Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 23 Tips
Fantasy Premier League Tips - Gameweek 23
Following a weekend of FA cup shocks which saw no less than 4 Premier League teams knocked out by non-Premier League teams (including huge shocks at The Etihad and Stamford Bridge) and a further 3 EPL teams being held to a draw by so called lesser opposition, many FPL managers will be glad to see a return to the familiarity of the Premier League.
With Manchester City taking on Chelsea away from home in Gameweek 23 following their 2-0 and 4-2 defeats respectively, many pundits are finding it more difficult than usual to predict what will happen. Have no doubt that Mourinho will most likely adopt his usual big game tactics of setting up a solid team that is hard to break down and then pouncing on the counter attack to snatch a 1-0 victory – but some people are suggesting it might not be quite that predictable given the atrocious short term form of Manchester City.
Nevertheless, most Fantasy Premier League managers find it difficult to enjoy these games when so many of their big players are going head to head – and then of course there is still the conundrum of what to do with Aguero, who, let’s face it – hardly looked at the races in the last 2 games and has failed to score following his lengthy injury.
Given the low confidence defensively of these two teams you could be forgiven for predicted a high scoring game, but this is the Premier League and I will be expecting a more familiar victorious scoreline for Chelsea.
Key Fixtures for Gameweek 23
Arsenal Vs. Aston Villa:
Arsenal have returned to form and look set to be making a decent charge of late and they will be taking on Aston Villa at home who are so woeful to watch – I feel sorry for the fans who have only seen their side score 11 goals in 22 games and added to that their defence has looked suspect since the injury to Ron Vlarr. Expect colossal possession statistics for Arsenal in this one and a few goals to go with it.
Key Players – GW23: Alexis Sanchez is the key man and he could unlock this poor Villa team who look set to be in a relegation scrap once again this season. Olivier Giroud might also make his presence felt against Villa and the cheaper midfield option is Santi Cazorla who scored 14 points last week and has been instrumental in Arsenal’s resurgence of late, in addition to that he is the adopted penalty taker so more potential points to be had there.
Man Utd Vs. Leicester:
With some big questions facing LVG regarding tactics and a growing number of under par performances from Manchester United this season, the fans and (more importantly) the FPL managers of their players will be hoping for a more convincing display here. However, (and much to the delight of our resident podcaster JP) Leicester are a team that have found some form and I am sure we can all remember the shocking scoreline when United visited them earlier in the season.
Expect LVG to be defiant in his squad selection and his tactical choices and although you would expect the likes of RVP, Falcao, Rooney, Mata, Di Maria to run riot here it is by no means a certainty. It is almost laughable that the aforementioned attacking prowess will not rip this Leicester team apart but some of those players failed against Cambridge United so don’t expect a massive goal haul here. It could happen, but going on the form you might need to look elsewhere.
Key Players – GW23: If I were having to bet on a player to perform it would be Wayne Rooney, despite his deeper lying position he is the one constant driving force behind United this season and he was rested against Cambridge and will be desperate to get his team back to winning ways.
Chelsea Vs. Man City:
I think we have pretty much covered this one but let’s take a look at the key players in this gameweek 23 game. For me, Aguero is one to leave out until next week and failing injury, the time to bring him in will be after the Chelsea game, particularly given the fact they have no FA Cup to concern themselves with. Diego Costa is the key man who has the attributes to do well against this City defence but again for me this a tough game in which points scoring could potentially be low.
A week of differentials?
Gameweek 23 could be a week for differentials and as it’s the last game week of January the managers who will be finishing on a high could be those who look away from the top six this week. Here’s our lowdown of some decent differential players for gameweek 23:
Joleon Lescott – WBA Vs. Spurs
We stated a 2 weeks ago that any WBA defensive players would be a good bet once Tony Pulis took charge and we have been proved right with the results since then. Spurs will be in for a scrap at the Hawthorns and with less than 2% ownership and a price tag of just £4.9m Lescott is a sound proposition for GW23 and beyond.
Jordan Henderson – Liverpool Vs. West Ham
It is debateable whether Henderson is a differential with 11% ownership, however it is almost inexplicable that he is valued at only £6.1m as he currently sits with 88 points (Liverpool’s second highest points scoring player) and has been tipped by many to become a natural successor to Steven Gerrard – I am not convinced by that but I would be happy to have him in my team at this price and given his recent form.
Jermaine Defoe – Sunderland Vs. Burnley
Jermaine Defoe has just 0.5% ownership as Fantasy Premier League managers sit carefully perched on the fence as they await to see whether Sunderland can provide the support to the potent striker.
This is a fair point, but it could be worth taking a chance against a Burnley side who look to still be suffering a massive Christmas hangover where their lack of squad depth was exposed. Conceding 3 goals to Crystal Palace at home has well and truly shown the fragilities in what had been a fairly solid defence and Defoe could be ready to pounce on his home Premier League debut.
So, plenty of work to do this week in preparing your team – do check back with us later this week for our gameweek 23 podcast and captain tips.