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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. Uncle Gamst
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Play:

    a) Pope (MCI)
    b) Sanchez (liv)

    Would love to see Pope save a Sterling penalty 😉

    1. rubberdignerapids
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Tough...gotta be Pope probably cos of home fixture and save points but both will concede

      1. Uncle Gamst
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        I have a FT but can't see a reasonably priced keeper this GW, on whom I would want to use a transfer

    2. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      He’d have to get a penalty on target first mate... 😆

      1. Uncle Gamst
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        True

  2. All about the galacticos
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Bench one
    A) Cresswell
    B) Digne

    1. jimmy.floyd
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      A

  3. Zladan
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Left it a little late, but GTG?

    Martinez
    Cancelo (vc) Stones Justin
    Salah (c) Bruno Son Gundogan
    DCL Bamford Antonio

    Button Raphinha Mitchell Coufal

    1. rubberdignerapids
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Yep

  4. jimmy.floyd
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Bench one:
    A AWB
    B Cresswell
    C Souček

    Play one
    1 DDG
    2 Johnstone

    1. rubberdignerapids
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      AWB

    2. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      B1

    3. linkafu
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      C2

    4. rubberdignerapids
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      DDG

    5. Krafty Werks
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      B1

  5. Futureform
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Any thoughts on Jesus long term game time?

      1. rubberdignerapids
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Only pep knows

      2. jimmy.floyd
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Do not expect top much

      3. Futureform
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Pity he's not on here!!

      4. Oggle22
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Martinez
        Holding Stones Cancelo
        Salah Son Bruno Foden
        DCL Bamford Antonio

        Steele Soucek Konsa Mitchell

        Foden to Mahrez
        Bench Konsa or holding?

        Cheers

        1. Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 15 days ago

          I would definitely do the 1st one if I could afford to

          1. Oggle22
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            It's either mahrez or gundo was debating Grealish or Zaha but Burnley looked tired last match and City are rested

      5. linkafu
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Captain
        Salh or Cancelo

        1. rubberdignerapids
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 15 days ago

          (C)ancelo it’s in the name

      6. A Kun & Mateta
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        RIP Captain Tom Moore, best side of his nation.

        1. sunzip14
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          RIP Captain Sir Tom Moore

        2. DycheDycheBaby
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          RIP.

      7. h3nh3n
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Martinez (same as 2nd in my ML)
          or
          Johnstone

          1. rubberdignerapids
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Marti

        • tabby98
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Start one:
          A) Justin
          B) Digne
          C) Coufal

          1. Rains of Castamere
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Digne

          2. AK_FC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            B

        • Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Who to play?

          1. Dallas
          2. Stones

          1. AK_FC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Stones surely

          2. Rains of Castamere
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Stones

          3. JoeSoap
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Stones

          4. Pulp Minion
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Stones

        • Rains of Castamere
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          QUICK ONE

          DCL to Bamford, yes or no? (for free)

          1. AK_FC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            No

          2. Utopsis
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            No

        • linkafu
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Son out Rash in?

          1. rubberdignerapids
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            No

          2. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            No because you'll want to do the opposite move next week, surely.

          3. AK_FC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            No, Spurs have multiple doubles coming soon. Keep Son.

        • JoeSoap
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Adams>Bamford for free? (will be starting Adams otherwise)

          1. rubberdignerapids
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Adams to Wilson/Antonio/Watkins since Bamford is a very slight doubt

          2. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Yes.
            Bamford should play.

        • myteamissheeeeeeeet
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Chilwell OUT to who please??

          A. Maguire
          B. Dias own Cancelo
          C. TAA
          D. Digne
          E. Cresswell

          1. rubberdignerapids
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Stones or Dias

          2. Maeki2
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Why he has good fixtures

            1. myteamissheeeeeeeet
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              He's useless and lost his place!

              1. Maeki2
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 15 days ago

                You clearly dont watch football XD

                1. myteamissheeeeeeeet
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  You dreaming! Deluded Chelsea fan or what?

            2. OneTreeTwoStars
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Did you not see the Alonso goal??

        • KrisMCFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Fabianski,

          Cancelo, Dias, Shaw

          Sterling, Bruno, Son, Raphina,

          Bamford, Werner, Adams

          (Soucek, Justin, Coufal)

          2FT's

          A) Werner & Adams > DCL, Wilson
          B) Werner > DCL , Roll FT

          1. rubberdignerapids
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            B, but with Antonio instead of DCL

        • AK_FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Start one:

          A) Soucek
          B) Dallas

          1. Galza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Dallas

          2. RubeRx
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            A easy

            see my comment history

        • DRAXLER1105
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Who to bench between Watkins, Barnes , DCL, Bamford this week

          1. rubberdignerapids
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Watkkns

        • Messiah Hazard
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Justin or Holding? Start one

          1. Krafty Werks
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Justin

        • BENOIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Is there a 4.3m defender worth owning?

          1. rubberdignerapids
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Owning maybe, playing no

        • shirtless
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          I hope all the players are wearing black armbands tonight. RIP Sir Captain Tom Moore.

          1. DycheDycheBaby
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Absolutely. Legend is often overused. But he certainly is one.

        • g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Foden owners play, bench or get rid?

          1. CC22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            The question I’m asking myself! I can easily see him being rested, but I can’t bring myself to sell because he could play and explode - same issue with him every gameweek. Barnes is tempting though!

          2. hsakrujd
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Took Zaha for Foden...Next season Foden will be better asset, this one no...

          3. El Presidente
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Was debating selling him for Zaha, Grealish or Rashford, went for the safer shield option at the end. He's not starting this GW

        • DavidSilva
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          2 FT

          Watkins Kilman IN
          Rodrigo Coufal OUT

          Johnstone
          TAA Dias Stones
          Son Grealish Salah(C) Bruno
          Watkins Antonio Bamford

          McCarthy Soucek Justin Kilman

          Yes or No

          1. Utopsis
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            No - just the Watkins move if you can afford

            1. DavidSilva
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              I can't :'(

              1. Utopsis
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 15 days ago

                You need 2 playing keepers? Presumably you have your WC so ditch one of them for now

                1. DavidSilva
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  oooo good point

        • gomez123
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          A)Dallas or B)Justin

        • nadman89
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          decided to bench son. crazy season . GOOD LUCK TO ALL

        • Tomas_brolin
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Need to upgrade Kilman

          Do we know who else has a double in 24 besides City and Everton?

          1. Indpush
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Leicster?

          2. Utopsis
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Why? Kilman is playing with Saiss and Marcal out

        • swil1008
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Martinez
          Cancelo, Robertson, Justin
          Salah(C), Bruno, Foden, Soucek
          Watkins, Antonio, Bamford

          McCarthy
          Son
          Coufal
          Mitchell

          Any changes here? or GTG?

          Foden to Grealish?
          Foden to Gundo?
          Foden to Barnes?

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            gtg

        • Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Start ?

          A Watkins
          B Bamford

          1. Krafty Werks
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            B

          2. RubeRx
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            B

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              thanks

        • R Whites
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Bencing headache. Who to bench?

          Watkins, Son, Antonio, Gundogan

          1. Krafty Werks
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Wat

        • DycheDycheBaby
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          RIP Captain Sir Tom Moore.

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Oh no , but yes RIP Soldier