Game Week 23 – Our First Thoughts
FPL Game Week 23 - Our First Thoughts
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Last week was a bag of mixed emotions for many FPL managers with GW21 providing relatively low scores compared to the highs of GW22 which saw the likes of Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane providing profitable returns for their backers. An exciting 0-0 draw between Stoke and Arsenal provided some much needed clean sheet points but the lack of goals and the lack of Mesut Ozil will have annoyed many.
Sergio Aguero looks set to go on a good run now but at a price of £13.3m is he worth the investment? This is something we will be looking at today (and in more detail in our members area) along with the usual game week 23 tips.
GW23: A Look Ahead
The fixtures are not easy to figure out for the final set of January fixtures with many of the bottom clubs playing each other and many of the consistently backed top clubs playing away from home but there are a couple of areas you might look to if you are considering an early transfer.
Watford Vs. Newcastle
At the time of writing Watford are still to play in GW22 but we expect them to do well against Swansea which would set up this GW23 clash very nicely. An improved performance and result for the Magpies against West Ham last week and in a particular a notable performance by Wijnaldum will raise a few eyebrows in the world of Fantasy Premier League.
I fully expect to see goals in this game, but it will be difficult for Newcastle to break down this well drilled Watford side and so those players rushing to swap mis-firing Mahrez for Wijnaldum might be better served to look elsewhere (for now at least). Ighalo is still the key man for Watford and I would be backing him in this game.
Crystal Palace Vs. Spurs
Crystal Palace are having a torrid time of late and have conceded 8 goals in their last 3 games including suffering a defeat to Aston Villa. Spurs will have their tails up after a massive 4-1 demolition of Sunderland in GW22 and Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen look like the players to back. Dele Alli and Eric Dier are also key players from an FPL perspective and it could well pay to back the latter as a clean sheet is in the offing for Spurs here against a woeful Palace attack.
Harry Kane has captain potential for gameweek 23 after his goal and assist last weekend but he may just be stretching managers’ budgets a little too far at £10m. The other concern for Spurs is that they play their FA Cup replay on Wednesday, taking on Leicester for the 3rd time in as four matches, something that might give Crystal Palace the edge. Spurs still have some very tasty fixtures ahead but perhaps Lukaku represents better value in terms of price if you are looking to bring one of them in.
Everton Vs. Swansea
Everton are fast becoming one of the most entertaining teams to watch with their high scoring games becoming a feature of their season. They are also conceding plenty but face a side in Swansea City who look devoid of ideas, confidence and attacking potency. Lukaku will be desperate to add to his season tally in this game and he becomes a key player after a slightly barren spell that has seen him without a goal in 3 games.
Man Utd Vs. Southampton
Two teams who have shown improved performances and results in the last few games are United and Southampton and they go head to head at Old Trafford this weekend. Wayne Rooney has suddenly become popular again but at £10m+ he remains costly in my eyes (but he does like to score in gluts so I can see why people are jumping on him) considering the lack of scoring opportunities Man Utd are generally creating.
The key man that you might want to bring in for this game is Matt Targett who has started the last 2 games and returned a whopping 23 points in that time. At just £3.7m it is almost a no-brainer to put him in your lineup and I would be surprised if Koeman were to drop him and change his altered formation after two successful games. I would fancy Southampton to shut United out in this game and if Targett does play it might be the cheapest clean sheet you ever get!
West Ham Vs. Man City
We said it last week, but we can say it with even more authority now – AGUERO IS BACK! I backed the Man City striker to grab a brace against Palace last weekend and he duly obliged, rewarding those who captained him for GW22 with a 32 point return. This represents a much tougher challenge for Man City and the key to success for them is an early goal. City rampage at the Etihad but struggle to break teams down away from home, but Aguero is back to full fitness and form right now and with KDB, Silva and Iheanacho to support him – I see a big performance and a goal at least for the Argentine. He is already back up to £13.3m and this is set to rise again this week so I’d be backing him earlier rather than later – I just don’t see how you can win the rest of the season without him in your side.
We will have plenty more tips coming in this week and our podcast is being recorded on Tuesday so fire in any questions in the comments below and we will try and cover them on the Pod.