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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. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Grealish to rapinha free?

    1. donbagino
        2 months, 18 days ago

        yes

      • Quan MisTaka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        yes

      • MikeS
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Just did it

      • Cancelo Culture
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        I just did the same move for a hit so absolutely

      • Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Yes.

    2. donbagino
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Lowton or Stones, who to start?

        1. Quan MisTaka
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Stones

        2. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Stones

        3. SHOWSTOPPERRR
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Stones

        4. AgentFern
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Stones

        5. MikeS
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Stones

      • Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Bench 1

        A. Dias
        B. Cancelo
        C. Gundo
        D. DCL

        Thanks

        1. AgentFern
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Dcl

        2. Quan MisTaka
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          DCL

          1. Crunchie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Thanks

        3. MikeS
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          I'd bench 1 city, spread bets

      • Johnny too hotty
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Is grealish to raph for a hit a good idea ?

        1. Quan MisTaka
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Yes

        2. MikeS
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Not for a hit

        3. Third Eye Vision
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Yes for me.

      • AgentFern
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Quick A or B

        Coufal > Dallas
        Soucek > Raph

        Already own Bamford

        1. Quan MisTaka
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          B then A

      • DycheDycheBaby
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        With this team would you do Antonio to Ings for -4??

        Martinez,
        Stones, Alioski, Mee
        Sterling, Gundo, Bruno, Salah, Raphinha
        Antonio, Bamford
        Bench: Forster, Taylor, DCL, Cresswell

        1. AgentFern
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          I would

      • DV8R
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        I have a bench full of clarets: Pope, Watkins, Lowton, Coufal

        50 pointer bench incoming

      • Genji3lade
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Start Periera or Stones?

      • ChickenTikkaMoSalah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Lowton or Robbo for bench order?

      • MikeS
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Sold grealish for rapha.. will I regret it?

      • Netters2018
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Do we think gundo plays? Currently starting barnes over him.

        1. Third Eye Vision
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          I’ve gone the other way round.

      • Jdpz
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Pope
        Shaw Cancelo Alioski
        Raphinha Bruno Salah Gundo Sterling
        Bamford(c) Ings(vc)

        Johnstone Antonio Mee Coufal

        g2g?

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          gtg

        2. MikeS
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Wow, what a team

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Are people starting their Burnley defender?

        1. 12steps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Yes

        2. Silecro
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          If we dont start them vs WBA, whats the point of having them? Lol

        3. MikeS
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Nope, got too many good defenders

      • 420king
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Best 4.5 def on a WC (for next week)?

      • acidicleo
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Buy

        A) Kane
        B) Ings

        1. AgentFern
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Kane for gw26. Ings for this gw

        2. George Agdgdgwngo
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Just get Kane

      • GCM0803
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Play McCarthy or ederson?

          1. FISSH
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            McCarthy

          2. GOTHAM City F.C.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Mc

        • Toughie
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Bench order correct (starting Dias)?

          1. Gundagan (ars)
          2. Cancelo
          3. Rudiger (sou)

          1. Quan MisTaka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            123

        • The Red Devil
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          So, starting

          Sanchez ahead of Martinez
          Cancelo ahead of Lowton & Rudiger
          Gundogan ahead of Neto

          thoughts?

        • Atwood
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Start Lowton or Stones?

          1. The Red Devil
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            starting cancelo ahead of lowton, hoping either starts or is fully rested

            1. Atwood
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Same with Stones I guess

        • Super Jack Grealish
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Bench 2:

          A) Dias
          B) Cancelo
          C) Lowton (Got Pope)
          D) DCL

          1. MikeS
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Cb

        • La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Start Pieters or Stones

          1. GOTHAM City F.C.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Stones

        • Make Arrows Green Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Love my team this week.

          29pts incoming. Good luck and love ya all.

        • FISSH
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          2 quezzies

          A) Bench one: 1. Antonio
          2. Alonso
          3. Gundo

          B) Captain 1. Ings
          2. Bamford

        • PP6
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Start

          Gundo or Barnes?
          Stones (have Dias) or Ricardo?

          1. Quan MisTaka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Im flip flopping. Starying gundo hoping that he either does or doesnt play. Cameo is a balls

        • Joey Barton and Friends
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Somehow Cooper made it into my team. Will at least make the game more fun tonight

        • One of Those Days
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Cresswell or Digne second sub?

        • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          grealish has double next week if rumours are false. risky to sell

          1. Honourvolley
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            So will a lot of teams though so maybe not as much as a risk.

          2. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            He only has a double if the rumours are false?

          3. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            He's been underwhelming imo. Promises a lot but delivers a fraction of it.

          4. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Got Ollie on WC + Martinez + def

        • g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          My WC 🙂

          Bench order correct?

          Martinez,
          Dias, Cancelo, Shaw, Dallas,
          Salah, Bruno, Son, Raphinha,
          Ings, Bamford,

          Sanchez, Watkins, Gundo, Aina

          4m

        • lekalatch
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Om WC. Struijk or Elmo???

        • KAALI_DAAL
            2 months, 18 days ago

            GREALISH TO RAPH DONE!!!!!