Scout Picks

Double Gameweek 19 Scout Picks built on key FPL assets at Man City and West Ham

The Double Gameweek 19 Scout Picks feature an entire host of assets who play twice over the next few days.

Manchester City and West Ham players form the spine of the squad, with three players from each team making the first XI.

We line up in a 4-4-2 formation this time, which comes in bang on the budget of £83.0m.

Goalkeeper

Sam Johnstone (£4.5m) comes with the chance of scoring clean sheet and bonus save points. West Bromwich Albion line-up against West Ham and Wolves in the Double Gameweek, two teams in the bottom half for goals scored this season with 24 and 19. Johnstone has also made the most saves of any keeper this season with 74, six more than nearest rival Illan Meslier.

Defenders

Joao Cancelo (£5.8m) makes his second consecutive appearance in the Scout Picks, following Manchester City’s clean sheet against Brighton. The full-back has been unlucky to only record one attacking return this season, with the second-highest amount of key passes and third highest number of big chances created from defenders in the league. Pep Guardiola previously praised Cancelo’s ability to play a game every three days, so he could even be immune to Pep’s rotation.

Joining Cancelo from the rock-solid City defence is John Stones (£5.0m). With games against a shot-shy Crystal Palace and a covid-hit Villa side, City are predicted to add to their eight clean sheets. With Nathan Ake (£5.4m) and Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) remaining on the treatment table, expect Stones to retain his place in the league’s best defence.

The Premier League’s highest-scoring defender Kurt Zouma (£5.8m) returns to the Scout Picks. With set-piece specialist Hakim Ziyech returning to the Chelsea line-up, Zouma has every chance of adding to his four goals this season.

Rounding out the defence is West Ham full-back Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m). In Gameweek 19, the Hammers face two of the three lowest scorers in the Premier League in Burnley and West Brom. Coufal’s attacking potential will also be boosted by the return of West Ham’s talismanic forward (below).

Midfielders

Heavy backing for Salah in emerging top 10k FPL managers

We’re backing the misfiring Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) to get back to his best in Gameweek 19. Despite hitting a bit of a dry spell, Salah has still had the highest number of shots in the box, above second-placed Sadio Mané, and has received the second-highest amount of big chances. All this points to the Egyptian rediscovering his form, and he has two games to do it in.

Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) appears to be loving life as a false nine, and we’re backing him to add goals to his impressive performances. In what has been a frustrating season for De Bruyne, the City captain recorded five shots on goal and created three chances against Brighton. Had it not been for some resolute defending and a penalty Raheem Sterling will quickly want to forget, De Bruyne would have easily recorded a second double-digit haul in a row from his new striking position.

December’s Player of the Month and Scout Pick regular Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m) makes the team again, despite blanking against Burnley. This was Fernandes’ first ever FPL blank in an away game, and with two trips on the road for Manchester United, their Portuguese playmaker is expected to get back to his best.

Tomas Soucek (£5.3m) is the Scout Picks’ second West Ham player to make the team with two appetising fixtures on the horizon. The big Czech has scored the most headed goals of all midfielders in the league and lines-up against a West Brom team who have conceded the most headed attempts.

Forwards

The evergreen Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) leads the line for the Scout Picks, and will be hoping to catch up with Salah and Son Heung-min (£9.8m) at the top of the goalscoring charts. Vardy and Leicester’s pressing and frenetic style could well lead to problems for opponents Chelsea, whose six defensive errors have led to goals, the most in the league.

Partnering Vardy is West Ham’s powerhouse striker Michail Antonio (£6.2m), returning from injury. After spending most of the season on the treatment table, Antonio has shown glimpses of what he can do this season, including his stunning overhead kick against Man City. If he can return to the player he was last season, when he had a expected goals rating than Harry Kane (£11.1m) and Anthony Martial (£8.8m), then he will be a handful for any defence in the league.

Substitutes

  • Edouard Mendy (£5.1m)
  • James Justin (£5.0m)
  • Ademola Lookman (£5.0m)
  • Ollie Watkins (£6.1m)

THE CAPTAIN

Who are the best captain options for FPL Gameweek 36+?

We choose the Scout Picks captain using a four-way vote between our Scout Squad pundits.

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487 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Meslier
    Robertson Dias Stones Zouma
    Salah(C) Mane Bruno (V) Grealish Soucek
    Antonio*
    Mendy* Coufal Bamford Brewster
    *1 hit to bring them in for nonplaying players. Cant afford to upgrade Brewster thats only weakness.
    BB and GTG?

  2. ArseneAllTheWay
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Currently have 0 city coverage...

    McCarthy --> Ederson
    Taylor --> Stones
    Grealish --> Foden

    (-8) - yay or nay?

    1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Why grealish out ?

      1. Pegboy
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I assume to afford the other transfers. I think it'll probably pay you back, but I think I'd prefer El Ghazi to Foden over the medium term.

    2. Well you know, Triffic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Ederson ceiling is 6 points.

      I'd just just Taylor to stones.

      1. Pegboy
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Eh? Isn't it 12 or am I missing something?

    3. aleksaa2
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Nay

  3. Kryptonite666
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Any reason not to do Kane + Grealish to Salah + Antonio for a -4 tonight ?

    1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Could backfire highly

  4. 03farmboy
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Stones or Coufal for -4?

    1. SharkyT
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Stones

    2. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Stones better upcoming fix

  5. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Dier to Stones (-4) ? Yay or nay?
    If nay Bamford starting

    1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      have Dias

    2. OBAMA
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      play bamf

  6. cutch
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    McCarthy, Bamford, Dallas, Anguissa

    Is this bench (and a -4 hit) good enough for BB?

  7. GROBARI
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Is Kane,DCL and Dallas to Vardy,Antonio and Dias worth a -8 hit
      My team will be
      Martinez
      Dias Chilwell Justin
      Salah Son Bruno Soucek
      Antonio Banford Vardy

      1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Yes I think so

    • beetlejuice
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Which ones would you sell?
      A) Dallas
      B) Saiss

      1) Saka
      2) Raphinha

      1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        B1

    • Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Dawson and Kane + 8 or Cresswell and Vardy?

      1. One of Those Days
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Cresswell and Vardy

      2. Pegboy
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Dawson and Kane + 8

    • Rinseboy
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Any of these worth a -4

      A - Raphinha to Gundogen
      B - Meslier to Areola

      1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I don't think so. Maybe B if you really want to

    • Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Play Martinez over Johnstone?

      1. SharkyT
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Yes without question

      2. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Definitely

    • Nespinha
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Pick the most rational move:

      A) Taylor to Stones (-4) --- play Stones + Adams, bench Balbuena

      B) Taylor + Adams to Coufal + António (-8) ---- play Both, bench Balbuena

      C) Taylor + Adams to Cancelo + Brewster (-8) --- play Cancelo and Balbuena/KWP, bench Brewster

      1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        B

    • pundit of punts
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      What’s this Twitter rumour about Shrewsbury coach testing positive for covid?

      Lee vs sot back on?

      1. Well you know, Triffic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Lol

      2. fc_skrald
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        wow

      3. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Lol that would be hilarious

      4. OBAMA
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        dont even joke about that.

      5. aleksaa2
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        It's real, not a rumour, only he will miss the game. Saints vs Shrews is on.

    • fc_skrald
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Good to go and save the a transfer for next gw?

      Martínez
      Tierney, Coufal, Cancelo
      Son, Salah(C), Fernandes, Grealish
      Wilson, Bamford, Kane(VC)

      Button, Lowton, Burke, Douglas
      1 free transfer, 0.5 million in the bank, all chips available

      1. elwardio
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Tierney is a doubt could get a Man City defender?

        1. aleksaa2
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          This

        2. fc_skrald
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Thanks both. Yes maybe but Lowton should play if Tierney is out and he has two matches. I always like to have two free transfers if possible. hmm dont know....

    • SharkyT
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      FH active:

      A) Dias + Grealish
      B) Robertson + Foden
      C) Chilwell + Foden

      1. Al-Chemy
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        A or B. A safer for minutes, but B could get returns if Down does play

        1. Al-Chemy
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          *Foden

      2. Pegboy
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        B

    • Al-Chemy
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Appreciate any input on this:

      Martinez (Steer)
      Cancelo Chilwell Dallas (KWP Mitchell)
      Salah Bruno Son Grealish (Romeu)
      Kane Bamford Antonio

      A) Leave as is
      B) KWP -> Cresswell (-4) and play instead of Dallas
      C) Same as B but bench boost
      D) TC Salah

      1. SharkyT
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        B

    • as33
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Is it good time to TC Salah?

      1. OptimusBlack
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Yeeeeeah

      2. Sanchit
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Liverpool looked full against WBA,New and Southampton

      3. OBAMA
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        i wouldnt, Salah out of form

      4. Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I'm not convinced - the United game will be a typically drab 1-1 bore draw so he really only has the Burnley game to rip it up imo

      5. NejiHyuuga01
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Salah and Liverpool out of form and honestly I consider Burnley steadier than ManUtd these days

        1. NejiHyuuga01
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I meant to write sturdier* but what whatever

        2. Bennerman
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          So that's 16th place Burnley 'steadier' than top of the league Man United? What's the thinking, the fact Burnley have conceded fewer goals (in one match fewer)?

          1. NejiHyuuga01
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            I meant sturdier and league position isn't the factor here. Burney can't score, that is why they are 16th. After Mee's return they are solid defensively, don't let total goals conceded trick you because that was start of season with injured defence.

    • Dele
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Do we think Dias and Cancelo play both games?

      1. SharkyT
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I’m sure Dias will. Never know with Cancelo

    • E25
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Balbuena -> which city for a -4??
      A) Dias
      B) Stones
      C) Cancelo
      D) don't take hit and play Dallas (seems passive)

      1. OBAMA
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        a

        1. Al-Chemy
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          A

      2. Sanchit
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        C

    • Bluejays and Horseplay
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yay or nay to Bench Boost this squad for -8 hit?

      Martinez
      Dias, Cresswell, Robertson
      Soucek, KDB, Fernandes, Son
      Bamford, Vardy, Antonio
      Johnstone; Raphinha, Taylor, Mitchell

      Transfers:
      Forster -> Johnstone,
      Grealish -> Soucek,
      Brewster -> Antonio

    • aborg
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Will you BB with a goalie not playing even one game in this DGW? To bring one in it will cost me a total of a -8 hit.
      My other 3 on bench are Mings, Adams and Dallas.

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Mings essentially has a single game, so I wouldnt even BB that

      2. Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Not worth -8

    • htfcbrad
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      RMT (£0.7m ITB):

      Meslier, (Forster)
      Robbo, Cancelo, Dias, Dier, (Holding)
      KdB, Bruno, Son, Soucek, (Neto)
      Kane, Bamford, (F. Silva)

      Considering something like Meslier --> Martinez for the extra fixture plus more doubles in the future when other games are rearranged
      Saving bench boost for WC25-BB26 but it's difficult when I have 3 good bench players

      Would Forster --> Johnstone plus BB be a better option than saving it for DGW26, as I won't have to worry as much about spreading the costs for a strong-ish bench in 26?

    • Better luck next year
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      No more fixture rescheduling for GW19 right?.

      1. Sanchit
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Until and unless new covid issues come in, Yes

    • Sanchit
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Dier to Cresswell worth a hit?

      1. OBAMA
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        yes

    • Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Having the luxury of carrying 2fts to the next gw is nice even if that means keeping sgw players like kane and Smith Rowe.

      1. aleksaa2
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        SGW like Kane, he ain't Brewster lmao

    • Jellyfish
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Own Mendy and Johnstone - thinking I still gotta play Mendy right (despite the scout picks)?

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Yeah, I still dont fully trust WBA to do much on defence

    • Sanchit
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Bamford to Antonio worth a hit?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        No

      2. Huckfead
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Thinking the same myself for this DGW

    • Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      -8 for 3 players with doubles should return easier than in ordinary week due to expect gametime +4 at least?

      1. Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Yes

    • ScoutHelp
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Which do you prefer on FH team

        Reece James or Gundogan?

      • zizoo10
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Barnes or Soucek? My current thinking is that Barnes is far more superior

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Barnes definitely

        2. OBAMA
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          soucek for me