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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. palace ash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Which order would you put these for xPoints for this week only?

    A) Traore (wat)
    B) Ings (TOT)
    C) Zaha (nor)

    1. Almathkourq8
      1 month, 23 days ago

      B

      1. rokonto
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Joker

    2. SB007
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      b
      a
      c

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        This

    3. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      BAC

    4. rokonto
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Abc

    5. rokonto
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Bca

  2. douglas1500
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Would you start Evans and soyuncu NEW (A) or one of them and kelly NOR (A) ?

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Yes, otherwise why have both?

    2. rokonto
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Both

  3. Jimbo-Jones
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    2ft and no idea... any suggestions?

    Ramsdale
    TAA Soyuncu Aurier
    Salah KDB Grealish Alli
    Vardy Abraham Jimenez

    Lundstram Kelly Romeu

    1. Dele
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Kelly > Kiko?

    2. Barnabus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Grealish + Abraham > Martial + DCL

  4. Dele
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    B

  5. Almathkourq8
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Bench two:

    A) kelly (nor A)
    B) dunk (Chelsea H)
    C) TAA (shu H)
    D) rico (whu A)
    E) lund ( liv A)

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      AE

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

    Wat v wol score predictions?

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Nil nil

  7. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Who to play?

    A) Rico
    B) Kelly

    1. Almathkourq8
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I was gonna play kelly bit i just changed to rico

      1. Almathkourq8
        1 month, 23 days ago

        But

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Rico. More threat.

    3. JohannaAdams10
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Same problem, just prefer Rico

    4. ShackledAce
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Rico

    5. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Cheers! Seems like Cpl has stopped doing cs

      1. JohannaAdams10
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Actually changed my mind, Kelly

  8. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Screw it! I'm going to Wildcard.... Hows this look?

    Fabiansky Button
    TAA Lund Soy Rico 3.9
    Mane Salah KDB Cantwell Grealish
    Vardy Cal-Lew Ings

    1. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      My team exactly except I've Jimmy over DCL. So very good.

    2. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I've Kelly too.

    3. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      cheers mate

  9. Arse Craic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    GTG here?

    Fabianski
    TAA│Taylor│ Soyuncu
    KDB│ Salah│Mane│ Maddison│ Martial
    Vardy│Ings

    (Button│ Hanley│ Lundstram│ Greenwood)

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Good

  10. Woy_is_back
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Anyone captaining TAA?

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      24 attacking returns and 11 cleansheets in his last 30 appearances

      Highest ceiling in the game

      Not the worst shout in the world

    2. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Nevermind, just noticed pool play Everton in the fa cup this weekend. Might rest players

  11. I love Spurs
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    So... my FPL team of the decade:

    Foster
    Ivanovic terry baines
    Lampard Cahill Sterling sanchez
    RVP Suarez Kane

    A bit pricey I know...

    1. Mata of opinion
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Bale?

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

      Alonso over Ivanovic surely

      1. I love Spurs
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Alonso had one amazing season whereas Ivan was consistent - even priced at 7m one season I seem to remember

    3. Chucky
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Hazard in place of lamps

    4. I love Spurs
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Sessegon (just for that last minute DGW goal) and the US guy at Fulham (can’t remember his name) on the bench

      1. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Clint Dempsey

      2. Tinkermania
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Clint Dempsey!?

  12. Weilong7
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    have 2 frees...
    wanted Martial.. swap Alli and Mount out for him and ?????
    15m max for both mids.. or should i hold / burn a transfer?

    hendo (button)
    taa soy kelly lundstram hanley
    alli kdb maddison mount mane
    vardy rashford greenwood

    thanks!

    1. Almathkourq8
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Downgrade mount and upgrade greenwood

  13. MoManeTaa
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Anyone captaining Salah Or Mane over Vardy?

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      On Salah at the moment

    2. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Captained Salah last week so no.

      Haul incoming.

  14. iL PiStOlErO
    1 month, 23 days ago

    First of all wish you all the best.

    Second of all who to cpt?

    Vardy
    Salah
    KdB
    Rash
    Alli

    1. ShackledAce
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      vardy

    2. Almathkourq8
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Vardy for partyy

    3. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I’m on KDB with Vardy vc atm

  15. Reinhold
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Why does no one seem to be concerned TAA may be rested?

    1. YekiM
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Sun to Thurs is quite a gap.

  16. King Kun Ta
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    And the armband goes to.....

    A Mane
    B Alli
    C KDB
    D Tammy
    E Vardy
    F Rashford

    Ta and 2020 full of FPLpoints!

    1. ShackledAce
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      e

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Vardy if no Salah

      1. King Kun Ta
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Mane? Mostly prefer a midfielder as my captain....

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Could be great

  17. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Check your teams, did you hit the save button!

  18. ShackledAce
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Bench one:

    A) Zaha (nor)
    B) Grealish (bur)
    C) DCL (mci)

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      A

  19. Laurel and Vardy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Happy New year all! Start one for today:

    A)Rico (wha)
    B)Tomori (bha)

    Thanks and good luck!

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      B

      1. Laurel and Vardy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Thanks and GL.

    2. King Kun Ta
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      B

  20. CRO KLOPP
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Happy New year everyone!!!
    Who would you play here?

    A) Cantwell
    B) Maupay

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      B

      1. CRO KLOPP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Thanks mate

  21. Jones Kusi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Gw24 and onwards. Do you want Salah or Robertson? Going 3 pools and i’ve got Taa and Mane

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Vvd

      1. Dele
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        This

        1. Jones Kusi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 23 days ago

          You think it is overkill to go Mane and Salah?

  22. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Kane to Jimi?

    If not this week probably gonna do it next week.

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Do it

    2. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Not for me. He loves saints.

  23. CrouchDown
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Put these in order of most likely to play:

    Sterling
    KDB
    Salah
    Mane

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Impossible

    2. Tinkermania
      1 month, 23 days ago

      All 75% in my opinion.

  24. boroie
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Anything I should change? Or gtg?

    1 FT, 0.1 ITB

    Gazzaniga
    Gomez Soyuncu Aurier
    Mane(VC) KDB Martial Mahrez
    Vardy(C) Abraham Rashford

    Button; Cantwell Rico Lundstram

  25. Dele
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    With the next games not until 10th/11th/12th Jan surely not many players will be rested today?

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      FA cup

  26. Slitherene
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Play which one?

    A) Kabasele (WOL)
    B) Rico (whu)

  27. JustPark
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    What would you do to this lot? 0.6 ITB 1FT

    Hendo
    Soy Holgate Rico
    Salah Mane KDB Moura
    Vardy(c) Ings Maupay
    (Button Maddison Kelly Lunds)

  28. PikeyMikey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Maddison to Pulisic for free? Worth a punt?

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Nah

    2. King Kun Ta
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      NOOO! Not a rested Mads!

    3. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      No

  29. jimmyabs1987
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Who to bench first defender? Hanley or Kelly?

  30. boroie
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Do we expect much rotation today? Or do we think teams will go full strength today and rest in the cup?

    1. King Kun Ta
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      The latter