Game Week 24 edges us closer towards the final third of the season and with the next couple of weeks likely to bring some interesting transfer movement it should be a fascinating end to the season.
Fantasy Premier League is rarely dull and this was proved once again with a 4-3 thriller at Anfield as Man City’s invincible record was finally broken in a scintillating game of football. Man Utd managed to close the gap on their rivals with a predictable 3-0 win over Stoke and Marko Aranutovic (a top pick of ours for the last few weeks) and Lanzini took the plaudits for West Ham in a 4-1 romping win over Huddersfield.
Spurs showed a majestic 4-0 winning display over Everton whilst Arsenal were given a taste of things to come if they don’t replace the outgoing Alexis Sanchez and sort out Ozil’s contract situation.
Game Week 24 looks a little kinder overall in terms of finding the big points hitters and with Man City having a relatively easy looking game at home to Newcastle, Spurs travelling to Southampton who look devoid of confidence and a rampant Liverpool heading to Swansea City, they will likely be the teams most managers will be looking to.
Game Week 24 Tips
Let’s take a look at our top picks for GW24:
Brighton Vs. Chelsea
Chelsea struggled to break through against a Leicester side that was reduced to 10 men in GW23 and they are still in search of their first win of the calendar year. A midweek to FA Cup replay against Norwich will not help their preparation for the trip to Brighton and this could be more of the same for Antonio Conte’s men.
The defensive side of Chelsea’s game has never really come in to question and that is still where your biggest investment should come. Knowing who to pick from that defence is the hardest part as the value is to be found in Christensen with a price tag of just £5.6m but Azpilicueta is the stand out pick but will cost you a whopping £7m!
For now it looks like it is time to say goodbye to Morata and Hazard and maybe bring them back when Chelsea drag themselves out of this blip.
Arsenal Vs. Crystal Palace
Palace earned a hard fought 3 points against Burnley last weekend and this could be an interesting game with all the pressure on the home side. Christian Benteke is almost the forgotten man in FPL but with two assists in his last two games he could be worth a punt against an Arsenal side who are in a very difficult moment to say the least.
If you have Arsenal players then it is time to unload, as for Palace – one or two out of Zaha and Benteke is probably the right balance.
Burnley Vs. Man Utd
Burnley felt the burn of the congested December fixture list more than any club and have failed to win since a 1-0 win over Stoke in GW17 and this week they face Man Utd and have a not so easy task. This will be no walk in the park for United either though and we see this being the usual tight affair you associate with a game that features Burnley.
Lukaku was back among the goals against Stoke and will have to be at his best to score in this game. Lingard was transferred in by the masses last week and duly obliged with neither a goal or assist but it is worth sticking by the player who will get his chances in the coming weeks. The possible signing of one Alexis Sanchez would pave the way to chop him though.
It was great to see Luke Shaw in the United side again against Stoke and with a price tag of sub £5m we are tipping him again this week.
Leicester Vs. Watford
Watford were lucky to get a point against Southampton with a controversial handball goal in the final minutes of that game and Leicester have shown they can still mix it up in the Premier League of late so we expect a home win here. Riyad Mahrez continues to impress amid transfer speculation and is a top pick for this game.
With favourable fixtures to come for Leicester it is certainly worth a punt on Mahrez or Vardy.
West Ham Vs. Bournemouth
David Moyes looks like he is enjoying football life again and now he has a decent squad of players to work with in a sphere he knows well he is starting to thrive – and so is his team. Marko Arnautovic looks like a force to be reckoned with and is essentially playing as a striker in this West Ham side. One goal and two assists saw him grab a 16 point haul last weekend and we expect more of the same in a game against Bournemouth that should have goals in it.
We haven’t seen the clean sheets we expected from West Ham but the results are coming in and they could easily finish this season in 7th or 8th if they continue this way. We expect another 3 points and goals for Arnie here.
Man City Vs. Newcastle
City were getting blown away by Liverpool at Anfield until their revival and they almost clinched a point in a game that showed both sides attacking prowess and defensive weakness all at the same time.
Gundogan was the surprise big points scorer for City in that game and it was good to see Leroy Sane back on the scoresheet. It is likely to be business as usual in this game and we will be amazed if Aguero doesn’t score – he will be a serious captain pick this week. With Jesus just two weeks away from fitness it is time to capitalise on the Argentine’s game time with Sterling and KDB being the other two picks for this game.
A clean sheet is quite possible but a strategy of having a city striker and two mids is where my mind is at right now.
Southampton Vs. Spurs
After Spurs’ 4-0 thrashing of Everton this fixture looks quite enticing if you have Harry Kane, Son, Eriksen or Dele Alli in your side – which lets face it, if you haven’t got at least one of them then you are probably doing something wrong.
Kane scored a couple of simple tap ins last weekend and this is another game in which he could prosper. Son is the unsung hero of the hour in this Spurs side and warrants some serious respect from a Fantasy Premier League point of view as their third top points scorer and in the top 10 midfielders overall. If you don’t have a Spurs midfielder already then he is a good bet for this week against a Southampton team that has kept only one clean sheet since October – although that was against Man Utd.
This same Saints team lost 4-1 at home to Leicester against former manager Claude Puel – could Pochettino inflict the same kind of result on his old side? It is very possible.
Swansea Vs. Liverpool
Swansea have looked an improved side under their new manager but this is going to be a very severe test for the bottom of the table side. Contrastingly for Liverpool, life looks good without Coutinho and with money in the bank they can further strengthen their side if they so wish during this transfer window.
The pace of Salah, Mane and Oxlade-Chamberlain and the guile of Firmino was too much for Man City last weekend and whilst Swansea will no doubt take a very different approach to this game than City did, they will still do well to come away without conceding more than two.
Firmino has proved himself to be a good budget-ish priced striker now and Salah is the one must have player in the whole game.