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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice to FPL Gameweek 21

Welcome to the Fantasy Football Scout Guide to Gameweek 21 ahead of today’s 11:00 GMT deadline.

The headlines in this edition: Everton are discussed as key players return and the fixtures improve, Chelsea’s new manager Thomas Tuchel is put under the spotlight, Manchester City continue to excel, and Raphinha (£5.4m) stars for Leeds United with Patrick Bamford (£6.7m) in a slump.

Elsewhere, Pro Pundit Tom is excited about Wilfried Zaha (£7.2m) as he looks to target an easy run for Crystal Palace and a match against Newcastle United in particular. While Az suggests taking more risks with our armband choices – but does Captain Sensible writer Jan agree?

Couldn’t score for Toffees

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m) started the season in sensational form bagging 10 goals in the opening nine Gameweeks, but the Everton No 9 has since endured a barren spell, last scoring in Gameweek 11. 

However, with an appealing set of fixtures and key players returning, Joe asked the Scoutcast panel – can good fixtures breed good form?

For Ted the answer is an emphatic yes. The visual stats creator revealed that he has taken a minus eight to triple up on Carlo Ancelotti’s men:

What I really like about Everton is that you‘ve also got Lucas Digne as a ‘world class’ left-back, he’s just a sensational crosser of the ball, and you’ve got James Rodriguez on that other side, a perfect marriage of creativity on either flank. Dominic Calvert-Lewin just needs to get some form going, because he’s without a goal in seven matches, he’s underperforming his stats, and once he starts scoring in the league – he got one in the cup – if he starts scoring in the league I think he could really start firing with the fixtures.

In fact, Lucas Digne (£6.0m) played out-of-position on the left of midfield against Leicester City, further enhancing his prospects of attacking returns. 

Everton average positions vs Leicester City (FFS Match Data)

And with Abdoulaye Doucouré (£5.2m) returning from suspension to add thrust in midfield, could Everton be on the brink of a purple patch?

Ted is not the only one adding a Toffee to his selection with Az eyeing-up Digne and Calvert-Lewin.

Owners of Harry Kane (£11.2m) have an easy route to the Everton target man after the Tottenham Hotspur striker was ruled out by Jose Mourinho.

Bamford’s Pukki Moment

Another way to free up a slot in our forward lines is to sell Patrick Bamford, whose recent downturn in performance makes him a prime candidate for the chop. 

Joe described it as a ‘Pukki Moment’, which is defined as “a highly-owned-once-high-performing player, who you can hop-off for a player that you are assuming will be the next big thing.

Against Newcastle United, the Leeds striker managed just one attempt, an off-target header, and three penalty area touches. Instead it was left to Raphinha to write the headlines, the Brazilian now has three goals and as many assists from a season in which he only started his first match in Gameweek 10.

But questions are being asked about Bielsa’s side, who suffered recent defeats to Spurs and Brighton before the narrow win over the Magpies. 

The convenient narrative is that they are knackered, Bielsa is like this harsh taskmaster and these poor Leeds guys are all sitting in the Victorian orphanage, all like “oh I can’t move any more” – and I just don’t buy that myself because these are fit blokes.

– Joe

But how do we explain the recent performances – have they been found out?

I think these players are at the maximum level of their ability and they are, on average, Championship players.

– Seb

Speaking on the Scoutcast, Leeds fan Seb gave an insightful explanation about the problems his beloved team encountered against Newcastle, before outlining what needs to change:

The solution for us is a new left-back and a new centre-mid but until that happens if teams continue to put pressure on us in the right places, which is the midfield and not centre-back … and force us into pressing high up the field and then out-numbering us with quality one-on-one players … teams can beat us.

Not a particularly optimistic outlook.

Chelsea’s New Tuch 

However, things are decidedly more upbeat in affluent West London with the arrival of head coach Thomas Tuchel. His appointment has got Fantasy managers wondering which Chelsea players will thrive under his stewardship.

Jamie highlighted a possession style of football and a preference for a narrow 4-2-2-2 formation, as well as an impressive number of goals per game achieved at previous clubs Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund.

It’s worth noting that Tuchel tends to use high possession as a means of defending rather than attacking. And Tom included cut-price centre-back Antonio Rüdiger (£4.5m) in his trio of differentials for Gameweek 21, the 27-year-old could prove to be a budget route into the Blues backline.

Tuchel’s teams also favour shot quality over shot quantity. Consequently they can be a little boring to watch, as the goalless draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers illustrated.

And there will be question marks over several players including Reece James (£5.1m), who may find himself marginalised under a manager whose previous teams have produced a very low number of crosses.

Instead, Kai Havertz (£8.2m) could become a key figure for Chelsea, thanks to his ability to get the ball into the penalty box from central areas. Pro Pundit Lateriser noted the German playing closer to goal in Tuchel’s first match.

Target Teams Playing Newcastle

Tom signed midfielder Wilfried Zaha ahead of Gameweek 20 and is another looking to incorporate Calvert-Lewin. 

Part of his thinking behind those moves is a good run of immediate fixtures for both sides, especially upcoming matches against Newcastle. The Aston Villa fan noted:

Towards the end of Steve Bruce’s reign at Aston Villa, they were lacking any kind of structure with the same approach in every game, and there are a lot of similarities at Newcastle now.

– Tom

Az is even considering handing Calvert-Lewin the armband for Everton’s home encounter with Newcastle. Reflecting on a failed captaincy pick, the co-host of FPL Black Box wondered if we should start taking risks:

The logic of Fernandes was completely sound of course, but there is huge potential to get ahead if you can get the captaincy call right. The captaincy allows us to roll the dice for one week and if we want to elevate our seasons to the next level, getting on the right end of some of these calls could be a great way to rise up the ranks.

However Jan is not ready to trust Calvert-Lewin with the armband just yet:

Over the last six matches, only three teams have registered fewer goal attempts than Carlo Ancelotti’s men. While Everton are expected to win this match, it is probably a step too far to trust any of their attacking assets with an armband, especially as Newcastle and Steve Bruce will be “fighting for their lives”.

Instead, the double-points maestro turns to Pep Guardiola’s troops for his preferred armband picks.

Manchester City’s impressive form continued with lkay Gündogan (£5.8m) and João Cancelo (£6.0m) thriving against West Brom as Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) posted impressive stats and Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) put pressure on John Stones (£5.2m).

And, courtesy of G-Whizz, the clean sheet odds favour returns at both ends of the pitch, with City most likely to record a shutout (61 per cent) and Sheffield United least likely (nine per cent).

Sterling, Gündogan, and Cancelo all have their merits. But if you are struggling to decide between them, or suffering from ‘decision fatigue’, Seb has some advice:

There are too many variables to consider them all, you’ve got to make a decision that you can explain and then be happy with, and move on.

Community Competitions and Head-to-Head Fixtures

RedLightning rounded-up the latest Community mini-leagues and competitions

The FFScout Community Members mini-league remains the Best League in FPL just ahead of Andy‘s youtube channel with the open-to-all league in fifth.

In the Head-to-Head Leagues, the fixtures have been generated for the second half of the season. The main page includes links for each Gameweek, while the fixtures for Gameweek 21 can be found below:

Use the drop-down menus to show your league and division. To find out which league and division you are in, follow the instructions on the main Head-to-Head page.

Once the Gameweek starts, if you click on your opponent’s name you will be linked to their team on the FPL website.

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3,029 Comments Post a Comment
  1. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Digne in this week. Kinda excited about that. 🙂

    1. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Yea he's got a great delivery on him

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Really does. Hoping he stays fit. Could be a decent differential.

    2. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      I want him for a hit

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        I’d be tempted but depends on the player who’d leave.

        1. JustPark
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          AWB?

    3. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Me too mate!! And DCL!! Hopefully they combine!!!

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        This. So much!

  2. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Who do we think will be on pens for Spurs with Kane out?

    1. 3 A
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Son hopefully

    2. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Should be Son with his ability to finish chances but I’m guessing Bergwijn.

    3. Sanchit
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Last time son took it

  3. Lionac
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Chances of starting on bench today

    A) Cancelo
    B) Sterling

    Trying to avoid Pep roulette for captain option. Or it is safer to go with DCL

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Just go DCL if you’re worred

    2. Joyce1998
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      He will definitely be playing sterling

    3. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      I don't think Cancelo will not after recent performances and Walker out. Sterling on the other hand? Not sure...

      1. Lionac
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Is Walker out?

  4. Joyce1998
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Play 2
    A- Wilson
    B- Klich
    C- Saiss
    D- Mitchell

  5. Bavarian
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Bissouma to Gundogan for -4 and bench Soucek?
    YES or No

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Yes and capt him

    2. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Would you have to bench Soucek?

      1. Bavarian
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        yes

  6. dsefton
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Play:
    A) Wilson
    B) Soucek

    1. The Upsetter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      B

  7. The Reptile
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Captain Gundo or Sterling?

    1. The Upsetter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      i am in the same position. I am leaning toward Gundo

      1. The Reptile
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Been on Gundo all week but now thinking sterling as it looks like Gundo might be dropping back

        1. The Upsetter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          That's a concern. LAST game he came from deep to score x2 so ...

  8. steviebni
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Pogba/Bamford -> Saka/Lacazette. Yay or nay.

    1. Arteta
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Yay by Mikel.

  9. Arteta
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    The time has come for me to bring back Mohamed and smash the armband on him. Good luck to you all!

  10. Andre_The_Giant
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Captain???

    Salah
    or
    Son

    1. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Gundo

    2. Lionac
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Son

  11. KirkhamWesham
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Anyone considering bringing in Jesse Lingard, now that he's been loaned out at West Ham?

      1. Hooky
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Haha. Good one

      2. JustPark
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Moyes.

    • HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Left it late but which one to start Areola or Martinez - final decision

      1. Bavarian
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        same dilemma , starting Areola

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Good luck. Yeh villa 2nd half last week was pretty bad.
          Feel like saints more chance of scoring than baggies

      2. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Marty. Best keeper in the league.

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Should have listened here, Pinky

    • Garfield1001
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Bench one:

      Raphinha
      Soucek
      Bamford
      Antonio

      Thank you!

      1. Sir Alex Telles.
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Soucek

      2. aardvark22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Raphina

    • DaftKing
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      A - Get Son for -4
      B - play Bamford

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Final vote please, Bumford to DCL for a hit worth it?

      1. Joyce1998
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        I'd say so I've just done -4 to get him in

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        One has pens

      3. OptimusBlack
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Yees

      4. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Bumford? You mean the striker who started at 5.5m, playing for a promoted side and has blanked for only 3 games?

        The expectations by some on here...

    • buttsy9
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Wilson > Watkins worth it for -4? Or stick for now?

    • camarozz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Another - 4 for Digne?

      Four at the back bench Soucek

      Digne/Robbo/Stones/
      Cancelo?

    • Goooo Rickie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Havertz anyone?

      Chelsea fixtures look great .

      1. Sanchit
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Definitely worth a punt.
        But I think Barnes might explode next 2 weeks.

        1. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          That sounds painful

      2. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Havertz doesn't though

    • Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Captaincy choice still to be considering in last few minutes:

      Gundo / DCL / Salah

    • Sanchit
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Captain out of this lot?

      Cancelo
      Salah Son Sterling
      DCL

      1. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        I like Cancelo

      2. Cristi@no R7
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        DCL

      3. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Actually maybe Sterling

    • McPollolocco
        3 months, 18 days ago

        McCarthy or Martinez goalkeeper

        1. Cristi@no R7
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Martinez

      • Cristi@no R7
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Pick 2
        A. Bamford
        B. Grealish
        C. Maddison

        1. Hooky
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          BC

        2. Make Arrows Green Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Bc

      • aardvark22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Is Mahrez to Gundogan worth it?

      • sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Any Gundo cappers with me or has his streak come to an end?

        1. Sir Alex Telles.
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          capped him since if he hauls I'll feel like an idiot if I didn't cap.

      • The Red Devil
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        A- Coufal or Mitchell
        B- Kane/Bamford to Watkins/Antonio for a hit??

      • TNB
          3 months, 18 days ago

          1. Kane to DCL -4
          2. Play Bamford and Soucek
          2. Holding and Kane to Cancelo and DCL -8

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            2

        • iL PiStOlErO
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Gtg?

          McCarthy
          Cancelo Dallas Justin
          Sterling(C) Salah Bruno Gundo
          Antonio Bamford DCL

          Forster Romeu Coufal Lowton

        • Von Lipwig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Gundo or cancelo cap?

          1. iL PiStOlErO
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Can try with both

          2. KirkhamWesham
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Gundogan

          3. Joyce1998
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Play 1
            A- Klich
            B- saiss
            C- Mitchell

          4. sirmorbach
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            A. Saïss to Digne worth a hit?
            B. Salah captain or Gündo captain?

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              No hit for defense and captain Gundo

              1. sirmorbach
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Thanks, mate! Almost at Fergie time.

                P.S. Brazilian here, and though I am not from Rio, Zico might indeed be my favourite player.