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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for Double Gameweek 26

Strap yourselves in for the biggest Double Gameweek 26 of the season, with 17 matches and 14 teams playing twice. The next six days promise to be another rollercoaster ride of unrelenting (Fantasy) Premier League action.

With potentially season-defining decisions to be made ahead of today’s 11:00 GMT deadline, the feeling among the Fantasy Community is that we are spoilt for choice.

The roll call of potential armband candidates ranges from the reassuringly expensive to enticing differentials. And for those with a selection of chips at their disposal the choice is made even trickier.

A Double Gameweek is the perfect time to deploy one of our four power-ups with the points ceiling raised for Bench Boost, Triple Captain, Free Hit and Wildcard thanks to the extra fixtures.

Indecision is final.

– Alan Hansen

Famous words from the king of pundits and decorated centre-half Alan Hansen. Although, strangely, the former Liverpool captain wasn’t referring to his Fantasy football team. Given the furore surrounding Aston Villa and their players this week you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise.

But we’re not about to hesitate at the crucial moment when it comes to FPL decision-making. And you can’t fault the effort, attitude and commitment of our very own pundits and experts. 

Divisive Kane

The captain poll favourite heading into the bumper round of fixtures is Harry Kane (£11.1m). A vote that left David and Joe somewhat perplexed. Never ones to dilly-dally when presented with an opportunity, the pair aren’t convinced of Kane’s credentials, despite the support among Community members.

The fixtures on paper do look nice but both Burnley and Fulham are very capable these days of chucking everyone behind the ball knowing full well that Spurs are having problems breaking people down … Both of these teams will take a point against Spurs, so they’re not going to overstretch themselves to go and win the game.

Over the last four matches, Burnley have the third-best expected goals conceded in the league, 3.18, the only two teams better than that are Chelsea and Man City. Fulham are in the top five, 3.23 goals they should have conceded, and they’ve only actually conceded the one goal. Their defence is doing much better as well and they’ve both got fantastic goalkeepers too … These are teams that can frustrate Spurs.

– David, Captaincy Video

Alan Hansen once said that for Tottenham to be a successful side they will need to get away from the philosophy of ‘pretty football’. Well, with Jose Mourinho in charge they’ve arguably done just that. Except without the success.

But what does Alan Hansen know about Fantasy football? We need a real expert, a man with three top 10,000 finishes and a best-ever rank of 817. Step forward Az

According to the FPL Black Box co-host, Harry Kane is the best captaincy pick. The handsome and dashing Az backs up his opinion with some impressive stats: citing Twitter user FPL_Swede he pointed out that in 10 games against the bottom eight teams, Kane has delivered an attacking return in every one, averaging 9.2 points a match. 

And the trio of wise Pro Pundits appearing on the latest episode of the FPL Wire, Zophar, Lateriser and Tom Freeman, all have the armband placed on the top-points-scoring forward in FPL this season. 

More heavyweight backing for the Spurs striker came from FFScout founder Mark Sutherns. Perhaps not that much of a surprise given that “Mark loves Kane”, to quote AZ, but Mark was worried he was being blinded by his own bias.

The best person to help us understand the flaws in our thinking is Pro Pundit and behavioural economics graduate, Simon March.

Expected Yakult

Stats are probiotics for gut feelings, reasoned the former FPL winner is his latest offering. 

Instinct may help you see opportunities that other managers don’t, or avoid the traps that others will fall into, but it may also create such traps if followed without sufficient interrogation. This is why it is important to sense-check decisions with some form of objective data or a second-opinion.

– Simon March

Jan Sienkiewicz noted in his Captain Sensible article that the form stats don’t favour Kane and co:

Both [Kane’s] and Spurs’ attacking statistics have been somewhat underwhelming in recent weeks. Only Crystal Palace have recorded fewer shots inside the box than Jose Mourinho’s team in their last six matches.

– Jan Sienkiewicz

So was Mark able to find a healthy dollop of Bifidobacterium Statisticalus to support his gut instinct?

The expected data is a problem, but with expected data, you’ve got to bear this in mind – that Kane and Son are just complete outliers … Son and Kane are the top two players in the Premier League [for xG Delta], they have exceeded their expected data by the biggest margins for goal involvement … they don’t need a lot of good quality chances to score goals.

– Mark Sutherns.

So convinced is Mark that he’s using his Triple Captain chip on Harry Kane.

But, as ever, other options are available. 

Mohamed Salah (£12.6m), a player who’s perhaps been slightly overlooked by the masses, is Jan’s top pick. The leading goalscorer in the Premier League with 15 goals, Salah boasts impressive underlying stats: second only to team-mate Sadio Mané (£11.8m) for shots in the penalty box over the last six matches.

In the first of their two fixtures Liverpool take on a Sheffield United side down to the bare bones in defence. Their three first-choice centre-backs that helped them reach dizzying heights last season, John Egan (£4.7m), Jack O’Connell (£4.7m) and Chris Basham (£4.6m), are all ruled out for Chris Wilder.

But it’s their second fixture against Chelsea that, along with Liverpool’s poor form, is putting many off the Egyptian. However, Jan did unearth some encouraging news for Salah captainers:

Klopp holds an impressive head-to-head record against Thomas Tuchel. Out of the 14 meetings between the Germans, Klopp came out victorious on nine occasions. Additionally, those matches have produced as many as 43 goals, which makes it over three goals per game on average.

– Jan Sienkiewicz

Meanwhile, city rivals Everton are top of the fixture ticker when looking at Gameweek 26 in isolation: the Toffees host Southampton before a midweek trip to West Brom. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m) therefore comes into contention.

And once again the stats make impressive reading. The forward has been particularly threatening on the road in recent times, accumulating 4.32 xG in his last six away matches – more than any other forward in the Premier League.

But the list of armband contenders goes on. Let’s not forget the Manchester teams with the in-form Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m), İlkay Gündoğan (£6.2m), Raheem Sterling (£11.6m), and the returning Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m).

If only we could fit them all in.

It’s Mo Sacrifice

Karam, Tom, and Zophar are all using their Wildcards and face several tricky selection dilemmas. 

On the Scoutcast Karam was given a hard time by Joe and David over his omission of Mohamed Salah.

Joe argued that it was easier to run from Salah than it was to run to him, explaining that because of Salah’s lofty price tag, downgrading to the likes of Son or De Bruyne is easy, whereas upgrading would be harder without sufficient funds in the reserve.

However, Tom Freeman is also sacrificing the most expensive FPL asset in order to benefit from a more balanced squad. A particular concern for Tom given that he plans to Bench Boost in Gameweek 27. 

One intriguing pick in his side is Jesse Lingard (£5.9m). West Ham take on Leeds United next Gameweek and Tom feels the direct running of the on-loan Manchester United midfielder could trouble Marcelo Biesla’s side. 

Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m) is another differential to catch the eye, featuring in both Tom’s and Karam’s Wildcard XV’s. 

Karam is going all-in on Leicester City – tripling up with Harvey Barnes (£6.9m) and Jamie Vardy (£10.2m) coming in alongside Pereira. He’s even trusting the evergreen Englishman with the armband.

Manchester City-fan Karam has decided to abandon his conservative approach and take a few calculated risks in the hope of surging up the ranks. Encouragingly, the Foxes are on a par with Man City when it comes to shots on target (21) over the last four Gameweeks. 

Another forward to consider is Mbaye Diagne (£6.0m). The Senegalese has been on the end of five big chances in his four and a half games since joining West Brom, and is included in the Scout Picks, Tom’s Wildcard team, and was talked up by Lateriser.

Interestingly, all three Wildcarders still have their Free Hit chip available but none have committed to using it in Blank Gameweek 29.

When planning ahead in his usual meticulous fashion, Zophar identified Gameweek 33 as a better round for the Free Hit. The League Cup Final takes place between Spurs and Man City, meaning they will blank along with their scheduled opponents Southampton and Fulham.

The six-time top 5,000 manager sees greater potential for a big score compared to the four-match Gameweek 29.

Finally, Neale frisked the upcoming fixtures. The Team News compiler included a look at Gameweek 30 and beyond for those considering “dead-ending” their squads in Gameweek 29 and Wildcarding straight after.

Community Competitions and Head-to-Head Fixtures

This is the last chance for Premium Members to enter the FFS Members Cup with qualifying for the first round taking place in Gameweek 26. Click here for details on how to enter.

The draw for the first round of the Fantasy Football Scout Cup has thrown up a real ‘David vs Goliath’ clash with the highest-ranked team, The Fighting Cock (273rd overall), taking on the lowest-ranked manager in the competition, Ahmed Eid, who is not far off the five-million mark.

A total of £300 in prizes is available across the two tournaments.

Elsewhere, RedLightning rounded-up the rest of the Community mini-leagues and competitions. And the Head-to-Head fixtures for Gameweek 26 can be found below. 

The scores and tables update each night on the Head-to-Head Leagues main page, so you can keep track of the action as the Gameweek unfolds. 

May your arrows be green!

TopMarx Fan of Fantasy Football and Monty Python. "Archimedes out to Socrates, Socrates back to Archimedes, Archimedes out to Heraclitus, he beats Hegel. Heraclitus a little flick, here he comes on the far post, Socrates is there, Socrates heads it in! Socrates has scored! The Greeks are going mad, the Greeks are going mad! Socrates scores, got a beautiful cross from Archimedes. The Germans are disputing it. Hegel is arguing that the reality is merely an a priori adjunct of non-naturalistic ethics, Kant via the categorical imperative is holding that ontologically it exists only in the imagination, and Marx is claiming it was offside.”

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  1. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Bottomed:

    Okay, am I G2G? TC and Bench order locked?

    Martinez
    Stones - Dias - Shaw
    Salah - Gundo - Bruno - Raphina
    DCL - Kane (TC) - Bamford

    Bench: Pope - Dier - Soucek - Coufal

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      interesting dier benched but g2g

    2. Saosin
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Replace Coufal and/or Soucek for GDW player and play BB?

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        this

      2. Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        used my BB already

    3. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Yes. Very similar to mine. Differences are Son and Wadkins over Raphina and Kane.

  2. Ibracadebruyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Bamford to DCL for a hit?

    Cheers!

    1. boroie
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Yep

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      probably

    3. Pépé Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Yeah

    4. jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      When did you buy Bamford? Much cash invested, will you want him back?

  3. boroie
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    A - Bamford to Watkins for -4 to have a full quota of DGWs
    B - Save the -4 and start Bamford

  4. rambo.
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Pereira or Reguilon?

    1. boroie
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Depends on long term strategy

      If you plan on FHing BGW29 then I’d go Perriera
      Otherwise Reguillon

    2. Pépé Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Pereira more likely to start both I think

    3. DARE TO BISCAN
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      P

  5. Saïss doesn't mat…
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Rp
    Bench one of
    A. Bamford
    B. Lowton
    C. Dier

    1. boroie
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      B

  6. Dannyb
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Rp
    Holding to Dier/Holgate for a hit or play Rafinha/Bamford?

    1. boroie
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Play Raph and Bam

  7. Holmes
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Questions, questions, questions...

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Answer Digne (c)

  8. Mesh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Which Spurs defender is most likely to play both games and play GW29?

    1. boroie
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Don’t think any of their defenders are currently nailed unfortunately

    2. Well you know, Triffic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Regulon maybe due to rest

  9. jason_ni
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    All good i reckon..
    Martinez
    Dias - Cancelo - Awb
    Son - Salah - Gundo - Bruno f
    Kane(tc) - Dcl - Bamford

    Raphina - Lowton - cresswell

    1. boroie
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Gtg

    2. boroie
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Unless you fancy Bamford to Watkins

  10. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    If you could pick any playeryo TC this gw what would be your pick?

    1. Dannyb
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Salah

    2. Puncheon Guly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Messi?

    3. V-2 Schneiderlin
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Gundogan

    4. 11TOKAJJ
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Salah personally, Sheffield look defeated and they've got Jagielka at the heart of their defence, I also had a dream that Salah pulled out a t shirt for Allison's father after scoring, so if you're ok with taking a minus two for that as well then I'd go for it

      • DARE TO BISCAN
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        OG Bale

    5. 11TOKAJJ
        3 months, 28 days ago

        https://imgur.com/a/t6P5yxq

        is this team worth bench boosting or should I save it for another week? still have TC, BB, FH and another WC but with the potential Watkins injury unsure if I should BB

        1. Puncheon Guly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          No

          1. 11TOKAJJ
              3 months, 28 days ago

              appreciate this sir

        2. niaz1982
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          -8 to get Kane in and TC or just TC
          A. Son
          B. DCL.
          C. Bruno
          D. Gundo
          E. Sterling

          1. PascalCygan
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            C

          2. Puncheon Guly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Kane's eo is going to be over 100, so spending -8 to get him isn't going to help you. Pick the most differential TC then hide behind the sofa for the two Spurs games

            1. niaz1982
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              I know I feel like i am jumping on the bandwagon I have Son and he could just as easily explode he's due a few.
              Otherwise it's a coin toss between DCL and Bruno.

        3. Fantasy man on the top
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 28 days ago

          TC

          A) Bruno
          B) Kane
          C) DCL
          D) Gundogan

          Or BB with:
          Meslier, Cresswell, Raphina, Bamford

          1. PascalCygan
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            B, just over A

        4. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Why does these last carnage hour make me want to change my Captain...

          1. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Same for me.

            On Kane atm but almost changing it to Salah.

        5. V-2 Schneiderlin
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          A. Diagne. Or
          B. Watkins

          ?

          1. PascalCygan
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            B

            1. V-2 Schneiderlin
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Thanks

        6. DARE TO BISCAN
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          WC:
          Martinez
          Cancelo, Pereira, Targett, Digne
          Salah, Gundo, Bruno, Barnes
          Kane, DCL
          (3.9, Aina, Raphinha, Bamford)
          0.3 ITB
          Salah over KDB?
          Switch a Def to Dias?

        7. PascalCygan
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          For -4
          A) Mee to Targett
          B) Mee to Reguilon

          C) don’t take the hit

          Kane TC

          1. SharkyT
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            C

            1. PascalCygan
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Ta

          2. Mr. Funny Name
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            A

            1. PascalCygan
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Cheers

        8. Mr. Funny Name
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          On WC;

          A) Stones & Saka
          Or
          B) Gundogan & Burn

          1. PascalCygan
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            B

        9. Aubamewho
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          A) Bamford
          B) Elmohamadi

        10. Gentle_Turks
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          crikey...which one do I play?

          A Taylor
          B Raphina
          C Bamford

          thanks and good luck this week.

          1. Mr. Funny Name
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Raph

          2. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            B

          3. Gentle_Turks
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Thanks all. Taylor two matches not a concern? Bamford hat trick in reverse fixture doesn't tempt you to go for him?

        11. Railwayman
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Start: a) Raphinha or b) Bamford ???

          1. Mr. Funny Name
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            A

          2. Bonus magnet
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Bammy

          3. Pépé Pig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            A

          4. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            After chickening out of (c) last week, going Raph

          5. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            A

          6. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Raph
            he's the creator atm - more options in the team than Bamford

          7. Railwayman
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Thanks lads.

        12. Jdpz
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Pope Johnstone
          Shaw Cancelo Alioski Mee Coufal
          Raphinha Bruno Salah Gundo Sterling
          Bamford Ings Antonio

          0.4m itb, 1ft.

          a) Mee to Dier
          b) Mee and Pope to Dier and Lloris/Martinez (-4)
          c) Ings to Richarlison
          d) another option?

        13. Bonus magnet
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Captain ?

          1. Son
          2.DCL
          3.Bruno
          4. Sterling

          1. SharkyT
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            DCL

          2. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            DCL

          3. niaz1982
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            I am the same coin toss i think between DCL and Bruno but Son has a load in him i feel.

        14. CC22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          On a wildcard would you go:
          a) Lookman & Watkins
          b) Maja & Barnes

          These Twitter Watkins injury rumours have got me worried!

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            B

          2. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            B

        15. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Own Pope and double Spurs attack (plus KANE TC)...

          A. Barnes+Tarko
          B. Bamford+Digne

          1. Pépé Pig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            B

          2. PascalCygan
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            B

          3. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            B

          4. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            B

        16. iL PiStOlErO
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Did -8 and I hope Kane is the man. GTG?

          Pope*
          Cancelo* Lowton* Target*
          Salah* Bruno* Barnes* Gundo*
          Kane(C)* Bamford DCL*

          McCharty Raphinha Dallas Coufal (BB)

          1. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Great..

        17. GoonerSteve
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Gents am I mad to double up on Villa defence on wildcard?

          I've got Martinez and Targett, wondering if I should go with Aina I stead of Targett.

          1. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Villa pretty solid, I would hold if I had both

          2. 11TOKAJJ
              3 months, 28 days ago

              No Matty Cash/Grealish which is a worry, but I could see Smith setting up deeper considering they got trounced 3-0 in the previous leg and SHU is for me a guaranteed clean so I wouldn't personally

            • GoonerSteve
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Thanks both, solid advice.

            • DARE TO BISCAN
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              I have. Have Aina, as well.

          3. jackhammer1
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Son and mitchell to Barnes and Perreira/digne -4

            1. 11TOKAJJ
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Do it, Son will get very little opportunity on the counter in these games

            2. emyoueffsee
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Locked in for gw26:

              Martinez
              Lowton Diaz Digne
              Bruno Gundogan Raphinha Sterling Salah(TC)
              Watkins DCL

              Forster Bamford Dallas Kilman.

              All good?

            3. Weeb Kakashi
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              FH. 3 spots left to be decided.

              Ederson
              Digne Pereira Reguilon ****
              Salah Bale ****
              Kane **** DCL

              Pick one
              A Vardy , 2 of (M.Pereira Stones/Cancelo/Gundo)
              B Richarlison Barnes Dias