Scout Picks

Premium midfielders with appealing matches headline Gameweek 26 Scout Picks

We’ve gone big in midfield and relatively light in attack for the Gameweek 26 Scout Picks, which may raise an eyebrow or two.

As usual, we deliberated over the Scout Squad submissions made by David, Neale, Paul and Geoff over the last few days before coming up with the final team.

We shape up in a 3-5-2 formation, with our team coming well inside the allotted budget of £85.0m.

GOALKEEPER

No goalkeeper received unanimous support among our Scout Squad panel but Alex McCarthy did get three votes ahead of Southampton’s clash with Burnley. The Clarets are in the bottom three for attempts on goal and shots in the box in away games and ranked 20th for shots on target. Southampton, meanwhile, have allowed fewer attempts on goal than all teams bar Manchester City over the last six Gameweeks.

DEFENDERS

All three of our defensive picks this week received universal backing from our Scout Squad panel.

Nine clean sheets in ten matches is reason enough to back a Liverpool defender in Gameweek 26, with Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s assist potential – he has already matched his total number of attacking returns from 2018/19 – another string to his bow. The Canaries have allowed more crosses per home game from their left flank – i.e. Liverpool’s right – than any other club this season.

While Bournemouth have admittedly picked up back-to-back wins at home, they haven’t scored in four of their last five games on the road and Enda Stevens could potentially profit from a Cherries defence that has conceded more chances from their right flank than any other club over the last six Gameweeks. Sheffield United have kept clean sheets in five of their 12 games at Bramall Lane, with only Liverpool conceding fewer goals on home soil.

Crystal Palace, meanwhile, have not only scored fewer goals than any other Premier League side this season but they have also allowed more crosses from their right flank than any top-flight team over the last dozen Gameweeks. Lucas Digne, therefore, is our Everton representative, not least because 65 of his 81 FPL points have arrived in home fixtures.

MIDFIELDERS

How many top 10k managers played the Triple Captain for Double Gameweek 24?

Mohamed Salah, the leader in our captaincy poll, has registered 16-point hauls in each of the last two Gameweeks and averages 9.2 Fantasy Premier League points per match in 2020 so far. It has to be said that Salah hasn’t been prolific on the road this season, scoring only two goals away from Anfield – although he has supplemented those strikes with five assists. Salah bucked the trend in his last away outing, however, racking up 14 points in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over West Ham United. Norwich have shipped 25 goals in 12 home fixtures this season, meanwhile.

Manchester City’s home game against West Ham is arguably the standout fixture of Gameweek 26, with Kevin De Bruyne‘s security of starts – he has made Pep Guardiola’s starting XI for 17 league matches in a row – a big draw given the unpredictability of Guardiola’s selections elsewhere. David Moyes’ troops have conceded 14 big chances and ten goals over their last four matches. De Bruyne tops the league for key passes in his last four, meanwhile.

With Aston Villa the only side to have conceded more big chances than West Ham since Gameweek 21, Son Heung-min is our third premium midfield option selected. The South Korean may be in a more central role at Spurs following Steven Bergwijn’s arrival and he has fired 11 shots in the box in the last four Gameweeks since Harry Kane was sidelined.

Sergio Aguero was a first-choice pick for three of our Scout Squad but, omitted by Paul and with other £10.0m+ options receiving universal backing, the Argentinean was a luxury we simply couldn’t afford. Instead, we turn to Riyad Mahrez as our second City representative. Both Aguero and Mahrez have started 14 matches this season, with the latter proving the more explosive with five double-figure hauls to the Argentinean’s four.

We’re gambling on Graham Potter’s unpredictable team selection as we take a punt on Leandro Trossard extending his reliable home form against Watford. All three of the Brighton winger’s goals this season and four of his five assists have come at the Amex Stadium. When selected, he has been involved in 64% of the Seagulls’ efforts in front of their own supporters. Trossard has averaged 5.1 FPL points per home appearance.

FORWARDS

Crystal Palace are without a clean sheet in nine Gameweeks, so Dominic Calvert-Lewin has a chance to continue his fine form in the Carlo Ancelotti era. The Everton striker is joint-second for big chances when all FPL assets are filtered by their last four matches.

Danny Ings may have blanked for three Gameweeks in a row (one of his run-outs coming off the bench, in mitigation) but there is little wrong with his underlying stats, with the Southampton striker joint-third alongside Calvert-Lewin for shots in the box when players are filtered by their last four matches. The fact that he has racked up those attempts in just 270 minutes of football (out of a possible 360) makes that an even more impressive statistic. Ings has scored in five of his last seven home fixtures.

SUBSTITUTES

No goalkeeper has kept more league clean sheets than Dean Henderson this season and the Sheffield United shot-stopper was the first-choice pick for three of our Scout Squad panel ahead of the Blades’ clash with Bournemouth, who score at a rate of less than one goal per game away from home in 2019/20.

Mason Holgate is an ever-present under Ancelotti and David was keen to see us double-up on the Toffees, with Palace’s shot-shy attack visiting Merseyside.

Jack Stephens was Geoff’s preferred Southampton option, having recorded three assists and three clean sheets in the last ten Gameweeks.

Watford forward Troy Deeney – third for xGI among FPL forwards since Nigel Pearson took charge – this weekend faces a Brighton and Hove Albion defence with only one clean sheet to their name in 14 matches.

THE CAPTAIN

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Representing the community against the Scout Picks in Gameweek 26 is Haggis.

They have gone for a 4-3-3 line-up of McCarthy, van Dijk, Doherty, Digne, Stevens, Salah, Mahrez, Moura, Aguero (c), Jesus, Ings.

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Community Champion gwitbrock beat our Scout Picks 86-63 in Gameweek 25 and as a result, their winning margin of 23 points is now the target to beat.

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3,460 Comments Post a Comment
  1. brendanlim92
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    vardy-jimenez-aguero

    looking to do vardy to firmino

    gtg?

    1. Siggy Azalea
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Was on the same...Would it be a FH to Firmino? If so, would play it

      1. brendanlim92
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        1 FT for this, i just dont see vardy having returns this gw

  2. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    If Salah really is 37 weeks pregnant, no way that Klopp will start him?

    1. Blunder fc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      klopp's a lunatic with only one thought in his mind, victory. He has no regard for human life or suffering. Nailed on captain

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Pregnancy is 40 weeks right?

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

          38

          1. Van der Faart
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            40

        2. Blunder fc
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 1 day ago

          there's very little data on male pregnancy, I think Arnold Schwarzenneger made a documentary about it in the early nineties, probably worth checking out

          1. Sgt. Schultz
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Phil Heath and Kai Greene could be massive differentials.

          2. ‘Tis the Season
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Sounds legit

    2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Wow! His hauls I’m the last few weeks just became even more impressive. Imagine being pregnant and be able to perform as an athlete on that level. Mind boggles.

  3. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Kelly to Bertrand worth a hit? Alternative is to play Soyuncu

    1. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Play soy boy

  4. Mufc202020
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Thinking of playing KWP over Grealish. Is this crazy?

      1. mynameisq
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Yes

      2. Siggy Azalea
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Yes

    • mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Start Egan or the Lord?

      Have Hendo in goal, not dropping TAA or Robbo

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

        Egan

        1. mynameisq
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Thanks

      2. Duffy Dunk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I'd start Lund since you have Egan's CS cover in Henderson.

      3. FPL Pillars
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Egan

      4. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Egan

    • Viper
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      A. Start Maupay

      B. Maupay - > Ings (-4)

      C. Maddison - > Mahrez (-4). Start Maupay

    • DS29
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      1. Maupay to Jiminez
      2. Lundstram to O'Connell
      3.Do both for a -4 hit??

      1. Siggy Azalea
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        1

      2. Duffy Dunk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        You could even save the transfer...

    • as33
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Keep martial or sell to Mahrez(Son) and Lundstr to Digne for -4?

      1. Blunder fc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        keep and just do lund to digne for a free transfer

        1. as33
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Forgo to mention ive got and Kelly and hes red falged:(

          1. as33
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            flaged

            1. as33
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              So maybe just Kelly to some1 else, and keep Lundstr in case hes starts, my other def:
              Taa, Cresswell, Reid

    • Shark Team
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I was ready to go Salah (C) but the fact that Man City averages 7 GOALS per game Sterling doesn't play makes me thinking of capping KDB.
      Plus the fact that Liverpool faces Atletico Madrid 3 days later...

      1. mynameisq
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Salah starts surely to stay sharp, but yeah will come off very early

    • Oggle22
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Mccarthy
      TAA Holgate Stephens
      Salah KDB Martial Moura Hilson
      Vardy Aubameyang

      Button Long Lundstarm Kelly

      G2G?
      Vardy to ings

      1. jimmy.floyd
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Gtg

    • jimmy.floyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Captain:
      A Kun
      B Salah

      Play one:
      1 Stephens
      2 Taylor
      Have Ings and McCarthy

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        B1

    • Bad Butcher
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      a) Save FT
      b) Vardy Maddi -> Barnes Kun (C) for -4

      Leno
      VVD TAA Dunk
      KDB Salah Madd Traore
      Vardy Ings Auba

      Lund Rico Hayden 1.2 itb 1FT

    • Clever Cloggins Mrs Goggins
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      On a WC, would you drop KDB to Mahrez in order to fund Kun?

      1. Duffy Dunk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Nah. Do you really want 2 MCI attackers after gw26?

    • Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      A Wood to ings for -4?
      B Maddison to son for -4?
      C no nit

      1. Lord Flashheart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        C no *hit

      2. Van der Faart
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        C

      3. Sgt. Schultz
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        no HIT

      4. Lord Flashheart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Cheers

    • lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Bench one -

      A Traore
      B Maddison

      1. Duffy Dunk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        B

    • MrFrodo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Should I do a -4 to improve my defence is looking depleted defence or risk playing Lundstram?

      TTA, Enda, Lundstram (Kelly, Williams)

      1. Van der Faart
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Any money ITB? Kelly to Stephens if you can afford it

        1. MrFrodo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          No it would have to be Lundstram to Stephens. My money is tied up in Aguero who i'm getting rid of next week for Jiminez so i could wait a week.

    • Mikha In A Tutu
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Shall I get Lundstram or Kelly out for Jack Stephens?

      1. Van der Faart
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Kelly as hes injured

      2. Duffy Dunk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Injured Kelly.

        1. Mikha In A Tutu
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          What about Lundstram’s lack of a start and GW28 blank?

          1. Van der Faart
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Kelly is the bigger issue. At least Lundy can come on for a point. Kelly isn't going to play at all.

      3. fabo
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        why would you want rid of Jack?

        1. Mikha In A Tutu
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          I want him in

      4. fabo
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        in that case, get him in for Kelly if you have the money ITB

    • Van der Faart
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Good to go here? Think my two main rivals will captain Salah as they are Liverpool fans. Trailing both by between 10 and 20 points

      McCarthy (Ryan)

      TAA Robbo Egan (Lord Rico)

      Salah Son KDB(c) Traore (Dendo)

      Ings DCL Vardy

      1. Duffy Dunk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Don't worry about who their captains are. Pick the one YOU feel will score the most.

      2. fabo
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        10 and 20 pts in nothing, Play your own game right now

    • ooooo
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Which one?
      A) Haller to Ings and play Soyuncu over Kelly/Lundstram
      B) Haller to Ings, Kelly to Vvd(-4)?.

    • SharkyJon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Play Webster or Boly?

    • diesel001
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      What effect will the windy weather have on the games tomorrow? Can't remember a game when it was windy at City, but am sure there have been some. Did it blunt the City attack?

      1. Van der Faart
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Dont remember it ever affecting City but I do recall Klopp complaining about it before.

        1. Uncle Gamst
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Klopp must like Heinz

    • JollyGoodYellows
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Need some help on what to do here guys, 2FTs and 0.7itb:

      Henderson (Button)
      TAA Lund Soy (Kelly Williams)
      Salah KDB Mane Grealish (Cantwell)
      Vardy DCL Ings

      1. Van der Faart
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Lund to Stevens or Stephens
        Roll the second

      2. Udo
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Get a replacement for the Lord or Kelly, the team looks G2G. Keep GW28 in mind, you may want to get an playing GK in.

      3. fabo
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I world spend at least one on the transfers. Transfer out Soy or Kelly to someone like Boly, Stephens, Stevens. You could use the Lund money to get a bigger player, if you do not mind getting rid

        1. JollyGoodYellows
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Cheers. Thinking Kelly to Stephens and roll the other one.

    • faux_C
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Play Lascelles or Lund? Currently on Lascelles as don't want a Lund cameo.

      1. fabo
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        stick

    • Just a fountain
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Lowton/Taylor at 4.2... Yay or Nay? Good 28/31 gw important for a Lundy replacement.

    • zhiren
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Is this WC gtg? Have my reservations about Tanganga but I have zero itb..Anyone I can downgrade to get upgrade Tanganga?

      Pope
      TAA // Gomez // Egan
      Salah // KDB // Son // Mooy
      Kun (c) // Ings // Jimi

      Button // Tanganga // Stephens // Hayden

      1. Udo
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Kun is a luxury, would consider to downgrade, and invest into your def in general.

        1. zhiren
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Thanks! Intention is to have him for GW 26 & 27, and then get Vardy in for BGW 28. After that, will probably stick with Vardy or go with Auba..

          1. Udo
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Sounds like a plan, Hannibal 😉

    • MikeLowrey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Maupay to Martinelli or Kelly to Tanganga...or both? Have 2FT

      1. Just a fountain
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        wouldn't do any of these tbh. Martinelli playing time + no 28. tanganga has Davies back. so not convinced..

        1. MikeLowrey
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Anything you’d suggest? I can get up to 4.4 for a Kelly replacement with 0.2 ITB

      2. Udo
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Kelly to one of Southamptons/ Newcastles def, and roll the 2nd FT.

    • Mr_Barbs
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Is Martial > Mahrez (-4) worth a hit?

      McCarthy
      TAA, VVD, O'Connell
      Salah, KDB, Martial, Grealish, Fleck
      Vardy, Ings

      McGovern, Maupay, Soyuncu, Kiko

    • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Chasinh 100 p. Is Auba viable captain choise or maddness? Thx

      1. FPL Pillars
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Not the right way about making up a lead

    • sambyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Is there any real risk of the Man City game being called off? I'm thinking about Martial to Mahrez for -4, but I'm not sure if it is worth it if there's a chance it won't be played.

      1. FPL Pillars
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        No risk

    • DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Henderson
      TAA Lundstram Ake
      Grealish SalahC De Bruyne Cantwell
      Jiminez DCL Ings

      McCarthy Söyüncü Kelly Dendonker

      8.4 in the bank

      Future transfers would be for a -4, what would you do?

      Will likely be Cantwell to Son but could also do DCL to Aguero(c) and then move onto Firmino week after.

      1. DandyDon
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Is Moura a better option than Son through middle?