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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. Pépé Pig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Start 2:

    A) Barnes

    B) Gundo

    C) Kane

    1. Quan MisTaka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      currently on A and C

    2. Aaa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Kane

      1. Aaa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        And Gundo

    3. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      A and C is correct

  2. Rick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Play Stones or Struijk ???

    1. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I'm risking struijk

    2. Quan MisTaka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Stru

    3. Hooky
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Struijk

    4. NateDogsCats
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Will Struijk play with Cooper and Llorente available?

    5. Oggle22
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      G2G?
      Martinez
      Stones Cancelo Tarkowski
      Salah Son Gundagon Raphina Salah
      Ings Bamford

      Steele Antonio Konsa Holding

      Could do Holding to Dallas - 8 but bench which defender

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        G2Go!!

        1. Oggle22
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Just panicked and took a - 8 holding to dalas and benched Tarkowski gunna regret losing Cavani I can feel it!

    6. Apwilkin
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Bench Maguire or Stones? Already have cancelo

      1. Quan MisTaka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Stones

        1. Quan MisTaka
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Actually bench Cancelo. Due a rest apparently

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Second-guessing Pep? Owning City players to park them on the bench? Mmmkay...

            1. Third Eye Vision
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              I’ve gone Gundo & Cancelo on WC and I’m benching Cancelo. My other defenders are better picks for this week. Reckon I’ll play Cancelo in the gameweeks after.

              If you’re on WC, it’s all about the balance of form and fixtures.

    7. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Bamford or Raphinha captain?

      1. Bees4Lyf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Bam

      2. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Bam Bam

      3. Apwilkin
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Bam myself. But raphinha feels like the differential pick

      4. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Patty Bam Bam

      5. Muchentuchel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Bam cos he's magic!

      6. Ninja Škrtel
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Chasing? Raph

        1. Third Eye Vision
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Good guidance if you’re chasing is to bring differentials in to your team, but keep on playing safe with captaincy.

          There are still 14 gameweeks left.

        2. Daniel - When to BB?
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Chasing after a terrible red arrow.

    8. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      KDB or Bruno on WC? If Bruno will most likely sell on WC next week

      1. Sharkytect
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        KDB

      2. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I've gone Bruno and gonna keep even with the tough games

    9. Vev
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      What are the chances of Antonio starting?

      1. Hooky
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        50/50

    10. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Final dilemma: Who do you see scoring more points this GW:

      A) Bednarek (CHE, LEE) or
      B) Mee (WBA)

    11. Sharkytect
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Still no news?

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        no news are good news

    12. Alli
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      A. Soucek > Raphinha
      B. Antonio > Ings

      1. 12steps
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        A

      2. G Banger
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I've done A and about to do B (I think)

    13. Snapes on a Plane
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Pick 1 to play
      a) Stones
      b) Mee

      1. Apwilkin
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Stones if no other city.
        Mee if you have cancelo or Dias

    14. Jdpz
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Play Mee or Cancelo?

    15. insertcomedyname
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Captain and vice captain two leeds players, or brun for vice?

      1. insertcomedyname
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        bruno

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Bruno

      3. Jimmers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Bielsa doesn't rotate so don't sweat it

    16. GGMU11
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Anybody rolling the dice on Dallas (C)?

      1. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Good differential (C) pick

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Shades of Duffy

      3. Hooky
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        JR Ewing

      4. Third Eye Vision
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Surely the captaining a defender in a double gameweek strategy is reserved for players from teams that keep clean sheets.

    17. camarozz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Pope or Martinez?

      Stones or Digne? (playing Cancelo)

      Thanks n good luck

    18. The Red Devil
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      start gundo or neto?
      &
      Start Cancelo ahead of rudiger & Lowton?

      1. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Gundo. Close between Cancelo and Lowton, I would start Cancelo.

    19. Bonus magnet
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Captain

      1. Bruno
      2. Bamford
      3. Ings

      1. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        2

    20. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Got over-excited and plunged into the early WC with planned 26 BB (Ings & Raphinha -> Watkins & Barnes). Fingers crossed!

      Sanchez
      Shaw, Dias, Dallas
      Salah, Fernandes, Gundogan, Raphinha
      Kane, Ings, Bamford

      (Martinez, Son, Stones, Konsa)

      Good luck all!

    21. PaulParker
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Kepa or Fabianski long term?

      1. Atters
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Kepa might not stay no1

      2. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Neither ideally!

      3. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Fab

        Keeps isnt #1

    22. Breezyy
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Play Barnes or Gundogan?? Thanks alot.

      1. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Gund

      2. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        B

      3. Muchentuchel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Asked the same a few pages back and made up my mind:
        Play Gündo!
        If he's not going to start he will be rested completely.

    23. Atters
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      First sub
      A) Stones
      B) Watkins

      1. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        B

    24. YEAH PITCH!
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Play

      A) DCL

      B) Stones

      1. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        a

    25. Mr_Barbs
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Bench order?

      A) Gundogan
      B) Cancelo
      C) Rudiger

    26. The Tinkerman
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Start one;

      Cancelo
      Dias

      1. Scooby75
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Im struggling with that too, leaning cancelo.

    27. DBossman_2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Quick one for my WC?

      A) Rudiger + Elmo
      B) Konsa + C.Taylor

    28. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Now this week decisions are made.
      Out of interest, how many players have you had ever since gw1?

      2) Just Salah and McCarthy for me

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Salah and that's it I think!

        1. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Nvm, I sold him in the blank. So no-one!

      2. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Zero

      3. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        None, but I had Reece James GW1 and I've got him now. Mistake twice over!

        1. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Ha ha
          I did bring grealish and martinez in wc gw5 and theyve stayed put

      4. Jordan.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        2 salah and martinez ,just sold justin

      5. Muchentuchel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Meslier, Justin (until last week), Holding

        1. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Holding. Not.many can claim that

          1. Muchentuchel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            He's my fav bench player!

    29. Gentle_Turks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Play one

      A Grealish
      B DCL

      thanks and good luck this week.

      1. joey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        B

      2. Konstaapeli
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        B

    30. GoonerGirl
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Do you think it's the right decision to bench Watkins and Rudiger for Gundogan, Stones and Cancelo? Just can't decide, keep swapping around.

      Thanks

    31. acidicleo
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      A) Kane
      B) Ings

    32. McPollolocco
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Targett or Digne for Starting XI?