After a crazy round of midweek Premier League games it’s time to turn our attention to the weekend. The dust has barely settled after an eventful set of fixtures, but what does it all mean for Fantasy Premier League?
Gameweek 25 is just around the corner and it’s our first double game week! Manchester City’s progress to the Carabao Cup final has made it a necessity to rearrange their trip to Everton. With various other cup commitments the game has been brought forwards to Wednesday, meaning both sides have two fixtures. More on that later.
In a return to the normal format, here are five players to consider for your FPL team this week:
1) Sergio Aguero (Man City, Forward, £11.3m)
There’s no great science here. Man City have two games and Aguero is in good goal scoring form. The first game is at home to Arsenal, which will be a tough game but when you factor in Arsenal’s defensive injuries, it could be a good day for Guardiola’s attacking players. Of course, there’s always a risk of rotation with Pep and the Everton game comes before a home game with Chelsea. Simply put though you would expect Aguero to get minutes in both games and that means double the opportunity to score points.Embed from Getty Images
This theory can be applied to any of Man City’s players but with almost a full compliment to choose from, you can expect some players to miss out across the two games. If you can work out which ones you are a better person than I. One thing to consider though – if you are going to fill your team with Man City (and Everton) players just remember they will not play in week 27, so you’ll need to transfer them out or have good replacements!
2) Gonzalo Higuain (Chelsea, Forward, £9.5m)
The temptation here would be to put Eden Hazard as a suggestion. Chelsea are at home to Huddersfield but clearly all is not right at Stamford Bridge right now. With the Terriers struggling at the bottom of the table, Gonzalo Higuain will not get a better opportunity to open his Chelsea account.Embed from Getty Images
He’s now had two games to build some fitness and you’ve got to assume Sarri will give his new signing as much opportunity as possible to get up and running.
3) Richarlison (Everton, Midfielder, £6.8m)
Similar to Aguero really, Richarlison has two games this week though both are at home. Wolves and Manchester City are not easy opponents by any means but once again I’m working on the theory that two games are better than one. The Brazilian has netted in his last two games, both from his more natural wide position, so he carries form and I’d even have put him forward if they only had the one match against Wolves.Embed from Getty Images
4) Fernando Llorente (Tottenham, Forward, £5.6m)
It’s fair to say Llorente has been a mixed bag since Harry Kane’s injury. This was summed up perfectly against Watford where two easy chances were missed and one particularly difficult header was placed perfectly in the corner. Fundamentally though it looks like Llorente has the shirt for the foreseeable future and his price tag is ridiculously cheap. Tottenham make a lot of chances and with Newcastle, Leicester and Burnley on the horizon, it could be a good few weeks for the Spaniard.Embed from Getty Images
Taking this week in isolation, Newcastle typically defend deep and in numbers, which might make Llorente’s height advantage significant. Add to that the Magpies concede a lot of goals from set pieces and Llorente looks more of a bargain all the time.
5) Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace, Midfielder, £5.8m)
With Wilfried Zaha suspended, it may fall to Andros Townsend to inspire Crystal Palace this weekend. Fulham are the visitors to Selhurst Park and they have struggled for clean sheets this season. Unlike Zaha, Townsend is a midfielder on the FPL game and at £5.8m he won’t break the bank. A home game with West Ham and a trip to Leicester follow so there is plenty of future points potential for the former Tottenham man.Embed from Getty Images
In the OffsideRulePod league, Salah’s blank lead to some distinctly average scores at the top of the table. Derek Smith retains his lead but a total of 28 has seen his lead slightly reduced.
That’s all from me this week but I’ll be back next week to preview the next game week. Good luck!
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