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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. boc610
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    just cant bring myself to take a hit for ings... that first fixture just doesnt look promising, sorry danny....

    1. Gooner Kebab
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Cmon

    2. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Decent record Vs Chelsea, and while Chelsea have looked relatively solid of late I still see them as flimsy. Didn't Mendy keep like 5 cs in a row for lampard and then it crumbled

    3. Jimmers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      He loves scoring against Chelsea. Just sayin'

    4. Lethargio Alcantara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Ings if fixture proof as hell!

    5. EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      I brought in Ings last GW. But if I didn't have, I would hesitate too without knowing the fixtures. But I am glad he scored for me.

    6. DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Ings can score against anyone

  2. joeymanuel
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Play one:

      A) Stones (ARS a)
      B) Struijk (WOL a, SOU h)

      1. 21VK12
          2 months, 15 days ago

          B

      2. AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Bench one

        A) Cancelo
        B) Stones
        C Mee

        1. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          b

      3. mcsteely
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Is Maddison worth the extra over Barnes do you think?

        1. Hooky
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          No

        2. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Can’t believe I’m saying this, but no I don’t.

      4. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        G2G? Benching ok?

        Martinez
        Stones Vestergaard Struijk
        Salah KDB Bruno Raphinha
        Kane DCL Bamford (C)

        Steere Gundo Rudiger Taylor

      5. popcoin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Bench one

        A) Watkins (LEI)

        B) Son (whu)

        C) DCL (liv)

        1. Spg76
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Not DCL. Liverpool are all over the place at the back.

          1. popcoin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Thanks

        2. markus808
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Leicester keeping pretty tight on the road, west ham spurs will be 1-2 goals. Everton's derby is likely to have more goals in it. I would do a)

          1. popcoin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Thanks mate

      6. Jdpz
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Captain
        a) Bamford
        b) Ings
        c) Raphinha

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          A

          1. Spg76
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            C

      7. Agamenmon
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Bench
        Son
        Or
        Gundo

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          G

      8. FPL ElasticO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Who should you bench??

        A. DCL
        B. Mee

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Me? Mee.

      9. Dybala10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Grealish to Raphinha for free?

        1. markus808
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          absolutely

        2. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Yes

      10. Garfield1001
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Play Pope or McCarthy?

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Pope

        2. Lethargio Alcantara
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          McCarthy!
          Penalty save(s) incoming!

        3. DARE TO BISCAN
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          I have the same quandary.

          I'm going yolo: McCarthy. Would regret it more if I went Pope & he blanked.

          While point of keeping McCarthy was for the double. If it doesn't work out, c'est la vie

      11. xuwei
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Tweet from Andrew Ferguson (@Fergi222)
        Andrew Ferguson (@Fergi222) Tweeted:
        I'm hearing Grealish is going to announce the #FPL fixtures live at 6pm from Gundogan's hospital bedside.
        #itk

        1. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Thanks

      12. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        WC active, plan to BB next week.

        Probably a double disaster but thoughts anyway?

        McCarthy
        Dallas | Cancelo | Lowton
        Raphinha | KdB | Bruno | Son
        Bamford | Ings | Kane

        Martinez | Gundogan* | El Mohamady | Kilman

        0ITB

        Thanks

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Elmo and Kilman?!

          How are you gonna BB those guys?

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Cash out 3-4 weeks, Smith basically said Elmo will starr

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              *start

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Was considering Cancelo to Stones to upgrade Kilman but like the idea of Cancelo attacking capabilities

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Downgrade Dallas > Struijk maybe to get funds. You have to upgrade that bench to boost it.

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              No keeping Dallas, bought cheap too

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Okay yeah I dunno then. It's a pretty exciting BB side. Good luck! The Kilman and Elmo picks have a high probability of blowing up.

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 15 days ago

                  Could always play TC I guess, got options for next week.
                  Unless I go Armstrong over Raph and do Kilman to Struijk

        3. GOTHAM City F.C.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Why not Salah this week and maybe KDB next?

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Need 0.8 for that

        4. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          I have 8 of those + money for Kane/Vardy

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            My TV is only around 105

            1. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              105.7 here

        5. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Looks a little horrible but good luck

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Thank you

      13. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Burnley defence more likely to outscore Saints DGW defence this week?

      14. Atwood
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Stupid to start Lowton over Stones?

        1. Disco Stu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          The Rate My Team feature is telling me to start Ben White over Stones

        2. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Yeh but should play both

      15. Arteta
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Antonio out, Kane in for - 4: yes or no?

        Will probably do it for free next week but right now I have others issues and have to adjust - he's flagged and so is Gundo, Saka and Digne have tough games and will most likely end them with 2 pointers.

        I honestly think that Harry can go crazy anytime and this transfer might pay off straightaway.

      16. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Grealish injured?

        True or not?

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Noone knows, some guesses because not pictured in training

        2. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Not pictured in training.

        3. Elan73
            2 months, 15 days ago

            True

          • Arteta
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Who knows, I bought Raphinha and moved on. Can't be anxious with 3 (or more) doubtful players every single gameweek.

        4. 420king
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          What's the best 4.5m defender for NEXT gw?

        5. Violins Return
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Start Bednarek or Stones??

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Bed if you've also got Dias

            1. Violins Return
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Just Stones...

          2. G Banger
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Stones, likely to play and dont trust Southampton defence

        6. G Banger
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          With the Grealish rumours (I have him, Antonio and Gundo), would you do the following FT:

          a) Antonio => Ings (DCL first on bench)
          b) Save

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            A

          2. Arteta
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Get Ingsy.

        7. jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Has anyone actually seen any confirmation about Grealish? Or is it still stemming from one tweet from a guy who knows a guy? (that's all I've seen)

        8. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Alonso or Cancelo until 28?

        9. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Play Coufal (TOT) or Digne (liv)

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Digne is my first defensive sub with Coufal last. So... Digne!

          2. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Coufal - Better defence.

        10. Real Socially Distant
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Just finished WC and confirmed now...was a bit stressed but all done...phew

          1. Toughie
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            I feel the same

          2. Arteta
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            How's it looking?

            1. Real Socially Distant
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Good I think. 2 leeds 3 sou and swapping JWP and Bamford to Watkins and Barnes next week and have 13 dgw and BB

        11. DonBenzema
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Bench Gundo (ars) or Watkins (LEI)?

          • Benteke Fried Chicken
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Is benching cancelo over Pereira this week?!

            Leicester’s Pereira that is!

            1. Benteke Fried Chicken
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              I mean is it crazy to do that lol

          • manu4life99
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Bench order correct?

            Gundo Dias DCL

          • Studs Up
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Play DCL or Watkins?

            1. upforgrabs
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 15 days ago

              Watkins

              1. Studs Up
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 15 days ago

                Tks

          • upforgrabs
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Play Areola or Martinez?

          • Flynny
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Cancelo to be rested this weekend?

            Starting pope and dias. Which other do I start?

            A...Cancelo
            D...lowton

            Thanks