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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice to FPL Gameweek 22

Welcome to the Fantasy Football Scout Guide to Gameweek 22 ahead of today’s 16:30 GMT deadline.

The January transfer window has now closed and Neale rounded-up the deadline-day deals including two new centre-halves joining Liverpool, and Takumi Minamino’s (£6.0m) switch to Southampton.

David examined how Gabriel Jesus (£9.2m) impacted Ilkay Gündogan (£5.8m) as the German didn’t manage a single shot on target against Sheffield United:

The return of Gabriel Jesus to the Manchester City team appeared to be a negative influence on Gündogan’s goal threat against Sheffield United … with a recognised centre-forward leading the line there were fewer opportunities for the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder to make dangerous runs into exposed pockets of space.

And Pep’s infamous roulette wheel struck again with John Stones (£5.2m) and João Cancelo (£6.0m) left out of the starting XI. David suspects this is just rotation and both players are in Neale’s predicted line-ups for the match against Burnley.

Are Newcastle not the pushovers we hoped they would be?

Last week Pro Pundit Tom thought the writing was on the wall for Newcastle United and suggested we target them when considering which players to buy. But the Magpies took everyone by surprise, including a lacklustre Everton, with a change of tactics.

In his Scout Notes, Colm Hayes included a revealing quote from manager Steve Bruce:

We’ve played a certain way for a long, long time – play a bit deeper, play on the counter attack. That’s something we’ve tried to work on and change. You hope you get a few results from it but that’s the way we want to go about our work. Over the last few weeks in particular we’ve tried to work on getting after the ball, pressing higher up the pitch and being more forward-thinking.

None were more disappointed than Ted, who had talked up the Toffees on the Scoutcast and tripled on Carlo Ancelotti’s side with a minus eight:

[Everton] showed signs of brilliance but the overwhelming thought was they struggled to create clear cut opportunities to score. I am hoping it’s just a matter of time before the key players start gelling again. Everton will need to get their mojo back fast ahead of the midweek clash with Leeds.

New Pro Pundit Seb Wassell will doubtless experience conflicting emotions tomorrow when his favourite football team comes up against his new centre-forward. A 4-3 Leeds win with a Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m) hat-trick the perfect result?

The actor and Leeds fan discussed his attempts at “dispassionate objectivity in his first Pro Pundit article. His decision to sell Patrick Bamford (£6.6m) for Calvert-Lewin had an element of overcompensating for a bias towards his own team:

Realistically, I do not believe my error was in interpreting the stats this way or that – plenty of people will have seen those and made their own, well-reasoned decisions – but rather in the fact that I am seemingly still looking for reasons to avoid Leeds, even now.

And Scout Network member El Statto isn’t quite ready to take the plunge on Everton players just yet:

The Toffees’ upcoming games are mixed so I’m not sure I would be rushing to bring in any of their assets. Lucas Digne could be a possible option due to the attacking threat he offers, but with everyone else averaging less than 4.0 points per game I feel there is much better value elsewhere.

Wasting Your Wildcard

David Wardale, the author of Wasting Your Wildcard, provided a typically informative and entertaining FPL round-up of the weekend’s matches. A formation switch for Crystal Palace and another blank for Bruno Fernandes (£11.4m) were discussed, and there was a game of contrasting 45 minutes for West Brom.

Matheus Pereira (£5.6m) was the star but could Mbaye Diagne (£6.0m), who emerged as a second-half sub, kickstart an unlikely revival?

David also reported on a resurgent Mohamed Salah (£12.6m), confirmed that Patrick Bamford might not be this season’s Teemu Pukki afterall, and found that Son Heung-min (£9.7m) struggles without Harry Kane (£11.1m). 

Salah is Jan‘s top pick for the captaincy this week:

With Liverpool’s Egyptian king ramping up back to his best, it is difficult to look past him, especially with increased goal-scoring responsibility if Mané is confirmed out for the visit of Brighton.

The Egyptian is included as part of a strong midfield three alongside Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) and Fernandes in the Scout Picks, with the selection panel hopeful the Portuguese can return to form:

Fernandes has still had the most shots, the most shots on target and has the highest expected goal involvement (xGI) of any midfielder over the last six Gameweeks, suggesting his good form should return soon.

Meanwhile, Marc Jobling reflected on Chelsea’s second match under new head coach Thomas Tuchel. The German is known to dislike his players crossing from wide positions and it was noticeable that the wing-backs, Marcos Alonso (£5.6m) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.7m), both drove inside towards the penalty area. A role Alonso is well suited to:

It’s the Alonso we remember from the past. His touches were in extraordinarily attacking positions and his 42 in the final third were ahead of everyone on the pitch, except for Mount.

One of Tom’s differentials this week, the Pro Pundit acknowledged the FPL legend comes with a health warning:

A move for Alonso this week does carry risk, knowing that Ben Chilwell is also pushing for a start, but there is a lot of upside too, given the Spaniard’s potential for big hauls. Will he now become first-choice? It’s impossible to say, but if Tuchel does opt to regularly use a back-three system, he’s certainly put forward a strong case.

Considering the competition for left wing-back berth, Antonio Rüdiger (£4.5m) could be a safer – and cheaper – route into the Chelsea backline. Picked out by Tom as one of his three differentials last week, as Marc noted, “the German has taken Zouma’s place in five of the last six matches and seems to be a Tuchel favourite”.

Community Competitions and Head-to-Head Fixtures

The latest Community mini-leagues and competitions round-up from RedLightning will be published shortly after the deadline. It will include the winner of the January Manager of the Month award for the Community Members mini-league.

In the Head-to-Head Leagues, the fixtures have been generated for the second half of the season. The main page includes links to each Gameweek and can be linked to here. The fixtures for Gameweek 22 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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1,174 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bounce
      2 months, 12 days ago

      WHO TO BENCH PLEASE, I'M SWEATING!

      Salah, Bruno, Son, Grealish, Gündogan
      DCL, Bamford, Antonio

      1. bangers and M*A*S*H
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Son

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Yikes! I'm a Chelsea fan, so Son 🙂

      3. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Antonio

      4. WOLVERiNES
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Bamford or Grealish or Son or Antonio lol

      5. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Same front 8 benching Bamford currently...

        But I've clicked confirm on Son, Gundo and Bamford in the last hour alone!

      6. Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        haha this is why I have Kane.

        For me it's probably Gundo

        1. mojoindojo
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Kept Kane for same reason.

      7. NorthernMan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Son

      8. All about the galacticos
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Antonio or Gundogan

      9. FantasyHero
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Gundo won't start

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Source?

          1. FantasyHero
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Just my feeling.

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Just realised it's only Bruno tonight for me. How boring!

      Reckon I should start Raphinha, or Soucek? 🙂

      1. BeWater
          2 months, 12 days ago

          I'd go Raphinha. If Newcastle can do that to Everton...

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Cheers. If the 'knock' > early sub I'm concerned about I guess. That and missing another Soucek haul, lol.

      2. cescpistols111
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Is it worth taking a -4 to replace Pickford? Thinking about Guaita. No other playing keeper.

        1. BeWater
            2 months, 12 days ago

            I wouldn't bother.

          • Team Bobcat
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            No

        2. mdm
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Kane to:

          A. Bamford
          B. Wilson
          C. Watkins
          D. Firmino

          1. BeWater
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Bamford or Watkins.

          2. joeymanuel
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Johnstone (SHU a) --> Martinez (WHU h) for free of hold transfer?

              1. Jdpz
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 12 days ago

                hold

            • Pépé Pig
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Which would you do:

              A) Soucek -> Grealish

              B) Play Soucek and save.

              1. Team Bobcat
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                B save

              2. WOLVERiNES
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                I feel both may blank this GW

              3. Stupendous
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                B but I can't believe people still dont own Jack

              4. Deulofail
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                B pls

            • Team Bobcat
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Pages flying by

            • jdp219
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Start:
              1) Coufal
              2) Chilwell

              Captain:
              a) Salah
              b) Gundo
              c) Bruno

              1. Stupendous
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                1a

            • Stupendous
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Play Bam or Digne???

              1. BeWater
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Bam.

                • Team Bobcat
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Might not matter as doubt Bam starts tomorrow

                  1. Stupendous
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Well if will if he gets 10 mins and Digne hauls

                    1. Team Bobcat
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      He might get more in 10 mins than digne will in the whole match.

                      I dont think bam will play any part risk aggravating his dead leg which is not a problem in itself but could become a serious one should he aggravate it further

                • linkafu
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Bam

              2. Oggle22
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Martinez
                Holding Stones Cancelo
                Salah Son Bruno Foden
                DCL Bamford Antonio

                Steele Soucek Konsa Mitchell

                Start Konsa or Holding

                Transfer foden out for another city mid feel a benching coming

              3. hustler7
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Cancelo or Salah captain? Keep switching between the 2!

                1. BeWater
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    I'm on Salah.

                  • Sco
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Salah no brainer.

                  • Stupendous
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Mo

                  • hustler7
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Unanimous, thanks!

                  • Krafty Werks
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    As a chaser and owner of both, the only City player i'd captain over Salah is Sterling.

                2. Deulofail
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Hello sports fans.
                  Should I sell ESR for Grealish or save?
                  Any changes to the lineup?

                  Martinez
                  (C)ancelo Stones TAA
                  Bruno(v) Son Gundo Saka*
                  DCL Richarlison Antonio

                  McCarthy | Tierney**, ESR, Mitchell

                  1FT. 7.6 ITB

                  1. AC/DC AFC
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Yes

                    1. Deulofail
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      Useful

                  2. The Mighty One
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    ESR to Jack is smart. Do it.

                3. JollyGoodYellows
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Have i benched the right ones here?

                  Martinez
                  Digne Dias Stones
                  Bruno Son Salah Gundo
                  DCL Bamford Antonio

                  Martin Wan-Bissaka Soucek Dallas

                4. Sco
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Can anyone put forward a case for keeping Digne? I get they have doubles but that's just an extra game for them to not get a clean sheet. 1 CS all season so you're left praying for attacking returns...

                  Horrible fixtures too, Leeds this GW then Man U, Chelsea and Liverpool next 3 away games after.

                  1. WE GO FOR IT
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    His attacking threat will always be there and Everton will get the odd CS. If you've got him just now, might as well keep till the DGW24. Then you can move to a Chelsea defender when we have more info on who's first choice. Or any other DGW26 defender, if you don't fancy Chelsea.

                    1. Sco
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      Yeah fair points although watching the game at the weekend it struck me how Hamez was taking the set pieces which is another bummer as a Digne owner.

                  2. pingissimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Allan back soon should make a major difference.

                    Check Man U and Chelsea attacking record against contenders!

                  3. Royal5
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Defo keep for Leeds. That's a great fixture for him imo. Plenty of room for him to get attacking returns.

                5. Better luck next year
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  First sub?

                  A) Chilwell
                  B) Soucek

                  1. Sco
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    B

                  2. Don Rogers FC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    B

                  3. Krafty Werks
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    B

                6. bluee
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Still can't decide on this. Bench one

                  A) Cresswell
                  B) Dallas

                  A head scratcher fo sho

                  1. linkafu
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    b

                7. Sanchit
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Which players do you think would have EO > 100% this week?

                  1. The Road to Turfdom
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Salah

                  2. Mr. O'Connell
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Salah, Bruno and City defence.

                  3. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Just Salah

                8. SHOWSTOPPERRR
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Guys 1 ft

                  A) gundo to sterling free
                  B) kwp to Rudiger free and bench him..

                9. FlashGilbert
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Play Justin or Cresswell?

                  1. Sco
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Justin

                  2. Krafty Werks
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Justin

                10. WE GO FOR IT
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Play Alioski/Coufal?

                  1. Don Rogers FC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Coufal for me.

                  2. Krafty Werks
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Just Coufal i think?...likely gtd the '90.

                11. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Salah (c), Son, Bruno, Gundogan, Saka

                  DCL, Bamford

                  Who to VC please?

                  1. Galza
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Bruno

                  2. Drogba Legend
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Bruno

                    1. AC/DC AFC
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      Cheers guys.

                      Was even tempted by Bamford...

                12. AzzaroMax99
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Start Dallas or Cresswell?

                  1. Kuyt Hero
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Same dilemma and going with Dallas I think

                    1. AzzaroMax99
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      Thx. GL

                      1. Kuyt Hero
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 12 days ago

                        You too mate!

                  2. WE GO FOR IT
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    I'm on a a similiar boat with cheaper options from both teams in Alioski and Coufal. Currently on Coufal.

                13. tabby98
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Start one:
                  A) Digne
                  B) Soucek
                  C) Coufal
                  D) Raphinha

                  1. Sco
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    D

                  2. AzzaroMax99
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    C

                  3. Kuyt Hero
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    D

                  4. Krafty Werks
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    ONE?!! D then i guess.

                14. Arteta
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Stones to Cancelo for free?

                15. joersherman
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Bench Antonio or Watkins?! Painful!

                16. Attractive Nuisance
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Guys should I do Werner & Saka to Antonio & Grealish(-4)?

                17. Captain Vantastic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Son hasn't blanked three gws in a row this season. Bench/Sell at your own risk.

                  1. linkafu
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    It has to start somedays

                  2. Mr. O'Connell
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Salah hadn't blanked for 6 games in a row for like 4 years.

                  3. Team Bobcat
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Means nothing.

                    Selling Son is a risk considering he is being downgraded.

                    Keeping him is a risk also. No one knows which risk will pays off in the short medium or long term.

                    Gamble away at will

                18. linkafu
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Bench order??

                  A Raphina
                  B Justin
                  C Coufal

                  1. Don Rogers FC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Easy as ABC

                    1. Krafty Werks
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 12 days ago

                      This ^

                19. Khalico
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Who should I start, Meslier or Areola?

                  1. linkafu
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Aerola

                20. Gman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 12 days ago

                  Who would you bench between DCL, Bamford, Wilson, Gundo, Son, Sterling?

                  1. The_FF_King
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 12 days ago

                    Same problem. I feel a Gundo bench