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Mad

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

      b

    3. popcoin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      B

    4. Beavis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      A.

    5. SomeoneKnows
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Now I'm even more confused given the fact that according to the members area Maddison's stats are wayyyy superior :/

    6. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      A

  24. InSaneMan-e
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Sterling-->Salah for free?
    Worth it or wait a week?

    1. popcoin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      wait

      1. InSaneMan-e
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Any reason why?
        Wolves away isn't easy either.
        Salah has form too

        1. Super Saints
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Wolves away easier than Leicester away!

          1. Hot Toddy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Liverpool are better than City.
            Salah is better than Sterling.
            We could play this game all evening.

            1. InSaneMan-e
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Ha
              And I dont have a convincing answer

  25. grooveymatt65
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Hi guys! 

    What would you do to this team with Sons ban? 

    Pope Button

    Basham TAA Rico Lundstrum Kelly

    Alli Son Mane De Bruyne Stephens

    Vardy Ings Rashford

    0.0 itb 1ft

    1. Son to Pogba
    2. Son to Maddison
    3. Son to Cantwell and Rashford to Kane for -4
    4. Son to Richarlison

    thanks guys  

    1. MoManeTaa
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      son to grealish

      1. JohnRoss
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        This move

    2. ljuta zena
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      3 imo

    3. popcoin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      2

    4. ragnarlookbrood
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      i did son 2 richarlison and gonna captain richarlison
      lets hope

  26. popcoin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Bit of feedback on my one dilemma would be much appreciated. Merry Christmas.

    A) Schmeicel, TAA, Cantwell, Rashford

    B) Ryan, Kelly, Maddison, Rashford

    C) Ryan, TAA, Maddison, Pukki

    (Long term)

    1. Beavis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I like A.

    2. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 4 days ago

      C

      Rashford only performs against top teams and Utd don't have many of those upcoming.

  27. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Son >> Rich or play Greenwood?

    1. Beavis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Richy if that's who you want to replace Son.

  28. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Best son replacement?

    A. Grealish. And get Salah next gw.
    B. Salah for a hit
    C. Any others worth considering?

    Kdb son Alli Richarlison dendo
    Vardy Tammy rashford

    1. Beavis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      A.

    2. Dele
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Salah for a hit imo

  29. Dele
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Tell me I’m hitting 100 on Boxing Day?

    Pope
    Aurier, Lundstram, Kelly
    Salah, KDB, Alli, Zaha
    Kane(c), Vardy, Tammy

    Button, Kiko, Chilwell, Dendoncker

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Nope.

  30. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Did Kane score a hattie last year Boxing Day?

    1. IrishRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Not sure but I don't think so

    2. Dele
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      He’s had a pretty good record over Christmas in recent seasons.

      1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Bought him this week and sticking the armband on him!

    3. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Think it might have been 2 years ago

      1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Ah ok, I remember it being one of them as didn’t he score back to back hattie?

        1. IrishRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Yes, shortly after loads of people sold him!