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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. mrcs1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Q on the Team Stats in Members area – in the Defending section is "crosses conceded" the defending or attacking teams flank? Cheers!

  2. Trondero
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    On WC. Needs any changes?

    Ramsdale - 4.0
    TAA - Soy - Aurier - Kelly - Rico
    Salah - KDB - Alli - Grealish - Maddy
    Vardy - Jimmy - Greenwood

  3. LIARS POKER
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Correct bench order?

    A) Cantwell (TOT)
    B) Lundstram (mci)
    C) Rico (bha)

    Currently on ABC

    1. Arse Craic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      CAB IMO

    2. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      CAB

  4. Tshelby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    2.2 ITB/1FT

    Pope
    TAA, Kiko, Lundstram, Soyuncu, Kelly
    Mane, Alli, Richarlison, KdB, Hayden
    Jimenez, Ings, Vardy

    Really don't know what to do..

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

    1. Printing Mane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Decent moves

    2. SDTA
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Would probably just do Pope to guiata

  5. HD7
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    2 FT, 0.9 ITB

    Kasper
    TAA Willems Kelly
    KDB Maddy Alli* Mane
    Ings Rashford Vardy

    Subs: Button, Rico, Hayden, Lundstram

    A) Alli Rash -> Salah(C) Greenwood
    B) Alli Rash -> Aguero(C) Grealish

  6. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Think I’m getting Salah 😯

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Salah blank incoming.....

    2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Madman. Alli is out is he?
      Go maupay then.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Yeah. Just much prefer them two this GW looking at it

    3. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      For who?
      WC?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Alli+Tammy >> Salah+Maupay for a hit

  7. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Ryan
    TAA / Pereira / Aurier
    Salah (C) / KDB / Alli* / Pulisic / Grealish
    Vardy (VC) / Abraham

    Button // Connolly / Rico / Lundstram

    1) Connolly or Rico 1st on bench? RMT says Connolly & Bournemouth have let off a lot of shots..

    2) Replace any of Alli/Abraham/Pulisic, or save FT and sort next GW?

    3) Captain choice?

    1. Flynny
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Abraham to ings, maupay, dcl, Wilson? Take your pick.

      Capt Salah

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Rico
      Save
      Salah

  8. Gorbitz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Anyone knows how Dunk is doing? Likelyhood of starting against BOU? Thanks

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Should get info before deadline

      1. Gorbitz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Much appreciated

  9. Printing Mane
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Would you do Rashford to Kun (c) for free?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Si

  10. Amey
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Any news on Alli ?

  11. Leo10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    If I were to use a wildcard today, when do I get the new one? Is it after this gameweek or is it too late now to use the first wildcard?

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      After the gameweek

    2. Printing Mane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Last chance to use 1st WC is now
      2nd WC available after todays deadline

  12. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Cantwell to be rested today? Like to have him long term as 5th mid, but otoh need a playing sub this GW

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      He'll play just not sure how long

      1. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        txs

  13. Sid07
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    1) Ryan Kelly (5th def) maupay
    2) ramsdale reid ings

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      1 month, 29 days ago

      1

  14. tissae
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Would you rather Jimenez or Ings? Both of their fixtures doesnt seem apealing to me 🙁

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Ings for next few

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Jimmy, bulletproof

  15. yanky
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    please help!!

    1) which one to bench? currently have Richarlison first sub

    Salah(c) KDB Grealish Alli* (Richalison)
    Rashford Maupay Vardy*

    2) play lundstrom, kelly (have guaita) or rico (starting maupay)

  16. Tamagotchi Massacre
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Just brought in Auba for Tammy

    Can't see what can possibly go wrong...

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Sold Alli ?

      1. Tamagotchi Massacre
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Nope. Went for a differential gamble that Tammy is gonna be dropped

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      1 month, 29 days ago

      This.

    3. The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Tbsys a good move.

  17. fish&chips
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Looking for some final opinions on the below. Thanks in advance. 

    Guita
    TAA, Aurier, Chilwell,
    Alli, Madds, KDB, Grealish,
    Kane (c), Rash, Vardy

    4.0, Kelly, Lund, Cantwell

    1 FT, 0.4 ITB

    A) Alli & Rashford -> Salah & Greenwood (-4)
    B) save FT

    1. Arse Craic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      A is tempting but I'd rather lose Kane for Ings/Jim/Maupay

  18. Taegugk Warrior
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Any update about Alli...?

  19. PortoGuy
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Reposting since no replies
    Hey guys, please help

    1.5itb 1FT
    Guaita
    TAA Soy Rico
    KDB Grealish Alli* Maddison Mane
    Tammy Vardy

    Button Connolly Lunds Williams
    FT:
    A. Alli to Moura/Martial
    B. Connolly to Maupay

    For a Hit:
    C. Alli & Connolly > Traore & Rashford/Firmino
    D. Alli & Connolly > Moura & Jimenez
    E. Alli & Connolly > Martial & Ings

    🙂

  20. SB8
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Asked why he took De Bruyne off, Guardiola said: "We have less than 48 hours for our next game."

    1. Prison Mike
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Good sign that he will start hopefully

      1. SB8
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        He will

  21. Prison Mike
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Henderson ->

    A) Foster
    B) Ramsdale
    C) Ryan
    D) Save FT

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      B

    2. Sid07
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      A

    3. Schwarzer
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      B

    4. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      D

  22. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Play 1
    A. Rico (have maupay fwiw)
    B. Kelly
    Cpt?
    1. Kdb
    2. Mane.
    3. Vardy

  23. andre_c
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Please help!! Should I try to get TAA back in (removed him last week ;()? Or any other ideas?

    Hendo
    Aurier, Kelly, Rico, Soy, Lund
    KDB, Richarlison, Cantwell, Alli, Salah
    Jimmy, Tammy, Vardy

    1FT, 0.9ITB

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

  24. Dont give a fuchs
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Play one of these

    Lundstram Rico Kelly

    Other 2 defenders are TAA and Soy

  25. Atimis
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    GTG? 😉

    Henderson
    TAA/Targett/Soy
    Mane(c)/KDB/Dele/Grealish
    Vardy/Rash/Tammy

    Button/Rico/Dendo/Lund

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Yup 🙂

  26. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Gtg?

    Hendo
    TAA Perreira Aurier
    Alli Grealish KDB Mane
    Vardy Mousset Maupay
    (Martin, Cantwell, Lund, Rico)

    1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Captain?

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Vardy, Maupay vc

  27. Schwarzer
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Which two would you bench?

    A) Aurier (nor)
    B) Lundstram (mci)
    C) Kelly (sou)
    D) Rico (bri)

    Thanks

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      BC

    2. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Bc

    3. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      BD

  28. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    There’s also the possibiity that not so many will be rested/benched today, but start and come off at 60 mins

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Yes I reckon managers are playing the game a little bit

  29. BraxterStockman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Brought in Digne on WC last week... Is it crazy to sawp him for Sidibe?
    Want a long trem solution..

    1. Crystal Alice
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Had Digne as a one-week punt last week, ditched him for Sidibe in my WC team

  30. Lecky Legs FC
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Aguero (©) who's with me?

    1. Kip
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      I would if i had him

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Think he’ll have to show some form first, many other potential goalscorers: Sterling, Mahrez, Bilva, Sterling, kdb

      1. Lecky Legs FC
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Of course just feel as though he'll be itching to get on the pitch and score possibly haul of it goes well he's a two week captaincy pick so we'll see what happens

    3. Arse Craic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Very few will own him. Could be huge for you!

      1. Lecky Legs FC
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Yeah it's a huge risk I know but I'm chasing my ML so here's hoping it pays off thanks for your feedback

    4. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Hope he blanks hehe

      1. Lecky Legs FC
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Ahaha don't be like that 😉