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AM's Perfect XI - Week 25

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Welcome to AM's Perfect XI - Week 25 player picks. This column focuses on Togga's Perfect XI game, which you can play via their IOS and Android app. Find the apps here and make sure you update regularly to take advantage of the constant enhancements:

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Each week I provide a Perfect XI of my own for the upcoming gameweek, recommending 11 players to consider along with some honourable mentions. The players listed won't necessarily be the exact 11 selected for my own Perfect XI fantasy side. The point of this column isn't to tell you exactly who to pick; it's to present some ideas and get your brain whirring. I'll be listing a combination of the must-haves and slightly riskier options, alongside the odd hunch. Hopefully you'll find this useful whether you're playing Togga's game or looking at potential transfers for your official Fantasy Premier League team.


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Week 24 was another poor one

Lloris, Baines, Walker, Otamendi, van Aanholt, Coutinho, De Bruyne, Eriksen, Zaha, Kane, Lukaku

The defence was shambolic with an Otamendi no-show (which I failed to spot in time) and negative returns from Baines and PvA. The midfield also flattered to deceive so thank goodness for Lukaku's four-goal-show which salvaged some pride. 114 points for the week keeps me in 103rd overall but any dreams of a Top 50 finish have disappeared now with the gap standing at over 120 points.

Week 25 kicks off at 12:30 GMT on Saturday as Arsenal look to snap out of their slump at home to Hull. It's important to have your fantasy team locked in ready for the early game but remember in Perfect XI you can swap out a player right up to one minute before their match kicks off and bring in an alternative player whose match is also yet to kick off. This flexibility will allow you to avoid the pain of a surprise benching or unreported last minute injury and a big fat zero. Ensure you keep your eyes on the RW PL Twitter account for line-ups one hour prior to matches.

Here are your fixtures ...

Saturday 11th February
Arsenal v Hull City
Manchester United v Watford
Middlesbrough v Everton
Stoke City v Crystal Palace
Sunderland v Southampton
West Ham v West Brom
Liverpool v Tottenham

Sunday 12th February
Burnley v Chelsea
Swansea v Leicester City

Monday 13th February
Bournemouth v Manchester City

And the picks ...

David De Gea - at home to Watford. Manchester United have been solid at Old Trafford and should be able to keep the Hornets out this Saturday which would mean clean sheet points for De Gea.

Honourable Mention: Petr Cech at home to Watford, Lee Grant at home to Crystal Palace

Laurent Koscielny - at home to Hull. Arsenal have been on a rotten run but they will snap out of it eventually and I'm convinced it happens in Week 25. Koscielny could be on for a clean sheet and is due a goal.
Marcos Alonso - away at Burnley. After trying to get smart with my defence last weekend it's back to the tried and tested, which means Alonso comes in for Chelsea's trip to Turf Moor.
Leighton Baines - away at Middlesbrough. It was difficult to choose between Baines and Seamus Coleman but in the end set piece and penalty duty gives the former the edge as Everton face a Boro side with no wins in seven.
Antonio Valencia - at home to Watford. Valencia continues to impress at right back with a solid mix of defensive and attacking contributions. His battle up against Jose Holebas will be fascinating.

Honourable Mentions: Kyle Walker away at Liverpool, Winston Reid at home to West Brom, Erik Pieters at home to Crystal Palace, Calum Chambers at home to Everton

Gylfi Sigurdsson - at home to Leicester. Not only is Siggy Swansea's talisman but he's also the Premier League's in-form midfielder right now and the Icelander could have a field day as his side host the drowning Champions.
Eden Hazard - away at Burnley. The Clarets have been excellent at home but this Chelsea side will prove too strong and Hazard should thrive with his electric pace and trickery causing Sean Dyche's men endless problems.
Ryan Snodgrass - at home to West Brom. Combine the deadly set piece delivery of Snodgrass with the height and heading ability of Andy Carroll and you have a match made in heaven. The ex-Hull man can have a big week against the Baggies.
David Silva - away at Bournemouth. De Bruyne would be my usual go-to Man City midfield pick but I have a hunch that Silva will be the key man to unlock Eddie Howe's make-shift defence on Monday night.


Honourable Mentions: Mesut Ozil at home to Hull, Henrikh Mkhitaryan at home to Watford, Wilf Zaha away at Stoke, Dele Alli away at Liverpool

Alexis Sanchez - at home to Hull. Despite the Gunners' struggles Sanchez is the one player who can hold his head up high as he continues to put in 110% every week. The Chilean deserves some just reward and should get it here in a game that screams "Sanchez brace".
Gabriel Jesus - away at Bournemouth. I was so close to being boring and picking Zlatan to complete the line-up but it's impossible to ignore Jesus' instant impact for Pep Guardiola's side. The Cherries have been conceding a lot of goals since losing Nathan Ake back to Chelsea and City's attacking unit are capable of inflicting further pain.

Honourable Mentions: Zlatan Ibrahimovic at home to Watford, Diego Costa away at Burnley, Jermain Defoe at home to Southampton, Romelu Lukaku away at Middlesbrough

That's it for Week 25. Check out the Rotoworld Features page to see a whole bunch of great content to get you ready for the weekend ahead. Feel free to comment below to us know how you're getting on so far. And of course, good luck to all managers this week.

Nik Argiropoulos is a London-based soccer writer for Rotoworld and co-founder of Never Manage Alone. You can find him on Twitter @nikarg.
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