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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice to Double Gameweek 25

Welcome to the Fantasy Football Scout Guide to Double Gameweek 25 ahead of today’s 18:30 GMT deadline.

Leeds United and Southampton are the two teams with the extra fixture – the Saints travel to Elland Road on Tuesday evening.

The other main talking point as we plot our moves for the current round of fixtures and beyond, is the potential of more Double Gameweeks in the near future. Pep Guardiola hinted that Gameweeks 26 and 27 will be Doubles for his side but at the time of writing, we await confirmation from the Premier League.

Captain Candidates

Patrick Bamford (£6.9), Raphinha (£5.4m) and Danny Ings (£8.5m) are the leading trio in the captain poll, with the highly-owned Bamford the popular choice.

The best-value forward in FPL, returning over 19.1 points per million spent, Bamford has garnered over 50 per cent of the vote. This in itself poses Fantasy managers an intriguing shield/sword dilemma:

[Bamford]’s currently in just over 53 per cent of teams, the bulk of those will captain him so if you don’t captain Bamford you will probably get pretty much no ranking gain from him, [and] you could possibly get a red arrow if there’s a surge of support in people drafting him in. Whereas Raphinha was in under three per cent of teams [so] if you captain him the gains could be absolutely huge.

– Joe, Captaincy Video

The potential for either Leeds player to do well is there, especially in that Tuesday fixture. As Jan pointed out in his Captain Sensible article, Southampton have given up 11 big chances in the last four matches, the joint-most in the Premier League, while only Liverpool have a worse expected goals conceded (xGC) figure.

Encouraging stuff. But two bits of team news could influence our decisions.

Marcelo Bielsa confirmed that Kalvin Phillips (£4.9m) will miss the first match against Wolves and could possibly sit out the Southampton game too. While Ralph Hasenhüttl revealed that Southampton will be without Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.7m) for a few weeks. 

Without Kalvin Phillips they are really not the same team, he is the guy that holds the whole thing together both defensively and going forward … he’s missed five games this year and … Bamford’s blanked in three of those five games so it makes me a bit worried about him.

– David, Captaincy Video

Speaking on the Scoutcast, “professor of LeedsSeb, as he was dubbed by Joe, conceded that Phillips offers more than Pascal Struijk (£3.9m) in an attacking sense. But, nonetheless, his optimal Leeds trio for the Double would be Bamford, Raphinha and Jack Harrison (£5.5m).

The absence of Walker-Peters is good news for Harrison in particular. The Saints have conceded 17 chances down their right flank over their last four matches and with Walker-Peters missing out, it means we could see one of the centre-backs filling in.

Although, Brazilian Raphinha could also benefit:

Harrison and Raphinha have swapped sides a couple of times in the last few matches … Harrison was obviously subbed off last match … but Raphinha actually moved to the left with Hélder Costa coming on the right, so there is a chance you’ll see Raphinha on the left.

And on Harrison himself, his last two goals I believe, certainly his last goal, came straight down the middle. So if he’s up against the weak full-back that might be more for the assist [but] for the actual goals we might see him making those runs through the middle.

So I think realistically, what’s the crux of this conversation, it’s all quite close. Get the three attackers if you can, if you can’t get Bamford and Raphinha.

– Seb

Raphinha and Harrison touch heatmap last four matches

When it comes to deciding who to captain, it’s worth noting that Raphinha takes corners while Bamford is expected to stay on penalty duties.

No Premier League team has conceded more spot-kicks this season than Wolves (seven). And Southampton are not doing particularly well in that department, either, having given up four penalties  in 2020/21.

But Danny Ings should not be discounted, the Saints talisman has recorded six attempts on goal in his last two Premier League fixtures, including three big chances. And Southampton’s high-press could prove effective against Leeds, as Arsenal discovered in Gameweek 24 scoring four goals. 

Speaking on FPL Black Box, Pro Pundit Mark revealed that he is contemplating buying Ings with one of his two free transfers, factoring in that Southampton may have three Double Gameweeks in the next four. Although, as Greyhead noted in the 100th edition of The Great and The Good, how many of us will trust Danny Ings’ fragile hamstring to manage two games in quick succession?

And, as Jamie pointed out in his Members-only analysis of Southampton, if Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side are to get the best out of Ings, then they will need to create more chances, with the Saints creation ranking near the bottom in their last six matches.

Nonetheless, Ings is the only Southampton player included in the Scout Picks starting XI alongside a triple up of Bamford, Raphinha and Stuart Dallas (£5.0m) from Marcelo Bielsa’s troops.

Pro Pundit Plans

Along with Jack Harrison, the other players who could exploit the weakness down Southampton’s right side are Timo Werner (£9.2m) and Marcos Alonso (£5.7m).

I get the feeling that [Alonso] could drop a 15-pointer in any game if he continues in the same attacking vein. It looks like Tuchel is going to persist with the 3-4-3 formation and his comments with regards to Alonso seems particularly encouraging.

– Lateriser

As high-flying Pro Pundit Andy mentioned, the Spaniard offers massive potential at both ends of the pitch if you can cope with him missing the odd game.

Chelsea were picked out by both Andy and Lateriser due to their appealing fixtures, despite a difficult-looking Gameweek 26.

West Brom, Leeds and Palace are all in the bottom three for expected goals conceded this season, with Everton the seventh-worst team in the league. The fixtures from Gameweek 27 look prime for goals.

– Andy

Werner, who has started Chelsea’s last four matches under new boss Thomas Tuchel, has accumulated the joint-highest number of big chances (five) over the last four Gameweeks. 

Lateriser also noted that for those who are not Wildcarding in Gameweeks 25/26, there is a decent fixture swing in Gameweek 31, and it could be a good time to Wildcard. Something fellow Pro Pundit Az is planning to do, his thinking no doubt supported by some colourful spreadsheets!

Meanwhile, Werner was not one of the forward options being considered by Hall of Fame No 1 Fábio Borges.

The consistent top 10,000 manager is looking to replace the injured Michail Antonio (£6.6m) in his side and, after running the rule over several candidates, it boiled down to getting Danny Ings now or benching Antonio before buying Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m) for Double Gameweek 26.

Community Competitions and Head-to-Head Fixtures

This is your last chance to enter the open-to-all Fantasy Football Scout Cup with qualifying for the first round taking place in Gameweek 25. Qualifying for the Members Cup – entry for Premium Members only – gets underway in Gameweek 26.

A total of £300 in prizes is available across the two tournaments.

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

Impressively, the two main FFScout mini-leagues are the top two Leagues in FPL, followed by Andy’s own mini-league. Well done to the top five managers in each of those mini-leagues.

There’s been another small tweak this week by Mat (aka matzi11a) to the fixtures and results displayed on the Head-to-Head Leagues main page.

From now on the scores and tables will update each night, so managers can see how they are getting on as the Gameweek unfolds.

The fixtures for Gameweek 25 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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2,870 Comments Post a Comment
  1. NateDogsCats
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Is Neto over Raphinha crazy?

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I'm going for both on my WC actually..

      2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Yes

      3. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Yeah crazy as hell

      4. Mr Ozil
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I think this is the week to get Raphinha

      5. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Madder than big jack mad McMaddy the mad hatter from mad street.

    • Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Dallas (c)

      1. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Condolences

      2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        4 points incoming

      3. Pedram
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Ballsy

      4. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        That is very 2 + 2.

      5. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Hahaha great

      6. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Never in a million years ... waaaaay to much of a risk.

      7. elchilangles
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I love these risky moves, they are immense when they pay off! (although they don't usually of course)

    • Super Silva Haze
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Who would you say are 5 must have ayers if you are gonna wildcard ?

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Kane, Bruno, Dias, Martinez, Gundogan

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Salah. Over Martinez and Dias

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Dias
        Martinez
        Kane
        Bruno
        Salah

      3. mcsteely
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Bruno
        Kane
        bamford
        Raph
        Ings
        martinez
        Cancelo/Stones/Dias
        Gundo

      4. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Kane Bruno Dias Gundo Martinez

    • GoonerSteve
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Play McCarthy or Pope?

      1. Concrete
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Pope

    • JJeyy
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Who scores more?

      Kane
      or
      Ings -4

      1. Concrete
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Kane

      2. JJeyy
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        this week*

      3. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Kane

      4. Davros
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Kane

    • Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Have Che Adams. Need one goal involvement atleast. Not expecting much.

    • Concrete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Sell cavano or Antonio for bam

      1. Agamenmon
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Bam

    • mdm
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Who to play:

      A. DCL (liv)
      B. Gundo (ars)

      1. Concrete
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        B

      2. Rider on the Storm
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        B

      3. djaddy
          1 month, 29 days ago

          A. Hauled against Man Utd, Liverpool's defensive issues and Gundo injury.

      4. Sacked in the Morning
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Am I benching the right player? Can see him scoring but.....?

        Martinez
        Dias Alioski Lowton
        Salah Bruno Sterling Gundo Raphinha
        Bamford Ings

        Johnstone, DCL, Coufal, Mitchell

      5. Kno
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        any world where starting ben white over cancelo is correct?

        1. badgerboy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Earth in 2021. Nothing seems to make sense these days.

        2. The bean
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          In Peps world, cancelo could be due a rest.

      6. Arteta
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Is it worth taking a hit for Vardy or Kane this weekend? Already own Ings and Bamford.

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          No

      7. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Hey fam? Everything right? GTG?

        Did Sterling to Salah for free.

        No WC or FH remaining. TC & BB remaining. 0 FT, 1.1 ITB.

        Areola
        Cancelo Maguire Tarkowski
        Salah Bruno Son Gundogan Raphinha
        Bamford(C) DCL

        Martinez Antonio Coufal Targett

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Play Martinez but otherwise gtg

      8. Krafty Werks
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Play which GK?

        A - Martinez vs Leicester
        B - Johnstone v Burnley

        Thanks.

      9. fridge
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        DCL/ Antonio > Ings for free or save FT?

        1. Arteta
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Go ahead.

        2. Bavarian
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Yes with Antonio

      10. damiang2233
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Captain Poll

        Who comes out on top?

        1. Bamford
        2. Raphina
        3. Salah
        4. Fernandes
        5. DCL

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          3

        2. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          1

        3. Salarrivederci
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Only between A and B for me!

          1. Salarrivederci
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            1 and 2*

        4. Bavarian
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          2

      11. Return of the FF
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I've used my FH already, but pondering WC this week...

        Current team

        Martinez / Pope
        Stones, Cancelo, Coufal, Dallas, Bernado
        Salah, Bruno, Grealish, Gundo, Soucek
        Antonio, Bamford, DCL

        Considering changing to:

        Martinez, Mccarthy
        Cancelo, Dallas, Dunk, Targett, Lowton
        Salah, Bruno, Gundog, H Barnes, Raph
        Bamford, Kane, DCL

        Leaves 1m itb and a decent BB next week.

        What do you think?

      12. Tucker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Bench two of:

        A) Cancelo
        B) Dias
        C) Mee
        D) Adams

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          A and B. Screw it and have some fun

      13. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Who gets more points?

        A. Mee

        B. Ings -4

        1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Mulling over this too. Hard to know.

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          B

        3. Rider on the Storm
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          A

        4. Bavarian
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          B

      14. Svidde
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Bottommed

        RMWCT
        Martinez/mccarthy
        Cancelo/stones/shaw/vestergaard/konsa
        Salah/bruno/Son/Gundogan/raphinha
        Ings/watkins/Bamford

        Ings->Kane and BB next GW

      15. Bambi
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Play 2 from:
        Cancelo
        Soucek
        Lowton

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Cancelo and Lowton. Soucek otb and fingers crossed

        2. Hart-ake
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Cancelo + Lowton

      16. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Is this bench boostable?

        Martinez - Cancelo - Antonio - Coufal

        1. Hart-ake
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Nah. Two of them might not play and Coufal has Spurs.

        2. Captain_Shirokov
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          nah

        3. Arteta
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Not for me.

      17. Puncheon Guly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Play
        1. Barnes (avl) or 2.Gundogan (ars)
        A. Rudiger (sou) or B. Cancelo (ars)

        1. The bean
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Tough one, 1 and B maybe... pep could try rest Gundogan for champions league

      18. Hart-ake
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Pick 2 out of 3 on a WC:

        a) Aina
        b) El Mohamady
        c) Rudiger

        1. djaddy
            1 month, 29 days ago

            a & c, though thinking of b if I wildcard in 30/31.

        2. djaddy
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Pick 1:

            A) Dier (whu)
            B) Lawton (WBA)
            C) Cresswell (TOT)

            Thanks

            1. The bean
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              B

          • Pino
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Play

            A Gundogan
            B Mee

            1. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              B imo

          • Rider on the Storm
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I finally manage to have a plan (free hit already done) :
            A. Wait until dgws are official
            B. Triple Captain Kane on dgw26
            C. Build a teams for bgw29 with free transfers
            D. Wc after bgw29
            E. Bench boost after wc

          • Genji3lade
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            WC team with BB planned in 26 - G2G?

            Martinez Areola
            Alonso Shaw Stones
            Raphina Salah Barnes Bruno
            Kane Bamford Ings

            (Gundo, Castagne, Targett)

            1. liiusions
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Just 2x City? Understand the Alonso pick but surely Cancelo out scores him

              1. Genji3lade
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                I don't think Cancelo starts this week, so can always get him later.

                Plus leaves spot to get KDB in if necessary.

            2. Gomolon
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Wish I could stretch to Alonso, had to go for Rudiger instead!

              1. Genji3lade
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                At least he is more nailed than Alonso - best of luck!

          • liiusions
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Any comments on my WC/BB team would be appreciated. Got all chips in tact...

            McCarthy
            Cancelo Shaw Dallas
            Salah Bruno Barnes Raphina
            Kane Ings Bamford(c)
            (Martinez Gundogan Dias Rudiger)

            Plan to do Ings+Raphina->Watkins+Maddison for the DGW.

            1. iL PiStOlErO
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Nice team and good plan. Gtg.

            2. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              no comment
              no fixtures

            3. Genji3lade
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Awesome team - maybe only want 2 Leeds if planning to BB next week but obviously no denying Dallas's appeal

          • FPL Kaka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            So this Grealish news, is it true or....

            1. Captain_Shirokov
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              it's true that he wasn't pictured in trianing yes

            2. iL PiStOlErO
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Que?

          • JBG
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            A) Son and DCL
            Or
            B) Neto and Kane

            ??