Scout Picks

Gameweek 20 Scout Picks features Man City triple-up for West Brom game

Manchester City assets form the spine of our Gameweek 20 Scout Picks team.

We have chosen three of their players as they prepare for a favourable trip to West Bromwich Albion.

This XI of our favourite players for Gameweek 20 has been chosen using the Scout Squad submissions made by DavidTomAndy and Geoff over the weekend.

We line-up in the classic 3-4-3 formation this week and come in at £80.6m, £2.4m inside the budget of £83.0m.

GOALKEEPER

Fantasy Premier League’s top-scoring goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez (£5.1m) was an easy inclusion in this week’s Scout Picks. Eight of his nine clean sheets have come against sides in the bottom half of the table this season while Burnley remain the joint-lowest scorers in 2020/21 with 10 goals.

DEFENDERS

Gameweek 19 Scout Picks features all double game players

After earning a rest in the FA Cup and against Crystal Palace in Double Gameweek 19, João Cancelo (£5.8m) looks set to return to Manchester City’s starting XI for Gameweek 20. With Aymeric Laporte back in the picture, he is arguably a more sure starter than the centre-backs moving forward and, considering his impact and the fact he hit the bar against Aston Villa, an away trip to West Bromwich Albion carries huge points-potential for the full-back.

Harry Maguire (£5.4m) is the most nailed-on way of capitalising on Manchester United’s appealing home fixture against the division’s joint-lowest scorers Sheffield United (10 goals). The Red Devils have clean sheets in three of their last five league matches and in three of their last four at Old Trafford too. Meanwhile, no Manchester United defender has put up more shots in the box this season. 

Newcastle have failed to score in five of their last six Premier League matches, which bodes well for Stuart Dallas (£4.8m). The Leeds full-back scored in his last meeting with the Magpies and has the third-highest number of touches inside the box of any colleague over the last four matches.

MIDFIELDERS

Phil Foden hauls again as City defence shines in win over Brighton 1

Raheem Sterling (£11.5m) has proved something of a ‘flat-track bully’ this season, having done well against the struggling sides thus far. Of his 10 attacking returns, eight of those have come against teams in the bottom half of the Premier League table. Only two FPL midfielders have been involved in more goals against such opposition this season. A Gameweek 20 meeting with West Bromwich Albion could see Sterling deliver once again.

Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m) is one of those two midfielders, with five goals and five assists against teams inside the bottom half of the Premier League table in the first 19 Gameweeks. Manchester United’s penalty-taker is also top among all players in the Premier League for shots on target over the last four matches.

Harvey Barnes (£6.8m) is our chosen representative from the Leicester attack as they prepare to face Everton. While James Maddison has outscored him over the last four matches, Barnes has produced more touches in the box, shots in that area of the pitch, big chances and shots on target over the same period compared to his colleague.

Ilkay Gündogan (£5.6m) has been a Fantasy revelation since moving into a more advanced role for Manchester City. As well as assuming the responsibility for penalties in Kevin De Bruyne’s absence, the German international ranks best or joint-best among all colleagues for shots in the box, big chances and shots on target since Gameweek 13.

FORWARDS

Harry Kane (£11.2m) is our chosen Spurs attacker ahead of a meeting with Liverpool. The Reds have one clean sheet in their last three Premier League matches and displayed even more fragility in their FA Cup defeat to Manchester United. We fancy Jose Mourinho’s men to find the net on Thursday and considering Kane has created more big chances, shot more times in the box, produced more shots on target and has a higher goal conversion rate than Son Heung-min in the last four matches, the striker gets the nod.

Patrick Bamford (£6.7m) has just one goal in his last five matches but a trip to Newcastle bodes well for the Leeds forward. They are facing a shortage of defensive options for Gameweek 20 and have conceded the third-highest number of big chances over the last four matches.

Michail Antonio (£6.4m) has goals in each of his two matches since returning from injury and faces a Crystal Palace side in Gameweek 20 without James Tomkins, one of the key factors in their recent defensive improvements.

SUBSTITUTES

  • Alex McCarthy (£4.7m)
  • Lewis Dunk (£4.8m)
  • Matt Targett (£4.7m)
  • Bukayo Saka (£5.3m)

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.

Because we use Fantasy Football Scout data so heavily in this process, the skipper we choose each Gameweek is known only to those with a valid Fantasy Football Scout subscription and revealed to the public only when the deadline has passed.

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1,761 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Laurel and Vardy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Start one:

    A) Coufal
    B) Mitchell
    C) Soucek

    Thanks.

    1. EL TANO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      A by a mile

    2. SharkyT
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      A

  2. scholesy91
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Ederson

      Dias Maguire Zouma

      Pulisic Sterling Barnes Soucek

      Bamford Firmino Martial

      Subs: Fabianski Holding, El Ghazi, Dier

      1FT 1.2 ITB

      Will Martial play ? I'm thinking either Firmino\Martial out for Werner\Laca\Cavani

      1. Maxim Tsigalko
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I hope not as I'm sitting on Cavani!

        1. scholesy91
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Maybe he'll play on the left wing with Rashford due a rest ?

        2. SharkyT
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          I think so can’t see him missing 2 games. Greenwood might drop to bench

        3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          He will likely start Martial up top, Pogba left, Greenwood right

          Rash & Cavani benched to rest them for Arsenal

        4. EL TANO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Did ole buy Martial? No
          Did Ole buy rashford? No
          Did ole buy Cavani? Yes
          Is Cavani awesome? Yes
          Does ole think Cavani is awesome? Pretty sure he does
          Does Ole think Martial is awesome? Possibly...not

      2. badger1982
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Guyyyys hello. Not had much time this year at all to do fanytasy footy sadly. My team has been neglected. I'm langushing near the bottom of my leagues and I need some help!

        I have all my 2nd half of the season chips remaining. How would YOU play them if you were in the same position.

        Current team -

        Areola
        Bednarek Dias Dier
        Son Bowen Fernandes Soucek Neto
        Kane Lacazette

        Macey Vardy (inj) KWP (inj) Clark (inj)

        Thanks

        1. EL TANO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Needs some work but possibly not critical enough for a WC
          I’m assuming you have a free hit?
          If so, I’d start with a -4 this week :
          Vardy to Antonio
          Neto to gundo
          Laca to Bamford

          With the extra funds you’ll have from those three no brainers I,d phase in the following:
          Areola to Martinez (set and forget for the season)
          Neto to Grealish
          Bowen and soucek to salah and Smith Rowe
          Kwp to coufal
          Clark, dier bednarek to cancelo, chilwell, Shaw or Mitchell for funds

          Keep tabs on Watkins for 2x doubles coming up too.
          Bench boost in 25/26

          Not sure if that actually adds up but it’s what I’d aim for myself

          1. EL TANO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Whoops doubled up on Neto trades
            Make that soucek to grealish
            Salah might not fit with Kane and son in yr squad but you never know

            1. badger1982
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Cheers dude

        2. Distinctly Average
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Not sure I'd bring in Bamford in his recent form

      3. Oggle22
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        1.8m in the bank 1ft
        Martinez
        Konsa Holding Stones
        Salah Son Bruno Foden
        Kane Antonio Bamford

        Steele Soucek Mitchell Kilman

        Kilman to Cancelo and bench holding this week can see a Southampton goal

        Upgrade soucek and bench Bamford

        Summat else

        Cheers

      4. TB303
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Ok so how about Mane -> Sterling(c) -4 ?

      5. Hadebayor Mum
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Is anyone else holding KDB and getting rid with 2FT next GW? I have a good starting XI, double City defence and two nailed players on the bench. Was thinking Foden or Rashford but realised I don't actually have to do anything!

        1. kUwe Inc.
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Question is, will the nailed player on the bench outscore the KdB replacement? For that amount of money, you can easily swap KdB for premium mid that will probably explode considering the fix. If you can live with that then you good to go.

      6. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Grealish or Barnes?

        Thinking Grealish. Better player. Might be on pens and good for bonus.

        Thoughts??

      7. FPL Kaka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I already own Dias, is Stones maybe the 'safer' pick for minutes over Cancelo?

        Money is no option

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          No not really.

      8. wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Would you start Coufal over Raphinha or HBarnes?It seems wrong but i don't think both of them will return points.

        1. Zen Arcade
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          I don't think so, usually prefer the attacking player.

        2. kUwe Inc.
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Barnes, Coufal, Raph...start in that order

      9. Zen Arcade
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        GL everybody for GW20.

        Midweek Premier League footy - albeit without crowds - is a small thing to look forward to in this dreadful period.

        May your arrows be green (unless you're above me).

      10. FPL Kaka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Which one should I upgrade to Stones this week?

        a) Brainwaite (non playing fodder)

        b) Furlong (benched but gets the odd minute)

        Either way both will go eventually

      11. aardvark22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Which one to bench?

        Robbo, Raph, Soucek?

      12. Lord Flashheart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        play two:

        A coufal (cry)
        B soucek (cry)
        C TAA (tot)

      13. Boroboy02
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Cancelo Capt, Bruno VC. Is this crazy?

        1. Reckoner
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          I have the other way round; Cancelo VC. But if you have the guts, go for Cancelo!

        2. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Mattheus Pereira FK beauty coming... But can still get you an assist

        3. Kitman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          I would but i'm leading my mini league and not worth the risk

      14. Gate4
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Cavani or Antonio? Thanks a lot

        1. Maxim Tsigalko
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          I have Antonio both but FFS seem to think Cavani will likely be benched! Still a possibility of returns if things aren't going Uniteds way and he's started on the bench.

          I'm starting him as I feel they look a lot better with him leading the line

      15. Maxim Tsigalko
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        *Calculated Risk*

        Just did some research into Crystal Palace vs West Ham. both teams have scored in the last 7 games against each other!

        Zaha back is making me think about benching Coufal. Could be a good way to gain ground in my mini league as everyone has a West Ham defender who they will likely play?

        1. Kitman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Difficult to make historical comparison, especially between these two teams as they've constantly blown hot and cold so very difficult to put a lot of faith in it.

          1. Maxim Tsigalko
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            This is quite recent, also fancy Palace to have that boost with Zaha back. He's a threat against anyone

      16. Super Jack Grealish
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Who to start and anything worth a hit?

        A) Dallas
        B) Soucek
        C) Adams

        Martinez, (Forster)
        Robbo, Cancelo, Dias, (Dallas, Mitchell)
        Salah, Bruno, Grealish, Gundo, Soucek
        Bamford, Antonio, (Adams)

        0 FT 7.4 ITB

        1. Kitman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Dallas, by a distance i think

          Adams might sneak a 5 pointer, Dallas has both CS and attacking potential

      17. tuturututu
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Who to play, I've got Fabianski as gk:

          A) Coufal
          B) Alioski
          C) Justin

        • ‘Tis the Season
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Best to Play Watkins or Soucek? Play alioski or coufal?

        • Lord Flashheart
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          choose:

          A vardy to kane for -4, bench trent or coufal
          B no hit, play both trent and coufal

        • GCM0803
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Have 1ft and 0.1itb.
            What change should I make or gtg and save?

            Team:
            McCarthy
            Konsa cancelo coufal
            Son grealish salah Bruno
            Kane Antonio bamford
            (Button, bednarek, Justin, Burke)

          • Mr Chelski
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Zouma out for Dias/Stones -4 worth it anyone?

          • Pepeye
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Bamford out of sorts at Moment stay clear

          • Jässi
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Everyone with some spare money ITB, please go and buy Gamestop stocks it is rocketing and we are destroying these bad hedge guys, this is the real way to occupy wall street. GME STONK = BUY!