The FPL Fairy is back with his top picks ahead of the Gameweek 24 deadline.
Gameweek 23 finished with an average points score of 53 across the 6.1m FPL managers and the highest points scoring player was surprisingly Newcastle’s Fabian Schär with a massive 21 points. Mohamed Salah was the most selected captain in the gameweek and he repaid the faith by returning two goals and a 15-point haul in Liverpool’s entertaining 4-3 win over Crystal Palace.
All of the current top six in the Premier League standings have attractive fixtures in Gameweek 24 and therefore we should be hopeful of big returns for the midweek action. Outlined below are my top picks for Gameweek 24.
Premium: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – £11.3m
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the main player I have the FPL fear about not owning in Gameweek 24 for his home fixture against Cardiff on Tuesday night. Granted the £11.3m forward has suffered two blanks in a row, but I have a feeling he could explode if Arsenal decide to bounce back from their defeat to Manchester United last Friday night.
The Gabon international has scored 14 goals, five assists and 21 bonus points already this season ahead of a fixture against the second worst away defence in the Premier League.
Mid-Priced: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – £7.7m
Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford continues to thrive under Ole Gunnar Solskjær and now has eight goals, seven assists, and 12 bonus points to his name for the season. Better still, is the fact that he has scored four goals and two assists in the last four gameweeks ahead of an attractive home fixture against Burnley on Tuesday evening.
The 21-year-old now sits at a staggering 40% ownership in FPL terms and his underlying statistics suggest he warrants such attention. Rashford sits second over the past four gameweeks for total shots and shots inside the box of all players in the Premier League, narrowly behind teammate Paul Pogba.
Budget: Danny Ings (Southampton) – £5.5m
While watching Match of the Day last week, I felt very hard done by to see my budget forward Danny Ings came away with no attacking returns. The £5.5m priced Englishman was unlucky not to score in Southampton’s win over Everton and looked menacing throughout.
Despite only playing 1,133 minutes of action for Southampton this season, Ings has managed to find the back of the net seven times. Crystal Palace travel to St. Mary’s Stadium on Wednesday evening in a fixture Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl will eyeing up for another three points.
Premium: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – £13.6m
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah returned 30 FPL points as captain for his proud owners last weekend in a hard-fought home victory against Crystal Palace. The £13.6m priced midfielder has now scored 16 goals, eight assists and 15 bonus points already this season.
The Egyptian international has produced six double-digit returns over the last eight gameweeks and he faces a Leicester side on Wednesday night who just conceded four goals last time out against Wolves.
Mid-Priced: Christian Eriksen (Spurs) – £9.4m
Spurs were eliminated from two domestic competitions in the space of three days, after suffering defeat to Chelsea on penalties in the League Cup on Thursday night and then losing to Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon in the FA Cup.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino decided to rest both Son Heung-Min and Christian Eriksen on Sunday, as Son had just returned from the Asian Cup and Eriksen was due a rest. The £9.4m priced Danish midfielder has scored four goals and assisted his teammates on eight occasions this season ahead of a home fixture against Watford on Wednesday night.
Budget: Diogo Jota (Wolves) – £6.0m
Portuguese midfielder Diogo Jota was tipped as a budget-priced midfielder in pre-season by many in the FPL community, but failed to hit the ground running in his first season in the Premier League. Last weekend the 22-year-old produced a magnificent hat-trick in Wolves thrilling home win over Leicester.
A home fixture against West Ham on Wednesday night should allow the budget-priced FPL asset an opportunity to add to his five goals and three assists scored in 1,178 minutes of action this season.
Premium: Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) – £6.7m
Andrew Robertson is the games top scoring defender with 129 FPL points after 23 rounds of fixtures. At £6.7m the Scottish defender is now the most expensive defender as Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso suffered a price-drop over the weekend.
Robertson has scored 13 clean sheets, 20 bonus points and six assists already this season for Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League leaders. Liverpool have an attractive home fixture against Leicester on Wednesday night, followed by Leicester, West Ham and Bournemouth.
Mid-Priced: Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal) – £4.9m
When researching for Gameweek 24 selections, I found it interesting to see that since coming into the Arsenal side in Gameweek 11, Sead Kolasinac has only missed one fixture. The £4.9m priced defender has racked up two clean sheets, four assists, and eight bonus in twelve starts for Unai Emery’s side.
Since Gameweek 11 Kolasinac has created 21 chances for his teammates, which outlines his attacking threat. Arsenal have an attractive home fixture against Cardiff on Tuesday night and I expect to see the Bosnian bomb forward and cause trouble down the left wing.
Budget: Jan Bednarek (Southampton) – £3.9m
Uber cheap Jan Bednarek makes his debut in my picks for Gameweek 24 as Southampton welcome Crystal Palace on Wednesday evening. The £3.9m priced defender came into the Saints team in Gameweek 16 and his proven to be a key player in defence for new manager Ralph Hasenhüttl.
Bednarek was top of the clearance, block, and interception (CBI) charts for Gameweek 23 of all defenders in Southampton’s home win against Everton which suggests that if a clean sheet was secured the Polish defender was in prime position for same.
Premium: David De Gea (Manchester United) – £5.7m
My budget goalkeeper pick this week goes to Manchester United’s David De Gea who has now recorded two clean sheets in his last three Premier League fixtures and four for the season in total.
A home fixture against Burnley on Tuesday evening should be another straightforward win for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s rejuvenated Red Devils.
Mid-Priced: Hugo Lloris (Spurs) – £5.4m
Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris looks to be a decent pick over the coming weeks as Mauricio Pochettino’s men face have three juicy home fixtures against Watford, Newcastle, and Leicester in the next three gameweeks.
£5.4m priced Lloris has produced eight clean sheets this season for Spurs, despite missing four fixtures.
Budget: Sergio Rico (Fulham) – £4.4m
Sergio Rico took over the Fulham goalkeeper position in Gameweek 10 and has kept two clean sheets against fellow strugglers Newcastle and Huddersfield in recent weeks.
Claudio Ranieri’s side are currently rooted in 19th position in the Premier League and will be eyeing Tuesday’s home fixture against Brighton as a must-win game.
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