Scout Picks

Double Gameweek 25 Scout Picks features Leeds triple-up

Players from Leeds and Manchester United form the spine of our Double Gameweek 25 Scout Picks.

In a side chosen by DavidNealeTom and Andy, we have included three Leeds players and two Red Devils.

We line-up in a 3-4-3 formation which comes in at £79.6m, £3.4m inside our budget of £83.0m.

GOALKEEPER

With Brighton’s defence in top form, Robert Sanchez (£4.5m) takes his place between the sticks in the Scout Picks XI. Brighton have the lowest expected goals conceded (xGC) rating in the last six games, even lower than table-topping Manchester City, with five clean sheets in that time. Sanchez has also picked up a bonus point in three of his last four games. Added to that, Brighton face Crystal Palace, who have failed to score a single Premier League goal without Wilfried Zaha (£7.1m) this season.

DEFENDERS

Stones produces season-high haul as City keep another clean sheet

John Stones (£5.2m) looks to be the safest route into the Manchester City after being rotated out of the side for the Everton game. The City defence has formed an iron curtain this season, conceding only 15 goals and 21 big chances in 24 games.

Luke Shaw (£5.0m) continues to catch the eye. Manchester United’s left-back is proving to be a creative power house for this season, playing the most key passes and setting up the most goals among all FPL defenders in the last six matches. In his last game, Shaw added maximum bonus points to his assist, even with the Man United defence conceding a goal. He faces Newcastle on Sunday who will be without star striker Callum Wilson (£6.7m), so he could add a clean sheet to complement any attacking returns.

The first of the Double Gameweek players to enter the Scout Picks is Leeds defender Stuart Dallas (£5.0m). Now playing as an out-of-position midfielder, Dallas has scored an impressive four goals and created three assists this season, and will have two matches to improve on this.

MIDFIELDERS

Despite Liverpool’s recent travails, Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) continues to bang the goals in. Salah is joint-top out of all FPL midfielders for shots on target in the last six games, and is fresh off scoring in the Champions League against RB Leipzig. With both sides leaking goals ahead of the Merseyside Derby, expect an attacking game with plenty of space in behind for Salah to exploit.

Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m) is something of a no-brainer for Double Gameweek 25. The highest point-scoring FPL player this season has scored in each of his last three games, bringing in five bonus points across that period. Fernandes has also had the most shots on goal of all FPL midfielders during the last six games. He faces a Newcastle team that has conceded six goals in their last three games.

Owned by only 6.6% of players, we’re backing Pedro Neto (£5.7m) to produce the goods against Leeds. Neto has been one of the few bright sparks in a poor season for Wolves, laying on 17 chances for team-mates in his last six games, as well as scoring against Southampton. With Leeds missing key defensive midfielder Kalvin Phillips (£4.9m), Neto should have plenty more opportunities to create and score goals.

Another differential making the Scout Picks XI is Raphinha (£5.4m), whose recent form belies his 5.2% ownership. The Brazilian midfielder has delivered attacking returns in his last five games, and has outscored Patrick Bamford (£6.9m) over the same run of games.

FORWARDS

After scoring his first goal of 2021, we are backing Timo Werner (£9.2m) to heap more misery on the beleaguered Southampton defence. No FPL forward has been on the end of as many big chances as Werner in the last four Gameweeks, so if the German has now rediscovered his goalscoring touch, then the goals could be about to flow. Southampton’s achilles’ heel is defending their right-hand side, so with Werner and Marcos Alonso (£5.7m) building up a strong partnership down the left, it could be a very long Saturday lunch-time for the Saints.

Werner wasn’t the only striker to rediscover their goalscoring touch in Double Gameweek 24, with Danny Ings‘ (£8.5m) sweet volley reminding us of how deadly he can be on his day. Even with Southampton sliding down the table, Ings has shown he still knows where the goal is, hitting around 50% of his shots on target. If Southampton can get him the service he needs in their two games, then we’re backing Ings to hit the back of the net.

The third and final Leeds player to make the Scout Picks XI is the aforementioned Bamford.  The forward has shown incredible consistency this season, having the most attempts on goal of any striker and the most shots in the box. Around 60% of FPL managers could own Bamford by Double Gameweek 25, so anyone without him in their team faces a stressful few days.

Substitutes

  • Alphonse Areola (£4.5m)
  • Lewis Dunk (£4.9m)
  • Charlie Taylor (£4.4m)
  • James Ward-Prowse (£6.0m)

THE CAPTAIN

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1,699 Comments Post a Comment
  1. GoonerSteve
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Is it worth doing

    Grealish, Antonio and Justin to Raphina, Ings and Dallas? 4pt hit.

    Or shall I just go Raphina and Dallas and play either ANtonio or DCL instead? The merseyside derby could have a few goals.

    Tricky.

    Not sure I fancy Ings though.

    1. Effe
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Raphina and Dallas well worth getting I think. Not sure about Ings.

      1. GoonerSteve
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Yes think im going to just do the two, especially as Ings would cost me 4pts

        Thanks for the advice.

  2. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Start Cancelo or Stones?

    1. GoonerSteve
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Im starting both

    2. Pegboy
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I was on Cancelo, but I can see the argument that Stones is more likely to start after being rotated in the last game.

  3. Hitthewall
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Do I bench boost this?
      McCarthy - Targett - White - Antonio

      1. Pegboy
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I think I would

      2. JelliedSpark968
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        No, but I would try to fit in White

    • Pulp Minion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Would you BB either of these?

      GW 25: Pope, Dias, Roberson, Soucek
      GW 26: McCarty, Dallas, Raphinha, Bamford

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        No and No

        1. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          You say no but honestly, when is there ever going to be an opportunity?

          It’s got to be before GW29 in my opinion

      2. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Yes

        Depends how you feel about Leeds in 26!

    • Redranger
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Ings or Watkins on WC?

      1. Feed tha Sheep
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Ings and then change to Watkins

    • JelliedSpark968
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Best 2 GKs for WC?

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Martinez and Sanchez

      2. Mufc202020
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Ederson (for the penalty excitement) & Sanchez

      3. Effe
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Ederson and Martinez for me. Ederson is expensive I know but I like it that he won’t get rotated like some of their defenders

    • Ruinenlust
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Play Stones or Soucek? Already playing Dias

      1. JelliedSpark968
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Soucek

    • TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Dallas

      Worth getting or not?

      Only worthwhile for GW25 and GW29. You’d be benching him 26,27,28. Plus Philips is out reducing clean sheet probability

      1. KAALI_DAAL
          1 month, 24 days ago

          You dont own Dallas for clean sheets.

          1. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Then you shouldn’t own Dallas at all?...

            1. claretparrot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Eh?

          2. claretparrot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Exactly. He's a cheap attacking(ish) mid who happens to get 4 points for a rare clean sheet

        • Effe
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Yes worth getting

        • claretparrot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          I'd be more than happy playing him in 26 (if short on doubles) & 27. If you already have Bam & Raph and no other pressing moves I don't see why not

          1. Big_Andy_GAWA
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            GW26 is a pretty appealing fixture for him...!

        • Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          I'll be playing him GW26

      2. Enes_Sahini1
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Changes needed lads?

        McCarthy
        Cancelo Stones Dallas
        Gundogan Salah Son Grealish Fernandes
        Bamford Antonio

        Martinez Adams Creswell Stephens

        1 free transfer 0.5 in the bank

        1. GoonerSteve
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Similar team here.

          Considering Grealish to Raphina but I might just hold.

      3. fridge
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I have 2FT...

        A) Soucek > Raphinha
        B) Antonio/ DCL > Ings
        C) both

        1. TSN
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          A

        2. Boly Would
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          A

      4. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        any GW26 fixture announcements yet ?

        1. KAALI_DAAL
            1 month, 24 days ago

            No

          • drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            I think you'll here about it

          • Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            thanks guys

        2. The_FF_King
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          How many DGWs will there be? I’m thinking I should play TC this week if I want to use BB and second wildcard on future wild cards?

          1. Holmes
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Atleast 2-3 more DGWs

            1. The_FF_King
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Excluding game week 25?

        3. iCon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Been totally out of the loop this week; any good articles/links to what's going on with potential upcoming DGWs to catch up on?

          Cheers!

          1. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            None at all - DGW hasn’t even been mentioned as a topic

          2. KAALI_DAAL
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Twitter: Ben Crellin

              He has a good spreadsheet available posted 14 hours ago.

              1. iCon
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Cheers mate

          3. claretparrot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Bottomed. Shameless repost...

            Antonio > Kane
            A) Do it this week with my one FT; or
            B) Hold off, go with team below, and take flexibility into DGW26

            McCarthy
            Dallas - Shaw - Dias - Cancelo
            Gundo* - Raphinha - Salah - Bruno
            DCL - Bamford (C)
            [Robbo - Antonio* - Soucek]

          4. Pauntley
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Should I play Grealish or Calvert-Lewin? Thanks

            1. KAALI_DAAL
                1 month, 24 days ago

                No

            2. dezille
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Sterling > Raphinha (-4) to attack the DGW? (perhaps Sterling is due a benching, although may want for the DGW26, if I don't go down the double City defense route).

              Martinez
              Cancelo Dallas Mee
              Salah Bruno Sterling Gundogan Grealish
              Bamford Ings

            3. You've got red on you.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Bench 1:

              a) Gundogan (Arsenal)

              b) Mane (Everton)

              c) DCL (Liverpool)

              1. Neo-Viper
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                DCL

            4. AdamJ91
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Thoughts on this WC team please?

              Martinez - Fabri
              Cancelo - Dias - Konsa - Burn - Strujik
              Salah - Fernandes - Son - Raphinha - Gundogan
              Bamford - Ings - Kane

              Not sure who I'd bench in the front 8 though & still not convinced over Ings but he'll become Watkins next week.

              1. Cech's Magic Hat
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Ings a good pick for the double I think. Doing something similar with my WC below

              2. racerx
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                I like it! It leaves you pretty tight on the D though. When Llorente and Phillips come back Strujik isn't nailed and Burn has had a good run but Brighton have injured players coming back too, and then of course Pep roulette at Citeh.

            5. FPL Kaka
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Is Barnes a good option now with Perez out? Making him even more nailed?

              1. Mufc202020
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Barnes and Perez don’t play in the same position. Barnes has always been nailed on

              2. Feed tha Sheep
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Good option yes

            6. Neo-Viper
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Play Stones or DCL

              Stones will partner Dias for the League Leaders double!!

              1. TSN
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                stones!

                1. Neo-Viper
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Cheers!!

            7. TSN
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              martinez
              dallas lowton AWB cancelo
              bruno sterling gundo grealish salah
              Bamford
              sub: johnstone DCL cresswell brewster

              A. GTG?
              B. start DCL over grealish
              C. gundo -> raphinha (-4)

              Thanks

            8. ragsyboys
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Pope
              Cancelo, Stones, Mee, Alioski
              Gundo, Raphina, fernandes
              DCL, Vardy, Bamford (c)

              Bench : Cresswell, Son, Grealish
              Any changes in bench order? I am afraid of bench points this week !

              1. Davros
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Maybe Play Son over a defender

              2. claretparrot
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Son 2nd sub vs WHU must be a wind up? What's the point in owning him?

                1. ragsyboys
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  West Ham have good defence and I really doubt Spurs scoring against them

                  1. claretparrot
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    They have an ok defence. Don't read too much into clean sheets against poor teams in the last two

                    1. ragsyboys
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Thanks ! Suggest me a player on the pitch to replace Son

                      1. claretparrot
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        I'd play Son ahead of any of Cresswell, Mee, DCL, Alioski (even with the double) in that order.

                        1. ragsyboys
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 24 days ago

                          Thanks claret !

                          1. claretparrot
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 24 days ago

                            No worries GL!

            9. Davros
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              It seems that those with Grealish are sick of him and getting rid. While others are looking at the fixtures and bringing him in

              1. TheDragon
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Grealish is a really boring pick - but is grinding out more points over the season than almost all other midfielders

                Those selling think the grass is greener....it isn’t

              2. GoonerSteve
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Yes exactly!

              3. teneighty
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Owning and keeping. He's fourth highest scoring mid with 3 games in hand.

            10. Iceball
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              GTG? Save WC for later and take this -4 on the chin.
              Meslier
              Dias Stones Tarkowski
              Salah Gundo Bruno Son Raphina (V)
              Bamford(C) Ings
              Mendy Mee Richarlison Coufal

              1. Davros
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Rich Atkinson could return. Maybe play him 1st on bench

                1. Davros
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Richarlison!

            11. Alli
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              A. Soucek > Raphinha
              B. Antonio > Ings
              C. Save FT

              Pope - McCarthy
              Rudiger - Cancelo - Stones - Lowton - Dallas
              Salah - Bruno - Son - Soucek - Gundogan
              Antonio - Adams - Bamford

              1. 7_Dan_7
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  A

              2. Don Kloppeone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                G2G? Agree re bench?

                May play TC next week and will WC after BGW29

                0FT 1.3itb
                Pope
                Dias, Dallas, Shaw
                Salah, Bruno (v), Son, Gundo, Raphinha (C)
                Bamford, Ings
                (Martinez) (DCL, Stones, Coufal)

                Cheers and GL all!

                1. 7_Dan_7
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Yes and yes. I have similar team and am unsure on Pope/Martinez.

                2. Cech's Magic Hat
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Thoughts on this WC team? Plan to BB26 and have no FH so need to plan for 29.

                  Martinez Sanchez
                  Stones Cancelo Shaw Dallas Targett
                  Salah Bruno Gundo Raphinha Barnes
                  Ings Watkins Bamford

                  Next week Ings > Kane.

                  Still have 1.2 itb to make more improvements...

                3. Top Mark.S
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Guys stop panicking about the announcement. I go offline in 25mins. I can assure te announcement will swiftly follow. Relax

                4. SweepaKeepa
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Rare week as my fantasy team looks like a formidable real team.
                  Not the usual 3 left backs, 3 wingers and 4 strikers arrangement.

                5. KAALI_DAAL
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    What will be the template midfield for DGW26?

                    Salah, Bruno, Son, Sterling/KDB, Gundo

                    1. Hotdogs for Tea
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      No

                    2. TheDragon
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      No one can afford that

                      4 in midfield: Salah, Bruno, Son, Gundo and Kane up front (Grealish instead of Son for those with less cash)

                    3. bitm2007
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      That doesn't leave much to be spent elsewhere.

                      Salah, Bruno, Son, Gundo, Gealish with Kane, Ings, Bamford (or Watkins) up front.

                    4. Feed tha Sheep
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Pretty much son or Kane

                    5. Sun Jihai
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Salah, Bruno, Gundogan, Grealish, Son (if no Kane)