Gameweek 25 is here and it’s me, Chuck filling in for Nik. I’m here after a gameweek that saw all of the top six outside of Tottenham and Arsenal drop points. Just how we drew it up, right? Popular captaincy choices Eden Hazard, Mo Salah, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling all blanked while Lucas Digne provided FPL managers with a second straight week of negative returns and a suspension. Quite the week for differentials all around!
But in the post-deadline day fallout, I’ll be providing you with picks for the upcoming gameweek but first, let's take a look at the upcoming games.
For a breakdown of the deadline day moves, check out the latest episode of FPL 360 where Sean Sullivan and I take a look at all of the new arrivals in the league.
Sat 02 February
Tottenham v Newcastle
Brighton v Watford
Burnley v Southampton
Chelsea v Huddersfield
Crystal Palace v Fulham
Everton v Wolverhampton
Cardiff v Bournemouth
Sun 03 February
Leicester v Manchester United
Manchester City v Arsenal
Mon 04 February
West Ham v Liverpool
Wed 06 February
Everton v Manchester City
We’ve got a packed slate which is highlighted by the double gameweek between Man City and Everton. Lucas Digne may have ruined the plans of many ahead of the week but that won’t stop us from getting in on the fun. Saturday will also feature two relegation knife fights between Burnley and Southampton along with Fulham’s rejuvenated attack facing a watertight Crystal Palace defense. Don’t look past the Brighton v Watford match either as both teams go into this week with something to prove.
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Danilo (DEF - Man City v Arsenal, Man City @ Everton): We’re going to start off with a double gameweek player with Danilo. Seemingly locked in at left back, Danilo has delivered with three clean sheets, a goal and an assist in his last four starts for the Citizens. While City doesn’t have great fixtures to expect a clean sheet, Danilo gets forward enough that he should get on the attacking side of the scoresheet. Arsenal concedes goals as if they’re allergic to defending while Everton is dealing with Idrissa Gueye not getting his move to Paris. In short, start City players with attacking potential (more on that later).
Gylfi Sigurdsson (MID - Everton v Wolves, Everton v Man City): On the other side of the double gameweek, we have floundering Everton. While most of their players have lost FPL relevance during their slide, two who have stood above the rest are Richarlison and Sigurdsson. Richarlison is a good choice here too but I’m rolling with Sigurdsson because he is more likely to log 180 minutes in the same position for Everton over the course of these matches. Taking full control of set pieces with Digne suspended will only raise his value as a good differential option as well.
Andros Townsend (MID Palace v Fulham): Palace got a new toy in Michy Batshuayi who should be available to face Fulham on the weekend. While the Cottagers have started scoring more goals, they still are unable to defend to save their lives making this a good week to play Palace wingers. Townsend is having a career season with four goals and three assists and will be able to set up whoever plays at forward. Playing Fulham is still an opportunity to start your attackers and Towsend should be the latest to benefit with WilFred Zaha suspended in this match.
Pascal Gross (MID - Brighton v Watford): Don’t look now but Pascal Gross is rounding back into form with a goal or an assist in three of his last four matches. While Brighton may have dropped a disappointing result to Fulham last weekend, this is fantasy soccer, we don’t care who actually wins the game we only care about who scores points. And all signs point to the fact that Gross is trending up for Brighton now that he’s back to full health for the first time this season.
Matt Targett (DEF - Southampton @ Burnley): The clean sheets are few and far between for the Saints but Targett has registered three assists on the season. He picked up one last week in a draw versus Crystal Palace and could pick up another traveling to Burnley. At 4.2, Targett is a good target (heh) as a fifth defender in FPL as he’s always a threat going forward and occasionally he’ll get a rare clean sheet here and there.
Captiancy Choice: Leroy Sane (MID - Man City v Arsenal, Man City @ Everton): Here’s where we return to the double gameweek for Manchester City. This is one of the first weekends in a while where there has been a real rival for giving Mo Salah the captaincy but with the defenses that he’ll be facing, it makes sense to go with Leroy Sane. Sergio Agüero will likely rotate leaving it to Raheem Sterling and Sane but I’d go with Sane because he’s owned by fewer managers. Other options not on a double gameweek are Paul Pogba, Heung-Min Son, and Salah.