Monday, 28 January 2013

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 24

After a cup weekend full of excellent performances by lower league teams against teams from the top flight (including embarrassing exits for Liverpool and Tottenham), it’s back to Premier League business midweek. A cup replay will absorb more of Hazard’s ban, whatever length it is. Enjoy the next 3 gameweeks thoroughly, there’s an international break coming.

Gameweek 24 fixtures

Aston Villa v Newcastle
Norwich v Tottenham
QPR v Man City
Reading v Chelsea
Stoke v Wigan
Sunderland v Swansea
Arsenal v Liverpool
Everton v West Brom
Fulham v West Ham
Man Utd v Southampton

The Big Boys

Shinji Kagawa, Manchester United midfielder

The plum tie of the gameweek sees Manchester United host Southampton. Keep You-Know-Who (costing You-Know-What), he will score. He scored a hat trick in the reverse fixture, so there’s history. Also, how about some of Kagawa (7.9)? He’s had time to feel his way back into fitness and this feels like it could be a breakout game for him.

Regardless of an embarrassing cup result, Chelsea have a promising three fixtures coming, particularly for the attacking players. Juan Mata (10.0) is set to start all these games after getting half a rest in the cup match. Demba Ba (8.8) is costly but worth it given the defences Chelsea are set to face before the international break.

The blockbuster fixture of the midweek is Liverpool’s trip to the Emirates. Both teams sweated their cup ties with Arsenal coming through and Liverpool losing. You can always rely on Suarez (10.5) to perform, but at home you have to fancy Arsenal. Podolski (8.3) was an inspired choice last gameweek and it’s better you hang on to him and Walcott (9.4).

Tottenham visit Norwich, who have been in dismal form (1 draw and 4 losses in their last 5 games). Should be a good day out for their boys, particularly Lennon (7.3) who’s been good value for money lately.

Manchester City visit the team they will never forget, QPR. With both teams at opposite ends of the table, expect this one to be a good one for City’s players. QPR might score at home, but there’s bound to be joy for the fit-again Aguero (10.9). Hold Dzeko if you have him, but otherwise you’re better off not guessing if it’ll be him or Tevez to partner Aguero tomorrow.

The Other Guys

Everton host West Brom in a clash between teams that have been punching above their weight this season (that they sandwich names like Arsenal and Liverpool in the table is proof of this). Fellaini (7.7) hasn’t been scoring but has returned high bonus points and this looks like a ripe game for him to find the net given that WBA haven’t kept a clean sheet away from home this season. Baines (7.5) has been racking up the points lately, though he’s not a recommended retail purchase. Hold rather than buy.

Newcastle and Villa have been pretty dismal lately, and while Villa are always a team to stay away from, Newcastle’s fixtures following this one are bad enough for you not to splash on Cisse or any members of their new French squadron.

Sunderland v Swansea is Fletcher (7.1) vs Michu (8.4). Next.

Hosting Wigan will be a welcome relief to Stoke who’ve been put through the wringer in recent weeks. A good matchup for their defenders and Begovic (5.8).

It’s hard to make much out of either Fulham or West Ham given recent form, but West Ham haven’t been much of an away team. Either way, stay away from this one if you’re buying retail, but keep Berbatov (7.0) or Ruiz (5.4) if you have either.

The Blogger’s Team

Placeholder team. I am dumping Sagna for Zabaleta before the deadline.

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