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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Gameweek 20

Don’t move from the sofa! Before the dust has had a chance to settle on Gameweek 19, Gameweek 20 is upon us. And with most teams having less than 48-hours rest between matches, Fantasy Premier League managers prepare themselves for rotation and unfamiliar starting XIs. 

Gameweek 20 also marks the halfway point in the season. And in what has been a topsy-turvy year for many, ranks remain tightly packed – less than a hundred points separates the top 100k from the top million, and there’s 135 points between the top 1million and the top 10,000. With 19 Gameweeks to go there’s all to play for. 

The tight turnaround presents an opportunity for FPL bosses. Predicted Line-Ups will be of particular interest, while Fantasy Football Scout’s Captain Sensible and Scout Picks will help with the all-important armband and transfer decisions.

What’s more, managers have just been handed their first Double Gameweek of the season. Liverpool and West Ham’s postponed Gameweek 18 encounter has been rearranged for Gameweek 24, giving both teams two matches instead of one in that particular round of fixtures. 

Typing faster than a seven-year-old unwraps Christmas presents, Neale examined the implications for Fantasy bosses. He noted that it’s the first-ever Double Gameweek for Mohamed Salah and perhaps an opportunity to deploy the Triple Captain chip. That 135-point gap will be bridged in no time.

The Egypt international currently leads the captain poll for Gameweek 20. Ahead of Sunday’s match at Anfield, Liverpool have been afforded 24 hours more rest than their opponents Wolves. And how will last night’s dramatic second-half comeback against Manchester City affect Nuno Espírito Santo’s men?

Earlier this month the Wolves boss described his team’s schedule as “crazy”, “absurd” and “not human”. So despite very little rotation so far, changes would seem likely. Meanwhile counterpart Jurgen Klopp had this to say following his side’s comprehensive win over Leicester City:

Fresh legs always helped us now since we changed a little bit more frequently. Like in the Everton game in the league, for example, we made five changes and they were absolutely necessary on one side but really impressive performance-wise. So, we will do that as well now, of course, we have to and we will. That’s how it is. We have four more adult players [to rotate]… for the others it will still take a while, so that’s our squad and we have to deal with it as good as possible.

– Jurgen Klopp

The good news for Salah owners is that he was withdrawn early on Thursday and could therefore be less at risk of rotation. The Egyptian was also very unlucky to blank at the King Power.

A combined Captain Sensible and Scout Picks article this week highlights his potential. Man City players also standout with Raheem Sterling topping the points predictions on this site’s Rate My Team.

Kevin De Bruyne performs well in a number of categories and, like Salah, was withdrawn early in Gameweek 19. With Guardiola confirming after the game that his substitution was made with Gameweek 20 in mind. Manchester City top the latest DS stats, fixtures and clean sheet odds provided by G-Whizz.

As Andy noted in his Gameweek 20 Q&A video, players rested in Gameweek 19 would seem more assured of a start this weekend. Danny Ings is one such player, and the in-form Southampton forward is expected to return to the starting XI for this afternoon’s match against Crystal Palace.

He also fancies Christian Pulisic to return to the Chelsea side and urges managers to keep faith with Tammy Abraham. He reasons that new Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta won’t have had enough time to improve their defence significantly. Only three teams this season have conceded more goals at home than the Gunners. 

Manchester United fan Andy offered his thoughts on Paul Pogba. An injury to Scott McTominay could see the Frenchman occupy a deeper role and with Marcus Rashford seemingly on penalties, Andy feels Anthony Martial is the midfielder of choice.

Elsewhere an injury concern for Dele Alli means the Spurs midfielder is a doubt for the trip to Norwich. He’s not included in Neale’s predicted line-up and is replaced by Lucas Moura in the Scout Picks.

Jamie Vardy does, however, make the Scout selection despite not being included in the predicted starting XI. He has form and an enticing fixture in his favour although, as Pro Pundit Holly points out in her hot topic, manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed there will be rotation for West Ham.

Finally, following his impressive 24-point haul in Gameweek 19, Andy asked whether we should bring Trent Alexander-Arnold straight back in. However the Liverpool full-back is still at risk of suspension – currently on four yellow cards, a booking against Wolves would see him miss Gameweek 21.

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2,278 Comments Post a Comment
  1. andre_c
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Abraham owners?

    1. Gimli son of Gloin
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Benching

    2. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Sold

      1. andre_c
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        For who?

    3. Salah'd Fingers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Sold

    4. FPL_DON
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      held

    5. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Gone miserably

    6. Bees4Lyf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      On the verge of selling

  2. AVFCChris1984
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    I took out KDB and Jimi for Ali and Rashford 3 gw's ago and it's lost me 30 points. I really want KDB back.

    I can do Zaha, Maddi & Pereria to KDB, Traore & Soy.

    Do you think it's worth a -4

  3. Konig Luther
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Greenwood unlikely to start today?

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      James starts instead

    2. Bees4Lyf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Yup back in the bench

  4. CHARLIE HULL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Final WC spot:

    - Ings
    - Moura

    1. FPL_DON
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      ings

  5. Woy_is_back
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Bench order correct?

    Simpson, Lundy, Donkey

    1. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I playRico btw

    2. what's my name
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      i’d put lund first

  6. iL PiStOlErO
      1 month, 26 days ago

      GTG?

      Ramsdale
      TAA Kelly Soy
      Salah(C) KDB Alli Grealish
      Vardy Rashford Maupay

      Martin Lund Guilbert Dendo

      Cheers all.

      1. Tshelby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Sure

    • Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Anyone?

      Kelly and Pope to Guaita and Sidibe?(-4)

      Or just pope to Guaita?

      1. iL PiStOlErO
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Good moves. I would even for a hit.

        • Holmes (specialist in failu…
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Just pope to Guaita

          1. Tshelby
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Yeah maybe that’s best

      2. Salah'd Fingers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Have exact money to do mane over Sterling on this WC - do I do it?

        Ryan Ransdale
        Rico Kelly TAA Lundstram Soyuncu
        Salah Sterling(/Mane) KDB Grealish Cantwell
        Vardy Rashford Greenwood

      3. JenkoJunko
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Sorry repost but need more.... pretty please.... On WC... Pick one...

        A. Kane / Martial / Dendonc
        B. Rashford / Moura / Traore

        Ta and GL

        1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          B

        2. Salah'd Fingers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          B

      4. Mr_Barbs
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Which one on WC?

        A) Ramsdale, Kiko, Sidibe, Salah
        B) Foster, Rico, Aurier, Salah
        C) Foster, Rico, Sidibe, Mane

      5. Sid07
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        1) Ryan Kelly (5th def) Muapay
        2) ramsdale reid Inga

      6. Differentiator
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Anything wrong with this setup?

        Pope
        Aurier - TAA - Kelly
        Alli - Martial - KDB - Mane
        Kane (C) - Jiminez - Abraham

        Bench order Dunk - Lundy - Cantwell

        1. tomasjj
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Very strong team.
          Got Pope myself, and am considering swapping with a keeper who has better fixtures.

      7. Catastrophe
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        A) Rashford & Traore
        B) Maupay & Alli*

        Cheers

      8. FDMS All Starz
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Which one on WC?

        A) Kiko - Taylor - Ryan

        B) Rico - Kelly - Ramsdale

        1. BENOIT
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Taylor doesnt play

      9. Teomi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Repost bottomed

        Stupid to save this week and have 2 ft next week?
        1,5 itb

        Pope
        Soy Robbo Rico
        Salah (c) kdb Alli Grealish
        Vardy rash Abraham

        Button kelly lunds saka

      10. King Henrik
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Help me choose 1 please?

        A.Henderson to Heaton
        B.Mane to Salah
        C. Both of the above
        D. Hold and lose transfer

      11. PL Ball
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Which combo would you rather have:

        A) TAA + Kiko
        B) VVD + Soy or Aurier

      12. Whats the Mata?
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Latest on Dele?

        1. Van der Faart
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Travelled

      13. Goonsquad245
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Salah has actually played more minutes than Mane in their last 3 games...not trying to scaremonger but not sure the rotation fears are as clear cut

        1. BENOIT
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Last 3, yes. Overall, No.

      14. Dbz91
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I’ve decided to go Vardy (C) in the hope if he doesn’t play he will get 0 minutes (somebody mentioned baby imminent and he has played 90 mins every game this season)

        Allison
        Soy, Robertson, Rico
        Cantwell, Mane, KDB (vc), Grealish
        Ings, Rash, Vardy (c)

        KDB has got to play after getting subbed on 63 mins last night so a reliable VC

        Who to play in Def?

        A. Rico
        B. Tomori
        C. Lundstram

        1. AC Yew
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          A

      15. AC Yew
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        On WC guys need last mid spot 5.9 or under to accompany

        Mane KDB Maddison Alli

        1. Atters
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Traore

          1. AC Yew
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 26 days ago

            This is what im currently on

        2. Dbz91
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Harry Wilsons stats were immense before he went out INJ. He should be back in the frame

          5.9

      16. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        First on bench if Alli no show

        A Greenwood
        B Lundstram
        C Kelly

        1. AC Yew
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          B

        2. Goonsquad245
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          BCA

      17. Origi-nal
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        For a 2 week punt

        Pereira & Richarlison > Sidibe & Mahrez

      18. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Thoguhts?
        A) Sidibé + Kane
        B) Webster + Aguero

        1. Tshelby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          A

      19. Firefoxed
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Who first in bench? Rico or Kelly

        1. Firefoxed
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Any idea!

      20. DA Minnion
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Went with the Mane Salah combo.
        Fun to watch.

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Same

      21. The Mighty Hippo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        With so many potential non-starters, or players getting limited cameo appearances this must surely be the one week when you really have to nail your captain choice.

        Salah / Kane / KDB / Rashford appear to be the. Most nailed on and viable captain options. Anyone else?

        1. CloudSky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Kun

      22. Atters
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Best Henderson replacement? Like Ramsdale but don't want the double up with Rico - Pickford maybe?

      23. Garfield1001
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Cantwell or Rico first sub?

      24. Indio
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Morning all, is this one of those rare weeks to bench Lord, or should I still play him?

        Pope
        TAA, Sidibe, Kelly
        Salah (C), KDB (V), Grealish, Alli
        Tammy, Rash, Vardy

        Current bench:
        Cantwell, Lunds, Rico