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

Who are the best captain options for FPL Gameweek 36+?

We choose the Scout Picks captain using a four-way vote between our Scout Squad pundits.

Because we use Fantasy Football Scout data so heavily in this process, the skipper we choose each Gameweek is known only to those with a valid Fantasy Football Scout subscription and revealed to the public only when the deadline has passed.

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1,699 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Bench one

    A.DCL
    B. Stones
    C. Mee

    1. Davros
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Tough. Nobody else? DCL or Mee

    2. Pépé Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      C

    3. ballsy_b
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 20 days ago

      A

  2. Michelle Davin
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Who is everybody captaining this week?

    1. Davros
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Bambam

    2. Tartanjock
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Bamford

    3. TSN
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      BAM!

  3. Reeker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Regret WCing this week for BB 26 because I had no time this week to actually plan a team.

    What are the must haves for a BB 26 team and no FH 29?

    Current WC Team
    Martinez - McCarthy
    Dallas - AWB - Rudiger - Dias - Konsa
    Grealish - Salah - Fernandes - Gundogan - Raphina
    Bamford - Ings - Kane

    Good team for 26 I think but feel I should replace one of Salah and Fernandes with Son to prepare for 29.

    Any help. Having a friday deadline just makes it worse lol

    1. Reeker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Have one less Man City so

      1. Reeker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        I can easily switch to De Bruyne but I dont know if thats a good idea

  4. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    How many here going without Soton players?

    1. jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Me - if i had the choice/chance to bring in Ings, I probably would, but not worth -4 for me.

      1. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        I took a -4 for him. I think there’s good upside.

        1. jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          If you want to keep him, fair enough it will prob work out.

          For me it would be 1 week punt, and want kane in for 26, thats why im reluctant to do it for a hit.

          Would also be removing Cavani, who i think should be fit.

          1. Zladan
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            I’m doing Ings to Kane next week.

            I’m a sucker for the doubles. I like to choose players with highest ceilings, and in the doubles each transfer is already halved by appearance points should the player play both.

            1. jason_ni
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Out of interest who did you sell?

              Maybe if i hear Cavani is still a doubt, I might go for the punt!

              1. Zladan
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                I have basically been swapping my most expensive forward spot around:

                24: DCL to Rich
                25: Rich to Ings
                26: Ings to Kane

                In hindsight, DCL to Ings would’ve saved me a -4. But who’d have thought Everton blanked v Fulham.

              2. Zladan
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                I would love to own Cavani at some stage... but is it fit? Will he start? Will he get 90?

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Yeah, I would have to do -4 to get him.

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      hello

    3. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Unless we get confirmation they have a triple double I won’t have any

      Ings is only real option currently - can’t see them ever keeping a clean sheet so vestergard loses his appeal and no game in 29

    4. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      moi

      no vacant spot

    5. SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Me

  5. jason_ni
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Good to go? Right bench/capt?

    Pope
    AWB - Cancelo - Lowton
    Salah - Bruno f - son - Gundo - raphina
    Bamford(c) - cavani

    Martinez - Dcl - Cresswell - dias

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      G2G!

    2. The Prophet
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I’m similar but now tempted to swap Gundo for DCL after Pep’s comments.

      Don’t want Gundo coming in for a ten minute leg stretch.

  6. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Being dragged to the shops by the wife, expect the fixtures to come be here in the hour that I'm out

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      A garden centre or supermarket or green grocers?

    2. Top Mark.S
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I am leaving in 15 minutes. Definitely coming through while are out. Deinitely

    3. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Just tell her there's more important things in life then shopping ffs... 🙂

    4. CRO KLOPP
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Tell her to shop online next time

    5. DARE TO BISCAN
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Tell her it's irresponsible to be shopping as a couple, during covid and to "stay safe" as you stay in & sort your team out.

  7. Bavarian
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Play Martinez or Areola?

    1. onceuponatyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Same choice here...
      ...went Areola.

  8. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Hi guys, bit Of help needed

    A. Holding to white and delay Kane a week

    B. Laca to Kane for this game week

    Holding/laca benched in either scenario of course

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      B

  9. Teomi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Latest on cavani anyone?
    Want him as my differential this week but that would mean bench Sterling.
    Don’t want to risk a last minute cameo so the right choice is to bench cavani right?

    1. jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      For me if hes fit he will start - if hes not, he wont feature.

      Its unlikely he will come off the bench.

  10. Tango74
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Kane or ings this Week?

      But want Kane for GW26

      Or get rid of maguire to ?

      1. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        I brought in Ings this week, then will get Kane for 26.

      2. Tartanjock
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        I went Ings, Kane next week

      3. onceuponatyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        If it's for this week, then Ings.

      4. Tango74
          1 month, 20 days ago

          That told me 🙂

      5. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Lost on previous page

        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. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Great team!

          Pope over Martinez - in theory yes but we know how it ends up

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Haha cheers

            I know re Martinez it’s a v tough call.

            I’m just going by BUR having higher CS odds but it’ll be close

          2. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            I am playing Pope over Marty. Got it wrong twice in a row. Might as well stay consistent.

            1. jason_ni
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              If Villa do somehow manage a CS, Martinez will have a save bonanza, and double digit incoming.

              Saying that, Im sticking with Pope, surely the smarter choice!

        2. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          GTG!

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Thanks LRL!

            Pope vs Martinez is likely to kill me again!

        3. jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Similar to mine above, you probably edge it with Dallas and Ings over my Lowton and Cavani, but who knows!

          Bold with the captain pick.

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            May still chicken out on the cap!

            GL mate

        4. Sid1891
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          strong team

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Thanks

      6. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 20 days ago

        How many starters do you think I get out of cancelo, gundo and sterling ?

        1. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          2

          1. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Thanks the dragon

        2. Zladan
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          1 or 2.

        3. Il Capitano
            1 month, 20 days ago

            2

          • Gizzachance
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            I have same 3! Gundo if fit, other two 50/50?

        4. ballsy_b
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Have already done a -4 to do
          Antonio to Bamford
          Sterling to Raphina.

          Is it worth taking it to a -8 to take Justin out for:
          A) Shaw B) Stones C) Dunk D) Vestergaard E) Leave as it is for now

          Rest of team is:

          Pope
          Dallas - Cancelo - Lowton
          Salah - Fernandes - Grealish - Raphina - Gundagon
          Bamford (C) - Watkins

          Martinez - Coufal - DCL - Justin

          Thanks

          1. Zladan
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Probably not this week.

        5. Captain_Shirokov
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          % chance of Cavani starting?

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Thought he was injured?

        6. NorwEagles
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          I've managed to put myself in a bit of a bind here. I have both Lacazette and Cavani. One of them is going out for Ings, but which one?

          1. Gizzachance
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Lacca has toughest fixture

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 20 days ago

              And is also dropped or late

          2. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Cavani could be out, wait until confirmation

            1. NorwEagles
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Will there be any confirmation? Not that long til deadline.

          3. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Laca

        7. Gizzachance
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Thoughts? B boost
          Martinez dcl rudiger coufal?
          Or Save for dgw, ,,may need bench anyway due to dcl, gundo inj, possible benchings of cancelo Ster who played city’s dgw
          Thoughts, cheers

          1. Neo-Viper
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            save for DGW

            1. Gizzachance
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Cheers

        8. GoonerSteve
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Afternoon all,

          Would you play McCarthy or Pope this week?

          Also, is Grealish to Raphina for free worth it?

          I think it is but will likely want Grealish back soon.

          1. mr messi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            I’m playing Pope. Not sure about losing Grealish if you want him back.

        9. Neo-Viper
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          *REPOST*

          AWB DCL Antonio

          Bench order good?

          1. ballsy_b
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Without seeing your other defenders, AWB surely starts aganist Newcastle at home

            1. Neo-Viper
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Double City. Mee. Dunk

              Son Bruno Salah Gundo Raphinha

              Bam

        10. pablo discobar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Mina out for 4 weeks. Is that Holgate nailed then? Or should I just go digne?

          El Muhammady and Holgate great prices over next 4 weeks through their dgw period

        11. Zladan
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Raphinha is the better captain pick than Bamford right?

          1. Neo-Viper
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Yes. But Bamford ownership is putting me off. plus he takes FPL seriously and probably will captain himself that is why he will be my captain.

          2. Seamy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            I prefer Bamford. But I'm having an awful month so take my advice with a pinch of salt

        12. Disco Stu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Play Gundo or Son this weekend?

          1. Marcin the Pole
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Ideally both. Son if you must bench one.

          2. Seamy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Son for me if you have to choose

            1. Disco Stu
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Other middies are Bruno/Salah and Raph and forwards are Kane/Ings/Bamford so have to bench one of Son/Gundo

        13. Oooo Matron
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          G2G go here? (pending no DGW News)

          Martinez
          Mee Cancelo Dallas
          Raphina Fernandes Sterling Salah Son
          Bamford (C) Watkins

          Subs: Dias, Dawson, Brewster

          1. Seamy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Yeah everything seems fine

        14. Seamy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Is it time to bench boost with the current bench?

          Martinez (LEI), Watkins (LEI), Mee (WBA), Dias (ARS). I also have a yellow flagged Gundo in my starting line-up

        15. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          GTG?

          Pope
          Stones, Cancelo, Dallas
          Salah, Sterling, Bruno (VC), Raphinha
          DCL, Bamford (C), Ings

          Subs: Martinez, Mee, Saka, Coufal

        16. Tartanjock
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Play DCL or Soucek?

          1. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            DCL

        17. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Pep confirms Gundo is touch and go....doesn’t fill me with confidence as an owner.

        18. AdamJ91
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Salah - Fernandes - Son - Raphinha - Gundogan
          Bamford - Ings - Kane

          Who would you bench from those 8? I mean surely it'd have to be Gundogan but I really think he'll punish me if he plays.

        19. sirmorbach
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Friends, please: good to go or hit needed?

          Pope
          Dias / Cresswell / Dallas
          Salah / Bruno / Gündogan / Raphinha / Soucek
          Bamford / Watkins

          Martínez, Stones, DCL, Digne

          1. TSN
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            start stones over cresswell?

        20. Mr_Barbs
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Last two defender spots on WC

          A) C.Taylor + Veltman
          B) C.Taylor + White
          C) Konsa (have martinez) + Burn
          D) Rudiger + Burn

        21. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          WC this lot guys? Thx

          Meslier,Button
          Cancelo,Coufal,Mee,Mitchel,KWP*
          Salah,Son,Bruno,Gundo*,Maddison
          Antonio*,Bamford,Cavani