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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. Bezdon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Martinez
    Cancelo Stones Digne
    Bruno Son Salah(c) Grealish Gundo
    Bamford DCL

    Bench: McCarthy, Coufal, Brewster, Dunne

    Thoughts...

    A. Son > Barnes (form)
    B. Dunne > Holding/Maguire (Strengthen for inevitable benchings! Maguire leaves Kane unattainable in future)
    C. Hold FT

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Son to Barnes and we’d be twins bar Dias for Stones

      The better move may be Zaha looking forward.

      1. Bezdon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Thanks mate...fpl twin friends haha. Quite fancy NUFC against Palace tonight which is what put me off Zaha. Wish I had Dias instead of Pepe roulette victim Stones!

      2. Bezdon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Barnes is in. Appreciate the last minute help!

    2. Pulp Minion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      C: Hold

      1. Bezdon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Thanks mate

    3. Futureform
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I have almost this team and am considering Son > Barnes too. I'm not sure though. Son is lethal when spurs on form. Of course they're not right now.

        1. Bezdon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 10 days ago

          I know...been debating it all day. Son looked out of sorts without Kane against Brighton...can see it being a low scoring game anyway against Chelsea. It all points to shipping him out and wouldn't lose any value. But then he might go off!

          1. Futureform
              2 months, 10 days ago

              If you don't lose value I'd shift him this week. I would lose value so am still in 2 minds.

              1. Bezdon
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 10 days ago

                You convinced me. It's done. Barnes in...if son blanks I can only see him dropping further.

                Son hattrick incoming haha

                1. Futureform
                    2 months, 10 days ago

                    Ha - good luck!!! If it goes wrong it's all salvageable next week!

                    1. Bezdon
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      2 months, 10 days ago

                      I'll meet you back here to talk about my rebuild!

                      1. Futureform
                          2 months, 10 days ago

                          Haha - look forward to it!

          2. itommy
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Saka > Barnes
            or
            C. Wood > Watkins

            1. jimmy.floyd
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              B

            2. Krafty Werks
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Wood > Wat

            3. itommy
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Cheers

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

            Going to be a lot of bench-foolery this week. 🙂

            1. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Yep - we’ll be seeing the other XI playing for City tomorrow. Who knows with Chelsea

          4. jimmy.floyd
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Bench one:
            A AWB
            B Cresswell
            C Souček

            Play one:
            1 DDG
            2 Johnstone

            1. Pulp Minion
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              B 1

            2. vincentwsho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              I benched Cresswell as first sub and played Soucek... thinking if Cresswell assists, it may be to Soucek... and seems that bookies are expecting goals in this game, but personally I was thinking it may not be more than 1-1

          5. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            would you bench boost a bench of soucek dallas and holding?

            cheers.

            1. jimmy.floyd
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              No

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

              No BB always on a DGW if you can

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                cool cheers guys

            3. linkafu
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 10 days ago

              No

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                thanks

          6. tinear
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Martinez
            Stones Cancelo Digne Coufal
            Bruno Salah Gundo Son
            DCL Bamford

            Steer Bissouma Mitchell Kane

            1 ft 0.8itb

            Kane to Antonio or save and play Coufal?

          7. Mattador
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Is it mad to bench 3 west ham players?

            Johnstone
            Dias Cancelo Justin Dallas
            Salah Bruno Son Gundogen
            DCL Bamford

            Bench: Antonio Soucel Coufal

            GTG? Or who would you bench instead?

            1. h3nh3n
                2 months, 10 days ago

                who's in goal

                1. Mattador
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 10 days ago

                  Johnstone Starting McCarthy on bench

              • URMothersLover
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Switch ant for Dallas

            2. Seamus Goalman
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              a) Meslier (EVE)
              b) Johnstone (shu)

              1. jimmy.floyd
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                B

              2. All about the galacticos
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                A

              3. rubberdignerapids
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 10 days ago

                B

              4. Krafty Werks
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Tight, just B

            3. Mane Mane Mane
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Anyone going Fernandez as captain. Can’t decide between him or Salah...

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                salah

              2. The Mighty One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Salah will have one eye on Sunday while probably getting hooked at 60mins, but he will be playing up top! Bruno will get 90 against SOU with some DEF injuries, and Utd need a reaction this week. I'm torn between them too...I'm on Salah but I might switch to Bruno in a few minutes. Good luck! What is your instinct here????

              3. RomeluStormzy
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Salah cap and bruno vc for me.

            4. AzzaroMax99
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Anything on Mane's injury?

              1. Sco
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Klopp said they're as they were which suggests he's out.

            5. linkafu
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 10 days ago

              first on the bench?

              A Raphina
              B Justin

              1. All about the galacticos
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                B

              2. Viper
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                I'm trying to decide who to play between these and I'm going for Raphinha I think

              3. jimmy.floyd
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                A

              4. Studs Up
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 10 days ago

                A

              5. Krafty Werks
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                A

              6. Pulp Minion
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Found to my cost last week - always play the attacker (or have first on bench)

            6. Viper
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              A. Save FT. Play Raphinha. Get Son next gw

              B. Raphinha -> Grealish

              C. Raphinha -> Son

              1. jimmy.floyd
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                BB

              2. Krafty Werks
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                I'm saving and playing Raph...Dallas first bench.

            7. D.Glynn
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 10 days ago

              A) Play Dallas
              B) Wood to Watkins with ft

              1. Sco
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                B

              2. linkafu
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 10 days ago

                A

            8. G Banger
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Hi all, quick last call, play who:

              A) Soucek
              B) Holding

              1. rubberdignerapids
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 10 days ago

                A

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

                Soucek

              3. Royal5
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                I'm on A atm

            9. tabby98
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Johnstone
              Stones, Cancelo, Justin,
              Salah (C), Bruno, Son, Raphinha
              DCL, Antonio, Bamford

              Mccarthy | Digne, Soucek, Coufal

              GTG?

              1. rubberdignerapids
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Yeh

            10. Viper
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Play Justin or Raphinha?

              1. rubberdignerapids
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Raphina with Justin first sub

            11. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Any team rumours or leaks?

              1. rubberdignerapids
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Nope

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 10 days ago

                  Cheers

            12. Weeb Kakashi
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Start

              Dallas OR AWB?

              Dallas could play in midfield. AWB has a good chance of cs with Soton injuries.

              1. rubberdignerapids
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 10 days ago

                AWB

            13. abhirup780
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Play Soucek or Wan-Bissaka?

              1. rubberdignerapids
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Soucek

              2. acidicleo
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                s

            14. acidicleo
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Any Bambam injury updates?
              First on the bench is Coufal...

              1. rubberdignerapids
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 10 days ago

                No updates besides self announced dead leg after the match

            15. Ghost86
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Bench one?

              A) Watkins

              B) Antonio

              C) Gundogan

              1. acidicleo
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                a

              2. rubberdignerapids
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Watkins

              3. AzzaroMax99
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Maybe A

              4. linkafu
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 10 days ago

                C

            16. AzzaroMax99
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              G2G?

              3.0 IDB
              1 FT

              McCarthy
              Cancelo Dias Cresswell
              Salah(C) Bruno Grealish Barnes Gundo
              Antonio Bamford

              Forster Dallas Mitchel Vardy*

              1. rubberdignerapids
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Yep

              2. vincentwsho
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Play Dallas over Cresswell this week?

                1. AzzaroMax99
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 10 days ago

                  That is my main dilemma. There is some kind of consensus that Dallas is OOP defender, playing for more attacking team. Probably both will concede but Dallas has greater chances for attacking returns.

            17. Flynny
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Hi....Scout picks making me consider playing Johnstone....who to start please?

              A...Johnstone at sheffield

              B.....martinez v villa (I'm starting antonio)

              Thanks

              1. rubberdignerapids
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Martinez for the save points (I’m playing Johnstone cos I don’t have Martinez)

              2. Viper
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Martinez. Every time

            18. Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              What's this rumour Bamford won't play?

              1. rubberdignerapids
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 10 days ago

                He had a dead leg after the last game

              2. AzzaroMax99
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Dead leg. Nothing serious imo. People like trolling around.

            19. Make Arrows Green Again
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Leno or Mendy guys, advice much appreciated. So hard to choose!

              1. rubberdignerapids
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Mendy

                1. Make Arrows Green Again
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 10 days ago

                  thanks

            20. Ibacchus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Who would you bench?
              A) DCL
              B) Antonio
              C) Gundogan
              D) Bamford

              1) Chilwell
              2) Dallas

            21. The Red Devil
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Wilson or Antonio? thinking get wilson this GW & antonio next GW
              need not save FT as WC in GW25

            22. linkafu
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 10 days ago

              captain

              A Salah
              B Cancelo
              C Bruno

              1. AK_FC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                I am on Salah (C), Bruno (V)

              2. potatoace
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                C

              3. Gudjohnsen
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                A

              4. Krafty Werks
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                A

              5. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                A

            23. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              GTG?

              Did Sterling & Kane to Salah (C) & DCL (-4)

              Martinez
              Cancelo | Stones | Cresswell
              Salah (C) | Bruno (VC) | Son | Grealish
              DCL | Bamford | Antonio

              Steer | Soucek | Dallas | Mitchell

              Thanks

            24. jimmy.floyd
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Bench one
              A AWB
              B Cresswell
              C Souček

              Play one
              1 DDG
              2 Johnstone