Scout Picks

Gameweek 25 Scout Picks built on premium forwards

The Gameweek 25 Scout Picks harks back to Fantasy Premier League days gone by with plenty of money spent on strikers.

Ahead of this weekend’s fixtures, two premium forwards have been included in the line-up and just one midfielder priced over £10.0m.

We spent much time deliberating over the Scout Squad submissions made by David, Neale, Paul and Geoff over the last few days before coming up with the final team.

As ever, we shape up in 3-4-3 formation and at £83.6m are £1.4m inside our budget of £85.0m.

Goalkeeper

Differentials emerging in defence ahead of Christmas period

Vicente Guaita (£5.1m) was the most popular goalkeeper in our Scout Squad selections for Gameweek 25, chosen by three of our pundits. Crystal Palace may be without a clean sheet since Gameweek 16 but this weekend they face a Sheffield United side that sits in the bottom five for shots in the box and attempts on target in their last four matches. Furthermore, in that time, just four Premier League goalkeepers have made more saves than Guaita.

Defenders

As already mentioned this week, you have to go back to Gameweek 16 for the last time Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.6m) blanked and even then, it was a match he didn’t start. If we factor starts into the equation, the last time the Liverpool man did not register a clean sheet, assist or goal having featured from the beginning was the Gameweek 13 win at Crystal Palace – that was in November. A Gameweek 25 meeting with Southampton certainly seems unlikely to end that run.

Enda Stevens (£5.1m) was tipped by three of our pundits ahead of Sheffield United’s trip to Crystal Palace. Selhurst Park has produced fewer goals than any other stadium this season while only Liverpool have kept more clean sheets than the Blades. Meanwhile, Stevens, now more assured of starts than John Lundstram, is second only to Oliver Norwood for chances created among Sheffield United players over the last four matches.

There was plenty of support for a Newcastle defensive asset in the Scout Squad but, as ever, the January transfer window messed with our plans. Matt Ritchie was originally pencilled in for a spot in the Scout Picks XI but the signing of Danny Rose from Spurs put paid to that. Instead, we’ve gone with the nailed-on centre-back and extreme budget option of Jamaal Lascelles (£4.2m). Away from home, Norwich have the worst attack in the Premier League, by some considerable distance. They have scored just six goals on the road this season, four fewer than joint-second-worst sides Bournemouth (10) and West Ham (10).

Midfielders

Fresh from his 16-point haul in Double Gameweek 24, Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) is now the standalone key Liverpool midfielder for the meeting with Southampton. Sadio Mané’s injury has ensured the spotlight remains firmly on the Egyptian, who has averaged 8.2 points per match since Gameweek 16.

Buoyed by booking a place in the EFL Cup final, Jack Grealish (£6.7m) faces an obliging Bournemouth defence on Saturday afternoon. The Cherries have allowed 11 big chances in their last four matches, the fourth-worst in the Premier League while Grealish himself has a total of 23 points across his last two away trips.

While Jamie Vardy has struggled to rediscover his early-season form, Ayoze Pérez (£6.2m) has played a big part in carrying Leicester. The former Newcastle man has three double-figure hauls in the last five matches and has topped the charts among his colleagues for shots in the box, big chances and shots on target in that time. Furthermore, if Vardy is unable to start or has to be substituted off, we now know that Pérez will be on the penalties.

Harry Wilson (£5.8m) has had more shots on goal than any other Bournemouth player this season, making him the most likely to capitalise on any defensive issues in Aston Villa’s defence this weekend. Dean Smith’s men remain in the bottom two for shots allowed in the box and big chances conceded over their last four matches.

Forwards

Sergio Aguero (£12.0m) looks in incredible form coming into Gameweek 25. The Argentinian is top or joint-top of the league for shots in the box, big chances and shots on target over the last four matches and is set to face a Spurs side with only one clean sheet at home since Jose Mourinho took over. Furthermore, in their last four, when they faced Norwich, Watford, Liverpool and Southampton, Spurs conceded 39 shots in the box – only Burnley and Aston Villa allowed more than that.

The Clarets’ ongoing obliging nature is one of the key reasons why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.7m) gets into the Scout Picks. He was name-checked by all four of our pundits having found the net three times in the four matches leading up to his Gameweek 22 suspension.

Raúl Jiménez (£7.6m) has punished his recent doubters by scoring three goals in his last two outings, against the relatively high-performing defences of Southampton and Liverpool. With that in mind, and some impressive underlying numbers to match, it seems likely that Jiménez can continue his impressive record against the big-six when he travels to Manchester United on Saturday. The Mexican recorded an assist on his last league visit to Old Trafford.

Substitutes

Martin Dubravka (£5.0m) is an alternative route into the Newcastle defence for their appealing meeting with Norwich. No goalkeeper has made more saves than him this season (97).

Jack O’Connell (£4.6m) is a cheaper route into the Sheffield United defence ahead of their trip to Crystal Palace. The over-lapping centre-back has actually created the same number of big chances as Stevens since Gameweek 21.

Matt Targett (£4.4m) has a decent chance of some attacking returns against that obliging Bournemouth defence this weekend. Since Aston Villa started playing with a back-three he has the same minutes per shot in the box as Grealish and is top among all colleagues for minute per touch and minute per pass received.

Adama Traoré (£5.8m) has played more key passes that led to big chances than any other player in the Premier League over their last four matches.

The Captain

The Scout Picks has a captain for the 2019/20 campaign.

This skipper is chosen using the conclusions of the latest Captain Sensible article and a four-way vote between David, Neale, Paul and Geoff.

Because the use of Fantasy Football Scout data is used so heavily in this process, the captain we choose each Gameweek is usually known only to those who have signed up to Membership for the 2019/20 season and revealed to the public only when the deadline has passed.

However, as we are running a Members Articles Unlocked promotion this week, this section will be FREE for everyone to view for Gameweek 25.

Here’s how we voted:

  • David: Aguero, Salah, Grealish
  • Neale: Salah, Aubameyang, Aguero
  • Paul: Salah, Aubameyang, Aguero
  • Geoff: Salah, Aubameyang, Aguero

Here are the results:

  • Salah – 11 points
  • Aguero – 6 points*
  • Aubameyang – 6 points
  • Grealish – 1 point

Therefore, Salah is handed the captaincy for Gameweek 25 with Aguero wins the tie-breaker to be selected as the vice-captain, with more top votes than Aubameyang.

Community Champion

Representing the community against the Scout Picks in Gameweek 25 is gwitbrock.

They have gone for a 3-5-2 of Fabianski; Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, Ritchie; Snodgrass, Salah (c), H Wilson, Grealish, Son; Vardy, Aubameyang.

The community member who beats our picks by the biggest margin over the campaign will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Contributors and Moderators League for the following season.

Community Champion Rude Reviewer was defeated by the Scout Picks in Gameweek 23, losing by a 39-33 score-line.

The current winning margin of 17 points recorded by irfansheikh in Gameweek 7 and AK in Gameweek 10 remains the score to beat.

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1,425 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Play:

    A) Lundstram (cpa)
    B) Fleck (cpa)

    1. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      B

      1. Next year
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        B

    2. reeceon
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      B

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

      A

  2. Next year
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Mané to Almiron....? A swimmingpool full of stupidness, or is it worth a wild gamble?
    Don't really like any other available mids, and feel he could get some points with the new guys in
    and favorable fixtures. And he's such a fun player to watch...

    1. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      I do read some weird shite at times on this forum

      1. Next year
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Ha ha, true. Sorry, my brain is working overtime. Have been overthinking Mane out for too long:)

    2. JelliedSpark968
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 8 days ago

      You got courage, more than most people. Almiron is a decent pick in my eyes, and he enables you to get better forwards

      1. Next year
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Thanks, but once I read what I wrote I realized how stupid it was. It leaves me options, yes, but there have to be other ways:)

    3. svg53
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Don't dive in.

      1. Next year
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I went with Son. Boring, but probably the safer bet.

  3. JelliedSpark968
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Jorginho is on 8YC, should I drop for Mooy or Cantwell?

    1. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Mooy

      1. Next year
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I'd go Mooy out of those two. Or Almiron:)

  4. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Firmino Soyuncu > Jiménez VVD
    A. This week for -4
    B. Next week for free

    1. reeceon
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Free, can't see the need for a hit

    2. Next year
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      B

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

      I think you can wait until next week on that one

  5. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Why are Utd interested in Ighalo?

    Not a Ronaldo, Van Persie.......

    1. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      The deal has been done

      They have signed him on a 6 month loan

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Loan only.....how longs Rashy out for?

        1. Syd.
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          I suspect it could be 3 months

    2. Long ago I drew a walrus
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Pretty sure Ighalo is better than Van Persie, who I have a sneaking suspicion may be retired 😉

  6. reeceon
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Common dilemma

    A) Mane & Tammy > Grealish & Kun
    B) Mane & Tammy > Grealish & Auba
    C) Tammy > Jiminez (play Rico)

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 8 days ago

      A

  7. afs2239
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    I have lunny since he was 4.0
    Im on WC should I keep or sell

    1. reeceon
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      I'd keep, can always switch to a 4.5 with ease

    2. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      I would sell. On wc you don't get voluntarily rotation risks. Injuries do happen and every transfer may be needed.

  8. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Is Stevens safe now SU have signed. New CB?

    1. Long ago I drew a walrus
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      He's a wing back so yes

      1. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Course he is

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Stevens is a FB no?

  9. Concrete
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    So Mane has 2 week recovery time before Norwich to get over a minor tear?

    Think I’ll keep

    1. reeceon
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Same thoughts here, lots of £ in him too

  10. Mufc202020
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Really want an arsenal player to bring in. Any one got any suggestions other than Auba??

      1. Syd.
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Nope

      2. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Pepe is expensive, Saka is cheap, Laca is central.

      3. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Martinelli?

      4. lugs
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Pepe, he's been playing well recently without getting any returns, i'm eying him and Kola, but i wouldn't be surprised if Kola has lost his place to Saka who has been exceptional but is unfortunately playing ROOP

        1. Long ago I drew a walrus
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          *POO

        2. Mufc202020
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Was thinking Pepe but he is very expensive. Do we reckon Martineli will start??

            1. lugs
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              he will get plenty of minutes, but i don't think he'll start against Burnley after starting in the cup with Laca rested

      5. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I own LFC defensive double up and Mane.
        Is there any reason not to go Mane to Salah tonight ?

        1. Syd.
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          None whatsoever

        2. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          do it

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

          Do that move

        4. DA Minnion
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Easiest transfer ever.

        5. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Cheers guys - I cant understand myself why I am reluctant to pull the trigger ?
          🙂

          I just do it and go to sleep.

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

            You have feelings for Sadio after long journey together 😉

      6. Going To Win This Year
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        A) Jimmy + Aggy
        B) Vardy + Auba

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

          A

        2. Ha.
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Jimmy and Auba?

          1. Going To Win This Year
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Could do, thanks

      7. Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        My team is

        Ramsdale (Ryan)
        TAA, Rico, Clark, Lundstram (Soyuncu)
        Salah, KDB, Grealish (Mane, Longstaff)
        Vardy, Ings, Greenwood

        A: Mane and Greenwood to Traore and Jimi -4
        B: Mane and Greenwood to Traore and Auba -4
        C: Do nothing and keep Mane for next gameweek

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

          D) Mane to Son or Martial for two gw:s.

          1. Hybrid.power
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            See I was thinking that but neither of them are really jumping out at me. Spurs are a bit dire lately and United are very inconsistent

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

              Pogba back soon and new signing with creativity might change things.

        2. Ha.
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          B

      8. milanista10
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Those on WC, are you planning the BB chip GW from now or are you just getting 15 “playing” players with decent fixtures & wait on BB till later doubles, etc...?

      9. Boss Hogg
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Points predictions?

        a. Holgate
        b. Lundstram
        c. Son

        1. Kevin de Blanke
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          1
          2
          7

        2. COLLIN QUANER
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          2
          2
          2

      10. Kevin de Blanke
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Fleck or Douglas Luiz this week

        I don't know much about Luiz, buy he's been leaving a lot of points on my bench lately...

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Fleck

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

        Is Martial worth 2m more than Adama Traore?

        1. Ha.
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          No

        2. Kevin de Blanke
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          No, their price tags will prob be opposite next season

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

          It depends on other players, imo yes, for my team at least. For me it is him or probably Son to Mane later.

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

            Same boat. Was on Son earlier in the week but he closes off a lot of future transfers.

        4. DA Minnion
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Worth about 2M less.

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

            Cheers lads!

      12. Johnny Drama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        The armband on Auba just feels so much more fun than on Salah.
        And this game is about fun so 🙂

        1. TheDragon
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 8 days ago

          It won’t be fun if salah gets a hattrick whilst Auba blanks

          1. Johnny Drama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            And you think that will happen against a solid Soton defence?

            1. TheDragon
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 8 days ago

              It’s Liverpool , like city, there is always the chance regardless of who they play

            2. baps sniffer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Soton has never conceded more than two goals away, expect once or twice perhaps(?)

      13. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Igahlo.... have United hit rock bottom?

        1. HMFC1874
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          6 month loan, nothing to lose and in good form for his current side.

          1. TheDragon
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 8 days ago

            I’d be in good form if I played in that league.

            The fact he is the best they can get is desperate

        2. Kevin de Blanke
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Ighalo should be 15 goals a season at his best...?
          Why don't they find a nr. 10 instead of a striker ?

          Martial, Greenwood, James, Lingard for goals

          For supply they have none

      14. MysticMac17
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Play Soyuncu or Kolasinac?

        1. Kevin de Blanke
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Kola for attacking threat imo

          Both should concede

      15. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Thoughts on this WC? 10 changes
        Out would go Ryan Button Rico Kelly Lundstram Söyüncü Cantwell Haller DCL Vardy

        Dubravka
        TAA Stevens Van Dijk
        Salah (c) KDB Grealish Traoré
        Aguero Jiménez Ings*

        McCarthy Egan Hayden KWP

        * might keep DCL one more wek

      16. Mr_Barbs
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        A) Maddison/Martial > Grealish
        B) Maddison/Martial > Traore
        C) Martial & Maupay > Traore & Jiminez (-4) - Exact cash before rise
        D) Save

      17. HMFC1874
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Too early to get Bruno in?

        1. TheDragon
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Yes

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

          Think so.

          The inform Lingard likely means only 30 or so mins for Bruno tomorrow.

      18. Burger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Who to bring in for Mane:

        A. Son
        B. Perez
        C. Grealish

        ?

        1. Ha.
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          C

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

            Thanks!

      19. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Why does the RMT tool have Richarlison as 0 for this week? Ruining my score when I’m looking at WC teams, any mods about?

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

          Update might be in progress.

        2. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          not sure why people use RMT.

      20. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Final dilemma...

        Henderson
        TAA Lundstram Dunk Soyuncu
        Salah KDB Grealish Traore
        Vardy DCL

        McGovern Rico Greenwood Dendoncker

        0 FT, 8.9 ITB

        Best option:

        1. Rico >> VVD [-4] (LIV double defence)
        2. Play Greenwood (WOL)
        3. Play Rico (AVL) (possibly injury)
        4. Play Soyuncu (CHE)

        Thanks all

      21. Wardinator
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Who should i start?

        A) Lund
        B) Hayden
        C) Cantwell
        D) Rico

        1. MARVELLUS
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          A

      22. MARVELLUS
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        How exciting to go with my transfer? :
        Ryan
        Soy TAA Lund (Kelly, Stephens)
        Mane Salah(c) KDB Traore (Dend)
        Vardy Abraham DCL

        BORING A) Mane to Grealish
        INTERESTING B) Mane/Kelly to Grealish/VVD (-4)
        EXCITING C) Mane/Abraham to Grealish/Auba (-4)
        TOO EXCITING! D) Mane/Kelly/Abraham to Grealish/Auba/VVD (-8!)

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

          Do the -8!! Looks awesome!!

      23. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Ighalo to Man United. How the mighty have fallen.

        1. JamieNumber4
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Ighalo wasn’t bad for a season but I wouldn’t say he was ever mighty

        2. TheDragon
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 8 days ago

          United will be in the market for Benteke next... Deary me

      24. Trophé Mourinho
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Spurs why no striker,shoulda taken Defoe. Better than nothing 🙁