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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.

May your arrows be green!

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  1. DMP
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 9 days ago

    Star Stones or Mee? Also starting Dias.

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Mee

    2. Oooo Matron
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Snap! Mee I think...

  2. Oooo Matron
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 9 days ago

    Play Mee or Dias (have Cancelo)?

    1. DMP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Look above. LOL

      1. DMP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Currently doubling on City.

    2. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Dias

      1. DMP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Above you answered me to play Mee. Here, you advised doubling on City. Cmon!

  3. Gaffa914
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 9 days ago

    if you were on WC would u own grealish?

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Nope

    2. Quan MisTaka
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Nah i got rid. Might get him back 26 deoending of doubles and fitness

    3. fn.jota
        8 months, 9 days ago

        no prefer barnes atm

      • jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        This in reference to the rumors? Or just in general?

        If rumors, wait until it's confirmed. If in general, that's tougher. Decent fixtures upcoming, but not exactly on form either. I have in (not playing WC) but I'm leaning toward keep (for now).

        1. jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 9 days ago

          *I have him (not in)

    4. 21VK12
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 9 days ago

      2 FT
      A) DCL + SOUCEK to KANE and SON
      B) DCl + DAVIS to INGS and KANE

      Do not want to use WC next gw

      1. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        A

      2. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        B

    5. FraseyB
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Hi everyone, little help, who would you play out of
      Cavani
      Rodriguez
      Cancelo

      Currently on Cavani, 1st sub Cancelo.

      ?

      1. Kuzser
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Agree with you

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

          Cheers!

      2. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Yep

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

          Thanks

    6. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Im Wild carding now
      See yous later

      1. OleBall
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Gl

    7. Kuzser
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Would you do Sterling->Salah for -4?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Ko

      2. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        No

    8. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 9 days ago

      I’ve been thinking of saving my FT all week so I would have 2 next week. But with Gundo and Antonio doubtful I’m now not so sure. It’s just occurred to me that if i get Kane, that’s sort of a transfer saved as I would have got him next week. 1 FT 6.1M.

      Meslier
      Mee AWB Dallas Dias
      Gundo Sterling Grealish Bruno
      Watkins Bamford (c)

      Martinez Cresswell Antonio ESR

      A. Save
      B. Antonio to Ings
      C. Antonio to Kane

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        I've been agonising those moves for ages and decided to go with the confirmed double this GW and get Ings in. Kane for a hit in 26 is fine

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Ok thanks bud.

      2. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        C

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Cheers Holmes

      3. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Easy C

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Or B...

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 9 days ago

            Hahaha

      4. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        I am doing Raz + Antonio > Raph + Kane

      5. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Im gonna wc and rid myself of Antonio, Justin, Mee,Holding, Button & Co

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Yeah definitely get rid on wild card. Fixtures and fitness are rubbish.

      6. Kuzser
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        C as you want to get Kane anyway

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Yeah I may as well.

    9. Crump
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 9 days ago

      This week only ...?

      Sanchez (PAL)
      McCarthy (CHE, lee)

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Sanchez

      2. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        McCarthy

      3. Quan MisTaka
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        People are really against McCarthy. I am tending to agree.

        Currently on Areola

      4. Crump
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Thanks guys

    10. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 9 days ago

      GTG here with the correct bench order?

      1FT 3.7itb
      Pope
      Cancelo Stones Cresswell
      Salah Bruno Gundo Raphinha
      Bamford(C) Ings DCL
      (Martinez Soucek Digne Holding)

    11. BluesArmy Chief
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 9 days ago

      I have both Bamford and Raphinha, and wanted to catch 50k ranked player.
      My current rank 300k

      Captain Raphinha or Bamford?

      1. Sharkytect
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Raphinha

        1. BluesArmy Chief
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 9 days ago

          That's what my gut feelings say, but if he doesn't perform then gap will be huge :/

          1. KUN+10
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 9 days ago

            I did this with Gundo last week...did not work well. I capped Cancelo

          2. Sharkytect
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            8 months, 9 days ago

            If you need to make up ground then what is there to lose?

    12. Aladdin Sané
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Who would you rather have from GW26? I am using transfers to get through BGW29.
      A) Sanchez + DCL (-4)
      B) Martinez + Antonio (no hit)

      1. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        A

      2. BluesArmy Chief
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Sanchez and DCL for me.

        It will be interesting to see how AVL cope without Cash, and as we saw they were very lucky against BHA.

      3. Quan MisTaka
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Dont get rid of Martinez

        1. Aladdin Sané
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Don't have him - would be my transfer in

    13. unitednations
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Couple of quick questions

      1) Start Gundogen or DCL?

      2) Stones or Digne as 1st sub?

      1. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Dom, Stones

    14. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Soucek to Raphinha worth a -4

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Can be yes.

    15. JJeyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 9 days ago

      Play Areola or Martinez??

      1. onceuponatyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        I have both and I've gone Areola

      2. Konstaapeli
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        The Nipple

    16. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 9 days ago

      F..k it. Will keep Gundo, Antonio, Cancelo and Edinson, keeping all and drinking few beers. Ings feels like a major trap. GL to all.

    17. fn.jota
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Repost:
        On WC for BB 26
        would u bring:

        A. White vs WBA
        B. Rudiger vs Man Utd/Liverpool

      • Delph & Safety
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 9 days ago

        Thoughts on Harvey Barnes for the next few games?

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Good

        2. fn.jota
            8 months, 9 days ago

            Nice

        3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Play one:

          A) DCL
          B) Gundo

          1) Stones
          2) Rudiger
          3) Taylor

          1. iL PiStOlErO
            • 2 Years
            8 months, 9 days ago

            A3

        4. FPL ElasticO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Which 2 should you bench?

          A. Cancelo & Watkins
          B. Mee & Watkins
          C. Cancelo & DCL

        5. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Start Dias and Cancelo? Tough one

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

            I’m on Cancelo and hoping if he doesn’t start he doesn’t come on.

        6. waltzingmatildas
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Just did Pope and Antonio to areola and ings (-4).
          Here we go!
          Areola
          Cancelo dallas mee
          Salah Bruno(vc) son raphinha gundo
          Bamford(c) ings
          (Martinez dcl stones coufal)

        7. Goooo Rickie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Antonio > Bamford
          Sterling > Raphinha

          2fts....who approves of my moves?

          1. iL PiStOlErO
            • 2 Years
            8 months, 9 days ago

            1

          2. xuwei
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 9 days ago

            Seems reasonable to me.

        8. thepancakeman123
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 9 days ago

          I feel like this choice will only end in tears for me but...

          A) Harrison
          B) Raphinha

          1. KUN+10
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 9 days ago

            I have both and Bamford. Ditched Dallas. But what do I know

        9. sfsfsfe
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 9 days ago

          Gamblin on Ben Crellins fixtures for the Dgw to come and pulled my WC. Does it look decent? Planning to BB in 26
          Martinez - Sancreed
          Cancelo - Stones - Shaw - B. Davies - Dallas
          Gundo - Maddison - Bruno - Raphinha - Grealish
          Vardy - Bamford - Watkins

          1. Sid1891
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 9 days ago

            Assuming you prefer Vardy over Kane this lovely team

        10. GCM0803
            8 months, 9 days ago

            Start McCarthy or ederson?

          • bamfordtillidie
              8 months, 9 days ago

              POPE
              DALLAS CANCELO LOWTON
              RAPH BRUNO SON SALAH
              DCL BAMF(ccc) CAVANI

              MCCARTHY SHAW GUNDO DUNNE

              G2G?????????????????????????????????

            • Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              8 months, 9 days ago

              Play

              A) Digne (liv)
              B) Coufal (TOT)

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

                B

            • HD7
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 9 days ago

              I am switching Sterling to Gundogan but maybe next GW is the better time? Gundogan doubtful this GW?

            • Rick
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              8 months, 9 days ago

              Will Max Kilman play next DGW ?

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                8 months, 9 days ago

                He likes a hokey-cokey does our Max