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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Gameweek 19

Welcome to the Christmas edition of the Fantasy Football Scout Gameweek Guide.

If festive distractions are keeping you from your beloved FPL, I’m delighted to point you in the direction of Simon March’s Guide to the Christmas Period. Simon is a Pro Pundit and former FPL winner and, in his article, he gives away the secret of his success. It’s a gift to us all. 

The pressing question this week for many FPL managers has been what to do with Son?

Replacements were debated on site with many looking at an upgrade to Salah. As Joe revealed on the Scoutcast that is exactly his plan, and David provided some comforting statistics to back up his decision.

Over the last four matches Salah is top for Shots in the Box (16), Shots on Target (9), and has an expected goals of 2.4 – again the best for any player.

Other options were discussed with Antonio, Martial, Willian, Grealish, and Alli all mentioned. Indeed, Meet the Manager guest Phil Ampleford (aka Philman) advised in the chat to keep it simple and get Alli. Although other FFS managers were less convinced

Captain candidates were also debated and following the success of Danny Ings against an injury-hit Aston Villa side, Teemu Pukki was highlighted as a potential armband pick.

In Gameweek 18 Danny Ings made up for his misfortune in Gameweek 17 with a 13-point haul. Az began a festive-themed hot-topic on the in-form forward, “Jingsle Bells” (brilliant or dreadful, make your own mind up) – with the fixtures stiffening for the Saints, should we keep or sell?

Teemu Pukki is the next talismanic forward to face the Villains. Their abysmal backline was highlighted by David in his Captain Sensible article: 

Aston Villa’s defence continues to be the worst by a considerable margin over the last four matches. They are bottom of the league for shots conceded in the box (55) by a total of 15, bottom for big chances conceded (14) by a total of three and also the worst for expected goals conceded (xGC). Their total of 11.17 is 4.97 greater than any other side in the last four Gameweeks.

– David Munday

Not pretty readying for Villa fans.

Conversely very pretty reading for owners of our favourite Finn. To bolster his case, the Norwich City forward was twice denied by Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patrício in their 2-1 defeat last week and boasts two goals in his last four matches. 

Although there was a word of warning from Neale in his Predicted Line-Up notes:

 The absence of Tyrone Mings (hamstring) and John McGinn (ankle fracture), both of whom have made big contributions to defensive efforts this season, may force Dean Smith into a more conservative shape when a slightly resurgent Norwich attack come to Aston Villa on Boxing Day.

– Neale Rigg

Harry Kane tops the Captain Poll, and a timely analysis from shniklas added to research by Pro Pundit Lateriser last month.

Over the past five seasons Kane has played 13 games during this Christmas period. He has scored 19 goals and been awarded 7 assists.

– shniklas

Brighton-fan Joe was fairly pessimistic about his team’s chances at White Hart Lane. 

Gameweek 17 hero Kevin De Bruyne put in another impressive performance, as Colm Hayes (aka CHayes) reported in his take on the key stats from last weekend:

Kevin De Bruyne managed four attempts against the Foxes, 75% of those coming from inside the penalty area. That goal threat complements De Bruyne’s creative genius – only Norwich’s £6.0m midfielder Emi Buendia (9) fashioned more opportunities for his team-mates than the Belgian (7) across the Saturday games.

– Colm Hayes

In his new advanced role he certainly presents an easy captain pick.

There are also reasons for picking Marcus Rashford at home to Newcastle. Aside from the expected return of Paul Pogba to the starting XI, Rashford tops the points predictions on this site’s Rate My Team.

And if you are looking for a reason to hand the armband to Tammy Abraham, G-Whizz provides you with ammunition in the latest DS stats, fixtures and clean sheet odds with Chelsea top of the ratings for Boxing Day. 

Everton appointed their new manager in the shape of Carlo Ancelotti, what will this mean for their fortunes? 

Gregor began a hot-topic on the subject, while the Scoutcast trio of Joe, David, and Andy debated the potential impact. 

The eyebrow-raising Italian favoured a 4-4-2 formation at Napoli which could mean good news for Richarlison according to David, while Joe enthused about Calvert-Lewin, who has notched 12 goal attempts in four matches. There were also positive quotes from Ancelotti about Moise Kean, who he tried to buy while he was at Napoli:

Moise Kean did really well last year. When I was at Napoli we tried to buy him. A really good player with a lot of talent. You have to consider that he’s 19 years old, for every player that change countries and teams, you need sometimes adaptation.

– Carlo Ancelotti

Finally, Greyhead was in reflective mood in the latest installment of The Great and The Good. Using the What If Machine he reported that Neale has been the transfer king so far this season, gaining an impressive 165 points with his wheeler-dealing. 

He also revealed that the famously patient Ville Ronka finally played his Wildcard. The Finn sold Jamie Vardy and tripled up on Man United players. Interestingly, World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen also bought Harry Maguire. If their success is anything to go by, perhaps that’s a move we will all be copying very soon.

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Community Competitions

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For those interested in the Head-to-Head Leagues, the main page can be linked to here. The fixtures for Gameweek 19 can be found below:


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Once the Gameweek starts, if you click on your opponent’s name you will be linked to their team on the FPL website.

Enjoy your Christmas and best of luck for Gameweek 19!

TopMarx - H2H L4 D5 Fan of Fantasy Football and Monty Python. "Archimedes out to Socrates, Socrates back to Archimedes, Archimedes out to Heraclitus, he beats Hegel. Heraclitus a little flick, here he comes on the far post, Socrates is there, Socrates heads it in! Socrates has scored! The Greeks are going mad, the Greeks are going mad! Socrates scores, got a beautiful cross from Archimedes. The Germans are disputing it. Hegel is arguing that the reality is merely an a priori adjunct of non-naturalistic ethics, Kant via the categorical imperative is holding that ontologically it exists only in the imagination, and Marx is claiming it was offside.”

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  1. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Graham Scott in charge for Spurs game. Has shown 3 red cards in 10 games so far this season already.

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

      Alli red card incoming

    2. sunzip14
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Kane 2 penalties for a hattrick incoming...

  2. ooooo
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Captain?
    A) KDB
    B) Alli
    C) Rashford

    1. Fishy
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      B

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        You’ve been saying Rashford all morning?

        1. KDB4PREZ
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Lol

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

        C

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

        B

      4. KDB4PREZ
          2 months, 2 days ago

          C

      5. Niho992
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Kane cappers REUNITE !

        1. jimmyabs1987
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Let’s hope!

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

        Cathcart or Kiko on wildcard? Cheers

        1. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Kiko

        2. KDB4PREZ
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Cathcart as Janmaat is back soon and will be gunning for kiko spot

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

              When is Janmaat back?

        3. GE
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Rashford (C) and Pogba here we go! 🙂

          1. Tony Martial
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Good luck hoping for a convincing win today!

        4. Fishy
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          CAN YOU KEEP YOUR QUESTIONS SIMPLE PLEASE

        5. Mr_Barbs
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Play:
          A) Kelly (442)
          B) Maddison (352)

          Pope
          TAA, Aurier, Lundstram, Kelly
          Mane, KDB(C), Grealish, Cantwell
          Vardy, Rashford

          Button, Maddison, Mousset, Soyuncu

          1. Niho992
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Im playing Maddison ahead of Kelly

          2. Fishy
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            A

          3. Bruno BaNani
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            B)

        6. FDMS All Starz
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Which one scores more this week?

          A) Rashford (c)

          B) Jiménez +4pts... Tammy (c)

          1. Tony Martial
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 2 days ago

            B

          2. Bruno BaNani
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            B)

        7. Sloths
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 2 days ago

          To play. TAA or Targett?

          1. Fishy
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Taa

          2. Railwayman
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            TAA

          3. FPL Pillars
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Trent...

          4. Sloths
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Thank you!

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

            TAA

        8. Kante Touch This
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Start Pulisic or Mount?

          1. Fishy
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Mount

          2. Bruno BaNani
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Both. Mount if you must.

            1. Kante Touch This
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Other options would be Pulisic vs Ings, or Pulisic vs Cantwell

              1. Bruno BaNani
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Rather bench Cantwell or Ings. Probably Cantwell.

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

            Pulisic

        9. Zladan
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Pope
          TAA Kelly Lundstram
          Mane KDB Alli Zaha
          Vardy Rashford Mousset

          McG Chilwell Maddison Rico

          1FT 0.6m itb

          Chilwell/Madders out?

          1. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Save, teams good.

            1. Zladan
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Madders to Moura and bench Mousset maybe?

        10. Alli
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Captain?
          A) KDB
          B) Tammy
          C) Salah

          1. Fishy
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            B

          2. FPL Pillars
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            C

          3. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            C

          4. drughi
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            c

        11. sunzip14
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Wheel decide chose Kane 3 out of 5 times for me including the first choice. Locked in (K)ane ahead of Tammy, Vardy, KDB, Mane & Alli. Good luck to everybody!

        12. Purse83
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Jimi to Kane for -4?

          1. Fishy
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            No

        13. Garlana
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          need to bench 1, Not sure who, mids/fwd below:

          Mane, kdb, grealish, Moura, Alli
          Ings, vardy, Jimi

          1. Fishy
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Jimi?

        14. My Name Is Prince
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Thoughts on Otamendi as a punt for the next few until Stones is fully back? Easy downgrade to a cheaper def when he loses his spot, could get a surprise haul in the next few!

        15. boroie
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Hate not using a transfer when I have 2 FTs but I have no idea what to do with this... Please help...

          2 FTs, 0 ITB

          Gazzaniga
          Aurier Lundstram Zouma
          Alli KDB Martial Mane
          Abraham(C) Rashford(VC) Vardy

          Button; Cantwell Soyuncu Rico

          1. Gringo Kid
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Zouma to Holgate

            1. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Good call. Zouma out to someone.

          2. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Button to McGovern so stop value loss?

        16. Zladan
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Will Moura outscore Madders over the next 3?

          1. Athletic Nasherbo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Would expect so

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

            Yes, if maddison is rested for a game. Moura fresher so won't be rested and has greater fixtures

        17. CC22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Bench one of Ings, Maddison & Cantwell? Currently on Maddison.

          1. jimmyabs1987
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Correct

        18. Athletic Nasherbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Richarlison as captain too risky?

          Abraham, Alli, Vardy, KdB, Mane all in my team

          1. Fishy
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Yes
            Way better options

            1. Athletic Nasherbo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Like who?

              1. Teror
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Abraham, Alli, Vardy, KdB, Mane all better options

        19. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Looks like I’ll be burning a FT this week... 2FT 0 ITB 🙁 also, Captain Vardy?

          Pope
          TAA Lundstram Kelly
          Mane KDB Maddison Alli
          Vardy(c) Rashford Jimenez

          Martin Dendoncker Soyuncu Rico

          Thanks in advance 🙂

          1. Teror
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            I'd get rid of Madz if I was you

          2. Bruno BaNani
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Pope ➡ Henderson/Foster?

            Vardy is a good bet for (C).

        20. Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Captain KDB or Sterling?

          1. Fishy
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Kdb

          2. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Kevin

        21. Mané money
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Who is more likely to bounce back Spurs or United?

          1. Fishy
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Spurs

          2. FPL Pillars
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Neither I hope

          3. Van der Faart
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Spurs did it against Burnley after losing to United. I expect the same.

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

            Spurs, there will be a reaction today. Plus they want revenge on Brighton after a 3-0 trashing by them under Poch.

        22. Sarri, not Sarri
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          On a WC - GTG?

          3.3 ITB

          Ryan
          Mendy, Aurier, Lundstram, Kelly
          Alli (c), Salah, Richarlison, KDB (vc)
          Abraham, Vardy
          (Button, Ayew, Cantwell, Soy)

        23. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Not sure I want my C playing in last game of the week?

          KDB
          Tammy
          Rashford
          Lundstram 🙂

          1. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Rash.

          2. There is always next GW
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            KDB from those choices

          3. Bruno BaNani
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            People are saying Tammy. But I have a good hunch on the Lord to bring home some bacon.

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

            Rashford of those. United have a good Boxing Day record, and Pogba is back.

        24. Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Pope
          TAA Lund Kelly
          Mane KDB Alli Grealish
          Vardy Rashford (C) Ings

          Button Maddison Soy Rico

          2ft’s 0.4 ITB

          I think I am just going to do Gazziniga in for Pope and roll the second FT.

          Really feel Kane is going to kill me though. Should I get him and Traore for Maddison and Rash or wait till next gameweek?

        25. vandebeek
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Start Pulisic or Cantwell?

          1. Kante Touch This
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            I'm on cantwell atm

          2. Bruno BaNani
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Puli

        26. There is always next GW
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Start Ings or Maddison?

          I have a feeling that Ings may be rested for the Palace game

          1. Fishy
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Ings

            1. There is always next GW
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Thanks

          2. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Why the Palace game - that's the vital one to win.

            1. There is always next GW
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              I was not clear. I felt that he would be rested for the Chelsea game with a view to starting the Palace game

        27. DA Minnion
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Captaincy tough this week. Maybe De Bruyne just for fun on Friday night.

        28. machickenz
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Im stuck between picks. Who is the best captain option for my team?

          Henderson
          Aurier Lundstram Kelly
          KDB Salah Maddison Alli
          Ings Rashford Vardy

          SUB: Heaton Mctominay Chillwell Rico