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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. Skogen89
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Grealish or gundogan > raphinia (-4), yey or ney

    1. DickFranDyke
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Grealish yey

  2. damiang2233
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Start 1 of the below?

    1. Targett
    2. Grealish
    3. Watkins

    Thoughts?

    1. Ron_Swanson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Grealish may well be injured

      1. PatrickDawson1976
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Stress shin fracture, out for 4-6 weeks

        1. fpl_tp95
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Any source for this?

      2. damiang2233
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        So Watkins or Targett?

    2. OleBall
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Grealo.

      • DickFranDyke
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Watkins

    3. Tabbara
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Who to bench
      Dias or Rudiger
      Playing Cancello

    4. mwa1t
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Bench 2 out of Dias, Gundo, Lowton, White.

        Leaning towards benching Dias and Gundo but that sounds crazy

      • Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        How many on here are willing to take/have taken a -4 to bring in Ings?

        1. Bubbles1985
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          I just have...

          Cresswell and DCL to Shaw and Ings

        2. iL PiStOlErO
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          I am not even sure if I am willing to use ft on Cavani to Ings. Just dont see him scoring. Rather risk with Edinson at home to new but cant tell

          1. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Same here. I feel he may not pay back the -4.

      • Bubbles1985
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Start Antonio over Soucek?

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          No

        2. FPL_Motty
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Yeah. If injured soucek fills in

      • LewanGOALski
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        play Pope (WBA) or Martinez (LEI) ?

        1. mwa1t
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Popo

          • FPL_Motty
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Pope

        2. Sanchit
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Best second keeper on WC?
          Areola? McCarthy? Or someone else?

        3. Tinchy770
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Do I start Cancelo or Stones?

          1. DickFranDyke
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Stones

            1. Tinchy770
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Why is that? Is Cancelo likely to be benched?

          2. FPL_Motty
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Cancelo

            1. Tinchy770
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Well this makes things tricky.

        4. Firmino
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Which cheap goalkeeper to get on WC for BB26?

          A) Areola
          B) McCarthy
          C) Johnstone

          1. FPL_Motty
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Areola

        5. Jdpz
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Play 2 of them:
          a) Mee
          b) Cancelo
          c) Cavani

        6. Jimmy Boy
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Think I'm just gonna pull the trigger on wildcard and face the consequences rather than keep checking for twitter notifications. Thoughts on this final draft? Banking somewhat on Fulham having a double, I plan to BB26 and FH29. Enough itb to do Ings > Kane or whoever ahead of 26 if needed.

          Areola
          Cancelo - Alonso - Struijk
          Salah - Bruno - Gundo - Barnes - Raphinha
          Ings - Bam

          Lloris - Castagne - Konsa - Maja

          1. Gomolon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Looking very good, wouldn't go for Lloris personally but hey enjoy the dgw! 🙂

          2. FPL_Motty
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Not particularly keen on castagne, not proven to be fit enough. And dallas > struijk. Otherwise good. Find the money for dallas

        7. JenkoJunko
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          A. Sterling & Neco to KDB & Dallas -4
          B. Sterling & Bissouma to KDB & Raph

          1. DickFranDyke
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            B

        8. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Easy (c) choice this GW. Bamford.

          Let the other players be the differentials to gain rank.

        9. Horlicks esq.
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          What is this news Andy is talking about re: Grealish? Injury?

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Twitter rumours going around that he's injured with stress fracture to his shin ( 4-6 weeks out)

        10. SALVA
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Bench two

          A)Gundo
          B)DCL
          C)Stones
          D)Dias

        11. KingEricTheRed
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Which 3 out of Soucek, Gundogan, Calvert Lewin and Stones? I already have Cancelo in defence.

          • Olee
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Rashford+Antonio->Raphinia+Kane? Ok transfers?

          • Sturridge Wars
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Maguire or Shaw ?

            1. Toughie
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Shaw

          • FPL Kaka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            https://twitter.com/FPL_The12thMan/status/1362805953020776450?s=19

            Are we dismissing this as rubbish in Bamford?

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Number of followers makes him sound like a clown. Will watch With interest

            2. HammersXI
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Seems like BS. I wouldn’t be taking such info from FPL people over Leeds fans who are in the know.

              We knew cooper injury way in advance, so too KP

            3. Egg noodle
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              First post in 5 months

            4. OleBall
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Load of bollocks

                1. FPL Kaka
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Thought so guys, thanks

            5. Redranger
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Pick 1:
              A) McCarthy
              B) Martinez

              Pick 2:
              1) Shaw
              2) Stones
              3) Cancelo
              4) Mee

              1. Sturridge Wars
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                B ,3. Can u answer my WC team question

            6. Gandalf
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Starting DCL and Gundo, and got Cancelo.

              Bench order right?
              Watkins Dias Coufal

            7. xHaTr
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Start DCL or Dias?

            8. Dream Killers 2.0
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Is this good to go? Bench correct?

              Areola
              Cancelo, Dias, AWB
              Salah, Bruno, Raphinha, Son, Gundo
              Bamford, Watkins

              DDG, Tarkowski, DCL, Coufal

            9. Weeb Kakashi
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Bench order right?

              Grealish Mee Cresswell .

              Starting Lookman over Grealish.
              AWB and Cancelo over Mee.

            10. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              R

              Gundo to Raphinha for just 1GW? Gonna lose 0.3 on transaction

            11. Lucky Z
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Play one:

              A. Targett
              B. DCL
              C. Brewster => Ings FT

            12. FFChamp2021
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Crazy question, but does anyone think Bale could make a comeback / get decent game time? Thinking of potentially buying him in draft FPL. He was good against Benfica and showed some skill against City.

                1. DickFranDyke
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  No chance,he's done

              • Differentiator
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Grealish and Bamford trolls are out

                Poor show

              • richarlison2348
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Play Lowton or Adams?