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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Gameweek 21

Gameweek 21 must be the easiest deadline of the season to miss. Coming, as it does, after the biggest party of the year. For those of you nursing New Year’s Eve hangovers, congratulations if you are reading this before the 11:30 GMT deadline. You’ve done your FPL team proud.

For others stumbling in a little later you may want to skip the insightful debate and compelling statistics contained within, and head straight to David Wardale’s Fantasy Premier League assets of the decade.

In his entertaining review, the author of “Wasting Your Wildcard” looks back on the achievements of FPL luminaries Aguero, Baines, and Suarez as well as some less fondly-remembered players. Find out which forward reminded us to “never trust a man whose first name sounds like a cinema”.

The big debate ahead of the new decade has revolved around which Liverpool players to own. Double Gameweek 24 was recently announced and the question facing many is whether to double-up in defence or attack?

Joe and Andy tackled the subject on the Scoutcast this week, while Pro Pundit Zophar examined the candidates for our teams in his aptly titled – Which Liverpool assets should we buy for Double Gameweek 24?

The six-time top 5,000 manager has made his bed early, taking a -8 to include Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah alongside Sadio Mane. Fellow Pro Pundit and five-time top 1,000 manager, Tom Freeman, added the same trio on his Gameweek 20 Wildcard.

Owning all three of the premium-priced players is a combination favoured by just 4.17% of the current top 10,000.

Conversely, Joe and Andy prefer going with two defenders. They reason that the sacrifices required elsewhere make it difficult to justify buying two players costing over £12m. Joe commented:

In terms of squad structure for the rest of my fifteen, and the eleven I want to play each week, I think I’m in danger of actually losing points, bizarrely, if I get Mané in.

– Joe

The dilemma facing him is which defender to pair with Alexander-Arnold.

Andy noted that Robertson and van Dijk have the same points-per-match averages this season of 4.5. Could the Dutchman, at £0.6m cheaper, be the better option?

While there are valid reasons for getting either Salah or Mane, an under-the-radar option not being considered as heavily is Roberto Firmino. Priced at an appealing £9.2m Andy reported on the Scoutcast that in nine away matches this season the Brazillian has six goals. Both Liverpool’s matches in Double Gameweek 24 are on the road.

However the captaincy will surely come down to either Salah or Mane. The Senegal international has been afforded more big chances than his Egyptian counterpart in recent Gameweeks, but Salah’s position against Wolverhampton Wanderers caught Neale’s attention:

While Salah blanked on Sunday, there was at least encouragement in that he was again playing as the centre-forward in a 4-2-3-1. It was in this formation that Salah had his purple patch last season, while his 16-point haul against Watford in Gameweek 17 also came when stationed centrally.

– Neale

West Ham fan G-Whizz brought us the news that his beloved Hammers had parted company with Manuel Pellegrini. Although he seemed less impressed with the re-appointment of David Moyes. Like Liverpool, West Ham also have two matches in Gameweek 24.

Looking at this site’s fixture ticker the Hammers top the table for attack over the next four Gameweeks. Should we be considering the likes of Michail Antonio for our fantasy teams?

Rotation Boost for Captain Pick

Jamie Vardy is the popular choice for the armband in the first Gameweek of 2020. 

And with good reason too – he’s rested after missing the trip to East London to attend the birth of his child. He now looks set to resume his place spearheading the Leicester attack as they travel to the North East.

Newcastle’s defensive numbers were scrutinised by David in his Captain Sensible article, offering hope to those favouring the Foxes forward. Many are anticipating the rocking-a-baby celebration this afternoon.

Vardy is one of three Leicester City players to feature in this week’s Scout Picks.

As ever, there are other contenders vying for the captaincy. Liverpool’s Salah and Mane feature prominently as does Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne. The Citizens top the latest DS stats, fixtures and clean sheet odds provided by G-Whizz.

Squad rotation could be a factor when considering your captain and starting XI.

In addition to Vardy several key players were afforded rests in Gameweek 20 – Soyuncu, Jimenez and Traore among them. All three are expected to return to action later today. In his Pro Pundit article, Andy revealed that he is contemplating adding the Wolves speed-merchant to his side. 

There was positive news on the injury front concerning John Lundstram, as Neale reported in his Team News summary. The out-of-position defender missed the encounter against Man City after turning his ankle but is predicted to feature against Liverpool.

There was also welcome news regarding another defender, Aymeric Laporte, who according to Guardiola is on course to return to full training in a week to ten days.

Having played the entire 270 minutes over the festive period, rotation may affect the minutes of Dele Alli, Serge Aurier, and Harry Kane in the Spurs ranks. Although Joe feels, Kane in particular, that they are too integral to be afforded a rest

Other players possibly at risk include Calvert-Lewin, Deulofeu, Grealish, Zaha, Willian, and Abraham.

Everton striker Calvert-Lewin is near the top of Tom Freeman’s watchlist. Following today’s trip to the Etihad, the Toffees enjoy a kind run of fixtures from Gameweek 22. At £5.8m and with impressive underlying stats, he’s one to consider.

Finally, if you’ve not enjoyed the best 2019 remember, as Greyhead reminded us in bumper edition of The Great and The Good, “Ings can only get better in 2020.

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Best of luck for 2020!

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  1. pjomara
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Was going to drop either ings or Cantwell but maybe drop kdb due to probable rest and cameo?

    1. Gooner Kebab
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      nah i'd play kdb

    2. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I’m starting KdB. Always a chance he could be rested but it’s FA Cup on the weekend so resting him there would make more sense

  2. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Who to Captain?

    a. Salah
    b. Tammy
    c. Vardy
    d. KDB

    Cheers

    1. SB007
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      C

  3. PascalCygan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Happy new year!

    Is this team good to go? Worried I’m wasting my 2FTs...

    Anything you’d change?

    2FT 0.0ITB
    Ramsdale
    TAA Soyuncu Kelly
    Mane KdB Maddison Martial
    Vardy Kane Ings

    McGovern Rico Lundstram Dendoncker

    Thanks!

    1. Gooner Kebab
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Wow your FT might have to go to waste

      1. PascalCygan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Ha, thanks!

    2. JT11fc
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Rico to Holgate if you can?

      1. PascalCygan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Good idea, thanks. Unfortunately 0.2 short because I’ve had Rico from the start. Cheers though

  4. SB007
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Up 300k places in last 2 GWs

    Henderson - save points and potential penalty save from rampant Liverpool.

    DCL.

    Barnes.

    Siass.

    Break the template.

  5. Joyce1998
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    currently on wc
    cant decide between these two

    team A
    ryan
    taa, soy, gomez
    mane, kdb, traore, maddy
    vardy, rashford, ings
    subs- button, kiko, lund, oriol

    or

    team B
    ryan
    taa, gomez, soy
    mane, martial, alli, kdb
    vardy, dcl, ings
    subs- button, lund, oriol, 3.

    1. SB007
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      B

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      you better decide soon 😉

      A

  6. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    A) Traore
    B) Grealish

    1. Van der Faart
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Same boat. Leaning to Traore

  7. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    any last minute ‘OMG that tweet’ that I have missed ?

    1. Gooner Kebab
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      banned 🙂

    2. kysersosa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Looking for the same, nothing.

  8. Nightf0x
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Capt. Alli ??

  9. alexh87
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Gtg?

    Guaita
    Soy TAA Aurier
    Sarr KDB Alli Mane
    Ings Rash Vardy (c)

    Button Mount Rico Digne

    1. LOLarov
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      G2G

  10. LOLarov
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Do we Sterling will continue to start?

  11. QueefParkRangers
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    GK change to Fab?

  12. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Any benching roumors around?

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

    Fantasy Football Scout Member1 Year5 mins ago
    Gazza
    Ota, Trent, Soy
    Alli, Kdb, Mane, Grealish
    Tammy, Vardy, Rashford
    B: 4.0, Cantwell, Kelly, Lund
    1Ft 1.2ITB

    A) Save
    B) Gazza > Fabianski

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

      Thanks. No Tomori

  14. DA Minnion
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Would love to captain Salah over Vardy!

    1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Could work

  15. Blueberg
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Weird about this guy posting about no Vardy, because my friends sister text him this morning to say that overnight, her cat had managed to get hold of a bag of catnip from the kitchen cupboard. She started to sweep it up, but then she noticed at the top of the mess, the catnip had seemingly formed the words 'no vardy' on the floor. She would have taken a photo for proof but couldn't find her phone. Anyway, read in to this what you will. My friend also mentioned that this cat drinks milk, and so do babies, which vardy's just had, so possibly an additional omen in that.

    So me and my friend have moved the captaincy off Vardy anyway, and are opting for Pereira instead, as according to his sister, it sounded like that was what the cat was trying to say after getting high on the catnip, apparently.

    But please dont ban me unless this story isn't true though, I dont normally post messages like this. Dont shoot the messenger, or the cat.

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      ....

    2. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      This makes more sense than Captain Sensible articles.

    3. Gooner Kebab
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Dont post this 5mins before the gw

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

        Guys its OK! His sister just text back, the bottom of the catnip mess had said 'No Party' before she swept it up. She hadn't put two and two together, thought it was a separate message. Silly woman. We are back on C Vardy! Yay.

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

      Done....just transfred the cat to the living room

  16. Holding Matip
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    https://twitter.com/FPL_Unsubscribe/status/1212332614763200512?s=19

    Pulisic starts, so does Reece James

    1. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Come on Willian!

    2. YekiM
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Cheers

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Pulisic is going to score. FFS.

    4. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Thought Abraham was missing...

    5. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      James red flagged, is this official?

    6. kysersosa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Makes sense since I just shipped out Pulisic

  17. Tomas Brolin ate all Depays
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Last minute help - I rarely ask !!!

    Play which one ??

    A) Traore
    B) Grealish

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      a

    2. camarozz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Both

  18. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Who to bench, please?

    Salah kdb alli zaha martial
    VArdy ings rash

  19. FPL ElasticO
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    So for the last time best captain pick??

    A. Salah
    B. Vardy
    C. Rashford

    1. Shark Team
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Vardy ofc

    2. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      B

  20. Joyce1998
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    team A
    ryan
    taa, soy, gomez
    mane, kdb, traore, maddy
    vardy, rashford, ings
    subs- button, kiko, lund, oriol

    or

    team B
    ryan
    taa, gomez, soy
    mane, martial, alli, kdb
    vardy, dcl, ings
    subs- button, lund, oriol, 3.9

  21. Shark Team
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Bench?
    A)Rico
    B)Aurier
    C)Söyüncü
    Thanks and happy new year mates

  22. Ginkapo FPL
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Why do FFS have an advert for a black market set top box? That blantly breaks their own no illegal links guidelines...

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Adverts based on your search history I would imagine.....

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I've been on tvguide.co.uk a lot recently.... nothing sinister, I pay for Sky and BT

      2. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        You would have thought but I once entered FF Scout on a new browser and computer without any data and had those adverts. Normally I have different ones

  23. Dannyb
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    With every man and his dog capping Vardy I'm going for someone different. Could be my funeral but I'm chasing so f#$k it.

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Same here. Good luck

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

        And you man

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

    Play Cantwell or Traore ?

  25. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Bench Rico or Zouma?

    1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Z

  26. Nightf0x
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Get jimi or dcl ? Tempted by jimi and was my primarly pick but have traore keeping me off

  27. Tmel
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Vardy or Salah captain?

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

      Going Salah

    2. JollyGoodYellows
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I want to C Salah but don't have the nerve with everyone else capping Vardy

  28. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Oh no Pulisic is going to punish me...

  29. Lingard’s Shin Guards
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Is the lord going to play?