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Fantasy Forecast 2019/20: FPL Gameweek 22

Ahead of each Gameweek in the Fantasy Premier League, The Hype Train's three front-men, Robert Austin, Sam Austin and Phil Jones, duel for FPL supremacy in predicting Premier League scores, as well as going head to head in picking a Scout Picks squad for each round of games. In addition, we provide general insight that we believe might be relevant for FPL players, such as our personal captaincy picks, differentials for the week, and more. Welcome to the Forecast. All aboard.

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 22 Deadline

For the 2019/20 Premier League season, the FPL deadline will be one hour before the commencement of the week's first game. Our website provides a real-world countdown timer for the the upcoming Gameweek, whilst you can read our latest Fantasy articles from the season on our 2019/20 FPL weekly hype sub-section.

How does our Forecasting work?

For three years we invited guests from the FPL Community to tackle us with picks for the upcoming Gameweek in Fantasy Premier League. We'll be taking a break from inviting guests onto this article for a year, and have introduced a new feature, Fantasy 5's, which we'll be asking weekly guests their top pick in each position ahead of each Gameweek.

For the sake of respecting the rules of the Forecast, we have provided an example of what we're sending out to interested parties that will feature throughout the season.

  • Premier League Fixture Prediction: As pundits, we are testing our football acumen with PL predictions and will be providing regular updated tables and stats in each edition of the FPL Forecast. A perfect score is worth 3 points whilst a correct result is worth 1 point.

  • FPL Gameweek Forecasting: Answering the regular questions that come up every single week in the Fantasy Premier League community that helps with identifying captaincy picks, transfers, attacking options, clean sheet potential, teams to look our for and avoid, players to consider for the Draft game, the wildcard differential players, as well as general analysis and comments.

  • Scout Picks: Picking a squad of 15 for a single Gameweek, without any budget, using the rules of the FPL - formations, captains and vice captains, and the player limits of 3 per club (chips will not be feature of these weekly picks)

  • Each team must pick a Captain, labelled as (c) and a Vice Captain listed as (vc).

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 22

Sheffield United 2-0 West Ham

Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal

Chelsea 2-1 Burnley

Everton 2-0 Brighton

Leicester 3-0 Southampton

Man United 3-1 Norwich

Wolves 2-0 Newcastle

Spurs 1-2 Liverpool

Bournemouth 1-2 Watford

Aston Villa 1-3 Man City

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 22

Top FPL transfer targets for the weekend:

GK: Rui Patricio (WOL, GK, £5.2mil, 10.5% ownership)

DEF: Djibril Sidibé (EVE, DEF, £5.4mil, 1.7% ownership)

MID: Ismaïla Sarr (WAT, MID, £6.2mil, 0.9% ownership)

FWD: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE, FWD, £5.9mil, 5.5% ownership)

Who are the teams to look out for and avoid?:

Arsenal (Avoid): I don’t know, I just got a feeling the Arteta honeymoon won’t last forever. I can see Palace scrapping in this fixture to get a result.

Watford (Watch): Nigel Pearson has got the hive stirred up, and they travel to injury-stricken Bournemouth. I can see the pressure mounted on Howe if they lose, pushing Bournemouth into the relegation zone.

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C) – Jamie Vardy (LEI): After two weeks of having a baby, then being injured, and relying on your vice-captain; Vardy should be back for a repeat of the fixture that ended 9-0 earlier in the season.

(VC) – Tammy Abraham (CHE): I have aversions to Chelsea options at home, especially as the fixture is there…again, which is why Abraham settles for a space as VC this week.

FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 22

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Kasper Schmeichel (LEI)

DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV)

DEF: Ricardo Pereira (LEI)

DEF: Djibril Sidibé (EVE)

MID: Richarlison (EVE)

MID: Anthony Martial (MUN)

MID: Sadio Mane (LIV)

MID: Kevin De Bruyne (MCI)

FOR: Tammy Abraham (CHE) (VC)

FOR: Jamie Vardy (LEI) (C)

FOR: Marcus Rashford (MUN)


GK: Kepa (CHE)

MID: Ismaïla Sarr (WAT)

DEF: Matt Doherty (WOL)

DEF: John Lundstram (SHU)

Fixture Prediction: Gameweek 22

Sheffield United 1-0 West Ham

Crystal Palace 1-3 Arsenal

Chelsea 2-1 Burnley

Everton 1-0 Brighton

Leicester 3-1 Southampton

Man United 2-0 Norwich

Wolves 2-0 Newcastle

Spurs 1-2 Liverpool

Bournemouth 2-2 Watford

Aston Villa 1-4 Man City

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 22

Top FPL transfer targets for the weekend:

Everton: They’ve a good run of fixtures and some attractive options in Sidibe, Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin. Brighton will be a tough game though.

Brighton: Neal Maupay’s got a good run of fixtures and will directly compete with Calvert-Lewin for a place in many FPL teams.

Will injuries play a factor this week?:

Crystal Palace are missing 11 first team players.

Newcastle are missing key defensive players.

Villa are without McGinn, Heaton and Wesley.

Bournemouth are missing half of their matchday squad.

With a few teams building up a lot of injuries, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the likes of Arsenal, Man City and Wolves take advantage against sides fighting at the wrong end of the Premier League table.

Who are the teams to look out for and avoid?:

Arsenal (watch, kind of): Aubameyang was rested during Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Leeds. Palace have an entire team injured. I’d probably be licking my lips as an owner, and petrified as a non-owner (I am the latter), though you can never really trust Arsenal.

Everton (watch): It literally can’t get any worse than getting beat by a Liverpool youth team (plus Origi and Lallana) at Anfield. I am expecting a reaction as Ancelotti will almost certainly be whipping his team into shape.

Liverpool (watch): If The Reds were a character in a video game, they’d be the near-indestructible train in GTA V.

Wolves (watch): Can’t see my beloved Newcastle getting anything away at Wolves. Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez shouldn’t have a problem carving us open given our injury concerns.

Sheffield United (watch): This game at home to West Ham has 1-0 written all over it.

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C) – Kevin De Bruyne (MCI): With Tom Heaton and Wesley injured, Villa will have to change a few things for this weekend’s visit of City. Couldn’t be at a worse time as KDB comes to town

(VC) – Jamie Vardy (WOL): Surely after a fortnight out of action, Vardy’s back in contention for the home game against Southampton. With the League Cup semi-finals this week, however, who knows?

Other Gameweek Comments:

If you don’t have a trio of Liverpool players, the best advice that anyone can offer is to hold a transfer so you’re not left for dead during Gameweek 24’s Double Gameweek.

It’s an interesting week for a lot of FPL options, though I’m just not sure that the ceiling for points is going to be too high, unless there are a few big scorers in the form of KDB and Vardy.

FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 22

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Kasper Schmeichel (LEI)

DEF: Caglar Soyuncu (LEI)

DEF: Djibril Sidibé (EVE)

DEF: George Baldock (SHU)

MID: Sadio Mane (LIV)

MID: Kevin De Bruyne (MCI) – (C)

MID: Adama Traore (WOL)

MID: Mason Mount (CHE)

FOR: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE)

FOR: Jamie Vardy (LEI) – (VC)

FOR: Raul Jimenez (WOL)


GK: Dean Henderson (SHU)

MID: Todd Cantwell (NOR)

DEF: Fikayo Tomori (CHE)

DEF: Diego Rico (BOU)

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