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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice to FPL Gameweek 23

Welcome to the Fantasy Football Scout Guide to Gameweek 23 ahead of today’s 11:00 GMT deadline.

The big news is the announcement of more Double Gameweeks in 24 and 25. Legomané updated his ticker, which includes non-Premier League matches.

Manchester City, Everton, Burnley, Fulham, Southampton and Leeds are the six teams to benefit from an extra fixture. 

There will also be a double in Gameweek 26, but which teams play twice depends on the FA Cup results in midweek. The winners will have their Gameweek 29 matches shifted to 26.

The other outstanding fixtures yet to be rescheduled are: 

  • Aston Villa vs Tottenham Hotspur
  • Aston Villa vs Everton
  • Manchester City vs Southampton
  • Fulham vs Tottenham

Six and the City

The Man City backline continues to dish out regular six-point returns thanks to their incredible run of clean sheets. Provided, that is, your selected defenders make the starting XI.

John Stones (£5.2m) returned to the starting XI against Burnley but with Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) fit and available there’s now the risk of a benching, as happened against Sheffield United.

Some on site, such as Camzy, are considering switching to one City defender and two attackers. And, whisper it softly, on the Scoutcast Karam even suggested selling Ilkay Gündogan (£5.9m) for those who want to stick with two at the back.

The reason is Raheem Sterling (£11.6m):

I started to like someone else, he’s not performing at £11.6m just yet, but if I want to move away from defence and I want to stay in attack, then I think I would take a risk on Sterling … his expected goals is 2.31, the most of any City asset over the last four Gameweeks … for me – as someone who is struggling now with the rank – the fixtures are there for scoring goals, I think Sterling is worth a shout. Now I know Gündogan is crazy value, which I agree, but if you need that element of taking a risk – and we know that Sterling is capable of braces, and he looked good against Burnley.

– Karam

Seb added:

The only thing on Gündogan is … he’s created nine chances in the last three but only had three shots – two of those were goals. In the last match he had an xG of 0.03 … I’d just keep an eye on if things are shifting or how City are playing against a deep defence, whether Gündogan is the goalscorer. For me that would just be the difference whether I captain him or not – not whether I have him or not.

– Seb

David noted the impact of Gabriel Jesus (£9.2m) over the last two matches, his presence in the City team does stop Gündogan from shooting as often.

But the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder remained a creative force, fashioning two big chances for Sterling and creating five goal scoring opportunities in total – the most of any player at Turf Moor.

Another factor in the German’s favour is that his ‘expected minutes’, something Career Hall of Fame No 1, Fábio Borges, places great importance on, is high:

Gündogan has less competition to worry about and seems to be in the form of his life so I’m hoping he will play both matches [over the Double Gameweek]. The fact that he could be on penalties and is ridiculously priced at £5.9 million makes him a much better pick than Sterling in my opinion … if I didn’t already have Dias and Gündogan in my squad, they would definitely be my main transfer targets from Guardiola’s team.

– Fábio

Fábio talked through his transfer targets for the upcoming small Double Gameweeks in his latest FFScout contribution. Nick Pope (£5.5m) or a Burnley defender were high on his list of priorities given their favourable fixtures.

While fellow Pro Pundit Lateriser touted Luke Shaw (£4.9m) in his recent article:

With Shaw, you are not just dependent on clean sheet points. He’s become incredibly vital to the Red Devils and is a ball progressor and an attacking outlet on that left-hand side. In the last six Gameweeks, Shaw has created 19 chances, which is top amongst all defenders. Shaw is also top for big chances created (five) in the same period and is on some set pieces and corners.

– Lateriser

And the highest ranked of our elite contributors, Andy, who climbed another 200 places to 479th overall after Gameweek 22, reviewed his season so far, reflecting on what has worked well for him

This year I’ve made a conscious decision to always have who I believe is the best captain each week, even if that means transferring out a big hitter. This sounds simple, but often FPL managers will forgo the best captain because they don’t want to sell a big hitter … I’ve sold Salah, Son, and Kane twice already this season and I’ve found not having value wrapped up in them makes my decisions much easier knowing I can just buy them back as there’s no money “lost”.

– Andy

Captaincy Debate

The armband for Andy this week is firmly on Son Heung-min (£9.7m) ahead of an encounter against West Brom’s obliging defence. 

However, Captain Sensible writer, Jan, does not necessarily agree:

Despite receiving plenty of attention in the captaincy debate for Gameweek 22, I do not think Son is necessarily as strong a candidate as some might think.

– Jan

Jan notes the slump in form for Tottenham Hotspur along with the poor underlying statistics for Son in particular – his total of 15 touches in the box over his last four matches is bettered by 33 Premier League players.

So while West Brom have conceded two goals in each of their last seven matches, could a defensive approach from Sam Allardyce frustrate an off-colour Spurs?

Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) and Marcus Rashford (£9.6m) are alternatives from a buoyant Manchester United side, and West Ham’s Michail Antonio (£6.7m) could prosper against Fulham. 

Fernandes is my top captaincy pick for Gameweek 23. Given that his underlying statistics are continuously impressive and his Manchester United colleagues are back in their groove, he could easily repeat the haul he achieved the last time Manchester United faced Everton.

– Jan

However for David – who enjoyed a successful 17-Gameweek captain run back in 2018/19 – Antonio is his favoured armband selection from this week’s Scout Picks.

The in-form West Ham striker has hit attacking returns in four of his five last games. With the highest expected goals rating of any forward in the last six Gameweeks, we are backing Antonio to continue his impressive form against a Fulham side whose recent defensive improvements have stuttered.

– Scout Picks

Team News

In the Team News, Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) is set to return following his hernia operation, while Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m) could be a useful asset in the absence of Timothy Castagne (£5.7m) over the coming weeks.

And Wilfried Zaha (£7.2m) has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.

While from Pep Guardiola’s Friday press conference, we received confirmation that Sergio Aguero (£10.3m), Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) and Nathan Aké (£5.4m) are still on the sidelines with their respective issues.

Community Competitions and Head-to-Head Fixtures

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

Pro Pundit Andy’s youtube.com/letstalkfpl mini-league is currently the Best League in FPL based on the average score of the top five teams, taking over from our Community Members League, which slips to third.

For those participating in the Head-to-Head Leagues, the main page can be linked to here. The fixtures for Gameweek 23 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.

May your arrows be green!

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2,746 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    So Antonio might be benched?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Always

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

      *rolls eyes*

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

      Always possibility, prob mins managed

    4. FPL_Hazards
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      What?

    5. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Say what?

    6. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Oooh. Juicy predeadline rumours.

      1. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Conveniently popping up 19 mins before deadline. Nowhere to be seen all week 🙂

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Haha. No but pre deadline rumours are not cool. Won’t shut up once 11am passes.

    7. The Chief
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Yes please

    8. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Stupid twitter accounts.

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

        😆

    9. hullcityfan
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Unlikely but definitely a chance.

    10. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      I could post that Jorginho is going to get a hat-trick and you'd believe it.

      You're constantly recycling random posts on here, so gullible!

    11. DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      don't say things like that

    12. Salah and Vinagre Chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Definitely. Everyone with Bruno (C) says so, so it must be true.

  2. Ojpsan1
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Play one

    A) Wilson
    B) Gundo
    C) Shaw

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      A

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

    Repost, final decision:
    A. Play Chilwell, Coufal 1st bench
    B. Play Coufal (alongside Creswell

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      A

      1. The Chief
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        A

    2. fridge
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      A

  4. fridge
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Hi all, bit of help pls!

    1. Start one pls
    A) McCarthy
    B) Pope

    2. Start one pls (have Dias already in)
    A) Coufal
    B) Stones
    C) Lowton

    3. Start two pls
    A) Soucek
    B) Gundo
    C) DCL

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      1B
      2A
      3AC

  5. FPL_Hazards
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Is this crazy——-

    Forster - Robbo - Alzate

    to

    Pope - Mee - Son

    4 pt hit

    1. Kabayan
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Just the last two for free

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Not crazy, good moves on papaer

  6. Saosin
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    F it. BAMford - grab the C

    1. Rog.
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      I’m on the same

    2. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Yep

  7. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Do you see Vardy starting?

  8. Xanthorpe
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Start Hames or Lookman?

    • hazza44
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Bench one?
      A. Coufal
      B. Cancelo
      C. Justin

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

        Difficult C

    • Milkman Bruno
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Please help with last minute decision. Play one of:

        A) Cancelo
        B) Richarlison
        C) Digne
        D) Decordova Reid

        1. FantasyTony
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          A

          1. Milkman Bruno
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Thanks. This is what I’ve been on all week.

          2. sunzip14
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Still 16 more minutes left 😉 A

          3. Rog.
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            A, I’m just thinking about him as a city midfielder

        2. The Chief
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Benching headache:

          Martinez
          Coufal Dier Dallas
          Sterling Salah Fernandes (C) Soucek
          DCL Bamford Wilson

          McCarthy, Saka, Dias, Stones

        3. wolves_simmo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Mendy to Pope this or wait until next week?

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

            Wait

        4. Jdpz
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Pope
          Cancelo Mee Coufal
          Bruno Salah Raphinha Gundogan Sterling
          Antonio(c) Bamford

          [Johnstone DCL Alioski Justin]

          g2g?

          1. The Chief
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            G2g

        5. Ruinenlust
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Play DCL or Lowton?

        6. Mané Fuchs Given
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Bench Stones for Digne?

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

              I did

              1. Kitman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                I wouldn’t - Man City more likely to shut out liverpool

          • Miniboss
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Good to go or change the bench?

            McCarthy
            Shaw Cancelo Dallas
            Gundogan Salah Bruno(c) Soucek Sterling
            Bamford Antonio

            Button DCL Justin Targett

          • GROBARI
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Dallas>Coufal for FT
              Yay or Nay?

              1. Firminoooo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                I did Robertson to Dallas. Want Dallas for DGW25 and BGW29.

              2. Lindelol
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                go for Burnley defender lowton may be

            • Ibralicious
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Chances of Antonio being rested?

              He’s had 180 minutes of top flight football within 6 days. Surely a rest today isn’t out of the question with his fragile hammy?

              1. DycheDycheBaby
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                nahh he needs more mins

            • Slitherene
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Barnes Bruno Rashford Grealish
              Jesus Ings Wilson

              Who to put the armband on?

            • Weilong7
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              double city def or targett?

              targett coufal cancelo dias 3.8

            • No Kane, No Gain!
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 1 day ago

              GTG? Can’t decide on Son, Bruno or Antonio as Captain!?

              De Gea
              Cresswell, AWB, Cancelo
              Gundogan, Salah, Bruno, Son, Maddison
              Antonio, Wilson

              (Martinez, Dias, DCL, Justin)

            • Firminoooo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Start one: Chilwell, Soucek or DCL?

            • DycheDycheBaby
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Start one::
              a) Alioski
              b) Stones
              c) Taylor (Bur)

            • RyanMK
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Play DCL or Gundo?

              1. Hansel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Gund

            • Bookkeeper
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              I'd rather start Dias over Cancelo for safety, the former is nailed to start, compared to Cancelo, who could be benched.

              1. djaddy
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Start Cancelo, and Dias first on the bench?

                  1. Bookkeeper
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    no, concerned Cancelo comes off the bench.

                  2. The Chief
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    Would you play Dias over Coufal, Dier or Dallas?

                • Sean
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  No way Cancelo doesn’t play this game, too important

                • Rog.
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  I’m assuming he will start based on him coming off early against Burnley

              2. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Shocker. (n)
                It is when Salah scores a hat trick for a 3-0 win when you either benched or sold him.

              3. Hansel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Gundo or Watkins?

              4. djaddy
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Bench one

                  A Justin (Wol)
                  B Cresswell (Ful)
                  C Cancelo (Liv)
                  D Dier (WBA)

                  Thanks

                  1. Royal5
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    A

                • Balls of Steel
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Just did Burke to Son, Spurs against worse defence in the league...gotta be a Son haul!

                  1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    what about bringing in a west brom defender, playing against one of the worst attacks recent weeks

                    1. Balls of Steel
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 1 day ago

                      Interesting way to look at it, isn't it!

                • RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Bruno or Antonio is doing my head in 🙂