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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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2,870 Comments Post a Comment
  1. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    DGW fixtures to be released at 6.30pm today.

    1. MikeBravo
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      A holes

    2. cm790
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 7 days ago

      they release it at that time just for a laugh.

    3. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      haha! would leave a cool 30 seconds to WC.

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

      6:29 for added panic

    5. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Great, so forget it 😆

    6. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Source Sod's Law.

  2. andymck
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Pick two to play:
    A) Stones
    B) Alonso
    C) Tarkowski
    D) Antonio

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

      BC

    2. BluesArmy Chief
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Alonso and Tarkowski

      But I think Antonio will start too.

  3. cm790
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Sterling to someone for a hit? I just don't think he's staying in my team anymore.

  4. R_R
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Use my FT to bring in Dallas or Ings?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      No

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

      Ings

      1. R_R
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        Thanks!

    3. Bavarian
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Ings

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

    Pick one to play out of:
    (a) Stones
    (b) Dias
    (c) Mee

    (Already playing Struijk and Maguire).

    Thanks

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

      Dias

      1. Littlebitwizardoföz
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        Thanks

  6. Salah’s Sonnet
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Hmmm, Richarlison > Kane for a hit has me thinking.....

    A) Yes
    B) No

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

      Yes

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        Cheers Holmes! Sod it i'm doing it haha

  7. S3
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Help!

    Pope
    Cancelo, Stones, Vestergaard
    Salah, Gundogan, Fernandes, Son, Barnes
    Bamford, Antonio

    Martine, DCL, Cresswell, Holding

    Dead ending team and Wildcarding next GW

    A) Antonio -> Ings
    B) Barnes -> Raphinha (C)
    C) Antonio + Barnes -> Ings + Raphinha (C) (-4)
    D) Holding + Barnes -> Dallas + Raphinha (C) (-4)
    E) Holding + Barnes + Antonio -> Dallas + Raphinha (C) + Ings (-8

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

      A

    2. afs2239
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      D

  8. Hunting for points
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Meslier (Martinez)

    Cancelo, Stones, Mee (Cresswell, Mitchell)

    Salah, Bruno, Gundo, Grealish (Romeu)

    Bamford, DCL, Antonio

    Got 2 free transfers.

    Should I:
    A) Romeu and Antonio --> Raphina and Ings (Bench DCL)?
    B) Romeu and DCL --> Raphine and Ings (Bench Antonio and bring in Kane next gw)?
    C) Romeu and Cresswell --> Raphina and Shaw (Bench Mee, mitchell, antonio)?
    D) Romeu --> Raphina and save 1 ft?

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

    Would you get rid of Grealish on WC if you bought him at 7.0 over a silly rumour?

    1. Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      I'd probably ditch Grealish on wildcard despite of rumors

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

    Probably C if you want to get Kane anyway

  11. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Start Stones or White?

  12. Muscout
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Who is best most certain to play Tot Def to have? Had Dier but not sure now
    any other good DGW26 playing Def under 4.9? Have Dallas and Rudiger already, can't get AVL

  13. Champions League Varane
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Start 1 def 1 mid

    Barnes
    Gundogan
    Ricardo
    Stones (have Dias)

    1. Aztec Kamara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Stones Barnes for me I think

    2. Quan MisTaka
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Currently have Barnes starting over Gundo. Dont want a Gundo cameo

  14. Aztec Kamara
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Soucek > Raphinha (-4) to play over Gundo worth it ?
    I don't think it is but concerned over Gundo minutes so curious for opinions?
    (Otherwise would prob play Gundo and bench Soucek)

    1. LABILLETHEGOAT
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      I'd probably hold

      1. Aztec Kamara
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        Thanks

  15. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Play Digne or Coufal

    1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Toughie, Digne

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Digne

    3. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Digne. Would you just play DCL or do Antonio > Ings for me?

  16. Jullepuu
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Best defender for 6.3m?

    1. fn.jota
        8 months, 7 days ago

        pereira, cancelo

        1. Jullepuu
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 7 days ago

          Cheers

    2. LABILLETHEGOAT
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      A. Antonio > Ings (-4)
      B. Play DCl

      1. Aztec Kamara
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        B

      2. Bavarian
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        B

    3. HollywoodXI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      TC Bamford still active. Right call?

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        No

      2. Aztec Kamara
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        C but not TC for me

    4. GoonerByron
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Start Gundo or Foden?

      Seeing Foden in the predicted lineup here has threw me, as thought he’d definitely get a rest before Champions League!

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

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

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

    6. Genji3lade
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Best option for BB26

      A.) Alonso & Castagne
      B.) Rudiger (or Any 5.5 def) & Periera

    7. Clintymints
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Keep Watkins this week vs Leicester, or Get DCL this week???

      Going to get Watkins > DCL next week but it will be for a hit. Not sure if it's just easier to get DCL now and save the -4 next week. Something else will inevitably come up

    8. cm790
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Who's everyone captaining? Salah to haul in the Derby?

    9. thepancakeman123
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      I don't know who to pick out of Harrison or Raphinha, someone put me out of my misery with a sound explanation please haha

      1. highsguy
          8 months, 7 days ago

          Raphinha because all of his attacking statistics (xG, xGI etc) are much better. Overall he is pretty much on par with Bamford.

          1. thepancakeman123
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 7 days ago

            Thank you good sir!

      2. mcsteely
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        Final WC troops. G2G?

        Areola
        Cancelo, Rudiger, Dallas
        Bruno, Salah, Barnes, Raph
        Kane, Ings, Bamford C

        Bench: Martinez, Gundo, Targett, Stones

      3. Werner Bremen
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        For GW26

        A Son, Bamford, Stones

        B Barnes, DCL, Dias

      4. sfsfsfe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        Bottomed
        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. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 7 days ago

          Davies likely to lose place to Reguilon in DGW. Grealish injury rumor.

      5. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        Would you keep Grealish if you don’t plan to WC26 and DCL comes from bench? Or get Raphinha for a FT?

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

        Bench Gundo or DCL?

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

        Which Spurs defender under 5?

        Was set on Dier but he seems to be in and out.

        Davies looks like he has the position only Unitl Reguillon returns, but could he hold for longer?

        Seems they all have a risk.