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Fantasy Forecast 2019/20: FPL Gameweek 25

Ahead of each Gameweek in the Fantasy Premier League, The Hype Train's three front-men, Robert Austin and Sam Austin, duel for FPL supremacy in predicting Premier League scores, as well as going head to head in picking a Scout Picks squad for each round of games. In addition, we provide general insight that we believe might be relevant for FPL players, such as our personal captaincy picks, differentials for the week, and more. Welcome to the Forecast. All aboard.

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 25 Deadline

For the 2019/20 Premier League season, the FPL deadline will be one hour before the commencement of the week's first game. Our website provides a real-world countdown timer for the the upcoming Gameweek, whilst you can read our latest Fantasy articles from the season on our 2019/20 FPL weekly hype sub-section.

How does our Forecasting work?

For three years we invited guests from the FPL Community to tackle us with picks for the upcoming Gameweek in Fantasy Premier League. We'll be taking a break from inviting guests onto this article for a year, and have introduced a new feature, Fantasy 5's, which we'll be asking weekly guests their top pick in each position ahead of each Gameweek.

For the sake of respecting the rules of the Forecast, we have provided an example of what we're sending out to interested parties that will feature throughout the season.

  • Premier League Fixture Prediction: As pundits, we are testing our football acumen with PL predictions and will be providing regular updated tables and stats in each edition of the FPL Forecast. A perfect score is worth 3 points whilst a correct result is worth 1 point.

  • FPL Gameweek Forecasting: Answering the regular questions that come up every single week in the Fantasy Premier League community that helps with identifying captaincy picks, transfers, attacking options, clean sheet potential, teams to look our for and avoid, players to consider for the Draft game, the wildcard differential players, as well as general analysis and comments.

  • Scout Picks: Picking a squad of 15 for a single Gameweek, without any budget, using the rules of the FPL - formations, captains and vice captains, and the player limits of 3 per club (chips will not be feature of these weekly picks)

  • Each team must pick a Captain, labelled as (c) and a Vice Captain listed as (vc).

Fixture Prediction: Double Gameweek 25

Leicester 1-2 Chelsea

Bournemouth 1-1 Aston Villa

Crystal Palace 2-1 Sheffield United

Liverpool 3-0 Southampton

Newcastle 2-1 Norwich

Watford 2-2 Everton

West Ham 1-2 Brighton

Man United 1-1 Wolves

Burnley 1-2 Arsenal

Spurs 2-2 Man City

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 25

Top FPL transfer targets for the weekend:

GK: Vincente Guaita (GK, CRY, £5.1mil, 2.5% ownership)

DEF: Joe Gomez (LIV, DEF, £5.2mil, 4.5% ownership)

MID: Wilfried Zaha (CRY, MID, £6.8mil, 9.8% ownership)

FWD: Troy Deeney (WAT, FWD, £6.3mil, 1.9% ownership)

Who are the teams to look out for and avoid?:

Man City (avoid): The Citizens haven’t been their ruthless selves this season, and this is one of their tougher fixtures this season. Spurs are making waves in the transfer market this season, and it might raise the game of the existing players now that a fire has been lit up underneath their starting spots.

West Ham (avoid): Serial winner David Moyes is on a real run in his return at the Hammers, and that run should continue when Brighton visit the London Stadium this weekend.

Liverpool (Watch): <error – you have exhausted all reasons to back LFC>

Arsenal (Watch): Mikel Arteta has added some grit to this Arsenal team, and after coming back twice to draw away at Chelsea, I can see the Gunners

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C) – Mohamad Salah (LIV): Vardy is out of form, as is Abraham, Mane is injured, Kane is now a ghost, and the only team who don’t know how to lose and score lots of goals is Liverpool. The Egyptian King has a good record against Southampton and is the only natural pick for this Gameweek.

(VC) – Sergio Aguero (MCI): The Argentine is in great form, and he has a ridiculously good record against Spurs. This is a tough fixture for City, which is why the City striker takes up the vice captaincy behind Salah this Gameweek.

Other Gameweek Comments:

Personally, the DGW24 snapped away a quarter of my FPL team through injuries lasting more than a week. Many of you will be like me, and it may be the time to tactically drop points.

FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 25

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Vincente Guaita (CRY)

DEF: Ricardo Pereira (LEI)

DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV

DEF: Virgil van Dijk (LIV)

MID: Anthony Martial (MUN)

MID: Wilfried Zaha (CRY)

MID: Kevin De Bruyne (MCI)

MID: Mohamad Salah (LIV) - (C)

FOR: Callum Wilson (BOU)

FOR: Sergio Aguero (MCI) - (VC)

FOR: Troy Deeney (WAT)


GK: Ben Foster (WAT)

MID: Jack Grealish (AVL)

DEF: Federico Fernandez (NEW)

DEF: Craig Cathcart (WAT)

Fixture Prediction: Double Gameweek 25

Leicester 1-1 Chelsea

Bournemouth 2-1 Aston Villa

Crystal Palace 0-1 Sheffield United

Liverpool 2-0 Southampton

Newcastle 1-0 Norwich

Watford 2-2 Everton

West Ham 1-2 Brighton

Man United 1-3 Wolves

Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

Spurs 2-1 Man City

FPL Forecasting: Gameweek 25

Top FPL transfer targets for the weekend:

Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore (WOL) are consistent performers, whilst there is a Sadio Mane shaped hole in a large bulk of the FPL player base, which should put Mo Salah as the must have pick… A good run of games should see Dean Henderson (SHU) come more into focus as the weeks pass by, whilst Jamaal Lascelles (NEW) could be a bargain at £4.2 million ahead of a good run.

One last pick to gamble on is Ayoze Perez (LEI). A trio of double-digit returns from his last five matches, the midfielder is on his end of season sun and I’m backing him to keep the streak going.

Who are the teams to look out for and avoid?:

Sheffield United (watch): Cenk Tosun’s arrival at Palace will come up against its biggest test, the visit of defensively astute Sheffield United. They might be a saving grace this weekend. The Blades also have a decent run of fixtures ahead of them that should ensure their Premier League survival.

Newcastle (watch): Have you even seen such a predictable 1-0 home win for The Toon?

Man City (avoid): Liverpool will be edging closer to a premature Premier League title win as I’m backing Spurs to get something against City. Mourinho’s side were very resolute against Liverpool and should have got a result on the day, so why not against City?

Wolves (watch): I just don’t think United will have the answers to keep Traore and Jimenez quiet for 90 minutes.

Brighton (watch), West Ham (avoid): David Moyes, contradictory of his own beliefs, Moyes isn’t a winner and West Ham struggle against organised outfits.

Bournemouth (watch): A big relegation six-pointer is on the cards and I can see The Cherries getting the better of a team who will be going through the hangover of qualifying for the Carabao Cup final.

FPL Captaincy Picks:

(C) – Mohamed Salah (LIV): The Egyptian King is the only standout pick this week and it’s going to be a Gameweek where many flock to the back-to-back Golden Boot winner for FPL salvation.

(VC) – Kevin De Bruyne (MCI): If in doubt, go with what you know. Man City will be favourites when they travel to London this weekend and KDB’s in good enough form to justify the move, regardless of the fixture and my thoughts on Spurs beating City.

Other Gameweek Comments:

It’s early in the week and on the surface, Gameweek 25 is a mess of headaches, injury scares and rotation that is highlighted by a lack of captaincy options. Mane is injured, Vardy’s on the treatment table (kind of), Danny Ings goes back to Anfield, Leicester have a tricky home fixture against Chelsea.

This is a big Gameweek to navigate, especially as there is a mini winter break coming up that’s spread over a couple of weekends. I’d advise on not rushing to your Chips just yet – there’s still a long way to go this season, especially if you’ve just triple captained Sadio Mane in what has turned out to be the nightmare pick only the truly cruel would ask for.

FPL Scout Picks: Gameweek 25

Formation: 3-4-3

Starting 11

GK: Dean Henderson (SHU)

DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV)

DEF: Virgil van Dijk (LIV)

DEF: Jamaal Lascelles (NEW)

MID: Kevin De Bruyne (MCI) – (VC)

MID: Mohamed Salah (LIV) – (C)

MID: Leandro Trossard (BHA)

MID: Ayoze Perez (LEI)

FOR: Chris Wood (BUR)

FOR: Raul Jimenez (WOL)

FOR: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE)


GK: Martin Dubravka (NEW)

MID: Adama Traore (WOL)

DEF: George Baldock (SHU)

DEF: Martin Kelly (CRY)

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