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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. abaalan
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Triple City bench (Gundo, Cancelo, Stones) - am i mad?

    1. Brehmeren
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Yes

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Yes

    3. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Yes.
      Who the hell do you have in your team?
      Arsenal 0-4 Man City

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Would at least play 1. Depends on your squad 11.

    5. Klip Klopp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Play Cancelo

    6. Puncheon Guly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      They've won their last squillian matches and conceded 0.5 goals. They are gonna win, and chances are they won't concede either.

      But those three could conceivably all be benched by Pep too

    7. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      He'll yes, they always destroy us at the Emirates

    8. Lethargio Alcantara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      we’re all mad here. I’m mad you're mad!

    9. abaalan
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Playing burn, Barnes as 2 ahead

  2. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Martinez oe McCarthy this week?
    My rival played Pope over Martinez last week whilst I smiled.....
    He transferred him in. Ive had my keepers all season.

    Surely Martinez at home to Leicester won't yield this week and McCarthy is the choice? I have maddison too.

    Convince me otherwise or I am on the right path.....?

  3. Klip Klopp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Should I Wildcard this team now for the doubles next week? Or should I hold my Wildcard and just make transfers and BB?

    Martinez
    Stones / Maguire / Cancelo
    Salah (c) / Son / Bruno / Raphina
    Ings / Bamford / Richarlson

    Forster, Gundo, Coufal / Bissouma, Douglas

    Thanks

  4. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    How is this looking- Grealish to Salah for -4 and next week Sterling out to fund Kane?

    Pope
    Cancelo Dallas Shaw
    Salah Sterling Bruno Gundogan Raphinha
    Ings Bamford

    Martinez Watkins Tarkowski Coufal

  5. Lindelol
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    chances of fixture announcement before deadline?

    1. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Ha ha

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      5 minutes before deadline for the laughs

    3. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Zero

  6. Alli
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

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

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

    1. Epicfai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      My team is almost the same and I did B

  7. Spg76
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Play
    A) DCL
    Or
    B) Grealish?

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Rumour B is out?

  8. james 101
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Play 2

    A. Cresswell
    B. Cancelo
    C. Struijk (Dgw)
    D. Stones

    1. james 101
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Thinking A/C or B/C

      Help?!

    2. tibollom
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      bc

      1. james 101
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 28 days ago

        Thanks mate

        1. tibollom
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 28 days ago

          no worries - would appreciate your thoughts on my team and bench order..

          Lloris
          awb cancello struikj
          salah son bruno gundo raph
          bam ings

          button mee watkins dias

  9. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    A) Cancelo and Watkins
    B) Taylor and Kane

  10. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    I'm starting Vardy and Mee.

    Have currently put Johnstone in goal ahead of Martinez hoping for a Vardy goal and a goalless draw between WBA and BUR. Am I crazy to bench Martinez or is it a 50-50 call?

  11. Nespinha
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Are Southampton for sure going to have another DGW?

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Looks like it (but not 'for sure')

      1. Nespinha
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 28 days ago

        if the probability is high, ill just save my BB

        and play Watkins and Pope over McCarthy and Adams

  12. PL Ball
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    1st Bench.. Soucek or Cresswell?

  13. sunzip14
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Would you keep Grealish if you don’t plan to WC26 and DCL comes from bench? Or get Raphinha for 1 FT?

  14. kevos83
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Last min wildcard opinions

    Ederson or McCarty for upcoming fixtures. I plan to bench boost next week and have Martinez also

    1. kevos83
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Mccarthy I've gone for

  15. Nightf0x
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Bench 2
    Dias stones dcl gundo

  16. Muscout
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    How’s this??

    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

    27 - Salah to KDB

    Every other transfer until 29 bring in GW29 playing guys

  17. Goooo Rickie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Cresswell to Dallas for a hit?

    1. hullcityfan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      I think I would - Cresswell fixtures are poor

  18. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    RMWCT 🙂

    Martinez, Sanchez
    Dias, Cancelo, Shaw, Dallas, Aina
    Salah, Bruno, Son, Gundo, Raphinha,
    Ings, Bamford, Watkins

    4m

    1. tibollom
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      nice one mate

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Looks good and enough to get Kane next week.

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 28 days ago

        Villa have DGW 29, put Aina in just in case?

  19. Fernandito
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Captain Raphinha or Bamford??

    1. Goooo Rickie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Bam

    2. tibollom
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      same thinking as you, really tempted by raph instead

      1. cm790
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 28 days ago

        I'm going Raph

        1. tibollom
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 28 days ago

          yea think so too

  20. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    With that Pool defence Im tempted to go DCL over Watkins.Could give the new CH a rough ride

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      If Leipzig couldn’t score I doubt that Everton side could

      1. The 12th Man
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 28 days ago

        Says the man with Liverpool man in his grav.

    2. The 12th Man
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 28 days ago

      I have.

  21. Crunchie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Would you play Cancelo, Dias, Gundo and bench DCL, or Bench Cancelo and play DCL

  22. Wild Rover
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    You do realise that this forum is open all week right? 😆

  23. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    WC done. Raphinha(C) set. Balls locked and loaded

  24. Diro
    6 months, 28 days ago

    1) Do -4 to have this :

    McCarthy (Martinez)
    Stones, Dallas, Cancelo (Konsa and Justin)
    Son, Fernandes, Sterling, Raphinha (Grealish)
    DCL, Bambam, Cavani

    2) Or WC to this :

    McCarthy (Martinez)
    Stones, Dallas, Shaw (Konsa and Kilman)
    Son, Fernandes, Gundo, Raphinha (Grealish)
    Vardy, BamBam, Ings

    First to 3 win ! Really need help mate. Thanks

  25. Champions League Varane
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Start
    Stones or Ricardo?
    or
    Gundo or Barnes?

  26. JBG
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    RMWCT please!

    Emi-Areola
    Burn-Cancdlo-Shaw-Lowton-Dias
    Mo-Bruno-Gundo-Raph-Neto
    Kane-Bam-Ings

    1.5itb so Raph and Bam can be transferred out for DGW26 players.

  27. Christina.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    WC spunked
    We move

  28. jaywills
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    A) Play Alex Mccarthy - Double GW
    B) Play Pope (vs West Brom)

  29. Xanthorpe
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Antonio to Ings for a -4?

  30. lilmessipran
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Just to put things into perspective, we are building our wc squads with loads of cash for bench players for a DGW which has had NO OFFICIAL CONFIRMATION yet.. The way this season has been we might see a gw39 or a mega dgw38 as well we never know