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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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  1. lekalatch
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Who would you pick on WC?
    A) Shaw
    B) Pereira

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      A

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      B

    3. Quan MisTaka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      im on both

    4. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      A

    5. Third Eye Vision
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      I’ve gone A.

    6. My Name Is Prince
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Both

  2. HD7
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Martinez
    Cancelo Stones Mee
    Salah Bruno Sterling Maddy
    Ings Bamford Cavani

    Fraser, Coufal, Mitchell, Bissouma

    Maddy to Raphinha (-4) yes or no ?

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      No

  3. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    KdB should start this weekend?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Growing chance probably

  4. UNDERWORLD7
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 8 days ago

    Quick shoot guys, Captain:

    A) Bamford
    B) Raphinha
    C) Bruno

    Thanks

    1. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      A

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      A

    3. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      A thanking you gents

    4. fn.jota
        5 months, 8 days ago

        boring A

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          haha yeah, may as well protect and hold ground before big doubles i guess, rapha differential enough in itself i suppose

    5. Nespinha
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Pick one for each bucket please:

      ...Cancelo or Stones

      ...Watkins or Adams

      ...Pope or McCarthy

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        CWM

        1. Nespinha
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          do you think this is worth a BB being played? the 4th player would be Rudiger

      2. Konstaapeli
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        C, W, P

      3. frankiefernandez
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        CAM - although a bit risky given how poor Southampton have been, but may as well go for it on a DGW

        1. Nespinha
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          Could play my BB, Rudiger would also be on the bench

          1. frankiefernandez
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 8 days ago

            Not a bad shout. If only the next DGW fixtures had been announced it would be easier to say whether or not there's a better BB option ahead!

    6. Reeker
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      Regret Wcing due to my schedule and not being able to plan but have BB left and no FH.

      Hows this. Taking a risk on Fulham getting DGW 26.

      Martinez - Areola
      Dias - Cancelo - Rudiger - Dallas - Aina
      Fernandes - Salah - Grealish - Gundogan - Raphinina
      Bamford - Kane - Ings

      I need help. Hold back no punches and tell me what I need to do because I haven't go to do much research

      A better defender than Aina maybe?

      1. DIMITRIS
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Salah to Son and Rudiger to TAA if you have money.

      2. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Get a Brighton in defence ahead of double Fulham - decent fixture in 26 and good one in 29.

      3. Quan MisTaka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Cancelo to Pereira
        Aina to Shaw

    7. boroie
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 8 days ago

      A - Antonio -> Watkins
      B - Antonio -> Ings
      C - Save FT

      1. tbos83
          5 months, 8 days ago

          B

        • aapoman
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          B

        • Bavarian
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          B

      2. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Grealish > Raphinha (-4)
        Will likely be WC GW26

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          Yes

        2. boroie
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          Only if you are definitely WCing. Definitely wouldn’t do if you’re not certain on WCing

      3. PP6
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        Please help!

        Stones (have Dias and Gundo) and Ricardo
        or
        Alonso and Soyuncu.

        1. DIMITRIS
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          Stones and Ricardo. Ricardo has goalscoring potential

        2. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          SR

        3. Team Bobcat
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          I would advise agaist Stones at this moment in time. Leaves room for third city if kdb when necessary.

          Alonso appears attractive but I think it could he a false attraction. He is no spring chicken, injury imminent..

          Rudiger offers great value into che defence at 4.6.

          Not really gone in soyuncu either but your choice.

          To recap:
          A modified b)

          Rudiger and another

          1. Team Bobcat
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 8 days ago

            If you believe you dont want kdb in the future or are prepared to drop gundo for him then Stones appears a sound option.

            Stones Rudiger

      4. PocketZola
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 8 days ago

        take a hit for dcl to ings?

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 8 days ago

          Probably not

      5. tbos83
          5 months, 8 days ago

          Start gundo or foden?

          1. Konstaapeli
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 8 days ago

            Same situation. Starting Foden.

            1. tbos83
                5 months, 8 days ago

                Thinking if I start gundo then foden will come in as first sub if he doesn't play. It's a tricky one

                1. Konstaapeli
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 8 days ago

                  Yep. But if Gundo makes the bench he might feature for 1p cameo.

                  1. tbos83
                      5 months, 8 days ago

                      Good point

            2. aapoman
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 8 days ago

              On -4. Worth a WC to change things up?

              Martinez
              Cancelo Stones Dallas
              Salah Sterling Bruno Grealish Hames
              Bamford (c) Watkins

              Forster; Lowton, Brewster, Coufal

              1. Holmes
                • 7 Years
                5 months, 8 days ago

                Nope, good enough to survive one more week

            3. Sir France's Bacon
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 8 days ago

              Pope
              Cancelo Dias Coufal
              Salah Bruno Son Gundogan Soucek
              Bamford DCL

              Martinez Watkins Taylor Digne

              2FT, No FH, WC 30

              A) Soucek -> Raphinha + 1FT
              B) Soucek + Coufal -> Raphinha + Dallas

            4. jai1212
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 8 days ago

              Would you loose Salah Son or Kane to accomodate Vardy?

              1. tbos83
                  5 months, 8 days ago

                  None

                • Brehmeren
                  • 11 Years
                  5 months, 8 days ago

                  No

                • iL PiStOlErO
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 8 days ago

                  Don

                • jdp219
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 8 days ago

                  Probably none, but if your arm is twisted: Son.

              2. Ibra
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 8 days ago

                Wilson + Lowton -> Ings + Mitchell

                Yes or no?

                1. Holmes
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 8 days ago

                  Yes if Mitchell is 5th

              3. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 8 days ago

                Any news about Cancelo?

                1. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  5 months, 8 days ago

                  No

                2. Third Eye Vision
                  • 8 Years
                  5 months, 8 days ago

                  I’ve decided to bench him for Alonso.

                  1. Third Eye Vision
                    • 8 Years
                    5 months, 8 days ago

                    Which is only news for me I suppose.

                    Just based on likelihood of a start on my opinion.

              4. Oggle22
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 8 days ago

                A) Antonio Soucek and Holding to Ings Raphina and Struijk - 8

                B) Cavani Soucek and Holding to 8ngs Raphina and Dallas - 8

                C) Just Cavani and Soucek to Ings and Raphina -4

                1. Benjustjamin
                  • 6 Years
                  5 months, 8 days ago

                  C

              5. Messiah Hazard
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                5 months, 8 days ago

                Cancelo (ARS) or Watkins (LEI) first sub? If Grealish is out...

              6. Bubz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                5 months, 8 days ago

                Who’d you rather have come off the bench in the event Grealish doesn’t play?

                A. Lowton (WBA)
                B. Cresswell (TOT)

                1. xuwei
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  5 months, 8 days ago

                  A

                2. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  5 months, 8 days ago

                  Cresswell

                3. Little Red Lacazette
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 8 days ago

                  A.

                4. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  5 months, 8 days ago

                  Lowton.

              7. Jellyfish
                • 9 Years
                5 months, 8 days ago

                Bench 1:

                A( Struijk
                B) Stones
                C) Lowton

                1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
                  • 11 Years
                  5 months, 8 days ago

                  A

                2. SalahFingers
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 8 days ago

                  I have all 3 and Lowton is my first bench.

              8. Little Red Lacazette
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 8 days ago

                Who to put 1st on bench?
                A. Bednarek
                B. Mee

                1. mcsteely
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  5 months, 8 days ago

                  Not playing DGW bednarek? I'd put him first sub if no room

              9. h3nh3n
                  5 months, 8 days ago

                  Pick two:
                  A gundogan
                  B Sterling
                  C Lookman
                  D Cancelo

                  Cheers

                  1. xuwei
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    5 months, 8 days ago

                    B, D I think

                • myteamissheeeeeeeet
                  • 11 Years
                  5 months, 8 days ago

                  Ings or Kane for -4 peeps?

                  1. mcsteely
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    5 months, 8 days ago

                    Kane

                • GCM0803
                    5 months, 8 days ago

                    Would you do
                    Grealish, Antonio > raphinha, Ings for free ?

                    1. NorthernMan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      5 months, 8 days ago

                      I'm doing just that.

                    2. makivelja
                      • 1 Year
                      5 months, 8 days ago

                      100% yes since both Grealish and Antonio are questionable and u get 4 games for 2 players for free 🙂

                    3. xuwei
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      5 months, 8 days ago

                      Yes

                  • AD2110
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 8 days ago

                    Start one from each?

                    A) Pope
                    B) McCarthy

                    1) Mee
                    2) Struijk

                  • Pedram
                    • 7 Years
                    5 months, 8 days ago

                    30 minutes to deadline, blood pressure is going through the roof

                  • mcsteely
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    5 months, 8 days ago

                    On WC, best def 4.7 or below

                    1. Konstaapeli
                      • 4 Years
                      5 months, 8 days ago

                      Rudiger or White

                    2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
                      • 11 Years
                      5 months, 8 days ago

                      White and Rüdiger are good shouts.

                      1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
                        • 11 Years
                        5 months, 8 days ago

                        Add Ola Aina to the mix.

                  • makivelja
                    • 1 Year
                    5 months, 8 days ago

                    Quick question guys, who will bring more points this GW?

                    A: Salah
                    B: Sterling

                    Thanks

                  • Muscout
                    • 1 Year
                    5 months, 8 days ago

                    Thoughts appreciated!!

                    WC25 to BB26 and no FH left for 29
                    McCarthy
                    Cancelo Shaw Dallas
                    Salah Bruno Gundo Raphinha
                    Kane Ings Bam

                    Martinez Barnes Rudiger Dier

                    26 - Raph and Ings to Neto/Grealish and Watkins -4 perhaps

                    Every other transfer until 29 bring in GW29 playing guys

                    1. The Tinkerman
                      • 5 Years
                      5 months, 8 days ago

                      Same situation to me, I’m not a fan of Dier being a rotation risk, rudiger doesn’t have the best double, but should start most games now.

                      1. Muscout
                        • 1 Year
                        5 months, 8 days ago

                        Who is best most certain to play Tot Def to have?

                    2. Davros
                      • 12 Years
                      5 months, 8 days ago

                      Looks good but only 2 Man City? You’ll want 3 for 26.
                      I wouldn’t get McCarthy. Best to get Sanchez or Pope

                  • Rbyrne95
                    • 5 Years
                    5 months, 8 days ago

                    Start two - Gundogan, Cavani, Adams.

                    Adams doesn’t seem to start now and Gundogan/Cavani may be injured. Only two other subs I have are Stones and Targett

                    1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
                      • 11 Years
                      5 months, 8 days ago

                      I'm starting Cavani, Gundogan and Stones.

                      1. Rbyrne95
                        • 5 Years
                        5 months, 8 days ago

                        Stones over Adams then?