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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. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Pens down now!

  2. Double Gameweek 26/27 Confirmed
    Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    A bit later than expected, but DGW 26 and DGW 27 have been announced... right as the deadline bell dings! Oh they're so definitely doing this deliberately to mess with us 😉

    Games moved to Gameweek 26:

    Man City vs Wolves
    Burnley vs Leicester
    Sheffield United vs Aston Villa
    Crystal Palace vs Manchester United
    Fulham vs Tottenham
    Liverpool vs Chelsea
    West Brom vs Everton

    Games moved to Gameweek 27:

    Man City vs Southampton (both teams now double this week)

    Games moved to Gameweek 29:

    Aston Villa vs Tottenham (both teams now play once this week)

    https://www.premierleague.com/news/2035427

    We will get those updates loaded into RMT immediately and the Ticker shouldn't be far behind. Good luck all!

    1. Davros
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Hahahahaha

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Hahahahahaha

      1. Davros
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Jinx

    3. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Are you kidding

    4. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Oh yesssss

    5. OneDennisBergkamp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      LOL no way

    6. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Wow, how mean is that!

    7. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Typical

    8. Atwood
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      This legit?

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Wouldn't post it if not! Had my autorefresh going on their news page 😉

    9. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Omg hahahaha

    10. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      thats some trolling now

    11. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Booooosh

    12. acidicleo
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      what percentage did crellin get right?

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Think he got some City ones the other way round, but near enough.

      2. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        100%

      3. Dosh
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Most of it I think

      4. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        None yet they havn't been announced. Try the link.

    13. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Good one. Ha ha

    14. DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      HAHAHA . HAHAHAAAA. Oh my days...

    15. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      What the hell. PL trolled us so hard

      1. Kabayan
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Still remember what i posted about SOU? 😉

    16. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      :lol

      1. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        😉

        1. GOTHAM City F.C.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Let's see, good luck.

    17. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      LMAO

    18. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      LOOOOL

    19. Keeptrying
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Amazing

    20. DK_13
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss. Let's go fellow BBers. Wohooooo. Thank you Ben crellin

    21. The Tinkerman
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Exactly the fixtures I planned my WC around 🙂

    22. Jimmy Boy
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Couldn't write that could you hahaha

    23. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Its right on time 🙂

    24. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Wtf

    25. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      So everything Crello expected other than Everton-West Brom?

    26. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      They have actually trolled us

    27. Yes Ndidi
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      so how long before deadline did you start typing that up?

    28. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Must be intentional. Trolls.

    29. hullcityfan
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      No Everton double?

      1. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        My mistake, they do. Was trying to copy and paste too quickly into my template and I missed them

    30. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Funny not funny....

    31. The Red Devil
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      thank you ben crellin

    32. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Wow... why p*** off the hardcore player base?

      With differentials plastered to the front page we have literally no advantages now to casuals who can log in five mins before the deadline, except planning in good time. Come on.

      1. Third Eye Vision
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        To level the playing field.

        Like changing the deadlines etc.

        It’s about advertising revenue and the brand, rather than satisfying 100000 data fixated nerds.

        1. Geoff
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          And not hurting people who live in countries where it's the middle of the night.

          Though this was a Premier League announcement, not an FPL announcement.

          1. thomashl
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Well, it’s always a bad time to announce somewhere in the world at any given time, no?

            It’s just hurting people more by making it harder to plan.

    33. Clayton Ash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Ben Crellin pretty much nailed it!

    34. Vertigo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Beautiful. Absolute dynamite.

    35. Erdogan
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      If there’s something like FPL Nobel prize - that should go to Crellin.

    36. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      No impact 😆

    37. Yes Ndidi
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      One of those 'they won't, they can't, they did' moments.
      So Aguero TC27 it is then......

    38. Konstaapeli
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Perfect! Love this!

    39. ted mcnure
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Great comedy is all about the timing..

    40. paul1964
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Really helpful of them - not.

  3. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    I hope my WC pays off.

  4. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Well that’s both my WCs ruined this year

  5. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Hahah PL trolled us hard

  6. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    60 minutes to go

  7. Catastrophe
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Ahh, the relief of deadline where you know you can't make any bad decisions for ~45 mins.

    Good luck all!

  8. GOTHAM City F.C.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Pants

  9. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Going to take 2 hours to update I bet!

  10. DycheDycheBaby
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Raph o capitão! Lets go!!

  11. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    LOOOOOOOOL

  12. HD7
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Started Strujic instead of Cancelo...

    For context:

    Martinez
    Strujic Stones Mee
    Salah Bruno Sterling Maddy
    Ings Bamford Cavani

    Fraser, Cancelo, Mitchell, Bissouma

    Just couldnt find anyone else to switch Strujic for. Hope that Guardiola rotates Cancelo now

  13. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    That is next level trolling 😆

    Genuine O.M.G

  14. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Hahahahahahaha absolute scenes

  15. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    LMAO 😆

  16. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    hello my leeds triple up, only for it all to burnt to the ground by a neto goal (on my bench)

  17. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 23 days ago

    LMAOOOOOOOO

  18. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Sooooo happy with the fixture re arrangements! WC looking great

  19. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    fixtures released 😆

    1. Gomolon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      oh dammmn people aren't joking fixtures are out lol

  20. Vertigo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Feels dodgy benching two Burnley defenders vs West Brom.

    Resigned myself to Cancelo and Gundo not starting though.

  21. Freshy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Are we locked up

  22. DycheDycheBaby
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    The real winners are those who didn't play their wildcard right?

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Wrong

    2. Fitzy.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      How's that?

  23. dark91
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Oh please tell me it is a coincidence they announced the fixtures 1 minute after the deadline

  24. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 23 days ago

    ABSOLUTE GOLD

  25. Mr. O'Connell
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Absolute slap in the face for casual manager. Crellins nerd followers win again.

  26. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    They’ve definitely done that on purpose

    1. ted mcnure
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Yeah, I want my money back...oh wait.
      Nice that they think about us though.

  27. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Reopen the game!

    1. ted mcnure
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Onto the streets with pitchforks!

  28. JabbaWookiee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Anyone else give Raphinha the armband over Bamford?

  29. Stand By Mee
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    When are the dgw26 fixtures being announced?

    1. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Now

  30. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Kane triple (C) next week baby

    1. JabbaWookiee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      The way Spurs are right now? Good luck with that