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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. Il Capitano
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Classic stuff

    • Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      GLAD I BOUGHT WATKINS CAUSE HE HAS LEE(A) SHU(A)

    • grumpyman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Wildcard deployed.

      Lloris
      Cancelo Aina Dallas
      Barnes Fernandes Son Raphinia
      Ings Kane Bamford (c)

      Martinez Gundog Stones Digne

      Good luck everyone.

    • DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Who have the PL trolled? The ones who planned on using the WC but didnt? 🙂

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Sums up this pathetic season lol

    • Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Utter chaos season over for us early wildcarders

      1. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        why not play FH?

        1. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 19 days ago

          I've wildcarded

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Same x

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

        Always positive

      3. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Relax. You will have another 100+ pt GW.

      4. Vertigo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Poor Fudgy.

    • Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      The lines between real and fantasy football are now blurring. The league and the players are far more aware of it

      1. Gomolon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Bamford will have captained himself this week

    • badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Crellin deniers seething. No hiding place for them.

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 19 days ago

      You can't convince me this wasn't intentional.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Exactly, fuming

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

        Yeah, it definitely was intentional. 1 minute past the deadline isn't a mistake

      3. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        This was the perfect time for them to announce it with the least risk of crashing their site 😀

    • JohnnyRev7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Was about to post a RMT but it's pen down time.

      Good luck all!

    • Runaway
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      After hours of waiting and searching, I did Grealish + Coufal > Raphinha + Shaw for free in the very last minute. I was planning to roll the 1FT to keep 2 for BB26 and pass Raphinha for this week but I somehow believed in the Grealish rumour and it changed everything I planned, already regretting that!

      Good luck to everyone!

      1. Stand By Mee
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        I did Grealish to Raphinha and I might just revert that next week. I would have kept my FT if I had more faith in Ben.

    • Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      So I might have to play my FH in 26 now. Can prepare for 29 blank

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      I am relived for Ben Crellin's sake.

      1. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        so am I

      2. LǝgleSs e|even
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Why?
        Is DGW26 certain?

      3. Tango74
          2 months, 19 days ago

          How much did he get right for GW26?

          1. AMBELLINA PRISE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Everything

            1. Tango74
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Great.

                Concerned no DCL doubles ?

                So it’s mass sell Bamford this week ?

        • Reeker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          This is why I never do my team too late... 5 minutes to deadline I took out Bruno for Son and upgrades bits of my team with the money.... ahahaha kill me

          1. LǝgleSs e|even
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Funny, as I took Son out for Raphinha

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

            ouch!

          3. HuttonDressedasLahm
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Bruno out before NEW?!!!

        • Wild Rover
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Funniest thing ever. Bravo PL 😀

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Absolutely hilarious 😆

          2. LǝgleSs e|even
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            What happened WR?

        • Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Everton facing West Brom in 29. Juicy

          1. DAZZ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Perfect for those without FH.

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Meant 26*

            2. Mr. O'Connell
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Free hit in 29 is a dud play anyway

            3. Lindelol
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              I am playing FH in 26

          2. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Fulham part 2 probably

        • Jimmy Boy
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Areola and Maja on the wildcard bb26 squad, counting my lucky stars that they moved Fulham v Spurs to 26 and not Spurs v Soton

          1. JJeyy
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            It made the most sense, thats why i went areola

            1. Jimmy Boy
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Good call, McCarthy temptation will have been there for many. I've had him all season and couldn't take it any more so switched to Areola

              1. JJeyy
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Yea it would have made no sense for southampton to play 3 doubles in a row

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Most games where expected tbf.

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            I was hoping Southampton would double next week, but I think it was rumoured they weren't anyway.

          2. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Main one is the Soton vs. Fulham DGW

        • Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          I blame Rockstar. This deadline business is now out of hand

          1. Gomolon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Even the PL admins want a go at it!

        • Gomolon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Hope Ben Crellin's got himself a massive drink lol

        • Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          We move
          😆

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            You wildcard?

            1. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              yes, with 10 mins to go

              1. Pat Bonner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Nice! Same here, went with this so looks good for next week with a -4 to remove 2 Leeds

                Areola Martinez
                Dias stones shaw targett Dallas
                Salah Bruno gundogan barnes raphinha
                Bamford Ings Kane

        • JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Wildcarders and Raphinha captainers unite!

          1. JJeyy
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            and Fulham owners

          2. unclesbasement
              2 months, 19 days ago

              LITERALLY DID THIS WITH 10 MINS TO SPARE. MOST STRESSFUL MOMENT OF MY FPL LIFE

          3. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Triple Villa facing Leeds and Sheff Utd in 26. You love to see it

            1. Jon Walter's Hatty
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              With a fecked Grealish

            2. Mr. O'Connell
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Grealish out for the season tho

              1. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                You love to see it

            3. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Depends on Grealish though IMO - created just under a third of all their chances this season

          4. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Queue the 'darn, I forgot to change the captain to Henry' posts!

          5. Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Saved my ft... really confused about this announcement and trolling thing though?? Can someone fill me in plz

            1. Hooky
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              You asking for a fight?

            2. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              They waited until after gw 25 WC to prevent massive 26 BB

              Literally no other reason for the timing

              1. Tsparkes10
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Ahhh right, so only a problem for wcers?

                1. The Suspended One
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  Really only BBers

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

                  No, I played wc and trusted in our lord and saviour Ben Crellin 🙂

          6. ADucksBehind
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Having a Meh season, so just pulled the WC to BB DGW26 coz why the F not.

          7. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Is it trolling to make the game equally accessible to all?

            Some of you need rehab

            1. SADIO SANÉ
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              I'd rather be at home with Ray
              I ain't got seventy days

          8. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Glad Fulham have a double as went Areola over McCarthy

            1. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Ditto

            2. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              With I would have gotten more of that Everton DGW tho..

              I just WCd out James and Rich punts and they get Sou Wba

          9. EmreCan Hustle
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Can someone provide me with the actual source of the fixtures? I trust Ben Crellin completely but I just want to see the original source.

              1. EmreCan Hustle
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Cheers.

          10. Isco Disco
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Unbelievable! HAHAHAH
            How can they do this to us? Does Premier League hate FPL so much?
            I don't understand the hate and the reason for this troll