Tips

The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Gameweek 25

Welcome to a slightly earlier than normal Fantasy Football Scout Gameweek Guide ahead of Saturday’s 11:30 GMT deadline

After a divisive Double Gameweek in which many suffered from Triple Captaining Sadio Mane, we’ve had wise words from several of our Pro Pundits. In his Meet the Manager interview with Joe, Utkarsh Dalmia (aka Pro Pundit Zophar) reminded us:

Evaluate the decision, not the outcome.

– Pro Pundit Zophar

Clearly Mane was an excellent choice and it’s extremely unlucky he went off injured after just 33 minutes against Wolves.

Referencing Poker in his latest piece Lateriser cautioned that it would be very easy to go ‘on tilt’ after facing a bad beat. He echoed the words of fellow Pro Pundit Simon March, who has spoken in the past about the “What the heck? Effect” – where we are more likely to take risks following a loss:

Keeping your temperament in control is incredibly important.

– Pro Pundit Lateriser

This week, in his article discussing the ‘sunk cost fallacy’, former FPL winner Simon brought us more thoughtful advice:

Literally, the only thing that matters in this game are the points you score going forward so we’d do well to ensure that we make our decisions on that basis, no matter how loudly our past decisions might continue to echo in our ears.

– Simon March

So what moves should we be considering ahead of Gameweek 25?

The Scoutcast trio of Joe, Az, and Lee were unanimous in their recommendation of switching Mane to Salah, if you don’t already own the Egyptian.

Joe and Lee both feel that with a crunch Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid following hot on the heels of their Gameweek 26 trip to Norwich, Mane is unlikely to get many minutes even if he is fit to play.

However, for managers who already own Salah, the options to replace the Senegal international in our squads – in the words of Pro Pundit Ash – look bleak.

Raheem Sterling is similarly priced but is lacking in form. While Son Heung-min has had the second-highest number of goal attempts (14) this calendar year among midfielders but embarks on a poor run of upcoming fixtures, with the exception of Aston Villa in Gameweek 26.

Shifting funds to our front lines may be the way to go.

Pro Pundit Holly Shand points out that Aguero is making a compelling case to be included in our Fantasy squads when she cast her eye over the goal threat, creativity and clean sheets for January. While Aubameyang is tempting Pro Pundit Andy. The Arsenal forward faces Burnley (away), Newcastle (home), and Everton (home) in his next three matches.

And a cut-price striker has caught the attention of several managers. Pro Pundit Tom Freeman highlights Chris Wood in his differentials article:

With Arsenal, level with Burnley on 30 points, due at Turf Moor on Sunday, Wood’s aerial ability could be key. His five goals from set plays are more than any other player this season, whilst only Newcastle United have conceded more attempts from dead ball situations than the Gunners.

– Pro Pundit Tom Freeman

Community member Luv4rotties agrees, as he told us when he considered Mane replacements earlier this week. While Top Gun Luke is hoping the New Zealander will kick start his surge up the ranks.

And Pro Pundit Zophar also talked up the Kiwi when disclosing his plans for his FPL team.

Finally keep an eye on the moves of The Great and The Good. Greyhead was in pun-tastic form as he brought us a light-hearted look back on the Double Gameweek. Many of these managers boast excellent track records, and it’s somewhat reassuring to know that they suffered like millions of others.

Armband Candidates

Mohamed Salah is the runaway leader in our captain poll following his Double Gameweek heroics with over 56% of the vote.

But as David reported in his usual in-depth Captain Sensible article, Liverpool’s upcoming opponents could provide a stiff examination of their attacking credentials:

Southampton have been in fantastic shape, which may cause some slight concern for those hoping to trust Salah with the armband. Over the last four matches, when the Saints have faced Spurs, Leicester, Wolves and Crystal Palace, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men have conceded just 22 shots in the box, just 5.5 per game. Considering that Southampton will be away from home against Liverpool, this data suggests that if they, as suspected, park the proverbial bus, it could limit Liverpool’s attack.

– David

He offers up Aguero as a viable alternative for our armband affections:

Aguero comes into this weekend in better statistical shape than the Egyptian (as far as goal threat is concerned) with superior figures for shots in the box, big chances and shots on target. Furthermore, the defensive data of recent matches suggests that Spurs could actually be easier to penetrate than Southampton at Anfield.

– David

However if the threat of Pep Roulette makes you feel uneasy, Salah is undeniably a good option. He comfortably tops this site’s Rate My Team and his prowess can be explained by his home form. Neale’s analysis of the key underlying stats revealed:

45 attempts on goal, 38 shots in the box, 22 efforts on target, 13 big chances and ten goals recorded by Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) at Anfield this season. No FPL midfielder can surpass any of those totals in home fixtures. Liverpool face Southampton on Merseyside this weekend.

– Neale

Salah is also one of the three ‘players to watch’ in Pep Pig’s Gameweek 25 preview and Liverpool are miles ahead in the latest DS stats, fixtures and clean sheet odds provided by G-Whizz.

Looking ahead

The FA Cup and League Cup results are beginning to shape the landscape for FPL managers. 

David reviewed the current permutations for Blank Gameweek 31: two matches will definitely be postponed while the FA Cup replays due to take place on February 4th and 5th will lead to further fixture disruption. 

The League Cup final will be contested by Aston Villa and Manchester City, meaning their fixtures against Sheffield United and Arsenal will be rearranged. Therefore highly-owned players such as Kevin De Bruyne, John Lundstram, Dean Henderson and Jack Grealish will all blank in Gameweek 28.

Of course these same players will also benefit from a yet-to-be-announced Double Gameweek.

Team News

Among this week’s press conferences was the news that Willy Boly is ready to return to action. 

The Scoutcast trio found his price of £4.7m enticing. The Wolves defender could be a good replacement for Soyuncu or possibly Lundstram, should the Sheffield United star find his starting role under threat.

To add to his appeal the Frenchman scored three goals from headers last season. Tom Freeman highlighted the importance of set-piece threat in his latest article. Newcastle United offer a few budget options ahead of fixtures against Norwich and Arsenal.

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3,434 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Mr Frost
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    I'm one of the 0.8m who gave sign Bruno Fernándes. Where's my medal?

  2. TheSteel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Is Greenwood likely to start? I’d say no. Thoughts?

    1. janowsc
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I would also say no, but who knows. Always good for 1 point

    2. bigbudgie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Seriously doubt it

  3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Will we get a Leicester teamsheet pre deadline?

    Really want to capo Vardy, but he needs to start

    1. bigbudgie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Hardly ever happens does it :-(. Not sure Chelsea will leave a lot of space in behind either

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

    Start 2 of
    1) Kelly
    2)Rico
    3) Soy
    4) Lundstram

    Start 2 of
    A) ings
    B) fleck
    C) Traoré

    1. bigbudgie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I have all of them, playing 2/4 and all of a, b, c. Tough to drop one of them, gotta be Ings tho due to fixture

    2. osceola31909
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      2/4 and a/c

  5. mlm
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Play one, Ings or Cantwell?

  6. ppv
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    I am playing Mings ahead of Ings but have Ings ahead of Cantwell on the bench

  7. b91jh
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Cantwell or Ings to start?

    1. Sid07
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Ings

    2. ppv
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      If you have 2 Liverpool defence then I would play Cantwell but could backfire obviously

  8. Sid07
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    1) mane to son
    2) mane + maupay to martial + auba -(4)
    3) mane + maupay to son + jiminez (-4)
    4) mane + Lund to son + vvd (-4)

  9. tom66
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Thoughts on Jorginho (4.9)? 3 goals in the last 5. On WC this week.

    1. BNMC
        2 months, 4 days ago

        He's on penalties too.

    2. davies
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      A) Holgate > Gomez (-4)

      B) Play two from Lund / Soy / Holgate / Kelly

      1. bigbudgie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        B

        1. davies
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Which?

          Lund & Kelly might not play and the others will concede imo

          1. Leander De Doncker
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Soybean imo

    3. mlm
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      McCarthy (Button)
      TAA VVD Lundstram
      Salah(c) KDB Martial Maddison Cantwell
      Aguero Jimenez
      (Ings Kelly Aurier)

      0TB, 0FT

      GTG?

    4. DF
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Any palace fans reckon Kelly gets another game?

      1. Spoox777
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Unlikely as Kelly is a poor RB. Better at CB
        I would say 75% Ward starts.

        1. DF
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Thanks for that mate. I'll bury him on the bench and deal with him later

    5. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      G2G?

      Pope,
      VVD, Lascelles, Lunds
      Salah, Grealish, Traore, Fleck*, KDB
      Vardy, Kun

      McCarthy, Ings, Rico, Williams

      On WC, 1.8ITB

      any feedback wlecome.

    6. michudagawd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Should I start Targett over any of these players? Sidibé, Cantwell or Traoré.

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

        no, i doubt Villa will keep a clean sheet

        1. michudagawd
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Yeah little chance of CS but Targett is very attacking of late as a wing-back so potential for some goals or assists.

      2. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Play Traore imo lad

        1. michudagawd
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Targett in over Sidibe or Cantwell?

      3. Amey
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Over cantwell

        1. michudagawd
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Cheers for your input.

    7. Weilong7
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      hendo button
      taa vvd soy lundstram kelly
      kdb mane maddison mount martial
      vardy ings greenwood

      1) mane to salah
      2) vardy to jimmy
      3) mount to traore
      4) any other moves

      1FT 0.6 ITB
      thanks!

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Mane > Salah

        Think Vardy will play and score V CHE too

      2. DF
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Think it's 1 mate.

      3. Weilong7
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        thanks all.. yeah 1 seems to be the move to make

    8. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Henderson or dubravka ??

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

        Hendo

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Thanks mate

    9. BNMC
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Trent (C)??

        1. DF
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          No reason why not.

          1. BNMC
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Not confident of a CS

          2. Spoox777
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Not sure. Ihave a feeling Ings will score but lose 3-1. I guess TAA could assist. I've gone with
            Salah (c)
            TAA (vc)

          3. Bad Kompany
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            I’m going salah but if I didn’t have salah I might be on that

        2. noquarternt
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Ighalo’s price? 8.0?

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 4 days ago

            6.5m

        3. PocketZola
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Auba trap, yes or no?

          1. BNMC
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Definitely not. The only issue with him is the GW28 blank, but then again you wouldn't expect him to get that many points against Man City away.

              1. PocketZola
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                The man wants to leave, he will do a professional job but I cant see him breaking his back like martinelli to impress

            • juho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Pick 2 out of 3, please
              1) Mariappa
              2) Lascelles
              3) Taylor

              Thank you

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

                Ah i messed up, pls ignore

                1. PocketZola
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Id never ignore 😉

                  2,3 imo

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

                    Haha thanks mate

                    I'm going with Auba for the next three

            • wernerhedgehog
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Trap. Owning him for 2 seasons, never been able to captain his mega hauls.

            • Bad Kompany
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              I’ve been avoiding arsenal in general the past couple of seasons.

              Auba seems to never haul when you’d expect him to so I’d avoid

          2. FFFoxy
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Vardy to Firmino for -4?

            1. BNMC
                2 months, 4 days ago

                I wouldn't do it for a hit, but I did it for free last week.

              • Bad Kompany
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                No IMO

              • Spoox777
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                I wouldn't.

              • the dom 1
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Keep Vardy but Bobby will step up in Mane's absence for sure again

            2. Bad Kompany
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Thoughts? 1 ft.

              A. Vardy and Maddison to fleck and kun
              B. Lund to O’Connell or Stephens
              C. Vardy and Maddison to Jimenez/wood and mahrez
              D. Maddison to grealish

            3. wernerhedgehog
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              I have Pepe in my squad. Help! Do I keep the faith this week?

              1. BNMC
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  He has a free kick/corner in him, but I see him getting decent points in the upcoming home fixtures. I'd keep, given that there are hardly any players around his price that impress.

                  1. wernerhedgehog
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    gosh thats exactly why i still have him. Wondering if there's risk of Arteta dropping him.

                    1. BNMC
                        2 months, 4 days ago

                        For who? Nelson and AMN are the only other right mids/wingers in the squad; Nelson is injured and AMN may continue at RB until Cedric settles in.

                        1. wernerhedgehog
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 4 days ago

                          you've been great help thanks. i dont follow Arsenal close enough.

                • juho
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Pick 2 out of 3, please
                  1) Mariappa
                  2) Lascelles
                  3) Taylor

                  Thank you

                  1. Superballzzz
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    1 and 2

                • Disturbed
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  lei v che score predictions?

                  1. BNMC
                      2 months, 4 days ago

                      I'm gonna be "boring" and say 2-2

                    • Spoox777
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 4 days ago

                      2-1 Leicester.

                    • Bad Kompany
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 4 days ago

                      1-1

                      1. PocketZola
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 4 days ago

                        2-0 lei

                    • Superballzzz
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 4 days ago

                      2 nil Leicester

                    • RoryzonderR
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 4 days ago

                      2-1 leicester

                  2. Spoox777
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    Anyone worried about Grealish after this weekend. Villa got a tough run of fixtures.

                    1. PocketZola
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 4 days ago

                      Blank 28 so will ship out

                      1. Spoox777
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 4 days ago

                        I don't mind benching for 1 GW.

                    2. BNMC
                        2 months, 4 days ago

                        It's a wait and see for me. They play Spurs and Chelsea at home, and I know they got spanked 6-1 there but otherwise their form at Villa Park has been pretty good. They almost took a point off Liverpool.

                      • Amey
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 4 days ago

                        Hold for next GW. Sell for Traore in GW 27

                    3. PocketZola
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 4 days ago

                      6.6 millions in the bank! 0ft

                      What would you do here?

                      Pope
                      Taa soy holgate
                      Salah kdb grealish traore
                      Martinelli vardy jimenez

                      Subs, cantwell, lund, kelly

                      1. PocketZola
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 4 days ago

                        Kelly to rob for a -4?

                        1. Spoox777
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 4 days ago

                          Not for a -4. I would to VvD (0.5 cheaper) if you had a FT though

                      2. Spoox777
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 4 days ago

                        Hold for this GW but...

                        Players i'd get rid of...
                        Holgate, Martinelli, Lundstram (if no longer nailed) Kelly (Ward back from injury now)

                        Holgate > Newcastle Defender?
                        Lundstram > Sheff Utd Defender?
                        Kelly > Southampton Defender after this GW?

                      3. ppv
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 4 days ago

                        Doubt if Martinelli will start

                    4. PocketZola
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 4 days ago

                      Traore to smoke man u

                      1. BNMC
                          2 months, 4 days ago

                          Shaw will be in his pocket

                        • Spoox777
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 4 days ago

                          Not so sure. I have him benched.

                      2. osceola31909
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 4 days ago

                        Play Lascelles or O’Connelll?

                        1. Spoox777
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 4 days ago

                          Lascelles.

                        2. Superballzzz
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 4 days ago

                          Oconnell

                      3. Superballzzz
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 4 days ago

                        What’s it all about when you can’t sleep...! As you don’t know who to start out of DCL or the Lord Lunstrum ..???

                        A - Dominic Calvert Lewin

                        B - Lord Lunstrum

                        1. osceola31909
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          2 months, 4 days ago

                          A

                        2. Yank Revolution
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 4 days ago

                          A

                      4. Bad Kompany
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 4 days ago

                        Thoughts on minamino as a punt?

                        1. BNMC
                            2 months, 4 days ago

                            We could see him being used to give Salah and Mane rests prior to UCL games. Would be an interesting one to own.

                          • Bad Kompany
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 4 days ago

                            Probably not actually. Forgot about origi

                          • juho
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 4 days ago

                            would imagine klopp wants to win the league more than UCL