Fantasy football tips for Double Gameweek 25. In this Fantasy Premier League series FPL Junior (four top 13k finishes in last four seasons) shares his FPL tips by selecting a team each week to try and score as many points as possible. In essence, he will be “free hitting” every single Gameweek. Rather than selecting longer-term options, he’ll solely focus on players with the best form and fixtures for the upcoming Double Gameweek 25.
We’re into our second consecutive Double Gameweek and this is going to be the calmest of the lot with just one added game thrown in. There are plenty of budget options on show this week so budget shouldn’t be a concern. I’ve gone for a more conventional formation this week compared to double Gameweek 24 with a lot more tougher match ups taking place this week.
Double Gameweek 25 Team
Sanchez is in goal to face Palace with the Seagulls conceding one goal in their last six matches. Whilst they may be slightly overperforming defensively, their underlying stats have definitely improved since Sanchez has taken over the gloves. Crystal Palace are once again without their talisman, Zaha, and they’ve yet to score a goal when he hasn’t featured.
Dallas was the first name in defence with his double. Whilst Leeds will be without Phillips, which isn’t ideal, clean sheets are far and few between as a whole. The main appeal of the defender is the fact he doesn’t play as a defender. Being out of position and making overlapping runs into the box give him great opportunities to get attacking returns. At £5.0m he’s got the highest ceiling defence this Gameweek.
I’ve taken more of a risk on this defender but I couldn’t resist due to him playing twice. Vestergaard is most definitely not a form pick with him returning from injury a handful of weeks ago and Southampton’s downturn in form, but there were glimpses of quality in the first half against Wolves. Like the last pick, the centre back has a major attacking threat but this is from set-pieces. Added to that he’s got one of, if not the best set-piece taker in the league to land them on his head. Neither fixture looks good on paper but Leeds struggle a lot from headed chances, the second-most in the league this season (64).
Shaw retains his place last week after an impressive display against West Brom. The fullback is the most creative defender in the league at the moment and this has also massively helped his bonus points too. Newcastle are without Wilson and couldn’t muster a big chance against Chelsea at the weekend so I’m hopeful of returns from both ends of the pitch despite United’s poor defence.
32 chances created by Luke Shaw since GW14. That is a CC every ~27 minutes.
He's miles ahead of the next best defender TAA who's on 19 and only Grealish has more.
Just a shame Man Utd don't know how to defend otherwise his ownership wouldn't be in single figures.
— FPL Junior (@FPL_Junior) February 14, 2021
Despite his fitness concerns I’ve stuck with Gundogan. I feel that if he’s fit he’s going to start but if he’s not then, he won’t be risked at all, so that I can utilise the bench. Arsenal just let one in during the reverse fixture but Man City look a different beast this season. De Bruyne is also back fit but I still prefer Gundogan with his form and price. The Belgium should also have his minutes managed after returning against Everton but that means he might be up to speed for the upcoming double.
Fernandes is the standout single Gameweek player in double Gameweek 25 and would’ve taken the armband if it wasn’t a double. As was evident during the West Brom game and the Europa League game he can score out of anything and no matter what the form is like of the other ten players around him. Newcastle’s defence is quite middle of the road over the last four games but they’ve conceded eight big chances and half of them came at Stamford Bridge on Monday.
Salah is back after a few weeks out of the side. Everton conceded the most shots inside the box last Gameweek against Man City (18) and both of their keepers can hardly fill their defence with confidence. Liverpool assets and form are still questionable but their performance in Europe looked much better than their second half against Leicester. In recent years the derby has either been a very low scoring affair or a higher scoring game with little in between and I’d expect the former with the current state of both side’s defences.
Raphinha has been extremely impressive for his price during the second quarter of this season. The Brazillian has returned four assists in his last five games, creating two big chances over that period as well having two big chances for himself. Both of his opponents have been struggling this season and with his ownership at just under 6%, he’s definitely gone under the radar.
Son is my fifth mid but I was all set on Kane until it was announced that he’s not certain to start after remaining at home for their Europa League game. Despite that, I would be shocked to see him rested if Mourinho has any chance to start him but nevertheless I’m taking the safe route in Son. The South Korean has only returned twice in his last seven games but Spurs’ fixtures start to turn this week. West Ham’s defence is going to be much tougher to break down than previous London derbies so I’m not expecting a mega haul like the reverse fixture.
Bamford unsurprisingly leads the line for his double Gameweek. His underlying stats continue to see him placed near the top of the stats tables, most notably with his shots inside the box (12) which is the most for any player over the last 4. His creativity makes him stand out from most other forwards with three big chances created in that same period.
It would be rude not to go for a second double Gameweek attacker with options looking rather limited this week with a few tough head to heads. Danny Ings gets the nod for his two games despite small concerns of his minutes being managed. He’s started the last five games since his recent know with his minutes being managed on only two occasions. Whether that means he’s due a rest or he’s coping well, we’ll have to find out but Hassenhutl really needs him at the moment. His stats don’t stand out but they’re not poor either. His creativity numbers remain high which is always ideal for forwards.
Pope, Tarkowski, Jesus and Rudiger take their place on the bench this week.
Double Gameweek 25 Captaincy
Bamford is this weeks captain.
Man City defenders miss out against Arsenal and I don’t see them doing too badly at the Emirates. Rotation is starting to become a more salient issue with Laporte now fit and Europe becoming another factor.
Burnley’s defence is another good option against West Brom but the Baggies have tended to nick at least one goal against non-top six opposition.
James Ward-Prowse is an interesting option this week due to his set-pieces. I wouldn’t think of picking him for a single Gameweek but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get at least one assist over the pair of games.